Tuesday, April 23, 2013

JAD Band Guests at New York Jazz Choreography Project

Jazz Ain’t Dead® principal dance artists Jerome Melaun Warren and Candice Michelle Franklin perform together again as guests for the New York Jazz Choreography Project which runs April 27 – 28 at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in midtown. 

For the first night, dance artists Jerome Melsaun Warren and the young and beautiful, Maria Rodriguez (plucked from Miss Franklin’s advanced trainee Jazz dance classes at the renowned Joffrey Ballet School) will be performing a duet accompanied by Jazz Ain’t Dead vocalist, Rajdulari Barnes.  On the second day of the show run, Jazz Ain’t Dead® choreographer, Candice Michelle Franklin, will join Warren, her long standing partner (about ten years we think if you don’t count when Franklin was Warren’s teacher), in performing the same duet with Jazz Ain’t Dead’s live band.  Principal music arranger for Jazz Ain’t Dead®, Chris Rob, will be accompanying the dancing pair with his new samba arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed” both singing and playing the piano in a vocal duet of the famous song with JAD’s Rajdulari Barnes.  Also sitting in is Wallace Roney’s fabulous bass player, Rashaan Carter, and the great salsero, Geraldo Flores.  We welcome these great musicians to the Jazz Ain’t Dead family!

Available at the MMAC box office or
purchase online.
$21 ($18 children 12 and under)

Jazz Choreography Enterprises presents The New York Jazz Choreography Project

The New York Jazz Choreography Project is a celebration of jazz dance featuring originals works by emerging and established choreographers. Audiences of all ages will be treated to dances in a variety of jazz styles—from swing to contemporary—and the chance to see jazz dance as the rich art form it is, with its glorious variety of styles and cultural influences. Following the performance on Sunday, April 28th, the audience is invited to stay for a talk back with the choreographers.

Saturday, April 27th, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 28th, at 3 p.m. – A talk back with the choreographers follows this performance.

manhattan movement & arts center

manhattan movement & arts center
248 W. 60th Street
New York, New York 10023

Available at the MMAC box office or
purchase online.
$21 ($18 children 12 and under)

The performances will be approximately 70 minutes long with no intermission. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management. The box office will close 30 minutes after the performance starts. No refunds or exchanges.

Jazz Ain’t Dead Photo of the Day

Jazz Ain’t Dead dancers Jerome Melsaun Warren and Candice Michelle Franklin guests at Onaje Allan Gumbs II New Vintage performance at BAM, April 6, 2013.  Enjoy!
Jerome and Candice in first lift Overjoyed New Vintage with Onaje Allan Gumbs

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Great Night at BAM Café with Onaje Allan Gumbs

Jerome and Candice in first lift Overjoyed New Vintage with Onaje Allan Gumbs
Candice and Jerome BackstageJazz Ain’t Dead principle dancers, Candice Michelle Franklin and Jerome Melsaun Warren, performed a fantastic duet at BAM Café last Saturday night, April 6 for Onaje Allan Gumbs Presents New Vintage.  It was a star-studded evening filled with fabulous musicians well-heeled in the Jazz scene as well as a wonderful array of singers and poets featured on the program.  The venue was crazy packed, over capacity.  People could not get in unless someone left; it was just that crowded.

Candice and Onaje posing together at BAM Cafe April 6, 2013Accompanying Candice and Jerome was the talented vocal artist Angela Johnson singing lead vocals and Gregoire Maret on harmonica as well as Gary Fritz on congas, Enoch Jamal Strickland on drums, Roger Byam on sax, and Gregory M. Jones on bass.  Other talented artists performing throughout the evening included Jean Caze, Mem Nahadr (Vocalist and Friend of JAD), Abiodun Oyewole, Toni Blackman, Alano, LuQuan Graham, Darien Dean, Jordan Young, Autumn Ashante, and Tai Allen.

Flyer of New Vintage

Monday, April 1, 2013

Jazz Ain’t Dead Guests with Onaje Allan Gumbs II


Jazz Ain’t Dead principle dancers Candice Michelle Franklin and Jerome Melsaun Warren will perform, Saturday, April 6 with Onaje Allan Gumbs and New Vintage at BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.  There a ton of brilliant musicians sitting-in and exciting guests also on the program.  Please come and check it out!

Onaje Allan Gumbs Show at BAM Cafe[1]
For more information directly from BAM, click here for a direct link.
Photography by Julie Atwell