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Meet Ari (ImpressARIo) Silverstein

Read "Meet Ari (ImpressARIo) Silverstein" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Some people are jazz aficionados. Then there's Ari Silverstein. Hooked from the moment he saw the light of jazz, was he content merely to listen? Not Impress-Ari-o! Once he was in, he was in all the way, from organizing concerts to getting his New York tour guide license in order to start shepherding tourists to his ...

NEWS: RADIO

A Night At Bricktop's This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, actors Topsy Chapman and Vernel Bagneris offer narratives drawn from the memoirs of Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith and Langston Hughes. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and the Hot Club of San Francisco give us a musical tour of Paris in the '30s. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat

Read "Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat" reviewed by Fradley Garner

Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat

“If music be the food of love, play on." And while you're at it, set 16 of Shakespeare's sonnets to music, and play and sing them to a jazz beat. Which, by my troth, is exactly what Caroll Vanwelden has done. The comely Belgian pianist wanted to produce ...

NEWS: RADIO

Bricktop’s Jazz In 1930s' Montmartre This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Bricktop’s Jazz In 1930s' Montmartre This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, actors Topsy Chapman and Vernel Bagneris offer narratives drawn from the memoirs of Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith and Langston Hughes. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and the Hot Club of San Francisco give us a musical tour of Paris in the '30s. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, ...

NEWS: RADIO

Riverwalk Jazz Presents "A Night at Bricktop's: Jazz in 1930s' Montmartre"

Riverwalk Jazz Presents "A Night at Bricktop's: Jazz in 1930s' Montmartre"

Beginning Thursday, October 7, Riverwalk Jazz, heard nationwide on Public Radio International and Sirius/XM, will present a special broadcast on Ada 'Bricktop' Smith, who played barkeep to the “Lost Generation" of international ex-patriots living in Paris in the 1930s. The broadcast will feature frequent guest singer/actors Vernel Bagneris and Topsy Chapman, who offer narratives drawn from the memoirs of Bricktop and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mabel Mercer: The Art of Mabel Mercer

Read "The Art of Mabel Mercer" reviewed by Craig Jolley

The music of Mabel Mercer, a gifted cabaret singer of the 1930's - 60's, is enjoying a resurgence in popularity with almost all of it now available on CD. The Art of Mabel Mercer presents her earliest commercial recordings made in her fifties.

Mercer was not blessed with much voice (Late in her career she liked ...


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