Piano in Bryant Park

Summertime, and the livin' is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin' performances by New York's finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your and My Heart's Delight.

Piano in Bryant Park is produced in partnership with the Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, Sam Ash Music Stores, Jazz Center of New York, and Music Performance Trust Fund.

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Note on Todd Robbins:

Todd Robbins plays Ragtime and classic Tin Pan Alley songs. He is often heard on Monday nights playing piano with Woody Allen's Jazz Band and has recorded two albums with that group.

Hear Todd Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Note on Todd Robbins:

Todd Robbins plays Ragtime and classic Tin Pan Alley songs. He is often heard on Monday nights playing piano with Woody Allen's Jazz Band and has recorded two albums with that group.

Hear Todd Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Note on Todd Robbins:

Todd Robbins plays Ragtime and classic Tin Pan Alley songs. He is often heard on Monday nights playing piano with Woody Allen's Jazz Band and has recorded two albums with that group.

Hear Todd Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Note on Todd Robbins:

Todd Robbins plays Ragtime and classic Tin Pan Alley songs. He is often heard on Monday nights playing piano with Woody Allen's Jazz Band and has recorded two albums with that group.

Hear Todd Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Friday, May 8, 2015

A Note on Todd Robbins:

Todd Robbins plays Ragtime and classic Tin Pan Alley songs. He is often heard on Monday nights playing piano with Woody Allen's Jazz Band and has recorded two albums with that group.

Hear Todd Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Monday, May 11, 2015

A Note on Terry Waldo:

Ragtime expert & stride pianist, Terry Waldo is the protégé of the late Eubie Blake. He has produced over 40 albums and written the definitive book on ragtime, This is Ragtime - republished recently by Jazz At Lincoln Center with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis. His 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Note on Terry Waldo:

Ragtime expert & stride pianist, Terry Waldo is the protégé of the late Eubie Blake. He has produced over 40 albums and written the definitive book on ragtime, This is Ragtime - republished recently by Jazz At Lincoln Center with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis. His 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Note on Terry Waldo:

Ragtime expert & stride pianist, Terry Waldo is the protégé of the late Eubie Blake. He has produced over 40 albums and written the definitive book on ragtime, This is Ragtime - republished recently by Jazz At Lincoln Center with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis. His 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Note on Terry Waldo:

Ragtime expert & stride pianist, Terry Waldo is the protégé of the late Eubie Blake. He has produced over 40 albums and written the definitive book on ragtime, This is Ragtime - republished recently by Jazz At Lincoln Center with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis. His 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Friday, May 15, 2015

A Note on Terry Waldo:

Ragtime expert & stride pianist, Terry Waldo is the protégé of the late Eubie Blake. He has produced over 40 albums and written the definitive book on ragtime, This is Ragtime - republished recently by Jazz At Lincoln Center with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis. His 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Monday, May 18, 2015

A Note on Armen Donelian

An eclectic musician of Armenian origin, Armen Donelian has appeared internationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975. He has worked with many of the “greats” including Sonny Rollins, Mongo Santamaria, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Jackie Paris, Billy Harper, and Night Ark. His piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft swinging touch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary, and a boundless source of creative ideas.

Hear Armen Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Note on Armen Donelian

An eclectic musician of Armenian origin, Armen Donelian has appeared internationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975. He has worked with many of the “greats” including Sonny Rollins, Mongo Santamaria, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Jackie Paris, Billy Harper, and Night Ark. His piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft swinging touch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary, and a boundless source of creative ideas.

Hear Armen Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Note on Armen Donelian

An eclectic musician of Armenian origin, Armen Donelian has appeared internationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975. He has worked with many of the “greats” including Sonny Rollins, Mongo Santamaria, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Jackie Paris, Billy Harper, and Night Ark. His piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft swinging touch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary, and a boundless source of creative ideas.

Hear Armen Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Note on Armen Donelian

An eclectic musician of Armenian origin, Armen Donelian has appeared internationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975. He has worked with many of the “greats” including Sonny Rollins, Mongo Santamaria, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Jackie Paris, Billy Harper, and Night Ark. His piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft swinging touch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary, and a boundless source of creative ideas.

Hear Armen Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Friday, May 22, 2015

A Note on Armen Donelian

An eclectic musician of Armenian origin, Armen Donelian has appeared internationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975. He has worked with many of the “greats” including Sonny Rollins, Mongo Santamaria, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Jackie Paris, Billy Harper, and Night Ark. His piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft swinging touch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary, and a boundless source of creative ideas.

