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A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is Taylor Mac's multiyear effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country — and its disparate communities — from 1776 to the present day. In performing the work, Mac is joined by an orchestra — led by music director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of all 246 songs — plus an ensemble of "Dandy Minions" and a variety of local special guests, including members of the audience cast as colonial needleworkers, World War One soldiers, and Yum Yum from The Mikado. Costume designer Machine Dazzle, a longtime Mac collaborator, has made by hand an outrageously imaginative, world-unto-itself costume specific to each decade.
San Jose Jazz and San José State University present an afternoon and evening of free community events from 12-8pm in celebration of International Jazz Day. The events include the following:
- 12-4:45pm: a hip-hop dance show and clinic by FutureArtsNow! on the mobile Boom Box Stage, as well as performances by the SJZ Progressions Ensemble, SJZ High School All Stars U19s Combo, and Howard Wiley and Extra Nappy
- 3:30pm: a screening of the documentary 1959, the Year That Changed Jazz
- 5pm: drummer Will Calhoun's tribute to Elvin Jones
- 7pm: an SJSU Jazz Orchestra performance with Tiffany Austin
Following his celebrated A Little Help From My Friends concert tour that played Feinstein's at the Nikko in June 2015, Jarrod Spector is back in San Francisco with a brand-new show: Jukebox Life. Having played Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys for six years (including a year in San Francisco) and Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical for three years (Tony Award nomination), Spector became known as "Mr. Jukebox Musical." As he shares through personal stories and often embarrassing video, his career preparation started early with becoming Junior Champion on Ed McMahon's Star Search at age six. This autobiographical show features a rocking band and familiar songs that trace his journey from his hometown of Philadelphia to Los Angeles to New York through some terrible and ultimately, less terrible auditions to getting the role and, best of all, getting the girl.
Join this Bay Area favorite, known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, for another evening featuring her eclectic set lists and unique interpretations of songs by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, Pearl Bailey, and Ethel Waters. Paula West has performed nationally and internationally at prestigious venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Maison de la Musique, and the White House. She has released four CDs and won three New York Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist.
Enjoy a night of big band jazz! The SJSU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. Aaron Lington, will feature the excellent vocal styling of Clairdee. The concert will begin at 7:30pm with a special opening performance by Rory Snyder's Night Jazz Band.
Widely admired for his trademark honey baritone voice and original songs that blend compelling melodies, smart lyrics, and lush arrangements, Spencer Day has wooed audiences at venues all over the United States, including Birdland, Town Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and Tanglewood Music Center. Local fans were introduced to Spencer in 2007 when he performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and subsequently received requests to headline at venues throughout the entire Bay Area. Since then, he has recorded six CDs, including Vagabond in 2009 with the hit "Til You Come to Me," which reached the top spot on the contemporary jazz Billboard chart and his 2014 release Daybreak, which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart and reflects Day's roots in the Great American Songbook. For this return engagement in Feinstein's at the Nikko, Day will sing songs from his upcoming album Angel City.
In December 2016, Tom Reardon set out on a 9,000-mile journey across America, accompanied by his steadfast and aptly named dog, Yankee. That trip has inspired Tom's sixth one-man cabaret show at Feinstein's at the Nikko: Where I'm Bound: Songs From America. Tom is once again joined by Roberta Drake on drums, John Greitzer on bass, Billy Raphael on guitar and fiddle, and Jennifer Haber and Morgan Breedveld-Stinson on vocals. Daren A.C. Carollo directs and produces; local legend Joe Wicht is the musical director.