All the World’s a Song: Shakespeare in Jazz

 Frederick Johnson   “The world needs to hear Fred Johnson’s music.”   -    Chick Corea

Frederick Johnson

“The world needs to hear Fred Johnson’s music.”

-    Chick Corea

 Sarah Elizabeth Charles  (photo credit: Shervin Lainez)     "...one of today’s most dynamic young vocalists."   -    Brian Zimmerman,  Downbeat

Sarah Elizabeth Charles
(photo credit: Shervin Lainez) 

"...one of today’s most dynamic young vocalists."

-    Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat

 Daniel Kelly   “…stunningly original...visionary imagination...”   — Paul Pines, Artistic Director,  Lake George Jazz Festival

Daniel Kelly

“…stunningly original...visionary imagination...”

— Paul Pines, Artistic Director, Lake George Jazz Festival

Award-winning composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly brilliantly reinterprets texts from Shakespeare’s most beloved plays with powerhouse jazz vocalists (Frederick Johnson and Sarah Elizabeth Charles).

Excerpts from Shakespeare’s masterpieces are transformed into songs that delight audiences.

For young audiences and those new to the works of the Bard, All the World’s a Song offers an engaging introduction to the master’s work while offering exciting new interpretations for Shakespeare aficionados.

Engaging, enlivening and thought-provoking for audiences of all ages.  People will be singing lines from Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and Midsummer Night’s Dream as they leave the concert!

School performances & workshops available.

We Gotta Create a New Reality was improvised at the Stella Adler Studios in NYC. At the end of an evening of singing Shakespeare to an ecstatic audience of theater students, we improvised this song about the power of words and how the words you use can make a difference in the world. Whether we're performing for elementary students or adults, this is one of the overarching themes we aim to convey in All the World's a Song - Shakespeare in Jazz. As you can hear by this audience's enthusiastic response, the message was taken to heart!