Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Jazz It Up! features Shorecrest, Shorewood singers in Jan. 17 concert

Jazz It Up! concert features Shorecrest, Shorewood singers in Jan. 17 concert

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council Presents: Jazz It Up! with special guest trombonist Dennis Wilson and guest vocalist Greta Matassa

When: Saturday January 17, 2009 7:30pm
Where: Shorecrest Performing Arts Center (15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA)
Tickets: $18/15

Info from Shoreline Arts website:

Grammy-nominated trombonist, producer and arranger Dennis Wilson will be bringing a little something extra to the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Jazz It Up! program this year. Not only will be he be joining the Shoreline School District’s Friends and Faculty All Star Big Band in this special benefit concert for the Arts Council’s Scholarship Fund, he’s invited local jazz vocal diva Greta Matassa to join him in a special tribute to Ray Charles. This tribute will also feature the newly formed Jazz It Up! Choir, featuring singers from Shorecrest and Shoreline High Schools. Jazz it Up is the Arts Council’s annual Arts Scholarship fundraiser.

Mr. Wilson began his professional career as a trombonist, arranger, and musical director for Lionel Hampton. He has been a lead/solo trombonist for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, The New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and for ten years with Mr. William James "Count" Basie and his Orchestra. He received a Grammy Award nomination for arrangements created for Manhattan Transfer. He has performed on over six Grammy Winning Albums with the Count Basie Orchestra. His experience includes work with many jazz greats including Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry, and Joe Williams.

Greta Matassa has been nominated “best jazz vocalist” by Earshot Jazz four times. She’s one of the most talented singers working in jazz today. In demand for concert and nightclub appearances, her one-woman show, “Ella and Billie,” a musical tribute, won her critical acclaim. Her collaborations and guest appearances with Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Teatro ZinZanni, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Men’s Chorus have been innovative and successful. Matassa has become one of the hottest tickets on the northwest jazz scene. She receives regular national airplay.

Link to more info at Shoreline Schools website

Link to more info at Shoreline Arts website (includes link to purchase tickets)

Link to Greta Matassa

Link to Dennis Wilson

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