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Meet The Former and Present Residents of Manhattan Plaza: Michael Hashim



Michael Hashim has been a full-time performing and recording artist in New York City since 1979. Can we drop too many names of his employers, collaborators and teachers? They include Dizzy, Muddy Waters, Madeline Kahn, Art Spiegelman, Cab Calloway, Nancy Wilson, Phil Woods, Frank Foster, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Mark Morris Company, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Gatemouth Brown, Widespread Depression, and on and on and on.

Michael Hashim

His discography is large and available from some nut in Holland. It includes his Kurt Weill project with strings, two Billy Strayhorn discs, Microscopic Septet, Raymond Scott Orchestrette, The Flying Neutrinos, Devil Doll and a truckload more. Hashim toured China for the State Department, also North and South America, Japan, Western Europe, all the major Jazz festivals and clubs. He composed and performed for feature Hollywood movies, documentaries, PBS Playhouse and animated cartoons.

Michael Hashim

T2C: When did you move into Manhattan Plaza and how did you get into the building?

Michael Hashim: In 1985 I helped my life-long friend, the great pianist, organist, and bandleader Michael LeDonne move in on the 39th floor. I was the only one of his colleagues who showed up and his folks drove in with a truckload of furniture etc. The Plaza excited me as a near- ideal setting for urban living so Mike showed me the office, I signed up and got into a one-bedroom, with my wife, Katherine Bourbeau, editor and photographer in 1990.

T2C: Were you there during the AIDS’s crisis? Tell us about that time.

Michael Hashim: I was in Manhattan, working as a musician and also doing some serious traveling. I was with people such as Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace, Keith Haring, Karen Finley and more. It was scary and many groups and individuals including the gay population and POC were justly angry at being ignored, even persecuted, during a deadly plague.

T2C: Who have you made friends with in the building and have those relationships lasted?

Michael Hashim: I had plenty of friends at MP even before I moved in. Many of my best buddies have passed on: Harold Ashby, Irvin Stokes, Frank Lowe, Ray Mantilla, Lawrence Lucie, Frank Vicari, Paul Garment and Bobby Watson and Joey Baron and Phillip Johnston moved away. I have loads of friends and colleagues in both towers and am squeamish about listing them for fear of grievous addle-pated omissions!

T2C: Has the building inspired you to create new jazz pieces?

Michael Hashim: No.

T2C: What has been the biggest changes to the neighborhood and your business?

Michael Hashim: The overcrowding, both pedestrians and vehicles, is the most noticeable change in general. For me as a musician it is the loss of most of the rehearsal and recording studios, coupled with the nearly complete disappearance of the retail “music quarter” of 46th-48th St. between 6th and 8th Avenues.

T2C: What has living in the building allowed you to accomplish?

Michael Hashim: It was the key factor in allowing us to raise our brilliant beautiful daughter, Regina, in midtown, in a secure, pleasant, and stimulating atmosphere.

T2C: What was your greatest accomplishment thanks to living in the building?

Michael Hashim: I don’t mean to look at that question from a negative perspective but the Plaza has allowed me not to have a teaching job if I din’t want one. At times this has freed me, either to pursue artistic goals or arrange the complex practicalities of a performing career.

T2C: What would you change from your time living in Manhattan Plaza?

Michael Hashim: I would have put more effort into avoiding the high prices at Food Emporium!

T2C: What is your fondest memory of New York?

Michael Hashim: Impossible to answer since I have had a rich, deep, endlessly changing romance with Manhattan Island since I was 5 years old. But watching my daughter’s birth at Roosevelt Hospital on 10th Ave tops the list.

T2C: What would you like us to know that we haven’t asked you?

Michael Hashim: I would like your readers to know that MP functions as well as it does thanks hugely to the wonderful staff. So kudos to all departments for making it happen!

The documentary Miracle on 42nd Street, is available on Amazon and will soon be available to stream. 

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


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G.H. Harding

A JON BON SURPRISE — (Via Ultimate Classic Rock) Jon Bon Jovi played a surprise five-song set in Nashville on Friday, June 7.

