The Mike Thornton Agency presents
MIKE THORNTON and GRUPPO MONDO
Mike Thornton, Vocals
Peter Primamore, Keyboard
Aaron Dean, Tenor Sax
Tom Major, Drums
Fran Tokarz, Bass
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7PM
The Egremont Barn
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA 01258
No one trumps Torme! Night after night, The Capitol Steps actor Mike Thornton heats up the political comedy circuit, playing presidents from Bush to Trump. Then he cools down with jazz standards in area clubs. Be part of an extraordinary live recording, as The Capitol Steps actor and jazz vocalist Mike Thornton, backed by the area quartet, Gruppo Mondo, record their unique stylings of jazz standards for Mike Thornton’s upcoming album Top Standards for MTA Records.
Mike Thornton, a native of Windsor, CT attended Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he studied voice and theater and had the opportunity to study with the great Jackie McLean. At the age of 19, he sang with Uptown Sound– a “Manhattan Transfer” style group featuring intricate harmonies and sophisticated arrangements by the former Glenn Miller Band arranger, Ed Cerveny. Before joining The Capitol Steps in 1995, Mike appeared in Off-Broadway productions of The Zoo Story, The Madwoman of Chaillot, the American premiere of Blood Brothers., and the Kennedy Center production of Shear Madness in Washington, DC. His Jazz Quartet performed in many of New York City’s major venues and his Jazz Collective performs regularly in Washington, DC. His most recent CD of standards is Step Back on the MTA label. For information on Mike Thornton: http://www.mikethorntonjazz.com/.
Gruppo Mondo is a Premiere Live Jazz/Funk Group based in The Berkshires & Hudson Valley, NY. Gruppo Mondo, featuring Peter Primamore, Aaron Dean, Tom Major and Fran Tokarz is a powerhouse Jazz & Rock band with a unique take on a wide variety of music. From straight ahead Swing and Latin Music to one of a kind re-imaginings of classic rock and unique originals, Gruppo Mondo delivers intense performances with unpredictable improvisations. For information on Gruppo Mondo: www.facebook.com/GruppoMondo/
Mike Thornton and Gruppo Mondo first performed together two summers ago in Pittsfield, MA, while Thornton was appearing with The Capitol Steps at Cranwell in nearby Lenox, MA.