On March 12, at 2 p.m., the Ladies Day Jazz Trio will perform a concert of live music celebrating the compositions of classic and contemporary women jazz composers and lyricists at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue.
The trio is led by vocalist MJ Territo and includes the pianist Linda Presgrave and the bassist Iris Ornig. Territo formed the group in 2012 to showcase the too often overlooked work of women composers. “I started to put these tunes together after an ‘aha’ moment,” Territo says. “I noticed that many of the lesser-known tunes I loved to sing happened to have been written by women, and I invited some of the excellent female musicians I knew to play them with me. At first, it was just for fun, but as we got deeper into the music and the research, some common themes emerged – resilience, humor, self-awareness, self-reliance, and curiosity about the wider world. Oh, and there are love songs too.”
At the March 12 performance, part of the library’s observance of Women’s History Month, Ladies Day will play a selection of little known gems by great jazz musicians, such as the trombonist and arranger Melba Liston; pianists Marian McPartland and Bertha Hope; the singer Peggy Lee; and the lyricist and poet, Fran Landesman. They will also perform some original compositions and collaborations.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-835-0324.