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New York City's Best Street Performers
The Jazz Collective- Rasheed Richard Howard has been playing trumpet for over 38 years. Throughout his career, he has toured with many jazz artists and groups such as 'The Sun Ra Arkestra' and Cecil Taylor. Rasheed's smooth jazz band, 'New Hype Jazz', has studied with Dave Burns, Richard Williams, Donald Byrd, Cecil Bridgewater, Woody Shaw, Al King (aka Hassan Hakim), Gilly Coggins, Justin Lees, and Kasa Allah. Additionally, he has been mentored by Rodney Kendrick, Denton Darrion, Charles Carrington, and Wally Gator Watson. Rasheed Howard has played and has been featured in most major jazz clubs around the world. He is well-known as "the man with two trumpets" to jazz enthusiasts who have had the unique opportunity to watch him perform live. His current vision is to put together the best unknown talent in jazz, known as the 'Jazz Collective.' Rasheed works continuously to keep the art of jazz alive, and makes the Jazz Collective's music accessible to everyone by playing in outdoor public spaces around New York City.
Paul Mueller - Paul Mueller is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Choral Studies at Hunter College. A distinguished and versatile musician, he has excelled in choral, orchestral and operatic repertoire. Recent performances include Mozart's Vesperae de Solennes de Confessore in Italy, Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir in France, Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Spain and Mozart’s Requiem in Hungary. He has also appeared as guest conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Professor Mueller is the Music Director of the Greenwich Choral Society and past Music Director of the New Haven Chorale. In addition to conducting, he remains active as an organist/harpsichordist and is involved with research projects which embrace French choral and vocal repertoire of the nineteenth century.
The Ebony Hillbillies - The Ebony Hillbillies are not only one of the last black string bands in America, they are the only string band based in NYC. Consisting of fiddle, banjo, washboard and bass fiddle, they have successfully created a following that has crossed over to audiences in pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and beyond while maintaining their grassroots credibility. Their 19th century string band sound was popular in the 1920's and 1930's; and was a key element in the genesis of jazz and virtually everything after (blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock & roll, etc...). The Ebony Hillbillies' own extant CDs, 'Sabrina's Holiday', 'EH Sessions Vol.1 & 2', and 'I Thought You Knew' provide a great introduction to a largely forgotten cultural legacy.
Baby Soda Jazz Band - Baby Soda is on the forefront of a new movement loosely known as street jazz; with an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel. The ensemble doesn't desire to recreate the past, rather they bring the concept and joy of the music to the present.Baby Soda is an adaptable and ever changing group made up of New York's finest musicians; featuring trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo and the unique one string box bass. The band has performed at some of New York's finest venues such as The Village Vanguard, Barbes, The Knitting Factory and the Jalopy Theater. In addition to their busy schedule of club dates, Baby Soda loves performing on the street and in the subway. This allows them to hone their skills and bring the music directly to the people. Both Pediatrics and Geriatrics agree, Baby Soda is the sure cure for the aches and pains of the modern world!
Mariachi Real De Mexico - was founded in 1991 by Ramon Ponce and his son Ramon Ponce Jr. This year Mariachi Real De Mexico is proudly celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Mariachi Real De Mexico is considered to be an ambassador of Mariachi music in the North East of the United States. Since the beginning Mariachi Real de Mexico has had great acceptance by the general public. They have done countless of public and private events such as: Weddings, Corporate Events, Festivals, Concerts, Fundraisers, Birthdays and all types of social events.
Maestro Moses Josiah - Moses Josiah plays the guitar. From time to time, he plays the piano. But his favorite instrument is a little less commonplace. Josiah, 80, is one of a small crowd of musical saw players in New York. Josiah started playing in Guyana, where he was born. He has played on television and before Queen Elizabeth II. He's also the subject of a documentary that's set to be released in May. Today, a retired orthopedic technician, Josiah plays at Union Square, Times Square, Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue. For him, it's not really a way to make money. It's mostly a way to keep busy. "I do this to keep my mind intact," he said, laughing. "You know?"
Don Witter, Jr. - For a couple of decades Don Ritter Jr. has given Classical Guitar lessons in all five boroughs of New York City through the New York Public Library System. He has performed several times in Germany and Portland, Oregon and he takes pleasure in writing reviews. Some of his reviews have been published in the English publication, Classical Guitar Magazine. In addition he reviews jazz concerts, clinics, albums, and the most prominent Classical Guitar Forum on the internet. He can be seen and heard at some NYC farmers markets and around NYC’s various subway stations as part of Music Under New York. He is a regular at Times Square’s illustrious events and looks forward to entertaining the crowd at Taste of Times Square this year.
Joshua Johnson - Joshua is a Junior at Penn State University and tap dances on the trains of New York City to pay for his university tuition. Last year, he was tap dancing and a New York Times reporter saw him tapping, was inspired and wrote about him. The rest..is history. Since that story Joshua has shared his story of passion, persistence, inspiration and entertainment with audiences all over the world. Throughout the United States, in South Africa and in Japan (through Japanese TV) and beyond. Joshua will not only entertain your audience with his amazing foot work - through tap dancing - but he'll also inspire your audience, both young and old. Your audience will laugh, they'll cry and overall they'll join Joshua in an experience of triumph over incredible odds and joy in the midst of challenges.As Joshua has shared many times ( http://www.tapping2college.com ), being homeless (including his mother) and struggling to make ends meet, has never kept this "Harlem USA" native down, it's only made him stronger.