Anthony Dowd, jazz pianist/composer and Starlet Knight, vocalist/musician, will add a steller event to the Memorial Day week-end with a performance of Jazz at the Library in the Great Room of the Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy (Rte. 360) in Heathsville, Sunday, May 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. On sale at the library, tickets are $40 each and seating is limited.
The duo will perform favorites by George Gershwin and Harold Arlen from the Great American Songbook.
“We chose the Great America Songbook, because that’s what we both grew up on. The music was played around the house when we were young and we were lucky enough to grow up and perform them now,” said Dowd. He added that Starlet is looking at “How Long Has This Been Going On?”, “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” According to Knight, George Gershwin owes a lot to the lyrics by his brother, Ira.
Dowd said that he is working on “One for My Baby” made popular by Frank Sinatra, as well as a “Wizard of Oz” medley and “This Time the Dream’s on Me.” A few instrumentals will be worked in with the vocals.
“I’m a fan of Harold Arlen because of his writing style,” Dowd continued. “He took different turns in the road and got away with it. For example in “One for My Baby”, he starts in one key, modulates to another key, and never goes back to the original key. Those moves fascinate me, in an era when most song writers followed standard chord progressions.”
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this Songs Alive presentation will be Dowd’s fifth appearance. Dowd and Night appeared together in October, 2014.
The program will include signature food dishes plus wine and cider served during the intermission when audience members can converse with the performers.