Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dana Lauren Treats Crowd to a Perfect Night of Smooth Jazz

On Tuesday, July 31, the Barney Library welcomed the jazz stylings of local artist, Dana Lauren, who, along with keyboardist Sam Parker and bass player Matt Dwonszyk , blew the crowd away with their individual talents and the trio's powerful collective sound, reminiscent of the great musical surprises found in the small, intimate clubs that brought jazz to the mainstream in the early twentieth century.

The twelve-song playlist paid tribute to those jazz greats, to include songs such as Pennies from Heaven (1936), Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1932), Tea for Two (1925), and  It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - a Duke Ellington favorite from 1931, all of which gave the performers the opportunity for solo spotlights that wowed the audience. 

Coming into the night's performance Dana had already previously recorded two CDs, both of which were available for purchase after the show. During one set break, she announced some exciting and breaking news -- she has been approached to record a third album and become the host of jazz night on Sunday nights at Birdland, the ultimate jazz club in midtown Manhattan. We were delighted to celebrate this terrific opportunity with her and to be the first in the public to hear about this amazing next step in her career.

All in all, the concert was a great way to bring the community out to the Meetinghouse Green. We had perfect weather, an enthusiastic crowd, and a wonderfully good time. Thanks to all the folks who joined us at the Barney Library for this memorable evening!

For more information about Dana Lauren, visit her web site at

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