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John Mazlish - Original Music Showcase

July 23, 2014

With a kick-ass sound system, cozy couches, table service, an upstairs lounge overlooking the music- plus great food and drinks,Toshi's is a beautiful place to chill. As always we've got a wonderful lineup of music planned, so come party with us! The Flatiron Hotel is located on the NW corner of 26th st. and Broadway. No RSVP is necessary and entrance is free, so roll on up with a bunch of friends, relax and enjoy a great night of music. Can't wait to see you all there!

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Kollaboration

July 31, 2014

Kollaboration is an Asian American entertainment 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began in Los Angeles in the year 2000. The organization's main goal is discovering and supporting up-and-coming Asian American artists in music and the performing arts. As the launching pad for previously undiscovered Asian American artists, Kollaboration creates a strong community of passionate artists who represent the best of each city's talent via partnerships with other community organizations, fundraisers, and an annual showcase competition. Kollaboration is a completely volunteer-run organization, with all profits being invested into future shows, events, and artists. The Kollaboration New York team aims to provide a creative outlet where young, driven Asian American individuals are given the opportunity to not only perform in front of a large audience, but to also find their voices and their place within the wider Asian American community: Empowerment Through Entertainment.

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The Niagaras

August 6, 2014

Comic Tales’ lead singer, songwriter, and trumpeter Robert Whaley previously fronted NYC rock legends, the Niagaras. With a penchant for interpretive dancing on tabletops and hilariously satirical rants on a broken childhood, Whaley electrified national audiences with appearances on Good Morning America, the Oxygen network, and Fox. The Niagaras were a hugely popular staple of the Manhattan scene for nearly two decades, attracting celebrities, controversy, and packed houses along the way. Seeking a return to the R&B roots that got him into music in the first place, and informed by an almost pathological aversion to anything post-1974, Whaley joined forces with talented newcomer Aaron Wyanski as pianist and arranger. Along with industry veterans Michael “Miguelito” LaMorté (Mini-King, Grupo Miguelito) on bass and longtime Niagaras drummer Dylan Wissing (Johnny Socko, Novel), the group has crafted an organic, literate, deeply-grooving collection of semi-autobiographical songs. Written in a tiny studio bursting with 20th Century literature, and inspired by a massive collection of obscure vinyl, Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak have managed to create a sound and a show which is both timeless and cutting-edge. The sweat-drenched performances and the rapidly-disappearing ability to deeply engage and entertain a crowd really leave a lasting impression. Sounds like hype, until you experience it in person.

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Tango Jazz Quartet

August 12, 2014

WE ARE Alejandro Beelmann on drums, Federico Hilal on bass, Gustavo Corrado on piano, Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet The band mixes the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with the harmonies and improvisation of Jazz. This results in a new concept of our music. This new approach to Tango and Jazz has received an enthusiastic reaction both in Argentina as well as internationally. Over the last few years, the band has managed to establish istself on the international music scene. It is the first time that I hear a fusion of Jazz and Tango that works and makes sense, said Richard Galliano. He also mentioned that both the incorporation of drums into Tango music and the respect with which the melodies have been treated are indeed remarkable. Gustavo Firmenich, the leader of Tango Jazz Quartet, has recreated in a few of his shows the performances which were common a few decades ago in Buenos Aires, where dancing evenings both with Tango Orchestras and Jazz Bands were organized. These nights were announced as « Tipica and Jazz ». In his research about Jazz and Tango, which have a lot in common, he found that there was one musical aspect which was clearly different between the two : the improvisation. This was the reason, why Gustavo Firmenich started in 2000 to look for ways and means to combine the two musical genres. For that purpose, he carried out a great number of studies and trials. He formed duos and trios with tango musicians who had many years of experience in tango music in order to learn from them, by oral transmission, the secrets of tango from those who lived in the golden age of tango. He also documented himself by consulting record collectionners to find out about other attempts of fusion of the two music styles. All these studies have led to the formation of Tango Jazz Quartet in 2005. In order to find the best suited musicians for this concept, many different musicians have taken part in the group. In 2007, the group was consolidated and received quickly a very favourable reaction both from the public and the specialized press. Up to now, the group has recorded three CD’s. The first one was presented in a joint concert given with the great french accordionist Richard Galliano. It has also undertaken international tours which received a very warm reception both in Argentina and outside. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture has declared this performances to be of cultural and artistic interest. The first tour was made in 2011, which led to a second tour through Europe in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, the european tour was extended by a tour to South Africa. The tour led them to France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy and South Africa.
http://jazz4.com.ar/?lang=en

