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American Songbook Association Presents Its First Annual Gala The Joint Is Jumpin'! - Celebrating America's Black Songwriters and Singers
(Published: September 05, 2018)

American Songbook Association Presents Its First Annual Gala
The Joint Is Jumpin'! - Celebrating America's Black Songwriters and Singers
With Maurice Hines, Ken Page, Cady Huffman, Vivian Reed and More!
Plus a Special Tribute Performance by and Presentation of the First Annual
ASA Lifetime Achievement Award to Marilyn Maye
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM at The Pershing Square Signature Center
The American Songbook Association (ASA) is proud to present its first Annual Gala, The Joint Is
Jumpin'!, a joyous celebration of contributions to the American Songbook by Black songwriters and
notable singers. The ASA will also present its first annual Lifetime Achievement Award to singer
Marilyn Maye. The award will be presented to Maye by her longtime friend, fashion designer, Bob
Mackie. The event takes place at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center,
480 W. 42nd Street, New York City, on September 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM. Tickets, available by going to
www.americansongbookassoc..., are $150, $125 and $45.
Starring in The Joint Is Jumpin'! - Celebrating America's Black Songwriters and Singers are a host of
Broadway and Cabaret stars, including Danny Bacher, Aaron Lee Battle, Natalie Douglas, Maurice
Hines, Cady Huffman, N'Kenge, Nicolas King, Joel A. Martin, Ken Page, Vivian Reed, Kissy Simmons,
Stacy Sulivan and Jon Weber. * ASA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Marilyn Maye, will also
perform a special tribute, with her Music Director Tedd Firth at the piano. Additionally, a Gala reception
will be held after the concert in the sumptuous lobby of The Pershing Square Signature Center. Patrons
can indulge in dessert fare with beverages from the cash bar.
Host of The Joint Is Jumpin'! - Celebrating America's Black Songwriters and Singers is Todd Murray, with
Music Director Eugene Gwozdz on piano and Mark McClean on drums, with soprano saxophone
contributions by Danny Bacher. Featured will be the music and songs of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn,
Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, W.C. Handy and more. Represented will be iconic singers such as Ella
Fitgerald, Nat King Cole, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Short and others. The
Gala Honorary Committee is chaired by The Honorable David N. Dinkins, former Mayor of the City of
New York, and co-chaired by Evelyn Jones Rich, prominent educator and civil rights activist.
"In planning our first gala, our Board of Directors felt it was extremely important to spotlight the
enormous contributions to the classic American Songbook made by African Americans," said ASA
Executive Director, Marilyn Lester. "Names like Ellington, Strayorn, Waller and others are known, of
course, but may not be as much in the forefront as Berlin, Gershwin or Porter. The music catalogues
of all of these great songwriters needs to be equally known and indelibly preserved for future
generations."
The first ASA Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to noted singer and Grammy nominee Marilyn
Maye, recognizes a body of work that spans most of her 90 years. Maye began singing at age 9 and has
dedicated her life to performance. Still going strong, the "Marvelous Marilyn Maye" has given over
100 concerts in nearly a decade in New York City alone. She holds the record for most apearances by a
singer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - an astounding 76 times. She is the recipient of
many awards and accolades for her singing, as well as for acting and mentoring of talent. The ASA
Lifetime Achievement Award wil be presented to Maye by her longtime friend, the noted fashion
designer, Bob Mackie.
The American Songbook Association Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in New York State, which
seeks to preserve, promote and advance the legacy of American popular music, the Great American
Songbook (classic and new), and the unique art form of cabaret. The ASA publishes the longestablished
Cabaret Scenes magazine, conducts educational programs in New York City public schools,
and creates performances serving its audience of seniors, students and others. We strive to inspire,
transform, empower and create torchbearers for future generations so they may understand,
appreciate and embrace the historical and cultural importance of America's rich musical heritage.
Learn more at www.americansongbookassoc...
The Joint Is Jumpin'! - Celebrating America's Black Songwriters and Singers is at The Irene Diamond Stage
at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd Street, New York City, on September 17, 2018 at
7:30 PM. Tickets, available by going to www.americansongbookassoc..., are $150, $125 and $45.
There is a gala reception after the concert for all Gala patrons in The Pershing Square Signature Center
lobby space.
For further information, email info@americansongbookassociati... or call 347-387-4945.

More Information: http://www.americansongbookassociation.org

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