Happy New Year, Geneccoholics! We're very excited to let you know that our contract with the world renowned music venue THE IRIDIUM in New York City has renewed our monthly show for all of 2012! That still makes us "the longest running nightclub act on Broadway!" We'll celebrate the end of our third year and the beginning of our fourth on March 20th but first, we've got monthly shows TOMORROW, January 24th and next month on February 21st! We'll do two completely different sets at 8pm and 10pm. Get your reservations by calling 212.582.2121. We've booked a big party in for tomorrow night, so be sure to call ahead for seats! The cover charge is still $25 plus a $10 food/bev minimum. That's less than $4 per musician!
The Little Big Band is still one of THE hottest, swingin'est ensembles in all the world featuring: Terese Genecco on piano/drums/vocals Barry Levitt on piano Marco Panascia (subbing for Tom Hubbard) on bass Brian Fishler (subbing for Ray Marchica) on drums Mayra Casales on percussion Sean Harkness on guitar Cliff Lyons on tenor sax Mark Miller on trombone Kenny Lavender on trumpet
We're pleased to welcome guest vocalist Suzanne Peebles to the stage tomorrow night! Suzanne was one of my Tropicabana Girls last summer and we thought it was time to give her a spot all of her own! Come see what Suzanne has been working on with the band!
In other news... mixing is coming along nicely on our brand new LIVE CD, recorded at The Iridium on October 12, 2011! We'll be releasing it at our 3-Year Anniversary shows at The Iridium on March 20, 2012 so get your reservations for that one early! We're pretty sure it will sell out!!
If you can't make it to the show in person, don't forget that you can stream us LIVE online by going to: www.IridiumLive.tv at 8PM eastern time tomorrow night! You can even interact with us by selecting a screen name and joining the Chat Room with requests, questions, and comments! The moderator will keep me informed as the show goes along. Don't forget to plug in your headphones or your good speakers so you get the full effect of being in the room with us!
I just wanted to also take a moment to thank Scott Barbarino of ScoBar Entertainment for keeping us going and lending such amazing support and commitmetn to me and the little big band. A girl couldn't ask for a better producer! Thanks, ScoBar!
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Thanks to all of you for your support and friendship! I absolutely LOVE singing for you! See you at The Iridium!
Horns UP!!! XO T
Continued from Part 1 earlier today:
We (Shaynee Rainbolt and I) have put together an all-star 9-piece band for a show at Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, October 26th. We've got a killer Bay Area band together for a show on November 1st at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, California. Then we're bringing Russ Garcia back to New York City with us for the big show at The Iridium on November 6th with Billy Stritch and my amazing NYC Little Big Band!
After my phone conversation with Billy, I had to get back to work because the night before, I found out that my special guest star for next week's show at The Iridium (Broadway star KAREN MASON - Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Wonderland, Sunset Blvd, etc.) just booked a gig in Chicago playing "Miss Shields" the teacher in an upcoming production of "A Christmas Story" and has to leave immediately to start rehearsals! Did I panic? Nope. Just swapped out one Broadway Diva Mason for another!
My NEW special guest star appearing with me & my Little Big Band @ The Iridium in NYC this coming Wednesday, October 12th will be LUBA MASON! (Broadway: "The Will Roger's Follies," "Sunset Blvd," "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," Paul Simon's "The Capeman," "Jekyll & Hyde," and as Velma Kelly opposite Brooke Shields as Roxy in "Chicago!"; TV: LAW & ORDER, NYPD BLUE, and NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, and opposite Jeff Goldblum in the psychic detective series, RAINES.) No stranger to the nightclub circuit, Luba most recently completed her KRAZY LOVE TOUR (her latest CD effort) with sold-out shows at LA's famed CATALINA BAR & GRILL, YOSHI'S in Oakland, BLUE NOTE in NY, BLUES ALLEY in DC, WORLD CAFE in Philadelphia and the REGATTA BAR in Boston. She has also headlined at VIBRATO and the CINEGRILL in LA, FEINSTEIN'S, BIRDLAND, B.B.KINGS and THE METROPOLITAN ROOM in NY, and was featured at both the PANAMA JAZZ FESTIVAL and COSTA RICA'S INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL. And now... THE IRIDIUM!
