There is nothing like a New York wedding! The Manhattan skyline, the eclectic architecture, and the energy that permeates every detail makes getting married in this town a unique experience. I have performed and provided music for weddings all over the country, and there is something undefinable about being here in New York City. Add to that the thrill of being in one of the grandest hotels. The Waldorf, The Plaza, The Pierre; all rich in history, home to countless magnificent weddings and galas over the decades. I am privileged to have been a part of so many wonderful events at these venues, as well as the newer trendier spots which have cropped up in recent years.
Being chosen to perform at Tsion and Elyse Ben-Susan’s wedding at the Waldorf a few weeks ago was an even bigger honor because both families have strong connections to the music business. We always appreciate being recognized and sought after when “industry insiders” want to impress their guests at the caliber that they are known for. Among other connections, The Ben-Susan’s own B.B. King’s Blues Club, The Bluenote and the Highline Ballroom. This promised to be an evening of music, magic and Mazel and we were happy to “host” the collection of bands and talented musicians that shared the stage with us. Starlight outfitted the grand ballroom with an amazing sound system, and played as the “house band” while friends from Israel performed the Hora, relatives from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic did a Salsa set, and a fabulous DJ featured modern European music. At the ceremony, 18 violins plus piano, guitar and bass accompanied the infamous Cantor Dudu Fisher. For the cocktail hour, our jazz trio delivered from the Cole Porter piano in the Park Avenue Lobby, and played an entire repertoire of “Rat Pack” favorites, as per the groom. Once in the grand ballroom, the 600 guests danced to the varied music of the Starlight Orchestra. Tsion had asked us to play a lot of funk classics, and Elyse wanted Top 40 and hip hop hits, so we weaved together an eclectic program of seamlessly mixed music.
It was a fabulously successful evening, the bride and groom were “over the moon” as they danced and celebrated the entire evening out on the dance-floor. We were invited to perform at B.B. King’s Blues Club (which we hope you will all come to!) and the evening is scheduled for Thursday March 24th, 2011.
Congratulations to Tsion, Elyse, and the whole Ben-Susan Family! And thanks to Brett Matthews for the photos!