I Don't Want the Night to End - the Phoebe Snow songbook
photo by Janis Wilkens
Vocalist Mary Foster Conklin hosts a weekly radio show focused on women composers and lyricists called A Broad Spectrum the Ladies of Jazz on WFDU HD2. A tireless song hound who has done several shows highlighting women writers both past and present, she now turns her focus to contemporary singer/ songwriter Phoebe Snow, best known for her hits Poetry Man and Harpos Blues who died in 2011. A founding member of the Renegade Cabaret, Mary can be seen from time to time singing off various fire escapes as The Lady in the Red Dress. Her tribute to Beat poet Fran Landesman was praised by the New York Times as "full of salt and vinegar -- with the intensity and tough humor of someone who might have lived on the bohemian fringe in the late 40s and 50s, when the word hip meant something." Her latest CD, Photographs, a memory piece of standards and contemporary tunes, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and worldwide airplay.
Her distinctive rich and dusky sound is completely captivating, conjuring up images of a film noir femme fatale. Jersey Jazz
A master of conveying world-weary bitter sweet emotions, tempered with an odd unlikely sense of optimism Jazz Music Archives
Guitarist Tony Romano has been a visible part of the New York City music scene for over twenty years. Just Jazz Guitar magazine wrote His tone is beautiful and soulful, and his remarkable technique is a servant to his rich musical imagination and broad harmonic palette.
With a wide range of playing styles, Tony has toured worldwide and can be heard on Mary Foster Conklins CD Blues for Breakfast Remembering Matt Dennis. Tonys guitar work can be heard on the BBC series 3rd & Bird and has also performed for the Discovery Channel miniseries Going, Going, Gone! as well as on NPR Broadcasts, and has appeared on NBCs The Today Show, Telemundo, and the ABC Morning Show. Tony is an Associate Professor at Five Towns College, and has been a Teaching Artist for the Kupferberg Center at Queens College, as well as an instructor for the National Guitar Workshop.
Acoustic bassist Gary Wang has been living and playing professionally in New York for the past fifteen years. Since 1995, Gary has worked with in the bands of T.S. Monk, Don Braden, Stanley Turrentine, Willie Williams, Dena DeRose, David Hazeltine, Jon Gordon, Matt Wilson, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ambassadors band, among many others. Gary has appeared in many of the major venues in New York City, including Iridium, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Lincoln Center, and Town Hall, as well as many of the major clubs in other cities in the U.S., such as the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, The Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., and Yoshis in Oakland.
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