On Saturday, July 28 at 8:30, WordTheatre presents “Hey, Doyle!” This star-studded night of Tales and Jazz will benefit WITS: WordTheatre in the Schools and The Pushcart Prize Fellowships.
Actors Bellamy Young (Scandal), Bruce Vilanch (You Don’t Mess With the Zohan), Antonique Smith (Luke Cage), Mozhan Marnò (House of Cards), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI), Sharon Lawrence ( Me, Myself & I), Michael Nouri ( Flashdance), and Brooke Adams ( Days of Heaven) will bring to life short stories penned by the late, great Brian Doyle, a multiple Pushcart Prize winning author. Composers Jonathan Sacks’ and Starr Parodi will unveil and original jazz score performed by a five-piece band with Starr on Piano and featuring Pedro Segundo on Percussion, Mike Rubenstein on Trumpet, Essiet Okon Essiet on Bass, Morris Goldberg on Sax, Clarinet, Flute & Piccolo!
Doyle understood how vital stories are to humanity. In his words: “There is a story in every thing, and every being, and every moment, were we alert to catch it, were we ready with our tender nets; indeed there are a hundred, a thousand stories, uncountable stories, could they only be lured out and appreciated; and more and more now I realize that what I thought was a skill only for authors and pastors and doctors and dream-diviners is the greatest of all human skills, the one that allows us into the heart and soul and deepest layers of our companions on the brief sunlit road between great dark wildernesses.”
“Hey, Doyle!” is curated, directed and produced by Cedering Fox.
Composer Jonathan Sacks has worked as a composer and orchestrator on over 30 feature films over the past 25 years, including Seabiscuit, Cars, and both X-Files films. He created orchestral arrangements for Metallica, Kiss, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. Sacks has written several dozen scores for productions with San Diego Repertory Theatre, Antaeus Theatre, and Shakespeare Festival, LA among others.
Steinway artist and multi-award winning composer Starr Parodi’s recordings have been featured on iHEART Radio, NPR’s Echoes, numerous films, television shows, iconic movie trailers. Her solo piano album COMMON PLACES, which won Solo Piano Album of the year, was lauded by KCRW’s grammy-nominated host Chris Douridas “This deeply passionate and beautiful recording is one of the best albums of the year”.
Essiet Okon Essiet
Essiet is an American jazz double-bassist. Essiet’s parents were Nigerian immigrants to the United States. He studied violin, as a child, then learned both bass guitar and stand-up bass as a high schooler in Portland Oregon. After attending Mount Hood Community College, he played briefly in Los Angeles, then worked in Europe in the early 1980s with Famoudou Don Moye. In 1983 he moved to New York City, playing with Abdullah Ibrahim, Art Blakey, Marty Cook, and Ralph Peterson, Jr.. Subsequent associations include performing or recording with George Adams, Ron Affif, Kenny Barron, the Blue Note All-Stars, Paul Bollenback, Donald Brown, Bruce Cox, Kurt Elling, Kenny Garrett, Benny Golson, Jim Hartog, David Hazeltine, Freddie Hubbard, Victor Jones, Joe Locke, Kevin Mahogany, Cedar Walton, and Bobby Watson. He is the leader of the group “Intercontinental Bush Orchestra”, founded in 1995.
Mike shared stages with Ray Charles, Phil Woods,Jon Faddis, the Lew Andersen Big Band live at Birdland, NYC, Todd Coolman, Jerry Weldon, Carl Fischer, Brent Carter, Byron Stripling, the Lalama Brothers, Chester Schmitz, John Pizzarelli, John Riley, Cecil Bridgewater, and many others. He was a long standing member of the great Carlton J. Smith and Friends band, a house band at B.B. King’s of Times Square. Dabbling in classical performance, Mike is a current member of the Symphonic Band of Suffolk County under the baton of Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft and is the former principle trumpet of the Long Island Symphonic Winds, the New York Chamber Ensemble, and has performed with the Atlantic Wind Symphony
Born in Cape Town, South Africa and grew up in the area known as Observatory. He is recognised as one of the early pioneers of Cape Jazz, along with Dollar Brand and Chris McGregor. Goldberg left South Africa to study in New York City. He is also a virtuoso clarinet and flute player. He has recorded a number of his own albums and is known as a member of the Harry Belafonte band and for his work with Paul Simon. Goldberg has toured and recorded albums with his own band, OJOYO. He calls their sound safrojazz, presenting the music as a combination of South African and American jazz music.
Portuguese-born Pedro Segundo is known internationally for his incredible musical energy with all things percussion. Pedro is house drummer of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in England. He has toured in Europe, North America, and the Far East, with renowned musicians such as Dennis Rollins, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields with Sir Neville Marriner, Murray Perahia, Joshua Bell, and more recently with his own Solo Segundo, Judith Owen and Kansas Smitty’s House Band.
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