Michael Feinstein's Jazz and Popular Song Series to Feature Chuck Cooper, Jessie Mueller and Michele Lee
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, Jessie Mueller and Tony nominee Michele Lee are among the performers who will join Michael Feinstein for the Jazz and Popular Song series at the Allen Room this spring.
As previously reported, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox will lead Ethel Waters: Blues, Broadway, and Jazz May 1 and 2.
On May 15-16, Feinstein will host Cy Coleman: Bringing Jazz to Broadway, featuring Cooper (The Life), Lee (Seesaw) and Tamara Tunie ("Law & Order").
Also planned is Sweet & Low Down: How Popular Standards Became Jazz Classics, presented June 5-6, and featuring Mueller (On a Clear Day, Into the Woods), pianist-vocalist Loston Harris and Feinstein.
According to Jazz and Popular Song, "This show will present classic songs from two viewpoints: as they were originally conceived for Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley, and then as they were re-invented by jazz performers to become classics in the jazz repertoire."
Talent has not been announced for the June 10 concert, Sweet & Low Down: Family Matinee, exploring the common roots of composers from Duke Ellington to Cole Porter.
For tickets visit JALC.org or phone (212) 721-6500. The Allen Room is located within Frederick P. Rose Hall at Broadway at 60th Street.
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