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Tommy Tune, Steve Tyrell and guests perform songs by the composer who rocked the world.

Paul Shaffer, host

Starring

Karen Akers
Brenda Braxton
Dee Dee Bridgewater
The Coasters
Mary Bridget Davies
John Arthur Greene JUST ADDED
Corky Hale

Maria Elena Infantino
Chuck Jackson
Sally Kellerman
Ben E. King
Bettye LaVette
Melissa Manchester
Ryan Shaw JUST ADDED
Billy Stritch
Tommy Tune
Steve Tyrell
The Broadway cast of A Night with Janis Joplin JUST ADDED


Steve Tyrell Band
Randy Johnson, director & writer
Tyler Rhodes, associate director & co-writer

Think of a rock ‘n’ roll song and chances are Mike Stoller wrote it. “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion #9,” “Is That All There Is?,” “There Goes My Baby....” Together with lyricist Jerry Leiber, he bridged the gap between segregated R&B dance music and mainstream rock ‘n’ roll. Mike Stoller’s music lives on tonight, as Paul Shaffer, Tommy Tune, Steve Tyrell and guests perform his great songs.

 

All proceeds from this concert will benefit music at 92nd Street Y.

Explore the Music

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About Mike Stoller

Mike Stoller is one-half of the legendary songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller. Over the course of a 61-year partnership, Jerry Leiber (1933–2011) and Mike Stoller (born 1933) created enduring classics in a variety of genres, including rhythm & blues, pop, country, jazz, cabaret and—perhaps most notably—rock & roll. If Elvis Presley was the king of rock & roll, then Leiber and Stoller were key powers behind his throne, creating such hits as “Hound Dog,” “Loving You” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber began their partnership in 1950 at the age of 17 when they discovered that they had a mutual passion for boogie-woogie and the blues. By the time they were 20, Leiber and Stoller had songs recorded by such important blues artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, Charles Brown, “Bull Moose” Jackson, Ray Charles and Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. In 1955 Atlantic Records signed the partners to the first independent production deal, forever changing the course of the record industry.

Leiber and Stoller’s songs and productions were constantly on the charts during the next decade: Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” The Drifters’ “There Goes My Baby,” LaVern Baker’s “Saved,” Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City,” Dion’s “Ruby Baby,” The Clovers’ “Love Potion #9,” and Edith Piaf’s “L’Homme à la Moto.” The partners wrote and produced all of The Coasters’ hits, including “Young Blood,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” and Elvis Presley recorded more than 20 Leiber and Stoller songs. In 1969 the team produced Peggy Lee’s recording of their song, “Is That All There Is?,” marking a change in their creative style.

In 1995 Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller opened on Broadway. Comprising 39 Leiber and Stoller songs, the show was nominated for seven Tony Awards, and the cast album won a Grammy Award. The show ran over five years, becoming— and remaining—the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. In 2011 Mr. Stoller returned to Broadway with The People in the Picture, starring Donna Murphy, with music by Mr. Stoller and Artie Butler, and book and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart.

In 2009 Simon & Schuster published Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography. Among their many awards and honors, they have been inducted into the Songwriters and the Rock and Roll halls of fame, and they received a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. On February 29, 1976, 92Y gave its first salute to Leiber and Stoller with a special Lyrics & Lyricists event that featured Adrienne Albert, The Coasters, Sandy Stewart and Tasha Thomas; and on April 11, 1962, 92Y presented a quartet by Mr. Stoller in its Music in Our Time series. To learn more, visit www.leiberstoller.com.

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About Music at 92nd Street Y

Tonight’s event benefits Music at 92Y, which takes many forms:

A class for adults about Beethoven or the Beatles. Thousands of public school children who come to 92Y for what might be their first concert, with performers ranging from Christian McBride to Natalie Merchant to Pharaoh’s Daughter. Or a concert where Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick shares the songs he wished he’d written. Or a concert of Bach or Salonen.

