NYC Stands For The Troops

Judy Collins

Folk icon Judy Collins has thrilled audiences for over 50 years with her dulcet tones and poetic lyrics. Judy galvanized a generation as she released more than 40 albums that include several gold and platinum sellers and numerous Top 10 hits such as "Both Sides Now" and "Amazing Grace." A performance not to be missed, Judy Collins continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world.

Little Anthony

Native New Yorker and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (2009) inductee, Little Anthony (Gourdine) has been touring with The Imperials for 55 years. He recently created an up close one-man show which is an intimate live presentation of his best-selling book "Little Anthony: My Journey – My Destiny" (Mascot Books). The one-man show is a prelude as well to a forthcoming album on Reviver Records which is planned for release in early summer 2015.

The Little Anthony one-man show returns to New York City on Little Anthony's 74th birthday party performance, Thursday, January 8, 2015 at The Cutting Room. "Little Anthony: My Journey – My Destiny"- books and merchandise will be on sale on the premises.

The newly incorporated visuals for the one-show will include vintage and classic R&B celebs, friends and family photos which will augment the 90-minute solo performance by Little Anthony accompanied by pianist Johnny Britt.

Also, introducing Brooklyn's own - R&B singer Chocolate Steele - a debut performance – show begins at 7:30 PM and doors open at 6:30 PM. There is a $20 minimum for food/drink.

Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since her early days in Boston with her band The Story, which released two albums, Grace in Gravity and The Angel in the House, on Elektra Records. In 1995, Ms. Brooke released the first of two solo albums on MCA/Universal, Plumb, followed by Ten Cent Wings in 1997. In 1999 she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records and has since released six more albums. Her most recent release, The Works, combined previously unheard, unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics with her own music and arrangements. Ms. Brooke has recently co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds for their current releases. She's also written for three Disney films, various television shows, and composed the theme song for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

Yaron Gershovsky

Yaron Gershovsky is widely recognized as an accomplished musician, whose long list of credits demonstrates versatility and excellence as a Pianist/Keyboardist, Arranger, Composer and Producer.

Yaron Gershovsky is widely recognized as an accomplished musician, whose long list of credits demonstrates versatility and excellence as a Pianist/Keyboardist, Arranger, Composer and Producer.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Yaron has been, and still is the Musical Director and Pianist/Keyboardist for the world renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. He has toured with them world wide, and has recorded and arranged for them both vocally and instrumentally. Among his arrangements for The Manhattan Transfer is the Grammy award winning song "Why Not". On their last CD "Vibrate" he is featured both as a pianist and as an arranger.

Yaron wrote two vocal arrangements for the group's latest Christmas A Capella CD, (one of them in collaboration with Janis Siegel). The Manhattan Transfer's CD, "The Symphony Sessions" features Yaron on the piano, as well as his big band arrangement for: "All Heart", dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald.

Yaron has recorded with such great artists as The Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Shorter, Lonnie Smith, Steve Gadd, Abraham Laboriel, Lew Soloff, Lou Marini, Janis Siegel, Ray Brown, Grady Tate, Don Sebesky, and the Count Basie Orchestra. He performed with such artists as Richie Havens, Pharaoh Sanders, Stan Getz, Louie Belson, the Count Basie Orchestra and The Manhattan Transfer among others.

Bettye LaVette

BETTYE LAVETTE is starting 2015 with a big bang. The inimitable and legendary R&B songstress is coming out with a new album—WORTHY—on January 27 and on a new label—Cherry Red (distributed in the US by MVD Entertainment). Worthy reunites her with Joe Henry, this time around with the two of them co-producing.

Bettye will be world premiering selections from Worthy at the renowned Café Carlyle in New York City starting January 27-31 and again February 3-7 (celebrating her 69th birthday at the show on the 29th). The prestigious residency kicks off a 4 month promotional tour of North America, the UK, and Europe, including stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Amsterdam.

On Worthy, BETTYE revisits Dylan with the opening track "Unbelievable," with a funky urgency introduced into the song, not present in the original. On "When I Was a Young Girl," she slides effortlessly into a slinky groove which Chris Youlden of Savoy Brown probably never imagined. "Bless Us All" is as relevant now as when Mickey Newbury wrote it decades ago, while her rendition of Joe Henry's own "Stop" is jazzy, soulful and reminds one not to dare try to stop her. The musicians on the album all brought their A-game to the plate: Jay Bellerose on drums and percussion, Doyle Bramall II on guitar, Chris Bruce on bass and Patrick Warren on Piano, Hammond organ and Chamberlin.

Worthy is comprised of a special selection of songs making for an extremely reflective, visceral, yet at the same time, vulnerable album. "Where a Life Goes" is a conversation between Bettye and her deceased sister. When she sings the Lennon/McCartney track "Wait" and the title track "Worthy," Bettye is at her most insightful and satisfied. Perhaps, the most heart-wrenching tunes of the lot may be "Undamned" filled with quiet desperation, and "Just Between You and Me and the Wall You're a Fool," on which she wears her tattered and battered heart on her sleeve.

Worthy will be released on CD, vinyl, and a "Deluxe Edition" which will contain both the CD and a live DVD of Bettye's June 2014 concert at the Jazz Café in London.
This is BETTYE LAVETTE in 2015. She is Worthy and satisfied.

The Manhattan Transfer

Riding a wave of nostalgia in the '70s, the Manhattan Transfer resurrected jazz trends from boogie-woogie to bop to vocalese in a slick setting. Originally formed in 1969, the quartet recorded several albums of jazz standards as well as much material closer to R&B/pop. Still, they were easily the most popular jazz vocal group of their era, and the most talented of any since the heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross during the early '60s.

Trist Ethan Curless:

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Trist Curless is no stranger to vocal harmonies! He attended the University of North Colorado, majoring in music education. In 1995, he co-founded the pop-jazz vocal group m-pact, with which he has performed in festivals and concert halls around the world. He's also written, arranged, and produced many of the group's songs.

Trist can be found on the other side of the microphone as well, working as an audio engineer for several vocal groups and bands, including Straight No Chaser, Pentatonix, and Take 6.

When he's not performing or mixing, Trist also finds time to teach private voice lessons and to participate as a clinician and adjudicator in clinics and festivals worldwide.

Trist is having the time of his life making music with m-pact, Straight No Chaser, Take 6, Bobby McFerrin, New York Voices, Vox Audio, VoicePlay, and now The Manhattan Transfer!

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Proceeds go to Stand For The Troops.

Artists include:  Little Anthony • Michael Bacon • Jonatha Brooke • David & Sophie Buskin • Clint de Ganon • Lea DeLaria • Yaron Gershovsky - Robbie Kondor • Bettye LaVette • Will Lee • The Manhattan Transfer • John McCurry • Jennifer Pacanowski • Vincent Pastore • Paul Shaffer • and a special guest appearance by Judy Collins.

Some of these artists will be backed by the world-class house band: Robbie Kondor, John McCurry, Clint de Ganon and Will Lee.

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