RAHWAY—The Downfront Jazz series, a partnership of Arts Guild New Jersey and the Union County Performing Arts Center, presents Sarah Partridge & Harry Allen on Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m., at the arts center, 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.
Tickets for this performance are available for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Contact the Union County Performing Arts Center Box Office at 1-732-499-8226, Tuesday through Friday between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or purchase tickets online at www.ucpac.org.
Singing along to a karaoke machine on a dare is not the way most aspiring singers begin their career; however, this is how jazz singer Sarah Partridge got her start. While enjoying a successful and busy career as an actress, Partridge went to the Improv in Los Angeles with friends, to enjoy a night out. A karaoke contest began and her chums urged her to participate, just for fun.
Partridge, a jazz enthusiast, reluctantly agreed and eventually found an “elevators only” version of “Summertime”. Her beautiful, rich voice captivated an L.A. booker, who assumed that she was a professional jazz singer. Before she could say “help” she found herself billed as the featured vocalist in a live jazz salute. This was not an easy accomplishment considering that she knew only ten songs all the way through. Yet, she was a smashing success and hasn’t taken a backward step from that evening on.
Harry Allen has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.
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