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.

 

 

American Riffs

Iconic music of America from the roots of jazz to Bernstein

American Riffs offers a tantalizing taste of iconic American music ranging from the roots of jazz to the intersection of music for the stage and screen with the popular music of the 1950s.  Featuring Lazarus on trumpet, this program traces a musical line from spirituals and Sousa, to Bernstein and Broadway, reflecting the unique melting pot that inspired it.

 

All programs available for symphony orchestra or small jazz ensemble.

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