SHOWCASE DESCRIPTIONS

Showcase length options: 60, 75 or 90 minutes

=== PRIMARY SHOWCASES ===

FROM JAZZ TO SOUL (aka From Ella To Aretha)

Songs from the 30s thru the 70s — A musical journey from the era when the “First Lady Of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin ruled the airways. In addition to Ella and Aretha, this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight.

FROM JAZZ TO SOUL, Volume 2

Songs from the 30s thru the 70s — Continuing the celebration great vocal stylists, this volume highlights some of the fabulous male contributions to the classics from the jazz of Duke Ellington and the “King of Soul,” Sam Cooke. Also featured are songs made famous by Nat “King” Cole, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more.

FROM JAZZ TO SOUL: The Holiday Edition

Songs from the 20s thru the 70s — By request the special edition of FJTS was compiled with jazz and soul arrangements of seasonal and holiday favorites. There are songs that touch on giving thanks, enjoying the winter weather, and celebrating all that this joyous season brings.

MOSTLY MOTOWN, Volume 1

Songs from the 60s and 70s — MOSTLY MOTOWN is a review of classic rhythm & blues and soul celebrating a time when this primarily African-American genre crossed over to mainstream audiences. Featured songs were made famous by female artists Mary Wells, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, and Dionne Warwick as well as male artists Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and others.

MOSTLY MOTOWN, Volume 2

Songs from the 60s and 70s — Mostly Motown was so well received another volume was developed to celebrate classic rhythm & blues and soul of the 60s and 70s. This second volume features music by the shining stars of Motown like The Temptations and the Jackson 5 as well as some of the underrated hit makers who shined after leaving the label. In addition, there are a few highlights from the Stax, Philles and Chess labels including Otis Redding, The Ronettes and Etta James.

MOTOWN CHRISTMAS

Songs from the 60s and 70s — Motown not only brought the world classic soul and R&B that speaks to a multicultural and multi-generational audience, the label put its unique spin on holiday and seasonal favorites. This showcase shares those renditions recorded by Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and The Temptations. In addition, there are original holiday hits released Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.

JUST JAZZ

Songs from the 30s, 40s and 50s — This showcase celebrates music from the Great American Songbook with songs found on the radio, stage and screen. It highlights popular standards written by the likes of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and The Gershwins and made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and others.

=== DEDICATION SHOWCASES ===

These showcases feature the music of one or two music icons. The songs performed are done so to celebrate, not imitate, the music of those who made them famous. The songs featured highlight signature tunes, fan favorites and special requests. 

AN EVENING WITH LADY DAY

Standards from the 30s, 40s and 50s — celebrating the music of Billie Holiday. This is a chronological sojourn through the career of Lady Day from her first recording session with the Teddy Wilson Orchestra through the autobiographical hit “Lady Sings The Blues.” The songs list also includes “God Bless The Child,” “Strange Fruit,” and “Good Morning Heartache,” among others. This showcase was client commissioned for the centennial anniversary of her birth on April 7, 2015.

HAIL TO THE QUEEN

Songs from the 60s through the 80s — celebrating the music of Aretha Franklin. Homage is paid to the “Queen of Soul” by performing some of her most successful hits. These a songs that firmly keep her one of the most celebrated female artists of all time. The song list includes: “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “Think,” “Spanish Harlem,” and “Freeway of Love.”

IN THE KEY OF STEVIE

Songs from the 60s through the 80s — celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder. Groove along on a journey from his early start as a child prodigy on the Motown record label to his commercial success as a prolific and genre-shaping composer and performer. Songs featured include hits: “Uptight, Everything’s Alright”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”, “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” and “”I Just Called To Say I Love You” as well as hits written for other famous performers.

NAT & NATALIE: FROM JAZZ TO SOUL

Songs from the 40s through the 90s — This showcase celebrates the UNFORGETTABLE music of world-renowned crooner and pianist, Nat “King” Cole and his Grammy-winning daughter, Natalie Cole. The Cole family legacy begins with the classic standards that made Nat Cole a household name in the 50s, followed by the 70s soul hits that allowed Natalie Cole to stake a claim all her own, then finally returning to the virtual duos that won the hearts of fans across the world in the 90s. Songs featured include: “Nature Boy”, “L-O-V-E”, “When I Fall In Love”, “This Will Be”, “I’ve Got Love On My Mind”, and “Unforgettable”.

SINATRA: MY WAY

Songs from the 30s through the 60s — celebrating the music of “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra. This showcase includes songs by one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century with a career spanning more than 50 years. Featured songs: “Night & Day,” All The Way,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Summer Wind,” and “My Way.” This showcase was client commissioned for the centennial anniversary of his birth on December 12, 2015.

TO ETTA WITH LOVE

Blues, R&B, and Pop from the 50s through the 90s — TO ETTA WITH LOVE pays homage to the fabulous life and genre-crossing music of the “Matriarch of R&B,” Miss Etta James. Denét and her trio perform signature tunes like “Roll With Me Henry”, “At Last”, and “Something’s Got A Hold On Me”. In addition, they highlight Etta’s arrangements of hits made famous by Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.

=== DUET SHOWCASE ===

FRANK & ELLA: A TRIBUTE

Rhonda Denét teams up with “Echoes of Sinatra” vocalist Steve Kazlaskas for a show that brings audiences back to when these two legends in American music, Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra, brought audiences to their feet. This showcase features the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, George & Ira Gershwin and several other composers included in the Great American Songbook. Rhonda and Steve not only sing songs that were signature tunes for each artist, but also recreate the duets that were only performed for television specials and live stage shows.