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Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents ENGLAND SWINGS: Noël Coward in Jazz Monday, Jun 18

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS
ANNIE ROSS, ANDY BEY,
BILLY STRITCH, BARBARA FASANO, HARRY ALLEN & ERIC COMSTOCK


“ENGLAND SWINGS: Noël Coward in Jazz”

AT DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA ON MONDAY, JUNE 18

NEA Jazz Master Annie Ross and jazz vocal legend Andy Bey, plus other stars of the jazz and nightclub worlds, gather to salute the music of 20th-century genius Noël Coward in “ENGLAND SWINGS: Noël Coward in Jazz” at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for two performances on Monday, June 18th. Shows are at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. There is a $25 cover and $10 minimum at tables, and a $5 cover at the bar. Food is available. Dizzy’s is part of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is located in the Time-Warner Center at 60th St. and Broadway. Reservations can be made at www.jalc.org or at 212.258.9595.

{module ad_left_body}“ENGLAND SWINGS” is presented in association with the Noël Coward Foundation, as part of the 2012 Noël Coward Festival and Exhibition, a city-wide celebration of Coward’s work, which includes the acclaimed exhibition STAR QUALITY: THE WORLD OF NOEL COWARD.  Visit www.noelcowardinnewyork.com

Pianist/vocalist Eric Comstock will direct and host the evening. Others slated to appear include the pianist/vocalist Billy Stritch, Algonquin headliner Barbara Fasano, tenor saxophone star Harry Allen, plus the first-call rhythm section of Neal Miner (bass) and Vito Lesczak (drums).

Comstock, creator of the Off-Broadway hit “Our Sinatra” and the revues “Singing Astaire” and “Made For The Movies”, says, “Coward’s songs, though loved around the world, have rarely been given an overtly jazz treatment, so this will be a unique program. Everybody knows ‘I’ll See You Again’ and ‘Mad About The Boy’, but there are plenty of other Coward tunes that work in a swing context.

“Annie Ross is the ideal person for this kind of evening, in that she’s a world-class actor, a member of jazz royalty, and from the British Isles. Andy Bey is perhaps our greatest living pianist/singer. Billy Stritch is the perfect combo of wonderful musicianship and show business at its most fun and swinging, and Barbara Fasano, also a great actor/singer, will find depth we didn’t recognize in the Coward material. In Harry Allen, we have a link to the tenor tradition of Stan Getz and Ben Webster, which is American music at its best.

“As for Coward (1899-1973), he succeeded as a playwright, stage and screen actor, director, producer and wit, while still leaving us hundreds of excellent songs for which he wrote both music and lyrics.”