ST. CHARLES – Two of Chicago’s premier jazz artists, singer Spider Saloff and pianist Jeremy Kahn, will team up to perform “The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee,” at 8 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Baker Community Center. Produced and presented by the Norris Cultural Arts Center, the concert highlights this year’s St. Charles Jazz Weekend.
Health guidelines, including capacity restrictions, will be observed to assure concert patrons a safe and enjoyable experience, a news release stated. For a link to purchase tickets, which are priced at $25 and include two complimentary beverages, visit www.NorrisCulturalArts.com. For other information, call The Norris at 630-584-7200. The Baker Community Center is at 101 S. Second St., St. Charles.
'The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee'
At the centennial of her birth, the late Peggy Lee remains a music icon – singer, songwriter, actress and star of film and television. The program pays homage to the smoldering, understated style of Peggy Lee, tracing her story from her humble beginnings through the glamour of the 1950s and 1960s and her continued chart-breaking recordings.
The concert includes Lee’s classic jazz hits, as well as her pop music classics. Saloff presents all of this with her unique comic wit and a contemporary twist that appeals to audiences of all ages, the release stated.
This concert debuted in the summer of 2017 to sold-out audiences at the Ravinia Music Festival. Its featured songs include "Fever," "Lover," "Why Don’t You Do Right?," "The Best Is Yet to Come," "Is That All There Is?," "Black Coffee" and "He’s a Tramp."
“Peggy Lee, the superb jazz-pop singer, smoldered in concert and on record. Chicago singer Spider Saloff, a seasoned and admired cabaret artist, pays homage to Lee. Slyly sophisticated, easily accessible, Saloff stands as a kind of ideal,” a Chicago critic wrote.
About Spider Saloff
She’s been heard around the world as the host and star of the syndicated public radio series "Words and Music," but for thousands, the most familiar way to enjoy Saloff has been through live performances. The Chicago–based jazz vocalist and comedienne has won accolades around the world for her introspective yet comedic approach to the genre.
Saloff is acclaimed as one of the great interpreters of the American Songbook. She has composed multiple concert tributes to Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim and others. At the Chicago Jazz Festival, she performed to audiences of over 26,000 at Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Saloff’s concert career includes recent performances at the Poznan Poland Jazz Fest and The Pheasantry in London, as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Overture Center, Ravinia, The Auditorium Theatre and the Smithsonian Institution. Her major night club engagements included turns in Chicago at The Green Mill and Jazz Showcase and in New York at Birdland and Feinstein’s.
The award-winning performer has recorded nine albums. See her website at www.spidersaloff.com.
About Jeremy Kahn
Jeremy Kahn is one of Chicago’s busiest pianists, dividing his time between jazz venues, pit orchestras and recording and teaching studios, the release stated. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Kahn spent 12 years in New York, where he was a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, and was the pianist in the Chicago Jazz Ensemble led by Jon Faddis. He has performed on stage with Dizzy Gillespie, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, and the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, and on screen with Madonna, Mary Wilson and Johnny Crawford.
He has been a featured performer at the Chicago, Hyde Park and Poznan (Poland) jazz festivals, and a featured guest on the radio shows of Studs Terkel and Marian McPartland.
“New York’s loss has been Chicago’s gain in the case of Jeremy Kahn, the splendid jazz pianist who (has) moved back to his hometown … ” wrote Chicago critic Howard Reich.
For information on the St. Charles Jazz Weekend, visit www.stcalliance.org.