Press Release

** A UNIQUE BENEFIT FOR THE CENTER FOR LITERACY **

A TRIBUTE TO TONY BENNETT IN WORDS & MUSIC …
A Literary Music Event

Featuring
Popular Performer Eddie Bruce
And Bennett Biographer David Evanier

Monday, April 9, 2012 at Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Philadelphia, PA (February 9, 2012) – The Center for Literacy, in association with the Philadelphia Theatre Company, presents a gala literary musical fund-raiser: A Tribute to Tony Bennett in Words & Music. This original production combines beloved songs from Bennett’s rich repertoire with stories and slides from his amazing life as a singer, painter and philanthropist. It showcases the vocal talent of the show’s creator, popular Philadelphia performer Eddie Bruce, who is known as one of the premiere interpreters of Bennett’s music. Bruce, backed by the incomparable Tom Adams Trio, shares the stage with author David Evanier, who provides entertaining anecdotes from his recent Bennett biography, All the Things You Are. The program benefits the work of Philadelphia’s Center for Literacy, the nation’s largest literacy provider.

The one-night only performance will be held Monday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street on Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. General admission is $50; patron tickets are $150 and include a dessert reception and personally signed copies of both Evanier’s book, the highly acclaimed All the Things You are: The Life of Tony Bennett (Wiley Press: 2011) and Bruce’s CD “Bruce on Bennett: A Loving Tribute to an American Music Treasure.” The book and CD will also be available for sale that night. Presenting sponsor of the gala is Firstrust Bank. Honorary co-chairs are Philadelphia Mayor, the Honorable Michael and Mrs. Lisa Nutter. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.centerforliteracy.org or call 215-474-1235 #231.

Sharing their deep respect for Tony Bennett, the musical statesman of the Great American Songbook, both Bruce and Evanier will delight the audience with little known stories of Bennett’s life – whether tracing his deep support of the civil rights movement, his illustrious career as a painter or his dedication to arts education with the establishment of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Bennett founded with his wife Susan.

Eddie Bruce, performer, bandleader and media personality, is delighted to present this program with Evanier, whose book on Bennett is getting raves nationwide and selling very well in the United Kingdom. Bruce performs jazz standards throughout the country and after performing at Feinstein’s, the celebrated nightclub of New York, Michael Feinstein said of Bruce, “His voice is wonderful and his stage presence is just as good.” Bruce acknowledges that his career has personally been inspired by Bennett’s “musical integrity, wonderful musicianship, masterful phrasing and total commitment to the preservation of a particular genre of music.”

All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett follows Bennett’s path from his immigrant family’s journey from Italy to America. The book recounts Bennett’s impoverished yet happy childhood in Depression-era Astoria, Queens, and describes his fighting in World War II and helping to liberate a Nazi concentration camp. Discovered by Pearl Bailey and Bob Hope, Bennett marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama, and has been deeply devoted to the civil rights movement throughout his life.

David Evanier is the author of eight nonfiction and fiction books. He was formerly senior editor of The Paris Review and his work has appeared in Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of the Aga Khan Fiction Prize and the McGinnis-Ritchie Short Fiction Award. Evanier has written for the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Nation, and many other publications. His Bennett book has gotten outstanding reviews including this one in the New York Times
… “A raw, quintessential New York story…an unvarnished biography in charming detail.”

JoAnn Weinberger, President and Executive Director of Center for Literacy, immediately embraced the idea of this one of a kind event for CFL’s annual fundraiser. “I know that this is not the typical fundraising event for a non-profit organization,” she said recently, “but, it’s a program that will be enjoyed by everyone and the literary focus combined with the music, makes it appropriate for CFL as well as exciting for its refreshing approach to entertainment.”

The Center for Literacy offers a variety of programs for adults in need of basic skills (such as reading, writing, Math) along with GED preparation, workforce preparation, English as a second language (ESL) and transition to post-secondary services. In 2011, CFL served nearly 3,000 learners without charging a fee to any of them in classes at its new headquarters at 399 Market Street in Old City and nearly 50 locations in schools, public libraries and community sites through-out Philadelphia. Money raised from this event will support CFL’s programs which are dedicated to the belief that literacy changes lives. Visit centerforliteracy.org for more information.

EDDIE BRUCE & FRIENDS

June Talent Joining Eddie Bruce at SugarHouse Casino

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT

Four Shows – 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 p.m.June 1 – Greg Martiello; June 8 – Karen Gross; June 15 – Andrew Neu; June 22– Jeannie Brooks; June 29 – Shayne Frederick
Philadelphia, PA, (May 22, 2012) – Summer has just begun and what better way is there to end a sunny but hot work week than by listening to beautiful music by the river at SugarHouse Casino with Eddie Bruce & Friends. This June, Eddie Bruce and the Tom Adams Trio will be joined by these “friends” …. Greg Martiello on June 1st, Karen Gross on June 8th, Andrew Neu on June 15th, Jeannie Brooks on June 22nd, and Shayne Frederick on June 29th. There are four shows each Friday night at 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. In the last show at 10 p.m., guest performers in the audience are invited to sit in with the band. There is no cover and no minimum. All guests must be at least 21 to enter the casino.

