Zahn, Love will perform at The Merc
By Ann McCreary
Two gifted singers with local roots — Laura Love and Nancy Zahn — combine their talents on Saturday (Nov. 5) for an evening of jazz.
“These two outstanding vocalists performing together is like the perfect pairing of a fine wine with a gourmet meal or a beer with a brat,” said Terry Hunt, executive director of Cascadia Music, which is sponsoring the event.
“This will be their first time performing together, and it is hard to believe they met for the first time about a month ago,” Hunt said.
Zahn and Love will be joined by pianist David Deacon-Joyner, director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, along with local musicians including Hunt, Wayne Mendro, Bob Hougham, Todd Eberline and Phil Woras.
Zahn is well known locally as a former Methow Valley resident who performed often in the valley. She now lives in Wenatchee where she is active in musical theater, including starring roles in “Chicago” and “Spam-a-lot.” She is currently directing a show at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee.
Laura Love lives in the Methow Valley and has performed widely at venues that include Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, and the Winthrop Barn. She has recorded more than 10 CDs. Love has described her music as “Folk-Funk,” “Afro-Celtic,” and “Hip-Alachian.”
The performance will be both classy and provocative, Hunt said, featuring music by Hoagy Carmichael, Bobby Troupe, Sonny Burke, Cole Porter, A.C. Jobim and George Gershwin among others.
The concert is the first of three programs in the Jazz in the Methow series presented by Cascadia Music.
This concert is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Arts Commission and the Icicle Fund.
Other sponsors for this show include Twisp River Suites, Mike Real, and Bill and Diana Hottell. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students and are available in advance at brownpapertickets.com.
Call 509-997-0222 for information or visit www.cascadiamusic.org.