Jazz Concert and CD Release by Local Musicians -- Benefits Jazz Preservation and Youth Education
Visionary jazz musician Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection will present a jazz concert to celebrate the release of their new “11” CD on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Shakespeare Theatre Company (formerly Reed Whipple Community Center), located at 821 N. Las Vegas Blvd. The event will feature selections from “11” and other jazz favorites by 28 of Las Vegas’ finest musicians. The seven-selection CD features five compositions, all arranged and composed by Tanouye, including “11 Colors” from which the CD takes its name. Additionally the classic “Rhapsody in Blue” is included as arranged by Tanouye for Otto Ehling, a former child prodigy – now in his early 20s – who is a UNLV concert pianist and jazz musician. The seventh selection is “Happy Little Sunbeam,” arranged by Tanouye from an original composition by the late Russ Freeman, the renowned jazz pianist whose wife Carolyn founded the Las Vegas Jazz Connection and the nonprofit American Jazz Initiative for jazz preservation and education to children. Tickets to the concert are $15 per person and available for purchase at the door prior to the event. For information, call Carolyn Freeman at 702/528-0455. The “11” CD may be purchased for $15 at the event or by visiting www.cdbaby.com after Jan. 20. Proceeds will benefit the American Jazz Initiative. In addition to his work with Las Vegas Jazz Connection, Tanouye has been the principal trombonist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 1998, plays trombone and arranges for Celine Dion, and is the leader for the Fat City Horns, a band that plays with Jerry Lopez and Sante Fe at the Palms. Tanouye has performed with Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. He also has played in award-winning shows including The Producers, Hairspray, At the Copa, Storm and Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On, for which he wrote some of the orchestral arrangements. Founded in 2006, the Las Vegas Jazz Connection is a group of local musicians dedicated to the advancement and preservation of jazz music. Following the death of her husband, Carolyn Freeman established the organization to keep his music and the jazz genre alive and to introduce new audiences – particularly youth – to jazz. Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Collection have released two other CDs, featuring big band arrangements of Freeman’s compositions.
Shakespeare Theatre Company (formerly Reed Whipple Community Center)
821 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101