San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Brooklyn born Amy Coleman, began her love affair with music when she listened to her first Beatles album. Soon after she discovered Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday, Bertolt Brecht and Edith Piaf. These artists continue to be Ms. Coleman’s prime influences and inspirations and help explain from where she developed her eclectic vocal style.
Over the past years, Amy has delved into a vast array of musical and theatrical genres. She began her professional career singing at open mikes in NYC clubs. This led to her meeting and collaboration with the late Brian Laser, one of the premiere cabaret musical arrangers of the 1980's. Sharing a deep admiration for The Beatles, Coleman and Laser created Face to the Wall, a cabaret performance piece set to the words and music of Lennon and McCartney. Face to the Wall played to sold out audiences at Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret in NYC and won Amy two Best Vocalist of the Year awards in Backstage Magazine. During this time period, Amy also began performing in regional theater, landing the roles of Mary in Jesus Christ Super Star and the Voice of the Plant in Little Shop of Horrors. In New York City, she played Janis Joplin, in the original production of Beehive at The Village Gate. Concurrently, She worked in the NYC downtown scene, at such internationally renowned theaters as La Mama Etc., and Theater for the New City. Amy then toured Europe with the satirical political troupe the Hot Peaches, which brought her into contact with Italian composer Enzo Fillipelli. With Mr. Fillipelli, Amy began touring throughout Italy performing blues and jazz standards, as well as Enzo’s original compositions. Coleman and Fillipelli appeared in opera houses, stadiums, open air concerts and on radio and T.V. Amy also recorded a CD of Enzo's compositions entitled, Only Sleep Brings Dreams.
On her return to New York City, Amy started frequenting the late great Dan Lynch Blues Bar, a mecca for local and national blues acts. There, she formed the all Women's blues band, Sweet Potata. With Amy as lead vocalist, the band recorded Soul Kiss, a CD of mostly original songs. Soul Kiss received rave reviews. Sweet Potata then, toured throughout the East Coast and was invited to tour Austria, opening for Richie Havens, Lucky Peterson, and Buster Poindexter. The band was also often seen, on the CNBC TV variety show, America’s Talking.
After the band broke up (don't ask), Amy returned to the Theater. She spent the next three years playing the character of Vickie in the Off Broadway hit musical, The Last Session, which began its run in NYC and ended at the prestigious Tiffany Theater in LA, racking up numerous awards. In 2001, Amy recorded her first solo CD, Flame On!, Ms.Coleman’s second solo CD, Goodbye New York, was released in 2010 and along with Flame On! is available on Itunes, Spotify and CD Baby. In 2012, Amy’s latest CD, Dancing For The Water was released in 2012. Amy continues to perform in Europe and the US, at such world famous venues as, Big Mama, Birdland, Chicago Blues, and The Beacon Theater.
When & Where
Like a rose that blossoms out of a sidewalk crack, Tagine sweetens the theatre district with an exotic and alluring perfume. Moroccan lamps, handwoven berber textiles and cushy seating create an understated elegance. Habitues of the restaurant/lounge steep themselves in the Maghreb, sipping luscious orange blossom sangria, savoring fragrant tagines, entranced by belly dancers and hookah pipes. What a shock to step outside, following this amazing melange of sensory delights and find not camels and dunes, but rather midtown Manhattan!
Aside from the beautiful and comfortably decorated interior, Tagine's kitchen is dynamic, baking its own semolina bread daily, and encasing its own lamb merguez. A variety of 'Tagines' are featured at the restaurant. There are several different cous cous selections on the menu, and mouthwatering house specialties include "bastilla", a Moroccan pheasant pie, and "moquadimat," a selection of appetizers, ordered a la carte or as a mixed platter. Included in the wine list, is a diverse selection of Moroccan varieties, which delightfully accompany the menu. Don't walk away from your table without sampling "Halahwyat" the most delightful, hand rolled traditional confections and pastries, graciously served with mint tea or Moroccan spiced coffee.