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TowneBank and the Sandler Center Presents Six Jazz Concerts at the Miller Studio Theatre


Towne Bank Jazz Series

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The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts announces the return of bassist Jimmy Masters’ fan-favorite jazz series, hosted cabaret-style in the intimate Miller Studio Theatre. The TowneBank Jazz Series, formerly Miller Jazz Series, will feature a line-up of six new shows, showcasing some of the most exciting performers on the scene, including Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer, and The Voice crooner, vocalist Wyatt Michael. The TowneBank Jazz Series will take place one Thursday a month from April through September, and will begin on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 PM. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 14 at 10 AM and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Sandler Center box office located at 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Tickets are general admission and priced at $30, plus applicable fees. Interested in reserving a table? Sponsorship opportunities are available now – call Nadine Paniccia at (757) 385-2528 or email npaniccia@sandlercenter.org to secure your seat. CONCERT LINE-UP:

I’ll Take Manhattan: Thursday, April 20 at 7:30pm A nod to Manhattan Transfer and Tin Pan Alley, “I’ll Take Manhattan” will feature 9-time Grammy Award winner, 17-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocal luminary Janis Siegel, founding member of The Manhattan Transfer. With nine solo records to her credit, Janis has been bringing jazz to worldwide audiences since the early 70s, both as a highly acclaimed solo artist and in the company of world-renowned Manhattan Transfer. “I’ll Take Manhattan” will also feature John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass, and Emre Kartari on drums. A Nod to Sinatra, Bennett, Martin and Darin: Thursday, May 25 at 7:30pm Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin… Wyatt Michael! Recently featured as a finalist on The Voice, crooner Wyatt Michael brings to life the songs and sounds of these iconic vocalists. This show will also feature Chris Whiteman on guitar, John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass, and Emre Kartari on drums. The Modernists: Thursday, June 22 at 7:30pm “The Modernists” honors the great new generation of jazz music composers and players. Showcasing the music of Herbie Hancock, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Swallow, Sean Smith and more, “The Modernists” will feature Taylor Barnett on trumpet, Alan Parker on guitar, Justin Kauflin on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass, and Emre Kartari on drums. The Originals: Thursday, July 20 at 7:30pm At long last comes a program of original jazz compositions from The John Toomey Quartet! After two decades of playing and recording together, the quartet will present a night of original songs selected by each of the band members. Featuring Eddie Williams on saxophone, John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass, and Howard Curtis on drums. Lori’s Jazz Lounge: Thursday, August 17 at 7:30pm One of the most outstanding voices you’ll ever hear, the TowneBank Jazz Series welcomes internationally-acclaimed singer Lori Williams to the stage! Lori has traveled the world singing jazz for over 30 years and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in 2014 for her depiction of Ella Fitzgerald in Ladies Swing the Blues. “Lori’s Jazz Lounge” will feature John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass, and Chuck Redd on drums. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Thursday, September 14 at 7:30pm Duke Ellington was one of the most important voices in the history of jazz. Billy Strayhorn wrote some of the most memorable compositions performed by The Ellington Orchestra. Showcasing music from this iconic songwriting duo, “Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn” will feature Jeff Smith on saxophone, John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass, and Tony Martucci on drums.

ABOUT THE SANDLER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: The Sandler Center opened on November 3, 2007 and is managed by Oak View Group (OVG360). With 1,308 seats and a soaring glass façade, the building is located in the heart of Virginia Beach’s Town Center, a hub for cultural entertainment. With local and international talent visiting the Sandler Center, performances are perfect for audiences of all ages. Patrons will experience an intimate environment when visiting the Sandler Center, as no seat is further than 100 ft. from the stage. Learn more at SandlerCenter.org and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ABOUT OVG360: OVG360, a division of Oak View Group, is a full-service venue management and hospitality company that helps client-partners reimagine the sports, live entertainment, and convention industries for the betterment of the venue, employees, artists, athletes, and surrounding communities. With a portfolio of more than 200 client-partners spanning arenas, stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers, cultural institutions, and state fairs around the globe, OVG360 provides a set of services, resources and expertise designed to elevate every aspect of business that matters to venue operators. Service-oriented and driven by social responsibility, OVG360 helps facilities drive value through excellence and innovation in food services, booking and content development, sustainable operations, public health and public safety and more.

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