Backstage at The Cotton Club Review News~Real Publisher: Poets Jazz House ~ Volume One ~ Valentines Day ~ Feb. 14th, 2012
Tipping... Our Performers Work for Tips
Our entire performance tonight was mounted on the Love & Dedication of all 27 members of our Cotton Club Review.
Our Dress Code Is Strictly Enforced. The Attire: Vintage 1920-1950s
Please, Please, Please! Tip your Artists
If you or someone you know would like to Audition for the New Wave of Entertainment In Los Angeles Contact: IC2Productions@yahoo.com Or 818~714~4242
You can Rent a Smoking Jacket for the Evening. Please see our Coat-Check Girl You Must Provide your Drivers License and $10 For Custom~Made Designs
& Hand~Tailored Smoking Jackets Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org See: Coat-Check Girl * * *
Need Information? Our Cigarette Girls Provide Programs Mailing List Gifts & Information
Cotton Club Dancers
Opens Nightclub in Los Angeles…
Cocktails with the Artist Gift Bags, Shoe Shines Media Recognition Ad in Program Photos with Artist VIP Seating 1 Bottle of Liquor Table for 4 + Angel Sponsor Package
Men Must wear Tux or Suits. Ladies are Encouraged to Wear Gowns & Furs.
Ada “Bricktop” Smith
Angel Sponsor: $500
Silver Sponsor: $1000
Due to the Economy... We made our ticket prices so affordable for our audience We couldn't pay our Artists...
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As a Sponsor You Receive Special Membership Privileges...
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Our Artist donated their time tonight to provide you the most enjoyable entertaining experience and your tips are greatly appreciated.
Singers, Actors Cigarette Girls Coat-Check Girl Dancers, Poets Doorman Musicians Shoeshine Boy the Hot Chocolates
Gold Sponsor: $5000 Lunch with the Artist A Smoking Jacket 2 Bottles of Liquor Table for 4 + Angel Sponsor Package
The Hot Chocolates
Ada “Bricktop” Smith & the incomparable Ethel Waters transport you on a Musical Journey through Fashion, Poetry, Song, Comedy, Theatre & a Whole lot of Drama. The night wouldn’t be complete without the beautifully vivacious and sexy Cigarette Girls & the Cotton Club Dancers... the “Hot Chocolates” to help entertain your pleasure.
$15,000-$25,000 A Private Party with 10-20 Cotton Club Artist to Perform at your Estate His & Hers Smoking Jackets 2 Bottles of Liquor 2 Bottles of Champagne Signage on Stage Back Page on Program Table for 8 + Angel Sponsor Package
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Sponsorship & Memberships
Payable On-Line Contact: Tuesday Conner 818~714~4242 ~ ICtwo.org
Enjoy the tales of Legendary Greats, Reminisce on Big Bands songs as we help Edutain you on the Stars that forever shine bright Backstage at the Cotton Club Review.
Will melt your Heart as they Shimmy and Shake to the sounds of Fats Waller & Count Bassie’s Big Band Enjoy the Performances of... Etta James Billie Holiday Mable Mercer Ella Fitzgerald Dorothy Dandridge Sammy Davis, Jr. Langston Hughes and more... All our Performers tonight dedicated their time to the Cotton Club Review out of the love of their heart for their art and for the history of our culture. It takes Major finances to include a Big Band; Costumes; Techs and Rehearsals. Tonight is just a sample of what is to become the New Wave of Entertainment. Starting here in Los Angeles. We ask for your support and financial backing to help make this dream and re-creation of Our Story… Reality every week starting in July 2012.
Membership Info... Backstage at the Cotton Club Review is a Private Club for Members Only. If you would like to become a member please ask your Cigarette Girl or Coat-Check Clerk for an application. Backstage at the Cotton Club Review has a New Show with New Songs & new historical Performers scheduled every month from February thru June. In July 2012, we hope you join us at the Grand Opening of our weekly Supper Club for your entertainment pleasure.
Membership includes: •
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Advance Performance Notice. 4 - VIP Seats w/Reservation
Admission w/out RSVP VIP Reception for 4 Invitation to After Party Photos with the Cast Your Name in the Program 1 shoe shine per visit Free Coat Check for 4 The Performer of your choice will join your parties table for cocktails $100 Per Show $300 Monthly $1,500 Bi-Annually $2000 Annual Dues
Prices Subject to Change.
