Arts Garage is providing a bountiful array of talent this November, with performances for every taste and style. With great anticipation Theatre at Arts Garage returns with an entertaining song cycle by the award-winning composer/lyricist Daniel Maté. Europe’s #1 Jazz Violinist, Vitali Imereli, selects Arts Garage for his American debut; the Master Class series hit another high note with virtuoso vibraphonist Joe Locke, and the Cabaret series catches fire with Grammy-Winning composer, famed musical director, and incomparable performer Billy Stritch. And this is just the first course! “We have a tremendous amount to be grateful for,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director. “Our audiences have passionately embraced our new offerings such as the Master Classes, Cabaret shows, and Dance Classes and they are more excited than ever about Jazz Project and Garage Blues.” “Add to that, the theatre buzz has been overwhelming, as Lou Tyrrell our Artistic Director, has selected a four-play season, featuring some of the best new work in drama and musical theater,” she continued. “This season will take you on a thrill ride of laughter, insight, and intrigue,” said Tyrrell. “The season opens with a hip, funny song- cycle by the incomparable Daniel Maté. Our audiences will be riveted by this completely original musical storytelling. “The songs are immediate, they are now, right in the present. Funny, poignant, insightful, touching – these are the songs of our lives today.” Also tapping into the songs of our lives is Billy Stritch. The Grammy winner has been seen on The Today Show, Oprah, CBS News and more. He was chosen by Liza Minnelli to arrange her famous Stepping Out at Radio City extravaganza, in addition to several of her other concerts and CD’s. Stritch also co-wrote Reba McEntire’s hit song, “Does He Love You?” and starred on Broadway in the revival of 42nd Street. “We are thrilled to welcome Billy to our stage. “This will be an unforgettable night by one of the world’s most multi-talented performers,” said Ushe. “Another must-see show is the American debut of Vitali Imereli. We are so honored that he chose Arts Garage for this special performance.” Recognized by many as the world’s best gypsy jazz violinist, Imereli was a child prodigy who has become a European treasure. He now plans to take America by storm with his debut in Delray Beach. Another leading musician showcased this month is Joe Locke, considered one of the world’s premiere vibraphonist, he will not only perform, but will lead the next Master Class. “We are thrilled to have Locke for this Master Class. He has won numerous awards and polls, including the 2006, 2008 and 2009 “Mallet Player of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association. He is active as a clinician / educator and has been the International Vibraphone Consultant at the Royal Academy of Music, London, on a visiting basis since 2008,” said Drew Tucker, who is a masterful vibraphonist in his own right and will be gracing Arts Garage’s stage this month as well with an acclaimed show that mixes classic and street styles in way that defines Tucker. And back by popular demand, our FREE Swing dance class with Izzy Shniadoski, the director of Swing Affair. “Everyone loved this class when it debuted a few months ago,” said Ushe. “So we get ready to jump and jive again.” All levels are welcome for the class and a fun-filled concert with the Swing All Stars featuring LeNard Rutledge follows, ticket information below. Other highlights of the month include Blues great Tomcat Blake, guitar god Larry Coryell, and Doug Bell and Bellevue Cadillac, who have performed with a legendary list of entertainers including Ray Charles, Kool and the Gang, Keith Richards and more. Subscriptions and Flex Passes are now available for both the concert and theatre season. Visit www.artsgarage.org. Ticket prices: Concert performances $25- $35, $5 more at the door Theatre productions $30-$45 www.artsgarage.org, or call the box office at 561-450-6357 11/1 – 11/24 Theatre at Arts Garage | The Longing And The Short Of It Music & Lyrics by Daniel Mate Wednesday – Friday 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday 2pm, Exception Friday 11/22 will be Garage Blues, not theatre. Additional shows: Sat 11/23 8pm, and Sun 11/24 7pm Tickets $30-$45 The Longing and the Short of It is an evening of catchy, thrilling, and unpredictable theatre songs in a variety of delightful musical styles, written and composed by acclaimed composer/lyricist Daniel Maté (2013 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist.) Six actors play a multitude of relatable characters, all struggling to find love and acceptance, or the nearest available substitute. Whether acting out lustily at a party, running into an ex in a public place and saying all the wrong things, pleading insanity to keep a relationship from ending, or simply enjoying a nice, quiet self-pity party at home, these people all long to feel, in the words of the opening song, “something like okay”. Sat 11/ 2 | 8pm – 10pm Garage Blues | Tomcat Blake Rock ‘n’ roll for your bluesy soul. Known for his particular guitar phrasing and percussive rhythm style, Blake learned the blues by direct transmission from one of the great pre-war bluesmen, Henry Townsend. Today, Tomcat prefers to write and record his own music in which