Rock Icon Debbie Harry Performing With Jazz Passengers At NYC Gala Fundraiser
Rock icon, Debbie Harry, is performing an intimate set of music with the Jazz Passengers for 100 guests at a gala fundraiser at Ideal Glass Studio, 22 East Second Street, NYC
By: JAZZ PASSENGERS MUSIC PROJECTS, Inc.
The evening will begin with wine and hors d'oeuvres provided by City Winery and culminates with an exciting musical performance by the Jazz Passengers with featured guest, Debbie Harry. The event will include a unique silent auction of specially donated items and is a time to celebrate the successes of JPMP and raise funds to support the ongoing projects of JPMP, SUBWAY MOON and HOME.
The JPMP Host Committee includes performance artist and owner of Ideal Glass Studio, Willard Morgan; Josh Dorf and Jonathan Nelson, advisors to JPMP; and Johanna Murphy, SVP Consumer Marketing & Global Digital Commerce at Michael Kors.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
The name DEBBIE HARRY evokes many images: seminal rock-n-roll figure, complex songstress, incandescent front woman, fashion icon and environmental activist. As a vibrant global pop culture influencer, Debbie's chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for Blondie in 2006, more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and acclaimed solo recording projects. She has engaged in an acting career with over 30 film and television roles to her credit. Debbie has become a national treasure, one whose influence continues to impact the worlds of music, fashion and art. With Blondie, undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, she and co-founder Chris Stein brought the worlds of rock, punk, disco and ska together with "Heart of Glass" and "Call Me" and broke ground by combining hip-hop and pop on "Rapture." As a solo artist, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards co-produced Debbie's first solo release Koo Koo in 1981 and she continued to defy expectations with such genre-busting efforts as "French Kissing in the USA," "Rush Rush," "Rain" and "The Jam Was Moving.".
Debbie first worked with the Jazz Passengers as a featured vocalist on their 1994 release, 'Jazz Passengers In Love'. After that she toured the world as a member of the band for seven years, and teamed up with Elvis Costello on the Jazz Passengers cover of "Don'cha Go 'Way Mad." Debbie is a stalwart champion for SUBWAY MOON, frequently appearing at fundraising events and sharing her special magic with SUBWAY MOON students. Her spectacular voice drips with a sophisticated elegance rarely heard in pop music and she continues to infuse her work with an exquisite artistic sensibility. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk goddess to bona fide international ambassador of New York cool, Debbie Harry will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us
The JAZZ PASSENGERS are a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a "perverse mainstream hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa." (Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe, 1989). Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians' wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern American music. Saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes founded the Jazz Passengers in 1987. The two musicians found strong affinity in their Brooklyn roots while playing together for the Big Apple Circus and in John Lurie's seminal band, The Lounge Lizards. The Passengers first broke out on the New York City avant-garde scene centering around the Knitting Factory with a hybrid of Mingus-influenced dance rhythms and original tunes complete with lyrics and entertaining stories. The band celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2017 with their latest CD release "Still Life With Trouble" (Thirsty Ear). Besides Nathanson and Fowlkes the band members include Bill Ware on vibraphone, Bradley Jones on bass, Sam Bardfeld on violin and E.J. Rodriguez and Ben Perowsky on drums and percussion.
JPMP projects offer educational opportunities for students not only to write original material but also to perform it in prominent, professional venues (museums, theaters, concert halls) side-by-side with their peers from other countries. Participating students are from every kind of background and sensitivity:
Information about HOME, and Jazz Passengers Music Projects, Inc. is available in the JPMP 2018 Annual Report at: https://jpmpinc.org
Dana Ware, Executive Director
Jazz Passengers Music Projects, Inc.