Afterglows for the 2014-2015 Season.

2014_10_09_Joan_CroweOctober 9th, 2014


“A slightly twisted and superbly talented chanteuse” -Tom Staudter- New York Times

“Joan Crowe gets to the heart of a songs story. And she’s funny. And she is beautiful. She gets the hat trick” is how Michael Bourne of WBGO describes Joan. As a long time supporter of her work, he wrote the liner notes for her debut CD, Bird On The Wire, which garnered rave reviews in LA Jazz Scene, Jazz Improv, All Music Guide, Cadence, JazzReview.com, All About Jazz and others. Joining her on the CD is Tedd Firth on Piano, Jay Leonhart on Bass, Scott Neuman on Drums, George Walker Petit on guitar, and Justin Flynn on Sax. She has had the privilege of touring Berlin, Prague, and Amsterdam and Hong Kong as a result of the international airplay her first CD enjoyed.

Joan is a versatile singer with an extensive repertoire and a unique comic ability that earned her the 2002 MAC Award for Female Musical Comedy and led her to produce a ground breaking video pod cast devoted to the lighter side of jazz. Filmed mostly at Birdland, www.FunnyJazzChick.com boasts 44+ episodes to date with subscribers in 63 countries worldwide. The pod cast led her to record her second CD: In The Key Of Comedy live with Jay Leonhart, Matt Wilson, Tedd Firth and Bob Dorough. The CD led to her current project: a series of shows with Jesters Of Jive, an ensemble featuring Mark Berman, Saadi Zain and Moe Roberts. Jesters Of Jive an ensemble featuring Mark Berman, Saadi Zain and Moe Roberts. Jesters Of Jive focuses on the music of such maters of wit as: Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart, Oscar Brown Jr. and others.

After a successful career as an actress, she “caught the jazz bug” when she opened for Joe Lovano in 2002. Since then she has played in many prestigious jazz clubs, including The Jazz Standard, The Iridium Jazz Club, Sweet Rhythm and Birdland.

She performs regularly with her 10-piece band, High Society Rhythm. Her credits include performances at The Rainbow Room, The Oak Room in Grand Prospect Hall, The Carnegie Club, Trumpets Jazz Club, The Manor, The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Westchester Conservatory of Music, Rockland Center for the Arts, The Emelin Theatre, Archie’s Place, Eighty-Eights, The Cinegrill in Los Angeles, Odettes, Teddy Cares, the National Society of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP songwriters’ showcase and Town Hall.


October 16th, 2014

TISH RABE AND FRIENDS2014_10_16_Tish_Rabe2

Tish Rabe and Friends is a jazz quintet that performs in New York City and is a new addition to the Southeastern Connecticut music scene. Featuring versatile vocalist Tish Rabe, the band specializes in classic and contemporary jazz favorites including hits recorded by Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and Michael Buble. They have performed at Mystic’s Steak Loft and Ms. Rabe is a frequent guest vocalist with the Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band.

The group also features Joe Grieco on piano who is the founding member and musical director for the popular band The Cartells and leader of The Joe Grieco Band which plays regularly at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Special guest artists include Bill Holloman on trumpet and woodwinds who has recorded and performed with Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill and Les Paul among many others. Other members of the band include talented musicians Hank Shaeffer on drums and John Rabe on bass. 

Presenting a brand new jazz tune by Tish Rabe and Matt Podd!

Special Guests:
Upper East Sound
Jason Zimbler, Johnny Rabe
Chase Philpotts, Tom Ludlow

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2014_10_30_Peter_MazzaOctober 30th, 2014


This week’s afterglow features Peter Mazza, NYC Jazz guitarist accompanied by Thomson Kneeland on bass. Pete is a top notch musician, please come out next thursday and hear for yourself! We grew up together but he pursued jazz, while I was swayed by the dark side of Rock and Roll. He’s fifty times better than me, just don’t tell him I said that…

He has been featured in the pages of Just Jazz Guitar and Jazz Inside magazines where he has discussed his approach to arranging, writing and practicing. His solo guitar video of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on You Tube posses over 120,000 views.

His first CD was in 2007, called Through My Eyes on the Japanese label Late Set Records. The disc presented 8 original compositions and 2 original arrangements. While the pieces drew from jazz, classical, rock, funk and ambient music, the evocative and personal nature of the music fused them. The release was supported with 2 tours of Japan.

Peter’s most current CD – “Circles and Lines” is scheduled for release in October of 2014. He has a solo guitar recording “Blues for the Ineffable” is scheduled for release in 2015.



2014_11_06_Veterans_DayNovember 6th, 2014









The Bison Chips are very handsome, and they sing, too.

November 13th, 2014


The Bison Chips are a group of talented gentlemen bonded together by their never-ending pursuit of wine, women, and song. With their unprecedented panache and boyish good looks, The Bison Chips have exuded a harmonious aura of awe-inspiring proclivities at Bucknell University for 40 years. The Bison Chips pride themselves on being the premier all-male a cappella group at Bucknell, pillared by the combination of youthful and charasmatic soloists and their zeugmatic ability to sing as an exuberant entity.

2014_11_20_Champagne_PamNovember 20th, 2014


Singer, Songwriter, Performer – Pamela Lewis steps into the spotlight…and captures your attention…The winning combination of her sultry, silky voice and infectious personality reveal the undeniable cabaret performer…“Champagne Pam”

Born and raised in metro-New York, Pamela’s passion for performing and music traces back to he earliest memories. When asked who wanted to sing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer on the stage at a holiday gala – Pamela’s natural attraction to “the stage” (at age 5) resulted in her first impromptu performance… for a crowd of 200!!

During the timeline of her performance career, Pamela has been featured in a range of venues and performances, including music, comedy and acting.

Music writer Chuck Lavazzi calls cabaret the “revelation of the individual performer’s personality through music.” Pamela hopes her shows will embody her humor, life and performance experience as she breaks into the cabaret scene and shakes it up. “I want people unfamiliar with cabaret to leave my show thinking ‘who knew cabaret was this cool?’”


2014_12_04_CricketsDecember 4th, 2014


The Crickets is a small ensemble of brothers in song who represent the time-honored tradition of men’s a cappella singing. With a diverse background of singing, these men came together as representatives of the University Glee Club. Founded in 1983 by members who wanted to continue singing in the summer months while UGC was on vacation, the group now sings year-round at various functions and events in the tri-state area. The Crickets sing a varied repertoire including, but not limited to, jazz standards, broadway hits, doo-wop, and traditional men’s choral selections.
For more information, please contact deddyofpelham@aol.com


December 11th, 2014


Sarah Viola received her masters from the San Francisco Music Conservatory and has performed more than 20 operatic roles around the country and in Europe. Most recently she performed in a recital at Carnegie Hall. Dave Wilson, an Air Force Academy grad, has performed musical theater roles in numerous regional and off-Broadway theaters. They are engaged to be married in May. Please stick around after rehearsal and enjoy- it’s going to be a great show!


2014_12_18_Lost_KeysDecember 18th, 2014


The Lost Keys are a New York based coed a cappella group, bringing a soulful sound to contemporary and classic pop music with the goal of creating a musical experience that entertains and inspires audiences of all ages. Many of the group members came to New York City to find themselves, and in the process, we found each other. Our shared love of a cappella created a sense of community that we strive to bring to every venue where we perform. So we invite you to join The Lost Keys experience and hope to celebrate with you in the near future!