Saturday, June 8, 2013, 3:20-4:05pm
Faith Petric Stage - Auditorium
Leftover Dreams is Patrice Haan and Tony Marcus singing gems of the great American songbook with stunning harmonies and burnished accompaniment. Tony Marcus is a veteran of such groups as Cats & Jammers and the Cheap Suit Serenaders and plays guitar with style and wit while singing in a voice that has been called "The definition of mellifluous" (Derk Richardson in The Express). Patrice Haan's voice has been described as a "velvety alto/tenor" (Kerry Parker in the Folknik), and her intimate delivery of lyrics never fails to reach audiences. Often performing with bass and a reed player, the group presents a sampling of the best of the classic songs of Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen and such mixed with lesser known delights that haven't seen the light of day for decades. As for the playing, "Marcus spins out dazzling and emotionally evocative solos" (Derk Richardson again).
Leftover Dreams is also the title of their CD on the Tuxedo label. Featured on the CD are Bill Napier on clarinet and Bing Nathan on string bass. From the start of his career, Bill Napier was one of the most original clarinet players around. Though originally from Asheville, North Carolina, he began playing with traditional jazz bands such as Bob Scobey and Turk Murphy after he moved to the San Francisco bay area in the 1940s. His style avoids stylistic cliches, however, and his playing sounded new and interesting in whatever musical context it appeared. He died in May, 2003, and we believe that Leftover Dreams was his last recording session.