From Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood, through the turbulence of the 1960’s and on into the 21st century, the songs of Neil Diamond continue to attract new fans to go along with the legions of old.
Jason Scott’s “Diamond Forever: a Celebration of Neil Diamond” is coming to Trail and is an extremely entertaining tribute to the music and talent of this legendary singer-songwriter.
“Neil Diamond has recorded his music so many times and changed it so much, that interpreting that music can in itself be an art,” says Scott, creator and performance artist for the one-man live stage extravaganza.
“When you look at Neil Diamond’s history and career of six decades, you realize the music and the possibilities of that music are unlimited.”
Enhanced by background stories, humour, authentic costuming, studio recorded audio tracks and incredibly realistic “spot on” vocals, this highly audience interactive show creates an entertaining sight and sound experience that transports delighted Neil Diamond fans, old and young, down memory lane.
“The music bridge’s generations,” says Scott. “The show is structured, spontaneous, loose and huge fun as it’s very audience connected. At times I find myself in the crowd and, other times, I’ve found the audience on stage with me.”
Certainly Neil Diamond is not just a simple songwriter, but a composer and performer as well. His music has that universality and timelessness that transcends his own personality, and the personalities of anyone performing his music. The proof of this is the audience itself, crossing all generations, with new fans added every year, and the songs themselves, which are so well known as to be archetypal.
Scott’s musical resume is impeccable. He began attending a Conservatory of Music in Toronto at the age of 5, achieving first degree honors and graduation by age 15. In his twenties, Scott toured extensively with nightclub and concert bands and in his thirties Jason was a Canadian record label signed recording artist, writer and performer.
Scott’s performance hands-down personifies and delivers the look, the voice and music of icon Neil Diamond.
“When attending the performance the audience should think “celebration” rather than “impersonation.” Diamond Forever is a “Celebration” of the music and life of Neil Diamond and every night the show turns into one big Neil Diamond Party!”
Neil Diamond himself has said, “If I had one message, I would say, ‘Be open and receptive to the music and possibilities without giving it too much thought. Really feel it and it will be an immensely worthwhile experience.’”
Scott is coming to the Trail Legion for one night only, Sept. 13, to perform “Diamond Forever ” Limited tickets, $25, are available at the Legion hall for a night of song, beginning at 7 p.m.