Many of Allen Toussaint’s songs became familiar through versions by other musicians, including “Working in the Coal Mine“, “Ride Your Pony”, “Fortune Teller“, “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)“, “Southern Nights“, “Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky”, “I’ll Take a Melody”, “Get Out of My Life, Woman” and “Mother-in-Law“.
We will always remember the music and the magic of Mr. Allen Toussaint.
Jane Monheit is LIVE at Birdland October 13th through October 17th Celebrating the Music of Ella Fitzgerald!
Critically acclaimed vocalist Jane Monheit’s silky phrasing and natural knack for storytelling have established her as one of the most beloved and accomplished vocalists on the scene. See her perform The Songbook Sessions: Music of Ella Fitzgerald at Birdland!
Jane Monheit is a jazz and pop vocalist for Concord Records. She has collaborated with artists such as John Pizzarelli, Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, and has received Grammy nominations for two of her recordings. We are very excited to be in attendance for this wonderful performance.
Get your tickets here! And we will see you there!
In his brief career, Bill Withers wrote some indelible hits, enough to get him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. But since quitting the music business in the mid-1980s, Withers has been so low-key, so media-shy, that most people wouldn’t recognize him if he sat down next to them. In fact that happened once at a restaurant in Los Angeles.
“Yeah, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles up on Pico. These ladies looked like they had just come from church or something, and they were talking about this Bill Withers song — so, I was going to have some fun with them,” he explains. “I said, ‘I’m Bill Withers.’ And this lady said, ‘You ain’t no Bill Withers. You too light-skinned to be Bill Withers.’ Even after I showed them my driver’s license, they weren’t buying it.”
Withers is getting some proper recognition this week with a Thursday-night tribute concert at Carnegie Hall called “Lean On Him.” Artists will perform songs Withers played in that very space four decades ago, the recordings of which would becomeLive at Carnegie Hall, which Rolling Stone included in its list of the 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.
It’s a safe bet the show will include a rendition of its namesake, “Lean on Me,” a song Withers says he wrote about his friends and neighbors as a child. The singer grew up in a coal town in West Virginia, and was first man in his family not to work in the mines. And tonight you can catch Bill Withers and friends old and new at one of the most exciting musical events to hit this town in a very long time.
Here is the amazzzzing line up;
…and many more surprises….
Get up, Get out, and Get there!
One of the most talented and accomplished musicians of his generation, Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Eric Revis has, over the past 15 years, become an important voice in jazz. Branford Marsalis states, “Eric’s sound is the sound of doom; big, thick, percussive.” Scores of musicians across various disciplines agree. Revis has performed and recorded with Betty Carter, Peter Brotzmann, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Coleman, Ralph Peterson, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Cyrille, and Tarbaby (the experimental trio he tri-leads with Orrin Evans and Nasheet Waits).
Manning the bass chair with Branford Marsalis’ powerfully flexible quartet since 1997, Revis has also recorded four brilliant albums as a leader. 2004’s Tales of the Stuttering Mime and 2009’s Laughter’s Necklace of Tears have both revealed his startling range as a musician and composer. Informed by his past but not tethered to it, a glimpse into the musical trajectory of this artist is indelibly clear on his latest release Parallax (Clean Feed ) and the soon to be released City of Asylum (Clean Feed).
And may catch Mr. Revis LIVE thru Sunday with Kurt Rosenwinkel on Guitar and Nasheet Waits on Drums. You’re gonna LOVE this! See you at the Vanguard!
The Royal Bopsters are Amy London, Darmon Meader, Dylan Pramuk, Holli Ross
& Trio + Special Guests:
With singers ranging from age 33 to 93 (Jon Hendricks 94th Birthday is 9/16!), The Royal Bopsters Project is a multi-generational vocal summit on which the talents of singers Amy London, Darmon Meader, Dylan Pramuk and Holli Ross unite in harmony to pay tribute to the art of vocalese singing. The five vocalese pioneers featured on The Royal Bopsters each helped to invent the ‘vocalese’ art form: NEA Jazz Masters and Grammy Award-winners Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross (b.1930) who together represent two thirds of the pioneering vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross; NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan (b.1928); and Arkansas Hall of Famer and Schoolhouse Rock mastermind Bob Dorough (b. 1923) each take a turn in the guest spotlight. *Legendary vocalist Andy Bey fills in for Bopster Mark Murphy who is unable to perform. With Steve Schmidt (piano) Sean Smith (bass) Steve Williams (drums) Steve Kroon (percussion) Roni Ben Hur (guitar).
@212.581.3080 for reservations.
Here is the amazing line-up;
9/15 & 17: Andy Bey & Sheila Jordan
9/16: Andy Bey, Bob Dorough, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan & Annie Ross
9/18 & 19: Bob Dorough & Annie Ross
The Electrifying Vince Robinson is LIVE at The National Bar & Dining Rooms on Sunday September 13th. Be there!
Friedrich Nietzsche once said , “Without music, life would be a mistake”. Truer words were never spoken, and this Sunday we celebrate all things musical with an amazing new voice, just hitting the scene.
Fabulous NYC based jazz vocalist Vince Robinson will be appearing LIVE at The National Bar & Dining Rooms this Sunday, September 13th from 6pm to 10pm. Vince is an extraordinary singer, vocal trainer, and psalmist who performs in and around the city as a featured vocalist with The Nuflow Jazz Collective and The Rakiem Walker Project. Vince’s performance is part of the Sunday Sessions series presented each and every Sunday at this midtown dining destination inside the Benjamin Hotel.
The National is located at 557 Lexington Avenue at 50th Street and there is no cover for this performance. Just come in and partake of the delicious dishes created by Iron Chef and restaurateur extraordinaire Geoffrey Zakarian. The cocktail selection is equally spectacular and the music will be the best you’ve heard in ages! Vince will be accompanied by keyboard maestro Joel Desroches. Come on through. You’re gonna love this!