Sue Matthews at the Mainstay
ROCK HALL — Sue Matthews, with Robert Redd on piano and Scott Silbert on saxophone, presents an evening featuring the melodies of Harold Arlen, the composer of “Over the Rainbow” and “Stormy Weather,” at the Mainstay.
The music will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Admission is $20, if purchased in online and $23 at the door or by phone. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website mainstayrockhall.org.
For a number of years vocalist Matthews and pianist Redd have been paying tribute to the composers and tunesmiths whose works are part of the Great American Songbook, the moniker given to the film “Broadway,” and jazz standards of the last century, a news release states.
Arlen wrote the music to many of the songs from the 1930s and 1940s, including the entire score to the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz” (with lyrics by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg). Arlen also wrote the music for such benchmark songs such as “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Blues in the Night” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.”
Matthews came to the music world’s attention in 1991, when she released the traditional jazz album “Love Dances,” the release states. She has been a featured artist at the W.C. Handy Music Festival, with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Florida Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Showcase in NYC and the Saluzzo Musical Festival in Italy as well as artist-in-residence at the Clifden Arts Week Festival, County Galway, Ireland and at Augusta Heritage Center.
Redd tours internationally as the pianist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He was previously with the Keter Betts trio, the Wolf Trap Jazz Series and musical director for Kenny Rankin.
Silbert is a multiple woodwind player who was the chief arranger for the U.S. Navy Band. He also spent many years playing with and arranging for the U. S. Navy Commodores Jazz Band.