One of the highlights of the past two weeks was a party at The Drake Hotel, raising money and awareness for Childhood Cancer. The auctioneers raised big bucks, the wine was wonderful and Mary, Barbara Lica and were pulling shapes on the dance floor. A top notch event!
The New York Jazz Safari was similar to my last one…which is to say; perfect!
Fred Schneider and I met some of his friends at The Algonquin Hotel. His long-time friend Kathleen Smith had a book launch and she suggested I go to the reading and help entertain the kids. It’s a wonderful book and I hope to help her get it published up here so she can do another event which also helps rescue animals. What a girl!
Sunday night was the another unforgettable evening, despite my twelve cocktails. The Ice Bar was my first stop (Minus Five at the midtown Hilton) In some ways it’s a typical tourist thing to do and nobody really goes in there for more than a couple drinks. They don’t let you take your phone in. You must buy pricey photos. I didn’t want the parka they provide, explaining that since I am from Canada, minus five is a walk in the park! (PHOTOS FROM THE ICE BAR WILL BE ADDED HERE TUESDAY AFTERNOON)
Chris Churchill (of Churchill Cellars) picked out perfect wines for dinner and then it was off to The Rum Room at the Edison House to enjoy a night of live music from The Candy Shop Boys.
It was a wicked party – even though it was a day off for everyone to do what they liked, everyone showed up at The Rum House and were seated just a few feet from the smokin band. Monday, after a little more shopping I flew home and prepared for a busy week.
I’m on the board of directors of The Unison Benevolent Fund…If you don’t know what that is, why not surf over there for a moment. Five minutes and you’ll get the gist. CLICK HERE
The Love Shack Retro Dance Party Anyway, Fred Schneider (of The B52s fame) came up from New York to DJ a party for Unison Benevolent Fund and I played host and emcee.
There were a lot of cooks in the kitchen on this and it went off without a hitch. Doing shows at the Phoenix has always been a pleasure – they have a great staff and crew!
Robin Barker, Anthony Passero, Friskey’s Fritty Bridage and the Knox crew from Liqiud Imprints looked after the body painting. Check out more body painting and just CLICK HERE
The silent auction was a big hit and I imagine they made close to ten grand. I’ll find out later this week.
Other fun things recently:
Gap Mangione (brother of Chuck “Feels So Good” Mangione) came up from Rochester and blew my mind at Old Mill Toronto…part of the Sound of Jazz Concert Series. For other shows visit http://www.jazz.fm
Alex Pangman did a Live To Air and then packed up, beelined to Hugh’s Room and performed a full show.
Also, last Saturday, Don Francks dropped by for brunch. We’re working on some great stuff and he’ll soon be starring in a TV series that I probably shouldn’t talk about just yet. Stay tuned!
Zeynep Ozbilen performed at Lula. World and jazz, Turkish influenced boleros…don’t ask me to tell you what this music is without a lot of hypens…but it’s really romantic and I have no doubt she’ll blow up in Europe. Her daughters and their friends were having a blast, loving the music, food and vibe at Lula Lounge. Mary and I sat with King Arthur and were swept away. Amazing music!
Next up: Many JAZZ.FM91 concerts, safaris and an electro-swing party December 13th at Revival. More on all that soon but meanwhile, if you are looking for some of my recommendations for this month also visit http://www.bullhorn.ca
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