Monday, July 23, 2012

July 31 Concert in the Village - Local Jazz Sensation Dana Lauren


On Tuesday, July 31, the Farmington Libraries will host an outdoor concert with local jazz sensation Dana Lauren and her trio of musicians.

Dana Lauren has been compared to Adele and Ella Fitzgerald; a unique combination that leaves a contemporary imprint on a timeless jazz sound and its stylings. At 23, Dana Lauren has already performed at some of the Nation’s most prestigious jazz venues, recorded two albums and has graduated from the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. In 2010 Dana Lauren was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition.

A chance meeting with Arturo Sandoval at the 2006 Newport Jazz Festival provided Dana with opportunities that any young performer could only dream about. In July 2007 Dana recorded her first CD titled “Stairway to the Stars” produced by and featuring Mr. Sandoval. Dana has had the honor of sharing the stage with Mr. Sandoval at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Birdland, The Blue Note and Iridium in NYC and Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston.

Her most recent CD “It’s You Or No One” brings together a stellar group of musicians including Joel Frahm on tenor sax, Manuel Valera on piano, Will Graefe on guitar, Luques Curtis on bass and Jake Goldbas on drums. The extraordinary Christian McBride joined her for a bass/voice duo of “On the Sunny Side of the Street”. The CD is a collection of standards with fresh arrangements and classic swing.

Both CDs will be available for purchase after the show. For more information, please visit her web site: http://www.danalauren.com/

This live, outdoor concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the green at the Barney Library located at 71 Main Street in the Village. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the show inside the library. The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Farmington Libraries and is free and open to the public.

Advance registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org. The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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