Jon Brooks, with Fred Gillen, Jr.
- Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings-on-Hudson NY
TONIGHT'S SWING DANCE IS ON!
Online sales end at 3:30 pm today. Tickets WILL be available at the door
With Swing Dance Instruction and Demonstration
by Barbara Antes and Westchester Ballroom Dance Studio
Join us as we transform South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall into a swing dance ballroom, featuring The Abbie Gardner Swing Band! We’ll also have instructor Barbara Antes, joined by a number of top swing dance demonstrators from of Westchester Ballroom Dance Studio, to teach novice dancers some moves. (And yes, we will have seats on hand for those who prefer to swing sitting down!)
Best known as one-third of the female harmony Americana trio Red Molly, Abbie Gardner has listened to the sweet sound of high lonesome harmonies since her first bluegrass festival at three years old. Her father, Herb Gardner, who will accompany his daughter this evening, is a swing jazz and stride pianist and dixieland trombonist. He introduced Abbie to one of her favorite vocalists, Billie Holiday, and continues to be a big influence on the musician she is and strives to be.
Abbie recorded three full-length albums and one EP with Red Molly, the last of which spent several weeks in the Top 10 on the Radio & Records Americana Chart (Spring 2010). In 2008, She released Bad Nights/Better Days a duo record of original material with Anthony da Costa. The album was featured on WFUV’s top 2008 album lists and has been described as a work of staggering emotional power. (Acoustic Live! in NYC, 2008)
Abbie’s first full-length recording, My Craziest Dream is an album of jazz standards featuring her father on piano. It earned her an entry in the 2009 Hal Leonard book The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide and she is pleased to perform selections from that record, along with other standards, with her band.
Abbie has a strong throaty voice that’s reminiscent of Wesla Whitfield’s… she uses it to render evergreens from the 1920s and 1930s with a crew of guys who play like they were around when this music was the cat’s pajamas. (Cadence Magazine, June 2004)
Her 2006 release Honey on My Grave was her first independently released CD of mostly original music spanning varied genres with consistently strong Dobro, guitar, and vocal performances. (Chronogram, 2006)
Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, as well, with such accolades as; 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for “The Mind of a Soldier” and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for “I’d Rather Be”. Her song “Honey on My Grave” was also published in Sing Out! Magazine in 2008.
Abbie continues to tour with Red Molly, currently promoting their fourth full-length CD, Light the Sky. Her latest solo CD “Hope” was released in April 2011.
In addition to Abbie and Herb, The Craziest Dream Band also includes Barry Bryson on trumpet, Craig Akin on bass, and Joel Arnow on drums.
Tickets: $20 in Advance, $25 at the Door
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 13 years, Common Ground has produced its flagship Common Ground Coffeehouse series, sponsored by (and hosted by) The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson NY.