Auditorium is backdrop for Shana Tucker video session

Shana Tucker video shoot at TCC

One of our audience favorites, the talented Shana Tucker, was recently in the house to record a segment for the Appalachian State University summer festival.

The ASU annual event is happening virtually this year, so when Shana was invited to participate in the program, she decided to pre-record the performance portions of of her presentation. 

“I was asked to participate in a live stream performance,” Shana said. “I have done more than a few livestreams since COVID; I have had some good ones, and some not-so-good ones. In order to ensure that my performance looks and sounds as good as I always hope to present, I suggested to the presenters that we pre-record the performance components. I will appear live for any spoken commentary or the interview portions of the livestream, with the performances as shared screen offerings in between the talking moments.” 

Shana said that she chose The Clayton Center as the backdrop for her videos because “The Clayton Center is such a beautiful space, both aesthetically and acoustically. I appreciate that space was made to accommodate my idea of filming a concert in a space that looks like a concert space.  

“I appreciate that Scotty opened The Clayton Center doors and welcomed us into the space so that we had the figurative and literal “room” to create a high-quality performance piece, and also so we would have the chance to play music together (in person) again. We hadn’t done that as a quartet since January…it felt good to play familiar music with familiar people, with friends…in a friendly, familiar place.” 

Shana also said that she prefers this style of livestream, since it affords the artist the benefit of showing up properly in performance, while also introducing the artist as a person, introducing their personality, to the viewing/listening audience.  

Shana’s performance goes live on July 10 at 7:30 PM. Get more information about the Appalachian State University summer music festival, here.

Sloane: A Jazz Singer Returns

Jazz singer Carol Sloane will return to the Triangle area for a concert performance at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, on Friday, October 11, at 8 PM. 

“Two for the Road” pairs Sloane with the incredible Mike Renzi — one of her most beloved, longtime pianists. The show will be an intimate “homecoming” (Sloane lived in North Carolina for a number of years) and will feature some of Carol’s favorites songs, including tunes she recently recorded for a new live album at Birdland in New York City. 

NPR calls Sloane “a sublime singer of great songs.”

“She is natural and unaffected with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character and elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of The Great American Songbook is unmatched.”

Film director Michael Lippert (Reeves: A Home For Music) is crafting a moving film about this favorite lady of jazz. The documentary film SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER began shooting when Sloane appeared at Raleigh’s C Grace jazz club in May of 2018. The film continues in production and will include the recording of the new live album at Birdland. And don’t be surprised if you see a camera or two wandering around The Clayton Center on October 11. (view the film trailer here.) 

It’s not often you come across a music documentary where the greatness of the film equals the greatness of the subject (“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” and “The Beatles: Anthology” come to mind) and this trailer has all the earmarks that “Sloane: a Jazz Singer” will turn out to be a film of that caliber. Like those great documentaries, it looks stunning and grabs the viewer immediately. The juxtaposition of the current and historical footage and images tells you right up front that you’re about to embark on a very special journey. Although there are many who deserve this quality of treatment, there is no one who is more deserving than the incredible Carol Sloane, especially to those of us here in her home state of Rhode Island. Bravo to all involved. As they say, “I can’t wait to see the movie!” Rick Bellaire, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame 

For more info about the documentary SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER now in production, click here.

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