Rock, Strings & Horns: A Concert For Violet

Jazz violinist and singer Nicole Yarling

A faculty–student collaboration to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease

  • Special guests Nicole Yarling, voice & violin

  • John R. Palmer, piano and keyboards

  • Eric Cabalo, electric guitar

  • SSU Jazz Orchestra with strings and choir

  • Performing the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Thomas Dolby and more!

  • Doug Leibinger, director

SSU Jazz Studies Director Doug Leibinger grew up in the 70’s and early 80’s in suburban Chicago, where he and his mother, Violet, spent countless hours listening to the radio and LPs. Violet passed away six years ago from complications of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This concert is dedicated to her memory, and features many of her favorite songs arranged for large jazz ensemble with strings and voices. We hope you will join us for this amazing event –and sing along!

To a certain extent, Brooklyn native Nicole Yarling defies definition. Her myriad of personal influences have created a product that begs attention across the board — no one genre can keep her. Yarling moved to Florida in 1980, and has created quite a buzz. According to the Miami Sun-Sentinel, “every musical hat fits Nicole Yarling.” For more than a decade, she has been a part of South Florida’s musical world as a singer and violinist, working in jazz, rock, r&b, experimental music, and a few other styles that defy description.

Nicole’s notable talent has a virtue all its own, but it would be remiss not mention the late great vocal legend, Joe Williams. Joe “discovered” Nicole through a series of events, and adopted her as his very own project.




Weill Hall
Admission Fees
$8, free to SSU students
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Friday, September, 21, 2018, 7:30pm