An original series of stage shows created and performed by Michelle LeBlanc,
designed to celebrate jazz music as a way of telling the story of America.
Michelle traces the development of jazz, sharing songs and stories about the composers, the musicians and their times.
Michelle has been awarded ten annual grants from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop and produce her jazz shows.
Michelle tells the story of Yonkers NY native and international jazz diva Ella Fitzgerald by featuring popular songs recorded by Ella throughout her five-decade career, from “Tisket a Tasket”, to “How High the Moon”.
Michelle honors Porter as the most accomplished songsmith of all of his contemporaries. “He had an unsurpassed talent for marrying the lyric to the melody,” says Michelle.
This show features songs by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles as well as popular jazz standards written in the 1950s like “Unforgettable” and “Round Midnight”. Michelle explores the impact of bebop, blues and R&B on the ever evolving sound of jazz.
…features songs of the jazz luminaries of the Roaring Twenties. Michelle weaves stories around these songs, shedding light on the clash between the Victorian and Modern Ages, the genesis of the Harlem Renaissance, and the influence the ‘Lost Generation’.
…traces the origins of the blues and demonstrates how the blues have influenced the development of jazz.
This show highlights Michelle’s collection of songs composed by Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Peggy Lee, Dorothy Fields, Blossom Dearie, Mary Lou Williams and other women composers, featuring their career highlights and the stories behind their songs.
…explores the meaning of ‘a jazz standard tune’ and the workings of a jazz combo.
Michelle explores the influence of the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, Jim Crow, the World War II home front, the Blues, the Bebop era and Latin rhythms – as reflected through jazz music.
Michelle invites the audience to dance to the great swing tunes of Ellington, Goodman and more, with dance instructors at the ready.