Music in the Woods will end its 2011-’12 season with a concert by the Tom Palance Group, featuring Miranda Russell, on Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Northshore UU Church. Tickets are $10; children 12 and under are free.
Palance is a renowned trumpet performer and educator, known for his versatility and innovative teaching style. Russell is a powerful and moving vocalis whose performance centers on nuanced treatments of a wide range of favorites and American songbook standards. The group is rounded out by pianist John Hyde, bassist David Landoni, and drummer Phil McGowan.
Palance retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served in several Navy orchestras and bands as trumpeter. Since resuming civilian live, he established and leads the North Shore Jazz Camp. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire and is on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory and Salem State University. Currently Palance conducts the Orchestra on the Hill, based on the North Shore.
Because of his versatility he is in great demand as a performer for theater productions and other musical functions in the Boston area. He was recently featured as trumpet soloist during the 2007 International Guild Trumpet Conference.
Russell’s early years of theater training taught her to find and deliver the story within the song. Her concerts center on interpretations of the music of the great songwriters of our day. She commits fully to every song, and her lively stage vibe continue to make her a much sought-after performer. Russell has been seen acting and singing on stages from Cambridge to Brussels.
She has appeared in Boston’s Christmas Revels, and has performed at Theatre in the Open in Newburyport, at the Firehouse Center (also in Newburyport), at the Gloucester Stage Company, and at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth.