HANCOCK -- TONIGHT, Friday, Aug. 29, the Orpheum Theater will host Jazz, Swing and maybe even a few show tune style compositions from Pfeiffer's Corner (and our own Steve Jones will be standing on that corner with John Pfeiffer himself!). Pfeiffer's corner is led by frequent Hot Club guest, John Pfeiffer.
"John is a Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra French Horn player who also has incredible Jazz chops and writes quite a bit of his own material as well," says Mike Shupe, Orpheum owner.
Plan on Swing and Jazz standards, plus a few more out-of-the-way tunes from the American songbook, along with John's compositions. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the show is $10.
John Pfeiffer says, "Pfeiffer’s Corner is a creative gathering place for musicians (like Steve Jones and members of The Garden City Hot Club), the songs and arrangements I write -- and for the lovers of jazz, blues and the classics who come to listen, share a laugh, and dance.
Whether dancing polkas, playing horn with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, or joining Steve Jones and the Garden City Hot Club at the Orpheum and elsewhere, John Pfeiffer has nurtured a love affair with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 2001.
John says, "Something magical always happens when I play music with Steve Jones and the guys."
Though Bob Hiltunen, Dan Fuhrman and Scott McIntosh are usually "the guys" he’s referring to, others are often included as well.
"Last summer we had a memorable night at the Orpheum when -- with the addition of violinist Glen Basham of the Bergonzi String Quartet, myself on natural horn and harmonicas, and Adam Johnson on the drums -- the Garden City Hot Club became a septet that I still hear folks raving about," John adds.
Coming from the Washington, D.C. area, where he is Assistant Principal Horn of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, John says, "I’m always amazed at how many incredibly talented musicians and artists make their home in the U.P."
The Orpheum Theater is located across the street from Finlandia University at 426 Quincy Street in downtown Hancock.