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The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, New York, New York

Cres O'Neal: Live At The Metropolitan Room

It is said that music never leaves the soul. No one knows this more than jazz vocalist and radio personality, Cres O'Neal. On Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 4 pm, Cres will make her long awaited return to the stage at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd Street, New York, New York. Joining Cres will be Grammy nominated percussionist, Wilson “Chembo" Corniel; award winning pianist, Dawrin Noguera; acclaimed bassist, Paul Beaudry; and acclaimed drummer, Willie Martinez.

Tickets are $24. Space is limited; so, reserve your seats early. Dress is business casual, and the Metropolitan Room has a two drink minimum. Reservations are highly recommended.

About Cres O'Neal

Her theater credits include: Studs Terkle's Working as Lucille Page, Sharon Atkins, and Maggie Holmes; Beehive as Aretha Franklin; The Pajama Game as Gladys Hotchkiss; Guys and Dolls as Adelaid; West Side Story as Anita; Sweet Charity as Helene; Hexegon; David Berger's production of Donald Byrd's, The Harlem Nutcracker; George Faison's production of King; and Your Arms too Short to Box With God to name a few. She has also performed with David Friedman, C.C. Winans, Richard Smallwood, and the Chieftains.

Other credits include: Washington Performing Arts Society, Men and Women of the Gospel, and the 1992 Presidential Inaugural Ball.


"She has an unassuming demeanor; yet, her unique vocals are soothing and explosive. Her powerful, captivating voice exudes emotion that draws you into her space." Leonard Hughes, Washington Post

"Just when you thought the days of the great jazz standards were gone, along comes Cres O'Neal. One of the greatest assets to Cres' vocals is her versatility -- she easily moves from one genre to another, from classical to rock. Cres has a sound that most assuredly can be compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn." Steve Getz, Son of Stan Getz Son of Stan Getz


Anthony Crawford On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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Born June 29th, 1981, Anthony Crawford was raised in a family of talented musicians. His father, funk and rock drummer Hubert (H bomb) Crawford has played with notable greats like James Brown, Cyndi Lauper, Mothers Finest, Mark Farner of the Grandfunk Railroad, The bar kays, and was the original drummer for the Eric Gales Band, while his uncle is the legendary jazz saxophonist Hank Crawford.

Anthony began playing with the legendary R&B group Shalmor in 2004 and shortly after with Howard Hewett. He then met jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Together the pair performed a few shows and collaborated to create the music for a movie commentary filmed in South Africa.

Since then, Anthony has worked with Justin Timberlake, Erykah Badu, Peabo Bryson, Jeff Lorber, Dave Weckl, Everette Harp, Frank McComb, gospel legend Andrae Crouch, Karen Briggs, Virgil Donati, guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, and Eric Marienthal.

Anthony's latest CD "Urban Jazz – My Story" is a collage of the entire spectrum of Jazz, and demonstrates his ease and flexibility in moving from one style to another.



Andrew Neu On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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Blending a unique mix of jazz, R&B, classical and Latin music, Philadelphia's own, Andrew Neu, is well respected throughout the industry for his work as a saxophonist, woodwind player, arranger, composer and recording artist. Whether he’s in concert as a solo artist or a sideman, Neu’s musicianship and powerful stage presence continue to get the attention of audiences and critics alike. Passionate best describes him.

Andrew has toured and appeared at major festivals and concert halls throughout the world, performing with musical luninaries such as Bobby Caldwell, Smokey Robinson, Pat Martino, Randy Brecker, Joey DeFrancesco, Lew Soloff, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Kim Waters, Warren Hill, Nick Colionne, David Benoit, Eric Darius, Chieli Minucci and Brian Simpson to name a few.

His new CD, Everything Happens For A Reason, is a soulful, eclectic masterpiece of old meeting new - forming an explosive combination of jazz styles.



Rob Tardik On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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In a career spanning over two decades, Rob Tardik has established himself as an award winning guitarist and instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues all across North America and for 5 consecutive years at the coveted Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, held in Mississauga’s Living Arts Center. Rob has shared the stage with the likes of legendary producer Phil Ramone, Tower of Power founding member Greg Adams, two time Grammy winners Paul Brown and Liberty Silver, guitarist Peter White, and 4-time Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn. Rob has also opened for legendary guitarist/singer Jose Feliciano.

