3RD ANNUAL SET
44 W 18th St, NYC
+ Very special guests
BENEFiT FOR JAZZ HOUSE KiDS® RALPH PUCCI 3RD ANNUAL JAZZ SET 1
3RD ANNUAL SET
+ + NEAL LAZAR OF MANHATTAN
NERISSA RADELL & RUSSELL GIOIELLA
6:00pm Cocktails + Bites, Showroom Tour
musical entertainment provided by
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS® Emerging Musicians Ensemble
7:30 pm Introductions
Concert + Conversation
LAURIE ANDERSON + RUBIN KODHELI
8:30pm Exclusive Champagne Reception
and Guest Artist Meet + Greet
musical entertainment provided by
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS® Alumni Trio
The talented Emerging Musicians The talented JAZZ HOUSE KiDS®
Ensemble: Alumni Trio:
Ben Chadda - Trumpet Caelan Cardello - Piano
Jalin Shiver - Alto Sax Patrick Gannon - Alto Sax
Destiny Diggs-Pinto - Bass Griffin Fink - Bass
Stephen Park - Guitar of the proceeds to benefit JAZZ HOUSE KiDS®
Adam Wacks - Guitar
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A MESSAGE FROM OUR
PRESIDENT + FOUNDER
I am so excited to welcome you to RALPH PUCCI’s Third Annual Jazz Set
benefitting JAZZ HOUSE KiDS.
Tonight, we gather at the intersection of creativity and innovation—
two concepts that are as essential in design as they are in jazz. We’re
thrilled to be joined by the creative pioneer, musician, and artist Laurie
Anderson in conversation with award-winning jazz bassist Christian
McBride. They’ll share the inspiration behind their groundbreaking work
and discuss what excites and delights them. As a special treat, they’ll be
joined by a distinguished guest, cellist Rubin Kodheli.
I am bursting with pride because the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Emerging
Musicians Ensemble and JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Alumni Trio are taking the
stage tonight. We’ve also planned a special preview of CHiCA Power,
our year-round initiative that encourages young women to explore jazz
through mentoring and peer-to-peer engagement. These talented young
people are paving the way to a bright future with their hard work and ded-
ication—admirable traits echoed in the storied history of RALPH PUCCI.
As always, we are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported our
mission in showcasing emerging talent, a key part of our collaborative
partnership. A big thank-you also goes out to our generous event spon-
sors: Neal Lazar of Manhattan Mechanical Contractors, Nerissa Radell &
Russell Gioiella, and Dedar Milano.
Last but not least, thank you for being part of the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS
family. Together, we’re transforming young lives and leveling the playing
field so that all students have access to a great arts education.
ABOUT OUR HOST:
RALPH PUCCI International
RALPH PUCCI International is heralded across the globe as a luxury furniture,
lighting and mannequin company. What began as a family business in the 1950s
fabricating mannequins has grown to an NYC gallery and showroom regarded
as one of the best in the world, now with outposts in Miami and Los Angeles.
Widely regarded for his innovative cutting edge style, RALPH PUCCI is the foremost
collaborator of design and art.
The backdrop for tonight’s Third Annual Jazz Set is the incomparable
RALPH PUCCI New York gallery, a 30,000 square foot setting filled with
limited-edition designs, from furniture to lighting to art.
JOHN KOGA is a Honolulu based artist, known for his abstract and modernist
sculptures. His first furniture and lighting collection for RALPH PUCCI provides
the ambiance for tonight’s event.
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS thanks RALPH PUCCI for its generosity in hosting this unique
creative encounter of jazz and art!
CHRISTIAN McBRIDE is a six-time, GRAMMY
Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, jazz
educator and arts administrator. With more than
350 recordings to his name, he has been one of
the most important and omnipresent figures in the
jazz world for more than 25 years.
McBride is Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz
Festival. He hosts and produces “The Lowdown:
Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM radio
and NPR’s “Jazz Night in America, ” a weekly radio
show and multimedia collaboration between WBGO,
NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center that showcases outstanding live
jazz from across the country. In 2016, he was awarded a GRAMMY for “Best Improvised
Jazz Solo” and became the only bassist to ever win in this category. In 2018, he won his
sixth GRAMMY Award, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, for Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue),
his second recording with The Christian McBride Big Band.
McBride consistently combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communi-
cate his enthusiasm to an audience—a warm showmanship that transforms his own pas-
sion into infectious joy. It comes across whether he’s leading his own bands; sharing the
stage with jazz legends like Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny;
accompanying pop giants like Sting and The Roots; or collaborating with classical masters
like Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer and the Shanghai Quartet.
His latest album, Christian McBride’s New Jawn was released in October of 2018 and pays
homage to his hometown of Philadelphia.
He is also the beloved Artistic Chair of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS.
RUBIN KODHELI is a celebrated, versatile, genre transcending
creative rebel. The inspirational tapestry of his work is inten-
tionally woven from blended threads of rock, jazz and classical
influences, a stylistic trademark that has afforded Kodheli a
career rich in its diversity of output. From his compositions
appearing in feature films such as “Precious” (2009), to his
original symphonic rock compositions—Kodheli’s eclectic work
amounts to an intriguing sonic collage able to enrapture and captivate audiences. As a
performer he has collaborated with premier improviser composers of our time, including
Dave Douglass, Henry Threadgill, Meredith Monk and Tom Harrell.
