Photo by Vaness K Photography

Forte Jazz Lounge will raise the bar for date night, offering four evenings of music and dancing for special someones to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

“The Forte jazz band is new and improved,” said band leader and vocalist Joe Clarke, who co-owns Forte with his wife Rosie. “We’ve added Abdiel Iriarte, a world class jazz pianist. He’s joining our crew of Jon Kennedy on bass, Josh Hoover on drums and John Phillips on saxophone.”

Clarke and the house band will be joined by local singers Charles Grant and Ivory Collins Feb. 11 to bring the audience love songs through the decades, featuring classics from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. 

“We’re covering a lot of ground,” Clarke said of the Feb. 11 show. “I’m the ‘20s-’30s-early-’40s guy. Charles picks it up some time around ‘50s and ‘60s, and Ivory boosts us into the ‘80s and ‘90s.”

Singing sisters Gracie & Lacy will bring their signature harmonies and tap dancing Feb. 12 for an evening of hit love songs. Feb. 13 is swing night with local swing mainstay Stephen Duane, and Joe Clarke Big Band will present “Fall in Love Again” Feb. 14 to showcase timeless love songs like Nat King Cole’s “LOVE,” Frank Sinatra’s “Night and Day” and George Gershwin’s “Love is Here to Stay.”

All information can be found here.

The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
Gracie & Lacy present “Stupid Cupid”

Feb. 12, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Swing Dance Night

Feb. 13, lesson 6 p.m. and dance 7 p.m.
Joe Clarke Big Band presents “Fall In Love Again” 

Feb. 14, 7 p.m.
Joe Clarke presents “Love Songs Through The Decades”

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