His brand new CD, Limitless, will be coming your way in a few days, and is destined to be a hit. His hit single, One World, is already taking the charts by storm.



Althea Rene On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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Gaining her musical inspiration from the accomplishments of her father Dezie McCullers of the "Motown Review" and the "Original Funk Brothers", Althea Rene has definitely clipped her wings - becoming one of the most articulate, expressive jazz flautists today. Her new CD, "In The Flow", is a fine compilation of colorful tones that melodically "flow" through the hearts and souls of it's listening audience.



Cal Harris, Jr On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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Cal is returning to Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal to introduce his brand spanking new CD, Shelter Island. You get to hear it first, right here. And, ladies and gentlemen, be prepared to be pleased!, very prepared Cal has definitely struck gold!!



Kenyon Carter On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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Kenyon Carter is an Atlanta-based jazz saxophonist and international recording artist recognized for his melodic smooth jazz compositions and engaging live performances. He expresses his creative and soulful style through a beautiful and sultry sound. Although unique and entirely unmistakeable, he has been compared to contemporary smooth jazz favorites like Boney James, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright.



Toni Redd On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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Georgian born songstress, Toni Redd, is an internationally known vocalist with an intense style. The captivating and sultry vocal styling of Toni Redd combines traditional jazz, pop, classic soul, and urban rhythm & blues to create her own unique and powerful ambience - as she takes us on her musical trek via that down home, rich, old school sound that fully grasps the emotional heart and soul of her listeners.

During her illustrious career, Toni has had the honor of performing and sharing the stage with Najee, Gerald Albright, Stanley Jordan, Jonathan Butler, Everette Harp, The Temptations, Maysa, the Rippingtons, The Yellowjackets, Gerald Austin, Stanley Jordan, The Temptations, Oleta Adams, Walter Beasley, Joe McBride, Marion Meadows, Kim Waters, and many others.

In addition, Ms. Redd is an actor who has toured with the stage play “A Good Man is Still Hard to Find”; was a guest performer in the independent film “Losing Grace” and Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.”

Toni, one of my favorite Jazzin Em Up alums, is returning to share her brand new CD, "Catching the Redd Eye." Are you ready to take flight?



Bart Brandjes on Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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Bart was stuck in studio for last weeks interview. But he will be here, today, to talk a little bit about himself, and his brand new project with two time Grammy winner, Paul Brown.

Bart Brandjes, a 50 year old carpenter from Amsterdam, captured the imagination of a nation on his way to becoming a finalist on The Voice of Holland. The coaches on the show were openly awe-struck by his incredible voice and charisma. Were it not for his more mature age, many insiders have reasoned that he would have been the victor and named the new “Voice of Holland.”

Unknown to the American public, Brandjes is actually a well-experienced performer in Holland and was discovered internationally through the worldwide recording affiliations of double Grammy winner, Paul Brown, and subsequently introduced to Woodward Avenue Records.

Ladies and are definitely in for a treat!



Wilson Chembo Corniel On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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March 26 - Grammy Nominated Percussionist - Wilson "Chembo" Corniel

If ever there was a musician that has paid his dues, and quite possibly cried the blues, it would be Conga master and all around percussionist, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel. From his humble beginning in Red Hook, Brooklyn in the 1970′s and on, he was blessed to be mentored by some of the legends of percussion such as; Tommy Lopez, Little Ray Romero, and Cachete Maldonado among others.



Grace Kelly On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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March 22 - Saxophonist/Vocalist/Composer - Grace Kelly

She's back!!! A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing this extremely gifted young lady. She was on fire then, but, she is fully ablaze now. At twenty-one, Grace Kelly has already played with the creme de la creme of music - including Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Phil Woods.



Roy Assaf On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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March 1 - Award Winning Pianist/Composer - Roy Assaf

Breaking into the music scene only a few years ago, pianist Roy Assaf has already earned acclaim from jazz masters Kenny Barron and Jason Moran. With appearances on 20 albums as a sideman and co-leader, Roy’s first album as a leader—titled “Respect” and being released on Jazz Legacy Productions—includes such remarkable players as Reuben Rogers on bass, Greg Hutchinson on drums and special guests Roy Hargrove on trumpet and Eric Alexander on saxophone.