he doesn’t hesitate to mix his countless influences: Blues, Country, Rockabilly, Soul Sat 11/9 | 8pm Jazz Project | Vitali Imereli Vitali Imereli, “Europe’s #1 Jazz Violinist,” begins his American tour here at the Arts Garage. He is a virtuoso in both classical and jazz genres and has performed at concert halls and festivals throughout Europe such as the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands. Vitali has performed with and gained the admiration of jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Larry Coryell, Olli Soikkeli, Howard Alden, James Carter and he is quickly been recognized by many as the world’s best gypsy jazz violinist. A former Soviet Union expatriate, now living in Finland, Vitali’s talent was recognized at the young age of 5. His early influences include the great Stephane Grappelli and the classical masters. His playing is renowned for its energetic and lyrical style, beautiful phrasing, blistering technique, and his impeccable delivery. Come join us for this special engagement of this violin phenomenon that has taken Europe by storm. Tues, 11/12 | 8pm Jazz Project | Joe Locke Award winning virtuoso vibraphonist Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. Voted the #1 vibist in DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll and three time winner of the prestigious “Mallet Player of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association, Joe has recorded and performed with a diverse range of notable musicians including Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, and The Beastie Boys. Joe’s creativity and energetic style never fail to captivate his audiences. “In the select group of contemporary vibes players, Locke has claims to head the list.” Sat Nov 16, 2013 | 8pm Jazz Project | Larry Coryell Larry Coryell is one of the world’s acknowledged guitar masters. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of “the guitar gods” in the late 1970s, With more than 70 albums to his credit, Larry has toured and recorded with elite musicians like Jack Bruce, Jimmy Webb, the 5th Dimension, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Randy and Michael Brecker to name a few. His early influences were Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry, and Wes Montgomery but soon after arriving in New York City in 1965, Larry emerged as a profound music prophet who merged rock, jazz, eastern modes and scales, and free-form, improv-flashing classical riffs. He quickly became one of the most in demand guitarists in rock, jazz, and all musical genres. Larry has also published several highly regarded guitar books and videos and he continues to perform worldwide. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the true masters of guitar. Wed, 11/13 | 4pm Master Class | Joe Locke| $10 Joe Locke’s masterclass will begin with an introduction and a look at his personal background and experiences as a musician. The main body of the masterclass will be divided into two main sections: the first half of the workshop will explore improvisation techniques and approaches; the second half will be geared toward vibraphone and mallet instrument performance techniques. This is a chance to gain some valuable insight directly from one of the top jazz musicians of our day. Afterwards there will be a question and answer period followed by an opportunity for autographs and photos. Approximately 90 minutes Sun 11/17 | 7pm Special Event: Swing Dance Swing All Stars featuring LeNard Rutledge 7pm FREE Swing Dance Class with Izzy Shniadoski, the director of Swing Affair If you’re a beginner or just need a refresher – Come early – it’s FREE 8pm SWING ALL STARS featuring LeNard Rutledge , $25, open seating in advance, tables are not reserved. $5 more at the door. The Arts Garage dance floor comes to life this Sunday with the high-energy, finger- poppin’, high-steppin’ Swing All Stars. Bring your dancing shoes and swing the night away or just sit back and enjoy the show. This performance at the Arts Garage will feature the smooth soulful voice of LeNard Rutledge, guitarist and vocalist Jeff Taylor, piano virtuoso Brian Murphy, swinging bassist Paul Shewchuk, and Kevin Campfield driving the band on drums and vocals. Fri 11/22 | 8pmGarage Blues | Doug Bell & Bellevue Cadillac Bellevue Cadillac has been playing stages together around the world for two decades. They have played with greats such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Tito Puente, Patty Austin, Kool and the Gang, Ruth Brown, Percy Sledge, Keith Richards and Bo Diddley. Bellevue Cadillac has had their music in major motion pictures and television shows and have had performances covered by major television broadcasting stations throughout their career.
Fri, Nov 29 | 8pm Jazz Project | Billy Stritch | Cabaret An award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist, and jazz pianist of extraordinary range and sophistication, Stritch breathes new life into the Great American Songbook. “Equally gifted as a player and a singer, and doing both with no-holds-power, Stritch is not afraid to dazzle!” — London Times Sat 11/30 | 8pm Jazz Project | Drew Tucker Elegant and refined vibraphonist/ percussionist Tucker returns with his globe-spanning ensemble to present an audiophile’s dream of high- minded jazz tinged with basement soul and glossed with street sophistication.