Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Big Band Experience...

I am fortunate to have opportunities to perform a number of different types of concerts in various locales... coming up next will be a Spartanburg, SC performance of my big band show, "Beyond the Sea: Tish Oney's Big Band Excursion" with the Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band (Feb. 10 at 7:30 in the USC Upstate Performing Arts Center, 800 University Way, Spartanburg--864-503-5695 for tickets). This show is a big deal to me--the arrangements were written by Chris Walden, a Grammy-winning large ensemble arranger who has helped me put together not only this show, but my two symphony pops shows as well, Joe Riposo, an acclaimed jazz musician (alto sax), educator, composer, arranger and author of several books devoted to jazz improvisation, and Jason Goldman, another top-flight alto sax player/composer/arranger whose music is lush, challenging and full of reharmonization.

This particular show features three Riposo arrangements, two of which are collaborations I have shared with Joe. We co-wrote "Hidden Soul" and "A Blue Goodbye" together years ago (he the music and I the lyrics), and he recently completed a big band chart of the latter, which will receive its world premiere at my February concert. I have treasured Joe as an important jazz mentor, collaborator and friend over the years, so it is my privilege to share his work with this audience.

Last year I had the distinct honor to be the first guest vocalist to share the stage with the regionally-acclaimed Greenville Jazz Collective, a terrific quintet in Upstate South Carolina led by bassist Shannon Hoover. This group also sports a big band (18-piece jazz orchestra), and we have eagerly awaited another opportunity to work together to present my big band show. The opportunity has finally arrived and the public is warmly invited to enjoy this wonderful music written by excellent arrangers and played by truly accomplished performers! The program includes music of the Gershwins, Charlie Parker, Richard Rodgers, Henry Mancini and more. Tickets are $15 for general public, $8 for faculty and staff and $5 for students. All proceeds support jazz education, so please come and join us for this great cause! Thank you for your support of live music!