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Bob Thompson's Joy to the World - Night One

December 12, 2019 8:00 PM
Culture Center Theater - Charleston, WV

Bob Thompson
Jane Monheit
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Ticket Information

Thursday December 12, 2019

Doors 7:30pm Show at 8p.m.

Advance Tickets: $30

Day of Show: $35

-All Seats General Admission


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Available online and at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. in Downtown Charleston Friday October 25 at 10a.m.


Press Release

Pianist Bob Thompson and West Virginia Public Broadcasting will present the 27th season of the holiday jazz celebration “Joy to the World” with two shows at the Culture Center Theater; Thursday December 12 and Friday December 13. This year Thompson and his band welcome special guest vocalist Jane Monheit.

About Jane Monheit: Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. The twice Grammy-nominated singer has released 12 solo albums and has collaborated with Michael Bublé, John Pizzarelli, and Terence Blanchard, among many others. Her latest release, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, pays joyous tribute to the legendary singer, while sharing a definitive portrait of herself.

Monheit was raised in Oakdale, New York, on Long Island’s South Shore. Her aunt and grandmother were professional singers. Her mother performed in musical theater and currently performs in local choirs, and her father plays banjo and guitar. His love of bluegrass, folk, and acoustic blues (Bonnie Raitt and Maura O’Connell were among his favorites) shaped her musical sensibility. Jane went on to study voice at the Manhattan School of Music with Peter Eldridge, a founding member of the vocal group New York Voices, where she graduated with honors in 1999. Soon after, Jane released her stunning debut album, Never Never Land, which was voted Best Recording Debut by the Jazz Journalists Association and stayed on the Billboard jazz chart for a year. She’s released 12 albums including a CD and DVD Live at the Rainbow Room, documenting her performance at the iconic New York club with a full band and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent. In 2005 she released a holiday collection called The Season.

About Bob Thompson: Since 1991 Bob Thompson has been pianist, and regularly featured artist on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s nationally syndicated radio program Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce. For the past twenty-seven years he has also been co-producer and host of “Joy to the World,” a Holiday jazz show, broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. With a prolific career of recording, collaborating and performing, Thompson is a beloved treasure to the music lovers in West Virginia and to anyone who experiences his music. In October 2015, Thompson was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Monheit will join The Bob Thompson Unit- Doug Payne, saxophone, Ryan Kennedy, guitar, Timothy Courts, drums, John Inghram, bass- to celebrate the season for two nights at Charleston’s Culture Center Theater. The show will be recorded for television broadcast this season on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with national radio distribution scheduled for Winter 2020.

Joy to the World is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting with support provided by WV Lottery.