BCPAC presents Chris Rich
Her performing career started, however, as a theatrical “triple-threat”: an actress, singer, and dancer in an endless stream of drama, opera, improvisational theater, and musicals: “I did ‘Oklahoma’ so many times I qualified for Farm Aid.” Those years of study and training led to becoming part of a resident company at The Walnut Street Theatre, The Trenton Civic Opera, Bucks County Playhouse, and productions at The Actors’ Playhouse in NYC.
All that acting experience turned out to be a perfect foundation for stand-up, leading a reviewer of her one-woman show to rave: “Chris Rich is unbelievably good. From the minute she took the stage she could do no wrong. Not just a stand-up, she’s a versatile cabaret performer who incorporates character sketches and improv into an act that’s a pure joy.”
Because of this professional discipline and ability to connect with and to “read” an audience, Chris has performed in countless clubs and theaters, from the “tough crowds” in intimate NYC clubs who like aggressive, no-holds-barred comedy to the beautiful stages in Las Vegas Casinos and the vast theaters on the biggest cruiseships. Since she prefers to work clean and has such a wealth of material, Chris has been welcomed to perform for such diverse entities as The Department of Defense and Amnesty International, National Political Party Fundraisers, iconic institutions like Princeton, Notre Dame, Villanova, and Cornell Universities, and the Military Academies at West Point and Valley Forge. She’s spent almost a decade working on several cruise ship lines, both American and European, from Alaska to Antarctica and all the warmer spots in between. She also teaches courses in Comedy, Professional Speech Improvement and Presentation, and most recently has branched off into being a staff writer and warm-up comic for live TV shows.
BCPAC Jazz Duo Monroe and Miceli
In addition to her contributions as a side-person, Monroe has been leading her own ensembles for more than 15 years. The Diane Monroe Quartet appeared on the Kennedy Center’s Women in Jazz Festival in 2012 and has performed at many other venues. She has developed a program for her sextet – “What Is This Thing Called Freedom” – that features vocalist Paul Jost and her longtime musical partner, vibraphonist Tony Miceli. She and Miceli released their debut recording, Alone Together (Dreambox Media), in August 2014. All About Jazz sums up the recording: “Monroe and Miceli are adept and resilient musicians of the highest caliber, so they are able to weave their combined sounds into many expressive variations that create "tone poems" and tell stories.”
Internally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli has been performing steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. In All About Jazz, Vic Schermer describes him as ... “a vibraphonist of astonishing virtuosity, musical resilience, and inventiveness. His vibes playing is nothing short of phenomenal.”
Tony Miceli is the consummate versatile musician who is involved in a number of musical projects and recordings. An artist who performs throughout the world, Tony has played in countless jazz festivals, percussion festivals, jazz clubs, colleges, and even prisons. He is a performer, educator and innovator, not just as a musician, but also as the creator of www.vibesworkshop.com, his vibraphone online school of music with over 3,000 members. Traveling around the world, he has recently performed in such countries as Spain, Ireland, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Belgium and Patagonia. Based in Philadelphia, he performs and leads vibraphone workshops throughout the USA including Colorado, North Dakota, Delaware, Idaho, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Tony plays with the highest caliber musicians. As a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, Diane Monroe, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna, and many others. He is the proud originator of The Jōst Project, a band of jazz artists who reach new generations for jazz by playing the music they recognize -- classic rock. He is also proud to play with the Irish musicians who bring back the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Playing vibe improvisations with singer Joanna Pascal, they performed in a concert called “Mozart Reloaded” at Philadelphia’s prestigious Kimmel Center, Joanna Pascal’s rendition of a Mozart opera aria. With crossover violinist, Diane Monroe, he is now working on a project using jazz, folk, and classical influences.
BCPAC Fall Fundraiser
Special guests Harry Allen tenor sax
Jon Erik Kellso trumpet
Bob Himmelberger piano
Don Moyer bass
Lew Leabman drums
November 23rd 7:30-9:30
Yardley's own vocalist Lynn Randall has performed at clubs and casinos all over the world. She has assembled an all star group for this concert.
Jon-Erik Kellso can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "The Good Shepherd," "Bessie" and "Mildred Pierce" with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. He can be seen and heard in "Revolutionary Road," and in the HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire," for which the Nighthawks won a Grammy.On Mondays and Tuesdays Jon plays with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks at Iguana on West 54th Street. Aside from these steadies, Jon can also be seen performing at all the great NYC venues, including Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, Small's, etc.
BCPAC 3 Jokers Comedy Variety Show
As a stand-up, Grover performs at comedy clubs and corporate venues throughout the nation.
He has served as sidekick and comedy writer for the morning program on Philadelphia's classic rock station 93.3 WMMR. Currently, Grover can be seen as the light feature reporter on GOOD DAY PHILADELPHIA, the morning program on WTXF Fox Philadelphia.
Jim Daly has the longest mustache of any working entertainer today. Jim's act is a very funny blend of comedy and magic. He has performed with Harry Anderson, Rosie O'Donell, Roy Clarke and BJ Thomas. Jim loves to have the audience participate. From conventions, tradeshows and coporate gatherings to nightclubs, resorts, cruise ships and TV, Jim will have your group in hysterics.
When you support BCPAC, you are building community through the arts.
BCPAC has presented 39 years of concert series throughout the community and in schools.
We are also building arts education, with after school programs, summer programs, and
assemblies ( including music, dance and theatre.). Your support helps us to continue
arranged a jazz concert to support Bucks County Performing Arts Center.
The concert was performed on Friday, November 23.
The jazz band included,
Don Moyer, bass and his lovely wife, Lynn Randall, vocalist,
Trumpet, Jon Erik Kelso
Tenor Sax, Harry Allen
Guitar, Jerry Topinka
Drums, Lew Leabman
Piano, Bob Himmelberger
The audience loved the concert, as it included standard songs that everyone loved.
The musicians were excellent.
There was a great sense of community as we listened,
talked at intermission and after the concert.
We are grateful to Don and Lynn and the band members for their performance, passion for music and the arts.
Don Moyer, owner of Proline Music, has been a long time supporter of BCPAC. We can always depend on him to lend equipment, help us to hire sound and tech personnel for concerts.
We are very grateful to Don and Lynn in their efforts to support the BCPAC organization.