Here's some more info about Luba. First off, she's gorgeous. Second, she can sing like nobody's business. Third, she's one of the sweetest, most generous people I have ever met, in and out of show business. I can't wait to share her with my Little Big Band and a worldwide audience! We're streaming the shows live over the internet at 8PM eastern time via www.LiveStream.com/iridiumlive. So, if you're not in NYC next week, tune in and watch us from the comfort of your own home. Just make sure you have decent speakers hooked up! And if you have friends here in NYC, tell them to come and see us!
I have a couple of special guest star musicians in the band this week as well! RICH ARMSTRONG is currently on tour with Lydia Pense and Coldblood and had a night off between their shows in Washington DC and Boston so he's playing trumpet with us on the 12th! Mark Miller is out of town on tour with the Twyla Tharp/Sinatra show "Come Fly Away," so I asked my pal DOUG BEAVERS to sit in on trombone. Mayra Casales is also out of town on tour so we've got REX BENINCASA filling in on Latin percussion. The rest of the band will be the "usual suspects:" BARRY LEVITT on piano, TOM HUBBARD on bass, RAY MARCHICA on drums, CLIFF LYONS on sax and flute, and SEAN HARKNESS on guitar.
IT'S GOING TO BE AN AMAZING MONTH! It doesn't get better than this, folks! Thanks for your love and support! See you at the shows or over the internet via LiveStream! (http://www.livestream.com/iridiumlive) XO T
Pinch me. No, seriously. Pinch me! I cannot believe the cool stuff happening right now! Here's what's up:
I got a phone call yesterday from BILLY STRITCH. He's been out on tour with Liza Minnelli, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, and with Jim Caruso and their now-traveling "Cast Party!" In between shows, Billy found the time to read a Facebook message I sent him last week asking him to appear with us at The Iridium in New York City on Sunday, November 6th. HE SAID YES! I think the thing I am most excited about is that we're finally going to attempt to perform the "Porgy And Bess" duet that Frances Faye (my musical idol) and Mel Torme (Billy's musical idol) recorded on Bethlehem Records in 1956! On stage with us will be our 9-piece "little big band" PLUS the man who orchestrated and arranged that original recording and conducted Torme and Faye and the orchestra, RUSS GARCIA!
Russ turned 95 years old this past April. Shaynee Rainbolt and I decided we wanted to celebrate this wonderful man and his lifelong career as a composer, arranger, and conductor by staging a few concerts in New Zealand, his home for the past 40 years. We took off at the end of March, stopping in Sydney, Australia to do a joint gig at The Basement Jazz Club, then on to New Zealand for sold out shows in Kerikeri and Auckland. I returned home to NYC for my regular monthly gig at The Iridium and Shaynee stayed on for another 10 days and more shows with Russ and the band. We figured that would be our last romp with "Uncle Russell" for a while but not so fast... once we were back in the states, Russ called and said he'd been asked to appear in the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's Big Band Festival in October and he said YES! So, since you only turn 95 once... Shaynee and I decided to put some more shows together here to celebrate even more! We'll be singing with Russ and his big band at the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel near LAX on Sunday, October 23rd at 7pm!
READ THE NEXT BLOG ENTRY FOR PART 2 with all the info and more!
I have 9 different events on my calendar from 6:30 to 10:30 tonight! There can be only one... Will it be The Max Weinberg 7 at The Iridium? Madeleine Eastman @ The Kitano? Tom Gamblin @ The Metropolitan Room? Lapis Luna @ The Plaza Hotel? Vince Lipari at The San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy? Kathleen Landis & Frank Dain at Nino's Tuscany Steakhouse? Or the CD Baby Webinar from music marketing master John Oszajca?
I'm totally psyched for tonight's dinner plans at a cool new venue (Duane Park) and an awesome show (Kim Smith in MISFIT.) Join us! www.duaneparknyc.com
Hey Kids! I'm excited to finally have my own iPhone and Android Mobile APP! Check us out on your mobile device, listen to a tune or two, catch some video, read my new blog posts, and stay connected to my upcoming performance schedule! Thanks for the support! Peace. T.