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    Annie Ross
    Metropolitan RoomJuly 29, 2014 9:30 PM
    34 West 22nd Street
    New York, NY 10010
    Annie Ross: Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

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    A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.

    As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

    The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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    Cabaret & Jazz At The Metropolitan Room
    Metropolitan RoomJuly 29, 2014 9:30 PM
    34 West 22nd Street
    New York, NY 10010
    Located in the heart of Manhattan, the high-end cabaret and jazz club Metropolitan Room brings the latest in live music to New York City. Fabulous award-winning performers like Annie Ross and Baby Jane Dexter take the stage in an intimate 115-seat setting reminiscent of the golden age of cabaret. From jazz and blues to Great American Songbook favorites and standards, this club's got it all on the lineup. The venue's also been known to host a fun night of stand-up comedy. Please see the full event description for the current schedule.
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    Jennifer Hudson
    Rockefeller CenterJuly 29, 2014
    45 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020
    The Today Show's annual Toyota Concert Series gives you another reason to look forward to summer. These free morning concerts always feature popular, chart-topping artists. Performances take place on Fridays throughout the summer unless otherwise noted. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early to secure a good spot!
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    Atomic
    Acorn TheatreJuly 29, 2014 7:00 PM
    410 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036
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    After Midnight, Guest Star Gladys Knight
    Brooks Atkinson TheatreJuly 29, 2014 7:30 PM
    256 West 47th Street
    New York, NY 10036
    After Midnight is a stage production that brings Harlem's golden era of swing back to life. Featuring a cast of 25 singers and dancers and The Jazz Lincoln Center All-Stars, a 17-piece orchestra hand-selected by nine-time Grammy Award winner and Musical Director Wynton Marsalis, the show weaves together the music of legends like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen with the unmistakable prose of Langston Hughes. Critically acclaimed for capturing the spirit, glamor and mischief of the 1930s and 1940s, After Midnight transports audiences to a Harlem nightclub where, despite a turbulent social and political landscape, musical innovation and intoxicating rhythms were all that mattered.
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    Newsical The Musical
    The Kirk TheatreJuly 29, 2014 8:15 PM
    410 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036
    Created by actor, comedian and composer Rick Crom, Newsical the Musical is a musical theater production that evolves with the current events. What began as a cabaret called What in the World: The Newsical Revue, in 2002, has since evolved into a full-scale theatrical show that debut Off-Broadway in 2004 with an ever-changing catalog of songs to fit the latest happenings in politics and pop culture.
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