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Our Fifth Anniversary!

The Top Shelf is celebrating its fifth anniversary — we performed for the first time on April 3, 2010 (at 12 Grapes in Peekskill, NY.)

Thank you to everyone who has come out to see the band, the venues where we’ve performed (The Cutting Room, Mohegan Sun, The Towne Crier, DROM, and 12 Grapes), the families and organizations that have hired us, and especially the stellar musicians who have performed in the band.

Keyboard Saxophone Trumpets Vocals
Jon Cobert Jon Saxon Louise Baranger Angela Clemmons
Clifford Carter Joe Meo Tim Ouimette Edlene Hart
Lon Hoyt Bill Harris Clay Beard Russ Velazquez
David Keyes Mark Fineberg Dave Stangarone Andricka Hall
Jeff Schiller Chris Pasin Keith Fluitt
Drums / Percussion Shane Kirsch Greg Ruvulo Rob Paparozzi
Gene Lewin Rick Kriska Lew Soloff Dennis Collins
Roger Post Joe Giorgianni Tom “Blues Buddha” Dudley
Denny McDermott Guitar Jon Leonard Curtis Winchester
Mark Dodge Peter Calo John Trombetta Chrissi Poland
Norberto Goldberg Al Orlo Chris Melito Wondress Hutchinson
David Yee Andrew Zinsmeister Bill Ash Diana Wexler
Duncan Cleary Rosharra Francis
Will Van Sise Alessandra Levy
Hank Decora Mariama Ceesay
Sarah Ann Sillers
Carly Cantor

Here’s a recording of “Rehab” featuring Edlene Hart from our first show at 12 Grapes.

Here’s a video from our most recent show at The Cutting Room on February 6, 2015.

To see additional videos, click here.

We look forward to the next five years!

Thank You, Lew Soloff

Trumpet Legend Lew Soloff passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 8, 2015 in New York City.

Soloff was the consummate New York musician whose 50-plus year career spanned thousands of recording sessions and live performances with artists such as Gil Evans, Blood Sweat and Tears, Frank Sinatra, Carla Bley, Barbra Streisand, Machito, Marianne Faithfull, Paul Shaffer, Manhattan Brass, Jon Faddis and Ornette Coleman.

The Top Shelf had the honor of working with Lew on September 27, 2013 when he took over the lead trumpet duties for a performance at The Cutting Room. A highlight of the evening was Lew performing his iconic solo from the Blood Sweat & Tears’ hit “Spinning Wheel.”

Thank you, Lew, for all the great music and for a terrific gig.

Click to read Soloff’s obituary in the New York Times.

Highlights from The Cutting Room — October 17, 2014

Here are some highlights from our show at The Cutting Room on October 17, 2014.

River Deep, Mountain High

Featuring Andricka Hall on lead vocals.

 

Love The One You’re With

Featuring Edlene Hart on vocals.

 

Oh, Darling

Featuring Russ Velazquez on vocals.

 

Higher Ground

Featuring Russ Velazquez, Edlene Hart, and Andricka Hall on vocals.

 

The Letter

Featuring Tom “Blues Buddha” Dudley on vocals.

 

For Once In My Life

Featuring Keith Fluitt on vocals and Steve Wexler on bass.

Highlights from The Cutting Room — May 2014

We had a great show on May 17 and have some video highlights to share. With

Russ Velazquez, Vocals
Edlene Hart, Vocals
Angela Clemmons, Vocals
Jon Cobert, Keyboard / Vocals
Peter Calo, Guitar
Gene Lewin, Drums
Norberto Goldberg, Percussion
Joe Giorgianni, Trumpet
Chris Pasin, Trumpet
Joe Meo, Tenor Saxophone
Jon Saxon, Alto and Baritone Saxophones
Alessandra Levy, Background Vocals
Carly Cantor, Background Vocals
Rosharra Francis, Background Vocals
Steve Wexler, Bass

(Videography by Larry Blumenstein; video editing by Ralph Scaglione, Flymusicman Project)

Montage

“Higher Ground”, “Love The One You’re With”, “The Letter”, and “Happy”, featuring Russ Velazquez, Edlene Hart, Jon Cobert, and Angela Clemmons.

 

The Letter

Jon Cobert on vocals and solos from Joe Meo and Chris Pasin.

 

Higher Ground

Russ Velazquez and Angela Clemmons on vocals.

 

Happy

Russ Velazquez on vocals.

Sounds from The Cutting Room — January 31, 2014

What a great show!  Full house and terrific performances from

Russ Velazquez, Vocals
Andricka Hall, Vocals
Lon Hoyt, Keyboard
Andrew Zinsmeister, Guitar
Mark Dodge, Drums
Norberto Goldberg, Percussion
Greg Ruvolo, Trumpet
John Trombetta, Trumpet
Joe Meo, Saxophone / Piccolo
Jon Saxon, Saxophone
Alessandra Levy, Vocals
Sarah Anne Sillers, Vocals
Carly Cantor, Vocals
Steve Wexler, Bass

Special Guests:

Angela Clemmons
Gene Lewin
Tom “Blues Buddha” Dudley

Here are some highlights:

Tail Feather / Proud Mary

Andricka Hall and the Shelfettes channel Tina Turner

25 Miles

Russ Velazquez performs the Edwin Starr classic

Higher Ground

Russ Velazquez and Andricka Hall get us higher and guest drummer Gene Lewin drives the band

Inside Out

Sarah Anne Sillers shines on this Imelda May song

Knock On Wood

A fresh take on this Motown staple featuring Russ Velazquez on lead vocals

Sights and Sounds from The Cutting Room — July 19, 2013

It was HOT, HOT, HOT outside and the band was smokin’ inside.

Here are some of the sounds…

Love The One You’re With
Edlene Hart channels Aretha

Higher Ground
Russ Velazquez channels both Stevie Wonder *and* Sammy Davis Jr., with Gene Lewin driving the band

Unchain My Heart
Tim Ouimette’s inspired trumpet solo

Oh, Darling
Russ Velazquez takes on this Beatles classic with Jon Cobert on keys

Georgia
Edlene Hart gives it her all on this original arrangement of the Hoagy Carmichael Classic

Green Onions and James Bond
R&B Meets the movies

…And here are some of he sights from Amy Kerwin of Dragonfly Photography.

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Sights and Sounds from The Cutting Room, June 7 (Part 3)

More highlights.

Peter Calo sings Penny Lane and Louise Baranger nails the piccolo trumpet solo, then Peter leads the band on his original song 99 Percent.

Penny Lane: 

99 Percent: 

Photos by Ben Ross

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