The concert showcases music from Inara's recent studio album 'An Invitation'; an intimate collaboration between Inara and legendary arranger Van Dyke Parks. The result is a lush, elegant, fully orchestrated song cycle, a catalog of experiences equally inspired by the sophistication of Frank Sinatra and the storied, cinematic wonder of Richard Sherman's oeuvre.
Inara is the daughter of Lowell George (the latter was the front man in Little Feat), who was a close friend and collaborator with Van Dyke. When Inara was born in in Baltimore in 1974 (where her family had come for her birth while Little Feat recorded 'Feats Don't Fail Me Now') Van Dyke was there to welcome her into the world. After the death of her father in 1979, Inara and Van Dyke remained close friends.
Van Dyke Parks is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer and actor, whose work spans six decades. He has collaborated with such luminaries from Grace Kelly to the Beach Boys and the Byrds, and recently, Loudon Wainwright III and Joanna Newsom. Parks has created a distinct musical legacy and influence through his own albums and through his work for other artists and behind the scenes in the music industry.
The pairing of Inara George and the legendary Van Dyke Parks at the Jazz Caf�, is a musical event not to be missed.