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 2, 2016

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 MarsalisHis 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Joel Forrester’s 70th Birthday (May 2, 2016)

Produced in partnership with: 
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 3, 2016

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 MarsalisHis 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Joel Forrester’s 70th Birthday (May 2, 2016)

Produced in partnership with: 
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 4, 2016

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 MarsalisHis 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Joel Forrester’s 70th Birthday (May 2, 2016)

Produced in partnership with: 
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 5, 2016

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 MarsalisHis 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Joel Forrester’s 70th Birthday (May 2, 2016)

Produced in partnership with: 
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 6, 2016

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 MarsalisHis 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

Hear Terry Play!

Joel Forrester’s 70th Birthday (May 2, 2016)

Produced in partnership with: 
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 9, 2016

A Note on Deanna Witkowski:

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR's Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, "If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski's latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com). 

Hear Deanna 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 10, 2016

A Note on Deanna Witkowski:

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR's Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, "If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski's latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com). 

Hear Deanna 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 11, 2016

A Note on Deanna Witkowski:

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR's Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, "If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski's latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com). 

Hear Deanna 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 12, 2016

A Note on Deanna Witkowski:

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR's Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, "If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski's latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com). 

Hear Deanna 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 13, 2016

A Note on Deanna Witkowski:

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR's Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, "If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski's latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com). 

Hear Deanna 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 16, 2016

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. Armen is also a Fulbright Scholar, educator, author and producer of 13 acclaimed recordings.

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 17, 2016

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. Armen is also a Fulbright Scholar, educator, author and producer of 13 acclaimed recordings.

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 18, 2016

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. Armen is also a Fulbright Scholar, educator, author and producer of 13 acclaimed recordings.

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 19, 2016

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. Armen is also a Fulbright Scholar, educator, author and producer of 13 acclaimed recordings.

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 20, 2016

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. Armen is also a Fulbright Scholar, educator, author and producer of 13 acclaimed recordings.

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 23, 2016

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

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, May 24, 2016

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

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, May 25, 2016

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

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, May 26, 2016

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

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, May 27, 2016

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

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, May 30, 2016

A Note on Bertha: 

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. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha 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 31, 2016

A Note on Bertha: 

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. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha 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, June 1, 2016

A Note on Bertha: 

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. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha 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, June 2, 2016

A Note on Bertha: 

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. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha 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, June 3, 2016

A Note on Bertha: 

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. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD – both to be released this Fall. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha 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 6, 2016

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

Dona Carter has been active as a pianist, composer and music educator in the New York area for many years.  She has written and arranged music for large and small ensembles, often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She is affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and is also a Steinway Educational Partner.

Dona Carter is originally from Hartford Connecticut, where she attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music. Once in New York she continued music studies and earned degrees in music at Barnard College, Columbia University and also at Lehman College. She has performed in a variety of venues from Town Hall and Lincoln Center to CUNY Graduate Center’s Recital Hall.  Along the way there were many local clubs and cafes where she’s delighted the audiences with her lyrical piano style. She mentors performing arts students of all ages, recently as music director of an adaptation of Fame. Dona Carter has several CDs featuring many of her original compositions which are available at CD Baby, YouTube and iTunes. Show host Lamon Fenner has interviewed her on WHCR’s Sunday Jazz Break at 8, where her music is often played.

She recently joined Riverside Church’s Inspirational Gospel Choir which has over fifty members. According to Dona “playing piano at Bryant Park is one of the highlights of my summer -- it’s a joy!”


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 7, 2016

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

Dona Carter has been active as a pianist, composer and music educator in the New York area for many years.  She has written and arranged music for large and small ensembles, often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She is affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and is also a Steinway Educational Partner.

Dona Carter is originally from Hartford Connecticut, where she attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music. Once in New York she continued music studies and earned degrees in music at Barnard College, Columbia University and also at Lehman College. She has performed in a variety of venues from Town Hall and Lincoln Center to CUNY Graduate Center’s Recital Hall.  Along the way there were many local clubs and cafes where she’s delighted the audiences with her lyrical piano style. She mentors performing arts students of all ages, recently as music director of an adaptation of Fame. Dona Carter has several CDs featuring many of her original compositions which are available at CD Baby, YouTube and iTunes. Show host Lamon Fenner has interviewed her on WHCR’s Sunday Jazz Break at 8, where her music is often played.

