A magical afternoon of jazz

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
Singer Alexis Cole wound up a three-stop Florida mini-tour on Sunday, March 25, treating the Firehouse Cultural Center audience in Ruskin to a rather unusual source of material for a jazz band. Quite simply, it was all about what she called “The Magic of Disney Love Songs."

She mined the Disney songbooks extensively to find these heart-felt ballads from Disney-produced films, including Aladdin, The Aristocats, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Great Mouse Detective, Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp, Pete's Dragon, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Pocahantas, Robin Hood, Snow White, and even The Parent Trap.

The charming and talented singer, put her own spin on each song, and took the time to place each of them in context, talking about their splendid mix of songwriters and often sharing her own interpretation of the lyrical messages.

Cole was backed by three Orlando-area musicians, pianist John Olearchick, bassist John Warcholak and drummer Gerald law.

Gems included “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and “So This is Love," both from Cinderella, “The Second Star to the Right" from Peter Pan, “For Now, For Always" from The Parent Trap, “There's Room For Everyone" from Pete's Dragon, the jazz-tinged “Everybody Wants to be a Cat" from The Aristocats, and the saucy “Let Me Be Good to You" from The Great Mouse Detective.

The program reinforced the notion that it's a small world, after all. And she made sure to include “It's a Small World," written by two prolific Disney songwriters, brothers Robert and Richard Sherman.

Cole performed a dozen such Disney tunes on her 2016-US-released album Someday My Prince Will Come (Venus Records). She delivered many of those, and a lot more, in Ruskin. The Florida tour also included an in-studio performance at WUCF in Orlando and a concert at the South Florida State College Performing Arts Center in Avon Park.

Continue Reading...

This story appears courtesy of Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes.
Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved.

Post a comment

Tags

View events near Sarasota
Jazz Near Sarasota
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

Jazz News

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.