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Joan Collaso Quintet

As conveyed by the title of her latest album, Ooo Whee (My Favorite Things), Chicago singer Joan Collaso radiates joy in saluting her heroines in jazz: Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn and Lena Horne, subjects of a recent concert tribute by her, and Billie Holiday, whom she honored at the Jazz Showcase earlier this year. With her assertive, clipped phrasing and earthy underpinnings, Collaso also recalls the glory days of Wilson’s great role model, Dinah Washington.


Collaso has enjoyed success as a singer of jingles, a background vocalist and a theater artist, but she’s most in her element leading her band down these memory lanes. Her pianist and music director is Larry Hanks. Also joining her is guitarist Henry Johnson (a leading player in his own right in addition to being a fine accompanist of singers), bassist Chuck Webb and drummer Ernie Adams. Tonight’s set will feature tunes from all of the above tributes. Ooo whee? Yes indeed.


Jazz & Heritage Stage

Joan Collaso Quintet

3:30 – 4:30 pm

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Taken on September 4, 2011