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The Jazz Cocktail “Hour”

About the Jazz Cocktail “Hour”
2018/2019 Jazz sponsored in memory of William E. “Bill” Donoghue 1941-2017.

Great jazz for everyone! The evening begins with drinks or a signature cocktail, and small bites. Concerts are held on the second floor, The Univest Room, of  the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. This intimate room allows the audience to experience the creative, improvisational form of jazz, up close and personal. Sara Michaels, jazz and blues vocalist and local resident, gives a brief introduction to connect the artist with the audience.

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November

Jazz Cocktail Hour:

Soulful Jazz Vocalist Sherry Wilson Butler & The Aaron Graves Trio

Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:30pm

Stand up, sit down, clap your hands, and experience this passionate, & spirit filled woman interpreting upbeat contemporary jazz, R&B, pop, and gospel. Butler haunts audiences with influences of Betty Carter, Diane Reeves, Phyllis Hyman, Nina Simone, and Sarah Vaughn. 

Aaron Graves has been blessed to perform and/or record with Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Brown, Jr., Dakota Staton, Houston Person, Marlena Shaw, Cassandra Wilson, Antonio Hart, Greg Osby, Grady Tate, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Grover Washington, Jr., Vanessa Rubin, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and many others.

December

Jazz Cocktail Hour:

The Cartoon Christmas Trio: Featuring Choir Members from Local Elementary Schools

Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:30pm

Merry Christmas! Since its inception in 1995, established solely for the purpose of capturing the nuances of the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi and his contemporaries, Cartoon Christmas Trio has been the premier interpreter of the classic soundtracks of holiday cartoon music, especially the music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

February

Jazz Cocktail Hour:

Paula Johns presents “The Look of Love”, A Tribute to Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick

Friday, February 15, 2019 6:30pm

You’ll hear songs like, Alfie, What the World Needs Now, Valley of the Dolls, The Look of Love, I Say A Little Prayer, and many other familiar and not so familiar songs. We’ll recount the relationships between Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick, as well as the many other singers like, Dusty Springfield, Streisand, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Costello & many others he’s worked with throughout his amazing career that ran from the late 1950s through the 2000s, many in collaboration with popular lyricist Hal David.

Sharing the stage in this presentation will be the Dave Hartl Trio: Musical Director, Dave Hartl on Piano, Andy Lalasis on Bass & Grant MacAvoy on Drums

*Please note: this special Valentine Jazz Cocktail Hour is on a Friday!

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts. Orders must be received by Saturday, February 9

Asian Snack Mix with Nori $6.50

Mediterranean Chick Pea Salad $8.50

Southwest Barbecue Chicken Wrap $10.50

Persian Love Cake $6.50

May

Uptown!s Annual Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch

Uptown! Divas & The Terry Klinefelter Trio

Sunday, May 12, 2019 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Whether it’s a girls day out or Mothers joined by their loved ones, Uptown!’s Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch will be deliciously entertaining! Join us in the Univest room for a menu that will satisfy all. Enjoy listening to WCU’s jazz pianist, Terry Klinefelter and her trio for the first half our program. The second half of our program presents “The Uptown! Divas”, three top Jazz vocalists, including Rhenda Fearrington, Sharon Sable, and your host Sara Michaels, presenting “Inspirational Songs of Woman and Mothers”.

Coctails & Brunch includes

Garden Frittata
Apple Smoked Bacon
Brioche French Toast
Fresh Fruit
Farro Salad with Root Vegetables
Baked Goods Tray
Mimosa or Bloody Mary