From a media release:
THIRD SMASH YEAR!
Town Hall Presents: Gotham Holiday Swing
featuring Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
with LEE FIELDS, MERCURY REV, HAL WILLNER, TERRY REID, Madeleine Peyroux, Raul Midon, Carole Bufford, and Basya Schechter
Hosted by Buster Poindexter
• Friday, December 18,2015
• Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm
• Tickets Start at $45
NEW YORK CITY - Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, alongside host Buster Poindexter, celebrate the holiday season with a swingin' program of New York and New Orleans tunes old and new, featuring all-star guest musical appearances and readings by New York personalities including soul singer extraordinaire Lee Fields, alt-rock band Mercury Rev, Brit-rock icon Terry Reid, impresario Hal Willner (reading from W.S. Burroughs' The Junky's Christmas), jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, guitarist and singer-songwriter Raul Midan, cabaret star Carole Bufford, vocalist and Pharaoh's Daughter leader Basya Schechter, and more to be announced. Now in its third year, previous guests included Ira Glass, Jon Batiste, Nellie McKay, Garrison Keillor, Regina Carter, Sofia Rei, Anat Cohen, Monica Bill Barnes, The Hot Sardines, and many more.
New Orleans singer/pianist Henry Butler and trumpeter/arranger Steven Bernstein are two students of early jazz with decidedly modern voices. Together, with their band The Hot 9, they are setting new standards and writing fresh history. Blind since birth, Butler tells stories through the rise, swing, and rumble of his fingers as they channel sounds as diverse as his Louisiana birthplace: jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B, among others. A giant among giants, he is a member of a special brotherhood that also includes Professor Longhair, James Booker and Allen Toussaint. His technical ability and expansive repertoire are legendary.
A veteran of New York City's downtown scene and a GRAMMY-winning arranger, Bernstein juggles a forward-looking perspective with a rooted sense of what's come before. Known for his work with The Lounge Lizards and SEXMOB, he's also the leader of the Millennial Territory Orchestra, a nine-piece ensemble that draws tunes and inspiration from the dance orchestras that toured the U.S. before World War II. "Their collaboration is both historically aware and fully prepared to cut loose," remarked The New York Times. (emcee Buster Poindexter pictured left)
The Town Hall is hosting a food drive in conjunction with Gotham Holiday Swing in partnership with City Harvest. Their organization delivers food to nearly 500 emergency food programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, AIDS care providers, senior centers, and children's daycare centers that serve hungry New Yorkers in all five boroughs. We are honored to work in tandem to help those in need throughout our city. On the night of the show we will accept dried food, food in boxes, cans, and bottles. Patrons can find collection areas as they first enter the lobby.