We’re delighted to welcome back pianist-raconteur Nancy Fox whose keyboard mastery is enriched by her charm and sense of humor. Her performance will spotlight songs like “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Grand Old Flag,” that are guaranteed to spark more than a little July Fourth patriotism. You’ll also enjoy familiar Broadway and American Songbook tunes by the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. Toe-tapping will automatically happen as you find yourself singing along to your old-time favorites. A joyful and unforgettable way to start off the July 4th holiday!
Nancy Fox can’t remember a time when she couldn’t play a keyboard. Sitting on a piano bench every night in Detroit beside her musician-father, she learned her first melody, George Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good,” when she was three. By five, she was writing her own songs. Playing by ear after that, she embraced tunes from the ‘20s, ‘30’s, ‘40s and beyond. Along the way she’s acquired a repertoire of many thousands of tunes — in her head. Nancy calls herself a “spoke-alist,” in the Rex Harrison tradition, rather than a vocalist. Her showmanship is unique, seasoning her 80 original programs with entertaining backstories of the melodies and their composers. Her virtuosity stems from the fact that she’s virtually always performed, including being a children’s puppeteer for decades and a lover of many musical genres. She’s presented shows in countless Bay Area senior centers and is thrilled to return to the JCCSF.
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