Connie Evingson: Ella Fitzgerald Songbook Series Gershwin

Connie Evingson: Ella Fitzgerald Songbook Series Gershwin

Tue ยท March 20, 2018

7:30 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

Off Sale

Connie Evingson
Connie Evingson
Jazz vocalist Connie Evingson is known for taking divergent musical paths. Her recorded catalog of acclaimed CD's ranging from jazz and Broadway standards to the music of Peggy Lee, the Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Dave Frishberg, Norman Gimbel and more reflects an adventurous spirit that knows no boundaries. A Twin Cities resident, Connie appears at the nationally renowned Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, is the featured artist of the Jungle Theater's Jazz at the Jungle concert series, appears regularly at the Minneapolis Woman's Club Jazz in the Lounge series and tours worldwide, with appearances at concert halls, theaters and festivals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. She has been a guest artist at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein and Vince Giordano, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto Symphony conducted by Doc Severinsen, the JazzMN Orchestra and Vocalessence, among others. Her ten CD's on Minnehaha Music have all charted in the Top 50 in the U.S. and Canada and can be heard on radio stations around the world. All the Cats Join In, her third CD in the "jazz manouche" style popularized by Django Reinhardt, features John Jorgenson and his Quintet and was released in Oct., 2014.

Whether singing bebop, bossa nova, big band swing or a ballad, Connie's voice is readily identifiable - sure in pitch, a tad smoky in places, razor sharp in articulation and exhibiting an inherent sense of swing that's dead-center in the pocket. Nominated as JazzWeek Vocalist of the Year in 2005 alongside Stacey Kent, Madeleine Peyroux, Tierney Sutton and Curtis Stigers, Connie has been featured on the Smithsonian's Jazz Singers radio series, NPR's Fresh Air and Weekend Edition, and is included on numerous compilations discs in the U.S., China and Japan. She is a two-time recipient of both the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist's Initiative Grant.
Dave Karr
Dave Karr
Tenor saxophonist Dave Karr has been a fixture of the Twin Cities' jazz scene since he moved to Minneapolis in the late 1950's.

He has performed with some of the finest local and national jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. In addition to performing, he has composed and arranged music for film, radio, television commercials and various recording projects. Young at heart, the 84-year-old claims, "I have found the fountain of youth in the challenge of jazz improvisation." He is the winner of a McKnight Fellowship for Performance Excellence for the year 2007-2008.
Tanner Taylor
Tanner Taylor
Taylor studied under Jack Oatts and Manhattan School of Music's Garry Dial. In 2001, he relocated from Des Moines to Minneapolis where he has become one of Minnesota's most sought after jazz pianists.

Catch Tanner tickling the ivories with all of the Twin Cities' finest vocalists, as well as leading his own groups at local jazz hot-spots such as the Dakota and the Artists' Quarter, Hell's Kitchen and Icehouse. Tanner is co-owner of the Twin Cities' only community-based jazz center, Jazz Central Studios.

Taylor has performed with jazz notables such as Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Lew Tabackin, David "Fathead" Newman, Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Wes "Warm Daddy" Anderson, Dick Oatts, Eric Alexander, Bobby Shew, Steve Smith, Jaleel Shaw, Delfeayo Marsalis, Barbara Morrison and Marilyn Maye. In addition, Tanner is pianist/conductor for Minneapolis-based vocal group "Five By Design" and has performs regularly with symphony/pops orchestras all over the US and Canada.
Gordy Johnson
Gordy Johnson
Gordon "Gordy" Johnson is a bass guitarist who has toured and/or recorded with numerous artists, a few of which include Maynard Ferguson, Roy Buchanan, Bill Carrothers, Lorie Line, Chuck Mangione, Dewey Redman, Greg Brown, Peter Ostroushko, Paul Winter Consort, Cliff Eberhardt, Becky Schlegel, Benny Weinbeck, Bradley Joseph, and Stacey Kent.
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432