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West Coast Cool! Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne$25 – $35
THE WEST COAST COOL SHOW!
Mark Winkler platinum award winning jazz vocalist/lyricist meets Cheryl Bentyne, member of The Manhattan Transfer, and sparks fly. This duo is intent on proving how cool the West Coast Cool Jazz scene of the 50s still is. Together and separately they perform songs by Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Julie London and Bobby Troup (to name a few); all the while, weaving never before heard stories of the origainl cast of “West Coast Cool” throughout the evening. Prepare yourself for an audience full of swinging their stir sticks out of a dry martini or two, and plenty of great entertainment. This show is definitely a hit!
The duo recently came off of a sold out tour throughout the country, hitting such cities as Toronto, LA, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Indianapolis where they were greeted with sold out Houses and standing ovations.
“The SHOW was off the charts! I can honestly say it was the best jazz show I have ever experienced. . . ” – – Chris Loudon, Jazz Times
“Sharper than a shark skin suit lapel, and swinging harder than a hammer thrower, singers Cheryl (Manhattan Transfer) Bentyne and Mark Winkler delivered a red hot tribute to West Coast Cool… I dig” –George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
“A marvelous, one of a kind show. This is what two great singers, who love jazz sound like. Wow!” –Myrna Daniels, LA Jazz Scene
Cheryl Bentyne has been a member of the 9 time Grammy winning group The Manhattan Transfer since 1979. Bentyne’s beautiful voice, wide range, versatality, and impressive stage presence made her a major asset forthe popular vocal group from the start. Her recently released album, Let’s Misbehave: The Cole Porter Songbook, has been recognized by many as the jazz album of the year. Recently Ms. Bentyne performed the music of Cole Porter at the Broward Performing Arts Center (Fort Lauderdale) to a nearly sold out House. Bentyne not only delivered the music of Cole Porter as no one else can, sprinkled throughout the show were love letters written by Cole Porter himself. The audience was delighted and Bentyne received two standing ovations.
Mark Winkler has released 11 CDs in the US and is currently in the studio working on two more CDs (including a studio take on West Coast Cool) that will be released in 2013. His 11th CD, released in August 2011 was named as one of the top 5 jazz CDs of the year by Jazz Tmes magazine. It went high on the Jazz Week charts and got great reviews from over 26 critics including The Seattle Times, Don Heckman and All About Jazz. It featured a duet between him and Vocalist supreme Barbara Morrison, as well as such A list musicians as Billy Childs, Anthony Wilson, Bob Sheppard and Grant Geissman.
“Winkler delivers his songs with lyrical intensity and a strong undercurrent of swing… Winkler’s combination of writing and performing is a welcome addition to jazz” –Don Heckman, International Jazz Review