Prudence Johnson Cabaret performing at Thrasher
Please join us at the historic Thrasher Opera House, in beautiful downtown Green Lake, on August 11 at 7:30 p.m. for the Prudence Johnson Cabaret featuring internationally acclaimed vocalist, Prudence Johnson; jazz violinist extraordinaire, Randy Sabien; and pianist, Dan Chouinard, for a musical tribute to Carmichael, Gershwin and other greats.
From honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, the theater stage to the Silver Screen, from the
In the 90’s she could be found on the concert circuit, in the jazz clubs, on the theater stage and in the classroom—she graduated summa cum laude from
With a renewed appreciation for the Great American Songbook, she found an ideal collaborator in pianist Dan Chouinard. They released ‘s Gershwin in 2004 and appear together on concert stages across the country, performing the music of Carmichael, Gershwin and other greats, and taking side trips to the café music of France and Italy with Dan on accordion. They co-wrote and perform together Another Song About Paris, a loving look at the City of
Prudence now lives in
Although Randy’s musical aspirations began by studying classical violin, his direction did an about face the day he discovered he could play jazz on the violin. He poured himself into the music of the swing era and began teaching himself to play along with records of his favorite jazz artists. He also continued to appreciate the music of his own generation; the 60’s and 70’s. This led to inspired renditions of tunes by the Beatles, The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and others. Meanwhile, his own compositions developed as straight ahead jazz for violin. When he put out his first album, In a Fog, it was received with glowing reviews from Downbeat, JazzTimes, Billboard and others.
Because of the long and diverse list of musical influences that Randy brings into his music, his audiences are equally varied. His latest cd, Rock This House (2005), featuring Sabien along with bassist Brian Torff, is a perfect example of this diversity and the belief that if you love music, you’ll love Randy Sabien.
This special performance is sponsored by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of