Hear Armen Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Monday, May 25, 2015

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Friday, May 29, 2015

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Monday, June 1, 2015

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue's new original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S., on the Jazz Adds Charts last fall. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." This composer of Brazilian jazz and jazz plays original and standard rags, chorinhos (similar to ragtime, originating in 19th century Brazil), and tunes you'll recognize (though some you may not). She's toured the world - leading groups and playing solo. Check out her CD’s on www.cdbaby.com , where she also sings, arranges, produces, as well as plays some violin, guitar and bass with stellar musicians including Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Egan, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez.

Hear Sue Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue's new original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S., on the Jazz Adds Charts last fall. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." This composer of Brazilian jazz and jazz plays original and standard rags, chorinhos (similar to ragtime, originating in 19th century Brazil), and tunes you'll recognize (though some you may not). She's toured the world - leading groups and playing solo. Check out her CD’s on www.cdbaby.com , where she also sings, arranges, produces, as well as plays some violin, guitar and bass with stellar musicians including Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Egan, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez.

Hear Sue Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue's new original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S., on the Jazz Adds Charts last fall. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." This composer of Brazilian jazz and jazz plays original and standard rags, chorinhos (similar to ragtime, originating in 19th century Brazil), and tunes you'll recognize (though some you may not). She's toured the world - leading groups and playing solo. Check out her CD’s on www.cdbaby.com , where she also sings, arranges, produces, as well as plays some violin, guitar and bass with stellar musicians including Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Egan, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez.

Hear Sue Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue's new original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S., on the Jazz Adds Charts last fall. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." This composer of Brazilian jazz and jazz plays original and standard rags, chorinhos (similar to ragtime, originating in 19th century Brazil), and tunes you'll recognize (though some you may not). She's toured the world - leading groups and playing solo. Check out her CD’s on www.cdbaby.com , where she also sings, arranges, produces, as well as plays some violin, guitar and bass with stellar musicians including Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Egan, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez.

Hear Sue Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Friday, June 5, 2015

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue's new original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S., on the Jazz Adds Charts last fall. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." This composer of Brazilian jazz and jazz plays original and standard rags, chorinhos (similar to ragtime, originating in 19th century Brazil), and tunes you'll recognize (though some you may not). She's toured the world - leading groups and playing solo. Check out her CD’s on www.cdbaby.com , where she also sings, arranges, produces, as well as plays some violin, guitar and bass with stellar musicians including Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Egan, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez.

Hear Sue Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Monday, June 8, 2015

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Almost a native New Yorker, Dona Carter hailed from Connecticut where she attended The Hartford Conservatory of music as a child, later moving to New York where she earned degrees in music at Columbia University and Lehman College. As a pianist, composer, and music educator, Dona directs large and small bands and groups, composes and arranges original pieces, and performs in a variety of venues – both in the U.S. and abroad - often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She also works with and mentors performing arts students of all ages. WHCR plays her music on Sunday Jazz Break, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon Fenner featured her single release We Share One World, sung by Arezer II. Dona’s music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. Dona says, "Playing piano at Bryant Park is great."

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Almost a native New Yorker, Dona Carter hailed from Connecticut where she attended The Hartford Conservatory of music as a child, later moving to New York where she earned degrees in music at Columbia University and Lehman College. As a pianist, composer, and music educator, Dona directs large and small bands and groups, composes and arranges original pieces, and performs in a variety of venues – both in the U.S. and abroad - often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She also works with and mentors performing arts students of all ages. WHCR plays her music on Sunday Jazz Break, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon Fenner featured her single release We Share One World, sung by Arezer II. Dona’s music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. Dona says, "Playing piano at Bryant Park is great."

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Almost a native New Yorker, Dona Carter hailed from Connecticut where she attended The Hartford Conservatory of music as a child, later moving to New York where she earned degrees in music at Columbia University and Lehman College. As a pianist, composer, and music educator, Dona directs large and small bands and groups, composes and arranges original pieces, and performs in a variety of venues – both in the U.S. and abroad - often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She also works with and mentors performing arts students of all ages. WHCR plays her music on Sunday Jazz Break, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon Fenner featured her single release We Share One World, sung by Arezer II. Dona’s music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. Dona says, "Playing piano at Bryant Park is great."

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Almost a native New Yorker, Dona Carter hailed from Connecticut where she attended The Hartford Conservatory of music as a child, later moving to New York where she earned degrees in music at Columbia University and Lehman College. As a pianist, composer, and music educator, Dona directs large and small bands and groups, composes and arranges original pieces, and performs in a variety of venues – both in the U.S. and abroad - often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She also works with and mentors performing arts students of all ages. WHCR plays her music on Sunday Jazz Break, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon Fenner featured her single release We Share One World, sung by Arezer II. Dona’s music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. Dona says, "Playing piano at Bryant Park is great."

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Friday, June 12, 2015

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Almost a native New Yorker, Dona Carter hailed from Connecticut where she attended The Hartford Conservatory of music as a child, later moving to New York where she earned degrees in music at Columbia University and Lehman College. As a pianist, composer, and music educator, Dona directs large and small bands and groups, composes and arranges original pieces, and performs in a variety of venues – both in the U.S. and abroad - often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She also works with and mentors performing arts students of all ages. WHCR plays her music on Sunday Jazz Break, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon Fenner featured her single release We Share One World, sung by Arezer II. Dona’s music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. Dona says, "Playing piano at Bryant Park is great."

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Monday, June 15, 2015

A Note on Daryl Sherman

Equally at home in the world of jazz and cabaret, singer/pianist Daryl Sherman is internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria where she played Cole Porter's Steinway. Sherman has performed at The Algonquin's Oak Room, being touted "someone who fits the room like Derek Jeter fits the Yankees" (Village Voice). She has also performed at Feinstein's, Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy's Coca Cola and 59E59, where she's been lauded for her band singer role in a centennial tribute to Artie Shaw. She was presented the 2010 MAC Award "Best Major Recording" for her Johnny Mercer Centennial CD, which was used in a Mercer documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. She is a frequent guest and guest host on Marian McPartland's NPR Piano Jazz. Her annual UK tours include Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, plus jazz festivals and Arts Centers in Wales, Scotland, and Holland. Daryl's latest CB, Mississippi Belle, presents Cole Porter songs with a New Orleans slant. Jonathan Schwartz has commented on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, "...the wonderful singer/pianist Daryl Sherman travels the world with our music. She is indispensable."

Hear Daryl Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Note on Daryl Sherman

Equally at home in the world of jazz and cabaret, singer/pianist Daryl Sherman is internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria where she played Cole Porter's Steinway. Sherman has performed at The Algonquin's Oak Room, being touted "someone who fits the room like Derek Jeter fits the Yankees" (Village Voice). She has also performed at Feinstein's, Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy's Coca Cola and 59E59, where she's been lauded for her band singer role in a centennial tribute to Artie Shaw. She was presented the 2010 MAC Award "Best Major Recording" for her Johnny Mercer Centennial CD, which was used in a Mercer documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. She is a frequent guest and guest host on Marian McPartland's NPR Piano Jazz. Her annual UK tours include Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, plus jazz festivals and Arts Centers in Wales, Scotland, and Holland. Daryl's latest CB, Mississippi Belle, presents Cole Porter songs with a New Orleans slant. Jonathan Schwartz has commented on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, "...the wonderful singer/pianist Daryl Sherman travels the world with our music. She is indispensable."

Hear Daryl Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Note on Daryl Sherman

Equally at home in the world of jazz and cabaret, singer/pianist Daryl Sherman is internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria where she played Cole Porter's Steinway. Sherman has performed at The Algonquin's Oak Room, being touted "someone who fits the room like Derek Jeter fits the Yankees" (Village Voice). She has also performed at Feinstein's, Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy's Coca Cola and 59E59, where she's been lauded for her band singer role in a centennial tribute to Artie Shaw. She was presented the 2010 MAC Award "Best Major Recording" for her Johnny Mercer Centennial CD, which was used in a Mercer documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. She is a frequent guest and guest host on Marian McPartland's NPR Piano Jazz. Her annual UK tours include Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, plus jazz festivals and Arts Centers in Wales, Scotland, and Holland. Daryl's latest CB, Mississippi Belle, presents Cole Porter songs with a New Orleans slant. Jonathan Schwartz has commented on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, "...the wonderful singer/pianist Daryl Sherman travels the world with our music. She is indispensable."

Hear Daryl Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Note on Daryl Sherman

Equally at home in the world of jazz and cabaret, singer/pianist Daryl Sherman is internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria where she played Cole Porter's Steinway. Sherman has performed at The Algonquin's Oak Room, being touted "someone who fits the room like Derek Jeter fits the Yankees" (Village Voice). She has also performed at Feinstein's, Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy's Coca Cola and 59E59, where she's been lauded for her band singer role in a centennial tribute to Artie Shaw. She was presented the 2010 MAC Award "Best Major Recording" for her Johnny Mercer Centennial CD, which was used in a Mercer documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. She is a frequent guest and guest host on Marian McPartland's NPR Piano Jazz. Her annual UK tours include Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, plus jazz festivals and Arts Centers in Wales, Scotland, and Holland. Daryl's latest CB, Mississippi Belle, presents Cole Porter songs with a New Orleans slant. Jonathan Schwartz has commented on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, "...the wonderful singer/pianist Daryl Sherman travels the world with our music. She is indispensable."

Hear Daryl Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Friday, June 19, 2015

A Note on Daryl Sherman

Equally at home in the world of jazz and cabaret, singer/pianist Daryl Sherman is internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria where she played Cole Porter's Steinway. Sherman has performed at The Algonquin's Oak Room, being touted "someone who fits the room like Derek Jeter fits the Yankees" (Village Voice). She has also performed at Feinstein's, Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy's Coca Cola and 59E59, where she's been lauded for her band singer role in a centennial tribute to Artie Shaw. She was presented the 2010 MAC Award "Best Major Recording" for her Johnny Mercer Centennial CD, which was used in a Mercer documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. She is a frequent guest and guest host on Marian McPartland's NPR Piano Jazz. Her annual UK tours include Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, plus jazz festivals and Arts Centers in Wales, Scotland, and Holland. Daryl's latest CB, Mississippi Belle, presents Cole Porter songs with a New Orleans slant. Jonathan Schwartz has commented on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, "...the wonderful singer/pianist Daryl Sherman travels the world with our music. She is indispensable."

Hear Daryl Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Monday, June 22, 2015

A Note on Joel Forrester:

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol.

Hear Joel Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Note on Joel Forrester:

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol.

Hear Joel Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Note on Joel Forrester:

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Note on Joel Forrester:

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

A Note on Joel Forrester:

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol.

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Jazz Center of New York
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Monday, June 29, 2015

A Note on Luiz Simas

Brazilian/American pianist Luiz Simas is a versatile performer who feels totally at ease with both the music of his native Brazil and the American genres of jazz, ragtime and stride. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD, Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, was released by Lydjul Music in 2011.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Note on Luiz Simas

Brazilian/American pianist Luiz Simas is a versatile performer who feels totally at ease with both the music of his native Brazil and the American genres of jazz, ragtime and stride. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD, Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, was released by Lydjul Music in 2011.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Note on Luiz Simas

Brazilian/American pianist Luiz Simas is a versatile performer who feels totally at ease with both the music of his native Brazil and the American genres of jazz, ragtime and stride. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD, Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, was released by Lydjul Music in 2011.

Hear Luiz Play!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Note on Luiz Simas

Brazilian/American pianist Luiz Simas is a versatile performer who feels totally at ease with both the music of his native Brazil and the American genres of jazz, ragtime and stride. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD, Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, was released by Lydjul Music in 2011.

Hear Luiz Play!

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Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
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Friday, July 3, 2015

A Note on Luiz Simas

Brazilian/American pianist Luiz Simas is a versatile performer who feels totally at ease with both the music of his native Brazil and the American genres of jazz, ragtime and stride. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD, Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, was released by Lydjul Music in 2011.

Hear Luiz Play!

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Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Monday, July 6, 2015

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

Hear Jon Play!

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Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

Hear Jon Play!

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Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
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Friday, July 10, 2015

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

Hear Jon Play!

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Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
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Monday, July 13, 2015

A Note on Russ Kassoff

"Visit the deli wall of fame to see what I've really done"

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes and private parties. In 2015 Russ continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno and will appear once again as Pianist/Conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte in 2016! Currently he's working on producing/music directing a wonderful recording project for AnythingGoesRadio.com host and executive producer - Lise Avery's CD debut! In 2014 Russ was the Leader of the "House Band" for Wall to Wall Symphony Space featuring countless terrific performers - free to the folks of NYC! In 2012 he was music director for a most touching gala event for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops in memory of Marvin Hamlisch. In 2010 he was the Conductor/Pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19- piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra. Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98. Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91- including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli. He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from '82 -'01 and Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00). In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR. Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a regularly featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli! (Next appearance there is June 20 and 21 with acclaimed bassist Jay Anderson (Jay appears on the 2013 Grammy Award Winning Best Classical Album with Dawn Upshaw!). His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in their top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 26, 2014 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured.

