Karen Oxorn Presents: Love, Jazz and Prohibition: A St. Valentine’s Day Concert

St Valentines concert postcard

Karen Oxorn – vocals
Art Lawless – piano
Tom Denison – bass
Scott Poll – clarinet

Saturday February 14, 2015
7:30 PM – $20
Includes complimentary Valentine’s cupcakes at intermission AND a draw for a $50 Gift Certificate for Zolas Restaurant!

Approx 8 remaining Tickets available at the door (cash only) as of Saturday 14th.

Photograph of a young couple – my grandparents – enjoying Valentine’s Day at the beginning of Prohibition and the Jazz Age. If they had wanted to take in some “hot jazz” and enjoy a glass of champagne, they would have visited the local speakeasy!

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with me and my swinging Jazz Age Trio in a concert that features great songs from the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties when the United States was “dry” and gangsters ruled the speakeasies and jazz clubs. Along with numbers by Fats Waller, Jimmy McHugh, Al Jolson, Spencer Williams, George & Ira Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers & Hart, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, I’ll present a few songs written by my great uncle Sam Coslow. Coslow enjoyed a successful career as a lyricist and sometime composer in New York City as well as in Hollywood during this era.

These songs include “My Old Flame”, “Just One More Chance”, “You’ll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini)” and his 1934 composition “Cocktails For Two”, a tribute to the Love, Jazz & Prohibition that marked those tumultuous years from 1920 through 1933.