Here are more details about each of Eddie’s “friends” in June:

June 1 – Greg Martiello: Greg Martiello is a jack of all trades entertaining crowds with singing impersonations and comedic impressions, as well as singing in his own personal style. His vocal impressions have included Lou Rawls, Louis Armstrong, Barry White, Louis Prima, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Rodney Dangerfield. After a performance, one critic has said, “You’ve heard of the man of a thousand faces, now meet Greg Martiello the man of many voices.”

June 8 – Karen Gross: Karen Gross is a cabaret singer, songwriter and comedienne. Based in Philadelphia, Gross has performed at premier venues including Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts and World Café Live in Philadelphia. Her talented voice and comedic expressions have been recognized by well-known professionals such as comedian Robert Klein and songwriter Lisa Loeb. Her hit comedic cabaret show “Sex & the Single Singer” has been featured on Philadelphia’s NBC and ABC television stations as well as in local publications.

June 15 – Andrew Neu: Andrew Neu seeks to create something “neu” by blending jazz, R&B, classical and Latin music. Neu has created a name for himself in the music business with his contemporary music style. As well as touring on his own, Neu has shared the stage with well known artists such as Sir Elton John, Patti Labelle, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Temptations. Neu is most well known in the business for his skillfull work as a saxophonist, woodwind player, arranger, recording artist, and composer.

June 22 – Jeannie Brooks: Jeannie Brooks has been performing her recognizable mix of rhythm and blues in Philadelphia, New York, and Europe since 1982. In 1993 she was voted People’s Choice Awards for best Jazz Vocalist in the Philadelphia area and Atlantic City. Brooks has been performing at the Cape May Jazz Festival since 1994 and is now referred to as a featured performer at this prestigious event.

June 29 – Shayne Frederick: Shayne Frederick is a pianist, vocalist, and poet. Growing up in a musical family, Frederick attended Dartmouth College studying music while developing his voice. Shayne has performed at many bars, clubs, and stages throughout the region in the last decade as well as participating in Philadelphia’s Jazz jam sessions.

Eddie Bruce, Philadelphia’s own popular singer and bandleader, has received rave reviews nationally for his cabaret and concert performances. Performing frequently at the famous New York Night Club “Feinstein’s” at the Loews Regency Hotel, Michael Feinstein praised Eddie’s performance saying he …, “has a great voice and wonderful stage presence.” Eddie performs jazz standards that include the songs made famous by Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, and many others, as well as music written by some of America’s greatest composers.

A Philadelphia native, recognized as the “Philadelphia Singer”, Eddie grew up in South Philly, was raised in Northeast Philly, and is now a resident in Northern Liberties. A dear friend of the legendary Harry Kalas, Eddie sang “High Hopes” at his memorial service at Citizen Bank Park.

SugarHouse Casino opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino. SugarHouse has been named one of 2011’s “Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and one of 2012’s “Top Workplaces” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. SugarHouse Casino features 1,602 slots, 53 table games, unique dining options, riverfront views, and free on-site parking. For more information on SugarHouse Casino, visit www.sugarhousecasino.com.
For more information on Eddie Bruce, visit www.eddiebruce.com.


LOVE IS IN THE AIR THIS VALENTINE’S DAY AT TOP OF THE TOWER


Dinner, Dancing, Dessert and the Great Music of
EDDIE BRUCE
In The Art of Romance

Philadelphia, PA (January 15, 2012) — Valentine’s Day will be celebrated sky high — 50 floor ups — with the most romantic evening in Philadelphia, at the premier catering venue, Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch Street. It’s the perfect night of entertainment with dinner and a show, followed by dancing and dessert. Philadelphia’s well-known performer, Eddie Bruce, will present “The Art of Romance,” featuring favorite love songs and including some of Tony Bennett’s most romantic hits. Bruce performing with the Tom Adams Trio, frequently appears at Feinstein’s, the Night Club of New York, and recently, Michael Feinstein raved about him saying … “Eddie has a wonderful voice and a stage presence to match.”

During these Valentine festivities, love will surely be in the air, as this all takes place practically in the clouds with heart-stopping views of the city, 50 stories high. A delicious menu is planned featuring sumptuous food stations of such savory dishes as Prime Steak Diane with Cognac sauce and Lobster Newburg followed by a decadent dessert station with chocolate strawberries, crème de menthe brownies and much more. A full cash bar will be available with no drink over $10. Dancing with a dance band will follow the cabaret. Tickets are $90 per person, tax and gratuity inclusive. Parking is available under the building.

The popular Eddie Bruce has been performing all his life. From being one of the region’s top bandleaders to being seen in the media and performing in clubs throughout the United States, this Philadelphia native likes nothing more than entertaining an audience. The original host of Channel 17’s “Dancin’ on Air,” Eddie has been seen frequently on television hosting their reunion shows. He was proud to be host on New Year’s Eve and to ride in the Mummers Day parade the next day as a special guest of the parade sponsor SugarHouse Casino, where he performs every Friday night. Dedicated to supporting the Philadelphia community, each year he produces the Eddie Bruce Kids with Heart Talent Show for Variety – the Children’s Charity, where children with disabilities have the rare opportunity of performing on the stage of the Prince Music Theater, being a star and showing off their wonderful talent.

Love is in the Air takes place at Top of the Tower, located on 50th and 51st floors of the Three Logan Square located at 1717 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19103. The venue offers four unique spaces with panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline.

For tickets and information, visit www.topofthetower.com or call 215-567-8787.

Management/Press contact: Sharla Feldscher Public Relations, 215-627-0801 #101, sharla@sf-pr.com.

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