The intimate performance celebrated the grand opening of JBJ’s, the new rooftop bar and restaurant owned by Jon Bon Jovi. It also came on the day Bon Jovi released their sixteenth studio album, Forever.

The show was notable considering the lingering uncertainty surrounding Jon Bon Jovi’s voice. The singer underwent vocal surgery in 2022 and has been enduring a long road to recovery ever since. The frontman recently confirmed he’ll be unable to tour in support of his new album, noting that he’s “more than capable of singing again,” but that “two and a half hours a night, four nights a week” would not be possible.

The frontman’s voice appeared pitchy but strong during the Nashville club set. Bon Jovi showcased plenty of his trademark energy during the gig, dancing on the small stage and engaging fans to sing along with him.

The performance opened with “Blood on Blood,” the stirring album cut from Bon Jovi’s classic 1988 LP New Jersey. According to, this marked the first time “Blood on Blood” has been performed in concert since 2019.

Later, the singer addressed his absence from performing.

“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been up on a stage with some people in the house,” Bon Jovi declared midway through the set. “Too long, too long. Yeah, it feels good. I hope it sounds good, because it feels good.”

Bon Jovi also acknowledged Nashville’s importance in his band’s history, noting that they’d spent “so much time” writing and recording in the town. “I always jokingly say, Nashville, this is my people.”

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil. Jelly Roll and Big Kenny from Big and Rich were among the celebrities on hand for Bon Jovi’s club gig. Other highlights on the night included a rousing rendition of “You Give Love a Bad Name” and the lead single from Forever, “Legendary.”

See the complete set list below, along with video of the entire performance.

Bon Jovi, 6/7/24, JBJ’s, Nashville, Set List

1.  “Blood on Blood”
2. “We Weren’t Born to Follow”
3. “You Give Love a Bad Name”
4. “Born to Be My Baby”
5. “Legendary”

Jon’s been very, very visible of late. From his Hulu-four-part show to stints on everything from Kelly Clarkson to Jimmy Kimmel and it seems to me he’s been a tad overexposed. Sure, he’s got a new album to sell as well as the cable-series, but his logline seems to be over whether he can tour … or not.  And, apparently, he can’t.

Honestly, that’s gotten bigger play than his rumored feud with Richie Sambora. I know Jon and he’s smart as a fox. He and his PR-person, which I believe is Brad Cafarelli, have done a stellar job.

This Nashville-appearance was after he may the ‘I can’t tour’ announcement, so what gives?

I’d love to know who he played with in Nashville. Was it some of the Bon Jovi-band or just some Nashville-players? Maybe we should ask Brad.

George Harrison

GO GEORGE — We loved this story from Far Out Magazine about George Harrison and Phil Collins:

The seed for his prank on the Genesis drummer began back in 1970 when Collins was a teenage session musician who grew up in absolute awe of everything Beatles related.

At the time, Collins was in his former band Flaming Youth and wouldn’t audition to join Genesis until later on in the same year.

“Our manager got a call from Ringo Starr’s chauffeur, who said they needed a percussionist, and he suggested me,” said Phil.

“So I went down to Abbey Road, and Harrison was there and Ringo and Billy Preston and Klaus Voormann and Phil Spector, and we started routing the song.”

George was recording his debut solo album, All Things Must Pass.

“No one told me what to play, and every time they started the song, Phil Spector would say, ‘Let’s hear guitar and drums,’ or ‘Let’s hear bass and drums.’ I’m not a conga player, so my hands are starting to bleed. And I’m cadging cigarettes off Ringo – I don’t even smoke, I just felt nervous. Anyway, after about two hours of this, Phil Spector says, ‘Okay congas, you play this time.’ And I’d had my mic off, so everybody laughed, but my hands were shot.”

“After that they all disappeared – someone said they were watching TV or something – and I was told I could go. A few months later, I buy the album from my local record shop, look at the sleeve notes, and I’m not there. And I’m thinking, ‘There must be some mistake!’ But it’s a different version of the song, and I’m not on it.”

Once Collins would become a world-famous star in his own right, he and George were back in contact.

“Cut to years later,” Collins added. “I bought [former Formula 1 driver] Jackie Stewart’s house. Harrison was a friend of Jackie’s, and Jackie told me George was remixing All Things Must Pass.