At 92Y, musicians and music-lovers of all ages and skill levels find opportunities to explore music as listeners, learners, players and composers.

92Y School of Music

92Y’s School of Music, founded in 1917, offers classes and private lessons for children and adults of all ages, serving almost 3,000 people annually. Our faculty of distinguished professionals and Grammy Award winners is renowned not just for their musicianship, but also for their experience and dedication to nurturing students at every level. The school offers personalized instruction in all orchestral instruments, voice and piano, in addition to advanced music study, master classes, ensembles, performance opportunities and music appreciation across a range of genres and styles.

92Y Concerts

92Y is recognized as one of the country’s foremost presenters of chamber music, recitals, guitar, the American Songbook and jazz. The intimacy and acoustics of our hall attract the most sought-after musicians in the world. Our concerts feature classical favorites as well as contemporary works, including a number of pieces commissioned each year by 92Y. Concerts for children and families feature top-tier artists who are dedicated to the art of engaging young people. And parents, teachers and grandparents can bring children (ages 8-18) to concerts for free through our “Majors for Minors” program.

Jazz fans enjoy 92Y’s annual Jazz in July summer festival, which brings together some of the world’s finest jazz players for once-in-a-lifetime performances, 92Y’s American Songbook series Lyrics & Lyricists (running since 1970) features the brightest stars of Broadway, jazz and cabaret in entertaining and informative productions.

Talks

Interested in hearing anecdotes and insight from artists like Joan Baez, Alicia Keys, Linda Ronstadt and Sting? They have all been recent guests at 92Y as part of our talks series, featuring conversations with icons of the music world.

Community and Educational Outreach

Integral to 92Y’s mission is a commitment to provide cultural opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access to the joys of music, art and dance. 92Y’s Educational Outreach program has been bringing music to public schoolchildren in New York City for 25 years, reaching more than 10,000 students in more than 40 public schools. 92Y also offers scholarship support for music classes and lessons to dedicated students who need financial assistance as well as young, talented artists who qualify for our Recanati-Kaplan Scholarship program.

To support music at 92Y, contact 212.415.5678 or visit 92Y.org/Support

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Meet the Artists

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson is a Broadway director and playwright. For over three decades he has directed, written and produced some of the most diverse and enduring events on the world stage. For the past three decades his work has been seen on Broadway, off Broadway, in regional theaters across the US and Canada, on London’s West End, and at such renowned venues as Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall in New York, The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Wembley Arena in the UK, The Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles and L’Olympia in Paris.

Mr. Johnson made his Broadway debut as a director and playwright on October 10, 2013 with the critically acclaimed musical A Night With Janis Joplin. Prior to Broadway, it had been seen at various regional theaters, including Arena Stage in Washington, DC, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, The Zach Theatre in Austin, and Portland Center Stage, where it premiered in the spring of 2011.

Mr. Johnson is the director of the now historic Elvis: The Concert, which made its debut at Radio City Music Hall and has toured arenas around the world for the past 17 years. It is seen annually on PBS. Mr. Johnson will return to the Arena Stage next April to direct a revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. His website is randyjohnson1.com.

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Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer has been David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1972 as musical director of the Toronto production of Godspell and made his Broadway debut in 1974 playing piano for The Magic Show. One year later he joined the band of the original “Saturday Night Live” on keyboards, and in 1980 he became a featured performer. Mr. Shaffer also collaborated with Gilda Radner on her 1979 one-woman Broadway show, and he served as musical director for the Blues Brothers—John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd—on their double-platinum album and national tour.

As a recording artist, Mr. Shaffer wrote the 1980s dance megahit “It’s Raining Men,” and he has made two albums: Coast to Coast and The World’s Most Dangerous Party. He received his first Grammy Award for the Earl Scruggs and Friends album, and he has recorded with such other artists as Diana Ross and Yoko Ono. His film credits include This Is Spinal Tap, Gilda Live, Scrooged and Hercules.

