Don't Stop the Music: Eddie Soares Tribute

Monday, April 20, 2015

6:30 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2015-04-20 18:30 - 20:15

Eddie Soares Tribute: “RI Ambassador of Jazz - Deacon of Dixie”

Join Sylvia Ann Soares for an illustrated presentation on Eddie Soares, jazz pianist and solo performer of the twentieth century. Edwin Jose Soares (1913-1993) was a 1st generation Cape Verdean Rhode Island pianist renowned for his Stride and Cocktail style in both solo performances and for over 35 years with Tony Tomasso’s Jewels of Dixie. Sylvia Ann will also share vintage recordings of some of Eddie’s music.

This program is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sylvia Ann Soares, CCRI ’93 and Brown ’95, has performed professionally in New York in the 1960’s Black Theatre Movement, at NY’s Public Theatre, at LA Shakespeare Festival and Mark Taper, and in regional theatres including Trinity Repertory. Several television appearances in the ‘70s include Baretta, Good Times, Kojak, and Three Sovereigns for Sarah in 1984. National tours include the Negro Ensemble Company’s award winning River Niger.She is a poet, has penned a play on slavery in Rhode Island, and has performed in local theatres including Rites and Reason at Brown. Presentations funded by RI Council for the Humanities include “By the Sweat of Our Brow,” and “Kerosene Lamp Church.”

Ms. Soares is Eddie Soares’ niece and family historian.

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