On December 8th, the jazz community will be a significant part of an all-ages interfaith musical salute to Diwali, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years! Known as The Indie Collaborative, this multi award-winning group of Independent Artists, representing a “smorgasbord” of musical genres (roots, classical, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, R&B, children’s, spoken word, musical theater, and “everything in-between”) join together for an Interfaith Holiday Concert in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. This 90-minute, high energy, family-fun concert will combine nostalgic favorites with many, new and exciting, original works. No matter the musical taste, this Indie Collaborative concert has something for everyone.
- Our music director Alex Otey has recorded with recorded with Grover Washington Jr. and Richie Cole, and performs in-person, regularly jazz and cabaret.
- Nicole Zuraitis is a jazz bandleader, recording artist, and the premiere vocalist of the world-famous Birdland Big Band and for Dan Pugach Nonet, who were nominated for a Grammy for their arrangement of Dolly Parton's Jolene." She’s assembled an all-star female ensemble to record her project Generations of Her: Women Songwriters and Lyricists of the Last 100 Years while working diligently on her sixth album as a leader.
- Known as trumpet lady Syreeta Thompson is a Billboard Number 1 Album Topper with an upcoming documentary, Blow Yo Horn.
- Lucy Kalantari is a 2-Time Grammy Award Winner in Children’s music with a new album, What Kind of World with her group The Jazz Cats.
- Internationally acclaimed hip-hop, R&B, jazz, latin, and afrobeat group Levels combine two cast members of Stomp, an American Idol finalist, and two Italian music virtuosos.
- Multi-award-winning classical pianist and world music artist, Charu Suri is a musical innovator, combining jazz with ragas from her native India. Sufi improvisation, vibraphone and piano.
- Internationally acclaimed hip-hop, R&B, jazz, latin, and Afrobeat group Levels
The eclectic cast also includes:
- Songs from the Emmy Award-winning Bluestone Sisters’ holiday catalog
- Popular New York Cabaret and soap opera actress Grace Garland
- Billboard Top 10 American Roots recording artist Grant Maloy Smith
- Award-winning classical flutist and symphonic performer Joanne Lazzaro
- Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize winner and featured Broadway violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins
- Drama Desk Winner and one of “Broadway’s Best” Rachel York
- IDEA Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award winning performer and producer Yocontalie
About The Indie Collaborative
Co-founded in June, 2015, by Emmy Award Winner, Eileen Sherman (playwright, lyricist, producer, and young adult novelist) and Billboard Top 10 recording artist, Grant Maloy Smith (American Roots singer/songwriter and producer), The Indie Collaborative instantly became an international success that today boasts over 2,000 members, hailing from the likes of Singapore to Pakistan; from Italy to Australia; From Brazil to Brooklyn. Their mission is to foster unique and professional collaborations while creating lasting friendships and a support system for all independent artists around the globe. Free to join, the only requirements are to be a professional in the music world and to demonstrate a dedication to artistic excellence. Throughout the years, Grant and Eileen have produced IC concerts for the public that ran the gamut from Carnegie Hall to The Bitter End, plus Indie Collaborative showcases where members have an opportunity to perform for each other and meet one another (New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Newport, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago) Without fail, members begin an evening as strangers but depart with new collaborators for future projects!
This December 8, treat yourself to a night of glorious holiday music from The Indie Collaborative.
The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center
(Entrance by 111 Amsterdam Avenue between 64th-65th Streets)
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Showtime: 7 PM
New York City and Lincoln Center require all audience members to show proof of vaccination and photo ID at time of admission. Masks must be worn at all times in all areas of the building. Use of library space for this program does not indicate endorsement by the New York Public Library.