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Singing Porter, Ellington and Gershwin

The Sonoma Community Center is hosting Black & White Jazz, a three-concert series on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall that begins Saturday, Jan. 18.

Accomplished Bay Area musicians bring to Sonoma the music of the most beloved songwriters of all time, performing songs chosen to evoke an earlier era, a time of black and white photos, black and white movies, smoky clubs and cocktail lounges.

In three separate concerts, vocalists Connie Ducey, Janet Lynn and Dee Dee Pickard will perform signature numbers by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington on Jan. 18; Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen and Rodgers & Hart on Feb. 1; and Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini and more on March 8. They will be backed by the Black & White Jazz Quartet: Tim Wat, piano; Erik Nelson, trumpet and vocals; Andy Dudnick, bass; and Jimmy C, drums.

All three concerts are at 7:30 p.m.

“Black & White jazz brings these great composers to the forefront by sharing their greatest work and, hopefully, sending our audience away with a new understanding and appreciation of both the music and the composers who built The Great American Songbook,” said Toni Castrone, the community center's executive director.


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