Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jambalaya Brass Band Returns to the Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade

In support of their latest CD release, On the Funky Side Jambalaya Brass Band will be returning to march and perform at one of the most fun family-friendly events of the season in NYC, the 3rd annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade, on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.  Sign-in begins at 11:00 am at MCU Park at 1904 Surf Ave. (at W 17th St.), followed by the costume competition at 1:00 pm.  The parade kicks off at 2:00 pm and ends at Luna Park at 1000 Surf Ave. with free rides for registered participants.  Jambalaya Brass Band’s previous CD, It’s a Jungle Out There, resulted in heavy broadcast radio rotation on eighty-five stations nationwide, as well as countless national and worldwide Internet radio stations, and charted in the top five of the CMJ Charts, The Roots Music Report and the Cashbox Charts.  Jambalaya Brass Band live is a flat-out celebration from start to finish.  

At the Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade, along with tunes from On the Funky Side and their previous successful CD It’s a Jungle Out There, Jambalaya Brass Band will be performing other original New Orleans party and 2nd line favorites.  The band’s foundation will be provided by Ralph Hamperian on sousaphone, Kevin Raczka on snare drum, and Chauncey Yearwood on Bass Drum & cymbal—and this rhythm section cooks on high octane, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes!  Filling out this tasty gumbo and adding the spice on top will be the trombone of Curtis Fowlkes, the trumpet of Steve Gluzband, and the tenor sax of leader and founder Ric Frank, an alumnus of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

" Jambalaya could stand side-by-side with . . . any New Orleans brass band in terms of sheer exuberance and energy . . . a party from start to finish."—Henry Smith for All About Jazz

The Jambalaya Brass Band is a group of seasoned musical pros from a variety of impressive previous musical settings as diverse as the Duke Ellington Orchestra to the Lounge Lizards, yet they have a knack for integrating these disparate musical experiences into one dynamic setting.  These seasoned New York purveyors of authentic American ‘roots’ music play a delightful spicy musical gumbo of New Orleans fare influenced by the likes of Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Rebirth and Dirty Dozen brass bands, straight through to the heights of their own modern sounds that incorporate elements of R&B, Gospel, Funk, Latin and Be-bop.  They embody the history of the best American music of the last hundred years while at the same time suggesting a prescient trajectory of America’s musical future.  The Band’s arrangements are original and innovative while the playing is simultaneously precise and spontaneous, yet all is conceived with imagination and wit.  After-all, this is New Orleans party music and Jambalaya Brass Band is always a joyous musical celebration as they have proven on many occasions.  On the Funky Side is a rollicking musical journey and a great celebration of American music while at the same time an appetizing preview of what this group is capable of live.

Time:                        Sign-in at 11:00 am, costume competition at 1:00 pm, parade starts at 2:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm
Location:                 Starts at MCU Park at 1904 Surf Ave. (at W 17th St.) and ends at Luna Park at 1000 Surf Ave. http://nycedc.tumblr.com/post/34359735595/coney-island-childrens-halloween-parade-boo-the
Admission:             Free (all children must register), plus free rides at Luna Park for all registered participants

Visit Jambalaya Brass Band on the Web at:  www.jambalayabrassband.com

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Monday, October 7, 2013

"Andrea Mezvinsky & Maryelle Turner's Underdogma Comedy Show"

The delightfully irreverent Andrea Mezvinsky, crowned ‘America’s Funniest Mom’ on The Oprah Winfrey Show, will be performing her and Maryelle Turner's Underdogma Comedy Show at the renowned Comic Strip, voted AOL City Guide’s ‘Best Comedy Club’ and home to comedy legends Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler, on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  
“Andrea Mezvinsky . . . was the stand-out performer . . . she cracked the house up at Caroline’s on Broadway." 
— NY Daily News

