MARIAH CAREY - Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970 in Huntington, New York. Her
parents, father Alfred Roy Carey and mother Patricia Carey (who was an
opera singer and vocal coach), named her after the song "They Called
the Wind Mariah", from the musical Paint Your Wagon.
Harborfields High School in Greenlawn. She moved into Manhattan in 1987
to pursue a career in music. While working as a backup singer for
R&B singer Brenda K. Starr, she met her future husband, record
mogul Tommy Mottola, who was instrumental in helping launch her career.
(They were divorced in 1998.)
began working on her debut album Mariah Carey (1990) when she was just
18. Four songs from that album went to number one, including 'Vision of
Love', 'Love Takes Time', 'Someday', and 'I Don't Wanna Cry'. Her
second album Emotions also produced a number one hit with its title
track, thus making Carey the first person in the music business to have
their first five singles hit number one. Her next album, Music Box
(1993), also produced three number one hits, including 'Hero', a song
dedicated to the victims of the Long Island Railroad shootings. Carey
has continued to record new albums, including Merry Christmas (1994),
Daydream (1995), Butterfly (1997), #1s (1998), Charmbracelet (2002) and
the The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). She also pursues a career in
Carey has had more number one hits than any other female artist. Only
The Beatles (with 20 number one hits) and Elvis Presley (with 18) have
had more than she. She has sold over 160 million albums worldwide and
has also received five Grammy Awards.
Mariah Carey - http://www.mariahcarey.com/ http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/carey_mariah/artist.jhtml#bio http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/carey_mariah/bio.jhtml
Mariah Carey Performances on Video Here.
CAROLE AND PAULA have been friends since their high school days in Brooklyn, NY. They were teachers together in the NYC School System, sang for the NY Shakespeare Festival for several summers and formed their own company, CAP Productions, Inc. in 1978. They are loved and remembered as the stars of The Magic Garden, now a part of the permanent collection at The Paley Center in NYC (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio). Their program, the most popular regional show in children’s television history, ran for 12 1/2 years on WPIX-TV, NY and affiliated stations. They created 3 highly successful records for children (one a Grammy Nominee) and their sold-out live performances in over a hundred venues include fund raisers for numerous charities.
Their enthusiastic fans now bring their own children to see their childhood friends and role models, “Carole and Paula”. Fan-based Facebook pages include sites with over 26,000 happy fans sharing their memories of Carole and Paula and The Magic Garden.
HARRY CHAPIN - Chapin was born December 7, 1942, the son of James Chapin (who was a drummer for Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman) and Elspeth Hart. The family moved to Brooklyn Heights in the 1950s, and music was important facet of family life when the children were growing up. Harry began playing trumpet, but after he discovered folk music in 1957, he learned to play the guitar. Harry formed a band with brothers Tom, Steve and James, and began writing songs in the 1960s. After marrying Sandy Gaston, Harry moved to Huntington in 1968, and started a family. His songwriting changed direction in 1970, and he formed a trio with a cello player and bass guitarist in 1971. Harry signed a recording contract with Elektra Records, which released "Heads and Tales" in late '71 with its #1 hit "Taxi". He also released "Legends of the Lost & Found", "Sniper and Other Love Songs", "Dance Band on the Titanic", "Living Room Suite", and "On the Road to Kingdom Come" during his lifetime. Harry was also interested in theatrical production: he created the multimedia show "The Night That Made America Famous" in 1975, which received two Tony nominations.
Harry met father Bill Ayers in 1975; together, they formed World Hunger Year in 1975, and the Food Policy Center (a Washington-based lobby organization) in 1976, which resulted in the formation of a Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. Harry was appointed to this commission by then-President Jimmy Carter. By the end of his life, Harry was playing 200 concerts a year, half of which were benefits, and raised an enormous amount of money for hunger-related issues as well as for the Performing Arts Foundation. He had also persuaded the New York State Council on the Arts to support the formation of the Long Island Philharmonic. Harry died in an automobile accident on the Long Island Expressway on July 16, 1981 on the way to perform in a free concert at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
Performances on YouTube Here, Here and Here.
|Born on April 13, 1928, TEDDY CHARLES (Cohen) is considered one of the greatest jazz vibraphonists of all time. He has played alongside such jazz legends as Charlie Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, his distinctive vibes style making a major contribution to the development of be-bop, hard bop and creating many of the innovative sounds that define modern jazz.
