Friday, September 8 2017

Tony Middleton

Featuring Sarah Hayes
Friday, September 08
7PM & 8:30PM

Legendary Jazz & R&B artist, Tony Middleton (The Willows) brings his one of a kind music and style to   along with NY jazz vocalist & bandleader, Sarah Hayes (The  Artie Shaw Orchestra). They’ll be accompanied by a stellar All-Star-Jazz band. With James Weidman -  Piano, Jon Burr- Bass, Joe Cohn -Guitar and Mr. Steve Williams on Drums, this promises to be an exciting  night for Jazz lovers.  
Tony’s career is an interesting and diversified one. As a teenager, he started the famed Doo Wop  group,“The Willows”. Most known for the crossover song he wrote, “Church Bells May Ring”. They did  “My Dear Dearest Darling”, “Dolores”, “White Cliffs of Dover” and many more. His career has spanned  from Broadway (Cabin in the Sky, Purlie & Porgy and Bess) to performing with and the music of Burt  Bacharach, Quincy Jones, and Cy Coleman. He’s headlined at the Apollo along with friends Smokey  Robinson and the Miracles, Big Mabel, and Slappy White. His recording of “Don’t Ever Leave Me” written  & produced by Klaus Ogermann, received a Grammy Nomination.  
His big voice has been compared to Joe Williams, Arthur Prysock, Lou Rauls and Ray Charles and yet, his  range is more complex with his deep and sultry tones. Truly an exciting evening not to be missed. 

Valery Ponomarev "Our Father Who Art Blakey" Big Band

Friday, September 08
10 PM & Midnight

"Our Father Who Art Blakey," aka Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band –

- aka VPJBB - is the "best kept secret" on the modern jazz horizon today. The music of the band projects into the future the spirit set forth by the best Blue Note Artists of the 50s and 60s, covering the transformation of acoustic jazz music from those times until today.


The musicians in the band are the most respected and successful young musicians on the jazz scene today. But regardless of who is in the band at the present moment, the music of the band, from the very first sounds, mesmerizes the audience. It doesn't take long before sparkles in the form of applause, tapping feet, shaking heads, yelling and screaming start flying around the air in response to the music. From the audience - back to the stage, from the stage to the audience and back again. By the end of a concert, an alternating current is set at its highest peak, reigning supreme. Musicians, music and the audience blend in one dazzling alloy where it doesn't matter what component of the alloy you are, as long as you are a part of it. Long after a performance is over, the listener is still under the spell, reliving again and again the magic of creating beauty.

This is the kind of a band which reminds the audience that emotion, ability to think and feel, not computer generated artificiality, puts us humans one whole step above the rest of the Animal Kingdom.

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