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December 31, 2017
NYE @ manhattans is our biggest night of the year and reservations are already stackin’ up. We’re doing 2-3 dinner seatings and are also encouraging a cocktail crowd after dinner to pack the place with a multitude of lovely party-goers (dancing shoes are a must!). John Zadro plays solo piano @ 6:00-8:30pm and then we have Jazz Meets Blues @ 9:30pm to ring in 2018. After midnight we’ll have all the hits for your dancing pleasure. There is a $55/person cover for the 9pm dinner seating ONLY – this covers the cost of the band, bubbly @ midnight, as well as party favours. Reservations are highly recommended.
John Zadro has been performing on a professional level for over thirty five years. He is known as an accomplished pianist in the jazz idiom but in any performance he may draw upon his diverse background in other musical genres including R & B, sacred and gospel, pop and rock and musical theatre.
JAZZ MEETS BLUES
Paul Taylor – piano + basses
Joel Morelli – guitar/vocals
Andy Klaehn – woodwinds
Chris Woroch – drums
Jamie Mitges – trumpet
Anne Powers – guest vocals
With techniques acquired more in welding school and fab shops than during the completion of his degrees and diplomas, publishing and record contracts, film scores and jingles, residency gigs, festivals, tours, workshops, radio, television, club and sidewalk appearances, Paul Taylor has been known to literally break in pianos. He broke three strings on the old piano at Manhattans and put his finger right through a keyboard – “I like being a welder/fitter, it gives me better tone.”
Joel Morelli (guitar/vocals) was born into the Owen Sound music scene. His father played in many local acts, and little baby Joel was steeped in local musical culture from an early age. His father owned a music store through the 1980’s. Joel started playing the violin at the age of 7. Though he was chomping at the bit, it wasn’t until he turned 13 that his parents allowed him to play the guitar. Even this early a start would make many instrumentalists envious, and his relaxed smooth approach with the guitar must surely be the result of his juvenile experience and his constant dedication to practice and improvement. Growing up in Owen Sound he played the coffee houses, open stages and battle of the bands. Joel attributes his growth of musical chops and teeth to time spent as a member of the host band for Ted’s Range Road Diner jams on Wednesday nights with local greats Beaker and Tyler Wagler. Joel then moved to Toronto to play guitar for a band called Blue Orange, filling in for Pete Devlin on guitar for a few years. Eventually Joel and Pete would collaborate with Rob Elder, another amazing local songwriter and musician from Chesley. This trio went through many incarnations as an electric ensemble and finally went acoustic, becoming “The Hungry Life”. With this project Joel again won the Last Chance Saloon and The Hungry Life was off to play the main stage at Summerfolk in August of 2006. The Hungry Life recorded an album featuring some of Joel’s strongest songs, including local favorite, “Mary.” Joel still teaches guitar in the KW area and plays shows with various artists.
Andy Klaehn (alto, soprano, and tenor sax, flute, clarinet) has performed with various artists in a wide array of collaborations from duos to sextets. Andy is also a founding member of the renowned Top Pocket Jazz Quartet. Andy studied classical clarinet under K-W Symphony clarinettist, Victor Sawa, a renowned world class performer. Andy’s interest in jazz and contemporary music led him to enroll at Humber College in Toronto where he studied under Eddie Sossin and Pat Labarbera. In his numerous travels, Andy has shared the stage with many musical giants, such as Maynard Ferguson, Moe Koffman, Kenny Barron, Carol Welsman, Barry Elmes, and Peter Appleyard. He has also played with the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the K- W Symphony, and as a sideman for Bo Diddley, in addition to being a show band musician for Carnival Cruise Lines. Andy is an active member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Guelph, as well as a woodwind teacher in local private studios. In addition to teaching, Andy also maintains a busy performance schedule in the live music scene.
Kitchener drummer, Chris Woroch has played with numerous artists throughout his forty year playing career. He is also a teacher, who has taught in Toronto, Stratford, Kitchener and currently at Long and McQuade music in Waterloo. He also teaches privately as well. A lover of all music, Chris enjoys the different styles and the challenges playing those styles can bring. For Chris,” playing and learning go hand in hand and the learning never stops.”
James ‘GIGGLES’ Mitges, was born, raised and lives in Guelph. Starting on piano at the age of six, mostly self taught taking up the saxophone at age fourteen, flute at seventeen and trumpet in most recent years. Giggles had to stop playing the saxophone and flute due to health concerns and focuses on Family, Composing, Recording, Piano, Trumpet, Abstract Painting and Laughing. Giggles has recorded with: Peter Appleyard, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson, Joe Labarbera, Tom Scott, Lee Ritenour, Russell Ferrante, Abraham Laboriel Sr., MB Gordy, Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Carol Welsman, Nick Lane, Dan Higgins, Chris Walden and Vinnie Colaiuta.