As a student at Julliard in the mid 40s, he haunted New York's jazz clubs, occasionally sitting in with the bands on vibes or piano. His break came unexpectedly one night when he was asked to sit in on piano with Coleman Hawkins' band for the overdue Thelonious Monk. Soon after, Charles began to appear regularly with the top jazz groups of the day: Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy De Franco, and playing alongside and writing for such jazz stars as Coltrane, Parker, Max Roach and Miles Davis. In the early 1950s he began leading his own groups, composing, producing and recording dozens of original works such as No More Nights, Blues Become Elektra and Word from Bird.
Teddy has an impressive discography, dating back to February of 1949, and continuing to the present day. Teddy's vibes work is a crucial component of the greatest jazz recordings of all time, both as a bandleader and as a band member. His discography encompasses the Who's Who of jazz in the 20th Century. Teddy has recorded hundreds of tracks with dozens of jazz luminaries, including Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Shorty Rogers, Elvin Jones, Teo Macero, King Curtis, Tal Farlow, Billy Taylor, Zoot Sims, Percy Heath, Curtis Fuller, Art Blakey, Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis and The Bird himself, Charlie Parker. Charles ventured beyond jazz into blues, R &B and pop beginning in the mid-1950s, recording with iconic blues harpist Sonny Terry, with R&B artists Robert "Bubber" Johnson and Lavern Baker, and with American icons Dion and Aretha Franklin.
Teddy's astonishing discography can be found here: http://www.attictoys.com/jazz/TC.HTM
When jazz's popularity began to fade in the 1960s, Charles took a break from the music world to follow the other great love of his life: the sea. He left the icy streets of New York and headed for the balmy Caribbean where he sailed the famous Golden Eagle (formerly owned by DuPont), and became one of the pioneering American charter boat skippers in the Caribbean. He later bought and restored the derelict Tiki, the famed 85' schooner from the 1950s TV series Adventures in Paradise, and began running a charter service out of Martinique. Captain Ted is considered by many to be the most experienced owner-operator of commercial sailing charters on the east coast, sailing extensively from Martha's Vineyard to the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. Ted was formerly the owner and Captain of the Schooner Mary E., and now operates the Skipjack Pilgrim out of Greenport, NY.
In the 1980s, Teddy came out of music retirement. He recorded a comeback album for Soul Note in 1988, and has recently appeared with Max Roach, David Amram, and Lee Konitz. Teddy toured the Netherlands in 2008, and was a featured artist at the Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival this past May. At age 82, Teddy can be found performing on occasion, working with a new generation of young musicians who are creating their own jazz legacy with this Master of the Vibes.
GEORGE M. COHAN - George Michael Cohan (1878-1942), often referred to as the "Man who owned Broadway," was a playwright, producer, performer, and composer, all in one. This Providence, Rhode Island born talent got his start at the age of nine, when he first graced the stage. He went on to star in The Four Cohans, a popular vaudeville attraction also featuring his fellow show-biz family members. He was just 16 years old when in 1894, he sold his first song to Witmark Music Publishing. Cohan's first play hit Broadway in NYC in 1901, and real success followed three years later when he played Yankee Doodle Boy in his musical Little Johnny Jones (1904). Cohan, known for his hustle and bustle style, wrote approximately 20 plays and musical comedies, in many of which he played the lead. Some examples of his work include Forty-five Minutes from Broadway (1905), Seven Keys to Baldpate (1913), The Song and Dance Man (1923), and The Merry Malones (1927). He also performed in other artists' productions, including Eugene O'Neil's Ah, Wilderness! (1933) and Rodgers and Hart's I'd Rather Be Right (1937).
