Boston’s First Lady of Jazz Rebecca Parris at The Regent Sat Feb 23—Rescheduled from Feb 9

Jan 28, 2013


On Saturday, February 23rd at 8pm Boston’s First Lady of Jazz, Rebecca Parris will take to the stage at The Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts to present “In Love with Parris,” a 28-year tradition (the 4th at “Arlington’s Show Place of Entertainment”) that brings couples from all over New England to celebrate the most romantic time of the year. The evening will feature classic love songs from the Great American Songbook and beyond, performed with her long-time trio of Brad Hatfield on piano, Peter Kontrimas on bass, and Jim Lattini on drums. This is the rescheduled date for the February 9 concert—postponed because of the Blizzard of 2013.

“It’s a real pleasure to host this classy, annual holiday celebration with Rebecca and her fabulous trio. Rebecca has a way with these romantic songs like no other. Her warmth and personality invite lovers to cuddle… and that voice… like melted butter,” says the Regent’s Leland Stein.

Ms. Parris has performed all over the world with her own groups, as well as with some of jazz’s greatest legends, including Count Basie, Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, David “Fathead” Newman, Red Mitchell, Buster Cooper, Nat Pierce, and many others.  Her friend and mentor, Shirley Horn once remarked, “Her voice sets her apart from any other vocalist on record today…. in one moment she exudes warmth and is poignant, and in another is driving hard and swinging.”  A new Rebecca Parris recording is slated for later this year.

In 2012, Parris produced her third recording for someone other than herself—her long-time student, Louise Van Aarsen, a talented Dutch singer-songwriter. The production has garnered terrific global accolades with several cuts ranking highly in international competitions. Parris has been producing her own recordings throughout her career, but now has become a singer’s second set of ears, bringing out the best in other vocalists.

An admired teacher and coach for 25 years, these days Parris is bringing her expertise to students worldwide—in person and in cyberspace. She has just returned from teaching a master class to pros and amateurs in Holland; received an invitation to be Artist-in-Residence at The Hague’s Royal Conservatory; and now has plans for a string of European performances and classes. A master clinician adored by those she mentors, Parris will soon be offering private lessons on the web, and is working on a series of lectures for YouTube, her website, and through social media.

“In Love with Parris,” featuring the Rebecca Parris Trio
Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00 pm
7 Medford Street (off Massachusetts Avenue)
MBTA & wheelchair accessible; free parking across the street
Reserved seats are $18, $23 and $28