Modernistics take the stage Saturday at Firehouse

Courtesy photoThe Modernistics will perform Saturday at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

NEWBURYPORT — The Modernistics, the singing and tap dancing team of Ted and Pamela Powers, performs Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square.

The group, which includes Peter Bloom on flute, Mark Leighton on guitar and Dave Zox on double bass, will celebrate the Great American Songbook with music by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and others.

The songs and tap dance numbers will include “Sunny Side of the Street,” “Paper Moon,” “Bye-Bye Blackbird,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” plus bebop tunes by Dexter Gordon and Bud Powell.

The members of the Modernistics have taught and performed around the U.S. and abroad.

Bloom, featured on 45 CDs, has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has shared the stage with Ricky Ford, Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard and other jazz greats, and is a veteran of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.

Ted Powers’ career in jazz, blues and pop includes several years as a solo performer in the south of France and tap dancing in the U.S. with Jimmy “Sir Slyde” Mitchell.

Pamela Powers has performed and taught in the U.S., Germany and England. She studied with Harold Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers and with Broadway choreographer Charles Hughes.

Leighton performs widely as a jazz and classical guitarist, and serves on the faculties of Colby College and St. George’s School. Zox has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Band, Herb Reed and the Platters, John Abercrombie, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods and other notables.

Tickets are $20 and available at the box office, 978-462-7336, or online at www.firehouse.org/event/the-modernistics/. Firehouse members receive 10 percent discount)

The Modernistics are managed by Americas Musicworks and directed by Rebecca DeLamotte. For more information: www.americasmusicworks.com/modernistics.html.

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