This Saturday, June 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cavalryman in Laramie, Wyoming
I’m so excited about the opportunity to play a vocal-piano duo show with a brilliant up-and-coming jazz pianist, Spencer Zweifel.
Spencer is an astonishing young pianist from Fort Collins. He is finishing a degree in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado under Dana Landry and making waves. Spencer just completed an EP with his own trio featuring Ryan Black on bass and Ryan Leppich on drums. It’s prodigious and you can catch it on his website. Spencer also has a regular gig every Wednesday night at Ace Gillette’s in Fort Collins.
About the Show
We’ll be playing a mix of standards, pop and Latin tunes that, I think, really showcase the voice/piano setting. Doing a duo is challenging and means that two musicians have to communicate in a very close way. I would liken it to doing a musical tango–each partner has to listen and move together in a very intimate way. Spencer has a great ear and sense of balance and space. We’ll be performing some of my favorites from several genres. In the Latin vein, I’ve chosen “Mas Que Nada”–classic Brazilian samba made famous by Sergio Mendez (that really showcases Spencer’s virtuosity as a pianist), “Corcovado”, a bossa by Antonio Carlos Jobim, “Perfidia” by Mexican composer Alberto Dominguez, and “Besame Mucho” a famous ballad by Consuelo Velazquez. We’ll also be doing some jazz classics you don’t hear every day like “Lush Life” by Billy Strahorn, “Comes Love”, “Born to be Blue” and “Afro Blue.” I’ll also throw in couple pop tunes–“Frim Fram Sauce”,”Scotch and Soda”, “Cow Cow Boogie”–that I like to do just to keep it lively.
Where to Get a Great Piece of Wyoming Culinary Art While Listening to Jazz
Some of you may know that I used to live in Laramie, Wyoming and loved the Cavalryman Steakhouse. It’s a little piece of Wyoming that melts in your mouth. What a great thing it is to be able to enjoy a great meal in a great location with fabulous folks in Laramie.
Spencer and I go on at 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 10, and will play until 6 p.m. Hope you can join us and stay for dinner. Jane