Fall 2019 got off to a great start, still basking in the afterglow of The Royal Bopsters’ recent successful performance at the Newport Jazz Festival 2019, where we were delighted to be joined onstage by Her Bebop Majesty, Sheila Jordan. It was absolutely thrilling to perform at the 65th Anniversary of the NJF, and I am happy to report that we hit the ball out of Fort Adams State Park. We got 3 standing ovations and were invited back onstage to do an encore. How do you get to Carnegie Hall (or Newport?) PRACTICE! It was truly a wonderful experience. Here is a review by Sheila Mason of The Jazz Police: “With tight four part harmony, great scatting and impeccable timing, The Royal Bopsters and Sheila Jordan got things off to a great start!”
I have been enjoying being a featured singer on the roster of the Wednesday concerts at The American Folk Art Museum, led by fantastic guitarist Bill Wurtzel, and joined by amazing bassist Jay Leonhart. I will be singing with them again on Wednesday, November 20, 2 to 3 PM. The address is 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 65th Street.
We Royal Bopsters are finishing up our sophomore CD, entitled ‘Party of Four,’ due out Spring 2020. We have a fresh new batch of 12 arrangements, and we are joined by special guests, Bop Royalty Sheila Jordan, our dearly departed Bob Dorough, how we all miss him, and killer bassist Christian McBride. Stay tuned for news of our CD release event!
We will be featured once again in Anne Phillips’ and Bob Kindred’s, ‘A Jazz Nativity,’ always a warm and swinging event, for two performances this season:
Tuesday, December 3, St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Utica, NY, 7 PM
Friday, December 6, St., Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St, NYC, 7 PM
As part of your New Year’s Festivities, please join The Royal Bopsters at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem on Sunday evening, January 12, for two sets, 7:30 and 9:30 PM, 210 West 118th Street, NYC.
Hope to see you out and about soon!