2020-21 Lively Arts Series
Enjoy world class performing artists in our Lively Arts Series!
An Evening with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap
Triple GRAMMY® Winner, Tony® Winner and Jazz Legend Dee Dee Bridgewater puts her unique spin on standards and jazz classics. This fearless adventurer, pioneer and vocalist will be joined by GRAMMY® winner Bill Charlap, one of today’s premier jazz pianists. Together, for one very extraordinary evening, they will explore a wide range of material with impeccable style, skill and sensitivity.
Jeff Boyer's Bubble Trouble
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Pottstown venue (details to be announced) & livestream
Bubble Trouble – A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It is the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages.
Jazzy Ash presents You Can Play Ukulele
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Eisenhower Middle School*, Norristown & livestream
An interactive virtual workshop for all ages, Jazzy Ash invites everyone to come along on a creative music adventure, learning how to play the ukulele! With her engaging personality, gorgeous voice and encouraging instruction, students can jump right in and play along. Hands-on musical experiences are a powerful tool for learning about musicianship, one's self and the world surrounding us. Through the YCPU curriculum, Jazzy Ash gently and playfully teaches music appreciation, technique, musicianship and songwriting. The approach is a combination of the play and inventive principles of the Orff Schulwerk Method and global focus of the World Music Pedagogy (Patricia Shehan Campbell).
"Jazzy Ash makes old songs joyous for new listeners while she acknowledges the creators of the work. Imagine a world where the music of your ancestors and the music of your descendants comes together and gets you dancing..." – Kathy O’Connell
Connie Han Trio
“A decisively brazen talent…with an exhilarating control of her skills and vision” (All That Jazz), Connie Han, pianist and provocateur, brings her blend of edgy modern and traditional jazz that is fresh and rebellious. This Steinway Artist is on a fast-climbing trajectory to jazz stardom with rave reviews from the New York Times, Jazziz Magazine, Downbeat Magazine and more.
Ladies Sing the Blues featuring Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade
Vocalists Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade channel the liberated spirits and pioneering vocalizations of four 1920s blues divas: Bessie Smith (the “Empress of the Blues”); Mamie Smith (the “Queen of the Blues”); Ma Rainey (the “Mother of the Blues”); and legendary stage and screen icon, Ethel Waters. Backed by a seven-piece band, led by pianist Mark Shane, the ladies demonstrate the ageless relevance of this important genre in American music, tackling love’s follies and stompin’ the blues away!
This engagement of the Ladies Sing The Blues is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Joey DeFrancesco was raised in Philadelphia, where the foundation of his roots in Jazz, Blues, and other musical art forms were born. To hear Joey DeFrancesco today, his music embodies the traditional art form infused with a distinct modern approach, just part of what makes his music unmistakably his own.
"Mr. DeFrancesco is a deeply authoritative musician, a master of rhythmic pocket, and of the custom of stomping bass lines beneath chords and riffs." – New York Times
*Venue subject to change.