Cry Me a River: A Julie London Tribute at the Skokie Theatre Feb 24th
Julie London was an American nightclub, jazz and pop singer, film and television actress and a former pinup model, whose career spanned five decades of television. She was noted for her smoky, sensual husky voice and languid demeanor. While many know her as the character Dixie McCall, she released over 30 albums of pop and jazz standards during the 1950s and 1960s, with her signature song being the classic "Cry Me a River". She married songwriter and jazz pianist Bobby Troup and later starred with him in the television drama Emergency!
She was the subject of a 1957 Life cover article in which she was quoted as saying, "It's only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of overs moked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate.” Billboard named her the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956, and 1957.
Chicago vocalist Anne Burnell salutes the singer Julie London, with music director Mark Burnell and renowned guitarist Henry Johnson. Ms. Burnell worked with Mr. Johnson on her last recording “Summer Days & Dreamy Nights”.
Cry Me a River: A Julie London Tribute Friday, February, 24, 2017 Tickets $25 7:30PM 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077 ph: 847-677-7761 BurnellMusic.com
Anne & Mark Burnell Anne Burnell and her husband pianist/vocalist Mark Burnell are a staple on the scene in clubs and festivals throughout Chicago, New York, Amsterdam, and Paris, known for tight harmonies, jazz arrangements, and a cappella. Highlights include: The Chicago Humanities Festival, WDCB Jazz Salon Series, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Park West Chicago Cabaret, The Auditorium Theatre, singing the national anthem for the Cubs, White Sox, Arlington International Race Track, and Special Olympics. Mark Burnell has an MFA from Carnegie Melon University and taught at CMU and the International Cabaret Symposium at Yale. Discography: Anne Burnell “Summer Days & Dreamy Nights” produced and arranged by Henry Johnson, the duo’s “Little Things We Do Together”, Anne Pringle "Serious", and Anne Burnell “Blues in the Night” which reached top 10 status on the CMJ jazz charts.
Henry Johnson The Chicago-born guitarist began playing at age twelve. While spending some formative time in Memphis, he started playing gospel music at age thirteen. By age fourteen, Johnson was playing in R&B groups. Although Johnson’s parents brought him up hearing the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Joe Williams, and other artists of that era, it was not until 1967 that Johnson was formally introduced to jazz by hearing guitarist Wes Montgomery. In 1969, Johnson and his family then moved back to Chicago where he developed a reputation on the south side as a good local jazz guitarist. In 1976, he went on the road with jazz organist Jack McDuff and was called to work with vocalist, Donny Hathaway in 1977. In 1979, Johnson began playing with jazz pianist, Ramsey Lewis. And in BurnellMusic.com
1985, jazz legend, Joe Williams added Johnson to his regular group. Johnson’s musical roots run deep into gospel, blues, and jazz. His strongest and earliest influences were Kenny Burrell, George Benson, and most significantly, Wes Montgomery.