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Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale talks about the band's origins, worldly influences and running a record label




It's always kind of a parlor game to come up with a description of Pink Martini's music. Lounge music, cafe music, post-modern classical, swing, crossover — you name it and the label has been applied to the band from Portland, Ore., which has a concert Thursday at the Straz Center in Tampa.

"Lately I'm describing it as old-fashioned symphonic global pop," said Thomas Lauderdale, the bandleader, pianist and founder of Pink Martini, which is touring with 11 players. "It's symphonic in the sense that it's classical in approach, old-fashioned in the sense that it's 1930s, '40s, '50s and '60s pop music, and global because it's from around the world."

Pink Martini performs at 7:30 p.m. Thurday at Morsani Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets are $26.50-$54.50. For details, click here.

For more of John Fleming's interview with Thomas Lauderdale, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 10:19am]


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