She recently joined Riverside Church’s Inspirational Gospel Choir which has over fifty members. According to Dona “playing piano at Bryant Park is one of the highlights of my summer -- it’s a joy!”


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 8, 2016

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

Dona Carter has been active as a pianist, composer and music educator in the New York area for many years.  She has written and arranged music for large and small ensembles, often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She is affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and is also a Steinway Educational Partner.

Dona Carter is originally from Hartford Connecticut, where she attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music. Once in New York she continued music studies and earned degrees in music at Barnard College, Columbia University and also at Lehman College. She has performed in a variety of venues from Town Hall and Lincoln Center to CUNY Graduate Center’s Recital Hall.  Along the way there were many local clubs and cafes where she’s delighted the audiences with her lyrical piano style. She mentors performing arts students of all ages, recently as music director of an adaptation of Fame. Dona Carter has several CDs featuring many of her original compositions which are available at CD Baby, YouTube and iTunes. Show host Lamon Fenner has interviewed her on WHCR’s Sunday Jazz Break at 8, where her music is often played.

She recently joined Riverside Church’s Inspirational Gospel Choir which has over fifty members. According to Dona “playing piano at Bryant Park is one of the highlights of my summer -- it’s a joy!”


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 9, 2016

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

Dona Carter has been active as a pianist, composer and music educator in the New York area for many years.  She has written and arranged music for large and small ensembles, often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She is affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and is also a Steinway Educational Partner.

Dona Carter is originally from Hartford Connecticut, where she attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music. Once in New York she continued music studies and earned degrees in music at Barnard College, Columbia University and also at Lehman College. She has performed in a variety of venues from Town Hall and Lincoln Center to CUNY Graduate Center’s Recital Hall.  Along the way there were many local clubs and cafes where she’s delighted the audiences with her lyrical piano style. She mentors performing arts students of all ages, recently as music director of an adaptation of Fame. Dona Carter has several CDs featuring many of her original compositions which are available at CD Baby, YouTube and iTunes. Show host Lamon Fenner has interviewed her on WHCR’s Sunday Jazz Break at 8, where her music is often played.

She recently joined Riverside Church’s Inspirational Gospel Choir which has over fifty members. According to Dona “playing piano at Bryant Park is one of the highlights of my summer -- it’s a joy!”


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 10, 2016

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

Dona Carter has been active as a pianist, composer and music educator in the New York area for many years.  She has written and arranged music for large and small ensembles, often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. She is affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and is also a Steinway Educational Partner.

Dona Carter is originally from Hartford Connecticut, where she attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music. Once in New York she continued music studies and earned degrees in music at Barnard College, Columbia University and also at Lehman College. She has performed in a variety of venues from Town Hall and Lincoln Center to CUNY Graduate Center’s Recital Hall.  Along the way there were many local clubs and cafes where she’s delighted the audiences with her lyrical piano style. She mentors performing arts students of all ages, recently as music director of an adaptation of Fame. Dona Carter has several CDs featuring many of her original compositions which are available at CD Baby, YouTube and iTunes. Show host Lamon Fenner has interviewed her on WHCR’s Sunday Jazz Break at 8, where her music is often played.

She recently joined Riverside Church’s Inspirational Gospel Choir which has over fifty members. According to Dona “playing piano at Bryant Park is one of the highlights of my summer -- it’s a joy!”


Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores 
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Monday, June 13, 2016

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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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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 16, 2016

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!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

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!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

A Note on Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Japan will be added to his list of worldwide performances in July. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags;Keyboard Classics for Children24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. Honoroing his extensive carreer in Advertising, Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2010. Hear him on Youtube.com at #royeaton.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Note on Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Japan will be added to his list of worldwide performances in July. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags;Keyboard Classics for Children24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. Honoroing his extensive carreer in Advertising, Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2010. Hear him on Youtube.com at #royeaton.

Hear Roy Play!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Note on Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Japan will be added to his list of worldwide performances in July. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags;Keyboard Classics for Children24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. Honoroing his extensive carreer in Advertising, Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2010. Hear him on Youtube.com at #royeaton.

Hear Roy Play!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Note on Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Japan will be added to his list of worldwide performances in July. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags;Keyboard Classics for Children24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. Honoroing his extensive carreer in Advertising, Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2010. Hear him on Youtube.com at #royeaton.

Hear Roy Play!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

A Note on Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Japan will be added to his list of worldwide performances in July. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags;Keyboard Classics for Children24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. Honoroing his extensive carreer in Advertising, Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2010. Hear him on Youtube.com at #royeaton.

Hear Roy Play!

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Monday, June 27, 2016

A Note on Larry Ham

Jazz pianist and composer Larry Ham tours and records with many of today's top jazz artists, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in Japan, Russia, and West Africa. David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, "He glides over the keys, with every note articulated cleanly... his playing is masterful."

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Note on Larry Ham

Jazz pianist and composer Larry Ham tours and records with many of today's top jazz artists, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in Japan, Russia, and West Africa. David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, "He glides over the keys, with every note articulated cleanly... his playing is masterful."

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Note on Larry Ham

Jazz pianist and composer Larry Ham tours and records with many of today's top jazz artists, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in Japan, Russia, and West Africa. David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, "He glides over the keys, with every note articulated cleanly... his playing is masterful."

Hear Larry Play!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Note on Larry Ham

Jazz pianist and composer Larry Ham tours and records with many of today's top jazz artists, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in Japan, Russia, and West Africa. David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, "He glides over the keys, with every note articulated cleanly... his playing is masterful."

Hear Larry Play!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

A Note on Larry Ham

Jazz pianist and composer Larry Ham tours and records with many of today's top jazz artists, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in Japan, Russia, and West Africa. David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, "He glides over the keys, with every note articulated cleanly... his playing is masterful."

Hear Larry Play!

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Monday, July 4, 2016

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 as “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 CD,Mississippi Belle,presents Cole Porter songswith aNew 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." 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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 as “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 CD,Mississippi Belle,presents Cole Porter songswith aNew 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!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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 as “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 CD,Mississippi Belle,presents Cole Porter songswith aNew 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!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

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!

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Jazz Center of New York
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Friday, July 8, 2016

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 as “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 CD,Mississippi Belle,presents Cole Porter songswith aNew 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!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

 

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 as “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 CD,Mississippi Belle,presents Cole Porter songswith aNew 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!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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 13, 2016

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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Thursday, July 14, 2016

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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Friday, July 15, 2016

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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Monday, July 18, 2016

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

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

Hear Russ Play!

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Jazz Center of New York
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

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

Hear Russ Play!

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Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

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

Hear Russ Play!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

"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 22, 2016

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

"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

 
Monday, July 25, 2016

A Note on Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac 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, July 26, 2016

A Note on Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac 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, July 27, 2016

A Note on Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac 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, July 28, 2016

A Note on Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac 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 29, 2016

A Note on Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac 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, August 1, 2016

A Note on Dan Manjovi
www.facebook.com/dan.manjovi
twitter.com/danmanjovi

Dan Manjovi is an award-winning musician, singer and composer, and a New York favorite. His song Somethin's Comin' My Way is featured in the film and soundtrack to the 2009 Oscar-award winning Lionsgate film Precious. His songs, music, and arrangements have been performed by Grace Hightower, Michael Feinstein, and Donna Summer, among others. As a solo artist singer/songwriter he has released several albums and compilations, Dan Manjovi , and Woke Up This Morning, among others. His new single, “There Is No One More Beautiful” was recently released on iTunes. As a featured performer of his music, Dan has appeared alongside such notable artists as John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint. As an actor, singer and theater artist, Dan has performed at some of the country’s top regional theaters, including Denver Center Theater Company and Arizona Theater Company.  Here in New York City, you can find Dan performing in concert at leading music venues, most recently at 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Carlyle, and The Bitter End.  Dan is currently appearing in T. Cat Ford’s How To Be An American, a new musical cabaret about New York’s famous (and infamous) Tammany Hall. And, following two enormously successful Lab productions in 2015, this season the Amas Musical Theatre company will present a brand new production of Dan's wonderful new musical, I AM, I WILL, I DO, for which he has written the book, music, and lyrics.  An educator in the performing arts, Dan currently teaches voice and performance technique to vocal students at all levels, both in weekly group classes and privately. Dan is delighted to return once again to The Piano in Bryant Park series to perform in his favorite New York City Park! 

Hear Dan 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, August 2, 2016

A Note on Dan Manjovi
www.facebook.com/dan.manjovi
twitter.com/danmanjovi

Dan Manjovi is an award-winning musician, singer and composer, and a New York favorite. His song Somethin's Comin' My Way is featured in the film and soundtrack to the 2009 Oscar-award winning Lionsgate film Precious. His songs, music, and arrangements have been performed by Grace Hightower, Michael Feinstein, and Donna Summer, among others. As a solo artist singer/songwriter he has released several albums and compilations, Dan Manjovi , and Woke Up This Morning, among others. His new single, “There Is No One More Beautiful” was recently released on iTunes. As a featured performer of his music, Dan has appeared alongside such notable artists as John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint. As an actor, singer and theater artist, Dan has performed at some of the country’s top regional theaters, including Denver Center Theater Company and Arizona Theater Company.  Here in New York City, you can find Dan performing in concert at leading music venues, most recently at 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Carlyle, and The Bitter End.  Dan is currently appearing in T. Cat Ford’s How To Be An American, a new musical cabaret about New York’s famous (and infamous) Tammany Hall. And, following two enormously successful Lab productions in 2015, this season the Amas Musical Theatre company will present a brand new production of Dan's wonderful new musical, I AM, I WILL, I DO, for which he has written the book, music, and lyrics.  An educator in the performing arts, Dan currently teaches voice and performance technique to vocal students at all levels, both in weekly group classes and privately. Dan is delighted to return once again to The Piano in Bryant Park series to perform in his favorite New York City Park! 

Hear Dan 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, August 3, 2016

A Note on Dan Manjovi
www.facebook.com/dan.manjovi
twitter.com/danmanjovi

Dan Manjovi is an award-winning musician, singer and composer, and a New York favorite. His song Somethin's Comin' My Way is featured in the film and soundtrack to the 2009 Oscar-award winning Lionsgate film Precious. His songs, music, and arrangements have been performed by Grace Hightower, Michael Feinstein, and Donna Summer, among others. As a solo artist singer/songwriter he has released several albums and compilations, Dan Manjovi , and Woke Up This Morning, among others. His new single, “There Is No One More Beautiful” was recently released on iTunes. As a featured performer of his music, Dan has appeared alongside such notable artists as John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint. As an actor, singer and theater artist, Dan has performed at some of the country’s top regional theaters, including Denver Center Theater Company and Arizona Theater Company.  Here in New York City, you can find Dan performing in concert at leading music venues, most recently at 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Carlyle, and The Bitter End.  Dan is currently appearing in T. Cat Ford’s How To Be An American, a new musical cabaret about New York’s famous (and infamous) Tammany Hall. And, following two enormously successful Lab productions in 2015, this season the Amas Musical Theatre company will present a brand new production of Dan's wonderful new musical, I AM, I WILL, I DO, for which he has written the book, music, and lyrics.  An educator in the performing arts, Dan currently teaches voice and performance technique to vocal students at all levels, both in weekly group classes and privately. Dan is delighted to return once again to The Piano in Bryant Park series to perform in his favorite New York City Park! 

Hear Dan 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, August 4, 2016

 

A Note on Dan Manjovi
www.facebook.com/dan.manjovi
twitter.com/danmanjovi

Dan Manjovi is an award-winning musician, singer and composer, and a New York favorite. His song Somethin's Comin' My Way is featured in the film and soundtrack to the 2009 Oscar-award winning Lionsgate film Precious. His songs, music, and arrangements have been performed by Grace Hightower, Michael Feinstein, and Donna Summer, among others. As a solo artist singer/songwriter he has released several albums and compilations, Dan Manjovi , and Woke Up This Morning, among others. His new single, “There Is No One More Beautiful” was recently released on iTunes. As a featured performer of his music, Dan has appeared alongside such notable artists as John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint. As an actor, singer and theater artist, Dan has performed at some of the country’s top regional theaters, including Denver Center Theater Company and Arizona Theater Company.  Here in New York City, you can find Dan performing in concert at leading music venues, most recently at 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Carlyle, and The Bitter End.  Dan is currently appearing in T. Cat Ford’s How To Be An American, a new musical cabaret about New York’s famous (and infamous) Tammany Hall. And, following two enormously successful Lab productions in 2015, this season the Amas Musical Theatre company will present a brand new production of Dan's wonderful new musical, I AM, I WILL, I DO, for which he has written the book, music, and lyrics.  An educator in the performing arts, Dan currently teaches voice and performance technique to vocal students at all levels, both in weekly group classes and privately. Dan is delighted to return once again to The Piano in Bryant Park series to perform in his favorite New York City Park! 

Hear Dan 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, August 5, 2016

A Note on Dan Manjovi
www.facebook.com/dan.manjovi
twitter.com/danmanjovi

Dan Manjovi is an award-winning musician, singer and composer, and a New York favorite. His song Somethin's Comin' My Way is featured in the film and soundtrack to the 2009 Oscar-award winning Lionsgate film Precious. His songs, music, and arrangements have been performed by Grace Hightower, Michael Feinstein, and Donna Summer, among others. As a solo artist singer/songwriter he has released several albums and compilations, Dan Manjovi , and Woke Up This Morning, among others. His new single, “There Is No One More Beautiful” was recently released on iTunes. As a featured performer of his music, Dan has appeared alongside such notable artists as John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint. As an actor, singer and theater artist, Dan has performed at some of the country’s top regional theaters, including Denver Center Theater Company and Arizona Theater Company.  Here in New York City, you can find Dan performing in concert at leading music venues, most recently at 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Carlyle, and The Bitter End.  Dan is currently appearing in T. Cat Ford’s How To Be An American, a new musical cabaret about New York’s famous (and infamous) Tammany Hall. And, following two enormously successful Lab productions in 2015, this season the Amas Musical Theatre company will present a brand new production of Dan's wonderful new musical, I AM, I WILL, I DO, for which he has written the book, music, and lyrics.  An educator in the performing arts, Dan currently teaches voice and performance technique to vocal students at all levels, both in weekly group classes and privately. Dan is delighted to return once again to The Piano in Bryant Park series to perform in his favorite New York City Park! 

Hear Dan 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, August 8, 2016


A Note on Ayako Shirasaki:

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell)  -which can be heard on her recent piano trio CD Some Other Time.

Hear Ayako 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, August 9, 2016


A Note on Ayako Shirasaki:

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell)  -which can be heard on her recent piano trio CD Some Other Time.

Hear Ayako 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, August 10, 2016


A Note on Ayako Shirasaki:

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell)  -which can be heard on her recent piano trio CD Some Other Time.

Hear Ayako 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, August 11, 2016

A Note on Ayako Shirasaki:

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell)  -which can be heard on her recent piano trio CD Some Other Time.

Hear Ayako 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, August 12, 2016


A Note on Ayako Shirasaki:

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell)  -which can be heard on her recent piano trio CD Some Other Time.

Hear Ayako 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, August 15, 2016

A Note on Victor Lin

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

*Happy Birthday Russ Kassoff (August 28)

Hear Victor 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, August 16, 2016

A Note on Victor Lin

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

*Happy Birthday Russ Kassoff (August 28)

Hear Victor 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, August 17, 2016

A Note on Victor Lin

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

*Happy Birthday Russ Kassoff (August 28)

Hear Victor 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, August 18, 2016

A Note on Victor Lin

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

*Happy Birthday Russ Kassoff (August 28)

Hear Victor 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, August 19, 2016

A Note on Victor Lin

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

*Happy Birthday Russ Kassoff (August 28)

Hear Victor 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, August 22, 2016

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

"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

 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

"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

 
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

"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

 
Thursday, August 25, 2016

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

"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, August 26, 2016

 

A Note on Russ Kassoff

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 19 & 20 with world renowned bassist David Finck, and September 11 & 12 with jazz bassist extraordinaire 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 the top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 22 Russ’s trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums will perform in concert at 1PM at Saint Peters Church at the Citicorp Center as part of the fabulous Midday Jazz series produced by NY legend Ronny Whyte.  On July 25, 2015 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! http://Jazzpa.org/ Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured. 

"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

 
Monday, August 29, 2016

***Happy Birthday Frank – September 1, 2016***

Frank Owens (Pianist/Arranger/Composer/Musical Director) has had a career in virtually all aspects of the music profession. His television credits include the First David Letterman Show in 1980 and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. He received a gold record for the rhythm concept of Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree. In addition to Tony Orlando, he has worked with a diverse array of singers including Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Chubby Checker, Petula Clark, and Lena Horne. On Broadway, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Sophisticated Ladies. Mr. Owens hosts an open mic every Friday evening, 7:00 to 10:30pm at Margrave House, 111 W. 71st Street, New York City. 

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, August 30, 2016

***Happy Birthday Frank – September 1, 2016***

Frank Owens (Pianist/Arranger/Composer/Musical Director) has had a career in virtually all aspects of the music profession. His television credits include the First David Letterman Show in 1980 and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. He received a gold record for the rhythm concept of Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree. In addition to Tony Orlando, he has worked with a diverse array of singers including Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Chubby Checker, Petula Clark, and Lena Horne. On Broadway, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Sophisticated Ladies. Mr. Owens hosts an open mic every Friday evening, 7:00 to 10:30pm at Margrave House, 111 W. 71st Street, New York City. 

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, August 31, 2016

***Happy Birthday Frank – September 1, 2016***

Frank Owens (Pianist/Arranger/Composer/Musical Director) has had a career in virtually all aspects of the music profession. His television credits include the First David Letterman Show in 1980 and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. He received a gold record for the rhythm concept of Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree. In addition to Tony Orlando, he has worked with a diverse array of singers including Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Chubby Checker, Petula Clark, and Lena Horne. On Broadway, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Sophisticated Ladies. Mr. Owens hosts an open mic every Friday evening, 7:00 to 10:30pm at Margrave House, 111 W. 71st Street, New York City. 

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, September 1, 2016

***Happy Birthday Frank – September 1, 2016***

Frank Owens (Pianist/Arranger/Composer/Musical Director) has had a career in virtually all aspects of the music profession. His television credits include the First David Letterman Show in 1980 and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. He received a gold record for the rhythm concept of Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree. In addition to Tony Orlando, he has worked with a diverse array of singers including Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Chubby Checker, Petula Clark, and Lena Horne. On Broadway, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Sophisticated Ladies. Mr. Owens hosts an open mic every Friday evening, 7:00 to 10:30pm at Margrave House, 111 W. 71st Street, New York City. 

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, September 2, 2016

***Happy Birthday Frank – September 1, 2016***

Frank Owens (Pianist/Arranger/Composer/Musical Director) has had a career in virtually all aspects of the music profession. His television credits include the First David Letterman Show in 1980 and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. He received a gold record for the rhythm concept of Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree. In addition to Tony Orlando, he has worked with a diverse array of singers including Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Chubby Checker, Petula Clark, and Lena Horne. On Broadway, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Sophisticated Ladies. Mr. Owens hosts an open mic every Friday evening, 7:00 to 10:30pm at Margrave House, 111 W. 71st Street, New York City. 

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, September 5, 2016

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, September 6, 2016

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, September 7, 2016

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, September 8, 2016

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, September 9, 2016

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, September 12, 2016

A Note on Luiz Simas:

Brazilian/American 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 and ragtime. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD is Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, released by Lydjul Music.

