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Cloudburst to perform for BC music department

Cloudburst to perform for BC music department

Wed Jan 25, 2017

Cloudburst, a vocal quartet with rhythm section accompaniment, will be featured in a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at The Clarion at Brazosport College. The concert benefits the Brazosport College Department of Music.

The Brazosport College Jazz Singers will open for the group and then combine with them for a local favorite tune and Jazz Singers mainstay, “Chili Con Carne.”

Members of Cloudburst include three original voices from an early incarnation popular with local audiences, Riff Raff, and later, Bayou Bop.   

Cloudburst was formed in Houston during the Memorial Day floods of 2015. Vocalists Wayne Ashley, Steve Duson, Madeleine Elmer and Elisha Jordan came together from their wide-ranging musical experience in jazz, classical, acapella, pop, musical theatre, gospel and cabaret styles.

Inspired and influenced by vocal groups such as New York Voices, Manhattan Transfer, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, and the Real Group, Cloudburst incorporates arrangements from those groups, as well as their own custom arrangements. Cloudburst’s repertoire is varied and complex, including compositions by Chick Corea, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Louis Prima, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon, Nat King Cole and more. The Great American Songbook, pop tunes and Latin jazz have been reinterpreted for voices and jazz trio in a fresh and exciting way.

Slated for performance are: “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square;” “Desafinado;” “Lil’ Darlin’;” “Loves Me Like A Rock;” “Lush;” “Open Invitation;” “Round Midnight;” “Sing, Sing, Sing;” “Smack Dab in the Middle;” “Spain;” “Straighten Up and Fly Right;” and “Until I Met You.”

Tickets for this benefit are $10 and may be purchased at The Clarion at Brazosport College or at www.brazosport.com/clarion.