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Jazz by the Riverside

We Got Good News & Bad News...

The Good News
As of May 19, we have received the fantastic news that our very own
super talented pianist, 
AXEL TOSCA, will be playing piano,
Conga Style, in Colombia, South America,
June 1- 3, 2012 with the
NYC Pan-American All Stars

The Bad News
The Jazz By the Riverside Engagement has been POSTPONED!
Please check back for our new date! 

You're Invited...  Jazz by the Riverside Presents

Afro-Cuban LATIN JAZZ with Jazz Ain't Dead's HOT Cuban-Born pianist,
Axel Tosca

Featuring the Jazz Ain't Dead® Dancers and Choreography by
Candice Michelle Franklin
with Special Guest Vocalist, Maritri Garrett

**Afro-Cuban Jazz, Salsa, Timba, Bossa Nova, Samba, Contemporary Latin Jazz

Jazz by the Riverside
Friday, June 1, 2012  POSTPONED
8pm - 10pm

@ The Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue
(Between 121 & 122nd Street, one block West of Broadway) 
 New York, NY 10027
10 Tower

Tickets $20

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About the Artists

Axel Tosca Laugart, Pianist 

Born on January 27, 1984, in Cuba, Alex Tosca Laugart is one of the most dynamic young pianists on the scene.  Laugart's family influenced his musical interests at an early age.  Both his father and stepfather were musicians and his father's guitar playing sparked and early interest in the instrument. He began playing around the age of four, accompanying his parents.  Laugart's mother, Xiomada Laugart, is a world-famous singer, whom he still performs with today.  At the age of seven, Laugart became interested in the piano. He was influenced by Miriam Valdez, sister of the famous Cuban virtuoso Chucho Valdez, and Rosa Maia Tolo. Laugart credits Tolo with helping mature his style and musicality.

Laugart benefitted from a wide range of musical experiences growing up in Cuba.  Dennis & Swing was a group that Laugart credits for "giving me the real timba groove." Laugart also played with the Afro Cuban All StarsTeresa Garcia Caturla,Sexteto SenditoJose Miguel Crego (known as “El Greco”), and a Latin Jazz group called the Bobby Carcases Group, where Laugart says "I learned a lot about the language of music." Laugart was also part of the Hip-Hop scene in Cuba and had the opportunity to play with The Roots while they were in Cuba.  He has also worked in the studio with Cuban conductor Miguel Ceruto.

Amadito Valdez, the great timbalero with the Buena Vista Social Club, was a musical mentor and an important part of Laugart's decision to come to the United States in July of 2005. His arrival came with the opportunity to perform with “Havana Night” in Las Vegas for two years.  During that time, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic scouted discovered Laugart.  They began rehearsing, and Laugart performed with the group in Washington, DC, on New Year's Eve, 2007. The gig was at BB King's, and is still one of the most memorable in the young pianist's career. Laugart met Pedrito Martinez while touring with the group Yerba Buena, in 2007. They began playing together, and as  Laugart says, they "began creating something - some kind of groove that I can’t explain. It’s made me grow as a musician."

Now based in New York, Laugart is continues to grow musically.  He is music arranger and keyboardist for Gerardo Cortino y sus Habaneros as well as pianist for Jazz Ain't Dead.  Of his future, he says "my goal is to just keep upgrading my talent and my soul.  I love the world. "

Candice Michelle Franklin, Choreographer

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Candice Michelle Franklin is a New York based professional dancer, choreographer, and producer who has been seen in numerous film, TV shows, music videos, industrials, and, of course, on the live stage performing in plays and dance companies.  She owns Dance Industrial Professionals, Inc./The Pro DANZ Group in which she oversees the dance and creative direction of several performance groups, industrials, and stage shows. Her work has been performed in a host of New York venues including The Kumble Theater, BAM Cafe, and Joyce SoHo, as well as numerous casinos on the east coast such as Turning Stone, the Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Trump, Tropicana, Borgata, and Caesar’s.  Most recently, her choreography work has been seen in the WEBBY-nominated music video for the rock band Black Taxi called “Shoeshine” and in the gospel stage play,
Blest Be the Tide, performed at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City.  Currently, she teaches Advanced Jazz at The Joffrey Ballet School in the Jazz and Contemporary department to their elite professional bound trainee program and works as the producer and choreographer for Jazz Ain't Dead®.  Moreover, she is Head Choreographer for CEG Productions LLC, is choreographer for the 80's Girl Group, Buffalo Stance, and serves as choreographer for a number of recording artists including internationally celebrated Bollywood Hip hop artist, SHAKTI, the rapper BRASCO, and Grammy award winning recording artist, Macy Gray.  Miss Franklin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and is represented by DDO Artists New York City.

