"The Look of Love: The Songs of Burt Bacharach"

By BLU Jazz+ (other events)

Saturday, January 31 2015 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Join Tara Hawley and the Matt Skitzki Trio for an intimate evening as they explore the songs of legendary songwriter / pianist / arranger / producer, Burt Bacharach!

While an amazing performer in his own right, Burt Bacharach has written songs, along with talented co-writers such as Hal David, that were recorded by some of the most well-known artists of our time—artists like Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin, to name just a few.

Burt Bacharach has written over 73 US Top 40 hits, and the evening will include all-time favorites such as: "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Close to You," "I Say a Little Prayer," "The Look of Love," "That’s What Friends Are For," and many more.  You may just be surprised how many songs, that you know and love, were penned by Bacharach.

Tara and the Trio—Matt Skitzki (piano), Alan Gleghorn (bass), and Ricky Exton (drums) - are excited about this concert since the style of Burt Bacharach has been one of the many influences on their own music and performances over the years.  Tara Hawley and the members of the Trio have enjoyed performing individually in the Cleveland area for years with some of the greatest players in town, but it’s definitely a special treat every time the four of them get together to play music.  Known for smooth vocals and excellent musicianship, Tara Hawley and the Matt Skitzki Trio are sure to treat you to a fantastic celebration of these wonderful songs!

About Tara Hawley
Tara Hawley is a jazz & pop singer from Northeast Ohio who has entertained audiences across the state with her smooth vocals and beautiful song interpretations.  She is a graduate of The University of Akron and has headlined at venues such as Nighttown, Cain Park, and the Stocker Arts Center.  As well as being a performer, Tara is an accomplished piano teacher and vocal coach and has worked as a model, film extra, and studio vocalist, lending her voice to jingles and demos.

In addition to her love of many styles of music, Tara has a passion for performing songs from the Great American Songbook and enjoys singing hymns and spirituals at her home church.  She has the pleasure of being able to collaborate with many of the region’s most talented musicians and has sung for events and organizations such as Fashion Week Cleveland, the Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Clinic; and her recordings can be heard on WKHR 91.5FM.

Also a songwriter and arranger, Tara recently recorded her first original-song CD at Crushtone Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. The album was produced by Jim Wirt, who is known for his work with platinum-selling artists such as Hoobastank and Fiona Apple. She plans to release the album in the near future.