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Erna Ferry "Things are Swingin" - A tribute to Peggy Lee
10 November 2013
Sunday 10 November 2013 - 5pm @ Chicago Sports Cafe
(Note this gig is not on the third Sunday.)
Metrobop, a school jazz choir, led by Erna Ferry and backed by a Rodger Fox 7-piece band will perform for the first hour from 4:00 pm – 4.50pm.
“Metrobop" is based on “Manhattan Transfer ". They present a very polished show of jazz standards including "Come Fly With Me", "Route 66", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie". and more.
They were described in the Wanganui Chronicle as "hugely entertaining.
5:00 pm: Erna Ferry "Things are Swingin" -
A Tribute to Peggy Lee, and one particular late night concert at the famed Basin Street East venue when New York City was effectively closed down due to a blizzard and the concert went ahead anyway.
Peggy Lee, vocalist, actress, songwriter & lyricist. Irrefutably hip and the very definition of cool.
The show covers tunes she sang on this concert, and significant tunes from her life thru' the ages ending with the iconic "Fever".
Erna Ferry will be backed by a 7-piece band led by Rodger Fox:
Nick Granville (Guitar), Rowan Clarke (Bass), Lauren Ellis (Drums), Daniel Hayles (Keyboard), Rodger Fox (Trombone), Chris Buckland (Sax) and Chris Selley (Trumpet).
Erna Ferry came to jazz via years of performing in commercial and blues based bands throughout the Manawatu region in New Zealand, as well as experience in performing Theatre with roles in major musical productions the likes of Slice of Saturday Night, Hair and The Best Little Whore House in Texas.
Since discovering jazz, Erna has performed at all the leading jazz festivals throughout New Zealand, namely the Tauranga, Rotorua, Bay of Islands, Manawatu and Wanganui festivals.
Career highlights so far have include winning the 1993 Wellington Jazz Quest, support artist to American vocal star Al Jarreau as well as touring New Zealand with leading American Jazz performers Bruce Forman - Guitar, Bill Cunliffe- Piano, Holly Hofmann - Flute and Jon Papenbrook - Trumpet.
The year 2000 saw major developments in Erna Ferry’s musical career path: The release of her first CD recording which features the musical backings of New Zealand’s own The Rodger Fox Big Band, musical arrangement by acclaimed American writers Gordon Brisker and Jeff Driskill and specials appearances by star performs Bill Cunliffe and Jon Papenbrook.
Erna toured the USA in September alongside the Rodger Fox Big Band with appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival and performances in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Erna gained a lot of new friends with her powerful performances as the special guest on the World Blues Revue Tour alongside blues legends Robben Ford and Long John Baldry.
“Her powerful vocal style captured the audience” – Evening Post, Wellington
“Great vocal styling and this woman also plays great blues harmonica” – Christchurch Star
In February of 2004 Erna released her second CD, which featured Danny Caron – Guitar, Dewayne Pate – Bass, Deszon Claiborne – Drums and Dave Mathews – Keyboards, all who have performed recently with the World Blues Revue. This CD is titled “BIG BLUES”… check it out.
In May 2010 her third record titled “Close Your Eyes” was released. This CD was recorded at the Blue Room Studios in Los Angeles with star American jazz artists.
Peggy Lee (26 May 1920 - 21 Jan 2002)
After getting her big break as a singer with Benny Goodman's band, Peggy Lee went on to a career that mixed jazz and pop singing with movie and TV stardom. In July 1942 she recorded her first smash hit ‘Why don’t you do it right”. It sold 1,000,000 copies.
In March 1943 she married Dave Barbour, the guitarist in Goodman’s band. This partnership produced a daughter and collaboration on music and lyrics for several hits.
At the height of her popularity in the 1950s she was known for her sex appeal and sultry tunes, in particular the mega-hit song "Fever." Lee was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a fading torch singer in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955, with Jack Webb), and co-wrote and performed several songs for Walt Disney's animated 1955 movie Lady and the Tramp.
In September, 1962 Miss Lee reached what she has called the "high spot" in her career when she was selected to appear in Philharmonic Hall of New York’s Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, an auditorium usually available to those whom the management considers as serious artists. Miss Lee conducted research for, and wrote a program called "The Jazz Tree," tracing the origins and development of jazz as a Native American art form.
Lee was given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1995. In 1999 Lee was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
After a 60 year long career she died in 2002 after a lengthy illness following a 1998 stroke.