I’ve developed many shows appropriate for concerts, private and corporate events, weddings, and school educational concerts:
Greta’s Holiday Show: “And to All a Good Night”
As featured on KPLU’s Christmas Jam, and on KIRO TV, this show is an evening of familiar holiday classics and some lesser know but beautiful songs by Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach, the Carpenters, Judy Garland, and the Tijuana Brass!
The show features music from my 2 holiday CD’S, “Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas,” (a collaboration with pianist, Mike Strickland) and Clipper Anderson’s “And to All a Good Night”, both are wonderful examples of the holiday season’s best songs. Here are some audio samples:
Light Out of Darkness: The Music of Ray Charles
A brand new show featuring Greta and the quartet performing some of Ray Charles’ greatest hits, R&B, jazz and ballads. Songs include: Let the Good Times Roll, Just for a Thrill, Hit the Road Jack, Drown in My Own Tears and Sticks and Stones.
Ella and Billie
A critically-acclaimed one-woman show highlighting the careers of two of the first ladies of jazz. Featuring many of their greatest hits and biographical information about their lives. Songs include: You’ll Have to Swing It, Loverman, Swing Brother Swing, Lady Be Good, and many more!
A spontaneous night of jazz standards as only an audience can supply! Each night is different. Audience members are encouraged to shout out their favorite standards, and Greta and the band will field them and make a new interpretation happen on the spot! Only seasoned performers can pull this one off!
That Shearing Sound!
The music of George Shearing as recorded with Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson and Dakota Staton. Featuring Susan Pascal on vibraphone.
Count and Duke, Jazz Royalty
A review of the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Includes classics like Duke’s Place, Shorty George, and Shiny Stockings.
I’m a Stranger Here Myself
An evening of the cabaret and show music of German composer Kurt Weill. Includes such classics as Speak Low, Surabaya Johnny and Mack the Knife.
Jazz for Kids
An introduction to jazz using Disney tunes and classic children’s songs done in a jazz style.
In the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald’s Songbook albums, a night of the famous works of these fine composers:
- The Gershwin Songbook
- The Jerome Kern Songbook
- The Rodgers and Hart Songbook
- The Johnny Mercer Songbook
- The Cole Porter Songbook
- The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
- The Henry Mancini Songbook
Featuring the music of:
- Frank Sinatra
- Dinah Washington
- Sarah Vaughn
- Carmen McRae
- Anita O’Day
And these collaborations:
A beautifully choreographed review of the music of Kurt Weill, performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Voices of Jazz, Danced
The music of eight of the greatest jazz singers of the 20th century, choreographed and performed with Spectrum Dance Theatre and the Greta Matassa Sextet.
Greta also performs with several Northwest big bands, including Tuxedo Junction, the Bill Ramsey/Milt Kleeb Big Band, and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.