When we are open there’s Jazz! Tonight November 29th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents A Bill Evans & Tony Bennett Tribute, & The In-Vivo Jukebox!
Ellyn Rucker on Piano, Syd Harriet on Vocals.
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans got together in a recording studio over four days in June, 1975 and quickly recorded one of the best albums of their careers. Over the decades, ‘The Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Album’ Volume 1 has become an all time classic masterpiece and the repertoire of songs on the album are what Ellyn and Syd have prepared to sing and play. Come hear ‘Young & Foolish’, ‘My Foolish Heart’, ‘Who Can I Turn to’, ‘The Days of Wine & Roses’, ‘Some Other Time’, ‘The Touch of Your Lips’, ‘You Must Believe in Spring’, ‘Maybe September’, ‘Waltz for Debbie’, ‘But Beautiful’, ‘We’ll be Together Again’, and participate and choose favorites from the in-vivo jukebox. In-vivo jukebox? You get to select a song or songs from a robust list Syd and Ellyn have compiled. Then sit back and enjoy a tasteful plethora of tunes you requested from the Great American Songbook. Best of all, no nickels or quarters are required!
Ellyn Rucker was born into a musical family in Des Moines, Iowa. She started piano lessons at the age of eight and, having been mentored by her older brother Ross who was a jazz bassist she played her first ‘gig’ at the age of 16 with a guitarist and bassist twice her age. At 20, Ellyn married a musician and moved to Denver the place she now calls her ‘musical home town’. She raised two children, was a church organist for 14 years, played locally and did a few national gigs. Ellyn has accompanied singers, instrumentalists and ‘tried to learn something from every playing situation’. After a long stint at the former Burnsly Hotel with the late Spike Robinson, she began touring Europe. There were performance in 13 countries that included many tours of the U.K. and playing for five months in Shanghai. Meanwhile, she was a guest on the Marian McPartland ‘piano jazz’ show in New York, and, in the same year she became a grandmother at age 50, recorded her first CD. Ellyn recorded for Capri records several times. She recorded and performed with many well-known musicians including: Spike Robinson, Benny Carter, Carl Fontana, Joni Janak, Al Grey, Roy Eldridge, James Moody, Dave Young, Ed Bickert, Clark Terry, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Pete Christlieb, Claudio Slon, Monty Budwig, Red Mitchel, and Mark Murphy. Her piano heroes are Oscar Peterson, Lenny Tristano, and Bil Evans, and her vocal heroes are Carmen McRae, Mark Murphy, and Blossom Dearie.
Syd Harriet has hosted jazz radio shows in Newport, Rhode Island, New York, Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, and in California at KPFA in Berkeley, KQED in San Francisco, and KAAT, in Fresno. He has performed the Great American Songbook throughout the U.S. including the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. In addition to hosting and singing, Syd is a published author, has recorded five jazz albums and most recently produced an album by Billy Wallace who he has performed with in Denver since 2014. He was in private practice for more than twenty years as a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders and issues related to performance. But, don’t worry, during the gig, you need not fear being analyzed. There are no couches at La Cour.