The Songs of Cahn and Van Heusen with Andrew Walesch and Arne Fogel

Andrew Walesch

Arne Fogel

All Ages
Twin Cities favorite Crooners share an evening celebrating two stalwarts of the Great American Songbook, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen.

Like a good many before him, singer and pianist Andrew Walesch somehow manages to encapsulate the sophistication of a cosmopolite and the self-effacing charm of a country boy.

Whether composing and arranging or appearing in settings ranging from solo artist to big band, this St. Cloud, Minnesota native, who criss-crosses the bold North playing dates big and small, is as respectful of his predecessors as he is ready to take a leap into the unknown and chart a new course.

In his monthly, sold-out shows with his 10-piece band, Walesch is a traditionalist and an iconoclast rolled into one. His audiences include jazz enthusiasts of a certain age, as well as a younger crowd compelled by his down-home insouciance, and the knowing irreverence of a tried-and-true American nightclub entertainer. “Although they are my idols, I don’t attempt to imitate the great pop and jazz artists of the 50’s and 60’s,” says the singer and pianist, “but I go for broke when we do our shows - vocally and musically - which is what they all did best and why they were in a class of their own. I take risks, but I’m from Minnesota, so I’ve got jumper cables in the trunk.”

His vocal and piano chops, along with his keen sensibility to find and interpret a great lyric, have lead to some great opportunities for Walesch, including an appearance on the nationally syndicated NPR broadcast Mountain Stage.

Arne Fogel appears frequently as a singer at the top jazz venues in the Twin Cities, and served as the opening act for Rosemary Clooney during her December 2001 appearance at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

Arne Fogel has written, produced and appeared in over two dozen concert presentations in such venues as Orchestra Hall, Bloomington Center For the Arts, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 3M History Theater, The Capri Theater, and many other venues throughout the Upper Midwest, and has appeared in countless others. The Nancy Harms show “Ellington At Night”, which he co-wrote, co-created, and co-produced with Harms, has been presented in such venues as The Dunsmore Room, Lincoln Center (NYC), Albert Hall (London), and New Morning (Paris). Arne has appeared frequently in singing appearances with Kathryn (Mrs. Bing) Crosby in The Heights Theater and The Minneapolis Woman’s Club Theater in Minneapolis, and has participated in countless “live” radio concerts, including three years as a regular performer on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432