MS. JO THOMPSON SALUTES LENA HORNE WITH THE JC HEARD ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY WALT SZYMANSKI!!!

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MS. JO THOMPSON SALUTES LENA HORNE WITH THE JC HEARD ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY WALT SZYMANSKI!!!

Time: August 7, 2010 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Metropolitan Room
Street: 34 West 22nd St. between 5th & 6th Ave
City/Town: New York City
Website or Map: http://www.metropolitanroom.c…
Phone: (313) 399-4248
Event Type: concert/cd, release, event
Organized By: Greg Dunmore
Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2010

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The late great Lionel Hampton proclaimed, “Ms. Jo Thompson is one of the last of the great female pianists and singers!” He added, “Her musical director, trumpeter Walt Szymanski (trained by bandleader and legendary drummer, JC Heard) really knows how to swing and is an outstanding musical director!”

With these well deserved accolades, Jo Thompson’s “Thank You Lena!!!” is a must-see show that sparkles with the superb seasoning of the vibrant Jo Thompson and the dynamic Szymanski. “Thank You Lena!!!” debuted at the world famous Blue Note in New York, wowing the discerning audience. In this one hour show, Ms. Thompson acknowledges the tremendous influence that Lena Horne had on her career. “In this
tribute to Lena Horne (who befriended me when both of us were booked at Jack Goldman's Clover Club at Miami Beach) I will make no effort to impersonate her. To do so would be presumptuous. I would not dare it and do not think anyone should make such an attempt.


There was only one Lena," states Thompson. “It is my heartfelt respect and
admiration for this great lady that I want to convey through song and story to my audience.”

This very special evening will be the official release of Jo Thompson and Walt Szymanski’s newest CD, entitled: “JO THOMPSON: FOREVER FABULOUS!!!” on the JAZZ JEWELS DIGITAL label.



Saturday, August 7th @ 7:00

20.00 Cover + 2 Beverage Minimum

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