Monday, September 24, 2012

Wendy Gordon, Jeanne Trevor and friends going "Under The Rainbow" on Sunday, October 14 at Florissant Civic Center Theatre

Wendy Gordon is staging another production in her "A Jazz Heaven" series that promises to be the most ambitious yet in the singer's budding career as a concert presenter. Set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, October 14 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre, "Under The Rainbow" will feature a dozen St. Louis singers and musicians in a tribute to some of the most-loved performers in jazz history.

In addition to Gordon,  who will sing songs associated with Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, Jeanne Trevor (pictured) will return to the "Jazz Heaven" cast to reprise her interpretations of the music of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Other featured performers will include Joe Mancuso as Frank Sinatra; Chuck Flowers as Joe Williams; Barbara Helmer as Rosemary Clooney; Clayton McCants as Langston Hughes; and Sheila Reed as the narrator.

Band members Adrian Bowers (trumpet) and Chad Evans (saxophones) will do double duty, also portraying the characters of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, respectively, with pianist Arthur Toney, bassist Jeff Anderson and drummer Gary Sykes holding it all together as the show's rhythm section.

Tickets for "A Jazz Heaven: Under The Rainbow" are $25 for reserved seats, $23 for groups of 10 or more, and can be purchased by calling 314-921-5678 or online from the Florissant Civic Center Theatre site.

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