Jodi Beach Trio and Friends at Mendelssohn Jan. 17

Jodi Beach
Jodi Beach

Staff Report

The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center will present Jazz Night with the Jodi Beach Trio and Friends at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at Mendelsohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford.

Experience the art, beauty and grace of vocal jazz with the Jodi Beach Trio and Friends. The Jodi Beach Trio consists of Jodi Beach, Jim McDowell and Tom Marken. For this performance, the trio will be joined by two special guests: Tony Vecchio on the saxophone and David Thompson on the trumpet.

Art is, by its very nature, something that inspires emotion in the beholder. No other form of art can so quickly, so exactly, call up such an impacting range of emotions as vocal jazz. Elegant ballads, beautiful love songs, warm swaying Latin rhythms, hot-stomping swings, all take the listener through a lifetime of memories in a matter of minutes. Melody and lyric surround us everywhere, not by chance, but by design because these are essential elements of life.

Jodi Beach is not simply a singer/pianist, she is a storyteller, a theme-weaver, a scrapbook of our lives presented in song. Her performances walk the listener through a gallery of fine works by the masters and let them linger in their grace.

Timeless” best describes a Jodi Beach concert. Music that is as alive today as it was when first born, enjoyed by audiences young and old, all touched by these “essential elements of life.”

Jodi began her performance career at the age of 6 singing in church. While completing her degree in vocal performance from Judson University, Jodi capitalized on opportunities to perform thought the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to working with The Jodi Beach Trio, Jodi has also been a guest soloist with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Kantorei, The Singing Boys of Rockford, The Rockford Wind Ensemble, The Rockford Concert Band and various other performing ensembles throughout the region. Her position as artist in residence with colleges and high schools has allowed countless aspiring young singers to learn from these experiences.

Though Jodi can bang out notes with the best of them, she has never been one to “trade solos and go home.” She can always be heard playing well-thought-out and rehearsed arrangements that pull your heart strings one minute, kick your dance shoes the next, and always treat you to the thing she loves to do the most … SING!

Learn more about the Jodi Beach Trio by visiting

Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for students. Proceeds will benefit the musicians and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at, by phone (815) 964-9713 and at the door of the concert.

From the Jan. 15-21, 2014, issue

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