Decades ago, classic jazz music may have been considered to be among the most popular, exciting genres of American music, but many listeners today either love it or hate it – or they’re afraid to even give it a shot. But, legendary Tacoma-based musician Lance Buller is on a mission to change these misconceptions and introduce a new generation of people to the music he loves so much. Buller, an accomplished singer and trumpeter, is producing a one-night-only tribute on June 2 to some of the most iconic jazz artists ranging from back-in-the-day legends Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to current superstars Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Buble. “Croon” will take place at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, featuring the musical stylings of Danny Quintero and Casey MacGill. Buller himself will contribute as part of the show’s six-piece band.
The show takes an entertaining look at the famous pop singers, and Buller hopes to highlight the important role jazz has played in the development of the “Great American Songbook.”
“This show is going to be such a great time, and very entertaining,” Buller said. “I was looking to put on a jazz show in a comfortable setting, with good lighting in a quality venue. The performer and the audience really feel the difference between these settings and smaller clubs.”
Buller hopes to bring in people who may not necessarily be familiar with jazz music, but have an open mind and a desire to have a good time. “The best compliment I’ve ever received is when someone tells me that they did not think they enjoyed jazz, but really liked my show,” he said.
The two performers in “Croon” are accomplished singers in their own right. MacGill has been called Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire – or Nat “King” Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. MacGill has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for more than 40 years.
Quintero, at 22 years old, has already had the opportunity to share the stage with high profile Seattle musicians such as Clarence Acox, Bill Ramsey, Stephanie Porter and more. His ear for capturing the subtle nuances of Sinatra’s unique style of articulation, phrasing and dynamics are his trademarks.
“Croon” takes place at 8 p.m. at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, located at 7116 6th Ave. Tickets: $25. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit www.tmp.org.