DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
Sunday, November 7, 2021
The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
The music of the 1960s wasn’t all about the rock’n’roll “British invasion” – it was truly a golden age for Broadway showtunes, Hollywood movie themes, and pop music. This was a decade of big hits for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dionne Warwick, and Barbra Streisand, as TV variety shows reigned supreme in living rooms everywhere. Charming Twin Cities vocalists Jennifer Eckes and Arne Fogel will tunefully wend their way through this “other” 60s songbook of classics, with marvelous Rick Carlson at the piano. You’ll hear songs like “Moon River”, “People”, “Summer Wind”, “Shadow of Your Smile”, and many more!
Jennifer Eckes has sung professionally for over two decades, in stage productions large and small, and as a soloist in concerts and cabaret shows. Based in St. Paul, she has performed in local theatrical productions with the Ordway Center, Artistry Theater, Plymouth Playhouse, Skylark Opera Theatre, the Minnesota Opera, and many others. An eclectic vocalist, she has found many musical revue and solo opportunities throughout the region, at venues including Bloomington Center for the Arts, Hastings Arts Center, Hanifl Performing Arts Center, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Honey Lounge, and the Nicollet Island Inn. Jennifer has a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Luther College, but found her passion for the Great American Songbook and cabaret as a fellow at the Cabaret Conference at Yale University in 2003 & 2007, and is a founding member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network. Her voice has been called "crystalline" and "rock solid" by reviewers, often praised for her warm stage presence and “plain-spoken charm”. Jennifer particularly loves telling the story of a well-written song, using humor and honesty to reach the audience on a personal level.
ARNE FOGEL IS A 2008 INDUCTEE INTO THE “MID-AMERICA MUSIC HALL OF FAME” AND A 2018 INDUCTEE INTO THE "MINNESOTA MUSIC HALL OF FAME". Arne appears frequently as a singer at the top jazz venues in the Twin Cities. Arne has written, produced and/or appeared in dozens of concert presentations in such venues as Orchestra Hall (where he performed as Rosemary Clooney's opening act for her penultimate career appearance), Bloomington Center For the Arts, Crooners & The Dunsmore Room, Hanifl Center for the Performing Arts, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 3M History Theater, Phipps Center for the Arts, The Fitzgerald Theater, The Capri Theater, and countless other venues throughout the Upper Midwest. Arne has performed in countless “live” radio concerts and productions, including three years as a regular performer on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”. Arne has performed on nearly 1,500 recording sessions as a singer on jingles and film soundtracks, and has recorded several albums. Arne Fogel is familiar to many people as an on-air personality in the upper Midwest. For over 40 years has entertained audiences with his programs on SiriusXM, MPR, WWTC-AM, KLBB-AM, KTWN-FM, NETRADIO.COM, and BING CROSBY INTERNET RADIO. Currently, Arne appears on KBEM-FM in the Twin Cities.
Rick Carlson taught himself to play the piano by studying the vast works of Count Basie and Duke Ellington and capitalizing on a long string of happy accidents. He has also perfected the art of “circular drinking”, whereby he can sip martinis uninterrupted while still playing a cohesive piano solo. He has been the pianist for the Wolverines Big Band since 1980. He has performed on concert stages in London and New York City, and has appeared with Count Basie drummer Butch Miles, horn stars Warren Vaché, Delfeayo Marsalis, Evan Christopher and Wycliffe Gordon. His credits as musical director, arranger and pianist include the Guthrie Theater presentation of “Coward’s Women”, the Capri Theater “Legends Series” and in various concert and cabaret presentations internationally. He opened for Rosemary Clooney, accompanied Kathryn Crosby in various cabaret shows, and counts Madeleine Peyroux among his many unwitting fans.