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Wesla Whitfield will bring a fun evening of Broadway tunes, movie songs and Hit Parade numbers to Lakeland College on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Whitfield's performance, part of Lakeland's Krueger Fine Arts Series, will be in the Bradley Theatre on the Lakeland College campus. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for non-Lakeland students and can be reserved by contacting Deb Fale at (920) 565-1536. They will also be available for purchase at the Bradley box office the night of the show.
Whitfield inhabits that indeterminate zone where jazz and cabaret meet. Trained in classical music and opera, Whitfield has toiled for more than three decades to become one of the most gifted performers breathing life into that exquisite body of music known collectively as the Great American Songbook.
Based in San Francisco, Whitfield now spends much of her time in New York, working such noted rooms as the Algonquin Oak Room, Le Jazz Au Bar, The Metropolitan Room and Joe's Pub at New York's Public Theater. She has also appeared in concert at NY Town Hall, Avery Fisher and Carnegie Hall.
Working with her husband, pianist/arranger Mike Greensill, the two released their 19th recording "Message From the Man In The Moon" in December of 2007, and their first as a duo. Along with several well-known tunes, the song list also features the rarity, "I've Found My World In You" written by Neil Sedaka and included at his personal request.
Together Whitfield and Greensill conduct scheduled Master Classes at Notre Dame De Namur and Napa Colleges in California and throughout the country, as well as teaching privately.
Whitfield and Greensill have garnered numerous national television, radio and written media credits including, All Things Considered, Fresh Air with Teri Gross, People Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning, New York Times Sunday Magazine, DownBeat Magazine profile and a feature in 'O' Magazine.
Greensill is resident piano player and side-kick on Sedge Thomson's weekly Public Radio show to the world, West Coast Live. He can also be caught playing jazz and singing in many a San Francisco saloon.
As an arranger, Greensill has had the opportunity to write for big bands and symphony orchestras including the Boston Pops and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also had the pleasure of accompanying such diverse vocal talents as Rita Moreno, Margaret Whiting, Broadway stars Lillias White and Franc D'Ambrosio and jazz singers Madeline Eastman, Ann Hampton Callaway and Opie Bellas.
Mike's latest CD, "The Mike Greensill Trio 'Live at the Plush Room'", is available on-line at Amazon.com. His writing and arranging for the Kronos Quartet can be found on Wesla Whitfield's CD "September Songs" on HighNote Records.