Date:   11/28/2008

Thanksgiving Series comes to Thrasher featuring jazz greats Nancy King & Steve Christofferson

She’s been called everything from a “cult figure” and an “uncompromising artist” to what legendary jazz guitarist Herb Ellis calls “the greatest living jazz singer.” Nancy King is one of the few improvisers in vocal jazz to master the lexicon, and she’ll bring her remarkable voice and idiosyncratic jazz stylings to the stage of the historic Thrasher Opera House on Friday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. with pianist/composer Steve Christofferson, as part of our annual “Thanksgiving Series: Bringing the outside into our Community,” hosted by Janet Planet.

 

King began her career in the San Francisco jazz scene of the early 1960’s from Springfield, Oregon. In 1966 and 1967 King worked the Playboy Club circuit and was a production singer in Las Vegas, then joined C. Smalls and Company (led by Charlie Smalls, who later wrote the music for “The Wiz”). After taking time off in the 1970s to raise her three sons, King began touring globally, most notably with Christofferson since 1978. In 2001 King was inducted into the Oregon Jazz Society’s Hall of Fame.

 

Christofferson excels at one of the most valuable, but not the most glamorous, jobs in music: accompanying singers. He plays piano with exemplary depth and warmth, and creates his signature sound by doubling on melodica, which he makes a surprisingly poignant tool for improvisation as well as for lead lines.

 

Front Row Center calls King “one of America's top jazz singers...the scat-singing heiress apparent to Ella Fitzgerald." Music critic David Frishberg exclaims that Christofferson “gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste…he’s one of my favorite piano players.” 

 

Tickets for this special fifth annual holiday concert are only $20 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alliant Energy Foundation, with additional support from Lynn and Jerry Grout.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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