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Jazzmeia Horn at Harlem Stage Gatehouse 12/7/2017

Posted Dec 8, 2017

By Kevin Yazell

As anticipated, Jazzmeia Horn put on a spectacular show last night at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. There was quite a buzz prior the show in front of the theater as fans had lined up early for a shot at the best seats in the small house.

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Carnegie Hall Tours: History Comes to Life

Carnegie Hall Tours: History Comes to Life

Posted Dec 6, 2017

by Sasha Dimitrijevic

The tale of Carnegie Hall begins similar to many famous landmarks – groundbreaking, insane, a bad idea, and a love story. It is also a great story and I recently learned the inside scoop by attending a guided tour of Carnegie Hall. Our guide knew every imaginable (and some not) detail about the Hall and its history and was extremely excited to share the whole story!

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Bloomingdale's Flagship Store

Bloomingdale's Personal Shoppers Help Busy Buyers in NYC

Posted Dec 6, 2017

by Sasha Dimitrijevic 

Shopping is often looked upon as an errand; trying to find that too rare window of free time, browsing around in quests for the right stores, fighting through crowds of people, waiting in line for dressing rooms, finding the right size at the time of the right sale etc. It can sometimes be so tedious, that it’s hard to enjoy yourself. At Bloomingdale’s in NYC, that’s where personal shoppers can make all the difference.

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Paula West @ Jazz at Lincoln Center

Paula West @ Jazz at Lincoln Center

Posted Dec 2, 2017

The San Francisco-based singer, who, alas, hasn’t played Jazz at Lincoln Center since 2013, herewith makes a triumphant return in New York. Miss West, who headlined at the Oak Room of the Algonquin for much of the previous decade, was at the time celebrated for bringing a touch of jazz to what was then New York’s most venerated cabaret room; now, she’s doing the opposite, bringing the lyric-driven spirit and humor of the best cabaret artists to the most visible jazz club in the country. Ms. West’s strengths are still the same, only stronger, not least of which is the ability to switch gears between such traditional jazz-and-cabaret fare as Rodgers and Hart (“Lover”) and more contemporary songsters, like John Lennon (“Gimme Some Truth”), while stopping at such iconclasts as Oscar Brown Jr. (“The Snake,” “Hum-Drum Blues”) along the way. A formidable swinger as well as a storyteller, she still delivers the most compelling interpretation of “Like a Rolling Stone” that I’ve ever heard, as well as of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “The Waters of March” - which, in her hands, is so soulful and personal that it could be titled “The Ethel Waters of March.”

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Bloomingdale's Holiday Window Displays Are Here!

Bloomingdale's Holiday Window Displays Are Here!

Posted Nov 30, 2017

'Tis the Season and no one does it better than Bloomingdale's!!

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Steve Tyrell at the Cafe Carlyle (2017)

Steve Tyrell at the Cafe Carlyle (2017)

Posted Nov 30, 2017

As has been observed before, the ironic thing about Steve Tyrell is that even though he’s easily one of the most successful living masters of the art of making records - both as a producer and a vocalist - he is even better when experienced live, especially in the warm, intimate setting of the Carlyle. This is more true than ever during the holiday season, when the sweet sensations of nostalgia for home and family and the good times of years gone by become even more palpable, as lovingly rendered by Mr. Tyrell with his mellow, delightfully raspy baritone.

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Emilio's Ballato

Emilio's Ballato Italian Restaurant: Manhattan's Hidden Gem!

Posted Nov 30, 2017

By: Kevin Yazell

When Vlado, one of the doormen at my apt building here in Manhattan, started telling me stories about serving John Lennon, Andy Warhol and a long list of other well-known celebrities when he worked at Emilio's Ballato Italian restaurant many years ago, I knew I had to see this place for myself.

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Peter & Will Anderson at the Appel Room (JALC): The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers

Peter & Will Anderson at the Appel Room (JALC): The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers

Posted Nov 27, 2017

How very fitting that the major brother act in contemporary swing music, the saxophone-playing Anderson Twins (Peter and Will) should celebrate the greatest brotherly team in the history of the big band era, the fabulous trombonist Tommy Dorsey and clarinetist-saxophonist Jimmy Dorsey. Like the Dorseys, the Andersons possess a unique combination of off-the-charts technical skills - all four brothers, both historic and current, are genuine, classical-level virtuosi - coupled with an equally immeasurable ability to swing and to entertain an audience. And, like the Dorseys before them, the Andersons know well the value of putting together a great band: in addition to the brothers themselves on all the reed instruments, there will be trumpeter Bruce Harris, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Clovis Nicolas, drummer Aaron Kimmel, and two guest stars of Dorsey-esque proportions, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and vocalist Brianna Thomas. Expect to hear such Dorsey classics as “Marie,” “Song of India,” “So Rare,” and “Tangerine,” while I, for one, will refuse to leave the Appel Room until I hear Mr. Gordon and Ms. Thomas sing together on such classic boy-girl duets as “Yes Indeed” and “Green Eyes.”

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