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The Modernistics: hit songs, tap dance numbers, swinging celebration of the Great American Songbook
(Published: January 11, 2020)

The Modernistics are the acclaimed singing and tap-dancing team of Ted and Pamela Powers, with virtuoso jazz musicians Peter H. Bloom on flute, Mark Leighton on guitar, and Dave Zox on double-bass. The group will make its debut at the Firehouse Center in Newburyport MA on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm. The Firehouse Center is located at One Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950. Tickets are $20. Call the box office at 978-462-7336.

The renowned quintet will provide an exhilarating tour of the Great American Songbook with music by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and other master tunesmiths. Crowd-pleasing songs and high-energy tap dance numbers will include Sunny Side of the Street, Paper Moon, Bye-Bye Blackbird, Georgia on My Mind, and It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, plus sizzling bebop tunes by Dexter Gordon and Bud Powell.

The Modernistics have captivated audiences across the Northeast, with shows for The Medallion Opera House, The Great North Woods Center for the Arts, Concord City Auditorium, the Ocean Park Music Festival, The Robert H. Wood Great Artist Series (NY), Middletown Concert Association (CT), Colby College, Nichols College, the West Claremont Center for the Arts, and The Chelmsford Center for the Arts, among others.

The members of the Modernistics have taught and performed extensively in the United States and abroad.

Peter H. Bloom, praised for his "hip, jazzy flute work" (Allaboutjazz.com), has concertized in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and is featured on 45 CDs. He has shared the stage with Ricky Ford, Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard and other jazz greats, and is a veteran of the illustrious Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (47th season). Mark Leighton is acclaimed as a jazz and classical guitarist, performs widely, and serves on the faculties of Colby College and St. George's School.

Ted Powers' career in jazz, blues, and pop includes several years as a solo performer in the south of France and tap-dancing in the U.S. with the legendary Jimmy "Sir Slyde" Mitchell. Pamela Powers has performed and taught in the United States, Germany and England. She studied with Harold Nicholas of the iconic Nicholas Brothers and with renowned Broadway choreographer Charles Hughes. Bassist Dave Zox has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Band, Herb Reed and the Platters, John Abercrombie, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods, and other notables.

The Modernistics are managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, Director, telephone 617-776-8778, email: delamotte-amw@comcast.net

More Information: http://https://www.firehouse.org/event/the-modernistics/

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