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Dion Parson & 21st Century Band - Ginny's NYC - January 10, 2015
(Published: December 17, 2014)

World Premiere Preview of New CD
"St. Thomas"

Dion Parson - drums
Ron Blake - saxophone
Rashawn Ross - trumpet
Carlton Holmes - piano
Victor Provost - steel pan
Alioune Faye - percussion/ sabar drums

Ginny's Supper Club
January 10, 2015
310 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
7:30pm & 9:30pm / $15
phone: 212-421-3821
email: info@ginnyssupperclub.com

This January 10th, Dion Parson & 21st Century Band bring the rhythmic flavor of the Virgin Islands and its musical traditions to NYC. In celebration of their upcoming CD release "St. Thomas" (June 2015), the original members of the band will be reunited at Ginny's Supper Club at the Red Rooster where they'll play some of the new arrangements of popular tunes ("St. Thomas," "Three Little Birds") as well as original compositions ("Calypso Bayou" "21st Century") on the CD.

This performance marks the first in NYC with all the original members of the band -- Virgin Islanders Grammy® Award-winner Dion Parson; Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band); Ron Blake (Saturday Night Live Band); Reuben Rogers and Victor Provost with honorary Islanders Carlton Holmes and Alioune Faye -- since their last live recording at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in June 2013.

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21st Century Band
In 21st Century Band, GRAMMY® award-winning drummer and composer Dion Parson has put together a powerhouse ensemble. Comprised of seven of the world's finest musicians, the band features a fresh innovative sound that boasts a superb mix of US Virgin Islands traditions such as Quelbe, and other Caribbean infusions like reggae, calypso, soca, mento, ska, zouk, steel pan, chutney, and funk with New Orleans and African overtones. Together, these supremely talented artists deliver their special brand of Caribbean Jazz with down-home sophistication and a high energy level that has audiences-young and old- soaring to their feet time and time again. Their sold-out performances at prestigious venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City have garnered such rave reviews from fans and critics alike that the club has hosted the ensemble for week-long performances every year since June 2008.

Dion G. Parson
One of New York's finest, GRAMMY® award-winning drummers, Dion Parson is founder and leader of 21st Century Band, an educator, and a composer. Born on June 11, 1967 on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Dion's musical foundation includes classical, reggae, calypso, jazz, African, and pop music. He received a BA in Music Education in 1990 and his Masters in Jazz Performance in 2012 and has been an Artist-In-Residence at the University of the Virgin Islands for the past few years. An educator committed to giving back to his community, Dion is President of United Jazz Foundation and founder of "Mentoring Through the Arts of Music," a music education and mentoring program that helps young musicians discover, hone, and showcase their talent while preparing them for professional careers in music.Dion has performed globally and has successfully recorded as both a sideman and a leader for several major music labels. In 2007, together with Nicole Koerts-Parson, he started United Jazz International which produces events in the USVI and around the world. Dion Parson & 21st Century Band and its music were recently annexed as a permanent part of USVI musical history. (Dionparson.com)

Press Contact: Scott Thompson PR

More Information: http://www.ginnyssupperclub.com/event/728893-dion-parson-21st-century-new-york/?utm_source=2014_1204_Newsletter_DionParson&utm_campaign=2014_1205_DionParson+newsletter&utm_medium=email

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