ASPN (American Songbook Preservation Network) Presents The Bridges of Johnny Hartman: A Remembrance

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ASPN (American Songbook Preservation Network) presents The Bridges of Johnny Hartman: A Remembrance With Spider Saloff and the Tony Monte Trio Featuring Tony Monte, piano and Lyle Atkinson, bass (Hartmans long-time pianist and bassist), with Chris Byars, saxophone.

Friday November 5th, 7:00 PM
The Triad Theater
158 W 72nd Street (between Broadway and Columbus)
New York City, NY
$15 cover, $10 drink minimum
(a portion of this evenings profits go to ASPN, a non-profit organization)
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Critically acclaimed Chicago jazz vocalist Spider Saloff teams with legendary pianist Tony Monte for a concert and retrospective of the life and music of the great vocalist Johnny Hartman. Mr. Monte, Hartmans long-time pianist, is the musical director. Lyle Atkinson, Hartmans long-time bassist is featured along with saxophonist Chris Byars.

The concert title “The Bridges of Johnny Hartman" suggests Hartmans career that bridged pop and jazz music and incorporates the title of the film The Bridges of Madison County which brought Hartmans recordings back to the public ear.

Author and jazz authority Dr. Nick Catalano will make a very special appearance at the concert. Catalano, the renowned Professor of Music and Literature at Pace University, will read “Nightclub," the poem penned by Billy Collins (Americas Poet Laureate, 2001 - 2003). “Nightclub" was composed about Hartmans signature tune “You Are Too Beautiful" (Rodgers and Hart) and is a meditation on the meaning of the haunting lyric and Hartmans venerable jazz ballads.

The event will include Hartmans famous popular hits as well as classic jazz duets that Hartman recorded with John Coltrane, all performed in a fresh format interlaced with stories about Hartmans fascinating life and career.

Quotes about Spider Saloff:
“Slyly sophisticated, easily accessible, Saloff stands as a kind of ideal. She is one of the finest jazz vocalists working in this or any other city" - Chicago Tribune

“Right-on intonation and a personal style which can sell a ballad or tantalize with half a chorus of scatting." - Dick Hyman

“A wicked way with a lyric and a glint of well-controlled mischief, a sparkle that lights up the performance." - The New York Times

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