A Beautiful Celebration of Jazz
Grammy-winning lyricist and cabaret favorite Julie Eigenberg, also known as Julie E., takes the stage at Club Bonafide with award-winning Bassist Alex Blake for an afternoon of cool jazz.Together With Pianist YOICHI UZEKI they’ll bring you Eigenberg’s soulful interpretations of jazz classics plus some lively original jams. Relax, kick back and enjoy The Show as you take in this sure-to-be swinging show.
Julie Eigenberg, began her singing career in NYC, performing with such greats as George Duvivier, Eumir Deodato, David Spinozza, Vicki Sue Robinson, Moogy Klingman, the Brecker Bros., Leon Pendarvis , Anthony Jackson, Will Lee, and Lew Soloff to name just a few.
Julie co-wrote the song, “Why Not!” with Michel Camilo, and the Manhattan Transfer won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal of a Group with their Atlantic Records recording of “Why Not”. Alex Blake played on that recording.
At that time in NYC, Julie was forging her career in the jingle and advertising world, and had the great good fortune to stand next to and sing with Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, Barry Manilow, Paul Williams as well as some of the greatest studio singers and musicians in the world.
Alex Blake’s has a revolutionary playing style and technique second to none. His innovative combination of strumming, rapid lyrical notations and percussive slaps on the Accoustic Bass are on a level par excellence and distinctly Alex Blake. His Electric Bass Solo on the Beatles classic “With A Little Help From My Friends” exemplifies Alex’s mastery of that instrument while giving the listener shades of Jimi Hendrix. His compositional skills reveal a composer with a unique
third eye for melodic originality.
Originally from Panama, Alex Blake became a trumpet player as a young boy before switching to the bass at the encouragement of his father. Beginning with the Ampeg “baby bass,” Alex became immersed in the Latin styles of music, playing salsa, bossa nova and other forms, while developing his signature technique of playing the bass.
A NATIVE OF TOKYO, A PIANIST, COMPOSER AND ARRANGER, YOICHI UZEKI HAS RECEIVED HIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY IN PHILADELPHIA, PA AND HIS MASTER’S DEGREE AND THE SIR ROLAND HANNA AWARD FROM QUEENS COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK. YOICHI PLAYED THE PIANO ON A HISTORICAL RECORDING SESSION WITH JAMAALADEEN TACUMA AND ORNETTE COLEMAN IN 2010. THIS “FOR THE LOVE OF ORNETTE” CD IS AVAILABLE WORLD-WIDE.
Currently, Yoichi has several own projects from trio to big band in the United States and Japan, and he is a music faculty at York College, City University of New York. He has been a sideman for a number of undergoing projects by Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Oliver Lake, Jeff King, Webb Thomas, Carl Bartlett Jr., Hot Crescents (Co-led by Satoru Ohashi), Battle Jazz Big Band of Japan and so on. His music and charts have performed by many bands throughout the world. He has performed with Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Ornette Coleman, Oliver Lake (they are already mentioned above), Pharoah Sanders, Terell Stafford, James Spaulding, Tim Warfield jr., Craig Harris, Vanessa Rubin, Carla Cook, Bobby Porcelli, Cecil Bridgewater, Frank Lacy, Najee, Chanda Rule, Wolfgang Puschnig and many more.