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Cedar Walton and Barry Harris play the Allen Room at JALC
Jun.09.2013
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by Deardra Shuler Jazz pianist Cedar Walton called into my show Topically Yours, at BlakeRadio.com, Rainbow Soul, to talk about his upcoming concert in the Allen Room, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on 60th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.  Mr. Walton will be playing a 9 foot Steinway Concert Piano along with fellow pianist Barry...
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The Celtic Tenors
Mar.10.2013
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By Deardra Shuler  St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated this year at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx, on Saturday, March 16th at 8:00 pm, when it invites The Celtic Tenors to perform their eclectic music. The Celtic Tenors are comprised of Matthew Gilsenan, Daryl Simpson and James Nelson, and...
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Leopold Lowe and Allie Woods
Jan.15.2013
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By Deardra Shuler Photos by Don Small  “Circumstances,” a play written by Roger Parris, is being presented at the Harlem School of the Arts, located at 647 St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan (142nd Street).  A Hadley Players production, “Circumstances” takes form under the directorship of veteran director and performer, Arthur French, Gertrude Jeannette,...
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Herbie Cox and the Cleftones
Jan.08.2013
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By Deardra Shuler Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, kicks off the New Year bringing in acts such as Barbara Harris and the Toys, Herbie Cox and the Cleftones, Kenny Vance and The Planotones: Cleveland Still and The Dubs, and Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs as part of their Unforgettable Doo-wop program at...
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Little Johnny Waiters
Sep.02.2012
By Deardra Shuler Sometimes the road to musical stardom is fraught with adventure, some joy, some pain, some success and many disappointments. Talent oftentimes gets kicked around by a business filled with profiteers, unsavory promoters, greedy record producers and music companies with nefarious business practices. Those who come to the business with a song...
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Gertrude Jeannette Produces Play at the Harlem School of the Arts
May.24.2012
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By Deardra Shuler  “This Way Forward” is the latest offering of The Hadley Players, a community theatre group nestled within the Harlem School of the Arts, located on 142nd Street and St Nicholas Avenue, and founded by 97-year-old Gertrude Jeannette, a denizen of the arts.  Ms. Jeannette is the playwright of “This Way Forward,” starring Colette Bryce,...
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Neil Blake the entreprenuer behind BlakeRadio
Apr.15.2012
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By Deardra Shuler BlakeRadio entrepreneur, Neil Blake, has worked in television and radio for most of his career.  A member of the Director’s Guild, Neil got his start in the late 1980’s on NBC as part of their Vacation Relief Program.  He then moved on to WNEW which later became WNYW Fox Five.  At one time, he plied his trade as an...
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Producer/director and Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre
Apr.14.2012
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By Deardra Shuler Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre will be showcasing her feature film ELZA at the Walter Reade Theatre in Lincoln Center in Manhattan for two days.  A French Guadeloupean filmmaker, producer and director, Monpierre was born in Guadeloupe but raised in Paris.  Educated at the Sorbonne at the University of Paris, Smith College in...
Gloria Gaynor, Colonel Abrams and The Hit Men Grace the Lehman Center stage
Apr.09.2012
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By Deardra Shuler Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will be experiencing the ultimate dance party on Saturday, April 21st at 8:00p.m., when singer Gloria Gaynor performs at the venue before a full orchestra.  She will also be sharing the stage with The Hit Men and Colonel Abrams. Part of the disco dance era, Gloria was born in Newark, NJ, and only 19...
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3 Generations of Women in Arye
Mar.04.2012
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Photo by Andrin Bosshart              Although I have reviewed several plays, I cannot recall in some time feeling the excitement I felt after viewing “Arye',” a play written by actress Louise Mike.  Ms. Mike’s play takes the viewer through 3 generations of women, all telling the familial tale of...