Oklahoma City-based Miss Brown to You performs a special “Holiday Jazz” concert at the historic Santa Fe Depot on Sunday, December 12. Music starts at 730 p.m. This concert is the second of the Performing Arts Studio's 2010-2011 Jazz Concert Series. Admission to the concert is free but voluntary donations by attendees are accepted and encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.
At the heart of Miss Brown to You lie Mary Catherine Reynolds (voice, guitar, bass) and Louise Goldberg (voice, piano, accordion). Mary Catherine Reynolds is an acclaimed interpreter of the songs of Emily Kaitz, Linda Waterfall & Ilene Weiss among others. A classically trained vocalist and instrumentalist, her compositions and interpretations have been featured in the Fast Folk Musical are archived at the Smithsonian. In addition to performing with Miss Brown to You, Mary sings with and accompanies the vocal group, The Sisters of Swing.
Louise Goldberg, born and raised in New York, holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University and a Master of Music from Oklahoma City University. Her compositions, arrangements and skills as a musical director are often showcased at productions by Carpenter Square Theater and Civic Center in Oklahoma City and the Pollard Theater in Guthrie. This summer she’ll direct Passing Strange at the Pollard Theater, the award winning musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.
For this holiday jazz concert, Mark Giammario, a now frequent collaborator of theirs, joins Mary and Louise on drums. They have enjoyed playing with Mark this past year. Louise praises Mark as a “talented and skilled drummer who brings a high level of musicianship to the mix.” She says, “Many drummers just play but he listens and watches and weaves his personal strand into the fabric of our music.”
Together they’ll deliver with aplomb subtle ballads, soulful blues, sophisticated bop, swinging classical jazz, and powerful original songs. Of course, being in a holiday mood, they’ll share their take on seasonal favorites.
Louise promises a “new chord to accompany that familiar note” when it comes to these arrangements. She and Mary keep things fresh by playing the music they love, always making time to practice individually and together, leaving their egos behind, and knowing when to lead, when to stay out of the way, and when to interact. According to Louise, “Music is a doorway to unexpected delight. The best place to begin is with gratitude. Strive to bring fresh ideas, a range of emotions and dynamics to the music. Most of all have fun.”
Sunday Night Jazz Concerts are made possible by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, as well as the generous support of many local businesses, organizations and individuals.
For more information about Sunday Night Jazz Concerts or other PAS programs, call 307-9320.