[jja-announce] Jazz Journalists Free Invite

Ann Gilman Ann@mail.miguelromero.com
Fri, 3 Jan 2003 18:03:06 -0500

   Happy New Year. For those not attending IAJE, please announce Jazz Journalists are invited to All-Jazz Saturday Night in NYC and admission is free for them. 

All-Jazz Saturday Night in NYC!
Saturday, January 11th, 2003, 8:30 pm 
The Mercury Ballroom in 
The Hilton New York & Towers 
1335 Avenue of the Americas @ West 54th Street - New York City 

General admission, $20 
Reservations strongly advised through 
Ericka Wilcox - 646.342.9368 

In conjunction with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) annual National conference, Massachusetts' venerable Berkshire Artists Group is sponsoring an all-jazz showcase for a very special evening showcase on Saturday, January 11th, 2003 from 8:30pm until Midnight. This is an unprecedented collaboration of agencies and management groups united to present the best jazz available at the conference in one spectacular performance. 

This group effort occurs at the fabulous 
Mercury Ballroom on the third floor of 
the Hilton New York & Towers, 
1335 Avenue of the Americas (at West 54th Street) 
in New York City. General admission is $20 with tickets available at the door. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling Ms Ericka Wilcox, event chair, at 646.342.9368. 
A full-service cash bar will be available at the performance. 

This highly affordable event presents six current and exciting jazz masters, offering everything from solo guitar to full-band Cuban Jazz Funk. Appearing are guitarist Lou Volpe, pianist Aaron Goldberg, vocalists Allan Harris, Spider Saloff and Vikki True, and the Miguel Romero ensemble. 

Schedule, brief performer bios and agency representation: 

8:30pm – Lou Volpe (Art Music Agency)http://www.louvolpegroup.com 
A jazz guitarist who offers warm and lyric romanticism that illuminates the worlds of Jazz, R&B and Adult Contemporary. The guitar work of Lou Volpe, a mainstay of the New York music scene for the past two decades, has graced the recordings and performances of a strongly diverse group of legendary artists including Herbie Mann, Bette Midler, Judy Collins, Chet Baker and the Manhattan Transfer. “The man’s ideas are forthright and his tone speaks the truth. His notes don’t sound, they sting. His phrases constantly turn over new ground…” (Cincinnati Inquirer) 

9:00pm – Allan Harris (Love Productions) http://www.allanharris.com 

Internationally renowned jazz vocalist Allan Harris has written an epic tale about the role of African-American Cowboys in the Wild West. Entitled "Cross that River, the Saga of Blue," the title character, Blue, is an escaped slave in the 1850’s who steals his master’s stud horse in Louisiana and, after crossing that river, makes his way out west to Freedom. This all-original score, written and arranged by Harris, is based on historical characters such as Deadwood Dick, Stage Coach Mary and Jim Beckworth. Along with Harris’ lead vocals and acoustic, slide and electric guitars, he has brought together an exciting group of 9 musicians, including violin, banjo, mandolin, percussion, bass, guitar and background vocals to tell this story. This show recently debuted at Joe's Pub to a sold-out audience and received standing ovations. Don't miss this APAP first! 

9:30pm – Aaron Goldberg (The Simblist Group) http://www.aarongoldberg.com 

A pianist and composer working at the forefront of creative jazz possesses “Exceptional technique and taste” (Boston Globe). He has been lauded by the Seattle Weekly as “Sterling, one of the most impressive young mainstream players at work today”, and the New York Times agreed that his talent was "Selfless in all the right ways...doesn't set out to demonstrate virtuosity, speed or heat, though all three are at his disposal...remarkable." 

10:00pm – Spider Saloff (Corbett Arts Management, Ltd.) http://www.spiderjazz.com 

Heard worldwide as the co-host and co-creator of the internationally syndicated Public Radio series Words and Music on PBS, she has received critical acclaim nationally and internationally. With four albums in national release, she is a 5 time MAC award winner (presented by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) and the Backstage Bistro Award for excellence in cabaret. The press raves, “Saloff remains one of the finest jazz vocalists working in this or any other city...slyly sophisticated, easily accessible, Saloff stands as a kind of ideal.” (Chicago Tribune); “A wicked way with a lyric and a glint of well-controlled mischief. A sparkle that lights up the performance.” (New York Times); “Whether scatting impressively or breaking hearts with her stirring performance, her agile voice and winning stage presence kept the audience totally enthralled.” (Asbury Park Press) 

10:30pm – Vikki True (Berkshire Artist Group) http://www.vikkitrue.com 

A one-woman jazz explosion with an audience-engaging stage presence, she’s often been compared to Betty Carter and Sheila Jordan. Hearing her will invoke shades of the jazz singers who inspired her - but the personal style that's evolved from years of listening and singing is uniquely hers. She "...proves to have abilities equal to, if not better than, the current big names in the field. The kind of vocalist we could use a lot more of." (Cadence Magazine, September, 2002) and she "...drives her voice as if she were road testing a fine automobile. Just when you think she reached the limits of performance, she squeezes the accelerator yet stays glued to the road." (Singer Magazine, June, 2002) 

11:00pm – Miguel Romero (Romero Music Management) http://www.miguelromero.com 

A composer and pianist, he is igniting audiences worldwide with his compositions that freely cross all borders and fuse a multi-cultural blend of jazz, funk and Cuban Rhythms. He pushes himself to stay unique with an original style that is all his own. If you are ready for a ride – no, a roller coaster ride - fasten your seat belts and prepare for a journey that can only be described as urgent and in the moment. Romero's latest album "Cuban Jazz Funk" was named "CD of the Week" by the Boston Herald," a Top 10 CD of the Year by JazzUsa and Michael Fagien of JAZZIZ raved "This is a Great CD!" Jazz Review said "Romero is a force to be reckoned with" and The Phoenix New Times said Romero has "Substantial chops that seduce." Latin Style Magazine declared, "Romero joins the ranks of revered masters Chucho Valdes and Danilo Perez." 

An all-star jazz jam with the artists begins at 11:30. 

Please join us for this unforgettable event!