Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!

The American Songbook Association just presented its first Annual Gala, The Joint Is Jumpin'!, a joyous celebration of contributions to the American Songbook by Black songwriters and notable singers. The ASA also presented its first annual Lifetime Achievement Award to singer Marilyn Maye, presented by her longtime friend, fashion designer, Bob Mackie.

Starring in The Joint Is Jumpin'! - Celebrating America's Black Songwriters and Singers are a host of Broadway and Cabaret stars, including Danny Bacher, Aaron Lee Battle, Natalie Douglas, Cady Huffman, N'Kenge, Nicolas King, Joel A. Martin, Ken Page, Vivian Reed, Kissy Simmons, Stacy Sullivan and Jon Weber. * ASA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Marilyn Maye, will also perform a special tribute, with her Music Director Tedd Firth at the piano. Additionally, a Gala reception will be held after the concert in the sumptuous lobby of The Pershing Square Signature Center. Patrons can indulge in dessert fare with beverages from the cash bar.

Host of The Joint Is Jumpin'! - Celebrating America's Black Songwriters and Singers is Todd Murray, with Music Director Eugene Gwozdz on piano and Mark McClean on drums, with soprano saxophone contributions by Danny Bacher. Featured will be the music and songs of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, W.C. Handy and more. Represented will be iconic singers such as Ella Fitgerald, Nat King Cole, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Short and others. The Gala Honorary Committee is chaired by The Honorable David N. Dinkins, former Mayor of the City of New York, and co-chaired by Evelyn Jones Rich, prominent educator and civil rights activist.

The American Songbook Association Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in New York State, which seeks to preserve, promote and advance the legacy of American popular music, the Great American Songbook (classic and new), and the unique art form of cabaret. The ASA publishes the long- established Cabaret Scenes magazine, conducts educational programs in New York City public schools, and creates performances serving its audience of seniors, students and others. We strive to inspire, transform, empower and create torchbearers for future generations so they may understand, appreciate and embrace the historical and cultural importance of America's rich musical heritage. Learn more at www.americansongbookassociation.org

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Cady Huffman and Aaron Lee Battle

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Jon Webber and Cady Huffman

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Stacy Sullivan and Todd Murray

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Marilyn Lester and Danny Bacher

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Joel A. Martin

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Nicolas King and Danny Bacher

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Bob Mackie and Ken Page

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Eliza Gwozdz and Eliza Gwozdz

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Aaron Lee Battle and Natalie Douglas

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Marilyn Maye, Todd Murray, Stacy Sullivan and Nicolas King

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Todd Murray, Natalie Douglas, Aaron Lee Battle, Marilyn Maye, Stacy Sullivan, Nicolas King, Joel A. Martin and Marilyn Lester

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Ken Page, Natalie Douglas, Aaron Lee Battle, Todd Murray, Marilyn Maye, Stacy Sullivan, Nicolas King, Joel A. Martin and K'Nenge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Eugene Gwozdz, Ken Page, Frank Dain, Aaron Lee Battle, Natalie Douglas, Todd Murray, Nicolas King, K'Nenge and Joel A. Martin

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Eugene Gwozdz, Ken Page, Frank Dain, Aaron Lee Battle, Kissy Simmons, Natalie Douglas, Todd Murray, Nicolas King,Stacy Sullivan, K'Nenge and Joel A. Martin

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Frank Dain, Joel A. Martin, Aaron Lee Battle, Ken Page, Natalie Douglas, K'Nenge, Kissy Simmons, Vivian Reed, Nicolas King, Eugene Gwozdz and Danny Bacher

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Frank Dain, Joel A. Martin, Aaron Lee Battle, Ken Page, Natalie Douglas, K'Nenge, Stacy Sullivan, Todd Murray, Kissy Simmons, Vivian Reed, Nicolas King, Eugene Gwozdz and Danny Bacher

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Marilyn Maye and Cady Huffman

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Marilyn Maye and Cady Huffman

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Bob Mackie and Nicolas King

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Frank Dain and Bob Mackie

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Marilyn Maye and Lennie Watts

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Mark Sendroff, Joe McFate and Bob Mackie

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Kissy Simmons, Eugene Gwozdz and K'Nenge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Jamie deRoy and Bob Mackie

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Aaron Lee Battle, Eugene Gwozdz and Bob Mackie

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Ken Page and Bob Mackie

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Joe McFate, Bob Mackie, Mark Sendroff and Ken Page

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Eugene Gwozdz and Vivian Reed

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Stacy Sullivan, Sidney Myer, Michael Lee Stever, Jamie deRoy and K'Nenge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Jamie deRoy and K'Nenge

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Bill Sharpe and Carolyn Montgomery

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Sue Matsuki and Martha Lorin

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Marilyn Maye and Bob Mackie

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Marilyn Maye and Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Frank Dain, Marilyn Maye and Sidney Myer

Photo Coverage: Backstage at American Songbook Association's THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'!
Martha Lorin, Marilyn Lester and Sue Matsuki

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