This could be the theme for the Side Street Strutters as they perform their show titled “Shiny Stockings” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Conn Center. The concert is sponsored by the Cleveland–Bradley Concert Association.
In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a music ensemble whose artistic focus centered on the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. Now, 30 years later, the same core members are still together and have expanded their musical palette to include over a half century of jazz styles from Dixieland and Blues to Big Band Swing and popular standards.
In concert the Strutters borrow from their extensive repertoire of beautifully crafted arrangements, colorful costumes, tap dancing, and 30 years of showmanship and musicianship to create a fun-filled evening centered on jazz — America’s musical heritage.
The Cleveland performance is their newest show, “Shiny Stockings,” and features Melony Collins along with exciting musical arrangements and personable humor that capture the charm and vibrant energy of the golden age of jazz. Collins has sung with Burt Bacharach, John Tesh, Julie Andrews and the musical presentation of Ray Charles, “LIVE!”
She shares her sassy yet sultry personality, radiant stage presence and soulful voice. Eden Espinosa, the star of the Broadway show “Wicked,” says no one sings these songs like Meloney Collins. It’s smooth, sweet and sexy. Her voice is perfect for this music.
The Strutters have appeared in dozen of jazz festivals in Europe and America, symphony pops performances, formal concerts, a guest presidential appearance and have performed at Disneyland for the past 25 years. They have garnered numerous awards and have released eight CD recordings. Some of the familiar standards they sing are “Stardust,” “April in Paris,” “Almost Like Being in Love,” “A Kiss to Build a Dream,” “Take the A Train,” “ Don’t Get Around Much Any More” and many more.
Admission is by season memberships which were sold at the beginning of the 2012-13 concert season. However, tickets may be purchased for the Strutters for $25 at the door or $35 will purchase a ticket for the Strutters and for the April 25 concert — “The Legacy of Floyd Cramer” featuring the music of Floyd Cramer performed by his grandson Jason Coleman.
For more information, call 473-1114 or 715-5662.