Mr. Shaffer has been musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies since its inception in 1986. He was the musical director of Paul McCartney’s “Concert for New York” which was in support of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2012 he appeared with Adam Sandler at the Concert for Sandy Relief.

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Karen Akers

Karen Akers received the 2008 NY Nightlife Living Legend Award. She has appeared in New York’s premiere nightspots, such as Café Carlyle, Rainbow & Stars and The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel. She has also performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, London’s The Crazy Coqs and Pizza-on-the- Park, and Barcelona’s Gran Theatre del Liceu. Ms. Akers made her Broadway debut in the original production of Nine, earning a Tony Award nomination and a Theatre World Award, and she was in the original production of Grand Hotel. She has made ten albums, including the most recent, Simply Styne, on DRG. Her website is karenakers.com.

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Brenda Braxton

Brenda Braxton was last seen Off-Broadway in Cougar: The Musical. For her performance in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, she received a Tony Award nomination, a NAACP Theater Award and a Jefferson Award. Ms. Braxton’s other Broadway credits include Chicago, Jelly’s Last Jam, Legs Diamond, Cats and the original Dreamgirls. For her work as founder of Leading Ladies Just for Teens, seminars geared to empowering teenage girls, she received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” Award from New York Gov. George Pataki, and the Josephine Baker Award from the National Council of Negro Women. Among Ms. Braxton’s television credits are “Smash,” “Grimm,” “Third Watch” and “The Cosby Show.”

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Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater began her jazz career as lead vocalist of the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in the early 1970s. In 1975 she won a Tony Award for her role as Glinda in The Wiz; she has appeared in such other shows as Sophisticated Ladies and the current Off-Broadway hit, Lady Day, starring as Billie Holiday. Her discography as singer-songwriter, beginning with Afro Blue in 1974, has earned her three Grammy Awards for Dear Ella and Eleanora Fagan and six nominations for such albums as Live at Yoshi’s and Red Earth. For the past 11 years she has hosted NPR’s "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater." Her website is deedeebridgewater.com.

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The Coasters

The first vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Coasters® have been hailed as “The Clown Princes of Rock ’n’ Roll.” Their first hit, “Down in Mexico,” was released in the spring of 1956 and sold half a million copies. One year later they had two hits at a million copies each—“Young Blood” and “Searchin’”— followed in 1958 by the blockbusters “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown.” From that point on it was hit after hit, with all their material written and produced by Leiber and Stoller, including “Poison Ivy,” “Along Came Jones,” “Little Egypt” and “Baby That is Rock ’n’ Roll.” Their website is theoriginalcoasters.com.

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Mary Bridget Davies

Mary Bridget Davies is currently making her Broadway debut in A Night with Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, after having toured the country with the show, earning accolades and honors. In 2005 Ms. Davies was cast to fill the role of Janis Joplin in the Off- Broadway musical, Love Janis, followed by a national tour. Among her other credits are It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues at Theatre Aspen and the Something Dada Improvisational Comedy Co. in Cleveland. An acclaimed blues singer, Ms. Davies’s debut album, Wanna Feel Somethin’, received a 2013 Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut. Her website is marybridgetdavies.com.

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John Arthur Greene

John Arthur Greene is currently in the Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated musical Matilda as the Doctor, after making his Broadway debut as Riff in the revival of West Side Story. His Off-Broadway credits include Johnny in The Johnny and Luke in Mim, and he was Action in the European tour of West Side Story. Among his regional credits are Tick, Tick…Boom!; Between Time; Timbuktu; Chess; The Sound of Music and Blood Brothers. His film credits include Keeping the Faith, The Thomas Crown Affair and You’ve Got Mail. As a cabaret artist, Mr. Greene has appeared at such venues as Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, the Metropolitan Room and the Highline Ballroom. His website is johnarthurgreene.com.

