Never forget Katrina




Tribute To Guitarist Wes Montgomery By Jazz All Star Sextet


EVENT: This many Jazz musicians at this level haven’t played in Harlem in many years and haven’t played in East Harlem in over sixty years.  In a Tribute to Guitarist Wes Montgomery, who is often considered the greatest of modern jazz guitarists, and those musicians who still to this day suffer from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. The CREOLE Restaurant & Music Supper Club is hosting a Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser to benefit the Jazz Foundation.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jazz Foundation,, which provides emergency assistance and long-term support to veteran Jazz musicians across the country.  Since Katrina, the Jazz Foundation assisted in over 3,500 emergency cases and created housing and employment for over 1,000 musicians in crisis.


                  “We are very pleased to be the venue to host these very talented Jazz musicians and to be able to raise money to assist and support many of the New Orleans Jazz musicians that still after three years continue to suffer from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, “said Kevin Walters, CREOLE Restaurant & Music Supper Club Owner and Managing Director. 


                Creole cuisine will also feature a New Orleans style buffet menu of classic Creole dishes.  


WHEN:            Friday     August 22nd, 2008                8:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.


                       Saturday August 23rd, 2008                 8:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.


WHERE:         CREOLE Restaurant & Music Supper Club

                        2167 Third Avenue @ 118th Street,

                        New York, New York   10035


WHO:     Musicians:  Eric Alexander, Tenor Sax

                                   Dave Hazeltine, Piano

                                   Mike Dirubbo, Alto Sax

                                   Paul Ghil, Bass

                                   Victor Seeyuen, Congo & percussion

                                   Killer Ray Appleton, Drums

                                   Kevin Walters, CREOLE Owner and Managing Director

                                   Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive Director of Jazz Foundation

About the Musicians



Eric Alexander tenor saxophonist has been exploring musical worlds from the outset. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today,” says Alexander. “Monk, Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson–the legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel, that’s the bread and butter of everything I do. George Coleman remains a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach, and I’m still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-Sixties solos I can find these little kernels of melodic information and find ways to employ them in my own playing.”


Dave Hazeltine is one of a handful of young pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the accumulated greatness and weight of a modern piano tradition. Hazeltine’s influences extend from Art Tatum and Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris and Cedar Walton. 


“Dave Hazeltine is for sure the brightest star on the jazz piano horizon.  His style has a deep-seated commitment to jazz history while communicating a wealth of today’s ideas.” – Cedar Walton


 Mike Dirubbo has an extensive knowledge of the jazz tradition and a highly individualistic approach to performance.  He has taken his place in the elite of New York City’s straight-ahead jazz musicians.  His saxophone style reflects the influence of two giants of the instrument, Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean.  


Paul Ghil is a leading bass player, known for his Jazz repertoire.    


Victor Seeyuen is a well known congo and percussionists. 


Killer Ray Appleton has a reputation for being a fearless drummer with impeccable taste and swing which made him very much in demand in New York’s jazz hierarchy. Appleton has played and recorded with the likes of John Coltrane and has toured with his own group.



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