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Don’t miss the talented young maestro Alex Mendham and His New Yorkers dressed in white tie and tails as he brings back the music of the Golden Age of Jazz and Swing, accompanied by his talented 11-piece orchestra, for an extravaganza that will have you doing the Foxtrot.
Full of exuberant energy, Gray opened the show with the moving musical piece Devil’s Gonna Rise Up, written by Abigail and Shaun Bengson. Gray’s musical director, Cody Owen Stine, accompanied her on the accordion. The song is a haunting, almost spiritual tune, showcased in The National Theatre of Scotland’s performance of Anything That Gives Off Light. That show was created in response to the Scottish independence referendum several years ago and involved the Scottish-US relationship throughout history. Gray’s style of singing gave the song great depth.
The vibe in Morristown is always buzzing, but this weekend, the Mayo Performing Art Center (MPAC) increased the frenzy by presenting another spectacular shown in its Summer Concerts series line-up, Three Dog Night, featuring singer/songwriter Chris Trapper up first.
It’s uncommon to get an uninterrupted two-hour performance from someone whose bio is as extensive as Hornsby, and his charm and funny sense of humor just enhanced his talent. The audience celebrated with loud applause as soon as he sat at the piano.
The incredibly personable Baker, currently living in New York City, was accompanied by an all-star band from the local jazz scene, including Grammy-nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis, 3rd generation jazz musician trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III, guitarist Max Light, Kevin Hailey on double bass and Curtis Nowosad on the drums.
According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 40-50% of first marriages end in divorce, with second marriages reportedly having an even higher percentage rate of failure. Forbes Advisor contributing writer Christy Bieber, J.D., provides statistical input on a graph in her May 4th article entitled Revealing Divorce Statistics in 2023, showing divorce rates have declined since 2002. Yet most of us know far too many casualties of dissolved marriages.
Tonight’s special at Hampton Junction Nonna’s Kitchen was a roasted veal chop, perfectly prepared medium rare, accompanied by grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes. Exquisite is the word for this dish. Next, we consumed a personal pepperoni pizza with a light homemade crust and crispy. Then, right out of the pasta-making machine, the cheese ravioli were filled with a light-as-a-feather ricotta stuffing, ideally seasoned, and served in light oil and garlic with white wine reduction, garnished with broccoli rabe and sundried tomatoes.