In 2004, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation hired me to perform for the entertainment of worldwide visitors to Williamsburg in the elegant 450-seat concert hall housed in the new Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square.
I created a 1-man stage show appropriate for the venue!
I performed 3-shows-per-week, playing a Yamaha EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), accompanied by my original electronic musical arrangements, focusing on American music of historical significance: Jazz!
I knew it would be essential to craft a show that would hold the audience’s attention, not only with the music, but also by vocalizing little storytelling vignettes of the history of the times and the musicians, demonstrating how the music was indeed a reflection of our ever-changing society. After my performances all those years ago, “Standards: Volumes 1 - 10” were sold only in CD format at the box office for $150!
Years later, I took the show on the road throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, performing at concert halls, coffee bistros, restaurants, night clubs, schools, senior citizen communities, farmers’ markets, music festivals, First Night . . . on and on! Yes, Jazz in the concert hall ruled!