“Rebecca Richardson – Women Who Made Jazz Great”
Thursday February 13, 7:00pm at the new Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
by Patrice Shields
The elegant, confident voices of Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald will forever be remembered for bringing the lyrics of great jazz songs to life. Echoes of those unforgettable voices can be heard today in the sounds of contemporary vocalists like Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and, on February 13 at 7:00pm, by Rebecca Richardson as she pays tribute to “Women Who Made Jazz Great” at the new Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs.
Accompanied by Lou Califano on saxophone, Dan Heck on bass and guitar, Patricia Dean on vocals and drums, jazz vocalist Rebecca Richardson pays tribute with her favorite selections from the playbooks of female jazz greats who thrilled audiences and imbued songs with fire and emotion.
“Rebecca has one of those voices that just leaves you wanting to hear more,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Performing Arts Director Craig Price. “We can’t wait to hear her with the great acoustics we have available in the new Hinman Auditorium at our Center for Performing Arts.”
Like the great women of jazz, Richardson found her love of singing early in life.
Beginning vocal training at the age of thirteen, Richardson continued her education earning her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts and went on to study in New York with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and master classes at the Juilliard School. Richardson’s career has spanned thirteen 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.
After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in 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 Southwest Florida, s, Richardson and Heck relocated to Naples where they continue to play together, solo and with larger groups.
Richardson makes time for classical music, singing with and managing “Oncore” (Opera Naples Young Artist Division), and performing mainstage roles with Opera Naples. Rebecca has been teaching voice and piano lessons privately for more than ten years, and served on the voice faculty for the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College. A lifelong dancer, she has created and taught local Musical Theater Workshops for KidzAct and Etudes de Ballet.
On Thursday, February 13, 7:00pm, Richardson and her band offer an evening of unforgettable music saluting “Women Who Made Jazz Great.” Advance tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $35 for all at the door on the day of the show. To purchase tickets call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989. With Richardson performing songs like “At Last” and “Misty,” in the new Center for Performing Arts, 400 seat Hinman Auditorium, who could ask for anything more?
A full performance and film series continues throughout the year at the new Center for Performing Arts, which includes CFABS Teen Players “Little Shop of Horrors,” February 21-22, “A Night at the Opera – Doug Renfroe,” February 27 and the “Films for Film Lovers,” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. A full listing of events is available at www.artcenterbonita.org.
Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or by visiting the Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.
Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live performance events including “Rebecca Richardson – Women Who Made Jazz Great.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.
You can learn more about the new Center for Performing Arts, located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs and how you can help, by calling the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visiting their website at www.artcenterbonita.org.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Rebecca Richardson Women who Made Jazz Great
WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2014; 7:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $25 in advance for members, $30 for non-members and $35 at the door for all