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53 Above, NYC

  • 53 Above 318 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019 USA (map)

318 West 53rd Street (8th & 9th Aves)

V is for Victory Disc: Doing it for Defense

with Frank Ponzio, piano

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During the war, the US Army waded into a musicians' strike to produce morale-boosting records for the troops. Ultimately, the great acts of the day  Hoagy, Louie, Glenn, Dinah, Peggy, Frank, Jo, Ella, Tommy, Martha, Betty, everybody who was anybody  laid down tracks for the Army. In all, the government recorded, pressed and shipped 8,000,000 records to soldiers scattered all over three continents. It's a great story, and the soundtrack to this story features many of the standards we know and love today, along with a selection of rarities which, thanks to the smuggling efforts of our soldiers and the preservation efforts of the Library of Congress, have not been lost to time.

Earlier Event: March 30
Tomi Jazz NYC
Later Event: April 24
53 Above, NYC