Powerhouse Vocalist Sari Schorr and Her All-Star Band at The Cutting Room, 7/31

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Powerhouse Vocalist Sari Schorr and Her All-Star Band at The Cutting Room, 7/31

On the heels of her exciting recent performances at Brooklyn's Shape Shifter Lab and Manhattan's Metropolitan Room, powerhouse vocalist Sari Schorr will next appear at The Cutting Room (44 E. 32nd Street, NYC) on Thursday, July 31 at 7 pm. Supporting Schorr will be her all-star band The Engine Room, featuring Rob Paparozzi on harmonica and vocals, Pete Levin on keyboards, Jerry Marotta on drums, John Cariddi on guitar, and Sue Williams on bass. With a distinctive sound and a 5-octave range that draws from her roots in blues, rock and jazz, Schorr will debut a selection of explosive songs from her upcoming CD. The Cutting Room show will also feature drumming and recording legend Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, who with his indelible sound will revisit some classic moments in funk drumming history, while also offering up some fat new grooves on songs written by Schorr.

Singer/Songwriter Sari Schorr burst onto the international music scene as the lead singer for Blues Hall of Fame legend, Joe Louis Walker. She has appeared on the Conan O'Brian show and has toured worldwide, receiving critical acclaim for her powerhouse vocals and her dynamic stage presence. Described as a hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, Schorr mixes her passion for music with her interest in social causes. Her humanitarian efforts include work in Haiti and India. She also founded Matters, a non-profit organization that helps draw attention to various humanitarian causes through the arts. She devoted her talent and energy to the "Toast to Freedom" project for Amnesty International where she collaborated with Warren Haynes, the late Levon Helm, Keb Mo', Marianne Faithful, Rosanne Cash, Donald Fagan, Blind Boys of Alabama, Angélique Kidjo, Sonny Landreth, and Carly Simon among other musical legends. Find out more at www.sarischorr.com.

Iconic R&B, funk, and pop drummer, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is the world's most recorded drummer. His impeccable time and mastery of backbeats and grooves are celebrated and sampled around the world. You can hear him on "Rock Steady" with Aretha Franklin, "Cold Sweat" with James Brown, "Aja" with Steely Dan and on hundreds of other influential recordings including those by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Jeff Beck, Grover Washington, Jr., George Benson, Louis Armstrong and Gato Barbieri. According to Drummerworld.com, "colleagues describe the drummer's style as the `funkiest soul beat' in the business." Purdie is also credited with being one of the inventors of the "Acid Jazz" genre. Many contemporary artists sample Purdie's grooves, proving that his influence transcends time and style.

Powerhouse Vocalist Sari Schorr and Her All-Star Band at The Cutting Room, 7/31Rob Paparozzi has toured the world with the "Original Blues Brothers Band," featuring guitar legend Steve Cropper and special guest Eddie Floyd and as frontman/lead singer for the legendary "Blood Sweat and Tears." Rob has worked with a remarkably diverse list of major artists including; B.B.King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Newman, Jimmy McGriff and James Galway.

Jerry Marotta has recorded and toured with Peter Gabriel, The Indigo Girls, Hall and Oates, Tears For Fears, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, 10,000 Maniacs, Suzanne Vega and Joan Armatrading to name only a few. Jerry is one of the finest and most sought after drummers in the world. He's currently dividing his time between recording and touring with producing and has become a highly sought after producer. Jerry operates DREAMLAND Recording Studios in Woodstock, NY.

In a diverse music career spanning several decades, keyboardist/arranger Pete Levin has performed and recorded with hundreds of jazz and pop artists including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Robbie Robertson and John Scofield. He received critical accolades for his work during a 15-year run with the legendary Gil Evans and eight years with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre. Pete is currently finishing the Levin Brothers album with his brother, iconic bass player Tony Levin.

Sari Schorr and The Engine Room at The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd Street, NYC. Doors at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm. Tickets: $15 Advance / $20 at Door. For Venue Information, call 212-691-1900. For tickets, go to: http://bit.ly/1rgu6fI

For interview access, photo for print or additional media, and to request press tickets to this show, contact: publicity@sarischorr.com / 917-446-2198

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Stephen Hanks During more than 30 years as a magazine editor/writer, website writer, and book author for a variety of national magazines and websites, Stephen Hanks has written about sports, health and nutrition, parenting, politics, the media, and most recently, musical theater, and cabaret. While by day, Stephen is the Advertising Sales Director for Habitat Magazine (a publication covering life in New York Metro area co-ops and condos), by night he writes reviews and columns about New York City cabaret for BroadwayWorld.com. Stephen also writes feature stories about cabaret for Cabaret Scenes Magazine and CabaretScenes.org. He is also the Board President of Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, which workshops new musicals in New York City, and he is the founder, producer and director of the Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp, which is a workshop for amateur performers that rehearses and presents staged readings of classic Broadway Musicals. In 2011, Stephen was an Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway show THE FARTISTE. Stephen most recently staged his debut solo cabaret show, "Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook" at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Please contact Stephen with your comments and questions at: stephenhanks41@gmail.com