Pianist Richard “Tardo” Hammer has worked with Bill Hardman, Junior Cook, Lionel Hampton, Lou Donaldson, and the Art Farmer-Clifford Jordand Quintet, among many others. He made his recording debut alongside Al Cohn and Mel Lewis in trumpeter Al Porcino’s big band and has been a choice accompanist for jazz vocalists including Annie Ross, Earl Coleman, David Allyn, Abby Lincoln, Teri Thornton, Marion Cowlings and Jon Hendricks. Tardo has performanced in clubs and festivals in Europe, Japan and the U.S. Since 1999, he has been recording as leader with his trio. His sixth and most recent album is Swinging on a Star, recorded for Celler Live. He also appears as a sideman on CDs by Warren Vache, Charles Davies, Grant Stewart and many others. Active as an educator, Hammer is on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School, The New School, and the Special Music High School, as well as conducting classes and lessons at clinics and colleges worldwide.
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Alexis Cole has been called "one of the great voices of today," by Jonathan Schwartz, and has performed with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic and at venues from Avery Fisher Hall to the Kennedy Center. She has recorded for Motéma Music, Chesky Records, and Venus Records, Japan and has nine recordings, featuring Fred Hersch, Eric Alexander, Matt Wilson, Harry Pickens, Don Braden and Pat LaBarbara. Alexis is the recipient of a Swing Journal Gold Disk award, and winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions. Currently she heads the Jazz Voice Program at SUNY Purchase and also teaches privately and at City College. She performs and conducts master classes around the world.
Raised in Osaka, Japan, now living in New York City, Akiko Tsuruga has performed with Frank Wess, Jimmy Cobb, Grady Tate among many others, and was a member of the Lou Donaldson quartet. She has 10 albums as a leader, with her first album selected as a “Best album of 2007” in Downbeat Magazine. Akiko has been a regular in the Downbeat polls since 2008, coming in at #2 in the “Rising Star: Organ” category. Hot House Magazine has just named her 'Best Organ" in the 2017 Readers Poll. Her albums have constantly placed in the top ten on the National Radio Jazz Chart. She recently released a trio project entitled Equal Time featuring drummer, Jeff Hamilton and guitarist Graham Dechter.
One of the finest jazz trombonists alive today, Steve Turre has consistently won Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). He has played with Ray Charles, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Steve has been a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984. Has led numerous ensembles, including his Sanctified Shells choir, and has many albums as a leader, including a 1999 release, Lotus Flower, which showcases his sextet with strings. In 2000, released In The Spur of the Moment, with master pianists Ray Charles, Chucho Valdes, and Stephen Scott. Steve’s latest release is called Spiritman, released on Smoke Sessions Records.
It takes all kinds of kinds...Southern Charms is a seven-piece tribute celebrating the music of: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, the three women who have dominated country music in the past decade. The show, featuring Jenny Leigh Miller is in three parts, with wardrobe and hair changes, taking the audience on a journey that highlights the mega-hits of each of these Current Top Leading Ladies of Country.
Jenny Leigh Miller
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater is the premier Spanish dance company in the United States, sharing the rich traditions of the dance, music, literature, and culture of Spain. Their lavish concerts of original Spanish Classical ballets, folkloric suites, fiery Flamenco dramas, and contemporary music and dance draw from a repertoire of over 125 works that exemplify the historical, cultural, and creative contributions of Spanish dance to the arts.
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
This full-length concert and lecture features 10 professional dancers, who lead young audiences through the variety of Spanish dance styles, and their historical significance on traditional and contemporary culture. In this hour-long presentation, audiences learn how Spanish dance is influenced by the ancient Celtic peoples, Moorish sensibilities, and the lives and passions of the Gitanos. Students, parents and teachers receive an in-depth survey of Spain's special place in dance art forms.
Featuring The B-Street Band: A Tribute to the Boss and Slippery When Wet (NJ): The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute BandSlippery When Wet (NJ) is a group of seasoned veterans of the New York and New Jersey music scene. Raised on the same mean streets and reared in many of the same bars and nightclubs as Jon and the band, these experienced rockers bring the same energy, enthusiasm, and New Jersey attitude to the stage as the early Bon Jovi, circa 1986!
From the heart of the Jersey Shore, the B-Street Band is the hardest working tribute band on the circuit, performing year round throughout the country. Loved by the musicians they honor, B-Street Band has had the honor and privilege of performing with several E-Street Band including Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, the late great Clarence Clemons, Garry W. Tallent, and Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez. "The Boss" himself has made an appearance to see the B-Street Band.
These bands pay tribute to two of New Jersey's most popular artists and the sounds of Jersey Rock.
The B-Street BandSlippery When Wet (NJ)
Best of the Eagles
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“Destination Motown” is a multi-media show performed by New Jersey’s own, The Sensational Soul Cruisers, delivering the greatest hits by the Temptations, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and so many others. This incredible live band brings a “WOW” show, time after time. They will have you singing and dancing along to all your favorite Motown hits.
The Sensational Soul Cruisers are described as a cross between Kool and the Gang, Chicago and the Temptations. If you remember a movie called “Eddie and the Cruisers,” you would be interested to know that the Soul Cruisers rhythm section was the band behind Eddie Testa, as Eddie and the Cruisers. That band and its name inspired the movie of the same name. So many National Artists have been guests at Soul Cruisers shows, including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, John Eddie, Southside Johnny, and so many more.
“Our protégés, Sons of Mystro are an innovative musical force that is ready to take the world by storm.” -Black Violin
Sons of Mystro
The Machine, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 30-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. The band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyd's extensive 16-album repertoire, The Machine's stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video, and their passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest.
In the classic tradition, The Machine explores collective improvisation paralleling early 1970's Pink Floyd. Their use of theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of the later Floyd lineups of the 1980's. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A to Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Additionally, the quartet has been sharing the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Buffalo, Charlotte, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies.The members of The Machine include founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), long time stagemate Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals), and the newest addition to the band, Dylan Kelehan (bass, vocals).
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