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G&J PRODUCTIONS AND GINNY'S CELEBRATE JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH
(Published: April 04, 2013)

With Art Blakey Tribute, Tenor and Alto Saxophonists "Cuttin' Up!," Gospel Jazz, and a Chicago Vocal Phenom

Harlem, New York)-Ginny's Supper Club and G&J Productions celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month this April with a slate of exciting music programs. A tribute to Art Blakey, one of the greatest drummers and bandleaders in jazz history, kicks off the month-long celebration (4/6). The month closes with the introduction of the Jazz Serenade series, featuring perhaps the greatest female jazz singer in Chicago, Tammy McCann, joined by tenor saxophonist Houston Person as special guest (4/27).

In between, other highlights unfold: a Manhattan School of Music piano night (4/11); saxophonists Lew Tabackin and JD Allen (4/12), and Antonio Hart and Sherman Irby (4/13) "Cuttin' Up!" head-to-head, accompanied by pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Dwayne Burno, and drummer Mark Taylor; Latin Jazz with the Arturo O'Farrill trio (4/20); and JazzPlus Gospel featuring songstress Eunice Newkirk on April 25th.

Derek Fleming, Director of Business Development for the Marcus Samuelsson Group (the owners of Ginny's Supper Club and its sister restaurant, The Red Rooster) puts April jazz shows at Ginny's in a larger context.

"Recent articles regarding jazz in Harlem may focus on the struggling state of the genre, with boarded up clubs, legal battles and clubs yet-to-open, but the top-level programming at Ginny's Supper Club clearly shows that the spirit of jazz is alive and well and thriving right now in Harlem. Ginny's is poised to celebrate a great Jazz Appreciation Month with jazz lovers both local and international visitors as well."

G&J Productions is a proud supporter of the JazzApril initiative of the Jazz Journalists Association.

GINNY'S SUPPER CLUB: APRIL 2013 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

April 6 TRIBUTE TO ART BLAKEY
8pm* & 10:30pm $20
Art Blakey was one of the inventors of the modern jazz drumming. The DownBeat Jazz and Grammy Award Hall of Fame artist was known as a powerful musician and a vital groover. His brand of blues-based, driving hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on the mainstream of jazz. For more than 30 years Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers included many of the young musicians who become legendary names in jazz, among them Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, and Wayne Shorter.

Join us as rising jazz stars Josh Evans, Stacy Dillard, Anthony Wonsey, Dezron Douglas, along with trombonist Frank Lacy, former musical director of the Jazz Messengers, and one of the greatest jazz drummers of his generation, Ralph Peterson-an understudy of Blakey's-come together to pay a rare tribute to this jazz great. *8 pm set Sold Out.

April 11 HARLEM OLD SCHOOL SALON- NIGHT ON PIANO 8pm & 10:30pm $15

Performed by Manhattan School of Music Faculty
Harlem Rent Parties of yesteryear were legendary gatherings for jazz pianists like Fats Waller, Willie "the Lion Smith", Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk and others, where they showed off the great piano styles they honed in Harlem-stride, boogie woogie, and, later, bebop.

Join us at Ginny's for a 21st century version, with great jazz pianists from Manhattan School of Music, celebrating MSM Jazz Arts 30th Anniversary. Night on Piano will feature MSM Jazz Piano Faculty Garry Dial and Ted Rosenthal, as well as MSM Jazz Arts Students Angelo Di Loreto and Guy Mintus.

G&J Productions presents
April 12 CUTTIN' UP! LEW TABACKIN & JD ALLEN
Two Musicians - Same Instrument - Jamming Head to Head
8pm & 10:30pm $20

Lew Tabackin is recognized as a virtuoso, a bold, hard-driving tenor saxophonist. Lew has played in the big bands of Clark Terry, Duke Pearson, and Thad Jones and Mel Lewis as well as George Wein's Newport All-Star Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band
and his own renowned orchestra, co-led with Toshiko Akiyoshi.

Hailed by the New York Times as "a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style," JD Allen has performed, recorded, and toured with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter, Louis Hayes , Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster Big Band and Winard Harper.

Aaron Diehl, piano
Mark Taylor, drums
Dwayne Burno, bass


G&J Productions presents
April 13 CUTTIN' UP! SHERMAN IRBY & ANTONIO HART
Two Musicians - Same Instrument - Jamming Head to Head
8pm & 10:30pm $20

Sherman Irby is a long-time member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, during which time he also recorded and toured with Marcus Roberts and was part of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program.

A fluid and inventive blues-drenched player, Irby had a four-year stint with Roy Hargrove, was a member of Elvin Jones' ensemble, and Papo Vazquez's Pirates Troubadours.

One of the "young lions" to emerge in the late 1980s and first recognized for his influential work with trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Grammy-nominated altoist and educator Antonio Hart has established himself as one of the finest instrumentalists in jazz.

He is a graduate of the Berklee School and has recorded and performed with a plethora of jazz greats including Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner and Nat Adderley, and is a protégé of legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath.

Aaron Diehl, piano
Mark Taylor, drums
Dwayne Burno, bass

April 20 ARTURO O'FARRILL TRIO
8pm & 10:30pm $20
A long-time resident of New York City, pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill has always remained close to his Latin Roots. An icon of the Latin Jazz scene, O'Farrill's career has included ten records, a Grammy award, commissions from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Big Apple Circus, film scores, and collaborations with greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Carla Bley, Paquito D'Rivera, and Dizzy Gillespie. Son of legendary Cuban composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo has also worked tirelessly as a musical educator.

Since 1995 he has directed the renowned Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and in 2002 he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin Jazz.

G&J Productions presents
April 25 JAZZPLUS: GOSPEL with EUNICE NEWKIRK
8pm & 10:30pm $15

A soloist at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem New York, Eunice Newkirk has traveled across the globe performing jazz, blues and gospel.

She has sung with renowned musicians such as Branford Marsalis, the late Frank Foster and Billy Taylor, Bobby Watson, David "Fathead" Newman, the late Lionel Hampton and Max Roach, just to name a few.
Kenneth Thornton, piano
Paul Ramsey, bass
Phil Young, drums

G&J Productions presents
April 27 JAZZ SERENADE: TAMMY McCANN
8pm & 10:30pm $20
with Special Guest Houston Person, Tenor Sax

"She's probably the best singer I've heard since the emergence of Dianne Reeves" - Stanley Crouch

She has been compared to the amazing Dinah Washington with vocals described as soulfully seductive, mighty and sumptuous. A classically trained singer, Tammy McCann is an internationally experienced jazz vocalist whose powerful, sultry and mellifluous voice paints pictures and tells stories by vocally merging jazz, gospel and classical music.

She wowed the Ginny's audience this past January as a guest artist, so we're showcasing her stunning artistry due to popular demand.

"A vocal tour de force" - Howard Reich, Arts & Culture Critic Chicago Tribune
Lonnie Plaxico, bass
Lafayette Harris, piano
Steve Williams, drums

Ginny's Supper Club/Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lenox Ave &125th & 126th)

Tickets: 212 421-3821 or www.ginnyssupperclub.com


For media inquiry or interviews, please contact:
G&J Productions, Jewel Kinch-Thomas at media@gjpservices.com or 917 536-6504

More Information: http://www.ginnysupperclub.com

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