Monthly Archives: February 2016

March 20 – Becca Stevens with Chris Tordini

Hello again dear listeners!

We are thrilled to welcome back Becca Stevens to the Parlor Series. Becca Stevens is a truly unique talent. An incredible singer with a soulful, intimate voice that displays emotions both big and subtle. Stevens is also an accomplished string player whose guitar, ukulele, and charango work is central to her sound. Her acoustic songs boast musical textures and colors that reach from her roots in North Carolina to a unique melange of folk, pop, and rock, embracing it all with the adventurism of jazz. She will be joined by the wonderfully musical bassist, Chris Tordini.

Sunday, 20 March, Becca Stevens with Chris Tordini

Doors 2:30 pm, concert begins at 3pm sharp.


North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions both for her own band, and for artists who run the gamut of genre from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, singer José James to classical pianist Timo Andres. Fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, Stevens’ seamless arrangements embrace inventive textures and idiosyncratic melodic elements, communicated with immense warmth and effortless urgency through her pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals.Since the release of 2011’s Weightless (Sunnyside), Stevens has toured the world with her band and also found time to collaborate with Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Stevens is one part of a trio with Rebecca Martin and Gretchen Parlato called Tillery, and is a featured vocalist on the GRAMMY-Winning Billy Childs record Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, produced by Larry Klein.

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February 21 – Tom Wasinger with Marc Shulman, plus Ilusha Tsinadze with Vitor Gonçalves


Happy New Year dear listeners!

We are very excited to start our 2016 season with a special afternoon of two duos, celebrating the great  lineage of folk music that joins the old world to the new.  

Tom Wasinger with Marc Shulman

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Tom Wasinger is a three-time Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, music producer/arranger, composer, and singer/songwriter based in the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. He has received four Indie Awards from the American Federation of Independent Music. In the early 90’s Tom compiled and produced “The World Sing’s Goodnight”, a collection of international lullabies sung in their native languages that reached #3 on the Billboard World Music chart. Tom has played in concert halls around the globe from Carnegie Hall right here in NYC, to The Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul. He has recorded and/or performed with Ian Anderson, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Miller, Carlos Nakai, Joanne Shenandoah, and many others. Tom’s repertoire will include his own contemporary folk and blues tunes as well as a few of his favorite songs from the British Isles. Tom will be joined by the guitarist, performer and recording musician Marc Shulman.

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Marc played in rhythm & blues bands in the New York area for fifteen years before landing the job with contemporary folk singer Suzanne Vega in 1986. Since then he has recorded with Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, Cliff Eberhardt, Jennifer Kimball, Vanessa Williams, Celine Dion, Jonatha Brooke, Ben Green, Michael Franks, Jim Gilmour and others. He has performed in concert or on television with Jewel, Shawn Colvin, Billy Vera, Rosanne Cash, Junior Wells, Martha Reeves, Charley Pride, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Rodney Crowell, and Edie Brickell. Marc has recorded extensively with Bob Telson and been a part of several Bob Telson/Lee Breuer collaborations including their acclaimed “Gospel At Colonus”,  “A Warrior Ant” and the Percy Adlon musical “Bagdad Cafe.”

Ilusha Tsinadze with Vitor Gonçalves


We are pleased to welcome back Ilusha Tsinadze. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Ilusha came to the U.S. with his family at the age of eight, and wouldn’t return to Georgia until 2005, by which time he had already earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar. There, he rediscovered his musical heritage, lost to him for so many years. It became a bridge between cultures and lands, between his family in Georgia and himself. Ilusha was inspired to share this music with an audience in the U.S. But rather than combing the diverse New York City music scene for Georgian traditional musicians he opted to call on some of his accomplished friends, creative musicians recognized for their talents in jazz, American roots music, and other music traditions from around the world. These influences all come together on Ilusha’s latest album, Deda Ena (Mother Tongue), which is named after the primer that all young Georgians use when they first learn to read and write. Ilusha will be joined by accordionist Vitor Gonçalves.


Vitor Gonçalves is a pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After an illustrious career as an in demand musician in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg, and many others, he made the move to New York City, where he currently resides. Since arriving here in 2012, he has garnered much acclaim and built a star lighted resume, including features in NPR’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride, A frequent resident on the stages of Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, and the Jazz Gallery, he both leads his own projects, and collaborates with figures in the New York scene such as Anat Cohen, Vinícius Cantuária, Kate McGarry, Anthony Wilson, John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, and many others. Abroad, he also has played in Jazz Festivals and venues around the world, such as Jazz à Vienne, Umbria Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Coliseum in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sunday 21 February, Ilusha Tsinadze with Vitor Gonçalves and Tom Wasinger with Marc Shulman

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.