Recently Mr. Kodheli has been performing “Letters to Jack,” created by legendary writer,
composer and filmmaker Laurie Anderson, who is also a guest at this year’s event.
LAURIE ANDERSON is one of Amer-
ica’s most revered creative pioneers
working today, best known for her
multimedia presentations and
innovative use of technology. As
prolific as she is inventive, An-
derson is a writer, director, visual
artist and vocalist who has creat-
ed groundbreaking works that
span the worlds of art, theater,
and experimental music.
Her recording career, launched by
“O Superman” in 1981, includes
the soundtrack to her feature films
“Home of the Brave” and “Life on
a String” (2001). Anderson’s live
shows range from simple spoken word
to elaborate multimedia stage performanc-
es. She has published seven books and her visual work has been presented in
major museums around the world.
Appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA in 2001, in 2007 Anderson
received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding con-
tribution to the arts. In 2011, she received the Pratt Institute’s Honorary Legends
Award, and in 2016 she was the recipient of Yoko Ono’s Courage Award for the
In 2017, Mass MoCA’s Building 6 began a 15-year rotating exhibition of work
from Anderson’s archive as well as a platform to present new works. Anderson
continues to tour her evolving performance “Language of the Future.” In 2018,
“Landfall,” a collaboration between Anderson and Kronos Quartet, was released
through Nonesuch Records. Commissioned by Kronos Quartet in 2013, the work
was inspired by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. The project was re-
cently nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award in the Best Chamber Music/Small
Anderson has recently collaborated with Christian McBride and Philip Glass on
several projects. A resident of New York City, she continues to work with the
activist group “The Federation” which she co-founded in 2017.
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Manhattan Mechanical Contractors has been a dedicated sponsor of
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS® for over a decade, continuing that tradition we are proud to
support the 3rd Annual RALPHPUCCI Jazz Set.
Industry leading stanIdnadrudsstarnydlteruastdeidnsgervice since 1986
“We are pleased to support
the important work of
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS.
—Russell Gioiella & Nerissa Radell
iN THE SCHOOLS,
@ THE JAZZ HOUSE,
iN THE COMMUNITY
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has been nominated for a
2019 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Award
in TWO categories!
JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop is in the running for Favorite Performing Arts
Camp. And the landmark MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, a 2018
People’s Choice award-winner, is once again nominated
for Favorite Music Festival.
If you haven’t already, please vote RIGHT NOW!
Go to jerseyarts.com/VOTE, or scan the code below
and cast your ballot for BOTH categories
(Favorite Performing Arts Camp and Favorite Music Festival)
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We thank JAZZ HOUSE KiDS artistic chair, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE and his
very special guests, LAURIE ANDERSON + RUBIN KODHELI for their
brilliance, dedication and artistry.
+ + NEAL LAZAR OF MANHATTAN
+ NERISSA RADELL & RUSSELL GIOIELLA
RALPH PUCCI TEAM CATERER BOARD EMERITUS
Stephen Allen Union Square Events Ondine Landa Abramson
Drew Johnson PHOTOGRAPHY Roberta Baldwin
Geordy Maish Richard Conde Sara Bonesteel
Michael Pucci Antoine Bootz Mary Curtin Creaser
Ralph Pucci Howl at the Moon Jason DeSalvo
Laura Rivera Creative, videography Bruce Heckman, M.D.
Zoe Schreibl JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Iris Lee
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS BOARD OF Doug Moody
TEAM DIRECTORS Roseann Shaiman
Dennis Argul Terry Woodard, Chair ADVISORY BOARD
Abby Aska Melissa Walker, Rose Cali
Danie Brongo Andrew Ellis
Tim Byrnes President + Founder Holly English
Ted Chubb Hilary Lane Apicella, Chris Gifford
Autumn Davidson Vice Chair James Johnson
Andrea Ferguson Susan Korones Gifford, Margarethe Laurenzi
Chris Hornstein Secretary Lee Mergner
Anne Kneuer Christian McBride, S. Epatha Merkerson
Sam Kudman Artistic Chair Ruthie Perretti
Callie Morton James Bolin John Werner
Allison Russo Swapan Chaddha Wayne Winborne
Candice Reyes Richard Franchella THANK YOU FOR
Chelsey Sanjuan Neal Lazar JOiNiNG US!
Khalilah Sharif Charles Sample It is only with the special
Milton Suggs Fred Smagorinsky generosity of PEOPLE
Jennifer Verdonck LIKE YOU that we will ful-
Melissa Walker JAZZ LUMINARIES fill our promise to use jazz
Samantha Way-Lory Monty Alexander as an effective + exciting
Amanda Zook Chris Botti teaching tool to cultivate
DESIGN + PRODUCTION Dee Dee Bridgewater tomorrow’s COMMUNI-
Global Entertainment Chick Corea TY LEADERS + GLOBAL
Services Sheila E. CITIZENS.
Corinne Dodenhoff, Angelique Kidjo
graphic design Christian McBride
Melanie Nanez, graphic Pat Metheny
design Maceo Parker
Stuyvesant Press Dianne Reeves
Inc,printing David Sanborn
JOHN KOGA AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH RALPH PUCCI INTERNATIONAL
NEW YORK MIAMI LOS ANGELES