FREE SPEECH ZONE | “Legends” of jazz take the stage at the Capri Theater


The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis is opening its 4th Season of their “Legends” Series this upcoming weekend. “Blue: Songs on the Indigo Side”, a blues-infused concert featuring a new generation of Minnesota jazz artists, will make the start on Saturday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 10, 3.p.m.

The three young Minnesotan natives Katie Gearty, Rachel Holder, and Nancy Harms are going to entertain their audience with an evening of jazz standards and several pop tunes in jazz-shaded arrangements. The singers are backed by an experienced jazz trio (Phil Aaron on piano and keyboards, Jay Epstein on drums and Graydon Peterson on bass). Their show will take the audience on a musical journey as they explore songs such as Blues in the Night, Little Girl Blue, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Blueberry Hill.

This weekend’s performance will also be Harms’ swan song performance as she is going to leave Minnesota to further pursue her musical career. Harms relocated just this month to New York City, where she has already developed a loyal following.

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The planning For “Blue: Songs on the Indigo Side” began 18 months ago, when Gearty and Harms approached Twin Cities jazz vocalist Arne Fogel about helping them put together a show. “Right from the beginning, they had thought that Rachel Holder would be a great third person for the show,” Fogel says. “After the first meeting, we had the theme down and had chosen a number of songs, and that’s how it came about.”

Capri Theater Director Karl Reichert is certain that this year’s “Legends” Season can only benefit from the performance of the three young women. “When I saw the show, I knew it was perfect for the ‘Legends’ Series,” says Reichert. “The music is the right jazz/pop blend, and the quality is what our audiences expect from the ‘Legends’ series.”

The “Legends” Season will continue next year in February with the performances of Ginger Commodore and Connie Evingson. Their show “Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee: The Sultry Divas of Jazz” are meant to be a tribute to the two Grammy Award winning jazz vocalists Wilson and Lee. Closing out the season will be stage diva Greta Oglesby in a solo concert featuring songs from stage, screen and the church house. Even though Oglesby will be spending another year with the Oregon Shakespeare Repertory, she will make a special trip home in April to perform on the Capri’s stage.

For more information on the Capri Theater, owned and operated by Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC), a non-profit human services organization that serves north Minneapolis children and families through education, community programs and development, visit

Single tickets for the show are $25 ($20 for groups of 10 or more) and can be ordered online at, or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Season tickets (all three shows for either Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon) are $60.

“Legends” 2010-2011 Season at the Capri Theater
BLUE: Songs on the Indigo Side
(featuring Katie Gearty, Nancy Harms and Rachel Holder)
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010
 Nancy Wilson & Peggy Lee: The Sultry Divas of Jazz