Makin’ Whoopee: An evening of romantic live jazz
Saturday February 11 from 5 to 7 pm in the Main Gallery
Mike Greensill performs live jazz music from “The Fabulous Baker Boys”
featured image by Alejandro Mogollo
Napa Valley Museum Yountville presents
pianist Mike Greensill with vocalist Gale Terminello in
an evening of romantic jazz music inspired by Dave Grusin’s Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning jazz score for the film
“The Fabulous Baker Boys” starring Jeff Bridges & Michelle Pfeiffer
inside our Main Gallery exhibition Jeff Bridges: Pictures
Tickets $20 Museum Members/ $35 Non-Members
(Includes Museum Admission – a $15 value)
On sale at Eventbrite HERE and at the Museum front desk.
All tickets benefit our nonprofit arts education programs.
Must be age 21 and over.
The Fabulous Baker Boys movie clips: http://j.mp/2jDwSkU BUY THE MOVIE: http://j.mp/2k1OX8q Don’t miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/1u2y6pr CLIP DESCRIPTION: Susie (Michelle Pfeiffer) sings a show-stopping “Makin’ Whoopee,” backed by Jack’s (Jeff Bridges) accompaniment. FILM DESCRIPTION: Real-life siblings Beau and Jeff Bridges star as the eponymous Fabulous Baker Boys.
Clip from The Fabulous Baker Boys, 20th Century Fox
About Mike Greensill:
Growing up in a small English village that had an outstanding church choir and choirmaster, Greensill gained an excellent musical foundation. At the age of 13 he discovered Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton and he began playing clarinet. For most of the 60s, he gained experience playing in the currently popular trad jazz bands. In 1968 he went to Leeds College of Music where for four years he studied with trumpeter Dickie Hawdon, tenor saxophonist Red Price and others, gradually changing from clarinet to piano. During this time, he took all the local gigs he could find, playing many kinds of music. After his early exposure to Armstrong and Morton, other important influences were pianists Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Rowles, Ellis Larkins, and Wynton Kelly. Following graduation from Leeds, Greensill lived for four years in Hong Kong, working as staff arranger at EMI Records and as accompanist to many visiting American jazz artists. In 1977, he moved to San Francisco, where in 1981 he met and later married singer Wesla Whitfield. As Whitfield’s musical director he toured extensively and made 15 CDs between 1986 and 2005. In the early 00s, he was also resident piano player on West Coast Live, a live radio show on NPR.
In addition to his role as accompanist, Greensill is in demand as an arranger, writing not only for his own trio and the small groups that usually accompany his wife, but also for big bands and symphony orchestras, the latter including the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony and the Sacramento Symphony. Among musicians with whom Greensill has worked over the years are Junior Cook, Scott Hamilton, Joe Henderson, James Moody, Cecil Payne, Charlie Rouse, Bud Shank, and bass player John Wiitala and drummer Donald Bailey, the latter pair joining Greensill on a live date recorded at the Plush Room in San Francisco. Among many prestigious venues at which he has performed are Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the White House, during the Clinton administration. Less often on display are Greensill’s skills as piano soloist but when he is heard in this role, as on his own name releases, his interpretative and improvisational gifts are clearly evident.