New Season of “JazzCabaret” Concerts Kicks Off 

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 New Season of “JazzCabaret” Concerts Kicks Off 

WHITTIER, CA (July 12, 2007) – The 2007-2008 Ruth B. Shannon Center JazzCabaret Concert Series features a diverse line-up of musical artists, performing everything from doo-wop and be-bop-inspired jazz to music composed for Broadway and Disney films. The season includes four shows and runs October 2007 though February 2008. All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave, located on the Whittier College campus. Ticket sales begin August 15; prices are as follows: $25 general, $20 seniors. For additional information, directions, or to purchase tickets, please call (562) 907-4203, or visit online, 

October 6: The Jennifer Leitham Trio

Acclaimed bassist Jennifer Leitham has been called a “left-handed virtuoso of the upright bass.” Working with legends such as Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Gerry Mulligan, she has performed in concert venues worldwide and contributed to more than 100 jazzy recordings, though she is best-known for decade-long stints playing alongside Mel Tormé and Doc Severinsen. Leitham was a member of The Tonight Show All-Stars and the Benny Carter Quintet, among others; her latest CD is The Real Me.  

December 1: The Alley Cats Christmas

The Alley Cats will celebrate Christmas with a special holiday show. Called “America’s premier doo-wop group,” the singing quartet of Royce, Juan, Mando, and Sean brings together music and comedy to create an entertaining and fun-filled show. A Southern California-based a cappella group, The Alley Cats infuse the songs of the 50s and 60s with contemporary musical styles.   

February 2: Annette Warren Smith

Annette Warren Smith again returns to the Shannon Center stage with Could’ve Been Famous: My Life in Song, a new show of vocal styling. Smith has performed widely and has released several recordings including Marriage of Mirth & Music and One More Time, both of which also feature her husband, pianist Paul Smith.  

February 22: Defying Gravity: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz

Defying Gravity will showcase lyrical works by notable composer Stephen Schwartz, performed by his longtime vocal collaborators: Liz Callaway, Debbie Gravitte, and Scott Coulter. Callaway has performed in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in Baby. Gravitte won a Tony Award for her work in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Coulter is one of the most sought after cabaret performers in New York City. Together, the trio will perform selections from Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pippin, and Wicked. 

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. Whittier College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County. 


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