Andrea Mezvinsky’s (www.andreamezvinsky.com) first job in show business was as a magician's assistant, performing the “zigzag lady trick” (being sawed in half while standing up).  Now she is a STAND-UP and a crack-up with some hilarious wisecracks on life in the 21st Century.  First cousin to Marc and Chelsea Clinton-Mezvinsky, Andrea’s point of view on politics and family matters are unique.  In addition to The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has also appeared in Open Admissions on CBS, The Perfect Woman on The Bravo Channel, and the lead in the Independent film Gratuitous Sex that won honors at the Sundance Film Festival.  Andrea’s theatre credits include:  the Off-Broadway hit Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, and her one-woman show Sometimes Over the Summer, produced at the John Houseman Theatre and the Midtown International Theatre Festival.  More recently Andrea performed in Turning Points at The Cherry Lane Theatre, co-starred in Storm Up The Sky with Richard Mazur, appeared in the Samuel French Festival’s production of Socks Without Partners directed by Laurie Eliscu at New York City’s venerable Beckett Theatre, and most recently, she produced, directed, wrote and starred in the video short Zumba.

Treat yourself to this rare opportunity to see Andrea Mezvinsky & Maryelle Turner’s witty Underdogma Comedy Show, loaded with her unique brand of droll self-mockery—you deserve it—and you’ll be thanking yourself as you leave the Comic Strip with that smile on your face.

Where:            1568 Second Ave. (btw 81st & 82nd St.), NY, NY 10028, 212-861-9386, http://www.comicstriplive.com/

When:             Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Admission:      $10 + 2 drink minimum

Contact Info for Andrea Mezvinsky:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc., 212 543-9998, info@redwoodentertianment.com, www.redwoodentertainment.com  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Deborah Thurlow Issues Her New CD Release: Collage

As a follow-up to her previously released single “Where Were You,” composer and singer/songwriter Deborah Thurlow is now releasing her new CD, Collage, on October 1, 2013.  A departure from her previous releases of modern classical/jazz music, Collage is a collection of twelve original Adult Contemporary songs that are seductive and inspiring. 

As Ian Wagstaff commented in Horn Magazine, “. . . combine the Dalai Lama with Berlioz, throw in some Hebraic influence . . . Deborah Thurlow uses an eclectic mix of instruments, from the shofar to the Tibetan singing bowl, . . . [with] a strong electronic influence.”  And now with the same exploratory spirit and creativity Deborah is branching out in yet another direction and expressing another side of her musical personality.  Along with her soulful vocals and engaging songwriting skills Collage features seamless performances by Russell Daisey on piano, Loren Daniels on piano & organ, the acoustic guitar of Vincent Downes, Brian Princing on electric guitar, Alex Gressel on upright & electric bass, and the drums of Andrea Valentini, as well as other special guests.  Collage is yet another of Deborah’s infectious stylistic excursions that expands the trajectory of her expressive musical vision and is sure to entice the appetites of her listeners for more.

Deborah Thurlow is a composer/horn player/vocalist/songwriter/music educator and a freelance musician in the New York City area and Europe.  She starred in her own one act play with music, The Creative Void Of The Planet Earth, which was featured in an Equity Showcase run of seven performances by the New Media Repertory Company under the direction of Miranda MacDermot.  She has also performed with the Pina Baush Ballet Company, Franz Kaman, David Amram, Anthony Davis, and The New York Composers Orchestra, to name but a few.  She studied both composition and orchestration with John Corigliano at Lehman College and has received grants from Meet the Composer, ASCAP Awards, William Petshek Music Fund and the Puffin Cultural Foundation.  Her modern classical/jazz works are published with Ensemble Publications/Nichols Music Company and DSM Producers who cater to the film and TV industry exclusively.  

As a music educator Deborah teaches privately, at public schools, colleges and neighborhood performing arts schools.  She devotes much of her time to teaching music to underprivileged youths while continuing to pursue her music career in a way that inspires her students as well as her fans.  Collage is a sparkling example of Deborah’s vocal and songwriting talents and an enticing preview of her exciting and engaging live performances.
Deborah Thurlow: Collage     

Redwood Entertainment, Inc. (212) 543-9998                                                                             info@redwoodentertianment.com www.redwoodentertainment.com   
Visit Deborah on the Web at www.deborahthurlow.com