A Night in the Tropics

An evening of tropical rhythms and sultry melodies

Take the tiki lounge sounds of the 1960's, the rhythmic pulsing of bossa nova plus instrumental pyrotechnics, add mint and shake - this is A Night in the Tropics.  Featuring music inspired by the sultry melodies and evocative rhythms of the world's tropical climates - Brazil, Cuba, Hawaii and more. Repertoire includes originals by Lazarus, music from the Buena Vista Social Club and a tribute to bossa nova legend, Antonio Carlos Jobim.


Fly Me to the Moon

Love songs from the Big Band Era & Beyond

Fresh takes on classic love songs, plus feel-good, grooving originals - swoon the night away as you get reacquainted with favorites such as Embraceable You, Stardust and Fly Me to the Moon, and find new favorites in the mix.  Jazz trumpet and a swinging rhythm section - it's a cocktail of musical romance.


Merry & Bright!

From Latin to lounge, groove to gospel, Merry & Bright is a fresh soundtrack for the holidays.

Lazarus's rhythm section provides the tight, seasoned and inventive core upon which the all-brass big band is layered on tunes ranging from an intimate duo version of "Christmas Time is Here," to a high-energy, big-band swing arrangement of "We Three Kings," to a Latin-tinged take on "Veni, Veni Emmanuel." Vocalists are featured on several numbers including a soulful and sassy rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside."


American Nomad

A crossover trumpet concerto by Steve Heitzeg

Commissioned by Paul Grangaard and written for Lazarus, the three-movement, 22 minute work takes audiences on a sonic cross-country journey from the streets of New York City to the expanse of the California coast, evoking musical voices ranging from Bernstein and Gershwin to Gil Evans and Miles Davis with a strong element of jazz improvisation - including a plunger mute tribute to rock star Gram Parsons.  As one critic says, "American Nomad is that relatively rare hybrid that gives both the orchestra and the soloist something meaningful to do.


Lazarus . . . performed the work with a familiar mastery, owning its every nook and cranny of expression.
— Star Tribune, Terry Blain, January 14, 2019
Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus . . . brought his considerable experience as a jazz player to this kaleidoscopic score, producing a clear, bell-like tone in the strikingly beautiful second movement . . .
— American Record Guide, Michael Anthony, May/June 2019
American Nomad is ‘packed with catchy tunes and pin-sharp evocations of both landscape and urban environments.’
— Star Tribune, Terry Blain, January 14, 2019

Lazarus & the steeles: the new american songbook

An era-spanning journey through the American classics from Gershwin & Ellington to Stevie Wonder & Prince

Lazarus and Grammy Award-winning family quintet The Steeles take audiences on a musical journey through the "New American Songbook" of 20th century popular music.  Experience the musical kaleidosocpe of New York City to New Orleans  - the birthplace of jazz - with highlights of Philly soul, Motown hits, Chicago blues, and West Coast cool.


American Riffs - Young People’s concert

Iconic music of America from the roots of jazz to Bernstein

American Riffs is a journey through the history of American music and jazz. The concert spans music from early American spirituals, ragtime, and swing, to the orchestral worlds of Bernstein and Gershwin. The focus is on the creative mix of influences from many different countries, cultures, and traditions that are at the core of what makes American music unique. We explore how immigrants to the United States from varied backgrounds learned from each other and over time began to mix elements of those traditions together to form something new. Students will learn how improvisation works, what makes music “swing”, and how people can, even in times of adversity, create something joyous and positive.

All programs available for symphony orchestra or small jazz ensemble.

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