“WEST COAST COOL WITH MARK WINKLER AND CHERYL BENTYNE”
Thursday, January 11, 2018 8pm
Put two of the Best and Swingiest Singers on the planet together and what do you get? More swing, sass and song! Cheryl Bentyne, 9-time Grammy Winning soprano from The Manhattan Transfer and 2015 Downbeat Rising Male Jazz Star Mark Winkler share the stage together and separately. Cheryl will be doing songs from her recent chart-topping CDs on Cole Porter and George Gershwin and Mark will be sharing songs from his last few platters featuring the work of Laura Nyro, Paul Simon and Bobby Troup. Together they will be singing and explosive mix of standards, not-so-standards and originals. Blast-off anyone?
GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST
Cheryl Bentyne has been a member of the 9 time Grammy winning group The Manhattan Transfer since 1979. Bentyne’s beautiful voice, wide range, versatility, and impressive stage presence made her a major asset for the popular vocal group from the start. Her recently released album, Let’s Misbehave: The Cole Porter Songbook, has been recognized by many as the jazz album of the year. Recently Ms. Bentyne performed the music of Cole Porter at the Broward Performing Arts Center (Fort Lauderdale) to a nearly sold out House. Bentyne not only delivered the music of Cole Porter as no one else can, sprinkled throughout the show were love letters written by Cole Porter himself. The audience was delighted and Bentyne received two standing ovations.
Mark Winkler has released 11 CDs in the US and is currently in the studio working on two more CDs (including a studio take on West Coast Cool) that will be released in 2013. His 11th CD, released in August 2011 was named as one of the top 5 jazz CDs of the year by Jazz Tmes magazine. It went high on the Jazz Week charts and got great reviews from over 26 critics including The Seattle Times, Don Heckman and All About Jazz. It featured a duet between him and Vocalist supreme Barbara Morrison, as well as such A list musicians as Billy Childs, Anthony Wilson, Bob Sheppard and Grant Geissman.
“Winkler delivers his songs with lyrical intensity and a strong undercurrent of swing… Winkler’s combination of writing and performing is a welcome addition to jazz” –Don Heckman, International Jazz Review