Executive Producer (Ada “Bricktop” Smith)
Executive Producer/Costumier (Ethel Waters)
...as an artist, my role is to inspire, empower, challenge, entertain and heal through the arts. Lynne is Founder andCEO of Publicity4you, a boutique created to promote as well as produce stage and film productions. Lynne is an Inner City Cultural Center Alumni, Vice President & Board Member of the L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival; a member of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company & Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center. Lynne is regular on The Unemployment of Danny London (www.dannylondon.com) www.LynneConner.com.
the Musical Director
Dancing since 1974...An encounter with famed tap dancer Fayard Nicholas changed his life. Eventually, Mr. Nicholas became his teacher and mentor. Mr. Whitmore has been jumping ever since. Lately, he has been traveling around the world on tour as dancer, teacher, choreographer, director and entertainer. He and his dance company, Black Ballet Jazz, have performed with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington, the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster and Miles Davis. Chester Whitmore's choreography can be seen in music videos by Weird Al Yankovic, Tina Marie, Boys 2 Men, and most recently, Sugar Ray. The NAACP Image Awards (1989-1994), Soul of American Music & Stellar Awards Gospel Music Awards show. Mr. Whitmore’s versatility in choreographing for diverse groups, such as the Nicholas Brothers with Savion Glover, M.C. Hammer, Lavert, Bebe and Cece Winans, Vickie Winans and dance tributes to Dick Clark and Prince.
...has been playing music since five years old. First the violin; then the piano; guitar and then her unique vocal style. She got her lead piano chops from the golden age of music; the 1020s, 30's and 40's and enjoys every new experience. She toured the world and just returned from a space station in the future to play for us tonight.
Mr. Whitmore stays active in projects reaching out to the youth through Los Angeles Cultural Affairs events as performer or as teacher for the Parks and Recreation Division, African Marketplace, and in schools and universities throughout the U.S.
Tuesday has been privileged to costume shows from Mozart Amadeus at the Lincoln Center in NY to Riff Markowitz’ Palm Springs Follies and the legendary Chaka Khan. Needing to fulfill Nikki’s dreams; her right-hand... Poet’s Jazz House opened; A Spoken Word & Music Lounge where spilling your heart is an art and searching your soul is mandatory to get in the door is Proud to Present to you a night at a Cotton Club Review an IC2 Production More Coming Soon! Ic2.org
Shag Hunter the Production Director
Shag works with the Dept. Of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles and has worked in Fine Arts, Theatre, Film and Stage Productions his entire adult life. His next goal in life is to publish an Entertainment & Fashion Magazine. He currently publishes "Crenshaw Blvd.", a monthly entertainment magazine highlighting a Centerfold Hottie, the Community and Local Events. Ask Shag to Place your Ad or Event. See: Shag on Facebook
The Cotton Club
...was a famous night club in Harlem, New York City that operated during Prohibition it included jazz music. While the club featured many of the greatest African American entertainers of the era, such as Fletcher Henderson, Adelaide Hall, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Lottie Gee, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday and Ethel Waters, it generally denied admission to blacks. During its heyday, it served as a chic meeting spot in the heart of Harlem, featuring regular "Celebrity Nights" on Sundays, at which celebrities such as Jimmy Durante, George Gershwin, Al Jolson, Mae West, Irving Berlin, Eddie Cantor, Moss Hart, New York mayor Jimmy Walker and other luminaries would appear. Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson opened the Club De Luxe at 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem in 1920. Owney Madden, a prominent bootlegger and gangster, took over the club in 1923 while imprisoned in Sing Sing and changed its name to the Cotton Club. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Original “Hot Chocolates”
..Thank you for attending tonight’s performance of the New Wave of Entertainment coming to nightlife in Los Angeles and then around the globe. .
The Cotton Club Review Dinner Theatre is but one performances scheduled at IC2. The specific and primary purpose of IC2 is to carry on the concept created by C. Bernard Jackson, Founder of Inner City whose concept was to develop, finance and operate an artistic and cultural center for the presentation and study of the performing and other arts in order to make available to the minority groups in the area the finest of the performing arts and to furnish to such groups an outlet and facility for the development of their talents and capabilities… Jack founded the Inner City Cultural Center in the wake of the Watts uprising of 1965 and saw it grow into a major cultural complex in his lifetime. It is our Mission to carry on Jacks Legacy It is our intention to bring old world glamour, culture, and a Performing Arts Institute for the community back to Los Angeles city.
IC2 Coming Soon! www.IC2.org
Wan Davez the Jeweler
A Note From The
Executive Producers: Tonight’s Show is Dedicated to our Aunt Lois & Uncle Harry Mason in Loving Memory of
Strung Out Jewel Art Specializing in Copper & Healing Gem Stones. Facebook: Wan Brown email@example.com 323~547~1556
Our GrandParents 1st GrandChild Renna Denise Mason-Simpson
A Special Thanks To... Jeff at Theatre/Theater Sunday's Best Make-Up
the Associate Producer
Ripp Photography the Cinematographer RippProds@gmail.com Ripp-Photography.com
Diva Foxx Media Group photosbyfoxx.com 818~760~9948
A beatnik tea house where there is Snapping instead of clapping Come touch, be touched, hear the answer, heed the call... Open Mic Every Thursday Night 8pm till 'round midnight...
Host by “tha SpinDoctor” Featuring “The Foundation Band” Produced by
Tuesday, Spencer Allen Breeze, Publicity4you & at VIBRATIONS 2435 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305
310-261-6463 ~ PoetsJazzHouse.com
She leaves behind her Mother & Father two Sisters, Karen & Vicki one Brother; King David a Husband two Beautiful Children Khara & Ryan & A host of Family & Friends Who will miss her All of their days.
See You at the Pearly Gates We Love You Cousin...
(Mable Mercer) & Herstorian
A Spoken Word & Music Lounge where spilling your heart is an art and searching your soul is mandatory to get in the door... & the cover charge is always free every thursdee.
the Production Assistant
Sunrise: November 11th, 1954 Sunset: On Grandmothers Birthday February 6th, 2012
the Coat-Check Girl
Just Somewhere to go in the midst of searching your soul.
Teri J. Benjamin
Poets Jazz House
...the Quintessential modern day Renaissance man, Poet, Lecturer & Author. Spencers Empowerment Writing Workshop; “Know Thy Self” has been taught throughout Schools, State Institutes and Libraries. Catch his next innovative lecture “The 13 Taboo’s of a Relationship” or Hosting “Poets Jazz House” a weekly Thursday Nite OpenMic Spoken Word and Music Lounge in Inglewood In Spencers own words: “Poetry is my way of life. Spoken word is what I do.”. CDs & Books on Sale: See your Cigarette Girl.
Ann Mack an accomplished vocalist, actress, story teller, portrait painter, poet and composer. The late, great Teddy Edwards took her under his wings and presented Ann in concert with him and his orchestra. When Ella Fitzgerald decided she wasn't going to sing in the concert, Teddy Edwards could have gotten any famous singer to sing in Ella's stead, but he chose the unknown Ann Mack. Find her in Leimert Park on Tuesday nights at the World Stage and around town...
La Femme Creole (Ella Fitzgerald)
...Spoken Word Artist, Writer and with a Brilliant mind. SmoothOne will captivate your heart & soul spilling the intensity of reality. Having grown up in the 70’s, 80’s, AND 90’s in the streets of South Central and survived the gang banging and drug dealing era has given his poetry that multi faceted, well rounded appeal. From tear jerking, heartfelt poems of personal loss to those that curl the toes of female fans in venues across the country. His 1st CD will be released Mothers Day, 2012. Look for it...
Kate Purnell (Zora Neal Hurston)
Mark Valinsky ValinskyMediaGroup.com 310-383-7898
Chris King ChrisKingPhoto.com 818~261~2926
Shiloh King Strong Foto Shilohstrong.com 310-497-1221
Paris Nicole Conner Baton Rogue Correspondent
the Atlanta Correspondent &
The Sidney Collection Leisure Wear for the
Man of Stature & Women with Real~Figures See: USTrendy.com
Known as a Healer in the field of massage therapy. Denise began her career in the arts establishing her first dance company at the age of eight., received her B.A., an MFA and a M. Ed at National University. Her Musical credits include two CDs which accompany her books, “FULL CIRCLE” and “I Gotta Story To Tell”. Catch her series:The ORACLE Presents Ten Pages of Nothing But The Truth Life Inspirations to guide the heart & spirit of “Common Sense”. www.TheOracleSpeaks.info
AmberMarie Irving “La Femme Créole” is an artist – poet, spoken word performer, public speaker, dancer, actor, singer, and painter. Her loves are those things that tantalize the mind, body, soul, and senses. A loving, devoted mother to two beautiful and gifted children, 9-yearold Ava Marie and 1-year-old Tré, and engaged to the talented rapper/producer, Nom; AmberMarie is working on releasing her first book/album in the Fall of 2012.
...her passion for performing began
in her high school years as a member of the Performing Arts Academy. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree at UC Santa Barbara; Became a teacher for the After School Theatre Arts Program and now Kate sits on the Ex Board of the L.A. Womens Theatre Festival. Enjoy the writings of Kates original work and performance as the famed & controversial Zora Neal Hurston.
