Rosemary George’s revue, Torch ‘N Blues, features tributes to Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and a trip down the Broadway of Black America. She is joined by a stellar lineup, including reed man JD Parran, renowned guitar player Kelvyn Bell, exceptional bassist Don Byron and fiery gospel/blues singer Marcus Dargan. This eclectic show includes songs from the original Waller/Razaf revue “Hot Chocolates,” “Showboat,” “Porgy and Bess,” as well as surprises from JD Parran and original blues songs by Kelvyn Bell. This revue is a trip down America’s song book beginning with the blues.Torch ‘N Blues includes familiar and unfamiliar works, such as torch/blues songs sung by Rosemary George (“Blues in the Night,” “Good Morning Heartache”), a hot gospel rendition of “Stormy Monday” by Marcus Dargan, original blues songs by Kelvyn Bell, and of course surprises from avant-garde saxophonist JD Parran. Throw in some duets with Don Byron, fish and fun, and you have and extraordinarily eclectic show!
“In this show, I wanted to capture the various music emanating from the blues — gospel, country, jazz, torch songs, and modern. I wasn’t interested in the “traditional” line up of instruments or musicians for that matter. I purposely left out keyboard and drums, in want of creating different colors: the use of guitar, various reeds, standup bass and different voice types. It has also turned into my story — my journey from the classical world of opera to musical theatre, jazz, retro, and beyond.”—Rosemary George
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