This Month at Arts Garage – Amazing May

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For information and tickets: www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357 Guitar god Stanley Jordan, Grammy winner Jimmy Webb, and Best Female Jazz Vocalist Nancy Kelly are just a few of the musical greats appearing this May at Arts Garage. The Delray Beach venue also presents the Radio Theatre production of the romantic mystery the The Thin Man. “May is amazing,” says Alyona Ushe, President & CEO. “We have several super popular artists who we are booking for twonight engagements, including Jimmy Webb, who sold out last year. Stanley Jordan, the superstar of the guitar, and the incomparable jazz trio of Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart.” May 1 / Fri. 8pm / $25-35 SWINGIN HARPOON / Blues Florida’s premiere harmonica-driven, raw swinging blues band is like a mix of Muddy Waters and Cab Calloway. Swingin Harpoon brings soulful vocals backed with Delta and Chicago ‘Big City’ harmonica horn sounds and The Mercenaries of Rhythm thundering rhythm section. Founded by Mike ‘Salty’ Lanigan, the world class harmonica player, entertainer and band leader with soul-shaking vocals, the band has established their big blues sound for over a decade, captivating audiences with their vibrant energy. Mike is one the most exciting harp blowers in the area, boasting a gritty tone and red hot, sizzling licks. Swingin Harpoon doesn’t just perform songs, they put on a lively, entertaining performance with both originals and vintage covers. Come catch them while you can at Arts Garage! May 2 / Sat. 8pm / $25-30-35 NANCY KELLY / Jazz For over 30 years, Nancy Kelly has honed her trademark swing/bop, take-no prisoners, back-to-the-roots swinging style in front of audiences across the U.S. and abroad. She takes us back to the time when jazz was an authentic expression of real emotion, and her stage presence, phrasing, style and swing put her in a league of her own. She was twice named “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” in the Down Beat Readers’ Poll and has recorded four critically acclaimed CDs. May 9 / Sat. 8pm / $25-$35 VITALI IMERELI / Jazz Vitali Imereli is considered one of the best and most accomplished jazz violinists in the world. He is a virtuoso in both classical and jazz genres, and his playing is a true joy to experience. He has performed with and gained the admiration of jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Howard Alden, James Carter. May 15 & 16 / Fri & Sat 8pm / $25-$40-$50 JIMMY WEBB / Cabaret Jimmy Webb is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, composer, and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. He is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. His songs have been recorded or performed by musical royalty like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Glen Cambell, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, R.E.M and Carly Simon. May 17 / Sat. 8pm / $25-45 PIERCE PETTIS / Jazz Pierce Pettis began his long career as a writer/artist at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama and later as a staff songwriter for Polygram/Universal Music in Nashville. His songs have been covered by artists ranging from Garth Brooks and Dion to Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel. Pettis’ fifth album for Compass Records (Nashville), “That Kind of Love” (2009), received rave reviews from XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, American Songwriter, The (London, UK) Sunday Express, Image Quarterly . . . to name a few. His newest, “New Agrarians” (by the trio of the same name) is a co-effort with Kate Campbell and Tom Kimmel, released November of 2014.” May 21-22 / Thur. 7:30, Fri. 8pm STANLEY JORDAN / Jazz Guitar The 4-time Grammy nominated Stanley Jordan is an American guitar virtuoso, known for his innovative “touch technique” on the guitar’s fretboard. His legendary music is imbued with a warmth and sensitivity that has captured the imagination of listeners worldwide. Since his career first took off in 1985 with critical acclaim, Jordan has continued to raise the bar for excellence. His most recent album, “Friends”, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Jordan’s versatility ranges from bold reinventions of classical masterpieces to soulful explorations of pop-rock hits, to jazz forays and improvisational works. He has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including performances with Art Blakey and Richie Cole and recordings with Stanley Clarke and Kenny Rogers. His track “Morning Desire” with Rogers, became America’s #1 country song in 1986. May 23 / Sat. 2pm / $20, $10 students THE BRIDGE PROJECT / Special Event Join us for a fundraiser to support young, aspiring musicians and their world-class jazz guitarist/instructor, Neil Bacher. The South Florida Swing & Jazz Preservation Society has developed a partnership with Arts Garage and Palm Beach County Band Camps in a pilot program to benefit Palm Beach County High School Students who are interested in honing their jazz skills. This performance will showcase their efforts from the first eight-week session and will also serve as a fundraiser to assist in providing more sessions like this in the future. The program’s mission is to bridge the generation gap of Palm Beach County jazz enthusiasts. May 23 / Sat. 8pm / $25-35-45 BRAZILIAN VOICES INC / Brazilian Multiple year winners of “Best Brazilian Music Group in the US”, this women’s choir explores the rhythm of Brazil, performing bossa nova, samba and more. Brazilian Voices is a non-profit organization that performs for cultural, charitable and educational purposes. Known as 10-time winners of the Brazilian International Press Award for Outstanding Brazilian Musical Group, their talented female vocalists volunteer their voices and time to preserve the rich multicultural Brazilian heritage. May 27-28 / Wed-Thur 7:30pm THE THIN MAN / Radio Theatre Wealthy, glamorous husband-wife detectives Nick and Nora Charles solve murders, drink martinis and crack wise in this romantic screwball comedy. Each show is performed live, with performers utilizing specially designed sound effect devices, providing a nostalgic trip to the past with a modern twist. Every play is recorded and posted at www.artsradionetwork.com for audiences to enjoy long after the curtain has fallen. Join us to relive the golden ages of radio. May 29-30 / Fri-Sat 8pm / $25-$45 PETER BERNSTEIN, LARRY GOLDINGS AND BILL STEWART Larry Goldings is a Grammy-nominated pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger. Among jazz enthusiasts, his organ trio with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart has been recognized for charting new ground, with synergistic playing and hardswinging yet thoughtful music. Golding’s talents have been soughtafter by an impressive range of musicians including James Taylor, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman, Ricki Lee Jones, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, and Leon Russell. In 2007, his live album, Trio Beyond – Saudades, received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Album of the Year.