As part of our “Celebrating Altman” program at MIFF 2013, we are so excited to be able to present Short Cuts’ star and the creator of its memorable soundtrack, the legendary Annie Ross, in concert! Annie was a founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time. Now 82 years young, Annie will be accompanied by her pianist, Tardo Hammer. Annie is one of the early practitioners of a singing style known as “vocalese,” which involves the setting of original lyrics to an instrumental jazz solo. In 1952, Ross recorded Singin’ and Swingin’ with members of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Later that year she recorded an album with vocalist King Pleasure, including the classic example of vocalese, “Twisted,” which featured her treatment of saxophonist Wardell Gray’s solo. It is her most famous song and has been recorded by Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, and many others. Ross also is an accomplished actress and has appeared in a number of films, such as Superman III (1983), Throw Mama from the Train (1987), Pump Up the Volume (1990), and Blue Sky (1994). Her most notable film role was as the jazz singer Tess Trainer in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993), in which she also sang. On stage, Ross appeared in Cranks (1955) in both London and New York, The Threepenny Opera (1972) with Vanessa Redgrave, and in the Joe Papp production of The Pirates Of Penzance (1982) with Tim Curry. A true living legend comes to Waterville!
Annie will perform on the Waterville Opera House stage on Wednesday, July 17th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will go on sale on Monday, June 24 at www.miff.org.