Renowned Jazz flutist Peter H. Bloom, a veteran of the illustrious Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, is joined by the charismatic singing/tap dancing team of Ted and Pamela Powers and noted guitarist Mark Leighton in the Modernistics. The group will perform sizzling bebop and up-tempo song and dance from the Great American Songbook at the Medallion Opera House Gorham NH (August 4 at 7:00 pm); at the Tillotson Center Colebrook NH, presented by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts (August 5 at 7:00 pm); and at the West Claremont (NH) Center for the Arts on August 6 at 7:00 pm. For information on all shows: Americas Musicworks, telephone 617 776 8778 or delamotte-amw at comcast dot net.
Expect an exhilarating mix including Blue Skies, Let’s Fall in Love, Top Hat, Sunny Side of the Street, Fly Me to the Moon, and It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, plus sizzling bebop numbers like My Little Suede Shoes by Charlie Parker, Webb City by Bud Powell, Tiny Capers by Clifford Brown. The four members of the Modernistics have performed extensively in the United States and abroad.
Peter H. Bloom, praised for his “hip, jazzy flute work” (allaboutjazz.com), has concertized with jazz and classical ensembles in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and is featured on more than 40 CDs. He is a veteran of the illustrious Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (43rd season). Bloom’s career in jazz encompasses free improvisation, jazz standards, blues, bebop and the avant-garde. He has appeared with Charles Neville, Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Taylor Ho Bynum, Walter Thompson, Raj Mehta, Mark Harvey and other notables. Mark Leighton is acclaimed as a jazz and classical guitarist, performs across the Northeast, and serves on the faculties of Colby College and St. George’s School. Ted Powers’ career in jazz, blues, and pop includes several years as a solo performer in the south of France and tap-dancing in the U.S. with the legendary Jimmy “Sir Slyde” Mitchell. Pamela Powers has performed and taught in the United States, Germany and England. She studied with Harold Nicholas of the iconic Nicholas Brothers and with renowned Broadway choreographer Charles Hughes.