By Patrice Shields
Local Jazz legends, vocalist Rebecca Richardson and guitar and bassist Dan Heck present, “The Jazz Forum, Live at the Promenade!” Richardson and Heck offer a night of jazz featuring melodies that are epic and timeless, by composers including Duke Ellington and Cole Porter. “We chose great songs with interesting changes for a soloist to work with,” explains Richardson. “We wanted to offer the audience and evening of music that has a sub-melody or a story that wants to be told.” The “Evening of Jazz,” is presented by The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in their intimate café theater at the Promenade at BonitaBay on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm.
“The ‘Jazz Forum’ performances are fun, historical tributes that guests walk away from having learned something about the music and performers that they did not know before,” offers Craig Price, Performing Arts Director at the Center for the Arts. “After intermission, Richardson and Heck briefly fields questions from the audience which adds layers to the listener’s appreciation of the music played in the last set. We feel incredibly lucky to have such word class talent back again for a live performance this year.” While Richardson and Heck have earned loyal local following, their talent and experience are earned through years playing jazz venues across the globe.
Richardson’s smooth melodic vocal style has been compared to popular jazz vocalist Diana Krall. Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from CornishCollege of the Arts and went on to study in New York, with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and attending master classes at the JuilliardSchool. Richardson’s career has spanned ten years, beginning in Seattle, where she performed jazz in popular venues including Tula’s, The Space Needle, and the Sorrento Hotel. It was in Seattle that Richardson met professional jazz Guitarist and Bassist Dan Heck, who would become her husband and musical partner.
Recording artist, composer and educator Heck, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. A move to Seattle in 1993, offered Heck the perfect opportunity to establish his professional jazz reputation. As a founding member of the band “Bebop and Destruction”, he experienced national success and recognition for his efforts, winning several awards and recording four critically acclaimed CD’s with the group.
After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in fabulous New York City, working in famous venues such as the blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, The Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the French Consulate with a wealth of incredible musicians. Lured away from the grey skies of New York by the sun and surf of Naples, Richardson and Heck relocated where they continue to play together, solo and with larger groups.
The Jazz Forum is a relaxed evening for lovers of jazz. The Live at the Promenade performance space creates an intimate venue where audience and performers can relax together. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served before performance and during intermission. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and $25 for non-members. Last year’s performance sold out so advance reservations are suggested.
The Center for the Arts Live! Performances are generously sponsored by Northern Trust, FineMark National Bank & Trust, SWFL Arts & Attractions Grant and WGCU Public Media. A full calendar of upcoming events, programming and classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495.8989
Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live at the Promenade performance, including this performance by Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson. The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members. Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. One membership per household.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: An Evening of Jazz with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson
October 18, 2012; 7:00pm
The Promenade at BonitaBay, Suite 114, 26811 South Bay Drive, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost: $20 members/ $25 non-members