The Fitton Center for Creative Arts will kick off a new Jazz & Cabaret Series on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, with Hank Mautner’s Swing Heritage Orchestra.
“We are excited to be launching this Jazz & Cabaret Series. Although jazz and cabaret is not new to the Fitton Center, we have been programming it very successfully over many years, we wanted to consolidate it into one package and well put together series,” said Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director of the Fitton Center.
Led by Hank Mautner on trumpet, the group will bring back sounds of the 1940s, as they honor local heroes on Veteran’s Day. Fitton Center member veterans will receive free admission, and nonmember veterans will receive member-priced tickets.
For more than three decades Mautner, a trumpeter, composer, arranger and conductor, has been a part of the Cincinnati music scene. He joined The Blue Wisp Big Band over a decade ago and also performs regularly with Pat Kelly’s Psychoacoustic Orchestra, Carmen DeLeone’s Studio Big Band, Bill Gemmer’s Royal Palm Orchestra and the RL Big Band and others.
Additionally, Mautner has worked extensively with touring artists and has performed with artists such as Frank Sinatra Jr., Michael Feinstein and Debby Boone on numerous occasions.
Mautner has arranged music for a wide array of soloists and singers, and he has served as musical director and conductor for several ensembles, including the Masterworks Jazz Orchestra and the Swing Heritage Orchestra.
He also manages a successful financial planning practice.
“We have an incredible venue in the Carruthers Signature Ballroom, and it’s a bit of a chameleon. We are able to shape, light and stage it in different ways,” MacKenzie-Thurley said.
Other upcoming performances in the Jazz & Cabaret Series include The Faux Frenchman on Jan. 21; Phil DeGreg & Brasilia on March 11. and An Evening With Joe Sackenheim May 13.
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