Big Apple meets White Horse

Staff reports
At Williams College in Massachusetts, Teri Roiger has taught the music of Billy Strayhorn and Thelonious Monk.

Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens makes the Swannanoa Valley his home, but his musical projects span countries and oceans. He spent many years in New York City, arguably ground zero for American jazz, and for the next installment of the White Horse Black Mountain’s Cabaret Jazz Series he’s teaming up with Big Apple vocalist Terry Roiger on Friday, July 15

With Stevens on piano, Roiger’s cabaret collaborators include John Menegon on bass and Sonny Thornton on drums.

Roiger has been active on the NYC jazz scene for many years, building a reputation as an inventive yet accessible vocalist. Her smooth, velvety alto is a remarkable vocal instrument and, combined with her interpretive depth, is equal to the challenges of even the most daunting repertoire.

Her most recent CD, “Dear Abbey,” features the complex music of Abbey Lincoln, and her upcoming release - "Billie 101" - is a recorded tribute to Billie Holiday. Her White Horse appearance is sure to be a treat for music lovers who appreciate masterful readings of classic jazz.

One big bite

Who: Teri Roiger

When: 8 p.m. July 15

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $15