The 2012 Bistro Committee in New York City has announced this year's award winners! Terese Genecco, Shaynee Rainbolt, and Billy Stritch will receive the Bistro Award this year for their 95th Birthday Tribute Concert to Russ Garcia!
The show was originally conceived by Rainbolt as an extension of her previous work with Garcia on their CD collaboration "Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt Sings Russell Garcia" released in 2008. When it was obvious that Garcia would still be in good health for his 95th birthday, Rainbolt contacted theaters, performing arts centers, and jazz festivals in Garcia's adopted home of New Zealand to arrange the concert celebrations there. Genecco soon joined the roster as did New Zealand favorite Tim Beveridge and a 9-piece band featuring Garcia's signature "four-trombone sound." They played 2 concerts together in Kerikeri and Auckland, followed by Rainbolt and Garcia and band at the Tauranga National Jazz Festival.
Garcia later announced that he would be traveling to the United States in October 2011 to take part in the LA Jazz Institute's Big Band Festival. Rainbolt and Genecco were to join in and a US tour of concerts in LA, Oakland, and New York City were planned.
Unfortunately, Garcia's health took a turn and he found himself under doctor's orders not to travel so the Los Angeles concerts were canceled. However, the producers and venue booking managers at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, CA and at The Iridium in New York City urged the singers to carry on with their concerts as planned. Rainbolt figured out a way to include the Garcias (Russ had his loving wife Gina by his side) via SKYPE so the audiences in both cities could see and hear his comments and stories on screen as they watched the proceedings from their home in New Zealand.
For the New York City concert at the Iridium , Rainbolt and Genecco enlisted the services of Billy Stritch to play piano, help lead the band, and sing several duets with Genecco. They performed a history-making rendition of the arrangement of "I Loves You Porgy/Bess You Is My Woman Now" that Garcia penned in 1956 for the Bethlehem recording featuring Frances Faye and Mel Torme with Garcia smiling on screen and congratulating the performers during the rousing applause that followed.
The band for the Bistro Award-winning Iridium NYC show was:
Terese Genecco & Shaynee Rainbolt on vocals, Billy Stritch on piano/vocals, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ray Marchica on drums, Bud Burridge on trumpet, Cliff Lyons on saxophone, and featured John Fedchock, John Allred, Nate Mayland, and George Flynn on trombone.
The evening was co-produced by ScoBar Entertainment and BUG:OUT:MUSIC. Audio and video recordings of the event will be available for purchase later in the year.