What an amazing review from Don Wilcock for our "Spero Plays Nyro" show at the Caffe Lena
 
"Christine Spero blew away any elitest music critic prejudices I may have had about a singer/songwriter devoting an entire evening's performance to covers of another artist. Christine Spero took the works of one of her early mentors, Laura Nyro, and recreated them in her own image. And what an image it was. This woman has a lover's touch on piano, a jazz master's vocabulary and a vocal splender perfectly matched by a band that is nothing short of breathtaking."

Don Wilcock
Freelance Writer
Senior Editor - The Audiophile Voice Magazine
Contributing writer - The Saratogian, Troy Record and Nippertown
Contributing Writer - The American Blues Scene
Contributing Editor - The Blues Magazine (formerly Blues Revue Magazine)
The Blues Foundation's Keeping The Blues Alive in Print Journalism Award

We were blown away by the great audience on Friday, June 7th.  You all were so inspiring and your excitement lifted us up! 

Thank you Bob, for welcoming us. You are a swell stage manager.  The sound team was great and the staff was so easy to work with. Thanks for the respect and to all at Mountain Jam for inviting us. 

We thank our fans for the intimate atmosphere you created at our show last Friday.  Laura's music is so deep and must be  given the listening it deserves. You certainly showed us that you were ready for that. We are honored to play her music for such dedicated listeners. Thank you Bearsville Theater for letting us share this rare experience. 

I am blown away by the reception we are being given for our new show "Spero Plays Nyro"  We performed it at the Towne Crier in Pawling and had a passionate, receptive audience then headed down the following week to NYC where the crowd at The Cutting Room elevated me to unbelievable heights!

I'd like to share some of the comments that have been coming in and encourage you to catch this show as there is no music like Laura Nyro's.    

  Just got back from The Cutting Room where I had the distinct pleasure of listening to Christine Spero and her esteemed quartet perform an evening of "Spero Plays Nyro". I admit that I was late to the dance with my appreciation of Laura Nyro's legacy, but once I caught up (several years ago) I was totally hooked. And Christine delivered this "Sacred Repertoire" with considerable skill, grace and humility. The sets were all composed of the "Operative" Nyro selections that one might expect. The best part is that while they played true to the spirit of the work, they interpreted and stretched wonderfully. That can be a very tricky feat and they nailed it. So if you're a Laura Nyro fan, A) we should talk and B) you might want to check Christine Spero and her band out while they're still performing this. I'm sure glad that I did!   BTW, they also performed one of Christine's original comps, "Laura & John" that just slayed the room!   Bill Brady


I couldn't have said it any better. And to add to this Christine is a person of open heart. It was pleasure to meet her, what a beautiful woman she is. There is good reason why this project is successful!   
Bobby Chen  Drummer for Genya Ravan

 

Our shows of Laura Nyro's music have been more than I could have ever expected! I want to thank everyone who attended The Caffe Lena and The Turning Point. We all traveled back in time, happy to be in the realm of her beautiful sounds and words.

Can't wait to do it again at The Cutting Room in NYC on March 29th and hope to see many of you there as well as new friends.

Stay well and warm!

Love,

Christine

Christine Spero, jazz category winner of the USA Songwriting Competition, is first, last and always a songwriter. Since her start in the music business as a teenager with legendary producer Don Kirschner, she has honed the sound of piano, percussion and, periodically, saxophone into a rich Latin groove with pop rhythms. The Group, consisting of bassist Scott Petito, drummer Peter O'Brien and saxophonist/ percussionist Eliot Spero, displays all of the attributes of experienced accompaniment accomplished only by years of experience in the jazz trade.

"My Spanish Dream," Spero's latest recording, is a Latin/pop/world/fusion collection that is a comprehensive exploration of her style, highlighting her instrumental, vocal and lyrical talents to the nth degree. Flashes of Bebel Gilberto, Gloria Estefan and Eliane Elias appear in her vocals and she's a great scat singer, a dying art. But it is her piano / keyboard artistry that stands out. Christine can flat out play the ivories.

Ebony and ivory: SummerSounds jazz at it's finest.

We've had a wonderful summer playing in 4 states.  Meeting so many interesting people is definitely a highlight to performing in new places.  We want to thank all who made it possible (and comfortable!) for us to bring our music to so many.  The events could not have happened without so many dedicated volunteers.

