Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jun. 7: Rome Neal Banana Puddin’ Jazz Celebrates 11th Anniversary with A Celebration of The Jazzy Puddin’ Fundraiser


Rome Neal Banana Puddin’ Jazz Celebrates 11th Anniversary with A Celebration of The Jazzy Puddin’ Fundraiser on Saturday, June 7, 2014,at the world famous
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East Third Street (bet Ave B & Ave C) in New York. Showtime is at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. For reservations, call 718-288-8048.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online at

Special guest performers include Carol Woods (from Broadway Musical CHICAGO), Johnny O’Neal, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Carol Maillard (of Sweet Honey And The Rock), Danny Simmons, Patience Higgins, Dave Gibson, Phil Young, Eve Cornelious, BaBa Donn, Eric Frazier, Lafayette Harris Jr., Martha Redbone, Aaron Whitbly, George Gray, Michela Marino Lerman, Paul Ramsey, Steve”Sonny” Williams, Hsinwei Chiang, Angeleisha L. Rodgers, Clay Herndon, Basir Mchawi, Marcus McLaurine and some surprises celebrity guests!!!!

*** Complimentary Banana Puddin’***

Rome Neal. Photo by Lia Chang

Rome Neal. Photo by Lia Chang

A Special Message from Rome Neal:
Yes it’s my 11th anniversary of producing over 120 marvtastic evenings of jazz. Ten years of showcasing well over six hundred talented individuals (free of charge) giving them name recognition in the press along with radio and TV exposure throughout the tri-state area and beyond. Over the ten years I have been extremely proud of the programing paying tributes to Living legends like Danny Mixon, Bob Cunningham, Bill Lee (Spike’s dad), Cobi Narita,…….Nights of showcasing and celebrating Japanese jazz artists…. Also so many nights of celebrating women of jazz (not just during Women’s History Month), along with special shows bringing together straight and OUT gays and lesbians celebrating LGBT greats in jazz. One of the tremendous talents performing in these shows over the years has been Nhojj winner of several Out Music Awards as well as the Fresh Fruit Award for his performance at Banana Puddin’ Jazz event. I am extremely proud of the young folks who have been showcased as apart of the bpj experience and have gone on to do great things around the music like Nusibia, Shiffer, Lauren Henderson and Autum Ashante, Jazzmeia Horn, and Charles Turner.

11 years of producing over 120 marvtastic evenings of America’s Classical Music, JAZZ. Ten years of showcasing over five hundred musicians/vocalists/poets/dancers. Ten years of presenting and paying tribute to our living legends of the music…… It’s time to Celebrate!!! Join me and my outstanding guests on this special evening or make a pledge of support as we fundraise for Banana Puddin’ Jazz!!!

Banana Puddin’ Jazz Sponsors: Cobi Narita, John D. Smith, Pure Jazz Magazine, Rustik Tavern, Johnson Malchijah Hats, George Turner, Eric Frazier, Stephen Mckinley Henderson, Jerome Preston Bates, Danny Simmons, Susan Sherman, Actuator, Inc. To become a BPJ sponsor, contact Rome Neal:, call 718-288-8048 or email at

Other articles on Rome Neal:
Photos: On the Town with Rome Neal, Jazz Vocalist and Star of Laurence Holder’s MONK
Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz Presents “LADY” Featuring Lia Chang, Monica Garrido, Carolyn Holmes, Noel Simon’ Wippler, Linda Hudson, Adi Meyerson and Kathleen Doran
Ishmael Reed’s THE FINAL VERSION Stars Rome Neal at Nuyorican Poets Cafe through January 19, 2014 Rome Neal Leads the Cast of the World Premiere of Ishmael Reed’s THE FINAL VERSION at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 12/12/13-1/19/14
Roscoe Orman, Phynjuar, Horace Vincent Rogers and More Set for Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz: “A Jazzy Thespians Night” at Nuyorican Poets Café
Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz presents Motown… Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party 2 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Rome Neal in Laurence Holder’s MONK at the NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ in New York

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Remembering Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama, 1921-2014
Jun. 4-29: Tony Award–winner BD Wong, Sab Shimono, Julyana Soelistyo, Stan Egi, Orville Mendoza, Paolo Montalban and More Set for A.C.T.’s U.S. Premiere of Orphan of Zhao, a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse 
June 22 – July 27: Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly Lead the Cast of The Old Globe’s Othello, helmed by Barry Edelstein 
June 4: Garth Kravits, Lena Hall, Lesli Margherita, Wesley Taylor and More Strip Down with The Skivvies at 54 Below 
May 31 – June 22: Annette O’Toole Leads Cast of Wendy Wasserstein’s “Third” Helmed by Michael Cumpsty at Two River Theater Company 
June 5-7: National Asian Artists Project To Present All-Asian Production of OLIVER! Featuring Raul Aranas, Anthea Neri, Bonale Zohn Fambrini, Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, Cindy Cheung, Scott Watanabe, Virginia Wing, David Shih and More 
May 28 – June 29: Lisa Joyce, Henry Kelemen and CJ Wilson Join Mary McCann in Atlantic Theater Company’s OUR NEW GIRL
Jun. 23: The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream at Carnegie Hall Features Chapman Roberts, Norm Lewis, André De Shields, Chuck Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon and More
May 20: George Gee Swing Orchestra CD – “Swing Makes You Happy!” Party at Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club
Photos: The George Gee Swing Orchestra at SWING46; Launches Indiegogo Campaign for New CD, Swing Makes You Happy
Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, Sonya Tayeh, Emmanuel Brown, Mia Katigbak, K. Todd Freeman, John Earl Jelks Among 2014 OBIE Award Winners
Asia Flores Debuts Royal72Co Fashion Line at Pa’ina Lounge
Photos: André Braugher, Ami Brabson, Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol, Victor Williams, Nikkole Salter, Elizabeth Van Dyke at Oni Faida Lampley’s Tough Titty at the Paradise Factory
Photos: Harriet Harris, John Tartaglia, Christine Toy Johnson, Alan Muraoka, James Saito and More celebrate Ann Harada’s Debut at Lincoln Center in the American Songbook Series  Lucille Lortel Awards for Here Lies Love, Fun Home, The Open House, Good Person of Szechwan
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Leads 2014 Tony Award Nominations; Bryan Cranston, LaTanya Richardson, Neil Patrick Harris, Mark Rylance, Audra McDonald, Leigh Silverman among nominees Signature Theatre to Be Honored with the 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award
Photos: Bryan Cranston, Peter Jay Fernandez, Roslyn Ruff, Tamara Tunie, Leslie Uggams, Ruben Santiago-Hudson Celebrate All The Way Opening Night
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Photos: Backstage and Opening Night of Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Crafting a Career
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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine. All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2014 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at

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