Cohan had been called the "most representative American dramatist of the present period." This influential artist developed a play-writing formula still being used by American playwrights today, and the term "typically American" has become interchangeable with "Cohan-esque" in the theater world. George M. Cohan is very well known for his compositions, "Give My Regards to Broadway," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy." He also wrote "Over There," a World War I hit inspired by a newspaper article regarding America's entrance into the war. Cohan, who wrote this song in his Kings Point home, was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor for the composition of his patriotic songs.
JOHN COLTRANE - John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina surrounded by music. John began his musical studies on the E-flat horn and clarinet, but he shifted his interest to alto saxophone when he was in high school. He studied in Philadelphia at Granoff Studios and the Ornstein School of Music until he was called to military service during World War II, when he performed in the US Navy Band in Hawaii. After the war, John began playing tenor saxophone, and expanded his vision and experimentation, playing in the Eddie 'CleanHead' Vinson Band, followed stints with Jimmy Heath, Thelonius Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.When he joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1958, he found his freedom of expression, developing his distinctive three-on-one chord approach, and his method of playing multiple notes at one time, called 'sheets of sound'. By 1960, Coltrane had formed his own quartet which included McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison, which created some of the most innovative music in Jazz.
Coltrane released 79 albums as a bandleader in his lifetime, including 'My Favorite Things' released in 1960, 'Giant Steps' in 1959, 'Africa/Brass' in 1961, and the watershed work 'A Love Supreme' in 1964, which was created at his home in Dix Hills. A spiritual man, Coltrane felt deeply that his music was an instrument to create positive thoughts in the mind. John Coltrane succumbed to liver disease on July 17, 1967 at the age of 40, yet his music continues to be widely heard to this day in both film and television scores. In 1982, Coltrane was posthumously awarded a Grammy for 'Best Solo Jazz Performance' and in 1997, he received the RIAA's highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Universally recognized as one of the most revolutionary saxophonists in jazz, Coltrane has been honored by the USPS with a commemorative postage stamp, and by Universal Studios/MCA Records by naming a street in his honor.
On April 20, 2004, the Town Board of Huntington approved to designate the Coltrane home in Dix Hills as an Historic Landmark slated for preservation.
Performances on YouTube Here, Here an Here.
PERRY COMO - A long time Port Washington resident. In 1945, Como recorded the pop ballad "'Til the End of Time" (based on Chopin's "Polonaise"), which marked the beginning a highly successful career. Como was the first artist to have ten records sell more than one million copies. Similarly, his television show achieved a much higher rating than that of any other vocalist to date.
On March 14, 1958, the RIAA certified Como's hit single, "Catch a Falling Star" as its first ever "Gold Record." His exclusive recording contract with RCA Victor in 1943 began an association that would last for almost fifty years. He recorded many albums of songs for the RCA Victor label between 1952 and 1987, and is credited with numerous gold records. Como had so many recordings achieve gold-record status that he refused to have many of them certified. It was this characteristic which made him so different from his peers, and which endeared him to legions of fans throughout the world. Over the decades, Como is reported to have sold millions of records, but he commonly suppressed these figures.
His regular television show, at first a spin-off from the Chesterfield Supper Club, continued through the early 1950s, becoming The Perry Como Show, and then for five years The Perry Como Kraft Music Hall. He became the highest paid performer in the history of television to that date, earning mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Performances on YouTube Here, Here and Here.
|AARON COPLAND is, for many, the dean of American classical music. It was his
pioneering achievement to break free from European musical influence
and create a concert music that is recognizably, characteristically
on November 14, 1900 in Brooklyn as the child of Jewish immigrants from
Lithuania, he first learned to play the piano from his older sister. At
the age of sixteen he went to Manhattan to study with Rubin Goldmark,
who also taught George Gershwin.
