Dan + Claudia Zanes

Dan + Claudia Zanes

Newlyweds Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza perform Dan’s greatest hits as well as folk and blues classics from their popular new songbook entitled Dan Zanes’ House Party!: A Family Roots Music Treasury. Concerts also include selections from their Kennedy Center commissioned folk opera, Night Train 57, which premiered in 2017.

During these highly interactive shows, the audience is invited to dance and sing along in what might be called a casual – and subversively educational – party atmosphere. The music is homespun, joyful, sophisticated, and artful. These performances appeal to audiences of all ages and the duo is well loved in school settings.

Claudia is also a board certified Music Therapist. Her background in this field has given the pair additional ways to find meaningful community connections and reach a more diverse audience.

For the past two years, Claudia and Dan have been advocating for increased accessibility in performing arts spaces through sensory friendly presentations. Also known as “relaxed” or “come as you are,” these performances create conditions that are comfortable for audience members with a wide range of needs.

Dan Zanes – vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion
Claudia Eliaza – vocals, flute, trombone, percussion, guitar

Performances usually include many of the following songs:
Hello
Coney Island Avenue
So Glad I’m Here
Wonder Wheel
Jump Up
Going Up!
Sail Away Ladies
Jaw Harp/Old Joe Clark
La Siren
Night Train 57
Smile Smile Smile
Catch That Train
Rock Island Line
All Around the Kitchen
While the Music is Playing

Dan + Claudia Zanes with Pauline Jean

Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes, his wife Claudia Eliaza, and Pauline Jean – both Haitian-American jazz vocalists – perform Dan’s greatest hits as well as folk and blues classics from Dan Zanes’ House Party!: A Family Roots Music Treasury, the popular new songbook created by Dan and Claudia. Concerts may also include selections from their Kennedy Center commissioned folk opera, Night Train 57, which premiered in 2017.

During these highly interactive shows, the audience is invited to sing and dance along in what might be called a casual – and subversively educational – party atmosphere. The music is homespun, sophisticated, joyful, and artful. These shows appeal to audiences of all ages and the trio is well loved in school settings.

Claudia is also a board certified Music Therapist. Her background in this field has given the group additional ways to find meaningful community connections and reach a more diverse audience.

For the past two years, Claudia and Dan have been advocating for increased accessibility in performing arts spaces through their sensory friendly presentations. Also known as “relaxed” or “come as you are,” these performances create conditions that are comfortable for audience members with a wide range of needs.

Claudia Eliaza – vocals, flute, trombone, percussion, guitar
Pauline Jean – vocals, percussion, melodica
Dan Zanes – vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica

Performances usually include many of the following songs:
Hello
Coney Island Avenue
So Glad I’m Here
Wonder Wheel
Jump Up
Going Up!
Sail Away Ladies
Jaw Harp/Old Joe Clark
La Siren
Night Train 57
Smile Smile Smile
Catch That Train
Rock Island Line
All Around the Kitchen
While the Music is Playing
Red Bird
Ha Ha This Away
Stewball

Dan + Claudia with Friends

Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza with their full band perform Dan’s most loved songs as well as the children’s music of folk icon Lead Belly, which is featured on Dan’s latest CD, Lead Belly, Baby! The shows are highly interactive. The audience is always invited to sing and dance along in what might be called a casual, and subversively educational, party atmosphere. The music, based in a variety of folk traditions, is homespun, sophisticated, and artful.

Dan Zanes and Friends also offers a Holiday Sing Along. This multicultural all-ages wintertime celebration shares songs from a variety of traditions and the songs are from here and there, near and far.

Dan Zanes – vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion
Claudia Eliaza – vocals, flute, trombone, percussion, guitar
Friends – everything else

Performances usually include many of the following songs:

The Rock Island Line
Jump Up
Red Bird
All Around The Kitchen
Ha-Ha This Away
Catch That Train
Take This Hammer
Stewball
Wonder Wheel
Julie Ann Johnson
El Canario
So Glad I’m Here
Coney Island Avenue
More Yet
Skip To My Lou
Relax Your Mind
Boll Weevil
La Siren

Best for Grades Pre-K and up and Family Programming 
60 Minutes – No Intermission
Sensory Friendly or Relaxed performances available

Photo credit: LaToya Duncan (#1-3, 6, and trio photo)
Photo credit: Anna Zanes (#4 and #5)

CONNECTIONS

  • Music
  • Rhyming
  • Social Emotional Learning