Hear Luiz 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, September 13, 2016

A Note on Luiz Simas:

Brazilian/American 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 and ragtime. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD is Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, released by Lydjul Music.

Hear Luiz 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, September 14, 2016

A Note on Luiz Simas:

Brazilian/American 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 and ragtime. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD is Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, released by Lydjul Music.

Hear Luiz 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, September 15, 2016

A Note on Luiz Simas:

Brazilian/American 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 and ragtime. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD is Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, released by Lydjul Music.

Hear Luiz 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, September 16, 2016

A Note on Luiz Simas:

Brazilian/American 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 and ragtime. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant", and his music as "fresh, smart and witty". His latest CD is Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite, released by Lydjul Music.

Hear Luiz 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, September 19, 2016

www.cdbaby.com/cd/yuka
http://yadream.es.land.to

"Yuka is a dedicated pianist/composer with worlds of talent." - Jimmy Heath

Pianist and composer Yuka Aikawa began playing piano at the age of five in her native country, Japan. She studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she received her M.A. in jazz performance under the guidance of Sir Roland HannaandJimmy Heath. During this time, she received the prestigious Michael Feinstein Award for “Outstanding Talent.” When not at Bryant Park, you can hear Yuka at various Jazz clubs in and around the New York area - including the Blue Note, Kitano Hotel, and Birdland Jazz Club, as an accompanist for the jazz choir - the Lance Hayward Singers, or on Carline Ray's beautiful album Vocal Sides, produced by Catherine Russell (www.facebook.com/CarlineRay). Yuka's new trio album, Clouds and Water, a tribute to Sir Roland Hanna, has been released in Japan, where she will be touring this fall.

Hear Yuka 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, September 20, 2016

www.cdbaby.com/cd/yuka
http://yadream.es.land.to

"Yuka is a dedicated pianist/composer with worlds of talent." - Jimmy Heath

Pianist and composer Yuka Aikawa began playing piano at the age of five in her native country, Japan. She studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she received her M.A. in jazz performance under the guidance of Sir Roland HannaandJimmy Heath. During this time, she received the prestigious Michael Feinstein Award for “Outstanding Talent.” When not at Bryant Park, you can hear Yuka at various Jazz clubs in and around the New York area - including the Blue Note, Kitano Hotel, and Birdland Jazz Club, as an accompanist for the jazz choir - the Lance Hayward Singers, or on Carline Ray's beautiful album Vocal Sides, produced by Catherine Russell (www.facebook.com/CarlineRay). Yuka's new trio album, Clouds and Water, a tribute to Sir Roland Hanna, has been released in Japan, where she will be touring this fall.

Hear Yuka 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, September 21, 2016

www.cdbaby.com/cd/yuka
http://yadream.es.land.to

"Yuka is a dedicated pianist/composer with worlds of talent." - Jimmy Heath

Pianist and composer Yuka Aikawa began playing piano at the age of five in her native country, Japan. She studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she received her M.A. in jazz performance under the guidance of Sir Roland HannaandJimmy Heath. During this time, she received the prestigious Michael Feinstein Award for “Outstanding Talent.” When not at Bryant Park, you can hear Yuka at various Jazz clubs in and around the New York area - including the Blue Note, Kitano Hotel, and Birdland Jazz Club, as an accompanist for the jazz choir - the Lance Hayward Singers, or on Carline Ray's beautiful album Vocal Sides, produced by Catherine Russell (www.facebook.com/CarlineRay). Yuka's new trio album, Clouds and Water, a tribute to Sir Roland Hanna, has been released in Japan, where she will be touring this fall.

Hear Yuka 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, September 22, 2016

www.cdbaby.com/cd/yuka
http://yadream.es.land.to

"Yuka is a dedicated pianist/composer with worlds of talent." - Jimmy Heath

Pianist and composer Yuka Aikawa began playing piano at the age of five in her native country, Japan. She studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she received her M.A. in jazz performance under the guidance of Sir Roland HannaandJimmy Heath. During this time, she received the prestigious Michael Feinstein Award for “Outstanding Talent.” When not at Bryant Park, you can hear Yuka at various Jazz clubs in and around the New York area - including the Blue Note, Kitano Hotel, and Birdland Jazz Club, as an accompanist for the jazz choir - the Lance Hayward Singers, or on Carline Ray's beautiful album Vocal Sides, produced by Catherine Russell (www.facebook.com/CarlineRay). Yuka's new trio album, Clouds and Water, a tribute to Sir Roland Hanna, has been released in Japan, where she will be touring this fall.