“He said, ‘You were on it, weren’t you?’ And I said, ‘Well I was there.’ Two days later a tape’s delivered from George Harrison with a note saying: ‘Could this be you? Suddenly the congas come in – too loud and just awful. At the end of the tape you hear George Harrison saying, ‘Hey, Phil, can we try another without the conga player?’

“So now I know, they didn’t go off to watch TV, they went somewhere and said, ‘Get rid of him,’ cos I was playing so badly. Then Jackie rings and says, ‘I’ve got someone here to speak to you,’ and puts George on and he says, ‘Did you get the tape?’ and I said, ‘I now realise I was fired by a Beatle.’ He says, ‘Don’t worry, it was a piss-take. I got Ray Cooper to play really badly, and we dubbed it on. Thought you’d like it!’ I said, ‘You f**king bastard!’”, Collins then reminisced in hindsight, “It was lovely, wasn’t it?”

Yes, George went out of his way to pay a whole band to spend a day in the studio with him just so he could pull a joke on Phil Collins.

The Killers

SHORT TAKES — Our spy at the weekend’s Governor’s Ball said The Killers were spectacular. They played “Mr. Brightside” and “Andy, You’re A Star” (first time in seven years). One of my favorite bands, ever! Great to hear this …

Dick Van Dyke

Congrats to Dick Van Dyke at 98 winning an Emmy for his stint on Days of Our Lives. Bravo! …

This Thursday at the Landis Theatre in Vineland, New Jersey, is a special screening of The Zombie Wedding. Based on the hit interactive play (which premiered in 2015). The first-ever wedding between a Human Bride and a Zombie Groom; starring Heather Matarazzzo; Kevin Chamberlin; Vincent Pastore and Micky Dolenz.

Details to follow from producer Robert Dragotta … Watched Michael Mann’s Ferrari over the weekend and just loved it. Adam Driver; Penelope Cruz and Shailene Woodley were just extraordinary. Not your typical Mann-pic either. A must-see for sure …

And also caught Netflix’s Hitman with Glen Powell-the man-of-the-moment in film. He’s great, sort of a George Clooney-in the making. Directed by Richard Linklater – a surprise. Kind of a silly premise, but he carries it admirably and does his love-interest, the sultry Adria Arjona – who makes a rather memorable debut.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Jane Blunkell; Dan Zelinski; Jane Berk; Howard Bloom; Peter Lubin; Stu Taub; Roy Trakin; David Adelson; Michael Nice; Joel Diamond; Mark Bego; Jimmy Fallon; Julie Gurovitsch; Vince Napolitano; Obi Steinman; Peter Abraham; David Sanborn; Craig Zisk; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Brad Balfour; Jill Christiansen; Anni Bella; Lush Ice; Markos Papadatos; and Bella.

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Norm Lewis, Stephen Schwartz Made For a Fabulous Summertime at 54 Below



Norm Lewis is presenting “SUMMERTIME (Special Tony Edition)” from June 6-13, 2024 at 54 Below.

Stephen Schwartz

The night of June 7, Mr. Lewis was joined on stage by composer Stephen Schwartz and Bobby Lewis ( Mr. Lewis’ cousin). The show was directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, musical direction and piano Joseph Joubert, drums – Perry Cavari and on Bass -Dylan Shamat.

Norm began the evening by entering through the audience greeting the enthusiastic crowd singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (Julie Stone/Bob Merrill).’

Norm Lewis

At one point While he left the stage for wardrobe change his special guest Stephen Schwartz took to the piano to sing “The Hardest Part of Love” from his musical Children of Eden.

Norm and Bobby Lewis

Mr. Lewis left the stage one more time to give the moment to Bobby Lewis singing ”One Song Glory ” from Rent (music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson.

