Chatham's own Laura Adcock will release her second CD Friday entitled In the Dark. It is a blend of jazz and blues with arrangements of tunes from the 1930s and 1940s. It will be on sale at Chatham Books in Chatham and at Fox Glove in Danville.
Laura Hankins Adcock of Chatham will release her second CD Friday, just in time for listeners to enjoy jazz and blues on Valentine's Day.
In the Dark is a blend of two styles, jazz and blues, a combination that Adcock said works great.
“These are not my traditional jazz standards that people have been used to,” she added.
Danville musician George Smith helped her develop the arrangements, selected from 30s and 40s music, to match her voice style.
Smith was very helpful in developing the title cut, “In the Dark,” and two of her other favorites, “I Laughed at Love” and “Rock Me In Your Arms.” These have been getting substantial air time on WVTF, channel 89.1 FM out of Roanoke for the past two weeks.
Also on the CD are “Let's Fall in Love,” “Autumn Leaves,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To,” “A Blossom Fell,” “When I Fall in Love,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “If I Had You.”
The acoustical arrangement for “Over the Rainbow” features Martin Scudder, a violinist from Roanoke.
Chatham musician Craig Motley “does wonderful arrangements for ‘A Blossom Fell’ and ‘If I Had You,’” she said.
Also on the CD are The Sessions Band from Roanoke and the saxophone of Don Clifton from Roanoke.
The CD is dedicated to Laura's grandfather, the late Roy Bishop of Danville. He was a jazz pianist who performed with the Bob Cleveland Orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s. Bishop's career was cut short when he died at the age of 39.
“I never got a chance to meet him, but I feel the music he played and loved every time I perform,” said Laura.
She grew up in Chatham and graduated from Chatham High School in 1980. She has a fashion merchandising degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and has worked in management at K-Mart. She traveled to many towns, assisting with opening of new stores.
She later moved to Richmond and began working for UARCO, a business forms company, but returned to this area in 1987 and lived in Danville.
In 1995, she relocated to Pittsburgh and started her own company — Premier Graphics — which handles a variety of commercial printing needs, including offset printing, embroidery and screen printing.
By 1998, she was enticed back to Chatham and she operates her Pittsburgh business from her North Main Street address.
Her first CD Sensations was a collection of jazz traditionals and did well in sales.
In the Dark was in production for nine months and will be on sale Friday at Chatham Books in Chatham and at Fox Glove in Danville.
“This is by far the best thing I have done,” said Laura.
She will be singing this weekend at a benefit for the Knoxville Symphony in Knoxville, Tennessee.
For booking information, contact Laura at 434-432-4070.
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