Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ella Lounge Joins the Howl! Festival with a week of performances to benefit the Howl! H.E.L.P. Fund

Ella Lounge, the first and only place to bring the Hollywood glamour of the roaring 20s and 30s to Avenue A, has joined the Howl! Festival’s esteemed list of sponsoring venues.  The formidable line-up includes popular female jazz vocalists Teresa Mora, Baby Jane Dexter, Nanette Natal and Jahneen/Jeannine Otis, Melange, the inimitable singer/actor/Broadway veteran Larry Marshall, Laura Stilwell and Company featuring Ivan Rosenberg, Kimistry and The Living Museum and Wei Sheng Lin & Friends.

The confirmed schedule is as follows:

September 13th                   8-10 PM          Teresa Mora, vocalist

A distinguished jazz musician, Teresa Mora’s amazing ensemble will begin Howl’s Jazz series.  A Detroit native, she has her own unique blend of jazz, soul, and blues.
September 14th                    8-10 PM        Baby Jane Dexter, Larry Marshall, and
                                                                       Jahneen /Jeannine Otis

Reno Sweeney Diva Baby Jane Dexter, Broadway, jazz and soul singer Jeannine Otis and Broadway jazzman Larry Marshall (“The Color Purple,” “ Hair,” “The Full Monty,” to name a few), join voices in an outstanding night of sizzle, standards and sensational stylin’ !

September 15th                   8-10 PM         Laura Stilwell and company featuring Ivan Rosenberg

Laura Stilwell is a fine vocalist as well as the award-winning choreographer/director of the smash hit  "This Joint Is  Jumpin'."

September 16th                   8-10 PM         Nanette Natal

Jazz vocal stylist Nanette Natal performs in the grand tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Friday, September 17th        8-10 PM         Melange

Haitian-born vocalist, Melange and her ensemble perform a unique blend of soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Melange is also very committed to the preservation traditional music of Haiti.

Saturday,  Sep 18th               8 -10 PM   Kimistry and The Living Museum
KIM KALESTI is a musician and composer whose music is spirit-filled, timeless and thoughtful. 

Sunday, Sep 19th                   8-10 PM   Wei Sheng Lin & Friends
WEI SHENG LIN's music is an exciting blend of musical styles that reflects his love of jazz classics as well as rock, pop music and rhythm and blues. 

Please visit the calendar at for updates and further details.  Ella Lounge is located at 9 Avenue A, between 1st and Second Streets.  Admission for each show is $10 per person. For ticket information, please visit

*The Howl Emergency Life Project (H.E.L.P.)
was created to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual Howl Festival or who make their careers in New York City's East Village and Lower East Side arts community and whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word.

Services include counseling and referrals for personal, family or work-related problems. Linkage to community resources for such needs as medical care, legal services, public benefits or elder care. Workshops are offered on a variety of topics and include: finding affordable housing, financial education as well as health insurance options.

Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are approved on a case-by-case basis based on need.


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