Branson, MO – Vocalist Laura Didier and pianist Jim Martinez present “A Jazz Tribute to Doris Day” starting Tuesday, Nov 8 running through Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011. Performances are at 12 noon & 5 pm daily and will take place at The Club @ Lodge of the Ozarks, 3431 W. 76 Country Blvd, Branson. Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at door and available by calling (417) 334-7535. Tickets go on sale October 1st. Please note Ms. Day will not be present.
Laura Didier, from Sacramento, CA, has been performing steadily with the Jim Martinez Trio since early 2007. Didier has performed at major Jazz festivals in California, Idaho, and Canada including the famed Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Didier spent the past 20 years supporting the military career of her husband, a Lt Col and fighter pilot in the USAF. In August of 2011, they celebrated his retirement and returned to their home state with their three sons.
A classically-trained pianist also based in Sacramento, CA, Jim Martinez has performed or recorded with notables like Lionel Hampton, the Stan Kenton Band, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, and Ed Thigpen, who was the first drummer with the Oscar Peterson Trio. Martinez has worked as pianist and musical director for Joan Rivers and Bob Newhart, and he was recently named to the International Artist Roster of Steinway & Sons.
Martinez and Didier have presented their show nationally from retirement communities to performing art centers. Their tribute is the only one endorsed by Ms. Day. Jim and Laura have also been the only artists chosen to entertain at her Carmel, CA hotel, The Cypress Inn, for her annual birthday celebration.
This special Branson appearance at the 1940′s-style supper club will include stories, highlights and colorful images from Ms. Day’s career. Didier and the Jim Martinez Trio will also perform many of Doris Day’s popular hits spanning five decades, including “Sentimental Journey”, “Secret Love” and “Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be”).
Recently, Ms. Day had this to say: “Jim, thanks for the tribute” and “For Laura, a beautiful lady and a wonderful singer!”
More info can be found at www.DorisTribute.com or by calling (417) 334-7535.
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