Mister D: I remember on the Today Show (I think), Bette was talking to Katie Couric about Laura Nyro. Bette said if she had to do another songbook she would like to do a tribute to Laura Nyro. So this might be of interest to some of you who live in the New York area.
An Event of Note: Laura Nyro Memorial Concert
On April 28th there is to be a beautiful evening of Laura’s songs in Ithaca, New York commemorating the 10th anniversary of Laura’s passing.
Hosted and organized by her brother, Jan Nigro, you are invited to join him for a celebration of Laura’s extraordinary music. Jan has enlisted the talent of a number of singers/musicians to perform nearly 30 legendary songs written by Laura that span the four decades of her working life.
Jan Nigro worked with his sister playing guitar on “Smile” and “Mother’s Spiritual” in addition to composing for National Geographic and Disney. He is the co-founder/songwriter and performer with the award winning group, Vitamin L and is currently composer-in-residence for the Hangar Theatre’s “Project Four”.
Margaret Dorn has performed with more artists of fame than can be reported in full, however among them are: Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Lionel Ritchie, Donald Fagan, Michael Bolton, Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross and the Chieftains. In short, a lot of heavies.
Diane Garisto toured extensively for many years with Laura as one of her cherished “Harmonies”, as Laura named her back-up singers. Additionally, Diane sang on Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” and Paul Simon’s “Graceland”. She toured with Steely Dan and recorded with Laurie Anderson, George Benson, Donald Fagan, Carly Simon to name a few notables.
Margaret Wakeley has worked throughout the United States and Europe. She made her NYC debut at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre with “An Evening of Perfect Relationships”¦and Other Romantic Fantasies” which drew such praise that the club extended her debut. She is an award winning songwriter and recording artist.
Molly MacMillan is a well known musician residing in Ithaca. She has been a featured pianist at many jazz festivals including Ottowa, Montreal, Buffalo and the Thousand Islands, and Corning’s Crystal City. Molly plays a beautiful piano with her tasteful comping and her melodic solos.
Where: Ithaca, N.Y. at the Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium – 1401 N. Cayuga St.
When: April 28th 8 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 at the door.