Looking for a fun performance to put you in the holiday mood? The Open Door Repertory Company has two exciting events this weekend featuring the accomplished jazz vocalist Robin Watson and her wonderful band, the Robin Watson Combo.
On Saturday at 8pm, join the Robin Watson Combo for “My Favorite Things,” a performance of jazzy holiday tunes and festive stories. Robin will cover your favorite seasonal songs as she records her first holiday CD at this show! With Tom Kalnes on piano, Rolfe Hokanson on bass, and George Aparo on drums, they will dazzle you with jolly and merry melodies.
Sunday’s “HOLIDAY for the Holidays” is not to be missed. Come see Robin and her band as they pay tribute to Lady Day herself, the beloved Billie Holiday. Last year’s show sold out, so Open Door is welcoming Robin back this year for those who missed it the first time, or those who loved it and can’t wait to see her again. The Robin Watson Combo features David Turner on piano, Rolfe Hokanson on bass, and George Aparo on drums.
Ms. Robin, a distant cousin of Ella Fitzgerald, is an accomplished jazz singer who has been performing for decades. Her electric stage presence has captivated audiences around the world. She was a vocal performance major at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she merited solo performances at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, the United Nations, and a tour of Brazil. She has played with some of Chicago’s most extraordinary musicians, lending her rich and soulful vocals to a variety of styles, from jazz to gospel, blues to Motown. Chicago Jazz Magazine says “Robin Watson’s humor, energy and authenticity make her performances compelling and engaging.”
Purchase your tickets ahead of time at the Open Door website, http://www.opendoorrep.org/tickets. General Admission for either show is $18 for adults and $15 for students. Discounted prices are available for groups of 8 or more. See the Open Door Website for more information.
Open Door Repertory Company is located at 902 South Ridgeland in Oak Park. For more information, call 708.342.0810.