Address: 212 East 52nd Street
City: New York
||Lynne Watson and Positive N- ergy
||The Music of Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack & Stevie Wonder feat. Emilie Surtees
||The Music of Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack & Stevie Wonder feat. Emilie Surtees For a singer with such powerful pipes, it’s something of a shock to hear vocalist Emilie Surtees describe herself as primarily a “listener.” Then again, maybe it’s her extraordinary capacity to listen that gives her tribute to Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack & Stevie Wonder its amazing accuracy. Surtees not only replicates hit songs, power note for power note, but communicates the soul of each singer who originally recorded them — something that requires not only incredible vocals but also a profound appreciation of music. Be moved and amazed by a tribute artist every bit as talented as the singers she honors in this concert at Club Bonafide in New York City.
|| Audrey Silver is one of the most elegantly creative singers in jazz today. Known for her smooth, effortless sound, sensitive interpretations, satisfying swing, and unique approach to the American songbook, Audrey sings with a style that radiates her warm, generous personality. Audrey’s steady stream of appearances—including performances at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival and New York’s prestigious JVC Jazz Festival—have made her more sought after than ever. Based in New York City, she performs at numerous venues including 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe and Jazz at Kitano. In October, 2016 Audrey released her third CD, Very Early. Included in the stellar line-up are two revered jazz musicians, Bruce Barth on piano and Lewis Nash on drums. The album offers a broad array of music from American Songbook standards, originals, to contemporary tunes and a French song all creatively arranged by singer, composer and Berklee professor, Steven Santoro. Audrey received critical praise for her “vocal prowess” in her second album, Dream Awhile, which features many of the players that have worked with her in New York clubs throughout her career, including pianist Joe Barbato, bassist Joe Fitzgerald, guitarist Chris Bergson, and drummers Anthony Pinciotti and Todd Isler. The recording wowed critics, who lauded her thoughtful, charming, and uniquely personal interpretations of 11 lesser- known jazz standards. Audrey is a storyteller at heart, a performer who loves connecting with her audiences. She respects the power of lyrics, but is equally fascinated by how an artist can alter the mood, meaning and impact of a song through its arrangement. Audrey has an insatiable desire to learn, a vast repertoire, years of jazz piano studies, a well-developed ear for scat and improv, and a musically open mind. These elements combine to make Audrey a singer, bandleader and arranger who delights her audiences and fellow musicians. An avid researcher and broad listener, Audrey continuously adds to her distinctive musical vocabulary, and always surprises audiences with her delightfully original versions of jazz standards. Also inspired by the cabaret world, she enjoys sharing anecdotes between songs, offering an unusually friendly, intimate, and enlightening jazz atmosphere. Audrey started studying classical piano and cello as a young child, but deep down she alway wanted to be a singer. Audrey explored her love of jazz and popular song by spending hours absorbing the styles of Fred Astaire (she also studied tap) and singing along with the various Broadway musicals—such as The Pajama Game and Guys and Dolls—that comprised much of her father’s record collection. Audrey finally began to explore her vocal skills while studying at Brown University, where she founded the school’s first co-ed jazz a cappella group, The Higher Keys, for which she transcribed and arranged for the first time. After graduation, her love of music led to employment in the marketing and A&R departments of CBS Masterworks (now SONY Classical) and then as the Director of Marketing for Chesky Records. She earned an MBA at Columbia Business School and worked as an account executive for advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather. But eventually her deep love for jazz drew her back to singing. In 1998, Audrey met Jon Raney (pianist and son of jazz great, Jimmy Raney). He encouraged her to pursue a career as a singer, and worked with her on a demo in 2000 alongside drummer Ronnie Zito (whose rhythmic skills drove the bands of Woody Herman and Bobby Darin) and bassist Jay Leonhart (a Judy Garland and Tony Bennett favorite). Audrey has also studied privately with vocal priestess Sheila Jordan, as well as Mark Murphy, Grammy nominee and four-time winner of the Downbeat Readers Poll for Male Jazz Singer of the Year. According to Murphy, Audrey “has that rare quality of light infectious swing that lights up her tall willowy persona.” Audrey’s eclectic background and tireless curiosity continue to inform her understated, intelligent style. Inspired by numerous jazz greats including Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, and Bill Evans, she’s also influenced by an array of musicians and styles, including pop diva Annie Lennox, Yoruban chant, the Brazilian jazz guitarist/composer Djavan, and the atonal explorations of classical composer Arnold Schoenberg. Ever the explorer, Audrey continues to expand her musical and creative horizons. She is currently working on numerous projects, including a new recording that will feature a number of original works. Also driven by a desire to give back, Audrey regularly performs at senior and community centers throughout New York City, and acknowledges these programs have changed her as a musician and, interestingly, feels they have been among her best.
||Audrey Silver Sings Jazz Standards and Original works at Club Bonafide
||In 2010, Audrey Silver, having won an Emerging Artist competition, sang at the Cafe at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. About this performance, Ken Franckling of JazzTimes.com said, “The highlight…was Silver’s captivating interpretation of The Meaning of the Blues.”
