"We'll do some of the classics -- 'Stormy Weather,' 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man,' 'The Man I Love' -- but this is not just a greatest-hits show," she says. "I want it to be a musically interesting concert. And I don't begin to want to imitate what was hers. The chemistry, the charisma -- that was all part of Lena's excellence and mystique." And she hopes that her own stylings, with a dash of researched storytelling thrown in, will reveal exactly who Lena Horne was. "I love to bring the backstory into a concert context and rely on my own sense of why a song was meaningful to her," notes Skinner. "It's meant to be a reflection of how she spoke truth through the music."
Skinner and quartet will perform at 5 and 7 p.m. at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln Street; admission to the all-ages shows is $15. For reservations and information, go to www.dazzlejazz.com or call 303-839-5100.
Sun., Dec. 18, 2011