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Mike Thornton with Gruppo Mondo

No one trumps Torme! Night after night, The Capitol Steps actor Mike
Thornton heats up the political comedy circuit, playing presidents from
Bush to Trump. Then he cools down with jazz standards in area clubs. Be
part of an extraordinary live recording, as The Capitol Steps actor and
jazz vocalist Mike Thornton, backed by the area quartet, Gruppo Mondo,
record their unique stylings of jazz standards for Mike Thornton’s
upcoming
album *Top Standards* for MTA Records.

Mike Thornton, a native of Windsor, CT  attended Hartt School, University
of Hartford, where he studied voice and theater and had the opportunity
to
study with the great Jackie McLean.  At the age of 19, he sang with
*Uptown
Sound*– a “Manhattan Transfer” style group featuring intricate harmonies
and sophisticated arrangements by the former Glenn Miller Band arranger,
Ed
Cerveny. Before joining The Capitol Steps in 1995, Mike appeared in
Off-Broadway productions of *The Zoo Story, The Madwoman of Chaillot*,
the American premiere of *Blood Brothers*., and the Kennedy Center
production of *Shear Madness* in Washington, DC. His Jazz Quartet
performed in many of New York City’s major venues and his Jazz Collective
performs regularly in Washington, DC. His most recent CD of standards is
*Step
Back* on the MTA label. For information on Mike Thornton:
http://www.mikethorntonjazz.com/.

Gruppo Mondo is a Premiere Live Jazz/Funk Group based in The Berkshires &
Hudson Valley, NY. Gruppo Mondo, featuring Peter Primamore, Aaron Dean,
Tom
Major and Fran Tokarz is a powerhouse Jazz & Rock band with a unique take
on a wide variety of music. From straight ahead Swing and Latin Music to
one of a kind re-imaginings of classic rock and unique originals, Gruppo
Mondo delivers intense performances with unpredictable improvisations.
For
information on Gruppo Mondo: www.facebook.com/GruppoMondo/

Mike Thornton and Gruppo Mondo first performed together two summers ago
in
Pittsfield, MA, while Thornton was appearing with The Capitol Steps at
Cranwell in nearby Lenox, MA.
Earlier Event: September 27
Open Mic--The Theme is "Change"
Later Event: September 29
Aaron Comess Trio and James Maddock