“A Tribute to Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett”
Jean Calvert and Russ Wilson
Music Director, piano, and trumpet:
Joe Di Prima
Bass and guitar:
($8 for students - $5 for past performing musicians)
Both Jean Calvert and Russ Wilson have performed in many musical styles, but it’s jazz that always calls them back home. On Friday, July 24 at 8 p.m. at the White Horse Black Mountain the two singers will salute the music of two of their role models, Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee. In an interesting juxtaposition to Calvert and Wilson, modern performers drawn to vintage styles, Bennett and Lee were already jazz icons when they embraced the work of rock era songwriters, expanding the Great American Songbook in the jazz realm. Peggy Lee was one of the first of the “old guard” to record work by the Beatles, Randy Newman, Carole King and James Taylor, while Tony Bennett continues to collaborate with younger musicians, most recently Lady Gaga. Lee and Bennett’s rich catalogs guarantee that Calvert and Wilson will have plenty of great songs to choose from for an evening of classic cabaret jazz.
Russ Wilson is an Asheville singer, drummer, bandleader and showbiz entrepreneur. He performs with numerous local groups as a front man, ensemble member or special guest, and leads his own big band, Nouveau-Passe Orchestra, which specializes in the dance music of the 20s and 30s. Indeed, with his dapper, retro sartorial style he bears more than a passing resemblance to bandleader Paul Whiteman. Although he’s played and performed and recorded just about every style of American popular music, jazz remains his first love.
Greenville-based singer Jean Calvert got her start in the folk-rock mold, but after moving to New York and hearing jazz legends in intimate clubs her heroes became the likes of Miss Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’DayBillie Holiday, Carmen McCrae and more recently Diana Krall and Jane Monheit. Her vocal delivery conveys the influence Peggy Lee’s sultry style.