Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A JAZZ TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY The only tribute endorsed by Doris Day

Vocalist Laura Didier and the Jim Martinez Trio will present "A Jazz Tribute to Doris Day" concert on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Show starts at 3:00 pm and will take place at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street, Clayton. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Tickets available by calling 919.553-1737 or at Please note Ms. Day will not be present.

A classically-trained pianist based in Sacramento, CA, Jim Martinez has performed or recorded with notables like Lionel Hampton, the Stan Kenton Band, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, and Ed Thigpen, who was the first drummer with the Oscar Peterson Trio. Martinez recently worked as pianist and musical director for Joan Rivers and Bob Newhart.

Laura Didier, currently living in North Carolina, has been performing steadily with the Jim Martinez Trio since early 2007. Didier has performed at major Jazz festivals in California, Idaho, and Canada including the famed Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

Martinez and Didier have presented their show nationally from retirement communities to performing art centers. Their tribute is the only one endorsed by Ms. Day. Jim and Laura have also been the only artists chosen to entertain at her Carmel, CA hotel, The Cypress Inn, for her annual birthday celebration on April 3.

This event will include stories, highlights and colorful images from Ms. Day's career. Didier and the Jim Martinez Trio will also perform many of Doris Day's popular hits spanning five decades, including "Sentimental Journey", "Secret Love" and "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be").

Recently, Ms. Day had this to say: "Jim, thanks for the tribute" and "For Laura, a beautiful lady and a wonderful singer!"

More info can be found at or by calling 919.553-1737.

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