Dorothy Paige-Turner, Joel Ross Quartet perform Jan. 30

From press release

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts presents
An Intimate Evening with Class

featuring Rockford’s favorite jazz vocalist, Dorothy Paige-Turner, with The Joel Ross Quartet.  See them at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, at Emerson House, 420 N. Church St., directly behind the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.

Enjoy the warmth of the newly-renovated Emerson House, with the fireplace glowing and the sophisticated, sultry jazz stylings of Rockford’s favorite class act: Dorothy Paige-Turner. Completing the set is The Joel Ross Quartet featuring Guy Fiorenza on bass, Jack Brand on drums, and Ken Stein on reeds.

Paige-Turner’s performing career spans more than 30 years in the Rockford area and beyond as a vocalist in the jazz idiom, musical theater, symphonies, concert bands and jazz ensembles. She has performed with many area musicians beginning with Mike Williamson and the late Ron Pederson, who allowed her to
sit in

on numerous occasions at some of the night clubs in which they were performing. This led to a five-night-per-week gig at Bellamy’s at the Clock Tower Inn with Julian DeLuna, a six-month stint with Maxine at the Butterfly Club in Beloit, On The Waterfront and special performances with the Mike Alongi Band.

Paige-Turner is a retired elementary music educator from the Rockford Public Schools, where she taught for 34 years. She performs with The Joel Ross Quartet. They are five-time RAMI winners in the Best Traditional Jazz category, winners of the Best Album in 2000, and were inducted into the RAMI Hall of Fame in 2002. Dorothy has also received RAMI’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Joel Ross Quartet features Joel Ross, pianist/musical director, co-owner of Randee’s Music Centre, and director of the world-renowned and award-winning Kantorei-Singing Boys of Rockford, for which he also composes and arranges choral music. Joel is well known for his superb musicianship in classical and jazz idioms.

Guy Fiorenza, bass, is a retired audio-visual teacher from Rock Valley College. He has played in and outside of the Rockford area for many years with many of his legendary musical colleagues. He is in demand as a bassist because of his outstanding skills and talent.

Ken Stein, on reeds, teaches at Rock Valley College in addition to teaching privately. As a legendary musician, he conducts the Rock Valley Community Jazz Ensemble and performs with many bands and ensembles throughout the area. Ken plays flute, clarinet and saxes with incomparable expertise. Jack Brand, drums/percussion, is a superb musician who has performed in the stateline area for many years. He plays all styles of music from pop to classical jazz.

As part of the attraction, Charlotte’s Web is offering a special
couple’s price

: $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Single tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both of The Postal Shoppe locations, in the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main, (815) 962-5458; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Tickets can also be ordered with credit card via PayPal ($1 /ticket service charge), at Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the Jan. 27-Feb 2, 2010 issue

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