An Evening with Libby York: Classic Songs from the Great American Songbook

An Evening with Libby York: Classic Songs from the Great American Songbook In Celebration of Libby’s New CD Release “Memoir”


June 11, 2014

6-8 PM

Grand Valley State University

Alumni House

“…  with a voice like amber, dense rich and imbued with an enchanting hint of smokiness. York proves that simple beauty is often the most stunning.” Christopher Louden, Jazz Times The New York Times, calls Libby “a jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety…”

Ms. York’s itinerary this 2014 season includes performances in New York, Chicago and Paris!

Checkout Libby’s Web site,    FB/Twitter LibbyYorkMusic


Ms. York will be accompanied by Mark Kahny on piano.


Please join Nancy Giardina at this private event on June 11 to enjoy Libby’s wonderful voice!

Performance begins at 6 PM,

5:30-8 PM Hors D’oeuvres and drinks through the evening hosted by Nancy

Please RSVP by June 2 to reserve your seat/s, seating is limited! RSVP to 

or Call 616-331-2176

Ahora Si

Israel “Cachao” Lopez performs along with Jimmy Bosch, Nelson Gonzales, Andy Garcia, Orestes Vilato, and others.

They are playing “Ahora Si,” made famous in the award winning documentary film “Buena Vista Social Club,” based on the actual members-only jazz club in Havana, Cuba.
Israel “Cachao” López is often credited with, in the ’50s, making mambo music more popular worldwide. This type of Latin jam session is known as “descarga,” of which López was a distinct pioneer.

Many Americans might recognize Andy Garcia doing some vocals and percussion work for this performance/music video. Garcia produced López’s “Master Sessions” to pay tribute to his contributions to jazz.




On Thursday, May 29, former Las Vegas Vocalist Kathy Lamar is hosting a CD fundraising concert at One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom for her new CD entitled “Songs for Elsa.” The concert takes place that night from 8-11 p.m. and will feature Pianist Steve Talaga, Percussionist Scott Veenstra, and Bassist Tom Lockwood, along with a few special guests. Attendees are encouraged to donate $5 or more to help fund the final production of the CD.

The recently recorded CD includes popular jazz standards with a sassy twist. Accompanying Lamar’s soulful voice on the recording are three experienced musicians: Steve Talaga on piano, Scott Veenstra on drums, and Warren Jones on bass. The CD is named after Lamar’s friend and local jazz patron, Elsa Fierens, who contributed the initial recording funds. Fierens also chose the songs, which include classics such as “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Georgia On My Mind,” and several other jazz favorites.
Lamar was born and raised in Grand Rapids. In 1980, she moved to Las Vegas to sing with her friend, Pianist Tex Richardson, where she spent the next 30 years singing in clubs and on tour with such musical greats as Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Lola Falana and Robert Guillaume.

She has also performed solo in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore. In 2009, Lamar returned to Grand Rapids and has been singing with various musicians around West Michigan ever since. Lamar sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul, and pop hits and attributes musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Nancy Wilson, and Chaka Khan as vocal influences.


One Trick Pony

136 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 235-7669

The Moon with Special Guest Daniel Carter

“The music of the Moon can surge like molten lava or flow like a quiet stream. It’s a purist form of improvisation — noise-attuned but rooted in jazz fundamentals, abstract but built on the unusually sturdy bond between guitarist Adam Caine and drummer Federico Ughi. These two play free, while operating like an old-school working band.” -Hank Shteamer (of Time Out New York)
Coming to Grand Rapids @ Mexicains Sans Frontieres 23 May 2014