1920, Copland set out for Paris, modernism's home in the years between
the wars. Perhaps the central legacy of his stay in Paris was his
association with his teacher and mentor Nadia Boulanger; who fed his
growing interest in jazz and other popular idioms; and nurtured his
idea that there was no American counterpart to the national styles
being created by composers from France, Russia, and Spain. He became
determined to create, in his words, "a naturally American strain of
so-called serious music."
his return to America in 1924, his career was launched when the Boston
Symphony Orchestra performed his Organ Symphony, with Boulanger as
soloist. Throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Copland created such
American masterworks as the ballets Billy the Kid and Rodeo, Lincoln
Portrait, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Appalachian Spring for Martha
Graham, Symphony No. 3, Fanfare for the Common Man, El Salon Mexico and
the opera The Tender Land.
never ceased to advocate for new music. He was a lecturer and writer
about new music and presenter of concerts that brought many 20th
Century European masterworks to U.S. audiences for the first time. For
25 years he was a leading member of the faculty at the Berkshire Music
Center (Tanglewood) and was one of the most honored of American
composers, including the 1979 Kennedy Center Honors and the National
Medal of Arts in 1986. He took up conducting while in his fifties and
continued until he was 83. In 1982, The Aaron Copland School of Music
was established in his honor at Queens College of the City University
of New York.
died at the age of 90 in North Tarrytown, New York. Copland House, his
home in Cortland Manor, is now an important institution that sponsors
composers' residencies, the Music from Copland House chamber ensemble,
community and educational programs, and various recording, broadcast,
and Internet projects.
Aaron Copland - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/copland_a.html and http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/audiointerviews/profilepages/coplanda1.shtml and http://www.coplandhouse.org/info.asp?pb=55&pg=1.
About Copland's Lincoln Portrait Here and Listen to an NPR Program
About Appalachian Spring Here (scroll down the page for the podcast
GEORGE PETER CRISCULA (AKA PETER CRISS) - is the co-founder and drummer for the rock band KISS.
Criss joined the pre-KISS group Wicked Lester in 1973, and took the stage persona of 'The Cat' when KISS adopted the use of makeup and costumes. Despite a youth spent as a tough Brooklyn gang member, Peter was also an avid art student and jazz aficionado. While playing with bandleader Joey Greco, Criscuola ended up studying under his idol, Gene Krupa, at the Metropole Club in New York. This blossomed into an active musical career as he went on to play jazz and rock with a number of bands in New York and New Jersey throughout the 1960s.
In 1973, Peter placed an ad in Rolling Stone magazine in an attempt to find a band that needed a drummer. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley responded, and were knocked out by Criss' playing style. Criss co-wrote the ballad "Beth" - a Top 10 hit for the band - in 1976. His drum solo in the group's '100,000 Years' was a consistent showstopper. And the show-closing 'Black Diamond' often found Criss suspended thirty plus feet in the air over the KISS army. Peter Criss left KISS in May 1980 to begin a solo career. He released three albums over the next fifteen years. He reunited with KISS in 1995, and remained with them until 2002.
Performances on YouTube Here, Here and Here
JAMES D'AQUISTO - James (Jimmy) D'Aquisto was born on November 9, 1935. He began making guitars at the age of 17, and was apprenticed to master luthier John D'Angelico, who was considered to be the premier archtop builder of the 20th century. After D'Angelico's death in 1964, Jimmy branched out on his own, operating a lutherie in Farmingdale. He also designed guitars for Fender and Hagstrom. Jimmy was well-known for his intense drive, humor, and his willingness to share his knowledge with young luthiers, including Canadian master luthier Linda Manzer (who builds guitars for Pat Metheny), whom he had invited to study with him at Farmingdale in 1982.
Starting about 1967, Jimmy developed a number of innovations, including adjustable tailpieces, smaller pickguards and redesigned f-holes. His elegant and sleek designs, as well as the rich tonal quality and dynamic range of his guitars, made them treasured favorites of serious players and collectors. Jimmy also believed that heavy ornamentation, such as pearl and abalone inlays, detracted from a guitar's tone; this belief is carried on by many luthiers of today.
