Take five of the top musicians from the greater New York area and create a sound that blends a healthy serving of traditional jazz, a touch of blues and rock, a dash of international flair, combined with a steady mix of standards and new material; and you begin to have a sense of the tasty cocktail that Sweet
Whiskey will be serving up. Come to hear all those songs that make your heart pitter patter at Algonquin Arts Theatre.
One of NY's greatest jazz pianists, cofounder of Sweet Whiskey, John Colianni (Johnny Chops) has been a force on the music scene since first working with famed bandleader and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton for three years, at the tender age of 19, as Hampton's band pianist. Add five years and six albums as Mel Torme's personal accompanist and then being chosen by guitar legend Les Paul to become a part of the Les Paul Quartet and you have an idea of what John brings to the table with musical chops - and that just happens to be his nickname "Johnny Chops." In the words of Mel Torme, "he's the best you'll ever hear."
Sweet Whiskey's other cofounder, vocalist Maggie Worsdale has performed nationally and internationally, as well as on the Algonquin stage where she appeared as Bloody Mary in South Pacific.
While in California in the early 1990s, she had the pleasure of working with Bob Hope and George Burns, as well as guest singing with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Maggie has recorded four
albums of her own and was chosen as one of the top ten vocalists in the NY/NJ area and honored to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Sinatra Birthday Bash at the Count Basie Theater. According to Bob Hope, "there's one word for this gal - wonderful."
Runtime: Approximately 2 Hours
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