Posted on 15 March 2018
by MMNY Staff
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Acclaimed jazz vocalists Claudette Morgan and TC the 3rd, stars of the new musical SS Nirvana: A Story of Love and Jazz On the High Seas, lead a New Orleans-style second line swing parade through the heart of Queen’s Kew Garden neighborhood. Accompanied by a stellar five-piece brass ensemble featuring Patience Higgins on sax, Stafford Hunter on trombone, Duane Eubanks on trumpet, Chauncey Yearwood on bass drum and Kevin Raczka on snare, they will perform classic call-and-response standards by the likes of legends Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hartman, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughn and Billy Eckstein and will be joined by some of the borough’s top second line dancers.
Presented with special thanks to “SS Nirvana” writer and director Roz Nixon.
WHEN & WHERE:
Second Line participants should meet the Main Line at Maple Grove Park, Kew Gardens, at Hoover Avenue between Queens Boulevard and 132 Street for a 12:30 PM departure. The parade will make its way west up the north side of the Queens Boulevard pedestrian walkway through the heart of the borough’s civic center.
HOW TO JOIN:
You can just show up, but if you know you will be coming, please send an email with the subject line “I Want to Swing” to email@example.com. And if you plan to bring your own instrument, let us know what you play!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS & ORGANIZER:
Roz Nixon is a playwright and producer of events. Roz Nixon Entertainment produces music festivals, concerts and promotional gatherings. In 2001 Ms. Nixon founded Great Women In Music (GWIM), a month long Jazz, Blues and R&B Festival that has featured some of the top names in music including Macy Gray, Ann Hampton Callaway, Melba Moore, Gloria Lynne, Shirley Caesar and Phoebe Snow. GWIM has traveled to Miami, Las Vegas and Istanbul spreading it’s particular brand of fabulous song!
On June 21, 2017, she partnered with Make Music New York to launch an annual event called “Celebrating of Seniors.” The first iteration featured jazz, blues and Motown performances along with a delicious lunch and an awards presentation to honor outstanding Seniors Impresarios who have presented shows and entertained audiences over the years.
Claudette Morgan (MS, Ed) is a vocalist, songwriter, arranger, educator and proud native of one of the major “Heartlands of Jazz,” Southeast Queens. She studied classical piano as a child but her ear leaned towards other melodious sounds heard in her home such as those of Ahmad Jamal, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson. Her home was also filled with sounds of Doo-Wop, Motown, spirituals, Gospel and Broadway musicals.
Ms. Morgan has appeared and performed at various jazz clubs, restaurants, colleges and community events throughout New York City. Some of the venues include Central Park, the Museum of the City of New York, libraries in Queens and Brooklyn, as well as the Savannah Jazz Club in San Francisco. Her desire to expand the jazz audience led her to being producing her own annual concert series at the Black Spectrum Theater. This year, she opened the Great Women In Music Festival as part of the the centennial celebration of Ella Fitzgerald in which she continues to proudly participate.
TC The 3rd has been hailed as “A vocalist gifted with good taste and impressive chops” (Hot House New York) and “One of the top male vocalist singing jazz today.” (All About Jazz)
Born William Theodore Carney III to two well respected musicians, Trudy Pitts and Mr. C, he was raised and nurtured in the art of jazz. His soothing, sensual, melodic, baritone is accompanied by his ability to scat sounds like instruments and then bring it on home with touch of Satchmo! He performed in an All-Star band featuring Gary Bartz, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Clifford Adams and Joey DeFrancesco for a recording that Al Young of The Philadelphia Daily News described as the “Greatest show in thirty years.” TC is the winner of the 2005 Anheuser-Busch/Jazz Moblie Jazz Vocal Competition as well as the 2006 Jazz Journalist Association’s Awards.
Saxophonist Patience Higgins is one of the premier musicians of the twenty-first century. Called upon for more recording session than he can count, he is a New York-based multi-instrumentalist and quintessential journeyman. He has worked with the top of the mark in entertainment from the Duke Ellington Orchestra to Wilson Pickett and with mavericks like Muhal Richard Abrams and Hamiet Bluiett. Patience is a featured artist on 1998’s double Grammy Award-winning recording of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s, Dear Ella. Other credits include tour and recording engagements with the Count Basie Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Short, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, The Pointer Sisters and Yoko Ono. Mr. Higgins is also well know for his work on Broadway, including award winning shows like Chicago, The Wiz, Avenue Q, Aint Misbehavin, Hair, and Bubbling Brown Sugar can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks.
MORE ABOUT “SS NIRVANA: A STORY OF LOVE & JAZZ ON THE HIGH SEAS”:
Celebrating The Music Of Your Life! Written and directed by Roz Nixon, and under the guidance of musical director Marcus Persiani, the Birdland stage is set as “Madame Royale’s” supper club, a magical room that spotlights legendary jazz artists past and present. This fabulous musical fantasy takes place aboard an imaginary cruise ship called the “SS Nirvana” where the passenger list is international and very, very prestigious. Nightly performances in costume, song and verse include the music of Dhonna Goodale as Madame Royale, Claudette Morgan/Nikita White as Ella Fitzgerald, TC III as Johnny Hartman, Joy Ryder as Anita O’Day, Ghanniya Green as Sarah Vaughan, JaRon Eames as Billy Eckstine, Charles Bartlett as Louis Armstrong and featuring Jerry Weldon.
Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative