Twilight Jazz pays tribute to Zarletti

By Bill Robbins
brobbins@kenoshanews.com

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A night that was to star local singer Larry Zarletti will now be a tribute to him.

Zarletti, former Kenosha County sheriff and a longtime vocalist, died on July 8.

The planned “An Evening with Larry Zarletti” will now feature Jack Plovanich directing the Parkside Reunion Big Band with vocalists Sue Crawford, Joya Santarelli and Wayne Messmer singing Zarletti’s music.

That’s according to Flora Doody, coordinator of special projects for the Anderson Arts Center, which hosts the Twilight Jazz Series.

“Jack will direct the Parkside Reunion Big Band using Larry’s charts, which were graciously loaned to him by Larry’s wife, Becky,” Doody said.

It’s is a bittersweet season for the Twilight Jazz Series, she said.

“We had the joy of celebrating our 10th anniversary showcasing young Kenosha musicians with the performance of the KUSD All-Star Jazz Band — and the sadness of Larry Zarletti’s death by closing our summer season with ‘A Tribute to Larry Zarletti’,” she said.

Zarletti performed at Twilight Jazz for seven seasons — for five years as a featured singer with the Parkside Reunion Big Band.

But for the last two years, Zarletti had his own night.

“I approached Larry three years ago with the idea of ‘An Evening with Larry Zarletti’,” Doody said.

“He told me it was a very tempting offer and something that he always wanted to do, but he needed to talk to Jack about creating an entire show around him and his music.”

“An Evening with Larry Zarletti” was a huge success as a closer to the Twilight Jazz season, she said.

“This year we are closing our season without Larry, but in spirit, it is still his night,” Doody said.

“We know that Kenosha will come out to celebrate with us a man who cared so much about his community and loved to sing.”

The evening will conclude with an audience sing-along to Zarletti’s signature song, “Fly Me to the Moon,” followed by the launch of one floating sky lantern from the stage in his honor.

If you go

What:

“A Tribute to Larry Zarletti,” the closing performance of the Twilight Jazz Series season.

Where:

The Anderson Arts Center, 121 66th St.

When:

Tuesday, Aug. 27. Grounds for the concert open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. at the south end of the center.

Concert-goers should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and they are encouraged to bring jackets and mosquito spray.

Admission:

Free and open to the public.

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