Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lounge Act Tuesday: Gospel, guitar and grand theater

Posted By on January 18, 2011, 10:19 AM

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band absolutely tore it up Monday night at the GAM Foundation's Jazz at the Sheraton show. Does Tuesday have anything that entertaining to offer?---

That's probably not a fair standard, but the Preservation Hall Jazz Band show was such an outstanding show that they deserve mention. Playing songs that reach back centuries in some cases, the six-piece band (they were missing their sax player) was both technically amazing to hear and see, and incredibly charming when they chatted up the packed ballroom at the downtown Sheraton. A mixed-race, mixed-generation band blasting energetic jazz was just what the doctor ordered for getting the new year off to a great start for the jazz concert series, so kudos to the organizers. 

Now, Tuesday night has some worthy highlights as well. The Harlem Gospel Choir winds up its two-night stand at Weber State University in Ogden, and guitar whiz Adrian Legg headlines at The State Room in Salt Lake City.

If theater is more your bag, consider a new production of The Glass Menagerie at the Grand Theatre, or the slapstick farce Black Comedy at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theater.

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