Wed, June 21, 2017
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2017-06-21 7:00 pm
Joel Zelnik Trio +annette Sanders Perform "tony Bennett & Bill Evans: The Legendary Recordings at Westfield Memorial Library
‘TONY BENNETT & BILL EVANS – THE LEGENDARY RECORDINGS” will be performed by the Joel Zelnik Trio with Grammy nominee vocalist Annette Sanders on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 , at 7pm. They will perform at the Westfield Memorial Library, 550 E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ 07096 908-789-4090 www.wmlnj.org
This timely program is based on the dialogues between Joel Zelnik and Bill Evans, a 7 time Grammy Award Winner, at the “Village Gate”in NYC, during the mid-1960’s. Signature Evans works are performed and Joel plays pieces he enjoys that show the Evans influence.
Highlighted is the collaboration of Bill Evans & Tony Bennett (celebrating his 90th Birthday August 3, 2016) on two albums during 1975 and ‘77, which yielded some of the best recordings in the history of jazz.
Few listeners realized that Tony Bennett was as much of a jazz singer as almost anybody; he had already made a handful of albums in a small jazz combo format, but these were far lesser known than his big chart hits. Then, in 1975, he made what would be his supreme statement in the jazz field, the first of two albums with the remarkable pianist Bill Evans.
They reprise the 40th anniversary of this remarkable collaboration of American Art Song at its finest, by recapturing the virility and expressiveness in these performances. It is a beautiful surprising repertoire – no Gershwin, no Ellington, no blues. They’re mostly songs associated with great female singers: Mabel Mercer and Billie Holiday, as well as Bill Evans’ own “Waltz For Debby” with Gene Lees’ lyrics.
Annette is a Grammy nominee with 5 CDs, has sung with Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Antonio Carlos Jobim. She was the featured vocalist in Dick Hyman’s Jazz Series at the 92nd St. Y, and also performed in The Billy Taylor Jazz Series at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her distinctive recognizable sound has been heard on thousands of jingles, movie sound tracks, and CD’s.
Please visit website for pictures, bio, music, press and more: www.joelzelnik.com
Westfield Memorial Library, 550 Broad Street