Savoring the First Half of the Winter Music Series

by Mark Bialczak | 20 months ago

Two down, two to go.

Jazz fans have had a fine time at the Origins of Jazz III The Jazz Singer winter music series so far.

The voices from the front of the Carman Music Room have been strong, vibrant, commanding. Subtle, silky, sublime.

Standing ovations came frequently from the patrons who were able to soak in the work of the Big D Orchestra featuring Sharon Allen on Jan. 21 and Ronnie Leigh with Marcus Curry on Feb. 18.

In case you missed it, here are a pair of photographs that I took with the mission of capturing the overall feel of the scene.

BigDblogJohn Dancks on upright bass, Dave 'Big D' Schneider on vocals and guitar, Sharon Allen on vocals and percussion and George Newton on lap steel guitar (left to right) do their roots thing.

RonnieBlogRonnie Leigh works the LPL's Yamaha grand piano while Marcus Curry sets a spell on electric guitar.

 The day following the concerts, I posted song videos on our Facebook page. They scored lots of views.

I squirreled away a couple for here, though. Please enjoy.

The Big D Orchestra performs 'I Got Blues.'

Ronnie Leigh and Marcus Curry play their version of Al Jarreau's 'Wait for the Magic.'

By the way, you can find videos from the last two years' worth of shows at the LPL cataloged on our YouTube channel.

The third concert in the series features vocalist Julie Falatico with pianist Rick Montalbano at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, and it wraps up at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, with singer Kirsten Tegtmeyer with contemporary jazz band E.S.P.