MusicalFare Theatre and JazzBuffalo partner once again to bring to the fans and audiences of jazz the Premier Cabaret Jazz Duo Series. The series will take place on the Second Sunday of every month. The series is designed to showcase the unique artistry of jazz duos performing in the intimate setting of the Premier Cabaret Lounge.
There is a rich tradition of jazz duos in the idiom of jazz. Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald comes to mind. The unforgettable collaboration between Tony Bennett and Bill Evans. The dynamic sounds of Chick Corea and Gary Burton. There are many more examples. What they all have in common is the adventurous trek into new improvisational twists on the music performed. Often,filled with unexpected surprises. The purpose of the jazz duo series is to bring together talented jazz musicians in a duo setting. Creating jazz artistry that promises to be new and exciting for jazz audiences, as well as, the musicians themselves.
The first duo will be the singing and piano duo of Janice Mitchell and Jim Beishline, which takes place on Sunday, June 12th beginning at 6 pm. Janice Mitchell is the 2015 JazzBuffalo Female Vocalist winner with a star-gilded history of performing. A former Raelette, a trio of singers that toured with the legendary Ray Charles, Janice has returned home to Buffalo and partnered with long-time piano great Jim Beishline to offer performances of jazz standards, R&B, and blues.
Beishline has performed professionally since the seventies including with Spyro Gyra and Aretha Franklin. Janice, an inductee of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, has toured internationally with the likes of Stevie Wonder, as well as, performed in the showrooms of Reno and Las Vegas. Additionally, she has recorded with the legendary Jimmy Smith and Nancy Wilson. This duo has garnered recognition from the Buffalo Music Awards and was a featured headliner at the Lewiston Jazz Festival in 2011.
Courtesy of Barbara Powrie, here is the duo performing a stirring rendition of the classic jazz standard Willow Weep For Me:
The series will offer reserved seating for $10 with ample room for parking. Please go to the MusicalFare website here to reserve seats or call the box office at 716-839-8540. It is suggested that you do so early. The first date of June 12th , with the dynamic duo of Janice Mitchell and Jim Beishline, is bound to sell out.
Look for further announcements on duos that will be performing in this exciting new jazz series. One that is sure to produce memorable moments of jazz artistry.
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