The Heather Amelia Quartet, a Tucson-based jazz group, presents the next in a series of cultural concerts this Friday, Feb. 12, at Steam Pump Village in Oro Valley.
The 2009-'10 series is presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. It begins at 6:30 p.m. on the green at Steam Pump Village, located just off North Oracle near First Avenue. It is free of charge.
The Heather Amelia Quartet performs jazz standards. The group's lead singer and namesake, Heather Amelia, has a four-octave range and cites Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald among her influences.
Amelia, a former opera singer, graduated from the University of Arizona School of Music and Dance. She won the Metropolitan Opera Competition in Arizona in 2004.
Joining Amelia for the Feb. 12 performance are Stephen Anthony on drums, Dan Griffin on bass and Lew Lepley on piano.
The 2009-10 SAACA Cultural Concert Series at Steam Pump Village features a variety of ethnic, regional and world musical styles. The goal of each free performance "is to broaden attendees' appreciation of various musical traditions and the cultures from which they originate," the release said.
Free concerts at Steam Pump Village:
Friday, Feb. 12 – The Heather Amelia Quartet
Friday, March 19 — Jovert, the award-winning steel drum band
Friday, April 2 — Bill Ganz Western Band, authentic Western music
Friday, April 23 — Ingredients of African Soul, Afro-pop, African folk, reggae and Caribbean soca
Friday, May 7 — Giant Blue, rock and blues