Joanna A. Jones (Hamilton) and Laurel Harris (Beautiful) will be the featured vocalists in the February 18th installment of “Russ Kaplan’s Broadway Jazz Session,” the popular series which presents In Transit composer Kaplan’s innovative jazz interpretations of current Broadway favorites.
The next show will be on Sunday, February 18 at 7:00 PM (doors are open at 5:30), at The Green Room 42 [570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036]. Tickets are $20 and available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs
Since launching in April, Russ Kaplan’s Broadway Jazz Session has featured guest vocalists including Justin Guarini, Christiane Noll, Aisha De Haas, Kate Rockwell, Michael McElroy, Debbie Gravitte, Mariand Torres, Andrea Frierson, Marva Hicks, Arbender Robinson, Shayna Steele, Chris Dilley, and beatboxer Chesney Snow. Select performance videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/playli
Composer Russ Kaplan has always had a love of both musical theater and cutting-edge jazz. His concert series brings together his two passions, as he and his eight-piece band offer innovative instrumental interpretations of tunes from the current Broadway season – from new (Dear Evan Hansen, The Band’s Visit, Hamilton) to classic (Hello Dolly, Chicago).
As a theater writer, Kaplan is the co-creator of Broadway’s In Transit (Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Drama League and Lortel nominations), family musical Dear Albert Einstein (Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominee) and play-with-music High School Confidential, among other works. His debut jazz album The Ulysses Cycle was released on Ropeadope Records and includes the Independent Music Award-winning track “Pigz in Space.” The band was a finalist in WNYC’s 2015 Battle of the Boroughs.
Joining Kaplan on stage every month is a lineup of some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including trumpeter Eric Biondo (Antibalas), bassist Moppa Elliott (Mostly Other People Do the Killing), percussionist Brian Adler (Bombay Rickey), saxophonists Kyle Saulnier (Awakening Orchestra) and Christof Knoche, guitarist Tom Gavin, and drummer Wayan Zoey.