Williams teams up with Big Band All Stars for afternoon concert


Sherry Williams, Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s favorite local songstress, will perform a collection of swinging songs from the Great American Songbook and orchestrations by some of the finest arrangers like John Rodby and Keith Droste in a matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 3. 

As always, she will be backed by the Big Band All Stars in the afternoon concert. 

Some of the songs Williams pointed to as favorites include “Fly Me to the Moon,” “In A Sentimental Mood,” “What a Difference a Day Made,” “Exactly Like You,” “Blame It On My Youth,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” and “Whisper Not.”

“I like to mix jazz standards with traditional pop standards,” Williams said. “I actually asked for requests.”

Having worked with Jeff Stover and his band more than a few times already, she likes to mix it up to keep it fresh.

“It stays fresh because each time we do a concert, even if I’m doing material that I’ve done before, we are in a different place,” Williams said. “The delivery changes because life has changed. We’ve lost friends or had grandkids — something memorable has happened. Music doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It happens in the context of our lives.”

Stover explained why the band likes performing with Williams.

“Because she always has new arrangements for each concert and she is the nicest person to work with,” he said. “Sherry is a real class act and a fine artist.”

Stover said there will be a piano trio solo prior to announcing the group’s upcoming Jazz festival starring Keith Droste, and something new from the band’s piano player.

“‘Like Someone in Love’ is a new arrangement by Keith, so that will be new,” Stover said. “There will also be a few more charts featuring the big band only so Sherry can have a small break during the concert.”

Williams thinks people should come to see the show for several reasons. 

They are going to feel better when they leave than when they arrived,” she said. “Especially if they enjoy big band music. Music makes you feel better.  It’s healing. They should also come and support these wonderful musicians, and support this kind of music. It’s uniquely American music. I for one am going to do my part to see that it doesn’t disappear.”

Sherry Williams in concert with the Big Band All Stars will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater at 42051 Main Street in Temecula. 

Tickets range in price from $25 to $37 and are available at tickets.temeculatheater.org., at the theater’s box office or by calling 866-653-8696. 

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com