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Celebrating George and Ira Gershwin on December 16, 2023, at 2:00 PM in Cohen Hall

Keene Public Library presents The Modernistics Trio (Ted Powers, vocals, guitar, and tap dance; Peter H. Bloom, flute; Dave Zox, double-bass) in a musical show Celebrating George and Ira Gershwin.  Join us for exhilarating songs, tap-dance numbers and jazz instrumentals, including Slap that Bass, I Got Rhythm, Nice Work If You Can Get It, I’ve Got a Crush on You, A Foggy Day, Stairway to Paradise, and other treasures.  A wonderful tribute to our great American lyricist Ira Gershwin, along with his brother George, master tunesmith.

Ted Powers, vocals, tap-dance, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica, has entertained audiences in the US and abroad for over thirty years. His jazz, blues, and pop career includes several years as a solo performer in the south of France and tap dancing in the US with Jimmy "Sir Slyde" Mitchell. Ted has performed with Billy Novick, Ray Santisi, and other jazz notables. Acclaimed for his wide-ranging artistry and mastery of the Great American Songbook, he performs extensively as a soloist and with large and small ensembles across the Northeast.

Flutist Peter H. Bloom, praised for "exquisite melody" (JazzImprov) and "hip, jazzy flute work" (, has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand and is featured on 48 CDs. He has shared the stage with Sheila Jordan, Charles Neville, Jimmy Giuffre, Ricky Ford, Geri Allen, Jaki Byard, and other jazz legends. He is a veteran of the internationally renowned Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (50th season). Bloom's latest CD, Exuberant Ellingtonia, has been called "a treasure trove" (Textura Magazine, Ontario) and "one of those albums we know are unique jewels" (Jazz, ese ruido, Spain).

Bassist Dave Zox has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Band, Herb Reed and the Platters, Phil Woods, John Abercrombie, Kenny Werner, Garrison Fewell, and other illustrious artists. Dave played with Boston’s legendary Al Vega Trio and pianist Harvey Diamond for many years.  He serves on the faculties of Northeastern University, Phillips Academy in Andover, and the Ipswich Public Schools.

The Modernistics Trio is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte.

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