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Corky Hale

When Corky Hale was seven and vacationing with her family in Florida, hotel band leader Horace Heidt heard her picking out tunes on the lobby piano and featured her in his show for several weeks. Since then the jazz harpist, pianist and vocalist has performed with Tony Bennett at The White House and on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” soloed with Barbra Streisand in Central Park and at the Hollywood Bowl, and performed with Björk on her “MTV Unplugged” special in London. She was piano accompanist for Billie Holiday, and harpist for Liberace on his television show, at Madison Square Garden and on national tours. Ms. Hale has made five albums; her most recent is Corky Hale and Friends ... I’m Glad There Is You. Her website is corkyhale.com.

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Maria Elena Infantino

Maria Elena Infantino was born in Italy into a family of opera singers—her father was the famed lyric tenor Luigi Infantino, and she performed a tribute show in his honor in London. She is probably best known for her one-woman show on the French icon Edith Piaf, which she has performed throughout Europe and in Los Angeles to great acclaim. In 2010 she performed at the Beatles 50th Anniversary Concert at Royal Albert Hall, and she has sung at the past two Feasts of San Gennaro for Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, Ms. Infantino became associate producer and appeared in the film Job’s Daughter, starring Doris Roberts, Corey Feldman and Eric Roberts. Her website is mariaelenainfantino.com.

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Chuck Jackson

Certified a “national treasure” by the Smithsonian Institution, Chuck Jackson was “discovered” at the Apollo Theater when he opened for soul legend Jackie Wilson, leading to work with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. His first hit came in 1961 with “I Don’t Want to Cry,” followed a year later with his chart-topping signature song, “Any Day Now”; to date, he has 23 charted songs to his credit. In 1998 he earned a Grammy nomination for his duet with Dionne Warwick, “If I Let Myself Go.” Mr. Jackson also produces events for the Apollo, starring such artists as Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones and Paul Shaffer. His latest project, Chuck Jackson: The Motown Anthology, contains 48 tracks that chronicle his career.

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Sally Kellerman

Sally Kellerman achieved fame as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s iconic M*A*S*H, which earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. She subsequently starred in three other Altman films—Brewster McCloud, Welcome to LA, Prêt-à-Porter—as well as Back to School, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and others. Her latest film, A Place for Heroes, is currently in post-production, and she has just published her autobiography, Read My Lips! Her television work has included “90210,” “Law & Order,” Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” and FX’s animated series “Unsupervised.” In 2009 Ms. Kellerman released the CD Sally, and she tours across the country with her cabaret act. Her website is sallykellerman.com.

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Ben E. King

Ben E. King began his career as a member of The Drifters, 1958 to 1960, co-writing and singing lead on the hit “There Goes My Baby,” among others. He then began a celebrated solo career, and in 1961 he co-wrote with Leiber and Stoller and recorded “Stand by Me,” one of the most popular singles of the 20th century. In all, Mr. King has achieved five No. 1 hits—“There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance For Me,” “Stand by Me,” “Supernatural Thing,” and the 1986 re-issue of “Stand by Me”—and earned 12 Top-10 hits and 25 Top-40 hits from 1959 to 1986. His most recent album, Heart & Soul, was released in 2010 on the CanAm Records label. His website is beneking.info.

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Bettye LaVette

Now in her 51st year of show business, Bettye LaVette’s first single, “My Man—He’s a Lovin’ Man,” for Atlantic Records, hit No. 7 on the R&B charts and sent her on her first national tour. In addition to her voluminous music catalog, Ms. LaVette co-starred alongside Charles “Honi” Coles and Cab Calloway in the national tour of Bubbling Brown Sugar and sang duos with Jon Bon Jovi at President Obama’s pre-inaugural show. She can be seen singing the theme song of the new AMC series “Low Winter Sun.” Last year, to celebrate her 50th anniversary, Ms. LaVette released her latest album, Thankful ’n’ Thoughtful, and her autobiography, A Woman Like Me, is being developed as a major motion picture. Her website is BettyeLaVette.com.

