For all of you summer lovers, at last you have been able to revel in the heat. The beginning of the week was exactly as August should be — HOT!
Last Saturday night a sliver of a moon shone brightly with the planet Jupiter twinkling nearby, when the Pasadena Pops orchestra presented "All that Jazz," conducted by Maestra Rachael Worby.
Opening up the jazzy night was vocalist Valarie Pettiford, who began her set with her sizzling rendition of the John Kander/Fred Ebb song, "And All that Jazz." Pettiford is not a newcomer to the Pops stage and once again she wowed the audience with her powerhouse presentations of "Le Jazz Hot," "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Life is just a Bowl of Cherries."
Next up for more serious jazz lovers, Worby conducted the orchestra in three pieces by jazz great Thelonious Monk arranged by Pops musician Alan Steinberger. The three Monk compositions played that evening were: "Blue Monk," "Mysterioso" and "Midnight Special."