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Drummer and percussionist, David Silliman's middle name should be versatility. Whether accompanying song stylists such as Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie or playing with Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda, David's exciting rhythmic energies add color and mood to any musical performance. He's also comfortable playing in the pit of a Broadway show or with the New Jersey Symphony. David has over 20 years of experience. His performances have taken him to concerts and festivals in Italy, Vienna, Berlin, the North Sea, Monterey, Uruguay and Lithuania. David was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was exposed to a wide variety of music. David's first studies were in the Classical field, studying snare drum, xylophone and timpani. Later studies exposed him to Jazz, Latin Jazz, Brazilian and Funk music. Hearing music with a drummer and a percussionist made a strong impression on his playing. Trying to recreate that sound and "feel" with just one person has become a lifetime passion. David's current setup includes a standard American Drum Set augmented with a South American Cajon. Drums from the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean along with various other percussion and some his own creations surround him. His performances on percussion and drums at the "Umbria Jazz Festival", in Orvieto & Perugia, Italy with Columbian Harpist, Edmar Castaneda garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. "David's unique setup allowed him to move seamlessly from the Cajon, to Drum Set and all the percussive "toys" in between, creating the rhythmic sound and energy of two or three percussionists. Years of playing with Blossom Dearie's trio, showed another side of David's musical talents. Dearie's soft and understated musical styling is matched perfectly with David's softer, highly sensitive drumming. Highlights of David's past work include concert tours with Al DiMeola, Cassandra Wilson, and Leslie Uggams. He also has performed with Aretha Franklin in New York, and is featured on the VH1 Divas 2001 concert.

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Kati Neiheisel Brings YESTERDAY...ONCE MORE to Pangea

Kati Neiheisel brings her love of the Carpenters back to Pangea with an encore performance of Yesterday...Once More, a show celebrating the musical legacy of sibling duo, Karen and Richard Carpenter. With musical direction by Gregory Toroian and directed by Lina Koutrakos, the show includes songs written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, Leon Russell and more!

BACKSTAGE BABBLE CELEBRATES TONY AWARDS HISTORY, Adam Pascal, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

Patti Bottino-Bravo Brings ACT 3 to The Laurie Beechman Theatre

An encore performance of a new show about one woman's unexpected reaction to facing retirement and finally doing what she always said she wanted to do. Featuring songs spanning the 1950s through the 1990s from musical theater, pop, rock, and jazz genres, with new twists on familiar tunes and some hidden gems.

Isaac Mizrahi, Jason Danieley, Adam Pascal, and More to Play 54 Below Next Month

Next month, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and expand the art of the cabaret, honor the music of Broadway, and provide an unparalleled experience to diverse communities.

Review: Brenda Braxton's STARS TONIGHT! Makes Marvelous 54 Below Debut

It’s going to be a great deal of fun to see Brenda Braxton settle into this new artistic home and format.

Photos: Patti Bottino-Bravo's ACT 3 Packs The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Conor Weiss offers photo essay of Patti Bottino-Bravo's ACT 3.

Patti Bottino-Bravo Brings ACT 3 to the Laurie Beechman Theatre

Patti Bottino-Bravo celebrates endings, beginnings, and everything in between with the Gregory Toroian Trio. When a half-century of working a day job ends, and the expectations don't quite meet the reality, the only thing to do about it is... SING! Featuring songs spanning the 1950s through the 1990s from musical theater, pop, rock, and jazz genres, with new twists on familiar tunes and some hidden gems.

David Yazbek, ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER DEBUT!, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

Yazbeck & Della Penna's DEAD OUTLAW, LANGSTON IN HARLEM, and More to Play 54 Below in May

Next month, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and expand the art of the cabaret, honor the music of Broadway, and provide an unparalleled experience to diverse communities.

Brenda Braxton to Bring STARS TONIGHT! to 54 Below for Three Performances

54 BELOW will welcome Broadway powerhouse Brenda Braxton in a new series, Stars Tonight! on July 9, August 1, and September 3 at 7:00pm.

Review: Diane D'Angelo Lands Happily at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in DESTINATION MOON

With her sweet soprano sound and soulful storytelling skills, Diane D'Angelo makes welcome return to the stage.

Review: Brenda Braxton Cracks The Code With STARS TONIGHT! Premiere at The Green Room 42

Brenda Braxton is breaking out as a chat show host and the sold-out debut night sets the tone for a bright future.

John Hill and Danny Visconti to Present HAIR AND TEETH at The Green Room 42 This Month

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present John Hill and Danny Visconti in two performances of their new show “Hair and Teeth” on Friday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 15, both at 9:30 PM.

The Green Room 42 to Present Two Evenings With Alexander Rodriguez in March

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present two special evenings with Los Angeles on-air personality and journalist Alexander Rodriguez next month.

Diane D'Angelo Comes to The Laurie Beechman in DESTINATION MOON

This Spring, the perfect destination isn't a location, but a cabaret show that will prove to be out of this world. The arresting and engaging NYC vocalist, Diane D'Angelo returns to the stage at the Laurie Beechman Theater with her brand new show, Destination Moon. 

Brenda Braxton to Host STARS TONIGHT! Live Talk Show, with First Guest Bebe Neuwirth, at The Green Room 42

THE GREEN ROOM 42 – the intimate concert venue dubbed Broadway's “off-night hotspot” by The New York Times – will present Grammy Award-winner and Tony Award-nominated Broadway veteran Brenda Braxton in the premiere edition of her live music and talk show “Stars Tonight!” on Monday, March 6 at 7:00 PM.

Review: Alex de Suze Brightens Don't Tell Mama With LATE BLOOMER

With her solo show cabaret debut Alex de Suze steps into a light that has been waiting for her.

Maria Corsaro to Present WHY NOT? at Chelsea Table + Stage in March

​​​​​​​MARIA CORSARO poses the musical question, WHY NOT?, in an evening of swing, ballad, bossa, and bebop at Chelsea Table + Stage on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 PM.

Latest Standings Released For The For 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards

The final standings have been announced as of Tuesday, December 27th for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

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