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Melissa Manchester

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester was a founding member of the Harlettes, the infamous girl group behind Bette Midler. Soon after, she had her own recording contract; she was headlining at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall and performing for sold-out audiences across the country. Her release, Melissa, launched the smash hit single, “Midnight Blue.” Last year nine of her songs were featured in the film Dirty Girl. Ms. Manchester is currently co-writing a new musical, The Sweet Potato Queens, based on the book series by Jill Connor Browne. She is also recording her 20th album, You Gotta Love the Life. Her website is melissamanchester.com.

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Ryan Shaw

A native of Atlanta, Ryan Shaw made his New York debut in Tyler Perry’s play I Know I’ve Been Changed. Mr. Shaw further made a name for himself doing Motown covers, joining the group Fabulous Soul Shakers. His first album, This is Ryan Shaw, for Columbia, earned him a 2008 Grammy nomination for “I Am Your Man.” He opened for Van Halen’s 2007-2008 North American tour. In 2011 Mr. Shaw received another Grammy nomination for “In Between,” and he has just received his third for “Yesterday” on his new CD, Real Love on Dynotone Records. He is currently playing Stevie Wonder on Broadway in Motown: The Musical; the cast album has also received a Grammy nomination His website is thisisryanshaw.com.

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Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch is a regular guest on 92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists series. He was musical supervisor and pianist for the Tony Award– winning musical event, Liza’s at the Palace. In addition to his 22-year collaboration with Liza Minnelli, Mr. Stritch also accompanies and arranges for Linda Lavin, Klea Blackhurst and Marilyn Maye. The readers of BroadwayWorld named Mr. Stritch New York City’s top musical director of 2012 for his work on Marilyn Maye by Request. Other honors include BMI Song of the Year, a Grammy Award nomination, four Backstage Bistro awards and six MAC awards. His recent CD release is Billy Stritch Sings Mel Tormé. His website is billystritch.com.

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Tommy Tune

As a performer, choreographer and director, Tommy Tune is celebrating his golden decade on the American stage. He has received nine Tony Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, three Astaire Awards, multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards and the National Medal of Arts, presented by the President of the United States. A native Texan, Mr. Tune began his career on Broadway as a dancer; his first principal role was in the musical Seesaw, which won him his first Tony Award. His debut as a Broadway director/choreographer came with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Mr. Tune’s other Broadway credits have included My One and Only, Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. His website is tommytune.com.

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Steve Tyrell

Enjoying more than four decades in the music business, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Steve Tyrell had a breakout performance in Father of the Bride, performing “The Way You Look Tonight.” Mr. Tyrell tours across America with his band to sold-out houses, and in 2005 he succeeded the legendary Bobby Short as host of Café Carlyle’s Holiday Season show. All nine of his American Standards albums have achieved Top 10 ranking on Billboard’s jazz charts, including his latest, It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn. As a record producer, Mr. Tyrell has worked with such legendary artists as Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ray Charles and Dolly Parton. His website is stevetyrell.com.

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Quinn Johnson

Musical director for Steve Tyrell and his band for the past ten years, pianist and composer Quinn Johnson has lived in four different countries on three different continents, and he has played music around the world with Cuban, Brazilian, Persian, African, Irish, Middle Eastern, American and Chinese artists. His playing has been heard on TV shows, films, and recordings by some of the biggest names in the business. Mr. Johnson is the keyboardist/pianist for the Grammy-winning Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band, and his latest solo piano CD, Tunes, Bits, and Other Pieces, can be heard on Showtime Network’s “Homeland.”

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Tyler Rhodes

Associate director and co-writer Tyler Rhodes is currently making his Broadway debut as associate director of A Night with Janis Joplin. Mr. Rhodes was the associate director for the first national tours of the recent revival of Guys & Dolls and Garry Marshall’s Happy Days: The Musical. He has worked with director Randy Johnson as associate director for One Night with Janis Joplin at the San Jose Repertory Theatre and Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas. Other touring and regional theater credits include Little House on the Prairie: The Musical with Melissa Gilbert, more than ten productions at Paper Mill Playhouse and Happy Days and The Fabulous Lipitones for Goodspeed Musicals.

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