The Cutting Room Presents:
The Christine Spero Group "Spero Plays Nyro"
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
The Christine Spero Group "Spero Plays Nyro"
The Christine Spero Group " Spero Plays Nyro" A Celebration of the Music of Laura Nyro.
"Christine Spero, Winner of the USA Songwriting Competition Jazz/category, is first, last and always a songwriter. Since her start in the music business as a teenager with legendary producer Don Kirschner and Neil Sedaka on RCA, she has honed the sound of piano, percussion and, periodically, saxophone into a rich Latin groove with pop rhythms. The Group, consisting of bassist Scott Petito, drummer Peter O'Brien and saxophonist/ percussionist Eliot Spero, displays all of the attributes of experienced accompaniment accomplished only by years of experience in the jazz trade. "My Spanish Dream," Spero's latest recording, is a Latin/pop/world/fusion collection that is a comprehensive exploration of her style, highlighting her instrumental, vocal, and lyrical talents to the nth degree . Flashes of Bebel Gilberto, Gloria Estefan, Laura Nyro and Eliane Elias appear in her vocals and she's a great scat singer, a dying art. But it is her piano / keyboard artistry that stands out. Christine can flat out play the ivories." (Summer Sounds Music Festival, Pa 2012)
In their new show, "Spero Plays Nyro" The Christine Spero Group will bring their own kind of power to Laura Nyro's music. Christine has loved Laura's music from a young age when she was given "Eli and the Thirteenth Confession" by a radio DJ friend. She was inspired by Laura's music to be bold in writing, singing and playing piano. Her music is listened to around the world. The group will also be performing some of Christine's compositions. Their new CD, "Spero Plays Nyro" will be released this summer.
Laura Nyro was the quintessential singer/songwriter, pianist; one of the first. Her groundbreaking music crossed the genres of folk, rock and jazz and she was one of the most covered artists in the 1960's and 1970's (Eli's Coming, Stoned Soul Picnic, Wedding Bell Blues, Sweet Blindness). Her tragically premature passing in 1997 shocked her fans. Finally, in 2012 she was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Even before Christine began recording with her dynamic quartet, she was earning numerous accolades for her melodic, emotionally powerful and soulful songwriting and was Winner of the USA Songwriting Competition/Jazz category with her song, "He Wasn't Always That Way".
She was also a finalist with "Caribbean Nights," a festive tropical celebration that typifies the joyful exotica that drives her second recording, "My Spanish Dream", a rich Brazilian/Latin/world fusion offering that dances blithely between pop and jazz. The project was produced by Elliot Spero, who does multiple duties on soprano and tenor saxes as well as percussion. Diverse and daring, it highlights Spero's love for lush vocal harmonies.
Christine and the group have been covered in USA Today, Billboard, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, Keyboard and Recording Magazines, Time Out New York, The Village Voice ASCAP Playback and Smooth Jazz.com. Recording Magazine featured Christine in their Artist Profile. Among many luminaries the group has shared the stage with are Kevin Eubanks. Doc Gibbs, Blood Sweat and Tears, John Sebastian, Kim Waters, Ray Vega, Mike Phillips and Melanie. The Christine Spero Group has been a headliner at many music festivals, cultural centers and clubs.
Each one of Christine's pieces is a unique vehicle for creative improvisation. Add to that her evocative, passionate singing and you've got a smooth runway for the piano, saxophone, bass, drums and percussion to take off! She recorded her first songs and some by Neil Sedaka with Don Kirschner on RCA as a teen, then moved from New York to San Francisco to further study music and botany. She was a member of Bob Braye's Peace and Rhythm Unit. Her eclectic and personal style of composing was influenced by many classical and jazz musicians. She has performed with her own quartets and sextets over the years and now lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where she continues to write, record, and perform with her band. Saxophonist, percussionist and producer Elliot Spero founded his own ensembles in San Francisco/NYC. He engineered and produced Christine's CD's, "We Call It Music" and "My Spanish Dream" co-produced by Scott Petito and is CEO of E.C.Spero Productions and Way Outback Recording.
$20 Advanced - $25 Day of Show
Tickets Available at the Door