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Julie Benko


Julie Benko is an actress, singer, and writer based in New York City. She has performed on Broadway, national tours, and in regional theaters across the country. Her debut album, Introducing Julie Benko, was released on October 20, 2017. Her next recording, "Hand in Hand," a duo effort with jazz pianist (and her spouse) Jason Yeager, will be released summer 2022 on Club44 Records. Career highlights include performing in Broadway revivals/national tours of Funny Girl, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Spring Awakening, as well as off-Broadway and regional productions of Once (Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), The Fantasticks (nomination, Best Actress in a Musical, BroadwayWorld Award), Rags (nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Theatre Bay Area Awards, SF Critics Circle Awards), Goldstein, Bar Mitzvah Boy, Our Town, The Golem of Havana, and more


Richie Pratt


Beginnings - Kansas City Richie Pratt (March 11, 1943 – February 12, 2015, born Richard Dean Tyree) was an American jazz drummer. He embarked upon a career as a professional musician on the New York scene in the early 1970s, it was as much due to an unanticipated sporting injury as anything else. Pratt was born into a musical family (his mother was a church pianist and a brother is saxophonist, Chris Burnett) and grew up in the Kansas City metro city of Olathe, Kansas. He first studied music via the piano, as well as, attended various music camps as a youth prior to attending college as a music major at the University of Kansas. Prolific Years - New York City Richie Pratt’s prolific tenure as a first-call percussionist on the highly competitive New York City music scene began after he suffered a career-ending injury during his second season with the Giants


Dan Redner

Award-winning Musical Director & Pianist Dan Redner, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a 2007 alumnus of Grand Valley State University where he intensely studied both classical and jazz piano. Dan received outstanding performance recognition from Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College, Muskegon Harbour Towne, and the 2006 Elmhurst College Jazz Festival in Chicago, Illinois. Furthermore, Dan performed at the Devos Performance Hall opening for the Grand Rapids Symphony as well as serving as a clinic musician for the famous jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis


Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Abby London Crawford

Read "Meet Abby London Crawford" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Abby London Crawford is just the sort of Super Fan this column was created for. A jazz hero, she can be seen all over New York city at live music events, radiating love and positivity. But being a listener alone has never been enough for Abby, who's found numerous ways to nurture and support the music ...


Song of the Day


Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2009
Duration: 05:03


Music from West Side Story

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2004


Article: Album Review

Broadway: Music from West Side Story

Read "Music from West Side Story" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A pleasant enough hour of songs gleaned from Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical of 1957 and gracefully performed by Broadway, a well-ordered quartet whose melodic aspects rest largely in the capable hands of flautist Ali Ryerson. While I’d have preferred to hear the occasional fanfare for brass and winds, or romantic interlude for full string section, ...



Label: Victor
Released: 2002



Label: 32 Records
Released: 1998
Track listing: Broadway; Everything Must Change; Ode to Larry Young; Moon River; Katherine; Plenty, Plenty Blues.


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