Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Concert by String of Pearls @ Bernardsville Library

Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to announce a free concert on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 pm by “String of Pearls,” a female jazz vocal trio that performs vintage "girl group" music and modern vocal jazz with swing, style, and superb musicality. The concert is the last of this year’s Sundays at Three concerts, funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library. Doors open at 2:45 pm. No sign-up is needed to attend.

The performers are Sue Halloran, Jeanne O'Connor and Holli Ross who were all working as professional solo singers in New York in the 1980s when they were brought together to perform at a nostalgia-oriented concert. Since then, the group has created a sophisticated repertoire that ranges from authentic re-creations of Boswell Sisters songs from the 1930s to adventurous original jazz vocal arrangements. Their charming show can move from Andrews Sisters to Sinatra, Basie, Brazilian, bebop, and pop.

The three singers have brought their harmonies to festivals, concerts, and clubs in the U.S. and abroad. The group has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. In its New York home region, the group has appeared in the JVC Jazz Festival, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, The Manhattan Center, and the Battleship Intrepid. The "Pearls" have recently been on the bill at Sweet Rhythm, Shanghai Jazz, and the Blue Note. They have taken part in the well-known "Lyrics and Lyricists" program at the 92nd Street Y, the annual Jazz Nativity, the New York Cabaret Convention, and the Millbrook and Mohonk Jazz Festivals. Recently the group appeared at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival and the Provincetown Cabaret Festival.

There is no charge to attend the concert and advance sign-up is not necessary. For further information, call the Library at 908-766-0118.

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