Jimmy's meticulous attention to detail and innovative design concepts earned him the title of the world's greatest luthier long before his untimely death at the age of 59 on April 18, 1995. No less authorities than George Gruhn, and the late collector Scott Chinery, have cited Jimmy as the finest luthier in the world. His archtop guitars sold for $40,000 before his death, and are among the most highly prized modern instruments, currently fetching well into the six-figure range.
"Acquired of the Angels: The Lives and Works of Master Guitar Makers John D'Angelico and James L. D'Aquisto" by Paul William Schmidt 1991, 1998 Scarecrow Press, London
NEIL DIAMOND- Neil Leslie Diamond was born January 24, 1941, in Brooklyn, the first
of two sons born to Akeeba Diamond (known as Kieve), who operated and
owned a series of dry goods stores, and Rose (Rapoport) Diamond. Except
for two years in the mid-'40s that the family spent in Wyoming while
Akeeba Diamond served in the military, Diamond grew up in Brooklyn,
albeit in changing locations as his father moved from store to store;
he later claimed to have attended nine different schools and to have
suffered socially as a result.
He showed an early interest in music and
took up singing and playing the guitar after seeing Pete Seeger perform
at a camp he was attending as a teenager.
a career that began in the 1960's Neil Diamond became a major recording
artist, an internationally successful touring act, and a songwriter
whose compostions produced hits for himself and others. His earliest
recognition, in fact, came as a songwriter associated with the Brill
Building era of Tin Pan Alley in the early '60s. He soon branched out
into recording and performing, and by the early '70s was topping the
charts with the self-written singles "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Song Sung
Blue." As he made a transition to more of an album artist, those albums
began to earn gold and platinum certifications, and developed into a
dynamic concert performer, as demonstrated on his 1972 album Hot August
Night. At the same time, his music became generally softer, which
broadened his appeal. His millions of fans flocked to his shows and
bought his albums in big numbers until well into the 1980s. After that,
while his concert tours continued to post high grosses, his record
sales became more modest. Still, as of 2001, he claimed worldwide
record sales of 115 million copies, and as of 2002 he was ranked third,
behind only Elton John and Barbra Streisand, on the list of the most
successful adult contemporary artists in the history of the Billboard
chart. Meanwhile, having been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of
Fame and given its lifetime achievement award, he could cite an
amazingly broad range of pop, rock, R&B, folk, country, jazz,
reggae, punk, heavy metal, alternative, easy listening, and new age
performers who had recorded his songs, among them Altered Images, Chet
Atkins, Harry Belafonte, the Box Tops, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash,
Petula Clark, Ray Conniff, Floyd Cramer, Bobby Darin, the Spencer Davis
Group, Joey Dee & the Starliters, Deep Purple, the Drifters, David
Essex, Percy Faith, José Feliciano, the Four Tops, Dizzy Gillespie, the
Heptones, Julio Iglesias, Chris Isaak, Millie Jackson, Wanda Jackson,
Jay & the Americans, Waylon Jennings, Tom Jones, Patti LaBelle,
David Lanz, Peggy Lee, Liberace, Enoch Light, Mark Lindsay, Johnny
Mathis, the Monkees, the Music Machine, Wayne Newton, Roy Orbison,
Johnny Paycheck, Elvis Presley, Boots Randolph, Cliff Richard, Billy
Joe Royal, Frank Sinatra, Smash Mouth, the Specials, Barbra Streisand,
Third World, Tina Turner, UB40, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Urge
Overkill, the Ventures, Bobby Vinton, Junior Walker & the
All-Stars, Roger Whittaker, Andy Williams and Bobby Womack.
Neil Diamond - www.neildiamond.com
Neil Diamond Performances on Video Here. http://chuckbenjamin.vodpod.com/video/15734-neil-diamond-cherry-cherry
DREAM THEATER is a progressive metal band with strong Long Island roots and a loyal fanbase. Their live shows offer a significant amount of humor, casualness, and unpredictability, sometimes even inviting fans to perform on stage with them.
