SHARE THE AMORE
Want the chance to win a Sweetheart Jazz dinner for two valued at $100? Enter our "Share the Amore" contest on Facebook! Submitting your entry couldn't be easier - just follow these steps for your chance to win! See details below for the Sweetheart Jazz night.
1.) Like our Facebook page (if you haven't already).
2.) Upload a selfie of yourself and your beloved to our Facebook page and tag them in the picture if they're on Facebook, too
3.) In the text with the pic, tell us why your love deserves dinner for 2
We'll go through all the entries and winners will be chosen (and notified) on February 13! We'll judge based on originality and authenticity of the entry.
One grand prize winner. All entries must be received by 11:00pm EST on 2/12/17. Contest open to everyone, no purchase necessary. Grand prize may be redeemed for Sweetheart Jazz dinner for two on February 15th, 6:30pm.
Join us the day after Valentine's Day to keep the amore going with a night of beautiful music and a celebration of love!
Triple Threat David Pruyn
New Orleans native David Pruyn is a multi-talented musician who plays trumpet, drums and possesses a Mel Torme-like singing voice. Expect him to put all three talents on display when he is our "Valentine’s Day+1" Spotlight Series Guest Artist on February 15th.
His father was the music director and trumpet player with the Shrine Circus, and his mother played organ. David made his professional debut at age 11, playing drums. At age 13, while still traveling with his family on the circus circuit, David took up the trombone. After a few months of lessons, he began playing in some of his father’s circus bands. Not long after his 19th birthday, David’s interest shifted to trumpet, and he soon found himself following the path of one of his idols, the great Harry James, who also had a trumpet-playing bandleader for a father.
Although he had admired good singers for many years, David didn’t seriously consider singing himself until the mid-1990s, and began to receive favorable notice from jazz fans and musicians alike, who were struck by the similarity of his sound and phrasing to that of his vocal hero, Mel Torme.
During a career that now spans close to 40 years, David has worked for several different circuses, as well as in musical theater (including Broadway), studios, TV, film, big bands and clubs, and on cruises and concert tours. His widely varied background also includes arranging, orchestrating and conducting, and touring with the show "Satchmo," a Broadway musical based on the life of Louis Armstrong.
Musicians he has worked and trained on the job with include Dick Hyman, Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Pete Christlieb, Al Cohn, Nick Brignola, Bill Prince, Bobby Shew, Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young, Byron Stripling, Buddy Morrow, Dave Steinmeyer, Rich Matteson, Bill Allred, and the Terry Myers Big Band, as well as singers Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Edie Gorme, Manhattan Transfer and an old hometown buddy, Harry Connick, Jr.
In recent years, David has performed frequently with his wife, Michele, a talented singer who works professionally as Michele James. One of their current endeavors is a critically acclaimed multimedia act in remembrance of Mel Torme and Rosemary Clooney.
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