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The Highway One Jazz Choir

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 3:00pm
at the Gualala Arts Center

The Highway One Jazz Choir celebrates 23 years of singing together with a concert on Saturday, May 13 at 3:00 pm at The Woods at 43300 Little River Airport Road in Little River and again on Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 pm at the Gualala Arts Center at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala.

Highway One Jazz Choir "Bye Bye Love" was written by Felice Bryant and her husband Boudleaux Bryant, and "All I Have to Do Is Dream," in which the couple performed, by Boudleaux Bryant. Both songs were big hits of the Everly Brothers. The Bryants' warehouse of 3,000 songs sold over 300 million copies worldwide. Duke Ellington, who was a genius as a composer, pianist, bandleader, celebrity personality and arranger, wrote the music for "In a Mellow Tone."

"He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped" was composed by Dizzy Gillespie, who had memorable trademarks of distending his cheeks while playing and of using a trumpet whose bell was bent at a 45 degree angle rather than a traditional straight trumpet. The full scale collaboration of brothers George and Ira Gershwin as composer and lyricist began in 1924 with the musical "Lady Be Good," written for Fred and Adele Astaire.

"Kansas City" and "Love Potion Number 9" were written by Jerry Leiberand and Mike Stoller, whose combination of rhythm and blues with pop lyrics revolutionized pop and rock and roll. Otis Redding, born in Georgia, wrote the words and music for "Respect," which later became a smash hit for Aretha Franklin. Kirby Shaw, with over one thousand choral and arrangements and compositions in print, arranged several of the concert numbers.

Carolyn Steinbuck, who teaches at both Santa Rosa Junior College and College of the Redwoods, is the conductor. The choir will be accompanied by Marion James, piano, Daney Dawson, bass, and Dan Albrecht, drums. Admission is free as a gift to the community, though donations are requested to help cover expenses. Refreshments will be served. This concert is presented through LocalEyes, a Gualala Arts group bringing local talent to the center.

The Gualala Arts Center is located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA. Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information.