Side Street Strutters showcase jazz through the ages

Side Street Strutters showcase jazz through the ages

February 21st, 2013 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

The Side Street Strutters are, from left, Curtis Brengle (piano), Greg Varlotta (trumpet), Vince Verdi (clarinet), Meloney Collins (vocals), Roger Bissell (trombone, vocals), Bruce Lett (bass), Robert Verdi (saxophone) and Paul Johnson (drums).

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

What: Side Street Strutters

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26

Where: Lee University's Conn Center, 1120 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn.

Admission: $25 ($35 ticket also grants admission to April 25 show)

Phone: 423-473-1114 or 423-715-5662

The Side Street Strutters, who have entertained at Disneyland for the past 25 years, will bring their newest show to Cleveland, Tenn., on Tuesday, Feb. 26. "Shiny Stockings," according to the group, captures "the charm and vibrant energy of the golden age of jazz."

The Side Street Strutters formed in 1983 while several in the group were attending Arizona State University. Their focus centered on the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. Thirty years later, the same core members are still together and have expanded their repertoire to include more than a half-century of jazz styles, from Dixieland and blues to big-band swing and popular standards. Their concerts showcase beautifully crafted arrangements, colorful costumes and tap dancing.

"Shiny Stockings" features vocalist Meloney Collins, who has sung with Burt Bacharach, John Tesh and Julie Andrews. Among the featured selections are "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Caravan," "Stardust" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."

The concert is sponsored by the Cleveland-Bradley Concert Association. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $25. However, a $35 ticket also will grant admission to the association's season-ending show, "The Legacy of Floyd Cramer," as presented by his grandson, Jason Coleman, on April 25.