Improvisation can add flare to music and creativity to the story of what really happened to the neighbor’s cat. Prove that jazz is the cat’s meow with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get two general-admission tickets (an $80 value) to the Equinox Jazz Orchestra's “Mostly Mercer Show” at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center in Cedarburg on Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.
The Equinox Jazz Orchestra delivers soul to the stage, paying tribute to influential songwriter Johnny Mercer. At the Mostly Mercer Show, the band aurally embraces the audience with classic American songs, including “Fools Rush In,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” and “Blues in the Night.” Ears perk up at the sound of fondly remembered tunes such as “Moon River,” a greater success than either “Star Stream” or “Orbiting Celestial Body Waterfall.” Enjoy the high-octane trumpet wails and southern groove of band leader Jeremy Davis’s professional ensemble as it performs an original arrangement of Mercer’s music, specially commissioned by the Friends of Johnny Mercer to mark the songsmith’s centennial.
For more than a decade, Cedarburg Performing Arts Center has partnered with the Cedarburg School District, treating community members to professional performances from notable artists. The 580-seat theater fosters an intimate atmosphere, allowing attendees to scrutinize performers close enough to count their age rings.
- In recent months, Equinox has added a few new numbers to its repertoire, including a swinging arrangement of the Steve Miller Band's "Abracadabra," a Queen song and a couple of Elvis tunes. – Fred Phillips, News Star