Jim Clark and his rhythm section, Chris Coogan, John Mobilio and Jim Royle, will perform the songs on Jim’s album, Old as New: Songs from the Imaginary Great American Songbook. The concept of the album, as denoted by its subtitle, set the tone for the songs Jim composed for it. “I wanted these songs to seem as if they were written as vocal numbers in the 1940s – 1960s and then used by a jazz quartet as vehicles for improvisation,” he explained.
Every song on Jim’s album has a story, which is shared in the album’s liner notes. To encourage a heightened level of audience engagement with the themes of the instrumental music, Jim collaborated with Norwalk Poet Laureate Laurel Peterson and poets Sally Nacker and Adriana Rexon to write poems that reflect the themes of each of his compositions. The artists will weave the poems in and around the songs during the concert, creating a fitting, unique tribute to both art forms.
Copies of Old as New will be available for purchase.
This program is free and open to the public.