The Classic Jazz Visions concert series returns to the main stage on Saturday, October 1, 2022, with a public reception at 6:30 p.m. and a show at 7:30 p.m. This unique musical and pictorial tribute to Jack Bradley’s jazz photography was a completely sold out hit when it first appeared on the Cotuit stage in April 2022.
Discover the life, musical history and legacy, the very essence of America’s greatest jazz icon, “Pops”, “Satchmo”, “Louis” Armstrong, in a truly multi-dimensional immersive experience. Hear the greatest music of the Jazz Age performed live on stage by the Classic Jazz and Swing Orchestra, featuring John Clark on reeds, Jeff Hughes on trumpet, Michael Persico on trombone and vocals, Mwalim on piano, Andy Troyanos on guitar, Mike Ryle on bass, Gary Johnson on drums and singer Lori Colombo. See images of Armstrong never before seen in public and hear the incredible story of how a young man born in Cotuit, Mass became the personal photographer and close personal friend of the great Louis Armstrong, all wrapped up in the sounds that became the foundations of American music.
Cape Town’s own Jack Bradley, hailed by none other than the Louis Armstrong House Museum as “the greatest photographer” – a man Armstrong himself often called “my son” – amassed thousands of candid images of the man many attribute to the “father of jazz” as we know it today. Cape Town musician and educator Michael Persico, a longtime friend of the Bradley family, has created a team of high-level musicians, writers, media editors and friends to preserve and catalog the historic archives of Jack and create an entertainment experience like no other. another today.
During the pre- and post-show reception, audience members will stroll among larger-than-life images of Louis, Jack, and many great names from the American jazz era, with music from the era played in the reception/cocktail area. Select images framed by Jack will be available for purchase before and after the performance.
Bradley had unparalleled access to all of the top performers of the day. Among his photos are “Pops” with many big names, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy and many more. The vast majority of these photos are candid, “in the moment” images that show life as it happened. Among those on display will be Duke Ellington playing drums and the great Billie Holiday in her final performance just a week before her death.
Persico has teamed up with well-known singer Lori Colombo, heir to her father Lou Colombo’s family musical heritage, to help shape this unique event. Lou was one of the finest jazz/swing trumpet/horn players of our time.
Once the stage show begins, it’s an uninterrupted mix of photo exhibits, video projections, storytelling, and New Orleans street parades, all wrapped up in an event that will be remembered for a very long time. long time. This is something not to be missed – secure your seats now.
Tickets are $35, with a $2 discount for seniors and a $5 discount for Center members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669 x0. Cotuit Center for the Arts is located at 4404 Falmouth Road/Route 28 in Cotuit.