Hear Yuka 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, September 23, 2016

www.cdbaby.com/cd/yuka
http://yadream.es.land.to

"Yuka is a dedicated pianist/composer with worlds of talent." - Jimmy Heath

Pianist and composer Yuka Aikawa began playing piano at the age of five in her native country, Japan. She studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she received her M.A. in jazz performance under the guidance of Sir Roland HannaandJimmy Heath. During this time, she received the prestigious Michael Feinstein Award for “Outstanding Talent.” When not at Bryant Park, you can hear Yuka at various Jazz clubs in and around the New York area - including the Blue Note, Kitano Hotel, and Birdland Jazz Club, as an accompanist for the jazz choir - the Lance Hayward Singers, or on Carline Ray's beautiful album Vocal Sides, produced by Catherine Russell (www.facebook.com/CarlineRay). Yuka's new trio album, Clouds and Water, a tribute to Sir Roland Hanna, has been released in Japan, where she will be touring this fall.

Hear Yuka 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, September 26, 2016

A Note on Kuni Mikami

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kuni came to the United States in 1975 where he has been playing for many of the top big-bands ever since. Bands like: The Lionel Hampton Orchestra; Duke Ellington; Cab Calloway; Illinois Jacquet; and George Gee Orchestra to name but a few. His own trio just completed a whirlwind tour of Guatemala & Mexico in March, and Japan in June of this year.

He plays with soul! Lionel Hampton 

Hear Kuni Play!

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Note on Kuni Mikami

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kuni came to the United States in 1975 where he has been playing for many of the top big-bands ever since. Bands like: The Lionel Hampton Orchestra; Duke Ellington; Cab Calloway; Illinois Jacquet; and George Gee Orchestra to name but a few. His own trio just completed a whirlwind tour of Guatemala & Mexico in March, and Japan in June of this year.

He plays with soul! Lionel Hampton 

Hear Kuni Play!

 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Note on Kuni Mikami

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kuni came to the United States in 1975 where he has been playing for many of the top big-bands ever since. Bands like: The Lionel Hampton Orchestra; Duke Ellington; Cab Calloway; Illinois Jacquet; and George Gee Orchestra to name but a few. His own trio just completed a whirlwind tour of Guatemala & Mexico in March, and Japan in June of this year.

He plays with soul! Lionel Hampton 

Hear Kuni Play!

 
Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Note on Kuni Mikami

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kuni came to the United States in 1975 where he has been playing for many of the top big-bands ever since. Bands like: The Lionel Hampton Orchestra; Duke Ellington; Cab Calloway; Illinois Jacquet; and George Gee Orchestra to name but a few. His own trio just completed a whirlwind tour of Guatemala & Mexico in March, and Japan in June of this year.

He plays with soul! Lionel Hampton 

Hear Kuni Play!

 
Friday, September 30, 2016

A Note on Kuni Mikami

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kuni came to the United States in 1975 where he has been playing for many of the top big-bands ever since. Bands like: The Lionel Hampton Orchestra; Duke Ellington; Cab Calloway; Illinois Jacquet; and George Gee Orchestra to name but a few. His own trio just completed a whirlwind tour of Guatemala & Mexico in March, and Japan in June of this year.

He plays with soul! Lionel Hampton 

Hear Kuni Play!

 

The piano is located on the Upper Terrace, at the base of the William Cullen Bryant statue, between the Bryant Park Grill and Bryant Park Cafe.

Hours

  • May 2 – September 30, 2016
  • Monday – Friday: 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • *Select Thursdays in July & August: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Local 802 American Federation of Musicians Sam Ash Music Stores Jazz Center of New York Music Performance Trust Fund

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