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Ukulele Jazz Legend Bill Tapia in Rare Southern California Concert this weekend only
99 years young jazz ukulele pioneer Bill Tapia celebrates nine decades in music with two rare Southern California concert appearances; Friday evening April 13 at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and Sunday afternoon April 15th at the Huntington Beach Library Theater. The Duke of Uke will be joined by Grammy award-winning Honolulu slack key guitar virtuoso Jeff Peterson. Together they will delve into the great American jazz songbook with fresh interpretations and island flavor.
A performer since World War One, Bill Tapia has embarked on perhaps the unlikeliest comeback ever over the past few years. His first two CDs have scored top 10 on the CMJ jazz charts and he continues to do sellout shows all over the West Coast and Hawai'i . Billboard magazine exclaimed: "As delightful as it is surprising...Tapia's 86-year career includes jams with long-gone pioneers of American music, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Fats Waller. ...Tapia takes his rightful place alongside these greats."
In addition to sharing the first ever Grammy Award for Hawaiian Music in 2005, Jeff Peterson was recently ranked by the Honolulu Advertiser in "the top 10 list of slack key giants". Opening both shows will be local acoustic duo Makena, featured in the Emerging Artist Showcase and now appearing on MTV Logo's Women's Fest.
April 13, 2007 Friday 7:30pm - Torrance, California @ James Armstrong Theater at Torrance Cultural Arts Center (3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance) / Tickets: 310-781-7171 @ Torrance Cultural Arts Center Box Office
April 15, 2007 Sunday 3:00pm - Huntington Beach @ HB Library Theater (7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach) / Tickets: 714-843-9350 @ Island Bazaar, 16582 Gothard St, Suite R (between Warner & Heil)
$20 in advance and $24 at the door