February, 2017 Edition

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Emerald City Jazz Kings to revisit golden age of jazz

Last year’s Jazz Kings tribute to the Jazz Age was such a hit thanks to so much great material from that hot, sassy and fascinating period of American popular music, the Jazz Kings felt they had to do a follow-up concert to get in more of the music that had to be left out during the first show.

The Feb. 11 performance, which begins at 2 p.m., gives a special nod to the many fantastic female vocalists of the period, including Helen Kane, Annette Hanshaw, Bessie Smith and Ida Cox. The show will also include early classics by Hoagy Carmichael, Bing Crosby, the Rhythm Boys and more. Jazz Kings will include such gems as “Dangerous Nan McGrew,” “That’s My Weakness Now,” “Body And Soul,” “I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl,” “River Boat Shuffle,” “Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues,” “Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moonlight,” and, of course, “Avalon.”

While the rise of jazz during the 1920s is most often associated with the raw, extroverted “hot jazz” style of New Orleans, there were in fact a number of markedly different and ultimately highly infuential variations on the new art form as it spread and developed in other regions and music communities. Jesse Cloninger and the Jazz Kings will contemplate and interpret several of these variations, with particular focus on the differences between the New Orleans style as represented by Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton and the cooler, as well as the more relaxed and lyrical style associated with the work of Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke and Jimmy Dorsey.

Performers will include: Jesse Cloninger, music director, reeds; Marisa Frantz, vocals; Shirley Andress, vocals; Tracy Tooze, vocals; Joe Manis, reeds; Dave Bender, trumpet; Glenn Griffith, trombone; and Vicki Brabham, piano.

Tickets can be purchased at the Florence Events Center box office, 715 Quince St., or by phone at 541-997-1994 during regular business hours.