Lenore Raphael, jazz pianist, and jazz guitarist, Wayne Wilkinson, will perform a concert of jazz Friday, January 27 @ 5:30 at Basalt Regional Library. The program will include a mix of older jazz tunes (i.e. Ellington) and some mainstream tunes from the Great American Songbook, plus a bit of bebop!
Lenore, born in New York, studied classical music at the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan, then attended New York University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music. After graduating, she switched to playing jazz being deeply influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and George Shearing.
Lenore is an authorized and accredited Steinway Artist, known as the blond Ambassador of Steinway. She has her own radio show, teaches piano, performs in jazz clubs, festivals, and concert halls both nationally and internationally
Wayne, a Benedetto Guitar Artist, is a headliner guitarist that performs and tours across the country and internationally. His impeccable sophistication has earned him the reputation of being the most outstanding jazz guitarist of the century.
The extensive list of well known musicians that Wayne has performed with include Bill Watrous, Bucky Pizzarelli, Johnny Smith, Henry Mancini, Michael Becker, and others. In his career, he has performed with President Bill Clinton, Bob Hope, Roger Williams, and others.
In addition to performances in jazz clubs, concert series, and private events, he is a faculty member at Colorado Springs Conservatory where he helped establish their jazz program.
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