Thu, Oct 25 | Unitarian Church of All Souls

Accentuate the Positive

Fundraiser presenting a musical play by Calvin Ramsey. A vocalist and a pianist take us to the life of the young Johnny Mercer as he composed his music in a cross-cultural world.
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Accentuate the Positive

Time & Location

Oct 25, 2018, 6:00 PM
Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10075, USA

About The Event

Accentuate the Positive

October 25, 2018

All Souls Church

Tickets $75

Join us at All Souls in celebrating the legendary Johnny Mercer with Terry Burrus on piano and C. Kelley Wright performing songs from Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s musical play, "Accentuate the Positive.”

6:00 pm Ware Room – Wine Reception, bartending by Laymens League Cork Dorks

7:00 pm Chapel – Accentuate the Positive performance

8:30 pm - Ware Room - Buffet Supper with the artists

Tickets - $75 (tickets are limited; early reservations recommended). RSVP by going to our Online Album, and clicking on events. Reply with you name, and the number of tickets you want. Your reservation is complete when your check is received. Mail or deliver your check, made out to All Souls Church, with Accentuate the Positive in the memo line.

Mail or Deliver to: All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10075

You won't want to miss this fabulous night.  Evening attire is recommended.

 This event is a fund-raiser for the All Souls Bicentennial, and will help us produce Showcase 3, the Inter-generational Potluck Supper on Friday evening, November 9th in Reidy Friendship Hall. Accentuate the Positive is Co-Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Task Force, Lifelines, and the Bicentennial Team.

Hosts:  Linda Rousseau, David Robb, and Bill Bechman

Calvin Alexander Ramsey is a man of numerous talents. Not only does he write award winning picture books for children, he is a photographer, a folk art painter, and a playwright. His plays have won awards as they traveled across the country to Washington, D.C., Atlanta; Omaha, Nebraska; San Francisco; and Alaska. That schedule surely agrees with Calvin because he has called many cities home: Martha’s Vineyard; New York City; Santa Monica, California; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix and St. John. Now he lives in the Bronx, New York.

His first picture book, Ruth and the Green Book tells the story of an African American family as they travel across a “Jim Crow” United States. His second children’s book, Last Mule At Gees Bend, is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to Gees Bend, Alabama, to encourage the town’s people to vote. The story also notes that after Dr. King’s assassination, mules from Gees Bend pulled the wagon with Dr. King’s coffin.

Terry Burrus performs concerts as a solo pianist and as the leader with his various groups around the world including the opera stars "Golden Opera Voices", the "Jazz Commissioners" and can be scene as a music director and conductor of the world class "Beethoven Orchestra", the "San Francisco International Symphony", the "Washington Post Symphony Orchestra" and others. When he is not performing in the world of Classical, Opera or Jazz, he is performing with his electro pop sensation known as "Terry Burrus Dancefloor" and many other electronica artists from around the world.

Growing up in New York and starting in the beginning as a Gospel organist/pianist at age seven at Washington Temple in Brooklyn, New York and being in school going into classical and being a very heavy student in traditional jazz opened up his mind to many other musical possibilities. He opened up to the worlds of Funk, Rock, Electronica, World and more. He recorded his very first record for Arista records as Terry Burrus and Transe in the early eighties, the track was called,"Love Rockin'", a funk electro track featuring his vocals talents and studios abilities.

Terry Burrus is also a recording session musician for many years in the New York, European and Los Angeles scene. He has toured worldwide or has recorded with the likes of Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Bjork, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Chaka Kahn, Lisa Stansfield, Madonna, Vanessa Williams, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Phyllis Hyman, Cardigans, Lena Horne, Ace Of Base, Swing Out Sister, Darryl Hall, George Benson, Bill Withers, Diana Ross, Be Be Winans, Melba Moore, Harlem Gospel Singers and more. He has also been music director and keyboardist on many jazz tours playing with a host of jazz and jazz-fusion artists such as Lenny White, Larry Carlton, Gato Barbieri, Stanley Turrentine, Jean Carne, Angela Bofill, Ramsey Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Ray Brown, Stanley Clarke and many of the greats. Terry Burrus has recorded a string of solo albums of which his current releases are titled,"Paris Nights" and "At the Konzerthaus in Dortmund", both solo piano albums ranging from Soul, Gospel, Jazz to a subtle style of neo Classical . Also current new releases are his "Jazz Commissioners"(Acoustic Jazz) album and his "Global Dancefloor Booked"album (Electronica) which created and made the way for Terry Burrus Dancefloor. Watch for the new Terry Burrus album coming.

C. Kelly Wright, an award-winning actress and singer, is “a force of nature with power-house pipes that demand to not only be heard but felt.” Wright is further acclaimed for work in theatrical development, including Broadway’s 4 time Tony winner, “Memphis” and Broadway’s “Mountaintop”.  Currently, Wright is in development with Nambi Kelley’s (Native Son) stage adaptation of Toni Morrison’s “Jazz”.  Wright and playwright Calvin Ramsey (Bricktop, Accentuate the Positive), have been teaming up for the last decade to share art that informs. Wright is the dynamic Host of Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization charged with the mission of keeping the music alive in Harlem, for whom she serves as an officer of the board. Tonight’s show is dedicated to the Queen of Soul who was no stranger to Mercer’s music.

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