New York Gypsy All-Stars

A Greek bassist ducked into a little bar in New York’s Alphabet City and heard the Eastern Mediterranean and Southern Balkans pouring across the packed room. The clarinet was keening and singing, and he knew every tune.

From this blown-away moment of discovery, the New York Gypsy All-Starssprang, uniting bi-musical virtuosi raised on the lush sounds of Macedonian, Greek, Turkish, and American roots and forged in the halls of the world’s best music schools. With composerly ears and a madcap relish for ill and crunky sounds, the quintet of crack musicians tears through the tollgates separating the region’s interlocking roots on the long-awaited album of original pieces, Romantech (Traditional Crossroads) and on tour in February with concerts in cities including Chicago and NYC.

Sharel Cassity

New York City saxophonist and Jazz Legacy Productions recording artist Sharel Cassity tours the world performing straight-ahead jazz and original music to the delight of fans and critics. Appearing in Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Poll category for "Rising Star, Alto Saxophone" during 2010 & 2011, this Oklahoma City native is quickly making waves on the New York jazz scene. As a leader, Cassity has enchanted Manhattan's notoriously discriminating audiences at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Blue Note, NBC's Rainbow Room, and the West Village bop stop Smalls. She has also delighted crowds at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center Jazz Club, the Lake George Jazz Festival and The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. Cassity's experience as a sideman ranges from the big bands of Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Christian Mc Bride, Joe Chambers, Natalie Cole, Lewis Nash, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, Trisha Yearwood and The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars to the small groups of Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Whitaker, Ingrid Jensen, Winard Harper, The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Sextet, Mark Whitfield and John Lee.

Cassity was awarded a full scholarship to Juilliard in 2005 and graduated with her MA in Jazz Studies. Also a talented woodwind specialist, Cassity is often called to perform on flute, alto flute, piccolo , clarinet and bass clarinet as well as soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones when necessary. Her craftsmanship has secured her concerts all over the world, including the Playboy Jazz Festival, Costa Rica Jazz Festival, Hanover Jazz Festival, Concord/Fujitsu Jazz Festival, Avery Fischer Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Lincoln Center. Her recent release, "Relentless" (Jazz Legacy Productions) received a four star review in Downbeat Magazine, is available on itunes and distributed internationally by Allegro. Recently, Sharel has had the honor of being inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and is working on her second release with Jazz Legacy Productions.

“Sharel Cassity has the potential to be one of the leaders of this genreʼs next
generation” --J. Hunter, All About Jazz

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International Jazz Day Celebration with Sharel Cassity & New York Gypsy All-Stars + Kocani Orkestar Band

Tuesday, April 30 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at DROM

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