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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series presents "An Evening of Cole Porter" with jazz pianists and singers Ronny Whyte and Daryl Sherman on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, will also feature Boots Maleson on bass, who, like Sherman and Whyte, has previously appeared on the series. The Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series is made possible by funding from the Weis family. The recital hall is an intimate space, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mainstay of Manhattan nightlife
Called "smart, funny and swinging" by Gary Giddins of Village Voice, Sherman is a mainstay of Manhattan nightlife, for years and until very recently singing and playing for New Yorkers, international visitors and dignitaries almost daily in the Waldorf Astoria's lobby at a famed Cole Porter Steinway.
When Artie Shaw formed a new band after his retirement, Sherman was his singer of choice and still appears occasionally with the band's current leader Dick Johnson. She also has sung with Germany's WDR Jazz Orchestra, the American Jazz Orchestra and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra in tributes to Mildred Bailey and Paul Whiteman.
Lauded for appearances at the Algonquin's Oak Room, Iridium Jazz Club and Feinstein's At The Regency, she also has appeared with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in vocal workshops for their annual Essentially Ellington program.
Outstanding jazz pianist
Considered a premier interpreter of classic American popular song, Whyte also is an outstanding jazz pianist and an award-winning songwriter. He has been featured on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio.
He is an ASCAP Award-winning songwriter; his lyric 'Forget the Woman' was recorded by Tony Bennett, and his music for 'The Party Upstairs' won the MAC Award for Best Song of 2006.
For two years, Whyte appeared in New York City in the hit musical "Our Sinatra" and on the show's big-band-version 90-city tours. He has been twice featured at New York's JVC Jazz Festival and has been inducted into the Cabaret Jazz Hall of Fame. He also produces and hosts Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter's in Manhattan, a weekly jazz concert series.
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