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Tango Jazz Quartet

August 14, 2014

WE ARE Alejandro Beelmann on drums, Federico Hilal on bass, Gustavo Corrado on piano, Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet The band mixes the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with the harmonies and improvisation of Jazz. This results in a new concept of our music. This new approach to Tango and Jazz has received an enthusiastic reaction both in Argentina as well as internationally. Over the last few years, the band has managed to establish istself on the international music scene. It is the first time that I hear a fusion of Jazz and Tango that works and makes sense, said Richard Galliano. He also mentioned that both the incorporation of drums into Tango music and the respect with which the melodies have been treated are indeed remarkable. Gustavo Firmenich, the leader of Tango Jazz Quartet, has recreated in a few of his shows the performances which were common a few decades ago in Buenos Aires, where dancing evenings both with Tango Orchestras and Jazz Bands were organized. These nights were announced as « Tipica and Jazz ». In his research about Jazz and Tango, which have a lot in common, he found that there was one musical aspect which was clearly different between the two : the improvisation. This was the reason, why Gustavo Firmenich started in 2000 to look for ways and means to combine the two musical genres. For that purpose, he carried out a great number of studies and trials. He formed duos and trios with tango musicians who had many years of experience in tango music in order to learn from them, by oral transmission, the secrets of tango from those who lived in the golden age of tango. He also documented himself by consulting record collectionners to find out about other attempts of fusion of the two music styles. All these studies have led to the formation of Tango Jazz Quartet in 2005. In order to find the best suited musicians for this concept, many different musicians have taken part in the group. In 2007, the group was consolidated and received quickly a very favourable reaction both from the public and the specialized press. Up to now, the group has recorded three CD’s. The first one was presented in a joint concert given with the great french accordionist Richard Galliano. It has also undertaken international tours which received a very warm reception both in Argentina and outside. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture has declared this performances to be of cultural and artistic interest. The first tour was made in 2011, which led to a second tour through Europe in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, the european tour was extended by a tour to South Africa. The tour led them to France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy and South Africa.
http://jazz4.com.ar/?lang=en

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Alice Tsui

August 16, 2014

Alice Tsui started playing piano when she was four years old. She gave her first performance when she was seven years old, and she has competed in various competitions including the Young Artists Competition in Queens College, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Competition, the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Piano Concerto Competition, the NYU Steinhardt Piano Concerto Competition and the Kosciuszko Piano Competition. In December 2007, Alice performed Bach's Piano Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 and was awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence in the Brooklyn Technical High School Orchestra. At the Manhattan School of Music where Alice studied piano, she was awarded the Eva Van Gelder Piano Scholarship; at NYU, Alice was awarded the Steinhardt Education Scholarship and the Eileen E. Zaglin Scholarship For Showing Exceptional Creativity and Promise in the Arts. Alice has performed in the Interstudio Showcase in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, the Chopin Bicentennial Celebration in the Blackbox Theatre, the World Financial Center’s Chopin 200 Celebration, the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park for Sing for Hope, NYU's Tutte Le Corde: Music after 1940, and in Chamber Ensemble recitals at Tenri Cultural Institute. Alice has played in the Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival as well as the International Keyboard Institute & Festival. She has also performed in master classes with Magdelena Baczewska, Anthony de Mare, Lara Downes, Edna Golandsky, Alexander Kobrin, Joanne Kong, Gabriele Leporatti, Gesa Luecker, Victor Rosenbaum, Yuan Sheng, and Grant Wenaus. In May 2012, Alice won the American Music Teachers League Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall as part of the Young Musicians Concert. Alice has studied with Mabel Tao, Maxim Anikushin, Maria Asteriadou, Miyoko Lotto, and Jose Ramon Mendez. Alice graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Music Education. Alice is the founding music teacher at P.S. 532 New Bridges Elementary, a new arts-integrated elementary school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where she has created a vocal and instrumental music program. Alice's New Bridges students have performed at Sony Wonder Technology Lab, Steinway Hall and Make Music New York Day. Alice is a Faculty Teacher and Accompanist at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp (Camp MSM). Alice also currently teaches private piano lessons to students of all ages and levels throughout the city. She is a Sing for Hope Volunteer Artist, Make Music NY Performer, and the Arts and Education Coordinator of the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU). She has an active YouTube channel with classical pieces, popular covers and improvisatory originals at youtube.com/aliceanntsui. http://www.alicetsui.com

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Tamara Usatova

August 16, 2014

Destined to be a star in her own right, Tamara is slowly becoming one of the most in-demand singers in the NYC tri-state area and usually leaves her fans and events guests breathless with her amazing voice.” Managing Director of Night Roads Entertainment Inc., NY. Tamara Usatova is a Russian soul/pop/jazz singer and songwriter who began her career back in Russia where she was born. She acquired her stage experience through numerous gigs and appearances, performing non-stop with jazz and pop bands in Ukraine, Russia and the U.S. After winning a scholarship to Berklee College Of Music, Tamara decided to pursue her goal of becoming a professional singer and songwriter. Since 2012, she discovered a passion for writing songs and is now very successful in it. One of her new songs, “Watching the World Go By”, was chosen out of 150 submissions, to be performed at Boston’s “Perfect Pitch” contest in March 2013. In 2012 she got a chance to work as a singer for a famous Russian artist Alsou and to participate in the big anniversary concert together with Stevie Wonder musicians Ryan Kilgore, Darryl Munyungo Jackson, Gigi Gonaway. Currently, Tamara is making her first album, collaborating with different musicians and writing music for other artists. Tamara combines her love for the great soul, jazz and R&B singers in her music with influences from Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Billie Holiday to Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion to name a few. http://tamarausatova.com

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