On Friday, Feb. 7, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland music department hosted The Double A Cabaret, an evening of live music in the big band style, complete with an orchestra and several student singers. The event took place in Bruce Davis Theater, where the venue had been filled with extra seating and special guest tables for a restaurant cabaret feel. Dressed to the nines, students sang a variety of jazz pop, show tunes, and crooner favorites, from “My Funny Valentine” to “Mack the Knife,” ending with a group finale rendition of “Somethin’s Gotta Give.”
The evening, directed by John McFarland and Larry Vote, was accompanied by the musical talents of professionals and students alike. Several performers from the Navy band, including Don Stapelson and Jordan McRae, were there to play. Big Band pianist Jerry Ascione was a delight throughout the evening. Overall, Double A Cabaret was the delightful outcome of weeks of work on the part of the performers and the band, and a shared love of the music of greats like Sinatra and Bobby Darin.