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Music on the Island, Fashion Island, July 2008

For the complete Fashion Island Summer Concert Series 2008, see the post below.  Here’s the line-up for July 2008.  Enjoy!

      

July 16, 2008 – Diane Schuur:  Music on the Island, Fashion Island Summer Concert Series 2008, Newport Center

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and ‘60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur’s music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape. 

Born blind from birth, Schuur discovered the world of jazz from her father, a piano player, and her mother who kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington records in the house.  Schuur has the rare gift of perfect pitch and taught herself piano by ear to accompany her rich, resonant vocal style.

Diane Schuur’s July 2008 Schedule:  (1) Newport Beach, CA Fashion Island – July 16, 2008;  (2) Paris, France  New Morning Club  July 19, 2008;  (3) La Spezia, Italy  Paizza del Bastione-Jazz Festival  July 20, 2008.

      

July 23, 2008 – John Waite:  Music on the Island, Fashion Island Summer Concert Series 2008, Newport Center

If one were asked to sum up the life and music of John Waite in one word, that word would have to be “romantic.” There’s a fairy tale quality to his story that, like most good fairy tales, contains a good deal of darkness and conflict to go along with the princesses and epic sojourns. From his early days through cold, dark winters in Northern England, to the night lights of New York City, to the tours that have taken his bands to the far corners of the world and back, Waite has lived like a modern troubadour. His songs describe a restless spirit in search of deeper meaning, true love, and the poetry in the landscape–whether it be rural England or the human heart.

      

July 30, 2008 – Freda Payne, A Tribute to Ella Fitgerald:  Music on the Island, Fashion Island Summer Concert Series 2008, Newport Center

Summer Concert Series at Fashion Island-Newport Center

             

Fashion Island in Newport Center does it again as it’s hosting their annual free Concert Series every Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm in the Bloomingdale’s Courtyard.  Concerts are complimentary but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Preferred, reserved seating is available for $20 through Guest Services (949.721.2000).  Come early and dine in Newport Center while enjoying the balmy ambiance of this lovely coastal area.  This is a perfect mid-week break in the routine and music is good for the soul.

2008 Summer Concert Series schedule:   Jul 16 2008 Music on the Island – Diane Schuur     *    Jul 23 2008 Music On The Island – John Waite     *    Jul 30 2008 Music On The Island – Freda Payne, A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald     *    Aug 06 2008 Music On The Island – Melissa Manchester     *    Aug 13 2008 Music On The Island – Ricci Martin, An Evening of Dean Martin Music and More     *    Aug 20 2008 Music On The Island – Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.