“And All That Jazz…”

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WordTheatre presents “And All That Jazz…” featuring stories from the rich history of  jazz brought to life in an inspiring evening of music, fiction, poetry and memoir.

Thank you to our hosted at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills and to Bob Barry for his photography exhibit featuring LA Jazz Greats.

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PROGRAMME:

Lowery Brothers Band
Wes Lowery on drums & Chris Lowery on trumpet
Matt Little on piano
Dale Black on bass

CAST and SELECTIONS

Narrator: Iona Morris

Lorraine Toussaint
Mary Lou Williams

Okezie Morro, Jason George & Gary Dourdan
“Invitation” by Al Young

Nita Whitaker
“All That Jazz” by John Kander and Fred Ebb

Tracie Thoms
New York Times Headline 1926

Gary Cole
Boris Gibalin, Russian Composer 1958

Jessica Collins
Anne Shaw Faulkner, Ladies Home Journal 1921

James Pickens Jr.
Langston Hughes

Gary Dourdan
“Concert” by John Edgar Wideman

Nita Whitaker
“Mood Indigo” by Ntozake Shange

Jason George
“The Lost Generation” by Billy Taylor

Rhashan Stone
“Jazz Band” by Frank Marshall Davis

Lorraine Toussaint & Gary Cole
Mary Lou Williams and Father Peter O’Brien

Okezie Morro
Jamie Cullum

James Pickens Jr.
“The Plum” by Christopher Gilbert

Nita Whitaker, Tracie Thoms,
Jessica Collins & Lorraine Toussaint
“I live in music” by Ntozake Shange

Rhashan Stone
Charlie “Yardbird” Parker

Jason George & Tracie Thoms
Dizzy Gillespie & his wife

Gary Cole
Robert Reisner

Tracie Thoms, Okezie Morro and Jessica Collins
“The Reunion” Maya Angelou

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-INTERMISSION-

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Rhashan Stone
“I’m Just a Lucky So-and So” by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Mack David

Gary Dourdan
Quincy Jones

Tracie Thoms
Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jason George
Count Basie

James Pickens Jr.
Freddie Green

Gary Dourdan
Lester Young

Jessica Collins & Nita Whitaker
Billie Holiday

Okezie Morro
Pres Spoke in a Language by Amiri Baraka

James Pickens Jr.
Kamau Daaoud

Nita Whitaker
“Good Morning Heartache” by Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake and Dan Fisher.
Originally recorded by Billie Holiday

Rhashan Stone
Amen Corner by James Baldwin

Lorraine Toussaint
“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks

Gary Dourdan
“The Beginning of Bop” by Jack Kerouac

Jason George
Miles Davis

Tracie Thoms
Nina Simone
“Feelin’ Good” by Anthony Newley and Leslie Briscusse

Gary Cole
“Wonder: Red Beans and Ricely” by Sydney Lea

James Pickens Jr.
Louis Armstrong Letter

 

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CAST:

Gary Cole (Veep, The Good Wife)

Jessica Collins (The Free State of Jones, So B. It)

Gary Dourdan (CIS: Crime Scene Investigation, Mistresses)

Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy, Barbershop)

Iona Morris (Blackish, Lincoln Heights)

Okzie Morro (World War Z, Shuga)

James Pickens Jr. (Grey’s Anatomy, 42)

Rhashan Stone (Strike Back, Smoke)

Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black, Selma)

Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, RENT)

Nita Whitaker (International Solo Performance Artist, The Freedom Awards honoring Oprah Winfrey and President Bill Clinton)

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Created, Produced, and Directed by Cedering Fox

Special thanks to Anheuser Busch and Four’ n 20!

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