Lee Roy Reams, Marilyn Maye

Before leaving the stage Mr Lewis joined  his cousin Bobby Lewis in a duet singing “For Good” from Wicked (music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
Each night of the run will feature surprise guest .
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Kjersti Long Legs For Vanessa Williams As Her Play Relative Space Pacts With Van Dean Productions and The 42nd Club



Imagine you’re at home in Utah and you find out your song has been recorded by Vanessa Williams; and that it’s been chosen as ABC’s Pride-theme this June. That’s exactly what’s happened to 17-year-old wunderkind Kjersti Long, whose own song “Sad Song” is also out (Origin Entertainment/Mod Squad/ADA).

Kjersti Long

She’s also recording an EP, to be titled Emotions, for release later this year.

Long has also written a play called Relative Space which hosted a red carpet at its workshop premiere last summer in Salt Lake City and generated a host of terrific reviews.

Per KSL News: “The show, originally described as a rock concert mixed with theatrical drama, tackles mental health through a lens of generational trauma. The story follows a mother and daughter who are floating through life separately, not talking to each other about their struggles. Throughout the show, they deal with the wall that has been built between them, and learn how events in the past are affecting both of their futures.”

“I think what they’ve achieved is something very unique and very powerful. The way they’ve brought attention to this incredibly important issue of mental health, I think is going to touch a lot of people and hopefully help a lot of people,” Broadway Records President Van Dean said at the premiere.

Two Broadway production houses: Tony and Grammy award winning Van Dean Productions (Porgy and Bess, The Color Purple) and 6x Tony Award Winner The 42nd Club (Moulin Rouge, Hadestown, Parade, The Lehman Trilogy, & Juliet and Company) have signed on to shepherd the show along its journey to Broadway. It is currently targeting a London premiere in 2025.

Long’s forthcoming EP Emotions will be presented in a unique way as well. Details will be forthcoming.

Kjersti is determined to be a voice of women empowerment and hopes her music can be a pillar of hope to the downtrodden. She says “I just want my music to be a light to those that are in the dark. If my music can help just one person, then I’m happy.”


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G.H. Harding

TRAINOR’S TODAY — She first hit the airwaves a decade ago with “All About That Bass” and has managed to remain a headliner since. A new album Timeless dropped Friday and though she was pretty great on the Today Show; she’s certainly not in the same atmosphere as Beyonce or Cardi B or Janelle Monae. Why? Her performance on Today was without a band; with backing tracks; and six dancers. Corny? Perhaps.

Her whole allure seems to be somewhere on the Peggy Lee-spectrum, which if memory serves, was cute, but a tad boring.

As to her backing tracks, veteran PR-man David Salidor (who has worked with everyone from Madonna to Debbie Gibson) says, “It’s ironic, because if an artist used backing tracks in the 80’s, it was widely criticized and looked down upon. I think the audiences today don’t really care and it’s a shame because there’s a real artistry in having a band, Sadly, these audiences are missing that and they don’t even know it. I bet if they knew what they were missing, they’d demand it.

MORE BEACH BOYS — No doubt about it, this Disney doc has ignited opinions both pro and con.

The Brian Wilson-fans said since Brian couldn’t really be interviewed, the opinions were somewhat one sided, while fans of The Beach Boys loved it. Variety’s Roy Trakin perhaps said it best: Survivors get to tell the story. This is more hagiography and tribute than biopic but the music saves it. Beach Boys 101. Nothing new to see here. But it did look good in IMAX.

The last hour was quickly wrapping up all the pieces – perhaps a tad too quickly. Love’ s suit against Brian claimed to be about the publishing rights, which father-Murray sold years ago for peanuts, figuring they’d never be worth anything.

Dennis Wilson

“Kokomo” which was a big hit isn’t spoken about at all, instead used as a closing theme. and, Dennis’ death hardly mentioned. Pacific Ocean Blue not mentioned either.

As with most of these docs .. they leave you wanting more … and I did with this one.

Benny Harrison

SHORT TAKES — What ever chapped to Benny Harrison’s Back To Front series. This was to be a show featuring the backing musicians and studios that go into making a show. Great idea but apparently Harrison couldn’t find the right producers. There’s another show very similar out right (featuring The Power Station studio now owned by Berklee) now and that probably didn’t help … Eminem and Jellyroll dueted on “Sing For The Moment” for this week’s Detroit-concert. celebrating the re-opening of Michigan Central Station. They sounded great together. Also, there Diana Ross; Melissa Etheridge and Jack White …

New Eels album out- titled Eels Time ... Carol Klenfner was married to industry magnet Michael Klenfner. Here’s what she’s up to now:

Cheap Trick/John Lennon

Did you ever take a look at the John Lennon video with Cheap Trick doing his “I’m Losing You?” It was producer Jack Douglas’ idea. Brilliant if you ask me. Take a look:

… Great Neil Finn tale of how he joined Fleetwood Mac in Mojo: canceled Toyko Vice after 2 seasons. I loved it … Happy Bday London Records’ John Boulos!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Ed Steinberg; Vinny Rich; Adrian Niles; Anni Bella; Nicole Nirvana; Lucy Woodward; Robert Miller; Alan Rothstein; Kneecap; Tony King; Jane Ayer; Pete Gidion; Ray Free; Ron Alexenburg; Herbie Rosen; Juggy Gayles; Jerry Lembo; Wayne Rosso; Tone Scott; Dan Zelinski; and ZIGGY!

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2024 Slay This Way Felix Fund Pride Event Rehearsal



The Felix Organization, Y. D. Fox  Entertainment & Ashley Longshore will present the Slay This Way Pride Event, where legendary artist Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will be honored for his monumental contributions to hip hop over the past 50 years.

Dolly Fox and Donnie Kehr

Slay This Way promises to be an unforgettable evening of musical entertainment, featuring a variety show showcasing some of the industry’s powerhouse singers along with surprise special guests. The lineup includes performances by Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of Run DMC, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

along with Sam Behr

Jahzara Martina

Jahzara Martina

Jahzara Martina






Ginger Minj

Jeremy Schonfeld

Jeremy Schonfeld

Donnie Kehr

Donnie Kehr

Debbie Tjong, Sam Behr and Sammy Rae

Debbie Tjong

Molly Russo

Molly Russo

Sammy Rae

Sammy Rae

Sammy Rae

Dawn Derow

AC Lincoln and N’kenge

AC Lincoln

AC Lincoln

Isabelle Gottfried and Donnie Kehr

Isabelle Gottfried

Isabelle Gottfried and Dolly Fox

Isabelle Gottfried

Alexa Ray Joel and Sam Behr

and Alexa Ray Joel.

A special appearance by the Royal House of Labeija will add to the excitement of the night.

Henry Cornell

The event will also introduce Henry Cornell

Gus Schonfeld

Jeremy and Gus Schonfeld

Jeremy and Gus Schonfeld and Dolly Fox

and Gus Schonfeld,

The band

The Band-Debbie Tjong, Kellon Reese, Jackson Bell, Sam Behr, Max Zooi and Christ Schultz

with the band consisting of musical director Sam Behr, associate musical director Jackson Bell, and special guests Chris Schultz (drums), Sammy Rae & Friends: Max Zooi, Kellon Reese and Debbie Tjong. Ryan Willard will serve as the auctioneer, while Nimay Ndolo will host the evening.

Sam Behr, Dolly Fox and Michael T. Clarkston

The event is produced by Michael T. Clarkston,

Dolly Fox

Dolly Fox

with Y Dolly Fox and Ashley Longshore as executive producers.

This event will take place on June 10, 2024, at The Cutting Room located at 44 East 32nd St. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are available for purchase on the website  or at the door. Please note that all attendees must be 21 years or older

Dolly Fox, N’kenge and AC Lincoln

The highly anticipated online pre-bidding for eight extraordinary auction packages is now live at offering bidders the opportunity to acquire exclusive experiences and collectibles. Among the highlights are a one year membership to Equinox,  Ashley Longshore’s Marsha P Johnson Artwork, Richard Bernstein’s Debbie Harry 1979 print, an exclusive photo shoot with Fashion And Billboard Photographer Harol Baez with celebrity makeup artist Esteban Martinez, two night stay at Woodstock Way Hotel, private party for 25 guests catered by the esteemed lifestyle expert Mary  Giuliani, and a rare guitar signed by rock legends The Rolling Stones and pop sensation Taylor Swift. All pre-bids will close at 2pm on June 10th and will shift to live in person or by phone the night of the event.

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