The group formed in 1985, when Berklee School of Music students Portnoy, John Myung and John Petrucci decided to start a band together. Originally known as Majesty, the fledgling act recruited keyboardist Kevin Moore and singer Chris Collins into the fold. Collins eventually left, replaced by Charlie Dominici, while another band forced them to drop the Majesty moniker in favor of Dream Theater, named after a demolished California cinema.
1989’s When Dream And Day Unite made an immediate impact on the underground progressive rock scene, but Dream Theater wanted to push further. Replacing Dominici with James LaBrie, the group signed to Atco (later absorbed by Atlantic) and recorded 1992's groundbreaking Images And Words. Featuring the hit, "Pull Me Under," the album introduced Dream Theater to hordes of new fans that continue to support the band to this day.
Many more albums followed, including 1994's Awake, 1997's Falling Into Infinity and 1999's Scenes From A Memory. Personnel changes, label turnover, and the ill-timed release of 2001's Live Scenes From New York -- which arrived on September 11th, 2001, with cover art featuring a New York skyline against a backdrop of flames -- roiled the group but never truly deflected it from its musical path.
The band has a legion of dedicated fans. "The biggest reason we've been able to endure that is our devoted fan base," says (now former drummer) Mike Portnoy. "Our fans are as big a part of the story as we or our music is. They're the reason that we're able to keep a major label deal and go and play sheds and large theatres and stuff like that without mainstream exposure. It's due to this incredible fan base that stands by us through thick and thin from year to year."
At the conclusion of the 2008-2009 Season, New York Philharmonic
Principal Clarinet STANLEY DRUCKER celebrated 60 years as a member of
the Orchestra. In honor of this milestone anniversary, he became an
honorary member of the Philharmonic Society of New York, the first
orchestral musician so honored.
The Philharmonic estimates that he has performed in 10,200 concerts,
which is approximately 70% of the total number of their concerts since
1842. He has been Principal Clarinetist for a record 48 years, making
close to 200 appearances as soloist and chamber musician with the
orchestra. He played under 9 Music Directors, among them Bruno Walter,
Dmitri Mitropolous, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez and Zubin Mehta. He
has performed in 60 countries on tour. He is listed in the Guinness
Book of World Records as "Longest Career as a Clarinetist."
Mr. Drucker maintains an active solo career, appearing with ensembles
throughout the world. He has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards in
the category of Best Instrumental Soloist/Classical with Orchestra: In
1992 for his recording of the Copland Concerto with the Philharmonic and
Leonard Bernstein, and in 1982 for John Corigliano's Concerto with the
Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta. Mr. Drucker is featured on a number of
other Philharmonic recordings: under the direction of Leonard Bernstein
in Debussy's Premiere Rapsodie; in Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto; and
in the World-Premiere live performance (1977) of the Corigliano Clarinet
Concerto, which is a part of the Orchestra's acclaimed CD box set, The
Historic Broadcasts: 1923-1987. Mr. Drucker's other recordings include
New York Legends: Recitals with Principals from the New York
Philharmonic; Schumann's Complete Works for Winds and Piano; the Mozart
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A, K.581, and a two-CD set of the
two clarinet sonatas, Trio in A minor, and Quintet in B minor of Brahms
entitled Drucker Plays Brahms. He is also heard on the World-Premiere
broadcast of William Bolcom's Clarinet Concerto, part of the New York
Philharmonic Special Editions boxed set An American Celebration.
In recognition of his highly respected and widely acknowledged musical
excellence and dedication, he was named Musical America's 1998
Instrumentalist of the Year. Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Mr. Drucker began
clarinet studies at age ten with Leon Russianoff, his principal teacher,
and later attended the High School of Music and Art and The Curtis
Institute of Music. He was appointed Principal Clarinetist of the
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at age 16, of the Adolf Busch Chamber
Players at age 17, and of the Buffalo Philharmonic at age 18.
He lives in Massapequa with his wife, Naomi, Director of the American
Chamber Ensemble and recipient of a LIMHoF LISA Award. Their son is Lee
Rocker, solo artist and former bassist of the Stray Cats and Big Blue,
and their daughter Roseanne is a singer living and recording in