THE PARK AVENUE WHIRL – a note from DARYL SHERMAN
From bootleg hootch and flappers to the coalescence of architecture, design and music known as Art Deco, on through the Great Depression and the New Deal – our dreams and imagination were fueled and nourished by an unforgettable outpouring of music in film, theater, nightclubs and recordings. And it inspired people to dance their cares away on both sides of the Atlantic. Here we are at the close of 2005. Like a classic navy blazer, a martini or a champagne cocktail, this music never goes out of style. The dreams and glamorous world it evokes are as potent and heady as ever. Just ten blocks away from my longtime Park Avenue perch at the Waldorf Astoria, I am thrilled to team up with Vince Giordano, the Nighthawks Orchestra, Marion Cowings and his son Alexander to whirl you back into a world of gaiety and fun. We share a passion for these crème de la crème songwriters and performers who fused elements of jazz with buoyancy, grace, wit and sophistication. By no means is this a formal survey. Instead, in this affectionate celebration, we have gathered together some special favorites and are presenting them in a style that we hope will capture the spirit of their originators and the spirit of our great city at this wonderful time of year.
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TONIGHT’S PROGRAM WILL BE CHOSEN FROM THE FOLLOWING:
DECEMBER 14 - 31
Get Yourself a New Broom (And Sweep the Blues Away)
(ON THE) Street of Dreams
Broadway Melody Manhattan
Happy As the Day Is Long Swing Time in Honolulu
Ellington/Nemo Gordon/Revel Yellin/Ager
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Broadway Rhythm Cotton Club Stomp
Duke Ellington Irving Berlin
There’s A Lull In My Life Happy Feet Did You Mean It?
Dixon/Greer Sid Phillips
ELYSABETH KLEINHANS President & Artistic Director PETER TEAR Executive Producer AMY STEINHAUS Director of Sales STEPHANIE MERCADO Theater Manager ERIC CHASE Production Manager COREY T. LIND Facilities Manager J. RYAN KIRK Theater Technician SPONDEE Theater Technician CHRISTINE HUERTOS Theater Technician RHONDA EVANS Assistant to the Executive Producer STEFENI JUNG Business Administrator, Assistant to the President LAUREN POKRAS Press and Marketing Assistant LETICIA RAMIREZ Assistant to the Theater Manager LAURA DE LA TORRE Front of House Assistant KENNY NUNEZ Front of House Assistant AMBER FORD Box Office Deputy BRIAN J. HECK Box Office Deputy SAMANTHA TUNIS Box Office Deputy/E:BAR Staff JUSTIN MARURI Box Office Assistant BRIAN DOCHNEY Box Office Assistant
TUESDAY - SUNDAY 7 TILL LATE – SOMETIMES VERY LATE!
KRYSTLE ALVAREZ Usher TAISHA ARENA Usher GIOVANNI D’AMATO Usher KELLY DELANEY Usher WILFREDO FELIZ Usher LAUREN GORSTAYN Usher AUDIE HENRIQUES Usher JESSICA JACOME Usher ARRIANA LECHAN Usher JONATHAN MALDONADO Usher JASON MERCADO Usher KIMAIRYS PAREDES Usher DARRIANIZ REYES Usher JORELL REYES Usher ADAM SMITH Usher ANGEL VALLE Usher KYMM ZUCKERT Lobby Attendant ERICK GOMEZ Security “JUNIOR” GOMEZ Facilities
Cheek to Cheek (I’VE GOT) Beginners Luck
Night Ride I’m Living in a Great Big Way
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Maschwitz/Sherwood George/Ira Gershwin Rafael Hernandez Barris/Koehler Warren/Dubin
Top of the Town
McHugh/ADAMSON Irving Berlin
Shall We Dance El Cumbanchero Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams I Found a Million Dollar Baby From Monday On
Slumming on Park Avenue
I Want to Be Bad
Loesser/Schertzinger Cole Porter Cole Porter Cole Porter Cole Porter Cole Porter
Sand in my Shoes How Could We Be Wrong Why Shouldn’t I? If Love Comes Your Way Just One of Those Things Begin the Beguine
These Foolish Things
Strachey/Maschwitz Ray Noble
The Very Thought of You
If I Had You
DIANNA LORA Box Office Assistant/Assistant to the Director of Sales JOSE QUINONES Facilities KELLY DELANEY Usher ALBERTO ROSARIO E:BAR Assistant KRISTEN BRASWELL E:BAR Staff JENNA FRIEDENBERG E:BAR Staff ADRIANA GUTIERREZ Housekeeping ANDRE HANNA Housekeeping
TO ARLEN, GERSHWIN, FRED & GINGER, BING AND BOBBY SHORT, AMBROSE AND MAYFAIR, ELLINGTON AND THE COTTON CLUB IN
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a musical toast to the twenties and thirties