Roy currently plays with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, the Winard Harper Sextet, The John Lee Quartet, the Sharel Cassity Quintet, the Victor Bastidas Project, the Alex Terrier Quartet, Augmented Reality, the Nir Naaman Quartet, the Michael Dease Big-Band and NYConnection.



EC Coleman On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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February 28 - Acclaimed Drummer - Ernest "EC3" Coleman

EC, a second generation musician, was born in Naples, Italy to EC and Rebecca Coleman. His father, Ernest Coleman Jr., was a jazz musician who played tenor sax and was also a great arranger and composer.

EC got the call to work with Loretta Holloway in Las Vegas opening for Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Yakov Smirnoff, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles and many many more. EC soon took over as Loretta’s musical director and continued on to travel to places like Russia, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, Virgin Islands, and Brazil, among many places around the world. EC worked with Loretta for over twelve years, playing with major symphonies and was responsible for conducting from behind the drums.

After a whirlwind success with his sophomore CD, "Her Eyes at Sunset", EC is here to premier his brand new CD, "It's All About The Rhythm". Yes it is!!!



David Dyson On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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February 15 - Renowned Bassist/Songwriter/Producer - David Dyson

Pieces of a Dream bassist, David Dyson started his early musical career playing the baritone. At the age of twelve, his parents presented him with a beginner's bass guitar, and the rest is history. Since then, David has worked with the best of the best in the music industry.

Join me as I chat live with this incredible artist about what he's up to, and talk about his signature series cheesecakes. Yes, cheescakes folks. The man is that bad!!!!



Scott Yanow on Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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February 12 - Jazz Historian/Aurthor/Journalist - Scott Yanow

Scott Yanow has been involved in many projects. Being the Senior Editor for the 3rd edition of the All Music Guide For Jazz resulted in a countless number of CD reviews and biographies being utilized throughout the internet including Pandora Radio. In addition to having written ten books so far (most recently The Jazz Singers) and writing for the Jazz Heritage Club, Scott has written several episodes for the popular jazz radio series Jim Cullum's Riverwalk - Live At The Landing.

He has contributed to virtually all of the major jazz magazines including Downbeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Cadence, Coda, The Mississippi Rag, Jazz Forum, Jazz News, The Jazz Report, Planet Jazz, Jazz Now and Jazz Improv.

His 11th book "Great Jazz Guitarists" is due to be published this Spring.



Erly Thornton on Jazzin Em Wp With Cres O'Neal

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January 22 - Saxophonist/Composer - Erly Thornton

Playing the saxophone has always been emotionally intense for Erly Thornton. Each performance is a connection that this artist and his audience mutually enjoy!



Ronny Jordan On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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January 15 - Billboard Chart topper - Guitarist, Ronny Jordan

Born Ronald Laurence Albert Simpson in London, England, Ronny Jordan, known as the father of acid-jazz guitar, is credited by many for restoring the guitar to ts rightful place in mainstream music.



Igor Gerzina On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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January 11 - Saxophonist - Igor Gerzina

Igor Gerzina is an award-winning sax player, composer and the Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra producer. He has won several Porin Awards (Croatian most prestigious discography award), as well as several Status awards for the best instrumentalist of the year, awarded by the Croatian Musicians Union. Igor drops by the Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal couch to talk about his new release, "Metropolis".



Jeff Sparks On Jazzin em Up With Cres O'Neal

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December 12 - Saxophonist, Jeff Sparks

Jeff Spark's is definitely in the Christmas spirit. Are You? Join Jeff, here on Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal, as he helps bring in the holiday season via his "Jazzy Christmas" style!



Pete Gitlin On Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal

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November 15 - Guitarist/Bassist/Composer - Pete Gitlin

Pete Gitlin is a guitar player, bassist and composer who is creating a new kind of jazz…part smooth, part contemporary, part funk, part rock…call it alt jazz.

Pete's latest CD, Amplify, is being heard loud and clear on the jazz music charts. Stop by to check out why.



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