Monday, March 12, 2018 – 7:00PM
- “A breathtakingly tight ensemble with flashes of individual brilliance” – The Herald. Lethbridge, Canada
- “The swing numbers were overflowing with energy and presented with ease and elegance” -Saarbrucken Zeitung, Germany
- “A fabulous performance” – Jack Fishman. Executive Director, Long Beach Symphony, CA
In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered around the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. Now, over three decades later, the Side Street Strutters continue to expand their musical palette to encompass nearly a century of classic American jazz.
The Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops performances and student outreach programs in all fifty states, seven European countries, Canada and Mexico. Their superb musicianship and award winning orchestrations have earned them national and international acclaim: NEA awarded fellowships and grants; State Arts Council Roster Artists; First Place Honors, Breda International Jazz Competition, Holland National radio and television appearances; International Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding Musicianship Award; appearances at dozens of European and U.S. jazz festivals, a guest presidential performance, and 12 CD recordings. In addition, the group has been entertaining guests at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. for 22 years.
In 2000, the ensemble took on the challenge of creating a symphony pops program, and has since shared the stage with major orchestras including Houston, Rochester, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Pasendena and San Antonio. In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Strutters revisited the roots of jazz with “Back To Bourbon Street”, a colorful show embracing the spirit and festiveness of New Orleans. In 2013, the band unveiled “Shiny Stockings” featuring, for the first time, the vocal stylings of Meloney Collins. This popular show combined Ms. Collin’s sassy, yet sultry, personality and soulful voice, with the Strutters’ exciting musical arrangements, personable humor and showmanship. The result was a musical theater experience capturing the essential charm and vibrant energy of the golden age of jazz.
The Strutters are excited to share their latest musical project Vinyl Jazz, A Century Celebration. As 2017 approaches and the world embraces the 100th anniversary of recorded jazz, the Strutters with Meloney Collins invite audiences to enjoy a potpourri of jazz, pop and R and B melodies which have shaped our musical landscape. Songs that inspired, lyrics that reflected a particular time in our countries history, and melodies that played a significant role towards the development and enjoyment of American popular music.