 

I just thought I'd share this great article about the festival we will be playing this Saturday, the 11th of Feb. We are really looking forward to performing and meeting a lot of great people who like to have fun! Hope to see you there!  Christine

Long Island Winterfest: Jazz on the Vine 2012 Set To Launch With New Performers, Special Offers and Award Winning Wine

February 03, 2012 3:40 pm | 

li-winterfest-jazz-on-the-vine.JPGRiverhead, N.Y. - JAZZ ON THE VINE returns as the theme for the 2012 Long Island Winterfest. Now in its fifth consecutive year, this winter’s exciting program runs from February 11 to March 18 when you can visit the East End of Long Island to enjoy six great weekends of truly exceptional jazz performances in winery tasting rooms.

Make sure to visit http://www.liwinterfest.com/ to get the latest information on events and offers.

This year’s program includes over 70 performances at participating wineries. Admission at each concert ($15 per person) includes a glass of wine* and a chance to win a FREE hotel night on the East End with a gift basket of Long Island wines.

The Winterfest: Jazz on the Vine series features a full line up of top level performers, including many Grammy recipients and Grammy-nominated artists. Multiple musical performances are scheduled each day of the six weekends at different times so visitors can plan to visit multiple winery concerts each day.

“The East End of Long Island is a great place to hear world class music,” said Pat Snyder, Executive Director of East End Arts, “The talent scheduled for this year is amazing.”

Visitors to the Jazz on the Vine concerts can also combine their love of great jazz music with a mini getaway. Local vineyards, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cultural venues and attractions join with the outstanding jazz performances to create an array of special events and offers designed to lift the mid-winter doldrums. So grab some of your friends, your family, work mates or your significant other and come out and have some fun.

“Book a limo at a special Winterfest discounted rate; reserve a hotel room at a cozy east end inn; find special offers at restaurants, retailers and more,” said Kristen Matejka, director of marketing at the Long Island Convention & Visitors Burea. “Nearly 100 offers, special promotions, discounts, events and getaways will tempt visitors to make a weekend out of Long Island Winterfest.”

Last year over 6,000 tickets were sold to the Winterfest: Jazz on the Vine concerts, contributing toward the economic development of the region during what is traditionally the slowest time of the year. In addition to the performances, the program invites visitors to come out and explore, dine, shop and stay in Suffolk County.

Steve Bate, Executive Director of the Long Island Wine Council expects a much larger turn-out for this year’s Winterfest: “The 2012 schedule is even better than last year, with more musicians performing at more winery tasting rooms. There’s already a buzz about the program with musicians, wineries, local businesses and the many lovers of wine and jazz eager for the fun to begin.”

“Suffolk County is proud to support Jazz on the Vine, which is a great time and a great deal. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a night out, our East End wineries have so much to offer,” said Steven Bellone, Suffolk’s County Executive.

2012 Winterfest: Jazz on the Vine events are being organized by East End Arts, the Long Island Wine Council, the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, with support from Suffolk County, under the auspices of the Office of Film & Cultural Affairs, as well as assistance from East End Getaways, Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja and Peconic Public Broadcasting.

Conceived in 2006, the program is well on its way to becoming a regional and even national attraction.

For a full concert schedule and access to all festival promotions, visit http://www.liwinterfest.com/ and don’t forget to register to receive weekly information about the upcoming concerts.

Well,  it's been a busy summer with so much music and I am grateful for that.  Unfortunately it ended on a sad note with the tragedy of Hurricane Irene hitting our lovely mountaintop community causing so much devastation.

We have all pulled together to clean up and give each other moral support.  Our school just started again on September 26th.  It will take awhile but we will come back better than ever! The quartet will be playing tomorrow, Saturday, October 8th at Windham Mountain for Homecoming and the Autumn Affair. There will be all kinds of activities and vendors down on Main Street, Windham and we hope that it is hugely successful.

Tomorrow evening Elliot and I will entertain for the Windham Hurricane Benefit Dinner and Auction and we are glad to be a part of helping our community.

If you are interested in helping out please go to   http://www.windham1store.com/eStore/ and

 http://www.windhamrebuild.org

Thanks again to all of our friends and listeners.

Thanks everyone for making TAP a success at Hunter Mountain. We had a blast and you couldn't have been a better audience. Loved meeting you all and watching you DANCE!

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"Spero Plays Nyro" A celebration of the music of Laura Nyro. This new project has been bringing a lot of joy to Laura's and our fans. 

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