Chapman Cultural Center to host two jazz concerts featuring Tish Oney

January 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Chapman Cultural Center will host two jazz concerts during the second half of the 2012-13 cultural season. Both will feature local jazz musician and singer Tish Oney, a faculty member at USC Upstate, who has an extensive international career in jazz performance. The first concert will be “An Evening with Tish Oney” and will also feature the Upstate Jazz All-Stars, an ensemble of university faculty, on Friday, Feb. 1. It will include music by Harry Warren, Peggy Lee, Richard Rodgers, Henry Nemo, and other jazz greats.

The second concert, “Tish Oney: The Peggy Lee Project,” will be on Thursday, April 25, and will honor the songwriting talents of the late, great Peggy Lee. Both concerts will be in the David W. Reid Theatre. Tickets are $10/adults; $5/students, and can be purchases online at or by calling (864) 542-ARTS.

“These are late additions to our spring line-up,” Chapman President Jennifer Evins said. “We have a well established reputation for presenting the finest in local community theatre, and we want to expand the cultural experience by presenting more concert music on the stage of the David Reid Theatre. In looking at all the great talent within our own community and wanting to reach a wider audience, we felt booking Tish was a great fit. She has both the history of performing live and the solid academic standing. Jazz is a genre of music that crosses many demographic lines—age, race, gender—and Spartanburg is very supportive of its own talent. Having Tish perform songs by Peggy Lee should be a wonderful combination for Spartanburg. Our special thanks goes out to Dixon Hughes Goodman for sponsoring these concerts.”

With a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz studies from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Oney maintains an active touring and recording career in addition to her teaching at USC Upstate. Her singing has been featured internationally on radio, television and online media. In 2008 she embarked on a national tour following the release of “Dear Peg,” and continues to appear worldwide as a touring performing artist. She has headlined at Earshot Jazz Festival at Kirkland Performance Center (Kirkland, Wash.), Syracuse Jazzfest (Syracuse, N.Y.), Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield, Wis.), Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts (Schaumburg, Ill.), Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Glenridge Performing Arts Center (Sarasota, Fla.) and the Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, Hawaii), among other regional theaters and large venues. She has performed at regional jazz hotspots from The Jazz Bakery and Charlie O’s Jazz Club in Los Angeles to The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, S.C., and Michael Feinstein’s elite nightclub, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in New York.

A nationally touring jazz and classical vocalist, recording artist, pianist, arranger and composer, Oney was recently named assistant professor of commercial music at USC Upstate, where she coordinates the commercial voice program within the music major. She teaches jazz history, singing master class, songwriting, jazz combo performance, improvisation and private voice lessons.

“The Peggy Lee Project” is the outgrowth of Oney’s dissertation research. It features her updated, contemporary jazz arrangements of original songs by Peggy Lee to the delight of both young and seasoned audiences. Oney’s collaboration with Lee’s former music director and guitarist, John Chiodini, has produced this unparalleled tribute to an important twentieth-century American female songwriter. “An Evening With Tish Oney” is Oney’s solo piano/vocal show, however, she will team up with the Upstate Jazz All-Stars for her Chapman Cultural Center concert. The All-Stars include Dr. Gregg Akkerman, piano; Adam Knight, guitar; Shannon Hoover, bass; and Tony Christopher, drums.

“I greatly look forward to performing on the David Reid Theatre stage,” Oney said. “I am excited to begin sharing my music with folks in the upstate region on a more regular basis and to help bring jazz to the Chapman Cultural Center.”

To learn more about Tish Oney, please visit online at She can also be found on YouTube. For more information about the jazz concerts at Chapman Cultural Center, please call 542-ARTS or visit online at