Twin Cities jazz vocal legends Patty Peterson, Debbie Duncan and Connie Evingson will be sharing the Women’s Club of Minneapolis stage on behalf of STRIVE and other youth development programs sponsored by the Minneapolis South Rotary Club.
The event entitled Women Who Cook will feature each vocalist doing a solo set along with a combined finale. The trio of vocalists will be backed by 3 Flights Up, a new ensemble of Twin City jazz veterans that includes bassist Michael Gold, trombonist Dave Graf, saxophonist Doug Haining, drummer Nathan Norman and pianist/accordionist Don Stille.
Minneapolis South Rotary Club and 3 Flights Up member Michael Gold is very excited about the evening.
“Women Who Cook is truly going to be a memorable evening of entertainment for the Twin Cities jazz scene,” stated Gold. “It’s a privilege to have these three legendary ladies performing on behalf of programs like STRIVE. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The STRIVE program matches Rotary members with high school students who rank in the lower third of their class. Through regular interactions that focus on increasing attendance, developing a positive attitude and work ethic, STRIVE participants learn to discover their personal strengths and talents. Students who meet the program’s challenges are then awarded tuition scholarships.
“STRIVE has made a real difference in the lives of its participants,” added Gold. “Studies show that nearly 80% of those who committed to the program increased their GPA’s and averaged a 91% attendance rate. These are very powerful results.”
Women Who Cook will take place at 7 PM on Thursday, April 19th at the Minneapolis Women’s Club (410 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis).