Join us for a truly eclectic evening of Jazz, Contemporary and Singer-Songwriter tunes. Jeremy Bacon plays classic jazz, as only his accomplished fingers can do, as well as accompanying Kim on tunes from 1915 on. As well as vocals, Kim will also hit the keys for a few tunes and will play and sing her favorites from the 60's to current.
Kim is a classically trained musical theatre artist, and bringing this training to her love for jazz, The Great American Songbook, and beyond. Although some tunes are best experienced as we know and love them, one of her favorite things to do is to hear and sing songs in a different way. Sometimes this means slowing down a traditionally up-tempo tune, and sometimes the reverse. You can find her at her piano, late into the night, finding new ways.
The amazing melodies and lyrics of The Great American Songbook, the 1920's - 1940's in particular, really speak to me the most. When I wander through a music book, I am no longer surprised when I fall in love with a song and then glance down to the bottom of the page and see it was written within that 20-year span. Singing songs that leave room for "sub-text" is fabulous. Lyrics that allow room for the singer to spread out with inner life, and melodies that can both whisper and soar, wrapping themselves around the heart in the most intimate of ways. I also love the tunes I grew up with. Billy Joel, Elton John, Eva Cassidy, Paul Simon, James Taylor, all of them. As a teen I spent many hours in the basement, on the piano, playing and singing my heart out. Now I get to do it as a profession. wow.
I have been privileged to perform on some pretty amazing stages here in the U.S., including Houston Grand Opera, Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Fifth Ave. Theatre and Benaroya Hall in Seattle as well as many others. I have sung everything from classical to heavy blues, small cabaret venues to big splashy theatres. My favorite spot, however, is to be in a small room with people I can really connect with.
Jeremy Bacon is a pianist and composer working in New York, Seattle, and around the world. He was born into a jazz family. Long before jazz was commercially available, his uncles gathered records and started a “hot club” for those loving the music. Uncle Paul Bacon, the great graphic artist, was one of the founders of Riverside Records, an important independent jazz label in the 50’s and 60’s that recorded artists such as Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Blue Mitchell and Kenny Dorham. Paul did the record jacket design for the label and others, including those for his close friend Thelonious Monk. From his early days, Jeremy grew up listening to Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Miles Davis, Billie Holliday, Art Tatum, among others.
Jeremy was also the regular pianist with the Charles Fambrough Trio, where he worked with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Joe Ford, Johnny Coles, Pat Martino, Mike Mossman, Ralph Bowen and others. Jeremy recorded “Cloud Hands,” his first album as a leader with members of this band. He also lead his own group on two extended tours in Japan, was musical director for Joey Arias’ Billie Holliday show at Carnegie Hall, and working with many singers and instrumentalists including renowned vocalist Queen Esther.
Jeremy has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Smalls, Mezzrow, Smoke, Minton’s of Harlem, 55 Bar, the Blue Note, Penn State University and many other clubs in and around New York.