My new Facebook Fan Page

"You are the best." - Frank Sinatra, '87

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Jazz Center of New York
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Note on Russ Kassoff

"Visit the deli wall of fame to see what I've really done"

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes and private parties. In 2015 Russ continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno and will appear once again as Pianist/Conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte in 2016! Currently he's working on producing/music directing a wonderful recording project for AnythingGoesRadio.com host and executive producer - Lise Avery's CD debut! In 2014 Russ was the Leader of the "House Band" for Wall to Wall Symphony Space featuring countless terrific performers - free to the folks of NYC! In 2012 he was music director for a most touching gala event for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops in memory of Marvin Hamlisch. In 2010 he was the Conductor/Pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19- piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra. Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98. Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91- including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli. He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from '82 -'01 and Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00). In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR. Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a regularly featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli! (Next appearance there is June 20 and 21 with acclaimed bassist Jay Anderson (Jay appears on the 2013 Grammy Award Winning Best Classical Album with Dawn Upshaw!). His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in their top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 26, 2014 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured.

My new Facebook Fan Page

"You are the best." - Frank Sinatra, '87

Hear Russ Play!

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Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Note on Russ Kassoff

"Visit the deli wall of fame to see what I've really done"

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes and private parties. In 2015 Russ continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno and will appear once again as Pianist/Conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte in 2016! Currently he's working on producing/music directing a wonderful recording project for AnythingGoesRadio.com host and executive producer - Lise Avery's CD debut! In 2014 Russ was the Leader of the "House Band" for Wall to Wall Symphony Space featuring countless terrific performers - free to the folks of NYC! In 2012 he was music director for a most touching gala event for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops in memory of Marvin Hamlisch. In 2010 he was the Conductor/Pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19- piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra. Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98. Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91- including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli. He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from '82 -'01 and Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00). In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR. Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a regularly featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli! (Next appearance there is June 20 and 21 with acclaimed bassist Jay Anderson (Jay appears on the 2013 Grammy Award Winning Best Classical Album with Dawn Upshaw!). His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in their top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 26, 2014 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured.

My new Facebook Fan Page

"You are the best." - Frank Sinatra, '87

Hear Russ Play!

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Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Note on Russ Kassoff

"Visit the deli wall of fame to see what I've really done"

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes and private parties. In 2015 Russ continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno and will appear once again as Pianist/Conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte in 2016! Currently he's working on producing/music directing a wonderful recording project for AnythingGoesRadio.com host and executive producer - Lise Avery's CD debut! In 2014 Russ was the Leader of the "House Band" for Wall to Wall Symphony Space featuring countless terrific performers - free to the folks of NYC! In 2012 he was music director for a most touching gala event for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops in memory of Marvin Hamlisch. In 2010 he was the Conductor/Pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19- piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra. Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98. Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91- including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli. He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from '82 -'01 and Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00). In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR. Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a regularly featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli! (Next appearance there is June 20 and 21 with acclaimed bassist Jay Anderson (Jay appears on the 2013 Grammy Award Winning Best Classical Album with Dawn Upshaw!). His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in their top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 26, 2014 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured.

My new Facebook Fan Page

"You are the best." - Frank Sinatra, '87

Hear Russ Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund

 
Friday, July 17, 2015

A Note on Russ Kassoff

"Visit the deli wall of fame to see what I've really done"

Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes and private parties. In 2015 Russ continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno and will appear once again as Pianist/Conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte in 2016! Currently he's working on producing/music directing a wonderful recording project for AnythingGoesRadio.com host and executive producer - Lise Avery's CD debut! In 2014 Russ was the Leader of the "House Band" for Wall to Wall Symphony Space featuring countless terrific performers - free to the folks of NYC! In 2012 he was music director for a most touching gala event for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops in memory of Marvin Hamlisch. In 2010 he was the Conductor/Pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19- piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra. Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98. Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91- including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli. He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from '82 -'01 and Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00). In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR. Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a regularly featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli! (Next appearance there is June 20 and 21 with acclaimed bassist Jay Anderson (Jay appears on the 2013 Grammy Award Winning Best Classical Album with Dawn Upshaw!). His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in their top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 26, 2014 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured.

My new Facebook Fan Page

"You are the best." - Frank Sinatra, '87

Hear Russ Play!

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
Music Performance Trust Fund