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Sweet As Sugar
July 30, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT$10
“Sweet As Sugar” is Bill Shontz, Zack Danziger and Kate Nicolau.
At their core they are jazz based, but mix in originals and more than a dolop of cool medleys and fusions of well known songs.
Bill Shontz, writes, sings, and plays Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones and sometimes some surprises.
Kate is a wonderful vocalist with a sweet,jazzy, Diana Krall approach, Zack is a brilliant guitarist and vocalist/songwriter. He loves to use his “looper” and inevitably ends up accompanying himself as he creates a highly crafted, clever solo on top.
“They combine their voices to make some terrific, sophisticated harmonies making for great original arrangements.”
“….All in all, this is a clever, lighthearted, funny, and musically sophisticated group”.
Bill is an internationally acclaimed entertainer, musician, singer, songwriter, producer and educator with a masters degree in woodwinds. Performing for adults, children, families or teaching, he has an uncanny ability to entertain even the most sophisticated audiences.
Along with his versatile singing, he plays clarinet, flute, saxophone, the Didjeri Du, wooden flutes another wind instruments. The music styles range from Classical to Jazz, Folk, Rock n’ Roll and good old-fashioned sing-alongs. He has performed with symphony orchestras, and in such notable places as The White House, Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox, Live With Kathy Lee and Regis, The Today Show, and even Disneyland.
As part of the internationally acclaimed duo RosenShontz, he has recorded 13 Albums and 3 videos that have garnered more than 25 national awards, nominated for an Emmy and sold over 750,000 copies. Following his partners passing, he embarked on his solo career in the early ‘90’s. Bill has recorded three award-winning albums and written a book on Musical Improvisation
He has a Master’s degree in performance, and has taught at Ohio State University, Muskingum College, Bluffton College, and is currently on the faculty of The Brattleboro Music Center. He has performed in nearly every state of the union and 8 different countries for literally thousands of schools and performance venues. He has performed with the Springfield (MA) Orchestra, as well as the Portland Maine, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Windham and other orchestras. He has appeared at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox, on the Today Show, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, Romper Room, Disneyland and many more, and is is a judge for ASCAPS Joe Raposo Song Writing Competition.
He has performed with such notable people as: Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Eugene Uman, Charles Nevelle, “Orpheus”, Arlo Guthrie, Moonlight and Morningstar, and many more.
Zack is a brilliant freelance musician, guitarist, singer, entertainer, performer, comedian, tax collector, nuclear scientist, and screen door repairman. He lives on the left side of Massachusetts. He earned his BA and MA in Jazz Performance on guitar (at Queens College, N.Y.) and with his education, he taught music in public schools for 18 years. He performs regularly at bars, churches, restaurants, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and funerals.
When he isn’t out gigging, he sits at home and writes and records songs that will save the world. His most recent CDs are entitled,
1) “Songs in the Key of Faith”, 12 hymns on guitar.
2) “Sun Is All We Need” original songs.
3) “Zack and Friends” solo album.
4) “Dance with Me” Mary Witt.
5) “The O-Tones big band.”
He has performed with and for such notables as Miss America Heather French, Charles Neville, some guy named Bob, or was it Frank? no, it was Larry.
He is happily married to his wife, which is convenient. They are expecting another cat.
Kate is a vocalist with a special excitement for jazz standards and music that has possibility for interesting harmonies. She has studied voice with Charles Pietrello in Auburn, MA and through the Jazz in July program in Amherst with Sheila Jordan. She has a degree in Theater from New England College and has been sharing her voice with the local jazz scene in Western MA for the past few years. When she isn’t on stage, she’s playing guitar and singing tunes with toddlers in her role as toddler teacher at Hampshire College. She lives in Amherst with husband and two talented daughters.