LENY ANDRADE & RONI BEN-HUR Live at Rockwood Music Hall!

Jason Paul Harman Byrne




THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014 - Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
www.rockwoodmusichall.com, 196 Allen St, NYC, Tel 212 477 4155, TKTS are $35-40

"Leny is the Ella Fitzgerald of Brazil" - Tony Bennett

"A limber and inventive guitarist, Ben-Hur keeps the modernist flame alive and pure, with a low flame burning in every note." - Gary Giddins, The Village Voice

"To describe Ms. Andrade as both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova only goes so far in evoking a performer whose voice seems to contain the body and soul of Brazil." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Everything Roni does is beautiful. He has the magic touch." - Russell Malone

In late January, 2014, legendary Brazilian vocalist Leny Andrade brought New York guitarist Roni Ben-Hur into her favorite, beloved Studio Castelo in Niterói, across Guanabara Bay from Rio de Janeiro. Magic ensued. Entirely comprised of just voice and guitar, the duo recorded a dozen samba classics, including Luiz Eça & Fernanda Quinderé's "Alegria de Viver;" Tito Madi's "Balanço Zona Sul;" and Pixinguinha & Braguinha's "Carinhoso." On June 19 at Rockwood Music Hall, the duo will be performing this music and more, in advance of the recording to be released later this year by one of New York's acclaimed record labels, Motéma.

Legendary Brazilian singer Leny Andrade has toured the world and won countless accolades. The favorite singer of many, she counts fellow vocal legends Tony Bennett, Mark Murphy and Liza Minnelli among her most fervent admirers.

Roni Ben-Hur is rightfully proud of his many fruitful decades in New York City. He was one of the first Israeli jazz musicians to make his mark in New York City (paving the way for the influx of talented Israeli musicians to follow), emigrating to the United States in 1985 and quickly forming long-lasting connections with some jazz's legendary figures, such as Barry Harris (an integral member of the pianist's band from 1991 to 2007), Walter Booker, Chris Anderson, Cecil Payne, Earl May, and many others. While our immigration laws did their best to keep Ben-Hur out, his fellow artists welcomed him with open arms, based on the fact that Ben-Hur could more than take care of business, delivering big as a musician, and as a human being. "I was incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to be around many of the important jazz artists in New York, hanging out with them, sharing the stage and studio, so many meals and good times. This ongoing experience has taught me a great deal about what this music is really about in ways that could never be taught in a classroom. It has shaped my musical development in a profound way, and I refer to it often when teaching, recording and performing around the world", said Ben-Hur.

Press Enquiries on Roni Ben-Hur, Please contact:
Jason Paul Harman Byrne @ Red Cat Publicity
Tel 347 578 7601, Email [email protected]

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