CD RELEASE CONCERT FOR JAZZ PIANIST BEVERLY RITZ
Story from Lincoln City Cultural Center
LINCOLN CITY – Jazz composer/pianist Beverly Ritz, whose music is heard on NPR and on jazz radio shows across the Northwest (including Sunday Morning Jazz on KYTE in Newport), will be giving her third solo concert at the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19. This is a CD Release celebration for Ritz’s ninth album, “Buddy and Me.” She will be performing jazz classics and her elegant original material from this 2012 recording. Just in time for spring, many of the songs have themes about animals and nature.
Ritz’s music has been endorsed by pianist Jessica Williams, jazz critic Scott Yanow, and jazz disc jockey Al Evans. Scott Yanow says, “Her accessible and haunting style will appeal to many listeners. She has the potential to become a household name.” He describes her music as “picturesque, like poetry without words.”
This year Beverly has received two significant honors. She was asked to be a member of the VIP Piano Club based in Portland. Also, she was asked to give a 90-minute interview May 29th on www.coffeetalkjazzradio.com. She has performed at the Newport Performing Arts Center, at the Inn at Otter Crest, and at Kathy Parsons’ house party in Florence, as well as jazz venues statewide. To learn more about Beverly Ritz and her music, check out www.ritzymusic.com. “Buddy and Me” and other CDs by Ritz will be available for purchase and personal autographing at the concert.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, on sale now by calling 541-994-9994, or by dropping by the center, inside the historic brick Delake School building at NE Sixth St. and Hwy. 101. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a no-host beer and wine bar staffed by LCCC volunteers. For tickets and information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the Delake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Other upcoming events include a Coffee Concert featuring Perry Gerber on May 15 and the center’s first-ever concert with Rick Bartow (“Reservation Radio”) on May 25.