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Singer-songwriter Milton, known for his lyric craft, distinctive voice and soulful songs steeped in classic rhythm & blues, pop, jazz, folk and country, first gained notoriety in his hometown New York City when his song “In The City” became a hit on New York’s WFUV radio. His live performances are praised for their wit, humor, and captivating charm. Joining Milton will be very special guests: David Amram, Carsie Blanton, Jon Cowherd, Kat Edmonson. With some improv and surprises — the evening will be magical, as live music fills The Hall, and our hearts again.
In late 2019, Milton premiered his 5th and finest album Studio City with a sold out show at City Winery NYC. The album, a veritable tour de force of songwriting and studio craft, features 12 ultra-catchy, concise tunes ranging in style from Sinatra-esque full orchestra swing, to Sgt. Pepper-like whimsical comedy to vintage country and New Orleans rhythm and blues. In concert, Milton and his ultra-sharp band of NYC veteran session players deliver the songs seamlessly with Milton’s own graceful live arrangements. This month (March 2021) Milton’s song “Sometimes” appears in episode 6 of the SyFy TV show “Resident Alien”.
David Amram is a pioneer multi-instrumentalist musician, improvisational singer, and composer of Jazz, Latin, Global Folk, and Classical music. Since being appointed by Leonard Bernstein as the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever Composer -in-Residence in 1966, David Amram has collaborated with Sir James Galway, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Dylan, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Charles Mingus, Elia Kazan, Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, Pete Seeger, Eugene Ormandy, Odetta, John Frankenheimer, Willie Nelson, Lionel Hampton, Joseph Papp, Archibald MacLeish, Sidney Lumet, Thelonious Monk, Woody Guthrie, Budd Schulberg, and Johnny Depp. Last year, the five CD box set DAVID AMRAM’s Classic American Film Scores (1956 – 2016), was released, which includes his film scores for The Manchurian Candidate, Splendor in the Grass, and Pull My Daisy, as well as his Broadway scores for Arthur Miller’s After the Fall and Budd Schulberg's On the Waterfront. Currently, he is writing his fourth memoir, while a new feature documentary AMRAM@90: Notes from a Promising Young Composer is being filmed, as he anxiously awaits to get back on the road with his Jazz/World Music quintet.
Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and John Prine, Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for.
Kentucky-raised, New Orleans -schooled, New York based piano player Jon Cowherd is best known for his long-running partnership with drummer/ bandleader Brian Blade, with whom he founded Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band. Jon has worked with a broad array of players from the Jazz, Pop and Rock worlds including Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Cassandra Wilson, Meshell N’degeocello, KD Lang, Terri Lyne Carrington and Lizz Wright.
With a lighter-than-air vocal approach as well as her gift for evocative songwriting, Kat Edmonson is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant. Her unusually charming and seamless blend of old and new has garnered attention on “NPR Tiny Desk Concerts”, “Austin City Limits”, and “A Prairie Home Companion”.