The Side Street Strutters Jazz Band featuring Meloney Collins performs at the Crescent Elk Auditorium on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. as the final performance in the Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association’s 2012–13 season.
The concert is free to all who purchase a membership for the next season (four concerts for $40).
In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered on the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. Now, over 25 years later, the same core members are still together and have expanded their musical palette to include over a half-century of jazz styles from Dixieland and blues, to big band swing and popular standards.
The Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops performances and student outreach programs in 50 states, seven European countries, Canada and Mexico. Their superb musicianship and award-winning orchestrations have earned them national and international acclaim. Perhaps most famously, the Strutters have been entertaining guests at Disneyland for 22 years.
In concert, the Strutters borrow from their extensive repertoire of beautifully crafted arrangements, colorful costumes, tap dancing, and 26 years of showmanship and musicianship to create a fun-filled evening centered on jazz —America’s musical heritage.
In 2000, the ensemble took on the challenge of creating a symphony pops program and has since shared the stage with major American symphonies.
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Strutters went back to their roots and the roots of jazz by presenting “Back to Bourbon St.,” a colorful show embracing the spirit and festiveness of New Orleans Jazz. Recently the ensemble unveiled a new program entitled “Shiny Stockings” featuring the vocal stylings of Meloney Collins. By combining Collins’ sassy yet sultry personality and soulful voice with the Strutters’ exciting musical arrangements, personable humor and showmanship, they have created a musical theater experience which captures the essential charm and vibrant energy of the golden age of jazz.
At Thursday’s concert, The Side Street Strutters and Meloney Collins will perform such jazz classics as “A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” “April in Paris,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Stardust,” and “Take the ‘A’ Train.”