Project Grand Slam
Bassist-composer Robert Miller brings his celebrated jazz-rock ensemble, Project Grand Slam, to Long Island. Currently represented on the charts with PGS 7 (SONY/The Orchard), with the singles “Get Out” and “Redemption Road,” Miller has, over the course of seven albums, successfully revived the jazz/rock/fusion formula. Their album, Trippin’, achieved #1 status in Billboard Magazine. With his seven-piece ensemble (with players from across the world), Miller and PGS have enjoyed worldwide success, bringing a jam band sensibility to their marriage of rock and roll and improvisational jazz. He writes and arranges all of the band’s material, including vocal and instrumental originals. One of Miller’s musical signatures is to take classic rock hits and “reimagine” them in PGS’s unique style. He’s done this with Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire,” The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” Cream’s “I’m So Glad,” The Who’s “I Can’t Explain,” and Phish’s “Free,” among other tunes. The band weaves together various genres of music with a New York City groove that appeals to a wide audience — from boomers to millennials.
Friday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. $30. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413-3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.
Ann Hampton Callaway
Tony Award nominee Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, has created an exciting concert of songs and stories in celebration of one of America’s most beloved artists, Linda Ronstadt. Following up to “The Streisand Songbook,” “The Linda Ronstadt Songbook” celebrates the many faces of love in Ronstadt’s iconic songs. Callaway performs tunes from Ronstadt’s early days like “Different Drum” and “Long Long Time” to pop and folk rock classics like “You’re No Good,” and “Desperado” to unforgettable classics from her Nelson Riddle albums, “What’s New” and “Am I Blue.” Plus, Callaway’s acclaimed musical director Billy Stritch joins her for some special duets. Adding to the electrifying sound is Martin Wind on bass, Tim Horner on drums, and Linda’s long time guitarist and arranger, Bob Mann. Romantic, rousing, and joyous, Callaway brings her singular sound to Ronstadt’s celebrated tunes.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. $45 and $40. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. (516) 877-4000 or aupac.adelphi.edu.