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Event details:

P.S. 149 Fall/Winter 2013
Thu., December 05, 2013 – 1:30 PM
P.S. 149 The Sojourner Truth School
41 West 117th Street, New York, NY 10026
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Money Jungle

Lineup: Clarence Penn, James Weidman, Michela Marino Lerman, Rob Duguay,  

Performer Details:

Clarence Penn — Drums

Clarence Penn

Clarence Penn ranks high among drummers who are versatile and savvy enough to play any style of music. Having played in a semi-professional capacity since the age of 15, Penn has toured, performed and recorded with a veritable who's who of musical stars, including Betty Carter, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jacky Terrasson, Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gilespie, Dianne Reeves, Cyrus Chestnut, Stephen Scott, Steps Ahead, Mike Stern and Rachel Z. He is probably one of the most sought after drummers of his generation on the scene.

James Weidman — Piano

James Weidman

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Weidman spent his formative years playing organ both in church and in his father's band. "My first paying gig was in a church. In an African-American community especially you'd end up doing a church gig, especially if you could play the sacred music." Through his adolescence he played B3, learning to improvise and accompany, and digging through his dad's record collection, heavy on bebop and post-bop sides from the 1940s through the 1960s. "I became engrossed in learning about all the great pianists and horn men even though I was playing organ. Bud Powell, Bird, and Miles were greater than Spider-Man & Fantastic Four to me." He credits mentors such as James Williams, who preceded Weidman at William Patterson University, and Bob Neloms (the pianist in Charles Mingus' final band), with providing guidance towards a career in jazz.

James Weidman's website
Michela Marino Lerman — Tap Dancer

Michela Marino Lerman

Michela Marino Lerman is a tap dancer and New York City native.  She has been tap dancing since the age of 5, and made her first appearance on Sesame Street at this time.  Since then she has found herself teaching and performing across the globe.  In 2002, Michela was showcased on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine with Gregory Hines, in 2005 was named as one of the 20 hottest tap dancers under 20, in 2008 Dance Magazine named her as the only female tap dancer in it’s “25 to Watch in 2008”and in 2012 was featured in the NY Times.  Michela is the only lifetime honorary female member of the legendary tap dance group The Copasetics.  She runs the only weekly tap jam in NYC at the great Smalls Jazz Club and monthly sessions at Fat Cat.  She has performed and/or collaborated with with such musical greats as Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Strickland, Ravi Coltrane, Rasheed Ali, Frank Lacy, Joe Sanders, Ben Williams, Reggie Workman, Jennifer Holliday, and Theo Hill to name a few. Michela is eternally grateful for the mentoring and guidance given to her by Dr. James “Buster” Brown, Gregory Hines, Leroy Myers, and Marion Coles. She has taught in numerous schools, studios, programs, and festivals throughout the world. As a performer, teacher, director, and choreographer Michela is dedicated to spreading the art of tap around the world.

Rob Duguay — Bass

Rob Duguay

Rob Duguay is a promising young bass player well-versed in many styles of music.  A budding musician on the New York scene, Rob has also performed in such places as Montreal, Quebec; New Orleans; Washington D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia; Paris, France; and Montreux, Switzerland and more.  Since his arrival in New York four years ago, Rob has had the opportunity to share the stage with such greats as Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Roy Hargrove, Donny McCaslin, Abraham Burton, and more.  Look forward to hearing a lot more from Rob Duguay soon.