Jazz standards from the American Songbook will be the order of the day, served up by Tucson vocalist Katherine Byrnes and pianist Jeff Haskell, in performance at the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 16). The program will include well known tunes by George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and Cole Porter.
Katherine Byrnes is an award winning vocalist who has toured with Blue Note Recording artist Amos Lee, as well as local luminaries Calexico and Orkesta Mendoza. As a solo artist, Byrnes has toured internationally, performing a variety of styles including Broadway, Jazz, Rock and Classical. She recently starred in a tribute to Barbra Streisand as part of last month’s Invisible Theatre’s Sizzling Summer Sounds series at Skyline Country Club, and appeared with Ryan Alfred at the Arizona Senior Academy this past March as Sweet Ghosts.
Jeff Haskell is a legendary figure in the Tucson jazz scene, composing and conducting, as well as educating and coaching many successful jazz musicians. He has won three Los Angeles Emmy Awards for his work on the children’s TV program, “Dusty’s Treehouse,” and his song arrangements have been featured on two Linda Ronstadt albums. His choral/orchestral composition, “Pastiche Americana,” was performed by The Little Orchestra in Lincoln Center, and his “Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra” debuted with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
This fall, Byrnes and Haskell will release a duo jazz album marking the culmination of their decade-long musical partnership.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer