The American Songbook: The JAZZ View, extremely well received in past years, returns for another season of stellar entertainment at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as concerts frequently sell out.
For the past three years, each concert has featured the songs of a single composer. This year, the series changes direction with tributes to the legendary singers who made these works famous: Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughan. This shift allows the band to examine many lesser known composers whose output was less prolific,yet highly influential to the songwriting genre and the standard song repertoire.
September 20: Remembering Billie Holiday, with "God Bless the Child," "Good Morning Heartache," "These Foolish Things" and many more of her hits.
October 18: The Legacy of Ella Fitzgerald
November 22: Louis Armstrong, The Founding Father
February 14, 2015: The Divine Sarah Vaughan
June 6, 2015: The Unforgettable Nat King Cole
A sextet of some of the area’s finest jazz musicians performs, including Donna McElroy, vocals; Larry Monroe, saxophone; Russell Hoffmann, piano; John Repucci, bass; John Ramsay, drums; and Jeff Stout, trumpet.
Conceived by renowned composer/saxophonist Larry Monroe and vocalist Donna McElroy, longtime Berklee College faculty members, this series explores the interplay of two great art forms: jazz and the American Songbook. Each concert features the work of a single performer or composer with Monroe providing background information on the songs and the artists. Performances are held in the intimate Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Tickets are $24; $22 for students and Arsenal Center members (plus ticketing fees). For tickets or more information call 617-923-8487 or visit http://www.arsenalarts.org/music.