Classic Jazz Vocal Trio
- Friday, Jun 2, 2017
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
About Rio Nido
Rio Nido is one of the Twin Cities’ most beloved vocal groups. The original trio of Tim Sparks, Prudence Johnson, and Tom Lieberman established themselves as ace performers, playing classic jazz from the 1930s and ’40s at the hottest spots in Minneapolis. After garnering regional attention and releasing several records between 1972 and 1986, the group disbanded, and each member has gone on to enjoy successful solo careers.
Prudence Johnson’s long and happy career as a singer, writer, and teacher has landed her on the musical theater stage, in two feature films (A River Runs Through It, A Prairie Home Companion), national radio (several long stints on A Prairie Home Companion), and on concert stages across North America and occasionally Europe. She has released more than a dozen recordings, including albums dedicated to the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Greg Brown, and a collection of international lullabies.
Songwriter and guitarist Tom Lieberman was a founding member of the seminal vocal jazz trio Rio Nido, and a regular contributor to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” for 10 years. His music has been heard far and wide, on productions ranging from Sesame Street to Sweet Land. Tommy’s recent recording of original songs, “Common Denominator,” has been received enthusiastically by listeners and broadcasters worldwide, and was named one of the Star Tribune’s Top 10 Minnesota-Made Recordings of 2013.
Tim Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music “Fresh, exotic, and totally cool.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it “rich and sensuous,” and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says “He’s really one of the best musicians I know.” From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the jazz, Bebop, classical and world music from his varied career across the U. S. and Europe, Tim has thrilled and inspired audiences and musicians world-wide.