Piano panache, chamber fusion, and all that jazz




Pianist and crooner Tony DeSare

 

It’s the acoustic keyboard front and center when pianist and crooner Tony DeSare launches into an evening of piano favorites with the BPO on the evening of February 3. In addition to his formidable piano chops, DeSare’s vocal abilities are in evidence on the track “Memories of You,” sans piano and accompanied by jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli on his recent CD, One for My Baby. He has also recorded Rhapsody in Blue in an all-piano version by overdubbing the orchestral parts on piano.

 

Project Trio, an innovative Brooklyn-based classical chamber group, appears with the BPO at Kleinhans on February 4 in a concert of both original music and interpretations of selections from the classical and jazz repertoire. Consisting of flute, cello, and bass, the trio composes and arranges much of its own music, incorporating elements of jazz, rock, and hip-hop, and performing with no-holds-barred irreverence and panache.

 

Although Glenn Miller disappeared somewhere over the English Channel in a plane en route to France in 1944, his famous ghost band, consisting of musicians who could be the great-grandchildren of members of the original orchestra, continues to play updated arrangements of his still-beloved hits. The Glenn Miller Orchestra joins the BPO on February 16 and 17 for a fond remembrance of the Swing Era.

     

Philip Nyhuis is a longtime music writer for Spree.

 

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