Jazz and Blues Vocalist Dennis Hastings Featured at Saint Martin’s Music @ 11 Concert Series


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

Jazz and blues vocalist Dennis Hastings, who has played on the same bill with notable talent such as Bobby McFerrin, John Lee Hooker and The Marcels, will bring his repertoire of tunes made popular from the 1940s to the 2000s during the next Music @ 11 recital at Saint Martin’s University. The musical series is free and open to the public and the concert will take place Tuesday, November 18, at 11 a.m. in Kreielsheimer Hall, the theatre arts building, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE.

“I am pleased to be able to bring Dennis Hastings on campus to perform this diverse genre of music,” says Darrell Born, director of music, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Fine Arts. “Jazz is such an important part of our American culture. I am thrilled to bring such a quality and varied example of vocal jazz to our campus community and students.”

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Hastings has been singing jazz and blues in the Northwest for more than 30 years. His focus has recently been on producing a CD that will include musicians who are living and performing in the Pacific Northwest. Hastings has also been involved with performing the arrangements of the late Mel Tormé. His range of music includes many of Frank Sinatra’s hits, as well as songs by Sting and Stevie Wonder. A wide selection of classic blues is also a mainstay of his sets whenever he performs.

During his Music @ 11 performance, Hastings will be accompanied by Phil Lawson on guitar, Steven Luceno on bass and Steven Bentley on drums.

Hastings lives with his wife, Beverly, in Olympia and can be seen in venues from Seattle to the Portland area.

Born created the “Music @ 11” recital series, now in its 10th year, to raise awareness of the musical arts and provide opportunities for students and the community to experience various kinds of music in a recital setting.

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