The City of Los Angeles
R. SKY Palkowitz
(Sammy Davis, Jr.)
the Cigarette Girl
Chester Whitmore February 17th, 2012 at 2pm
From...„Jesus Christ Super Star‟, „Godspell‟, „The Wiz‟ to „Hello Dolly‟ and many others; Throughout William‟s life he has produced, directed, written and performed with many choruses, bands and as a solo artist. Mr. Williams was introduced as Sammy due to his likeness and qualities. Williams then realized that he and Sammy Davis Jr. had some of the same spirit, passion, enthusiasm and love of the entertainment industry. Mr. Williams is currently producing the Cotton Club show with Chester Whitmore who knew Sammy Davis Jr. personally.
the Lighting Director
Chance Antony Smith
Celebrate A Tribute to Chester Whitmore the Living Legendary Master Dancer & Choreographer in
The History of African American Dance at Hoover Recreational Center
1010 W. 25th St., L.A. 90007 Levi Kingston RSVP 213-748-3700
Professional Hairstylist for 10 years, Kitty believes giving and taking direction is a important quality to develop and balance when doing someone's hair. She believes everyone has the ability to learn common skills to attain a pleasant appearance they have in mind; with confidence, passion, curiosity and her help it can be achieved. Learn to create hairstyles by Kitty (Location to be Announced)
Yawo Watts (Nat King Cole)
...the Delusional Diva, is an international Avant - Garde Multimedia Performance Artist and internet Superstar from NY! Sky performs comedy, characters and music across the country. She stars in the internet web series “A Palkowitz Now!”. Her next big trans - media tour-de-force... “Calling America, Don't Hang Up! You can find SKY on YouTube & DelusionalDiva.com
Keg Johnson the Historian
We are honored to have Stewart join us tonight. Stewart has written, directed and produced several of his own short films and has taken the time to support old friends. Stewart has always loved being behind the scenes since he was a kid. He designs and builds sets, exquisite lighting and sound designs as well as the duties of a stage manager. Find Stewart on Facebook To the cast from Stewart... All the Best
London Mitchell Shoe Shine & Paper Boy
Laetitia makes her stage debut tonight here at the Cotton Club. A Beautiful Smile & Heart to Match. Watch her grow.
Nom Elkins (Louis “Satchmo”Armstrong)
De Veaix the Set Dresser
the Door Man
Compared to legendary Marvin Gaye and he croons in the likes of Nat King Cole. Yawo, a Legendary Leimert Park Poet and the last of his kind...a genuine Beat Box Artist & Proud father of two is a Community Activist who works with “At Risk Youth”. Next month catch Yawo After-Dark as he Host “Oralgasm!” an Erotic Poetry Showcase Cumin in March YawoWattts@yahoo.com
A Rock / Country /Pop Artist & Sonwriter for E!, VH1 & MTV. Chikks songs are featured on the Bad Girls Club. In the Glamour world of Hollywood, Chikk stopped in this evening to honor us and pay homage to the Late Great Etta James. Twitter.com/just_chikk
De Veaix creates live stage shows on the cutting edge; mixing all forms of the arts. She blows breath into concepts and brings them to life. Including The Healing Zone...Created to soothe the soul. A space to experience the difference between ordinary life & living. A journey to healing with a Moroccan flair allowing you to relax in the aroma of Lavender. The Mediation Space takes you on a voyage into the depth of your mind releasing all stress and anxiety. See De Veaix tonight For the next Schedule of Healing Zone Workshops. For Both: Women Only & Men Only
“Google me man”, ask Keg Johnson to share his vast experience as a Producer, Arranger and Writer. His „pages‟ number in the hundreds. Keg Johnson in a nutshell… son of trombone player Frederick “Keg” Sr. & nephew of saxophone artist Albert “Budd” Johnson, Sr. As a child and young adult he grew up around Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie...he‟s produced or written for: Deniece Williams, The Sylvers, Bobby Womack, Blind Boys of Alabama, The Osmonds, Lou Rawls, Vesta Williams, Evelyn „Champaign‟ King, Gerald Levert, The Brothers Johnson, Gloria Lynn and The Spinners to name a few plus his Nephew, Mobb Deep.
Nom is a Los Angeles native by way of Chicago, IL. He is a multi-talented rapper/producer, songwriter, actor, graphic designer, photographer and VP of the independent Cali'R Music Group record label. He is very spiritual and intrigued by metaphysics, as well as being a father of 5 and engaged to the talented poet extraordinaire, AmberMarie~La Femme Créole. Nom is in process of publishing a hip hop magazine, Fiyah and going on tour with independent rap artist, HiPost. thee_phenomenon_20 firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on May 5, 2013
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