In 2017, Audrey and her 3rd album, Very Early, were featured by Michael Bourne on his WBGO show Singer's Unlimited. During the broadcast, Mr. Bourne said, “Every song on [Very Early] is a highlight… I really enjoyed this album.”
And regarding her original work, Audrey has been hailed as a “charismatic singer whose lyric poetry is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s not the least because of its broken lines, irregular rhyming, complex changes and a certain wry, almost bitter sensibility that Mitchell brought even to her most romantic work.” (Jazz Sensibilities)
On July 25th, Audrey will be at Club Bonafide. She will sing original works, jazz, standards, and Solisbury Hill by Peter Grabriel. She will feature a number of songs from her upcoming album.
Wednesday July 25, 1 set at 8:00-9:15
$15 cover, 2 drink minimum
212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Audrey Silver: https://www.audreysilver.com
Club Bonafide and Tickets: http://clubbonafide.com/event/audrey-silver-band/
Audrey will be performing with:
Jon Cowherd— piano
Alex Pope Norris— trumpet
Paul Beaudry— bass
Anthony Pinciotti— drums
Audrey's album Very Early as mentioned above hit #100 on the Jazz Week chart, peaked at #12 on the CMJ chart, and peaked on the RMR jazz chart at #10. Of note, it has been in regular rotation on WBGO since March 2017.
Her next album, which will have 6 original songs, will be released in in the next year.
Audrey has been performing in the area for about 15 years at venues including previously at Club Bonafide, Jazz at Kitano, the Cornelia Street Café, Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, 55 Bar, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival as noted above, and the JVC Jazz Festival. She also loves doing pro bono work and has performed in a number of institutional settings including senior centers and homeless shelters.
Each time she performs, she brings to the stage her love for the music and a hope that she can help her audience experience the same beauty, fascination, and delight in the music that she does.
"There's immediate comfort in encountering Audrey Silver's music for the first time. Her voice is an open invitation, an instrument of confession and creation that immediately transports you to someplace else. That's evident from her first utterances through her last words on Very Early.” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
“….Silver engrosses with her tales….[a] talent worthy of being picked up by a major label.” Robert Rusch, Cadence Jazz Magazine
"Very Early, singer Audrey Silver’s third release is a pure delight. The combination of Silver’s warm and crystal clear vocals, an excellent song selection and fantastic musicianship makes this an outstanding recording.” Glenn Daniels, The Jazz Page
||NEW YORK JAZZ ACADEMY SHOWCASE CONCERT
|| New York Jazz Academy® concerts at Club Bonafide feature many of the talented musicians studying and performing with New York Jazz Academy®, the fastest-growing music school in New York City. Performers include jazz vocalists and instrumentalists directed by saxophonists Javier Arau, Michael Webster and David Engelhard, trombonist and vocalist Ron Wilkins, trumpeter Peck Allmond, guitarist Tom Dempsey, bassists Ron McClure and Matt Pavolka, drummer Pete Zimmer, and many others. Concerts will close with an open jam session, so bring your instrument!NYJA is the fastest-growing music school in New York City. Its innovative and comprehensive jazz curriculum has helped hundreds of students, including adults and kids. NYJA began in Manhattan with a simple and determined mission of providing ensemble performance and rehearsal opportunities to talented young musicians. Over the years, the school has seen unprecedented growth while developing into a new and successful model of jazz education and professional development for musicians of all ages and levels. Now NYJA helps train and develop a student body of all ages and levels, including seasoned performing artists using NYJA programs as a form of professional development, adult hobbyists of varied ability, supremely talented teens, and beginners of all ages. With locations thriving in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, New York Jazz Academy® has become a beacon of inspiration and insight for musicians ready to take their jazz playing to the next level. website: http://nyjazzacademy.com
||The Music of Nina Simone & First Ladies of Jazz & Blues
|| First Ladies of Jazz & Blues: The Music of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone & More feat. Emilie Surtees Jazz has not one queen but three, and impassioned vocalist Emilie Surtees will pay homage to all of them in First Ladies of Jazz & Blues. From scat to breathy ballads, “First Lady of Song” Billie Holiday could do it all while Etta James is considered one of the greatest blues singers who ever lived. And Nina Simone lit the world on fire with a vibrato that stirred souls and moved mountains. Hear some of this Holy Trinity’s greatest hits as Surtees interprets them with conviction at Club Bonafide in New York.
||New York Nightingales
|| The New York Nightingales are a vintage style singing trio. Accompanied by live musicians, these 'gales will steal your heart with their unique arrangements of your favorite swing tunes. Tight harmonies and playful personalities are what make the New York Nightingales timeless. They are debuting at Club Bonafide on Friday, July 27. The Nightingales are committed to choosing and developing arrangements that are interesting and fun to perform, believing if they love the music this much, so will you. Their repertoire includes both well-known favorites and forgotten gems, providing unique stylings you will not find elsewhere.
|| Jenna Esposito has been delighting audiences across the country since her first NYC debut in 2004. She is, perhaps, best known for her tribute to Connie Francis, which has been a smash hit among critics and audiences, alike. Connie herself has praised Jenna's work renowned for her tributes to "The Great Italian-American Songbook," which celebrate songs that had their origins in Italy, as well as songs made famous by fellow Italian-Americans. In New York City, Jenna has headlined at Birdland, Feinstein's/54 Below, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, The Metropolitan Room, BACKSTAGE dope teatro, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, Danny's Skylight Room, and NYC's historic Friars Club and, performed at the Highline Ballroom, in Manhattan, where she was the opening act and duet partner for multi-platinum recording artist, Patrizio Buanne. In 2011, she made her debut at Manhattan's historic Town Hall, sharing the stage with Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Lucie Arnaz, Larry Gatlin and Marilyn Maye. Jenna has also performed shows at the James Armstrong Theatre and the Nakano Theatre in Torrance, CA, The M Bar in Hollywood, Lorenzo's at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, NY, the Hoboken Italian Festival in Hoboken, NJ, the St. Nicholas Italian Festival in Philadelphia, PA, Milwaukee's Festa Italiana, Empire City Casino in Yonkers, NY, Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY, and Monticello Raceway & Casino in Monticello, NY. Dubbed "the voice of Little Italy," Jenna has performed many shows in Manhattan's historic Little Italy, including solo shows at the famed San Gennaro Festival, and she has also made several appearances in Manhattan's Columbus Day Parade. She has also had the honor of singing at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala in New York City. Her shows Italian Undercover, That's Amore: Jenna Sings Love, Italian Style, Takin' A Chance On Love, A Hint of Rosemary: The Songs of Rosemary Clooney, SMOOCH!, and I Hate Men: Songs for the Scorned have all received critical acclaim, and her annual "All-Star Birthday Bash" is a fun-filled evening during which she has shared the stage with a number of New York's finest performers. Jenna recently released her third CD, That's Amore: Songs From The Great Italian-American Songbook. Featuring songs that have their origins in Italy, as well as songs made famous by Italian-Americans, this recording celebrates music that is near and dear to Jenna's heart, and includes two songs written for her Little Italy shop owner, Ernie Rossi. In November, 2009, Jenna released her second CD, To Connie…Love, Jenna. The CD is a live recording of Jenna's Connie Francis tribute show, which was recorded during her June-July, 2009 run of the show at The Metropolitan Room in New York City. 13 Men…and Me!, Jenna's debut CD, showcases her silky, wide-ranging voice and stylistic versatility with well loved standards such as "Just In Time" and "Down With Love," pop hits including "One Less Bell To Answer," and "Since I Fell For You," as well as contemporary jazz/pop songs. All three CDS are available at iTunes and CDBaby.com. Jenna's New York theater credits include Little Mary Sunshine, Godspell (Wings Theatre), How I Learned To Draw A Sheep (Cornelia St. Café), and Bad Girls by Joyce Carol Oates (Ensemble Studio Theatre). She was also seen in London as Feste in Twelfth Night. Her regional credits include Anything Goes, West Side Story, Sleeping Beauty, and Guys and Dolls. Jenna is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and a proud member of the Friars Club. We are proud to have Jenna Esposito preforming here at Club Bonafide. https://youtu.be/BBuI9f5oPHw
||Musical Salute to ARETHA FRANKLIN & The Ladies of Soul
|| The Music of Aretha Franklin & The Ladies of SoulFeat. Emilie SurteesFor a singer with such powerful pipes, it’s something of a shock to hear vocalist Emilie Surtees describe herself as primarily a “listener.” Then again, maybe it’s her extraordinary capacity to listen that gives her tribute to Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker and Whitney Houston its amazing accuracy. Surtees not only replicates hit songs, power note for power note, but communicates the soul of each singer who originally recorded them — something that requires not only incredible vocals but also a profound appreciation of music. Be moved and amazed by a tribute artist every bit as talented as the singers she honors in this concert at Club Bonafide.
||“Greatest Love of All” The Music of WHITNEY HOUSTON
|| “Greatest Love of All”The Music ofWHITNEY HOUSTONFeat.Emilie Surtees The Music of Whitney HoustonFor a singer with such powerful pipes, it’s something of a shock to hear vocalist Emilie Surtees describe herself as primarily a “listener.” Then again, maybe it’s her extraordinary capacity to listen that gives her tribute to Whitney Houston ” Greatest Love of All” its almost surreal accuracy. For Surtees not only replicates hit songs, power note for power note, but communicates the soul of each singer who originally recorded them — something that requires not only incredible vocals but also a profound appreciation of music. Be moved and amazed by a tribute artist every bit as talented as the singer she honor in this dynamic concert at Club Bonafide .