ICE WINE – Electrons Dancing In The Frozen Crystal Dawn
Nightclub singer/entrepreneur Ellen Kaye is known for her gutsy hybrid of blues, jazz, rock and folk -- laying her own bold spin on classic tunes. Over the past few years Ellen Kaye has been appearing regularly at noted jazz clubs such as the Iridium Jazz Club, this Spring at the Bearsville Theater Lounge in Woodstock, currently as the featured performer for the Fall Classic Movie Series at The Paramount Theatre in Middletown and here at The Metropolitan Room. During her last run with us in February 2012, Ellen was invited to sing “When I Was A Boy”, the Dar Williams song, at the Metro New York Chapter of the UN Women Luncheon in the Delegates’ Dining Room at the United Nations in March.
From Chuck Berry’s “Merry Christmas Baby” to Rickie Lee Jones’ “Bonfires” to “Cold” by Annie Lennox to Irving Berlin’s “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” we’re gearing up for the holidays, the joyous spirits and the conflicted angst, as Ellen sings songs from her album, Ice Wine – songs for Christmas & dark winter nights with her Moscow 57 Band. “…drown your sorrows the Kaye way, with ‘Ice Wine’, in or out of season.” Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway Here are just a few of things being said about Ellen and some Youtube clips to check out:
“…drown your sorrows the Kaye way, with ‘Ice Wine’, in or out of season.” Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway
“Ellen is an elegant chanteuse.” Liz Smith, Tribune Media Services
"Ellen's voice is perfect whether she belts out a blues version of ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ or the jazzy ‘Cool Yule’ and what a wonderful version of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.... shades of Judy. Ellen you are great!!! I hope you plan to do a CD of standards in the future so we can play your CDs all year long." Jim Stone, Mint City Radio
“Ellen Kaye brings down the house with Ice Wine: Songs for Dark Winter Nights…Her vocal sound is unique and magnetic.” Danielle Miceli, NiteLifeExchange.com
"... Kaye's jazzy spirit presents the lady in a special light that glows like a lantern. Her jazz-folk sensibility exudes deep emotions that simply shine. With assists from Musical Director/arranger Ethan Fein and a dynamite hot band, she is in great form on buoyant classics ..." John Hoglund, Cabaret Scenes CD Review - March 2012
Kaye is also the founder of Moscow 57, a New York City-based hospitality and entertainment company. With partners Seth Goldman and Ethan Fein, Ellen has been creating M57 Pop Up nightclubs and cafes around NYC, including Moscow 57 Under The Tracks at the Urban Garden Center in East Harlem this past summer and from October 25th through November 18th their Moscow 57 Café pops up at Holiday House in a glorious mansion on the Upper Eastside. Ellen is a third generation restaurateur; her family owned The Russian Tea Room from 1947-1996.
The Moscow 57 Band:
Ethan Fein/musicmaven/guitarist/banjoist has played guitar in concerts with Kristen Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman and Carole King to name a few; in the Broadway shows Forty Second Street, West Side Story, The Full Monty, and Cats for its entire run. He hasperformed on and produced numerous recordings. Right now Ethan has just finished co-writing a new musical with Robby Merkin.
Benjamin Franklin Brown/bassist An accomplished bassist and composer, renowned throughout the music industry, Benjamin F. Brown is one of New York’s most distinguished musicians and music directors. Brown graduated from the University of Miami, and began working professionally with such musicians as Barney Kessel, Mose Allison, Freddie Hubbard, Lou Rawls and Buddy Rich. In 1976, Brown began a three-year stint with the Dizzy Gillespie Quartet. Mr. Brown’s credits include James Brown, Al Green, the Jimmy Heath Quartet, Harry Sweets Edison, Al Haig, George Benson, Tony Bennett, Mike Longo Trio, Gregory Hines, Ruth Brown, Blossom Dearie, and Lena Horne’s The Lady and Her Music. On and off Broadway shows include: The Color Purple, Sophisticated Ladies (The Duke Ellington Orchestra), Singing in The Rain, Jelly’s Last Jam (Gregory Hines), Thou Shall Not (Harry Connick, Jr.). Brown’s movie credits include Sweet & Lowdown (director Woody Allen) and The Good Shepherd (director Robert De Niro).
Trista Doll/vocalist: Trista is joining us for the first time tonight! Her credits include: Disney's The Lion King Broadway & 1st National Tour (Shenzi), Porgy & Bess (Clara), Stand Tall (Black Sheep), Morgan Street (Dominique), Cool Papa's Party Party, Old Maid & the Thief (Lateitia). Trista is a proud graduate of Florida Southern College Opera program.
Giomar Cepeda/drummer: Giomar is a brilliant young drummer whom we heard playing with Zeo Munoz, one of our favorite singer/songwriters. Giomar was playing in uptown Manhattan at Corcho Wine Bar, one of our favorite hangs. Gio played with us at the Paramount Theater and is now a part of the Moscow 57 Band.
Samuel Bronowski/sax: Born in London, Sammy Bronowski grew up in Paris where he studied piano and violin at the conservatory, before switching to alto saxophone at age 12. He took up the tenor a couple years later, out of love of John Coltrane's sound. He studied with a few private teachers before entering the jazz department of the Versailles conservatory, and started gigging in major French jazz clubs (Sunside, Baiser salé, Jazzcartoon). He also opened for Louis Sclavis at the Versailles jazz festival with his own quartet (May 2009). During that time Sammy studied philosophy and political science at the Sorbonne, earning Masters degrees in both subjects. In January 2010, he arrived to New York and to the New school on full scholarship. Since his arrival he had the opportunity to perform as a sideman in some of the great venues in the city (Lincoln Center, the Iridium, the Living Room, Shrine, Alphabet lounge, Freddy's backroom) and tour in countries around the world (Israel, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland...).www.samuelbrokowski.com