Groovy beats, sultry jazz: Orcas Horns, Lorraine Feather and Stephanie Trick to present a dynamic musical evening
October 5, 2011 · 10:11 AM
Afro-Cuban, jazz, blues, and “good old American rock and roll” with the Orcas Horns make up just part of an upcoming Orcas Center concert. The other half? Cheeky lyricist and Grammy nominee Lorraine Feather, accompanied by sensational stride pianist Stephanie Trick, will put their own unique spin on tunes by Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Dick Hyman under the group name Nouveau Stride.
“Performing with Nouveau Stride is going to be a highlight for me,” said Steve Alboucq, of Orcas Horns. “Lorraine is a world class talent. No doubt. Her young partner Stephanie Trick is going to blow some people away with her piano chops.”
A San Juan County resident, Feather likes to start with classic pieces and breathe new meaning into them.
“It’s music that was in most cases written before both of us were born, but I’ve written modern lyrics to it,” she said. “A lot of what we’re doing is very fast; there are lots of words that fly by; it’s kind of wild and it’s pretty funny.”
Feather’s godmother was Billie Holiday, and her dad was jazz critic Leonard Feather, who wrote “Encyclopedia of Jazz.”
Trick is a young St. Louis-based pianist who specializes in the intricate, high-energy jazz style known as “stride” and is a rising star in the stride world, appearing at traditional jazz festivals all over the country and in Europe. Attendees will be trying to peek over her shoulder to make sure there really isn’t a second pianist sitting beside Trick as her dancing fingers fly over the ivory.
The Orcas Horns includes Orcas residents Alboucq on trumpet, Martin Lund on piano and woodwinds, Gene Nery on guitar and vocals, Tony Morales on drums, Bruce Russell on bass guitar, Greg Books on baritone saxe, Dimitri Stankevich on valve trombone and Craig Canine on trumpet. They’re thrilled to be joined by talented special guests Latin percussionist Jeff Busch and tenor saxe player Jon Goforth for the concert.
“This band is so much fun in concert,” said Alboucq. “You never know what’s going to happen and its usually great.”
The show will play at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 8. Tickets are $25 ($11 for students and $17 for members). More information is online at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-ACT1.