The Big D Orchestra featuring Sharon Allen Kicks Off 2018 Origins of Jazz Series

by Mark Bialczak | 15 months ago

It's time for America's music to sweeten the Carman Community Room again.

The 2018 edition of the Origins of Jazz series will honor The Jazz Singer.

The first of four concerts, on Sunday, Jan. 21, will explore roots and blues with the Big D Orchestra featuring Sharon Allen. Dave Schneider will lead the ensemble from his guitar position, joined by Allen on vocals, George Newton on lap and steel guitars and John Dancks on bass.

Schneider, Allen and Newton are fresh from a turn in the Fall Music series with Skip Murphy and His Merry Pranksters.

Sharon Allen sings Angel from Montgomery with The Merry Pranksters in the CCR in September, 2017.

The Jazz Singer will run with one Sunday show a month through April. All concerts start at 2 p.m. in the CCR.

Be ready for recognizable names.

Vocalist Ronnie Leigh and guitarist Marcus Curry perform on Feb. 18; singer Julie Falatico will team with pianist Rick Montalbano on March 18; and Kirsten Tegtmeyer will sing with group E.S.P. on April 15.

Leigh and Curry will combine for bebop and other cool jazz tunes.

Falatico and Montalbano will mix swing and standards.

Tegtmeyer, with John Magnante on guitar and Matthew Vacanti on bass, will perform “jazz vocals for the future.”

The series is presented in partnership with the Liverpool Is the Place committee.