Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz presents Motown… Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party 2 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on April 6, 2013
Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe Celebrate New CD, Convergence with Concerts in Washington D.C. on February 27 and in New York on March 5, 2013
2013 NYC Winter Jazz Fest: Will Calhoun Performs at Zinc Bar on 1/10 and The Bitter End on 1/12
On the final Friday in October, I met up with Lorey Hayes, a Broadway, film and television actress, who is also a director and an award-winning playwright, in Harlem at the Manhattan School of Music, for a spectacular concert tribute featuring MSM’s Grammy®-nominated Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by the renowned percussionist Bobby Sanabria, and featuring the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award Honoree, the legendary Cuban-born conguero, Candido. The evening was a celebration of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, with The Orchestra kicking off a year-long “Harlem Nights” Concert Series with “Harlem Hothouses” saluting the venues such as the Apollo and the Savoy where Jazz flourished, and we were all dancing in the aisles during the encore.
The joint was jumpin’ at 54 Below for Tony award-winner Tonya Pinkins on the last Monday in August, where she channeled Ethel Waters, the legendary African-American actress, jazz-era singer and entertainer who was America’s first International superstar of any race, in an evening featuring excerpts from Hurricane Ethel, Ms. Pinkins upcoming one woman show written in collaboration with Dennis Courtney.