Bucks County Performing Arts Center

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BCPAC's new season 2019 - 2020


BCPAC's next performance - Black Friday Jazz

Friday, November 29th, 2019 7:30 p.m.
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Lynn Randall presents Black Friday Jazz
Larry McKenna
Lynn Randall
Warren Vaché
Grant MacAvoy
Don Moyer
Bob Himmelberger


Yardley's own vocalist Lynn Randall has performed at clubs and casinos all over the world. She has assembled an all star group for this concert.

One of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, Larry McKenna is known for his gorgeous tenor saxophone sound, the beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations. After six decades in his profession, his international reputation as both a masterful jazz improviser and educator is firmly established. Over the years, Larry has performed and recorded with many jazz stars including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Barry Harris, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Harry Allen, Terell Stafford, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Warren Vaché, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Frank Sinatra.
 
Lynn Randall spent 25 years as a lounge act performing in the very best places in the PA-NJ-NY area. She lived on the Caribbean island of St Maarten for 4 years. Now, as a Cabaret and Jazz artist exclusively, Lynn has an act tailor-made for her skills. Class, depth, and quality-the Great American Songbook gets loving attention in her capable hands. Lynn's 3-octave alto voice deftly negotiates songs with a high 'difficulty' factor, and her phrasing shades and colors each song with a depth of feeling. Compared often to a modern-day Judy Garland, Lynn’s voice does remind one of a jazzy Judy.
 
Warren Vaché is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer. He has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Ruby Braff and Bobby Short to name but a few.
He can also be found in the company of such leading contemporaries as Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Terrell Stafford, Howard Alden, Jessie Davis, Alvin Queen, Brian Lemon, Tony Coe, Alan Barnes, Richard Wyands, Bill Charlap, Harry Allen, John Allred and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra...the list is a virtual “Who's who” in Jazz, spanning every style in the history of the music.
Warren Vaché has performed at every major jazz venue and festival throughout the globe from club dates at Condon's and the Blue Note to the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Perugia in Italy, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Vienna Opera, and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Coupling a beautiful tone with a chance-taking style, Warren utilizes the complete range of the jazz vocabulary. His influences include: Louis Armstrong, Ruby Braff, “Pee Wee” Erwin ( with whom he studied for many years ), Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, and Billy Butterfield - from this group of extraordinary musicians, among others, Mr. Vaché has coalesced his own inimitable style that defies categorization. Pianist and composer Jim McNeely was heard to say: “Every chorus he plays is like a lesson in the history of the trumpet.”
 
Grant MacAvoy has recorded and performed with many Grammy-winning artists both nationally and internationally.  A few of the jazz performers he has accompanied include Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., Arthur Prysock, Michel Legrand, Stanley Clark, Patti Austin, and George Benson.

Don Moyer began his career as an electric bassist in 1978. Philadelphia was a hotbed of activity for musicians at the time and he soon found full-time work in dance bands. This led to touring with show bands for the next six years.    In 1984 Don met vocalist, Lynn Randall. They soon married and he became her manager and musical director. For the next nine years, they worked continually in casinos, dance clubs and resort hotels all over. During 1993 they accepted the house band position at the Dawn Beach Resort in St Maarten where they remained for 4 years.    Upon returning to the U.S. Don focused his energy into opening Pro Line Music School. The school began with one teacher and developed a curriculum that within a few short years had 20 teachers and 250 students. He began hosting seminars featuring world-class musicians and developing additional rock and jazz performance programs to further motivate the students.  Around 2004 Don switched to the upright bass and pursued his love of jazz. Returning to club work he has been fortunate to play with some of the finest musicians in the area. 

At 18, Bob Himmelberger was already earning money as a pianist at local parties and clubs. He had played trumpet in high school and although he reached a level of accomplishment, excessive practice and a teaching conflict changed his embouchure and created a musical set back. During this difficulty, Bob turned to his first instrument, the piano. His early interest in jazz had already set him apart from his musical influences. In Edison NJ, hip jazz teachers were difficult to find. Bob's eclectic interest in jazz piano went untamed until, eventually, his early mentor, introduced him to William Patterson College. 
   Bob worked full time as a pianist playing everything from solo gigs, jazz combos, and big bands. He played at the Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as the Cancun Jazz Festival with tenor saxophonist Frank Vacari. In the spring and summer of 1987, he toured the US with Brian Torff, the former bassist with George Shearing. In 1989, he performed at Carnegie Hall with Michelle Hendricks. 
   Bob also had the opportunity to work with Charlie Rouse, Eric Kloss, Jimmy Ponder, Vic Juris, Joe Carroll, Ted Curson, Lyle Atkinson, Nelson Riddle, Steve Gilmore, Bob Moses, Bernard Perdie, Bill Goodwin, Victor Jones, Jeannie Bryson, Steve LaSpina, Eliot Zigmund, Mike Richman, Chip Jackson, and saxophonist Bill Evans. 


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