January Thaw Music Festival Continues with NYC's Most Versatile Musician, Eddie Allen

Centenary Stage Company's January THAW Music Festival continues with a tribute to "Satchmo" as performed by New York City's most versatile musician, Eddie Allen, in 3hree for Louis: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong on Sunday, January 22 at 2pm in the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Allen brings three trumpeters and an all-star ensemble to pay tribute to the legacy and music of jazz great and American icon, Louis Armstrong. Louis Daniel "Satchmo" Armstrong is one of America's first superstars. He was a musician, singer, composer, songwriter, entertainer, performer, Broadway & TV actor, movie star, celebrity, writer, club owner, ambassador of goodwill and civil rights activist. He topped the music charts in every decade from the 1920s until the 1960s. He was one of the first Blacks to integrate his band. He was the first Black to receive equal billing to White movie stars in Hollywood films. He was the first Black to host a nationally syndicated radio show. His influence as a singer was felt by such singers as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Nat "King" Cole, to name a few. His influence as a trumpeter is still felt today.

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author, Allen is called upon to play everything from jazz to R&B/Pop to Latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between. "Allen's control of the timbers, from guttural moans to clarion peals, and his ability to squeeze whimpers out of brass and hurl them at the listener, marks him as a horn man to watch." (The Washington Post). FeaturingArmstrong favorites, such as, Struttin' With Some Bar-B-Cue, Rockin' Chair, Mack The Knife, Hello Dolly, Do You Know What It Means, To Miss New Orleans to name a few.

Since his arrival on the New York scene worked with such jazz greats as; Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for: Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, Vanessa Rubin and MuhAl Richard Abrams. He's performed in the orchestras of such Broadway hits as: Ain't Misbehavin', Black & Blue, Side Show, Jelly's Last Jam, Five Guys Named Mo' and Rollin' On the T.O.B.A. . Allen makes musical choices that immediately draw you to his sphere: his compositions are loaded with what the London Observer calls "crackle."

Tickets for 3hree for Louis: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong on Sunday, January 22 at 2pm are $25.00 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the performance. All ticket sales are final.

Centenary Stage Company's January THAW Music Festival closes on Saturday, January 28 at 8pm with freshness and inventiveness of Sweet Plantain.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 - 0900. The CSC box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 - 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ in residency on the campus of Centenary University. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and offers.

The 2016-17 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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