Sue Matthews at the Main­stay

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

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.

SUE MATTHEWS

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