Sunday, December 31, 2006

this mail to wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

this e-mail to wish you a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Vocalist Audrey Silver Appearing At Sweet Rhythm Tuesday, December 5th sets at 8pm and 9:30pm

Vocalist Audrey Silver

Appearing At

Sweet Rhythm
  88   Seventh Ave. South
   (bet. Grove & Bleecker)

Tuesday, December 5th
sets at 8pm and 9:30pm

Jon Cowherd - Piano
John Hart - Guitar
Joe Fitzgerald - Bass
Anthony Pinciotti - Drums

link to website:

"... A sincere, multi-talented singer and an intelligent entertainer with class and vibrant originality.  You will love her lyrical style... and luxurious voice.  This woman is on her way to stardom."
New York Monthly Herald, May 2006

"Her voice rings true, with lovely tone and fine diction. She seems to pick the right tempo for each song she chooses. The ballads don't just die there— they move! And most of all, when there is a tempo, she swings!!! I dug it. You'll dig it too."
– Bob Dorough, Singer/Pianist

"Audrey Silver has that rare quality of light infectious swing that lights up her tall willowy persona."
– Mark Murphy, Vocalist


Acclaimed Tuba Player Don Butterfield Dies

November 29, 2006

Don Butterfield, a tuba player who performed with such stars as Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra and whose work can be heard on the 'Godfather: Part II,' has died at age 83.

Butterfield died Monday of an illness related to a stroke he suffered about a year ago, his wife, Alice Butterfield, said Wednesday.

Born in Centralia, Wash., Butterfield wanted to play the trumpet for his high school band but was handed a tuba by the band's director because there were no more trumpets. He went on to study at the Juilliard School in New York.

During a five-decade career, Butterfield performed as a studio musician, recording with notable artists, and for television commercials and movie soundtracks.

Alice Butterfield said her husband played in just about every music club of note in New York. He was a member of the American Symphony and the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and toured the country.

'He just loved the tuba when he got it, that was his instrument,' said Alice Butterfield, who said her husband's stroke left him unable to play music. 'He just fell in love with it.'

David Demsey, a professor of music and coordinator of jazz studies at William Paterson University, said Butterfield 'brought back the tuba and took the oompa out and added a melodic tone.'

In a 2003 interview with The Record of Bergen County, Butterfield acknowledged that the tuba could be viewed as ungainly and unglamorous. He compared the instrument to 'an interstate truck driver.'

'We're not going to be racing in the Indianapolis 500,' he said. 'At the same time, we understand that we have a certain function in the orchestra.'

Wizard of Oz returns to cinemas

Judy Garland, Jack Haley and Ray Bolger in The Wizard of Oz
Judy Garland (l) was 16 years old when she made the film
A digitally restored version of 1939 Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz is to open in UK cinemas next month.

Working from the original three-strip Technicolor negatives, experts at the Warner Bros studio have removed dirt, dust, debris and scratches.

The result, according to the British Film Institute, boasts "amazing image clarity and breathtaking colour".

Based on L Frank Baum's 1900 novel, the film stars Judy Garland as a farm girl transported to a magical kingdom.

Winner of three Academy Awards, it opens in 40 cinemas across the country on 15 December.

Lavish costumes

The three-strip Technicolor process - which combined three strips of coloured film - yielded excellent colour quality but was expensive and difficult to handle.

That, combined with the lavish sets and costumes, swelled the budget to a then enormous $2.7m.

Judy Garland was 16 years old when she won the part of Dorothy - a role she won after MGM decided Shirley Temple's talents were not extensive enough to do it justice.

Wicked, a musical based on the witches in The Wizard of Oz, is currently running in London's West End.