Andrea Frierson (Me & Ella, Once On This Island) and Chris Dilley (Broadway Inspirational Voices, Voca People) will be the featured vocalists in the September 10th installment of “Russ Kaplan’s Broadway Jazz Session,” the popular monthly series which presents In Transit composer Kaplan’s innovative jazz interpretations of current Broadway favorites. Guests slated to appear later this year include Tony-winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Chicago) on October 1, and Marva Hicks (Motown; Caroline, or Change) on December 10.
The next show will be on Sunday, September 10 at 8:00 PM (doors are open at 6:30), at The Green Room 42 [570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036]. Tickets are $20 and there is no food and drink minimum. All ages may attend.
Since launching in April, Russ Kaplan’s monthly Broadway Jazz Session has featured guest vocalists including Justin Guarini, Christiane Noll, Aisha De Haas, Kate Rockwell, Michael McElroy, Mariand Torres, Arbender Robinson, Shayna Steele, and beatboxer Chesney Snow. Select performance videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLirkuNWGIj51q1TR0oZMR06uujP2vYhzy.
Composer Russ Kaplan has always had a love of both musical theater and cutting-edge jazz. His concert series brings together his two passions, as he and his eight-piece band offer innovative instrumental interpretations of tunes from the current Broadway season – from new (Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton) to classic (Chicago, Hello Dolly).
As a theater writer, Kaplan is the co-creator of Broadway’s In Transit (Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Drama League and Lortel nominations), family musical Dear Albert Einstein (Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominee) and play-with-music High School Confidential, among other works. His debut jazz album The Ulysses Cycle was released on Ropeadope Records and includes the Independent Music Award-winning track “Pigz in Space.” The band was a finalist in WNYC’s 2015 Battle of the Boroughs.
Joining Kaplan on stage every month is a lineup of some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including trumpeter Eric Biondo (Antibalas), bassist Moppa Elliott (Mostly Other People Do the Killing), percussionist Brian Adler (Bombay Rickey), saxophonists Kyle Saulnier (Awakening Orchestra) and Christof Knoche, guitarist Tom Gavin, and drummer Wayan Zoey.