Maritri Garrett, Guest Vocalist

Maritri Garrett studied jazz with Grady Tate and Geri Allen and classical with Raymond Jackson and Russell Baldwin.  She received a B.S. degree in Biology from Fisk University in Nashville where she also was a world renowned Jubilee Singer.  Maritri also holds a Bachelors in Composition and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Howard University, Washington, D.C.   

In 2002, Maritri made her classical piano debut at Steinway Hall in New York. She was subsequently commissioned, along with cellist Shana Tucker to compose music for two ballets at the Washington 
Ballet under the direction of Mary Day at the Kennedy Center and at the Witts Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Maritri has opened for Gladys Knight, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Stanley Jordan, Toshi Reagon, Hiram Bullock, Muzz Skillins, Vinx and the Indigo Girls with her band Hue; appeared on BET on Jazz as a musician and host, performed at Nina Simone’s family memorial with Patti LaBelle, Nina Simone, Valerie Simpson, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Maritri was also chosen as one of the background singers for Barbara Streisand at the Clinton inaugural gala.

Maritri’s TV credits include BET on Jazz and BCAT’s Straight Up! With Stella Winston. Her recent performances include Def Poetry Plugged In at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, hosted by Danny Simmons; the Apollo Theater with Sekou Sundiata and Ani Di Franco, the Cutting Room, Central Park's Summerstage, the Women's Jazz Festival at the Schomberg Center with Tamar Kali, Borders Books, Bar Sputnik, 4W Circle, New York City’s Triad Theatre, the 92nd Street Y-Makor/Steinhart Center, the New School and Aaron Davis Hall with Sekou Sundiata as part of “The America Project,” Rush Arts Gallery, The Knitting Factory, BRIC Studios, Riverbank State Park, Joe's Pub, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar, BAM Café.

About Jazz Ain't Dead®

Produced a
nd directed by New York City choreographer, Candice Michelle Franklin, Jazz Ain't Dead® is a young urban jazz music and dance collective that presents 
a high energy, genre-bending live music concert of
 house, acid, funk, and soul songs performed with an urban jazz sensibility.  Featuring live dancers, singers, musicians, and live DJ, Jazz Ain't Dead's signature sound is taking popular classical jazz standards and re-igniting them into house, acid jazz, funk, and soul.  Also in repertory are contemporary and Nu Jazz covers, original works, and straight-ahead classics. 

Jazz Ain’t Dead’s principle music arrangements are composed by Chris Rob, musical arranger for John Legend and Kanye West among others.  Additional music arrangements are by jazz pianist, Lenny Underwood (Whitney Houston, Madonna, Common, Faith Evans), Donald Hayes (Beyonce, Usher, Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder), and Marcus Bell/Bellringer Productions (Def Jam, Interscope, Warner Brothers, MCA, Sony, Virgin Records, Arista), with Mansa Gory (Horn Arrangements for JAD). Choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead® is Candice Michelle Franklin (SHAKTI, BLACK TAXI, BRASCO, MACY GRAY).  Musical Director for Jazz Ain’t Dead® is Lafayette Harris (Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, Color Purple).

Jazz Ain’t Dead® has performed at the Apollo, MTV, BAM Cafe, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, JazzMobile/Harlem Shrines Jazz Festival, the Iridium Jazz Club, Joyce SoHo, the Paradise Theater, the Kumble Theater, the Bowery Poetry Club, Southpaw, DNA, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, Jordan’s Lounge, Sage Theater, The Player’s Club, Rush Arts Gallery, Therapy Bar, and other live music clubs as well as numerous private events and galas.  Jazz Ain’t Dead® also partners with Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika, lending musicians and dancers for their monthly UrbanErotika Juke Joint series, performing choreographed features with poets and live music as well as non-choreographed/unscripted, completely improvised jam sessions for both dancer and musician.  During the Summer, Jazz Ain't Dead dancers teach for the Joffrey Ballet Jazz and Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive and, during the year, choreographer, Candice Michelle Franklin, is on faculty teaching advanced jazz to their elite dancers in the pre-professional trainee program.  In addition, Jazz Ain’t Dead® has shared its love of dance with the community by teaching the art of Jazz dance to elementary school-aged children, through Ready, Set, Learn, LLC, a summer day camp and after school program providing free to low- cost activities for children living in the Bronx Housing projects of New York City.  In the future, Jazz Ain’t Dead® hopes to extend our commitment to the Ready, Set, Learn programs by providing music lessons as well.