New York City and a Retro Dance Party!

One of the highlights of the past two weeks was a party at The Drake Hotel, raising IMG_9558money 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 Django Rheinhardt Festival was on in New York and Dorado Schmitt and his family were amazing!

The Django Rheinhardt Festival was on in New York and Dorado Schmitt and his family were amazing!

The New York Jazz Safari was similar to my last one…which is to say; perfect!

Entertaining the kids at a book launch for "Sassafraz Jones" by Cathleen Smith.

Entertaining the kids at a book launch for “Sassafraz Jones” by Cathleen Smith.

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!

I bumped into six Canadian friends in three days. This is MagiStar!

I bumped into six Canadian friends in three days. This is MagiStar!

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.

Drinking Rum Manhattans in a dark room with a hot band. Bliss!

Drinking Rum Manhattans in a dark room with a hot band. Bliss!

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.

Kitano Hotel bathrooms are special.

Kitano Hotel bathrooms are special.

 

 

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

Fred dancing...Tim Rivers loves it!

Fred dancing…Tim Rivers loves it!

 

DJ Chris from The Retro Road Show in action.

DJ Chris from The Retro Road Show in action.

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.

Fred played 60's and 70's funk and soul as well as 80's.

Fred played 60’s and 70’s funk and soul as well as 80’s.

 

Archer recently returned from England - good timing!

Archer recently returned from England – good timing!

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 teased a lot of hair! He (and the others) donated their tips to Unison!

Robin Barker teased a lot of hair! He (and the others) donated their tips to Unison!

Friskey Brown working on G!

Friskey Brown working on G!

Monami and her friends were a great addition to the party!

Monami and her friends were a great addition to the party!

Dali Tat!

Dali Tat!

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.

I'm not sure what this was all about - I paid for a speaker at the silent auction and someone was in the empty box! Scandalous!

I’m not sure what this was all about – I paid for a speaker at the silent auction and someone was in the empty box! Scandalous!

Lisa Zbitnew worked so hard on this party. She is one of the new owners of the Phoenix AND a Unison Fund board member!

Lisa Zbitnew worked so hard on this party. She is one of the new owners of the Phoenix AND a Unison Fund board member!

 

 

 

 

Other fun things recently:

Gap and I should be doing Martin & Lewis!

Gap and I should be doing Martin & Lewis!

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

Singing non-stop...Alex Pangman is in great shape! Get her new CD called "New"...now!

Singing non-stop…Alex Pangman is in great shape! Get her new CD called “New”…now!

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!

Don Francks drops by for brunch!

Don Francks drops by for brunch!

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. IMG_9551Her 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

AND HEY – Please sign at http://www.bullhorn.ca while you are at it…it’ll be sent to you once a month.

ALSO, if you didn’t sign up for this blog yet it’s easy. I try to post  a weekly journal but it’s usually at least two weeks.

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