Summer Tunes & Standards
The cool vocal stylings of Connie Evingson & sultry sound of trumpeter Charles Lazarus – add olives and stir for a perfect evening of music reminiscent of The Rat Pack era – with a Latin twist. These consummate performers bring you jazz standards from the iconic Great American Songbook to the evocative rhythms of samba and bossa nova – all presented with an original flair.
With a wealth of shared experience including A Prairie Home Companion, Smithsonian’s Jazz Singers & NPR’s Fresh Air (Evingson) and Montreal Jazz Festival, Canadian Brass & Carnegie Hall (Lazarus) just to name a few highlights, Lazarus & Evingson bring a refined sensibility and adventurous spirit to the stage.
Charles Lazarus is known for his distinctive blend of lounge/exotica and funk fired jazz. The trumpeter / composer’s eclectic career has been met with acclaim from critics worldwide. Lazarus made his main stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York. He has been a member of the Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Canadian Brass, and currently the Minnesota Orchestra. He has been on the trumpet faculties of Princeton University and St. Olaf College, and has performed and taught master classes in every US state, Canada, South America and throughout Europe and Asia.
Lazarus has performed his own compositions for the Montreal and Ottawa international jazz festivals, live on Radio Canada, for music videos that have aired nationally on Canadian television, and as an opening act for Tony Bennett. He has performed with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, The New York Big Brass, The London Brass, and the Montreal Symphony and has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and the Bach Society among others. He has recorded for television and Imax film scores, as well as major symphony orchestras and numerous classical, pop and jazz ensembles. Lazarus released his debut solo CD, Solo Settings, in 2005 and followed up with a second recording, Zabava, in 2008.
A 2007 winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Lazarus has created and premiered three original orchestra pops programs in recent years: A Night in the Tropics, American Riffs and Fly Me to the Moon: Big Band Love Songs.
One of the Twin Cities’ favorite vocalists, Connie can swing the standards with the best of them. And she can hold her own with a Beatles book. And she sounds great in a hot club/gypsy jazz setting. She has recorded CDs with all of these projects and more, and her newest, Sweet Happy Life, finds her immersed in Brazilian bossa nova and samba songs, including “The Girl from Ipanema”, “Agua de Beber”, “Meditation” and others. Sweet Happy Life reached #10 on the Jazzweek radio chart and Top Ten in more than 25 markets in the U.S. and Canada.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Bedazzling technique and a refined sense of musicianship” -New York Newsday
“Very impressive… incredible technique.” -Jazzreview.com
“Lazarus could have tumbled the walls of Jericho” -Washington Post