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Too Human in concert

Posted by boston.com  September 6, 2013 05:06 PM

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The following was submitted by the Somerville Public Library:

Sunday, Sep. 8th, at 2:00 p.m.
Central Library 

Please join us as we welcome back a great band, Too Human! If you missed them when they were here last year, you missed a fantastic show.  Don't pass up the chance to see them this time!

Ask them what kind of music they play and they will answer, "Good music with a lot of heart."  You still want to narrow it down?  Okay - they cover jazz standards from the American Songbook, but with a fresh interpretation that brings new life to those classic songs.  And their songwriting influences are Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Buck Owens, Duke Ellington, Thom Bell, Carole King, Cole Porter and the Gershwins - from jazz and blues to pop to R&B.  With vocals, guitar, percussion and, on occasion, upright bass they have a jazzy / bluesy feel with a lot of heart.  Ellen's earthy voice combines perfectly with Roger's unusual percussion style and stirring vocals. Sweet harmonies, unusual arrangements and Roger's famous mouth trombone are the musical elements that frame their performance.  But what drives their work is their on-stage chemistry.  High quality musicianship with humor and passion, totally in sync with each other, they create a strong and intimate atmosphere.  Need more?  Check out this Youtube clip of Too Human performing "I'm Beginning to See the Light."

Hailing from New York, both Ellen and Roger have had music in their lives from a very early age.  Roger was studying accordion by the time he was 5 and Ellen was harmonizing by the age of 3.  Over the years they both explored different musical genres and instruments, but what remained constant was singing, the song and the passion.  They eventually became professional songwriters in Los Angeles, on staff with publishing giant Warner/Chappell Music, where they had their songs covered by a broad spectrum of recording artists including Cher, Pat Benatar, Teddy Pendergrass, Martha Davis (of the Motels), Angela Bofill, Agnetha Foltskog (of ABBA), Anne Murray, Nancy Wilson, and Ramsey Lewis.  And their songs have been heard on TV shows including Fame, General Hospital and As The World Turns.  But after a while they decided to give up the mainstream corporate music world, moved back east and became Too Human.

This performance is funded by the Friends of the Library and all are welcome - we hope you can come! 

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