Swingtime Duet ~ an evening of Classic Jazz Planned for April 4 in Kaplan Hall
“Music is much larger than the words and ideas that attempt to explain it. It is vibrating energy sent from its creators’ hearts to ours. True, physical entities are part of it: the uniqueness of a singer’s voice, a pianist’s touch on the keys. But ultimately, music is one marvelous way that artists, devoted to feeling and craft, send messages to us,” states Michael Steinman of "Jazz Lives." He continues, “Terry Blaine and Mark Shane are solid senders.”
If you love hot small-band jazz from America’s Golden Age of Swing, featuring songs made popular by the great vocal and piano jazz stars, treat yourself to "Swingtime Duet ~ an evening of Classic Jazz" on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. The duo of vocalist Blaine and pianist Shane come to the lovely setting of Kaplan Hall’s Orange County Trust Company Great Room which overlooks the Hudson River.
Selections for the concert are being carefully chosen from the repertoire of the Swing Era. "My Blue Heaven," "Ain't He Sweet," "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Melancholy Baby" are sure bets to be included. And many more favorites by composers Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson will make the night sparkle.
Blaine’s style of singing is gentle and swinging. "JazzTimes" writer Christopher Loudon remarks that, “Her subtly risqué style is infectious, blending the white-glove nonchalance of Lee Wiley with the earthy sauciness of Ethel Waters.”
Shane has developed his own solo style that reflects a true sense of living jazz history and continues the tradition of deep swing and lyrical melodic improvisation. "The Mississippi Rag" has described him as “one of the great accompanists of his time.”
Tickets are available at the door one hour before concert time or online anytime at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml and reasonably priced at adults $10; senior citizens and SUNY Orange alumni/faculty/staff $5; and students are free.
SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets, Newburgh, N.Y., where free, secure parking is available in the underground parking garage accessible via First Street.
This great music event is presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions should be directed: (845) 341-4891/9386 and firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.