DAVE BROWN BRAD SHIGETA DAN BLOCK
MARK MARK LOPEMAN McCARRON
DARYL SHERMAN (Singer/Pianist) According to The New Yorker, singer and pianist Daryl Sherman "has yet to meet a standard whose charms she couldn't extract... and manages to find contemporary resonance in everything." A sparkling mainstay of Manhattan nightlife, she regularly performs on Cole Porter's Steinway at the Waldorf Astoria and has been lauded for appearances at the Algonquin's Famous Oak Room, Iridium Jazz Club and most recently, Jazz At Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. European tours included a dazzling fourth return engagement at London's Pizza On The Park, and concerts in Wales, Leeds and Scotland. She also made a stunning debut in Berlin hailed by Jazz Radio 101.9 "a magical night." Equally at home in the worlds of jazz and cabaret, Daryl Sherman's many recordings have received high critical praise and airplay internationally. Her CD, Jubilee (Arbors) with Dave McKenna received four stars in Downbeat and was cited one of the year's best (2000). And with her new tribute to Richard Rodgers, A Hundred Million Miracles (Arbors) "Sherman proves that she can more than hold her own in the company of musicians as weighty as Ruby Braff and tenor saxman Houston Person." -London Times. Other notables she has performed and recorded with include Bob Dorough, Dick Hyman, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Tommy Flanagan, Ken Peplowski, Joe Cohn, Jay Leonhart, Kenny Davern, James Chirillo, and Boots Maleson. Major jazz festival appearances include JVC in New York and Newport, Atlanta, March of Jazz in Clearwater, and aboard the QE2. She has headlined clubs including the Colony in Palm Beach, Blues Alley in Wahington, DC, the Jazz Bakery in LA, and Top of the Senator in Toronto and Arts Centers across the continent from Winnipeg to Fort Lauderdale. She is a favorite at both New York's Highlights In Jazz and St. Peter's Midday Jazz series, the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Conventions in NYC, San Francisco and Chicago, also recently presented with "Cabaret Classic Award". Daryl's voice is heard weekly in "Maya The Bee", a widely acclaimed puppet show produced by The Culture Project. She has also been a featured guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz all broadcast nationally. As McPartland said of Sherman, "She's sophisticated, she's straightforward and she can swing!" VINCE GIORDANO (Band Leader, Tuba) In 30 years as a bandleader, Vince Giordano has become the authority on recreating the sounds of 1920s and '30s jazz and popular music. Giordano and his big band, the Nighthawks, recorded a series of Depression-era hits for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's, The Aviator, ripping through instrumentals and serving as the back-up band for singers like David Johansen and Rufus Wainwright. "I just love the energy of the early jazz," says Giordano, 53. "I wanted to recapture some of that." Early appearances on Prairie Home Companion and in the movie The Cotton Club led to work in half-a-dozen Woody Allen films, including Sweet and Lowdown and Zelig. His diverse musical involvements also include backing up Madonna doing a striptease in Bloodhounds Of Broadway, and working with such varied institutions as the New York Philharmonic and Leon Redbone. While he doesn't call people "Pops" or wear vintage duds, Giordano is obsessive about musical authenticity in resurrecting heroes like Bix Beiderbecke, Fletcher Henderson, and Jelly Roll Morton. The Nighthawks use period instruments and arrangements, and play solos transcribed from the original recordings. Even the Kellogg microphone that carries Giordano's Astaire-like baritone is an antique spring-suspended beauty. This purist's Brooklyn home is filled with instruments. Many are rare - a folding bass drum, a one-of-a-kind six-foot straight baritone sax, and a Goofus, a novelty wind instrument played by 1920s jazzman Adrian Rollini. In the basement are 30,000 big band charts. In the bedroom, there's a wooden box. "This is my Rosebud," he says, opening his grandmother's Victrola, which is what first ignited his love for the hot and sweet sounds on 78-rpm records when he was five.
You can hear the Nighthawks' authenticity on records like Quality Shout [firstname.lastname@example.org], but to really "get it" you've got to see them live. As the syncopated stomp and roar of brass, reed and rhythm section wash over you, it's clear that this music was the rock & roll of its day. MARION COWINGS (Jazz Singer) is a native New Yorker. His smooth baritone voice and considerable range has been delighting audiences around the world for decades. Mentored by the legendary Jon Hendricks, Marion is a master of scat and vocal technique. He has appeared at the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, and Lincoln Center as well as many prestigious venues abroad. Marion grew up in the South Bronx where his father was a merchant and his mother taught public school. He attended Music and Art (now LaGuardia High School), where he was chosen to perform as a solo vocalist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. In the same year, at the age of fifteen, he discovered the bebop group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. While still in high school, his classmate Eddie Gomez (now a formidable bassist and Bill Evans collaborator) played with Jon Hendricks and spoke highly of Marion. Jon called Marion and said “I hear you’re doing my stuff…. meet me outside Birdland and we’ll talk.” Soon afterward Jon set up Marion’s first professional engagement at the Randall’s Island Jazz Festival with “Little Pony” Poindextor and the Ike Issac’s Trio. He also began to understudy Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and eventually became Dave Lamberts original replacement. In 1984 after leading rhythm & blues and rock bands, Marion teamed up with jazz vocalist Kim Kalesti. Kim and Marion headlined the Berlin Jazz Festival and the Blue Notes in New York and Japan. They starred in Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist and performed hundreds of concerts through the auspices of the Young Audiences in New York City public schools. In addition to recording two albums on the Emarcy Label, they have played with many musicians including Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Ron Carter, Howard Johnson, and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra (now known as Village Vanguard Orchestra). Together they founded the Vocal Jazz Department at New York University and were adjunct professors for eleven years. Marion’s off-Broadway credits include Forever Swing and Bebop. He was a lead in Queenie Pie, a Duke Ellington Opera directed by Mercer Ellington at Lincoln Center. Recently, Marion headlined the Harry Warren Lyrics and Lyricists Program at the 92nd Street Y alongside Margaret Whiting and Marie Cleere Haran. He was also a lead in the hundredth anniversary tribute to Count Basie and Glenn Miller at the Lucille Lortel Theater, both directed by Mercedes Ellington. Involved in commercials, voiceovers and jingles, Marion received the advertising industry°Øs Clio Award with one of his mentors, Hal Schaefer. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a published lyricist with Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Frank Foster, and Sonny Rollins. ALEXANDER COWINGS (Tap dancer/Singer) Alexander was master of his craft, Tap “hoofing” at a very early age. At the age of 5, Alex was already becoming recognized for his natural ability to make rhythms with his feet, Tap dancing. He could be found at all the jazz clubs and festivals around NYC and abroad, Alexander improvises on his taps like Charlie Parker did on his horn. He uses his taps like a fine drummer accompaning a poet rapper, guitarist, or a straight ahead Jazz venue. Beside having an extordinary rhythmic sense Alexander is a musician. A former trombone student who received a full scholarship to study at Henry Street Settlement and Julliard’s Music Advancement program while still a jounior in HS. Alexander has performed at numerous venues including the Cotton Club with Mercedes Ellington, Caramoor Music Festival with Jimmy Slyde, Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist,” The Bitter End, Negro Ensemble Company with Lou Meyers, and Lake George Music Festival. Now
besides tapping Alexander “King” Cowings composes and sings with rap artist Eddy Cane to form their new group King and Eddy Cane. Just recenty highlighted at several venues, Cornelia Street Cafe, PoJazz series, Benefit in Tarrytown, and Flushing Town Hall, NYC. DAVE BROWN (Trumpet) was so sure by the 5th grade that he wanted to become a trumpet player, he was able to talk his parents out of having braces put on his teeth. He has been playing professionally since 9th grade. Dave was inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Dave has been affiliated with Vince Giordano since the late 1970's. He was on-screen with Vince in Francis Ford Coppola's movie, The Cotton Club. His Broadway credits have included playing and subbing in close to thirty pit orchestras on and off Broadway. Dave was an assistant conductor in Gershwin's Crazy For You and also the revival of 1776. Starting in January, Dave will be on the road for 10 weeks playing lead trumpet in a Benny Goodman style band lead by clarinetist Ken Peplowski. They will be re-creating music from the 1938 Sing, Sing, Sing concert at Carnegie Hall BRAD SHIGETA (Trombone) Brad moved to the Big Apple in 1990 via Montreal. Soon after his arrival he was introduced to Clifford Jordan and was asked to join his big band which led to many tours both nationally and abroad. He also has appeared on recordings and film scores with the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, the Dave Holland Big Band, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Vince Giordano's Nighthawks and the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington. Currently he can be heard recreating Jack Jenny and Jack Teagarden solos on the soundtrack for Martin Scorcese’s movie, The Aviator, as well as on the newly released CD of swing standards by Danny Aiello. In the past few years, Brad has been able to return to the roots and the music that originally attracted him to become a musician – traditional and swing music. He is currently in a Duke Ellington alumni small group under the direction of Barrie Lee Hall, as well as a regular member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks (music of the early 1900’s), John Gill’s Jazz Kings (traditional New Orleans music) and the Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra in New York City. DAN BLOCK (Clarinet) is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music with a Masters in performance and has been active in commercial, classical, ethnic and jazz idioms. Some of his credits include work with Charles Mingus, Quincey Jones, Toshiko Akyoshi and Clark Terry. He has recorded and performed recently with Rosemary Clooney and Micheal Feinstein. He has performed as a soloist on Pops concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Colorado Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony and the New York Pops. His clarinet playing has been heard on numerous television and radio commercials and he has played in over twenty different Broadway shows. For the last ten years, Dan has been very involved in traditional jazz, working a great deal with Vince Giordono and Marty Grosz. MARK LOPEMAN (Alto Saxophone) has been a member of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony since 2002. He is also an attorney and a member of the Lawyers’ Orchestra. Mark started on the alto saxophone at age eight in his native Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Before moving to New York in 1981 he had earned music degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. 1978) and the University of Akron (M.M. 1981), won the award for “Most Outstanding Instrumentalist” at the 1979 Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, and toured with and arranged for the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey orchestras. Mark went on to tour and record with the Buddy Rich big band (often performing with vocalists including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughan) as well as the Woody Herman, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Mel Lewis big bands, and to play in orchestras for Broadway shows, with the Chris Byars Octet, the Loren Schoenberg Jazz Orchestra and Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.
Mark studied clarinet at the University of Akron with Judith Pauley and Cecil Gold, at the Eastman School of Music with Ramon Ricker and William Osseck, and in New York with Paul Garment, Joe Allard and Billy Kerr. Mark is also a composer and arranger, and a noted transcriber of classic jazz recordings, often assisting and working with jazz artists including Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie and John Lewis, and institutions including the American Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Mark is a graduate of Columbia Law School (J.D. 1990) and a member of a New York City law firm. MARK MCCARRON (Guitar) Canadian guitarist/ composer/arranger Mr. McCarron has worked with such jazz notables as Ed Bickert and Don Thompson, organist Jack McDuff, and the Mingus Five Guitar Band. He has performed on Canadian Radio and Television and at all of the major Canadian Jazz Festivals. McCarron studied under jazz guitarist John Abercrombie in New York City under a Canada Council grant and also studied at the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. A versatile artist and prolific freelancer, McCarron is much in demand in a wide range of genres and roles. He is a core member and arranger for the Central Park Stompers (swing) and Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band, In 2001, he released an album of original songs, Another Side of Love, with singer/co-writer Dave Rave, and the duo’s new album, In the Blue of My Dreams, will be released in 2006. He has also produced albums for a variety of artists. He can currently be heard on Broadway as a frequent substitute performer in the shows Rent, Wicked, and Fiddler on the Roof, and has also been a featured performer in the Off-Broadway production Summer of ’69, made recurring appearances in the cast of John Kelly's Paved Paradise: The Music of Joni Mitchell, and been a substitute performer in the Broadway shows, All Shook Up, Swing, and The Look of Love, as well as the Off-Broadway Tony and Tina's Wedding, and the touring company of Rent. Offstage, he is also an instructor at the West Nassau BOCES Cultural Arts Center, where he teaches jazz guitar to high school students and directs jazz ensembles. JOHN GILL (Banjo) John was born in New York City and became a professional musician at the young age of 17. He played with various Dixieland combinations and early versions of The Nighthawks until 1977. Later in his life Mr. Gill moved to San Francisco to join Turk Murphy's Jazz Band on banjo. Then in 1987 he moved to New Orleans to work on Bourbon Street in various traditional jazz groups. In 2000 Mr. Gill returned to New York to The Nighthawks Orchestra. Over the years, he has toured Europe several times, appeared on over 100 recordings as a banjoist, guitarist, drummer, saxophonist, trombonist, vocalist, and arranger, and has appeared in several films including Wildman Blues and Arthur2. Television credits include: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Ed Sullivan Show, Nashville Now, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. MARTHA EGAN (Costume Designer) whose atelier studio and store is located at 1 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco, has a distinguished list of clients including Linda Ronstadt, Maureen McGovern, Paula West and Tom Waits. www.marthaegan.com VINCENT ROPPATTE is the style Director of Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons at Saks Fifth Avenues nationwide and personally works at the New York City flagship store. He is Diane Sawyer’s stylist on Good Morning America and has a celebrity-studded clientele that includes Elaine Stritch, Jeanine Pirro, Lynn de Rothschild, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Barbara Cook. Special thanks to Alex Kostakis of A. C. Pianocraft Since 1966 www.acpianocraft.com
THE NIGHTHAWKS ORCHESTRA
LIGHTING AND SET DESIGNER
ERIC CHASE COREY LIND
ASSISTANT DESIGNER LIGHT BOARD OPERATORS
MADELAINE HARTMAN MARY LESNIK