Nashville, TN (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
Nashville’s acclaimed “jazz for kids” combo Coal Train Railroad is proud to announce its Metro DC debut on July 10 and 11 as part of the 2012 season at Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, presented by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the National Park Service.
Led by vocalist Katy Bowser and producer Chris Donohue (bassist for the likes of Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller), the group performs original jazz songs from a child’s perspective that cover topics of interest to kids: bellybuttons, dirt, and underwear-clad superheroes battling monsters! Kids in the audience are encouraged to riff, sing, and dance along with the musicians.
The group followed up its acclaimed debut recording (named a Kids Pick Of 2010 by Time Out New York Magazine) with a Summer Podcast Series, a digital EP entitled “Live in Monophonorama”, and a February 2011 debut at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center. The group’s enthusiastically-received second full- length album, “Swings!”, was released in December 2011 and features a guest appearance by Dave Matthews Band/Flecktone veteran Jeff Coffin.
Rounding out the Coal Train Railroad quartet at the Theatre-in-the-Woods are two mainstays in the DC/ NoVA jazz scene: Harry Appelman (piano) has toured with the Woody Herman and Artie Shaw orchestras and was named one of the D.C. area’s best jazz artists by Washington Magazine. Drummer Tony Martucci has toured on four continents and released numerous recordings with various projects, including two featuring his own DC-based quintet.
Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods is a unique outdoor venue located within America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts behind the Filene Center. A tradition for generations throughout the Washington D.C. area, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods offers music, dance, theatre, puppetry, and storytelling. Performances run from late June through mid August and begin at 10.30am, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Shows are approximately 45-60 minutes in length and are recommended for families with children 4 and up.
“These pied-piper pushers of syncopation mean to serve as your children’s gateway to everything from Blossom Dearie to the giant who gives the group its punning name, just as Schoolhouse Rock hipped ’70s youngsters to Dearie and Bob Dorough. Bassist-producer Chris Donohue has played or recorded alongside a roster of stellar artists — Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and Robert Plant, to name just a few — but he sounds like he’s having the time of his life backing Nashville singer-songwriter Katy Bowser, whose bubbly, burbling delivery meets your sugared-up tots on common ground. On “I’m Diggin’ Me,” the first track on their new CD Swings!, Bowser comes on like Junie B. Jones fronting an Ella Fitzgerald session, slinging syllables like snap pops as she takes pride in her Wonder Woman Underoos. But don’t worry that you’re getting OK-for-kids jazz — or worse, a dose of musical castor oil you choke down “because it’s good for you.” This is all cheery, hip-swinging insouciance, and jaded jazz-bo parents will have no problems joining their tots on board.” — Jim Ridley/Nashville Scene