The Sandusky State Theatre’s JAZZ @ EIGHT presents “Michael Shirtz & Trio Not.” Featuring Michael Shirtz with jazz guitarist/bassist, Doug Neel, this new collaboration provides Shirtz a new performance base for presenting jazz standards from the American Songbook, Singer/Songwriters, and his own jazz and contemporary compositions.
“Strong musicianship and spontaneous substantive musical ideas flow effortlessly from Mike’s performances.” – Pete Ford, jazz pianist
Michale Shirtz performances reach out to jazz lovers and non-jazz audiences alike. His vocal style captures the warmth and lyricism of a Mel
Torme on smooth ballads, and diverse, instrumental-like scat-singing energy, drive, and a hint of blues, on up-tempo songs. As a pianist, Shirtz has remained deeply influenced by the innovative keyboard styles of Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, and more modern pianists which are infused into Michael’s groups. After a concert, an audience member once remarked that an evening with Shirtz is, “like listening to Mel Torme meets Brubeck!” Michael Shirtz and TrioNot features Michael Shirtz (vocal/piano), Doug Neel (guitar/bass), Kyle Turner (Keyboards/organ/piano), and Nelson Overtone (drums).
“Michael Shirtz is one of my favorite musicians, both to work with and to watch. As a performer and bandleader, Michael clearly demonstrates a high command of hte repertoire of the modern improvising musician, both as a pianist and vocalist. Additionally, Michael has a gift for engaging his audience, not only through his music, but by way of his openness and storytelling during the show. He possesses the ability to draw both his audience and band mates into a shared experience that transcends the more common “concert event.” – Doug Neel, Benedetto Guitarist
A noted jazz and scat singer, Shirtz will be performing a program that tributes the music that has influenced our American Songbook, from Ella to Frank, and the singers and songwriters that defined the music of the second half of the 20th century. A jazz night that goes beyond jazz so there is something here for everyone!
For more information go to www.michaelshirtz.com. Shirtz is managed by Organized Chaos Music Productions.