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TONY MIDDLETON

PERFORMING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd, 2017  |  8:30-11:30PM  |  CLICK TO RESERVE A TABLE

 

Tony’s career is an interesting and diversified one, which spans many years of accomplishments. Although as a teenager, he was working towards becoming a “golden gloves” boxer, he changed course and became the lead singer and songwriter of a group called “The Willows”. They are most known for the crossover song, he wrote, “Church Bells May Ring”. They did “My Dear Dearest Darling”, “Dolores”, “White Cliffs of Dover” and many more. Tony Middleton and the Willows have appeared regularly at the Westbury Music Fair, American Music Theatre, PA., and at the Tarrytown Music Hall, in addition to numerous other theaters across the country and internationally. Tony and the Willows have appeared on three PBS specials shows on Doo Wop and “Church Bells May Ring” is considered one of the 100 all-time great songs of that genre. He has performed in several Broadway musicals, such as the lead in “Cabin in the Sky” and principle roles in “Purlie” and “Porgy and Bess”.

 

He later lived and performed in Paris and Europe in the jazz circuit for a number of years. In Europe, Tony was the understudy for Sammy Davis in “Free and Easy” written by Harold Arlin and Johnny Mercer. He also performed in concert at the City Center and Wolftrap with Alvin Ailey Dancers singing the “Mary Lou Williams’s Mass”, and was one of the headliners at Lincoln Center for the 55th Birthday Tribute to the late Charlie Parker. As a soloist, he has performed and is known by many world class performers. Tony has performed with and the music of Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, and Cy Coleman. His act has headlined at the Apollo along with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Big Mabel, and Slappy White. He has sung with Cissy Houston, Nell Carter and Della Reese. He Recorded “Don’t Ever Leave Me” written & produced by Klaus Ogermann, which received a Grammy Nomination. Besides Broadway, Tony’s career has included commercials, television, film and the cabaret circuit here and abroad. Tony is a member of SAG, AFTRA and EQUITY. Enjoying both film and TV, Tony is most fulfilled when his is singing and interpreting music in his unique jazz style. His big voice is sometimes compared to Joe Williams, Arthur Prysock, Lou Rauls and Ray Charles and yet, his range is more complex with his deep and sultry tones. Tony Middleton sings with real sincerity with every word he sings. This voice is truly remarkable with an extensive range and limitless creativity. His exciting voice and warmth has endeared him to thousands of club-goers in the United States and Europe. Tony can be edgy or soft, amusing or seductive. Tony sings with power, feeling and a sureness that only great talents have.


EVA CORTES

PERFORMING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29th, 2017  |  8.30 - 11.30 PM  |  CLICK TO RESERVE A TABLE

After her first release for EMI: "Sola Contigo" (Alone with You), and her two subsequent releases for Universal Jazz Spain: “Como Agua entre los Dedos” (Like Water Between the Fingers), and “El Mar de mi Vida” (The Sea of My Life), Eva Cortés ranks among the young and most interesting composers and performers of the jazz scene in Spanish. Then came “Back 2 The Source”, which is Eva’s personal look at the essence of what she considers to be the mainstay of her musical influence: Jazz. It is an album packed with best-known standards, classical pieces from the American Songbook, in which the Honduras-born artist uses for the first time English as the main language in one of her recordings.
In may of 2013 and after spending more and more time in NYC, Eva decided to record with the musicians that had become her steady band in the US and who with she had the chance of performing this same year in her country of birth, Honduras. The result is "In Bloom". Recorded in Sear Sound, Manhattan and produced by the highly reputed Matt Pierson. 
"In Bloom is made out of 12 songs, most of them are Eva's compositions except for 3 covers : “Whatever Lola Wants” by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, the Honduran song, “Puñadito de arena” and “Glory Box” by Portishead.

 



JENNA ESPOSITO

PERFORMING ON SATURDAY, MAY 6th, 2017|  8:30-11:30PM  |  CLICK TO RESERVE A TABLE

 

Singer Jenna Esposito made her New York nightclub debut in 2004, and has been delighting audiences across the country ever since.  She is, perhaps, best known for her tribute to Connie Francis, which has been a smash hit among critics and audiences, alike.  Connie herself has praised Jenna’s work, raving, “I’ve known and loved Jenna for years and love the way she sings.  I’m ever so grateful for the love and respect she shows to the catalog of songs that has been so good to me through the years."  Jenna is also renowned for her tributes to “The Great Italian-American Songbook,” which celebrate songs that had their origins in Italy, as well as songs made famous by fellow Italian-Americans.