Jazz and the City: The New York Connection
Pianist/vocalist David Raleigh, saxophonist Tony Carfora, bassist Danny Weller and drummer Daniel Glass join Charles R. Hale for "Jazz and the City: The New York Connection." You'll hear the tunes that carry with them the musical history of jazz in New York City, including music composed by New Yorkers, Gershwin, Arlen and Kern; songs performed by New Yorkers, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Lena Horne; Broadway show tunes that became jazz classics, Night and Day, 'S Wonderful and quintessential New York tunes such as A Train. Charles, who has written and created the event, will narrate the program, linking the tunes, composers and performers with his stories of New York City.
On the surface, David Raleigh exudes a romantic youthfulness with his impeccable piano/vocal prowess. Look a little deeper and its clear that this New York City local, lauded by Time Out Magazine as the Nat King Cole for a new generation, has the old soul songwriting sensibilities of some of the greatest performers of our time.
Originally born in Rochester, New York, David Raleigh grew up in Seattle, Washington on a stable diet of pop/rock and gospel music. His music has been featured numerous times on the big screen. His sophomore album,Beginning Again, (2010) boasted a lead single that joined VH1s general playlist and spent 10 consecutive weeks in Logo (MTV)s top ten.
Charles R. Hale was born, raised and educated in New York. A descendant of New York City's Irish famine immigrants, Charles has a Masters in cultural history and has had a number of his family and ancestral history essays published in literary magazines.
Charless film "Walls: We Are Not Forgotten," about the life of singer Judy Collins, was presented at the 2012 Eugene ONeill Award ceremony, which honored Ms. Collins work in the arts and humanities. His multimedia presentation, "Rise Up Singing: Women in the Labor Movement," which explores the problems confronted by women in the workforce through the use of song, live theater and film recently debuted at Lehman College. His show, "The Musical History of the Lower East Side," was performed at Rockwood Music Hall to rave reviews.
Inspired by the flowering of artistic achievement, which often arises when cultures come together, Charles co-founded Artists Without Walls, an organization dedicated to creating a dynamic environment that allows for and promotes cultural collaboration and artistic achievement.
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