Dinner tunes from Shades of Blue

May 27, 2014
Shades of Blue

Searsport — Shades of Blue will perform Saturday, May 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Captain A.V. Nickles Inn, Route 1. There is no cover charge for dinner guests; for reservations, call 548-1104.

The members of Shades of Blue began playing together 18 years ago when they met as students of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. They continued to perform together in various groups until the band was formed in its present configuration in 2008. Since then, Shades of Blue has enjoyed an extensive playing schedule in Midcoast and Downeast Maine, pleasing audiences with an eclectic mix of old-time jazz favorites.

Juliane Gardner began singing for large audiences at age 5, performing in musicals with Cold Comfort Productions for 12 years. She started performing in bands as a teenager and then studied jazz vocals and piano at UMA. At a very early age, she began listening to and eventually emulating jazz greats such as Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Lambert Hendricks and Thelonious Monk. She also si influenced by singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon and Bonnie Raitt.

Chris Poulin began playing guitar at age 9, when he wore out the needle on his first record player while listening to the Beatles. Poulin went on to get a bachelor’s degree in jazz from UMA; and a master’s degree in jazz and classical guitar from Youngstown State University in Ohio. While at YSU, he played in the school’s big band, which won an award in the jazz world’s premiere magazine, Downbeat, for the best college big band in the United States.

Captain A.V. Nickels Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1874 by Captain Nickels as a gift to his bride. It sits on three meandering acres directly on the island-studded Penobscot Bay. The inn features the Port of Call Restaurant & Tapas Lounge; when the weather is nice, diners can enjoy their food and drink on the 1,800 square foot deck overlooking Penobscot Bay.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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