Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
presents: MY ROMANCE - Songs on life and love from the Great American Songbook featuring Linda Purl - vocals; Musical Director Tedd Firth; Greg Parnell - drums and Ben Kramer – bass
"Purl cut loose with all the authority of a seasoned jazz vocalist…she is mesmerizing" London Times
Journey with Linda as she leads us down a shimmering memory lane with cherished classics such as: Pick Yourself Up, Shall We Dance, I Thought About You, My Romance and more. Savor the luscious melodies and timeless, perfectly-honed lyrics from a treasure trove of writers: Vernon Duke, Duke Ellington, Ira & George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers and Harry Warren.
Currently: High Life (regular),The Oath (recurring). Recent recurring: Homeland, True Blood, The Office, Designated Survivor. She has starred in over 45 made-for-TV movies; especially known for Charlene Matlock, Matlock and Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiancée, Happy Days. Broadway: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Getting and Spending. Off-Broadway: The Baby Dance. She has performed in over 40 plays regionally. She was Founding Director of the California International Theatre Festival. Purl currently tours in concert. Past venues include Catalina Jazz, Birdland, 54 Below, Naples Philharmonic, Crazy Coqs (London), Club Raye (Paris), Satin Doll (Tokyo). CD’s: Alone Together, Out of this World, Midnight Caravan, Up Jumped Spring.
TEDD FIRTH is a New York City based musical director, pianist and arranger. As musical director and accompanist he has worked with Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Marilyn Maye, Elaine Paige, Tom Wopat, Leslie Uggams, Joshua Bell, Tony DeSare, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Lucie Arnaz, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Prince, John Schneider, Melissa Errico, Karen Akers, Mary Cleere Haran, Margaret Whiting, Carol Sloane and of course, Linda Purl.
Among the jazz musicians he has performed or recorded with are John Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Frank Wess, Mark Whitfield, Red Holloway, Benny Golson and Joe Morello.
Recent highlights include being the musical director for the reunion of the original Broadway cast of "Into The Woods" at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa, CA as well as serving as musical director for Michael Feinstein's “Jazz and Popular Song” concert series at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
New York appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Iridium, the Algonquin, the Cafe Carlyle and Feinstein's at the Regency. Numerous national appearances include a performance at the White House.
As an arranger and orchestrator, Tedd's work has been performed by all major American symphony orchestras as well as Liza Minnelli. In 2013, Tedd was commissioned by the New York Pops to create new orchestrations for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which has had numerous performances across the country in subsequent years.
Television appearances include "The Today Show," "Live From Lincoln Center" and "All My Children.”
GREG PARNELL is the former road manager and drummer for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and current music director for the Orlando Jazz Orchestra.
BEN KRAMER is the Program Director, Music Production Online at Los Angeles Film School and former Associate Course Director at Full Sail University. He studied Recording Arts and Sciences at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Ben is a top-notch bassist and can be seen and heard at premier locations in Orlando, Florida.