Kids singing, my Dad, an awesome band, a child prodigy cellist, holiday classics reworked,
and best of all great
feelings from doing something really good by coming out in support of
 the
amazing work of World Bicycle Relief
This event will be the highlight of your holiday
I guarantee it!                                                                                  
                                                                                                                     
xo ~Alexis

The Greatest Gift
Songs of the Season
 

St. Peter's Church NYC Fri Dec 4, 8pm
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Alexis Cole

 

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Greatest Gift Christmas Video
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Motema Music 212-860-6969 
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When

December 04, 2009 at 08:00 PM  

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Where

St. Peter's Church 
619 Lexington Ave at 54th St.
New York, NY 10022
 

 
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In the spirit of the holiday season, and to celebrate the recent release of The Greatest Gift - Songs of the Season, vocalist Alexis Cole has scheduled two concerts which will benefit World Bicycle Relief, an organization which provides sustainable access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunities in developing nations through The Power of Bicycles©. 

On December 4, Cole will perform in Manhattan at St. Peter's Church, in an official CD release event for The Greatest Gift. Joining Cole will be members of the U.S. Military Academy's big band, The West Point Jazz Knights: Scott Arcangel (piano); Brandon Nelson (bass);Scott Drewes (drums); Mark Tonelli (guitar); Xaviour Perez (sax); Dan Pierce (trombone); and Vito Speranza (trumpet,) as well as her father, songwriter Mark Finkin, whose stirring original song, "Jesus is the Best Part of Christmas,"  is one of the standout tracks on the CD. Special guests for this performance are saxophonists Gottfried Stoger and cellist Segastian Stoger-DeMayo, as well as the St. Paul's Children's choir.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of CDs sold at the December 4 show will be donated to World Bicycle Relief.

The same members of the West Point Jazz Knights, which Cole joined this year as lead vocalist, will join her at the December 16 Chicago show at Shcuba's, which is a benefit concert for World Bicycle Relief. 

Cole chose to donate all proceeds from sales of The Greatest Gift, which was released on October 13, to benefit World Bicycle Relief, as the organization's mission resonated with her own love of bicycles and her desire to make an impact in the realm of sustainability and AIDS relief. World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2005 by SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycle in response to the December 2004 tsunami that swept the Indian Ocean. In partnership with World Vision Sri Lanka, this project has since provided more than 24,000 locally manufactured bicycles to carefully selected men, women and children in greatest need of transportation. Soon after, the organization expanded its efforts to help fight AIDS in Africa. Over 50,000 bicycles have been donated in support of disaster assistance and disease prevention. The Greatest Gift, an enhanced CD, includes two powerfully moving videos that document this wonderful work.

A winner of the 2007 Jazzmobile competition and an award recipient at the Montreaux Jazz Voice Competition, Alexis was cited as "a rising star in the jazz world" by Hot House Magazine, and has released three critically acclaimed albums: Very Early, Nearer the Sun, and Zingaro. A dedicated educator, she teaches privately,has taught at the 92nd St. Y in New York City, and has served on the faculty of Berklee College of Music in Quito.

Eclectic and adventurous, Alexis is equally at home in Mumbai studying Indian vocal techniques as she's been in Tokyo performing at the Tableaux Lounge, and as she is now at West Point, where her latest career turn is as lead vocalist of the prestigious Jazz Knights. Obviously a skilled vocalist, Alexis is also an accomplished pianist, arranger, and composer. She boasts dual degrees from Queens College in Jazz/Classical Voice and Jazz Piano.

True to Alexis' eclectic nature, the tracks on The Greatest Gift span genres. Selections include jazz and classical instrumentals, children's chorale arrangements, Indian classical and overtone singing, straight ahead jazz, and bluesy pop. Alexis reinvents the Christmas favorites  "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and she contributes a heart-warming new song, "The Call," to the lineup of Christmas standards. When asked about her inspiration for 'The Call,'" she says, "I was working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, recruiting mentors for at-risk kids. One of the women in my office suggested I write a song, and that night I wrote 'The Call.' Ten years later, bringing kids from the same program into the studio to record the song was such a thrill!  

Mark Finkin, Alexis' father, penned an uplifting, catchy, and sure-to-become holiday classic for the album, "Jesus Is the Best Part of Christmas," on which he collaborates with the same delightful children's chorus, and he delivers perhaps the most bluesy version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" yet on record. Born into fascinating circumstances as a child of two deaf parents determined to give their child what they couldn't have, Mark was introduced early on to the piano, and remains a passionate and prolific composer and performer. 

Alexis enlisted a stellar team for The Greatest Gift, including multi-Grammy® award winning producer Todd Barkan who, along with Katherine Miller, signed on to co-produce this ambitious adventure. Also featured on the album are A-list players Don Braden, Jon Cowherd, Alan Ferber, Warren Chasson, Christian Howes, Jeff Haynes, and many others.

For further information on The Greatest Gift, visit www.Motéma.com.  Additional information on Alexis can be found on the Motéma website, as well as on her own website, www.alexiscole.com. To learn more about World Bicycle Relief, visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org

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