The Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Washington, that is. On September 24th lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather will appear as a guest of the Spokane Jazz Society, but lest you think Ms.Feather is going to make one of her rare live appearances in a backwater Old West opry house, think again. The Spokane Jazz Orchestra, billed as the Nation's oldest, continually performing, professional community-supported 17 piece big band," will be supporting Feather as she performs her critically acclaimed renditions of Duke Ellington
material in the beautiful 800-seat theater.
I rarely get a chance to perform my lyricized" Ellington/Strayhorn pieces from Such Sweet Thunder
(Sanctuary, 2004) with Bill Elliott
's big band arrangements, so this will be a treat."
Hot Jazz from the Cotton Club with Lorraine Feather," as the SJO is billing it, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only to hear her sing this spectacular music, but to hear it performed in the spirit of the original compositions, orchestrated for an Ellington-style little big band. In an era of declining CD sales and closing clubs and theaters, it is increasingly difficult for artists to gather a professional big band, or for listeners to hear one. This is an event that calls for piling some big band jazz-loving friends into the car and going to hear some soul-satisfying sounds.
One week later, on the other end of the West Coast, Feather makes her first appearance in the Los Angeles area in nearly two years at the famous Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club, affording fans their first opportunity to hear her perform material from her popular and critically successful CD Ages
(Jazzed Media, 2010). No one who has ever heard Feather perform her tunes in an intimate setting is ever the same afterwardher inestimable wit and story-telling skills add a dimension only possible to appreciate live. To top it off, joining her are two musicians of incomparable skill, pianist/composer Russell Ferrante
and bassist Mike Valerio
Additionally, the plain fact is that not all nightclubs are created equal. Jazz sounds good wherever you hear it, but some places it sounds better than others. Lorraine Feather's succinct statement on her upcoming performance: All the L.A. musicians love Vitello's!"