Midday Jazz Midtown is a series produced by Ronny Whyte in partnership with Midtown Arts Common. Concerts are 1 hour long, and held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Saint Peter's Church. A $10 donation is requested. (Jazz great Barry Harris pictured above, at the April 29 concert.)
Wednesday, May 6, 1:00 p.m.
Bob Dorough is an American bebop and cool jazz pianist, singer, composer, songwriter, arranger and producer. He worked with Miles Davis and Blossom Dearie, and his adventurous style was an influence on Mose Allison, among other singers. He is perhaps best known as the primary composer of and performer of many of the songs used in Schoolhouse Rock!, an educational television series in the 1970s and 1980s on ABC.
Wednesday, May 13, 1:00 p.m.
Cecilia Coleman Big Band
In 1998 Cecilia Coleman moved to New York, landed a gig on her very first night in the city and has kept busy ever since. In 2010, Cecilia became a big band leader of significance. "What essentially started as a rehearsal band quickly turned into a serious endeavor, due in large part to the overwhelming support I received from other musicians. After rehearsals, they'd phone or write to say how much they enjoyed my music and tell me that I had to keep this thing going. They've been extremely supportive and enthusiastic, which makes this extremely rewarding for me. In fact, the big band has become the love of my life."
Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 p.m.
Valerie Capers / Frank Senior / John Robinson
Dr. Capers has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz and Branford Marsalis' JazzSet. She has also performed with many outstanding artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach, and Paquito D'Rivera, among others.
Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 p.m.
William Bolcom & Joan Morris
Traversing Broadway, vaudeville and music hall, performing music from the ragtime era to the end of the 20th century, the duo of William Bolcom and Joan Morris have delighted audiences around the world since 1973. One of the driving forces behind the ragtime revival that began in the 1970s, Bolcom is also the composer of the poignant "Graceful Ghost Rag." According to the Chicago Tribune, "[Joan Morris] projects not just a song, but the character singing it, and gives that character her own irresistibly funny and winning personality."