LILA AMMONS FEATURING THE DANIEL LEAHY TRIO
November 15th, POLYRHYTHMS Third
Chicago native Lila Ammons has been singing since age three, when she also started to teach herself piano. She moved on to formal piano and later violin studies, and performed in school plays and musicals. After earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan, Lila moved to New York where she earned her Master’s in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Ammons has forged a path in music that at once honors tradition and her own expressive impulses. Beginning her vocal career in opera houses and concert halls, she later returned to her familial roots in jazz and the classic blues tradition. The granddaughter of Boogie Woogie master pianist, Albert Ammons, and niece of tenor sax titan, Gene “Jug” Ammons, Lila proves that one can indeed make a successful leap from classical voice to jazz singer. With her classic sense of time, inventive phrasing, spot-on intonation, and emotive storytelling, Ammons continues to attract new audiences with her nuanced vocal jazz narratives, a respect for traditional blues and jazz idioms, and an unpredictability that delights. “Lila can make a common standard be artfully uncommon, and brings charm and passion to tunes that deserve more attention.” – Jazz Police
As a singer, she gained popular and critical acclaim touring Europe and Brazil with German pianist Axel Zwingenberger. As a feature vocalist with the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie Quartet with Zwingenberger and Charlie Watts, Ammons has won fans performing at some of the Midwest’s and Europe’s largest Blues, and Jazz Fests. Lila’s love of singing jazz has thrived in her home-base of the Twin Cities through recordings and live performances alike.
For an audience of six or 600, Lila Ammons gives a performance worthy of Birdland or Carnegie Hall. The legacy of Albert and Gene lives on in good company, and will be on full display night at Polyrhythms Third Jazz Series.
Polyrhythms Third Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’s Redstone Room, November 15th, features an all-agesworkshop at , and a matinee performance from . Admission to the workshop is Free for Kids and $5 for adults. General admission for the concert is $10 or $15 for reserved/VIP seating. For ticket information, call Polyrhythms:309 373-0790. For additional information, visit our website: www.polyrhythms.org.
Doors open at pm. Come experience the - “LIVE” vocal stylings reflected in her varied sources of inspiration from the great American Songbook writers (Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, et al) to selections from women composers of blues and ballads (Bernice Petkere, Betty Hall Jones, Helen Humes and Billie Holiday); Sunday, November 15th, featuring the many gifts of Lila Ammons, and the Daniel Leahy Trio Ron Wilson, and Mac Santiago.
Polyrhythms Third Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the Riverboat Development Authority, the Scott County Regional Authority, and the RME as well as the support of Hotel Davenport, Bowman Accounting, KALA, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Greatest Grains, and DJ Mixxin Mel
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by Melvin Hawkins Added December 1, 2012 at 1:53pm