Thu 2/25 @ 8PM
Cabaret & jazz vocalist savant Molly McFadden brings her swingin’ quartet to BLU Jazz+ in Akron on Thu 2/25. In celebration of the Great American Songbook, the show features McFadden (vocals), Dan Maier (piano), Dallas Coffey (bass) and Donnie Patterson (drums).
While living in New York in the 1980s, Molly had the opportunity to sing at a variety of clubs and concerts in Manhattan with Margaret Whiting, Rosemary Clooney, and Nancy Wilson, all of whom encouraged her to never give up. Molly is a stylist of note and was featured in the New York Times as an up-and-coming performer in a disappearing genre. In the supper clubs and jazz jaunts, Molly performed with musicians such as the legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder, Bassist Dick Romoff and Gary Mazzaroppi. Colin Romoff was one of her many pianists.
Molly was also the executive director for the Michigan Jazz Trail for five years while she and her husband owned and operated Molly’s Bistro in mid-Michigan. Her enthusiasm for promoting the jazz art form was demonstrated by her ability to turn dreams into reality, coordinating with like-minded community leaders and by serving as the Michigan Jazz Trail’s primary fundraiser and highly visible spokesperson. Molly held this position since its inception in 2011 until 2015.
Every weekend Molly’s Bistro featured jazz artists from New York, Detroit and Traverse City, as well as guest artists such as the Harlem String Quartet. Molly was the featured vocalists of the 19-member big band made up of performers from throughout Michigan. The band opened for Ramsey Lewis, John Pizzarelli and most recently Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Molly now resides in Cleveland with her husband, and together they work on a variety of projects ranging from a musical to their own original jazz standards.
Be sure to come out for a fabulous night of jazz as Northeast Ohio welcomes this accomplished and wonderfully talented vocalist and her band for their BLU Jazz+ debut. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.