"On The Air" - Marian McPartland Centennial Celebration with Stacy Sullivan & Jon Weber

Celebrating 'The First Lady Of Jazz'

"On The Air" - Marian McPartland Centennial Celebration with Stacy Sullivan & Jon Weber

Sat · November 10, 2018

6:00 pm


Acclaimed vocalist Stacy Sullivan, winner of the Nightlife, Bistro, and MAC Award for Outstanding Female New York Debut, pays tribute to one of the grand dames of jazz with the New York debut of “On the Air.”

Legendary jazz pianist Marian McPartland (1918-2013) left a body of work as a performer and composer rivaled only by her advocacy of the art form. As host of “Piano Jazz,” she led the longest running cultural program in the history of National Public Radio, interviewing and performing with the giants of 20th century jazz.  

“On the Air” weaves storytelling and performances of some of the most beloved works from the American Songbook into a fascinating portrait of an Englishwoman who became an American jazz tastemaker. Featuring music of Duke Ellington, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Willie Nelson, and, of course, Marian herself. 

Stacy Sullivan
Stacy Sullivan
Vocalist Stacy Sullivan grew up in Oklahoma, the seventh of eight children in a wildly musical family, where she began performing in venues across the south and midwest at the age of five. Graduating Cum Laude from Tulsa University with her degree in Music, she left home to follow her musical and acting dreams in Los Angeles.

She appeared in numerous film, commercial, and television projects in Hollywood, (memorably creating the role of Sissel Jorgensen on the award-winning series, “Christy,” starring Tyne Daly) but career took a backseat to children for many years, leading her to keep the musical drive alive by recording five, critically acclaimed, self-produced albums.

With a move to New York in 2012, career dreams took flight in the creation of “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee,” the live show and recording that would change her life. Stephen Holden, of The New York Times referred to her performance as “Spellbinding,” Darkly Sultry,” and “Compelling.” Clive Davis of The Times (London) wrote, “A commanding, willowy presence, Sullivan captures that rare combination of vulnerability and worldliness.”

“On the Air,” the show she wrote and performs for Piano Jazz creator, Marian McPartland, caught the eye (and ear) of legendary radio personality and music connoisseur Jonathan Schwartz, who presented it to New York City at WNYC’s “The Greene Space,” which led to a run at The York Theatre in Manhattan and the recording, “Stranger in a Dream.” The Wall Street Journal called it “Cabaret for Thinking People,” and The New York Times raved, “Sullivan transports you to a twilight zone of wistful reflection that recalls the dreamier side of Peggy Lee.”

“Since You’ve Asked,” her most personal live musical offering, is a meteorologically themed family history spanning several decades, described by The New York Times in April 2015 as “Thrilling,” “Audacious,” “Spellbinding,” and “Stretching cabaret into previously unexplored territory.”

Numerous awards, including The MAC Award (2015) for “Major Artist,” The Nightlife Award (2014) for “Best Female Vocalist, and The Lamott Friedman Award for “Best Recording” for “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee” give her the opportunity to tour the world with her band, as well as in a duo setting with Piano Jazz Host and Famed Pianist, Jon Weber.
Jon Weber
Jon Weber
New York-based jazz pianist Jon Weber is a consummate post-bop musician with a lithe technical ability and an ear for complex harmonic compositions. Largely self-taught, Weber displayed a knack for reinterpreting melodies early on and by age 3 could often been found playing children's tunes on a toy organ. By his teens, he was attempting his own compositions and performing regularly with his jazz quintet occasionally opening for such big names as Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine. Around age 16, Weber began playing guitar and taught himself counterpoint, a skill that eventually garnered him experience arranging for various local ensembles including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Weber's post-high school years found him attending Wisconsin University and eventually settling in Chicago in the late-'80s. Since that time he has performed and recorded with a wide array of jazz artists. He released his debut album, Jazz Wagon in 1993 and the follow-up, Simple Complex in 2004. Showcasing an all-star group of jazz associates including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and vibraphonist Gary Burton, Simple Complex features compositions Weber began in high school and rediscovered years later.
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432