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Night of jazz will ring in new year
Playhouse welcomes ‘something different’
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Rebecca Windham plays piano in preparation of a jazz performance on New Year’s Eve at the Cumming Playhouse. - photo by Autumn McBride

If you’re going

Jazz show tickets or combination show and dinner tickets for Friday night at the Cumming Playhouse can be purchased at www.playhousecumming.com. Show tickets are $30. Combination tickets are $63.50. Those paying for dinner need to also call Tam’s Backstage at (678) 455-8310 to reserve a dining time between 6 and 8 p.m.


The Cumming Playhouse will hold an evening of smooth sounds on New Year’s Eve.

Rebecca Windham, a local jazz vocalist, along with four Atlanta instrumentalists, will present an evening of jazz from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday.

“It’ll be a wonderful program featuring jazz classics from the 1920s to [World War II]  and Big Band eras all the way through the 1960s,” Windham said. “It’ll be a good opportunity for people to rediscover jazz classics or to get introduced to jazz.”

Windham, a Cumming resident who owns and operates a music school and recording studio, said the performance will feature hits from such jazz greats as Jo Stafford, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

In addition, Windham will present some original music from her album, “To A Warmer Heart.” The show will feature two 50-minute sets with a 20-minute intermission.

Linda Heard, executive director of the playhouse, said this will be Windham’s first time performing at the venue.

“We knew we were thinking about something different for New Year’s,” Heard said. “After reviewing Rebecca’s credentials, we knew this would be a great show.”

Among her accomplishments: three albums as artist and/or producer; a touring resume spanning the U.S., United Kingdom,
France and Japan; opening performances for Mel Torme; and co-founding the vocal jazz quartet South City Voices.

Accompanying Windham will be pianist Don Discenza, bassist Ramon Pooser, drummer Emrah Kotan and saxophonist Eric Fontaine.

“These are truly four of the best musicians in Atlanta,” Windham said.

Heard said the show may lead to a jazz series later in the year at the playhouse.

In addition to the program, Heard said Tam’s Backstage restaurant, located inside the playhouse building, will offer a “surf and turf” meal of prime rib and lobster prior to the concert.

Show tickets or combination dinner and show tickets are available at www.playhousecumming.com.