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Filled with songs from the Curtis Mayfield songbook as well as rarely heard songs, soul & R&B from award-winning actor & legendary lead singer of The Impressions, Reginald Torian Sr. For over 40 years Reginald has been singing the powerful words of Curtis Mayfield, the songs from his beginnings in church to the hit songs for Jerry ‘Iceman’ Butler to songs for The Impressions to songs for the Civil Rights Movement, to Superfly as well as penning his own songs inspired by Mayfield.
A musical journey in song and narrative, All Things Mayfield salutes Curtis Mayfield’s musical genius in a dynamic new revue. Under the musical direction of Syd Brown and the award-winning cast members of It’s All Right To Have a Good Time: The Story of Curtis Mayfield at the Black Ensemble Theater, the revue includes music director & drummer, Robert Reddick, David Simmons, Cecil Jones, Katrina Richard and Ereatha McCullogh.
“Reggie sounds just like Curtis Mayfield and, if you would close your eyes and just listen to this man singing live on stage, you’d think for the world that it was Curtis,” says Larry Cotton of In the Basement magazine.
The Impressions’ History
In 1958, Cabrini-Green resident Curtis Mayfield and his choir-mate Jerry Butler made doo-wop history when their group, The Impressions, released the timeless classic For Your Precious Love. After Butler went solo, Mayfield not only found himself fronting the group with his distinct falsetto, but also found his voice as a composer, guitarist, producer, and activist, creating timeless hits like Gypsy Woman, Talking About My Baby and uplifting anthems like Keep On Pushing, People Get Ready and We’re A Winner, which became the soundtrack of the Civil Rights movement.
In 1970 he left the group to launch a solo career and a Chicago record label, Curtom. Two years later, Mayfield released the Superfly soundtrack and he continued to record, perform, and compose soundtracks until his passing in 1999, even after becoming paralyzed in a 1990 stage accident.
The Impressions continued after Mayfield’s departure and Torian still harmonizes on Mayfield’s empowering anthems with Fred Cash and Sam Gooden, the two vocalists who stood alongside the composer during the group’s 1960s triumphs. Becoming so immersed in Mayfield’s work, Torian, an ordained elder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church practicing the teachings and spiritual principals of Metaphysical Theology, “New Thought”, came to see Mayfield’s work as sacred.
“Even in church, I would do ‘People Get Ready’,” Torian recalls. “Nobody feels Curtis like I feel Curtis.”
The performance will include Curtis Mayfield’s biggest hits, including:
For Your Precious Love
Choice of Colors
It’s All Right
Move On Up
Need To Belong
People Get Ready
Superfly, and more.
Visit www.reginaldtoriansr.com for tickets and performance times. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit ‘music education in Chicago Public Schools’ in a scholarship created from the show: Please Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams: Keep On Pushin’ for the ‘Back To Class Project
Location: The Promontory Chicago
Tel.: (312) 801- 2100
Event info: www.promontorychicago.com/?event_id=5458845
When: January 31, 2015 – Doors open @ 6:30pm; Showtime: 7:30pm
Tickets: $50.00, $40.00, $30.00, $20.00; group sales available
TicketWeb: http://tinyurl.com/ke378as or http://www.reginaldtoriansr.com
Group Sales Contact: Jake Austen, (773)875-6470
Church Group Sales: Peggy Rhodes White, (773)785-9009
VIP Sponsorship Packages: Call, Lynn Orman Weiss, (847)452-6469; firstname.lastname@example.org
RADIO SPONSOR: WDCB RADIO, 90.9 FM
Wardrobe provided by: Sir Richard Davis Men’s Warehouse
Photos available upon request: Lynn Orman Weiss, (847)452-6469