www.RobertaOnTheArts.com and AC Pianocraft, Inc.
Piano-Plus Jazz Series to Benefit New Orleans Musicians Clinic
Nine Concerts, Once/Month
October, 2005 through June, 2006
8:00 - 10:00 PM
$20/Ticket, At the Door, Includes 8 - 10 PM Concert, Wine,
and Hors d'Oeuvres
PLUS! A Spa Raffle for a Choice Treatment at www.spaja.com !
(Bring Business Cards)
(See a Review of the First Five Events)
Harry Allen on Tenor Sax
(Harry Allen Website)
(See Harry Allen at Zuni)
Helio Alves on Antique Steinway
(Helio Alves Website)
Duduka da Fonseca on Drums
Maucha Adnet on Vocals
Nilson Matta on Bass
(See a Review of This Ensemble)
Special Guest: Kenny Barron
(Kenny Barron Website)
A. C. Pianocraft, Inc.
333 West 52nd Street
NY, NY 10019
Ask for Alex
(See a Showroom and Piano Restoration Tour
and Owner Interview at A. C. Pianocraft, Inc.)
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 13, 2006
Tonight’s program was quite special, as we had six musicians, the five featured artists and one special guest, Kenny Barron, who generously sat in on a couple of songs. This collection of songs exuded a Brazilian genre, with most works by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and one song by the talented bassist, Nilson Matta. These musicians are quite familiar to readers of this magazine, as they have been frequently reviewed in the past couple of years. The audience was enchanted, and a samba rhythm swept through Alex Kostakis’ elegant antique Steinway showroom.
Some of the works below were performed by the entire featured ensemble, and some were showcases, such as Retrato em Branco e Preto, rapturously sung by Maucha Adnet to Helio Alves’ solo piano. The very versatile Harry Allen, as always, produced soaring, surreal music on his tenor sax, and Helio Alves made the Steinway sing. Nilson Matta brought a richness and warmth to the event with his effective performance on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca treated us to a rousing percussive solo. Kenny Barron was a pro, and, without warning, entertained us on the sculptured mahogany Steinway. Maucha Adnet provided the vocal sensuality so inherent in these works, as she learned them directly from Jobim. I was thrilled that she sang in native Portuguese.
Program (Program Notes Courtesy of Maucha Adnet):
Featured Ensemble: Harry Allen, Helio Alves, Maucha Adnet,
Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca.
Guest Artist: Kenny Barron.
Chega de Saudade (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes) (Featured Ensemble).
Desafinado (Antonio C. Jobim / Newton Mendonça) (Featured Ensemble).
Amor em Paz (Antonio C. Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes) (Featured Ensemble).
Dindi (Antonio C. Jobim) – Helio Alves, Harry Allen, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca.
O Grande Amor (Antonio C. Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
- Helio Alves, Harry Allen, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca.
Paraty (Nilson Matta) Trio - Helio Alves, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca.
Retrato em Branco e Preto (Antonio C. Jobim / Chico Buarque)
Duo - Maucha Adnet and Helio Alves.
Triste (Antonio C. Jobim) with (Guest) Kenny Barron, Maucha Adnet, Harry Allen, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca.
Wave (Antonio C. Jobim) with Kenny Barron, Maucha Adnet, Harry Allen, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca.
Águas de Março (Antonio C. Jobim) (Featured Ensemble).
Garota de Ipanema (Antonio C. Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes) (Featured Ensemble).
O que vier eu traço (Zé Mário / Alfaiade) (Featured Ensemble).
Maucha Adnet says, “It was a very nice musical night at the AC Piano Showroom. The
music went smooth and flowing beautifully. To sing with these wonderful
musicians, these very acoustic songs, was a great pleasure. And the fact that
was a benefit to New Orleans made it more special."
RobertaOnTheArts.com and AC Pianocraft, Inc. are Co-Producers of a Piano-Plus Jazz Series, a series of Benefits for New Orleans Musicians Clinic (Post-Hurricane Katrina), held in the elegant showroom of AC Pianocraft, Inc., Midtown West, NYC.
Owner Alex Kostakis generously provided an antique Steinway & Sons piano. This instrument has been restored to perfection by craftsman at AC Pianocraft, Inc., so it looks and sounds as beautiful as ever.
The growing list of sponsors of this Series includes: www.ExploreDance.com and Robert Abrams, Webmaster of RobertaOnTheArts.com, www.SpaJa.com (gift certificate raffles), a new Brazilian Spa on West 56th Street at 8th Avenue, NYC; Matles Florist http://www.florists.ftd.com/matles/ (Flower Arrangements), TWINZ Records http://www.twinzrecords.com/ (Sound Equipment), Zuni Restaurant www.zuniny.com , 9th Avenue at 43rd Street (Buffet Platters), Amish Market http://www.amishfinefood.com/indexx.php , 9th Avenue at 49th Street (Buffet Platters), Amarone Restaurant at 9th Avenue at 48h Street http://www.lunapienanyc.com/amarone.htm (Buffet Platters), Commerce Bank http://www.commerceonline.com/, www.JazzItalia.net (Publicity), and Hot House Jazz Magazine http://www.hothousejazz.com/ (Publicity).
Plus assistance from JazzPromo@earthlink.net , Leah Cash at AC Pianocraft, Inc., Other AC Pianocraft, Inc. Staff, and Bethany Ewald Bultman of New Orleans Musicians Clinic, NOMC Program Director www.wwoz.org/clinic.
Future Piano-Plus events in this nine-event jazz series are:
April 3, 2006, Daryl Sherman Jazz Piano Vocals with Jay Leonhart on Bass.
May 1, 2006, Elio Villafranca Piano Duo, Cuban Jazz Fusion with Wilson “Chembo" Corneil on Percussion
June 5, 2006, Two sets: Argentine Tango and World Fusion (Duo Pianos with Maurizio Najt and Thomas Barth), and a New Orleans Mix with Lenore Raphael Trio and Kuni Mikami Duo Piano.
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