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Save the dates for Connie Crothers Concert and World Piano Summit

Save the dates for Connie Crothers Concert and World Piano Summit


Abby London-Crawford Presents
Two Concerts

Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019


Metro Baptist Church
410 West 40th Street
(between 9th and 10th Ave.)
New York, NY 10018

7:30 PM
Doors open at 6:45 PM

$20 General Admission
$15 Seniors/Students

Cash only at door
Church not wheelchair accessible

Abby London-Crawford gratefully acknowledges the support
of Sanctuary Arts of Metro Baptist Church &
One Breath Rising, Inc.

Contact: Abby London-Crawford
abrajazzbra@aol.com, 646.206.2080

Celebrating Women Composers 2019”

Friday, September 27, 2019
7:30 PM

A sterling group of musicians will join together in celebration and memory of the late great improvising pianist/composer Connie Crothers on Friday evening, September 27, 2019 at Metro Baptist Church in Hell’s Kitchen.

Slated to perform are vocalist and songwriter Andrea Wolper; pianist Carol Liebowitz; bassoonist Claire de Brunner; vocalist Cheryl Richards; pianist Virg Dzurinko; and pianist/vocalist Kazzrie Jaxen.

These six women, all of whom were close associates and dear friends of Connie’s and all of whom have highly individual musical “voices,” carry forward Connie’s legacy of unfettered improvisation, which she defined as “spontaneous composition.”

Each musician — either solo or in a group setting — will present a short set inspired by Connie’s life and work, including a number of “jazz lines” she composed.


Andrea Wolper –
“An audacious artist [who] flouts genre limitations…delivering an inventive, thrilling, appealing musical vision.”
– Jordan Richardson, Blogcritics


Carol Liebowitz –
“… is an urbane and dramatic pianist who creates unique blends of jazz and free improvisation….brim[s] with ardent energy and hypnotic beauty …”
– Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz


Claire de Brunner –
“…Like other great bassoonists, Claire de Brunner keeps that bassoon overflowing with ideas, an ongoing dialogue with the other members…”
– Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


Cheryl Richards –
“She is fearless and concentrated, concise and loose, with a bell-like clarity and dream-perfect intonation… “
-Mark Weber, metropolis.free-jazz.net


Kazzrie Jaxen –
“She is onto something very original. . .a striking talent with a strong personality.”
– Robert Palmer, NY Times


Virg Dzurinko –
“… one of the more inventive, sensitive, and expressive musicians on the planet.”
– Mel Minter, Musically Speaking



Friday, October 11, 2019
7:30 PM

WORLD PIANO SUMMIT is an evening of superb artistry with three renowned pianists: LUIZ SIMAS (Brazilian), STEVE SANDBERG (Classical and World Classical) and ARMEN DONELIAN (Armenian and Jazz). All feature previously composed as well as original works, including Solo performances and Duets with accomplished guest musicians.

Pianist, composer and vocalist LUIZ SIMAS moved to New York in 1989. His engaging performances often grace major venues including Birdland, Weill Recital Hall, the Metropolitan Room and festivals and clubs throughout the US, Europe and his native Brazil. Simas offers infectious originals, improvisations and fresh interpretations of Brazilian standards in several genres. (luizsimas.com)

“Luiz Simas draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world.
With him we all get to be Brazilian, at least for a couple of hours!”
– Judy Carmichael, pianist, on Facebook

Duet Guest: WESLEY AMORIM, guitar

Pianist/composer STEVE SANDBERG is a musical shapeshifter, remixing classical music, world music and jazz with the excitement of virtuosic improvisation. He has worked with Bebel Gilberto, David Byrne, Tito Puente and was composer and musical director for Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer.” (stevesandbergmusic.com)

“An exultant music…incredibly personal and precise in its direction, yet universal in its language and ability to connect.”
– Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz.

Duet Guest: Windham Hill recording artist


Pianist ARMEN DONELIAN blends diverse influences including his Armenian origin, his Classical training and his acclaimed associations with Jazz icons including Sonny Rollins. Donelian is a producer of 13 recordings, composer of 100 works, New School professor for 33 years, author of four books, Fulbright Scholar in five countries and six-time NEA Jazz Fellow. (armendonelian.com)

“His expansive improvisations occupy a beautifully elusive place somewhere between the taciturn introspection of Erik Satie’s Gnossiennes, the modal lamentations of John Zorn’s Masada songbook and the genial invention of Art Tatum’s solo recordings.”
-Jesse Simon, Downbeat

Duet Guest: MARC MOMMAAS, saxophone

Hope to see you there!

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