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12th Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser for Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on June 10

Rome Neal
Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz is presenting the 12th Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the world famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East Third Street (bet B & C Aves) in New York. 

Doors open at 5:30pm,the show begins at 6:00pm. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

The featured performers include Rodney Kendrick, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Eric Lewis (Elew), Andre “Chez” Lewis, Roseanna Vitro, Carol Woods, Arlee Leonard, Lezlie Harrison, Corcoran Holt, Dennis Day, TC Carney III, Eric Frazier, Steve Cromity, Jeffrey King, Hilliard Greene, Dezron L Douglas, Patience Higgins, Jeff King, TK Blue, Steven Kroon, David F. Gibson, Bernard Linnette, Frederika Krier, Rachiim Ausar Sahu, Michael C. Lewis, Cyril D. Greene and Yoichi Uzeki.

Advance Ticket Sales Call ROME NEAL: 718-288-8048

*** Complimentary Banana Puddin’ and Buffet***

The after party will be at Paris Blues in Harlem.

Become a BPJ SPONSOR NOW to be added to the above list contact Rome Neal:
Banana Puddin’ Jazz Sponsors:
Cobi Narita, John D. Smith, Pure Jazz Magazine, Rustik Tavern, Carol Woods, Malchijah Hats, Eric Frazier, Legacy Ventures, Sheryl Renee, David V. Brooks, Jazz Foundation of America, Andre De Shields, James Mccummings, Steve Cromity, Michael Howard, Clarence Mosley, George Turner, Carl Clay, For My Sweet, Angela Hope-Weusi, Barbara Flowers Shop, Randy Weston

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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