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Event details:

P.S. 29 About the Swing Concert 2011
Fri., December 09, 2011 – 2:00 PM
P.S. 29 John M. Harrigan School
425 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Lineup: Barbara Duffy, Chad Lefkowitz, Clarence Penn, Donald Vega, Yasushi Nakamura,  

Performer Details:

Barbara Duffy — Tap Dancer

Barbara Duffy

        Barbara Duffy is “one of the most inventive tappers around…..”, said the late Gregory Hines. Barbara’s performance highlights include “THE GREGORY HINES SHOW”, where she was a featured dancer, actress and choreographer, “GALA FOR THE PRESIDENT”, performing with Gregory Hines before President and Mrs. Bill Clinton and as dance captain and featured dancer in Brenda Bufalino’s AMERICAN TAP DANCE ORCHESTRA.
        Barbara performs as a featured soloist across the United States and overseas, including London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, where she was hailed as “a riveting performer” by the Independent. Her all women ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Company has performed at the Duke Theatre, NYC, the Joyce Theater, NYC, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, NYC, the University of Richmond, the Tanz Haus Theatre in Dusseldorf, Germany, Jacob’s Pillow and with Tap City On Tour.
        A highly sought after teacher, Barbara has taught at numerous workshops and festivals in 20 countries. When not on the road, Barbara teaches classes in New York City at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. Her greatest inspirations are Brenda Bufalino, the late Leon Collins and the late Gregory Hines.

Barbara Duffy's website
Chad Lefkowitz — Saxophone

Chad Lefkowitz

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is a celebrated saxophonist receiving many awards including Best High School Jazz Soloist and Best College Group, for his work in The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. While in high school, Chad was one of two tenor saxophonists from North America selected to the 2008 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensemble, The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and The Jazz Band of America.  Through various performing scenarios, Chad has shared the stage with some of the most influential names in jazz including McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, and Phil Woods and was recently one of twelve musicians from around the world accepted to the Dave Douglas Workshop for Creative Composition and Improvisation at Carnegie Hall.

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.

Donald Vega — Piano

Donald Vega

Donald Vega arrived in the U.S. from Nicaragua at the age of 14.  He spoke no English (except two words: “Bud Powell”) but quickly won the attention of Henry Mancini and jazz critic Leonard Feather by winning the prestigious Los Angeles Spotlight Awards competition.  He has since graduated from The Juilliard School where he studied with piano great Kenny Barron, and has collaborated  with masters in jazz such as Billy Higgins, Francisco Aguabella, Justo Almario, Milt Jackson, Bennie Wallace, Diana Krall, Lewis Nash, Al McKibbon and Alex Acuña. His first album as a leader, Tomorrows, was released in 2008 to rave reviews.  Recent awards include the Downbeat Jazz Soloist Award in 2008 and winner of the 2010 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.  Vega currently resides in New York City where he is working on the release of his second album.

Donald Vega's website
Yasushi Nakamura — Bass

Yasushi Nakamura

Nakamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1982 and grew up in Seattle. His musical training began at age eleven with clarinet and tenor saxophone, and he switched to bass at age fourteen. After graduating Newport High School in 2000, Nakamura went on to study jazz at Berklee College of Music, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Performance in 2003. In 2004, he received a full scholarship to the Juilliard School, graduating with AD Program in Jazz Studies in 2006.  Yasushi has performed in many countries around the world with jazz greats such as Clarence Penn, Frank Kimbrough, Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones, and more!