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Our Mysterious February Musical Director, Ian Herman

February 12, 2018

Hi everyone!


Are you ready for our next open mic coming up THIS FRIDAY???   Time to pick your song and invite your friends!


It's the week of Valentine's Day and Chinese New Years so a great time for love!  Come show and share your love of music!


Ian Herman is our featured musical director for February!  


For those of you who don't know Ian, here's a little information on him:


Ian Herman began his musical career studying classical piano.  At the age of thirteen he was a guest soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  After attending Manhattan School Of Music, Ian began working with performers including Jane Olivor, Donna McKechnie, Anita Morris, Judy Kaye, Tom Andersen, Karen Mason, Sharon McNight, Marilyn Sokol, Angela LaGreca, Carole Demas, and Joy Behar in nightclubs in New York and around the country.  In 1999 he received the Backstage Bistro Award for best Musical Director.  He was a pianist and vocal coach at the Broadway revival of Grease, working with guest stars such as Al Jarreau, Jon Secada, Sheena Easton, Chubby Checker, and Darlene Love.  His other Broadway credits include “Jelly’s Last Jam”, “The Who’s Tommy”, “Song And Dance”, and “Swing”, for which he wrote vocal and dance arrangements. and “Laughing Room Only” with Jackie Mason.  Ian recently performed a solo concert of his original music at the Zipper Factory Theater in New York.  He was also conductor for "The Toxic Avenger" at New World Stages.  Recently he performed a concert with guitarist Sean Harkness, celebrating their new CD “DUET”, consisting of all original music. 



Those of you familiar with Spotlight On YOU Open Mic are probably waiting for me to jump into my interview questions with Ian!    The only thing I can share with you regarding Ian is that Rachmaninoff is his favorite composer and influences a lot of his music.   He spends a lot of time playing for different performers around the city!


The rest you will have to come to the Spotlight and ask him personally! 



See you this FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, at the Spotlight!!




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