More News Coming Soon!

23 05 2016

Hi!

It’s been awhile since an update. Many things to tell you very soon. In the meantime, have a listen to this, recorded recently at Judson Memorial Church.





Soul to Soul!

16 01 2016

Here we are live at NBC New York! Previewing NYTF’s SOUL TO SOUL Concert (1/17) where ‪#‎Yiddish‬ & African-American music meet:

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Soul to Soul returns to New York City!

14 12 2015
One of my favorite projects is returning to New York City for a special performance, brought to you by the National Yiddish Theatre — Folksbiene.
 
Soul to Soul is a cross-cultural mix of Jewish and African–American folk music that tells the story of immigrants, who were different but very much experienced similar things as they made their way through the American experience.
 
We’ve done the show all around the country, and in Canada, and I’m thrilled to be performing it once again in New York City!
 
I humbly get to share the stage with Broadway veteran Elmore James and Israeli-born singer-songwriter Magda Fishman once again, under the musical leadership of Zalmen Mlotek with a terrific four piece klezmer-jazz band.
 
Now you might think the combination is odd, but the traditions of overcoming persecution and celebrating life through spiritual songs run deep through many cultures, and this show really displays that.
 
Music by Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman and Paul Robeson are featured, as well as staples from the world of Yiddish theater and soul and gospel music. And there will be a sing-along involved, so get ready to have a great time!
 
The show will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 17 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Plaza, New York NY 10280. Tickets are available at www.mjhnyc.org.
 





Ruby Rims & Friends Do the Can-Can

14 12 2015
I will have the joy of singing in a few holiday concerts this year! I’ll be one of several people performing at the Manhattan Plaza holiday concert on December 16.
 
But I want you all to know what a blast I had singing in “Ruby Rims & Friends do the Can-Can.”
 
Ruby Rims has for many years hosted a number of charitable cabaret concerts. This year’s event benefits Rauschenbusch Food Pantry and Judson Memorial Church.
 
John McMahon will music direct this holiday extravaganza featuring 35 performers from the Broadway and Cabaret world, including Karen Mason (who has appeared in more Broadway shows than I can mention) and Julie Gold (composer of “From A Distance”), along with so many others. Cover charge is a donation of $20 and cans or bags of dry goods.
 
There are three shows, on three successive Sundays in December. I sang at the second show last night, and it was an amazing night with so many terrific performances. There’s one more show (I’m not singing, but you’ll be entertained, I promise!)  on December 20th at 7 p.m. at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St, New York, New York 10018.
 
To purchase or reserve tickets, go to: http://rubycancan.eventbrite.com/




It Ain’t Nothing But The Blues!

24 06 2015

Here’s a promo from the New Stage Theatre production of It Ain’t Nothing But The Blues! And yes, that’s me singing “Hoochie Coochie Man” during the promo!





Ain’t Nothing But The Blues

25 05 2015

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This week marks the opening of another show, and another blessing!

May 26 will be opening day for It Ain’t Nothin But The Blues at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi. I’m having a terrific time working on some classic songs such as Blues Man and Let The Good Times Roll. And I have the privilege of performing The Thrill is Gone, a classic by the recently departed blues legend B.B. King.

If you are anywhere near Mississippi, you really should check this show out while you can.





A Change is Gonna Come

16 10 2014

Shortly before I left for Little Rock, I was asked to sing at The Year of James Baldwin, a 90th birthday celebration of the life and legacy of the legendary writer.

The celebration was held at the National Black Theater which also hosted a reading of excerpts from “The Fire Next Time” by a series of amazing artists including Micki Grant, George Faison and Woody King Jr.

In attendance were members of the Baldwin family! The event was inspiring and moving.

After Memphis closed, I came back to New York and hit the ground running by performing two songs during a New York City appearance by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II. The video above is one of those songs. You can see Dr. Barber behind me on the right.

The Rev. Barber is the spiritual leader of the Moral Mondays movement and North Carolina’s Forward Together movement. He’s a powerful speaker, encouraging Americans to fight for moral justice in politics, regardless of party affiliation. The event was organized by Auburn Theological Seminary.

A year ago last Spring, the Rev. Barber helped organize a march in North Carolina that has since grown into tens of thousands of people of all faiths in several states.

I kinda feel like James Baldwin, who gave voice to those struggling with society’s distinctions between race, sex and class, would approve.








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