Lee Meeting House

Sonny and Perley with Nate Giroux and Lou Pappas

Friday, May 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Nate Giroux
Nate Giroux is a saxophone and clarinet player in NY's Capital Region. He earned his B.M. in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University in 2012. His performance resume includes the Detroit Jazz Festival, Pittsfield Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival, and the International Society for Improvised Music Conference; as well as performances with noted musicians Bucky Pizzarelli, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Davis, Scott Robinson, Joe Magnarelli, James Weidman, Kevin Norton, and Paul Meyers.

Lou Pappas
Bassist Lou Pappas' career encompasses both Jazz and Classical music. After beginning with orchestras in Colorado and Oklahoma, he moved to New York to accept the position as bassist with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, from which he retired in 2006. Since then, Mr. Pappas has kept a steady pace of performance with many groups in the New York area, such as the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Taconic Opera Company, and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. His jazz work includes freelancing with a number of groups from Albany to Woodstock, New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey; including performances with such jazz greats as David Liebman, Byron Stripling, Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, James Williams, Claire Fischer, Harold Arlen, Dennis Mackrel, Billy Cobham, and fellow bassist John Clayton. In addition to his playing schedule, Mr. Pappas teaches double bass at Vassar College and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Sonny and Perley
The exciting duo of Sonny and Perley achieves a rare musical symbiosis. This husband and wife team has spent the last 30 years developing and perfecting their unique blend of Jazz, Great American Songbook, Bossa Nova, and International Cabaret into what has become their musical signature. The magazine All About Jazz says : “They brightly meld lyricism, passion, and rhythm in a way that is both rich and exotic“. They have appeared in concerts, festivals, cabaret shows and private events from New York to Florida and in Europe. In 2013 Sonny and Perley had the distinct honor of presenting a prelude concert for legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Their four CD releases have generated international airplay. It is in their live performances however, that they captivate audiences with their spontaneity, warmth, musical honesty and broad repertoire.

"Sonny and Perley, a tight jazz duo with a richly varied musical turf."

The Hartford Courant

Sonny and Perley