APAP conference opening night in Harlem 01/10/2013

11 Jan

Tonight at the Harris’ house in Harlem, a lovely, cosy brownstone, several artists showcased their work throughout an evening dedicated to jazz, old and new. Singer Allan Harris himself, pianist Marc Cary, singer Cynthia Scott, singer Caterina Zapponi, accompanied on the piano by none other than Monty Alexander himself, the lovely trio The Amigos Band, singer Loston Harris, and extremely talented pianist Yoko Miwa performed for the occasion. The lineup also featured guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, pianists Charnett Moffett and Cyrus Chestnut, singers Julie Michels and Amy London, whom I could not hear because my recent jet lag fatigue forced me to reluctantly call it an early night. Some of those artists will also perform throughout the weekend at various APAP showcases. APAP stands for Association of Performing Arts Presenters. 

The Harris’ house was packed with a crowd of over 50 jazz afficionados, musicians of course, but also writers, renown agents, managers and booking agents, such as Mary Ann Topper, former manager of Michel Petrucciani. Everyone looked rejoiced, happy about the songs, and thrilled to be part of the evening. Harris sang a tune about still being in love with a woman who has been gone too long, and wrestling with the fear pertaining to the situation. 

The Harrises own two pianos and host music parties on a regular basis. A must!

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