Livestream Concert & Ambassador Award Ceremony honoring Guy McPherson in Saratoga, NY on Saturday Oct. 10, 2020
Below is the original text from the original YouTube Caffe Lena Live Stream Link at youtube.com/watch?v=fv-Lr41vdj4
Jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Rick DellaRatta is on a mission to unite the world in peace through jazz. Having performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Paquito D' Rivera, DellaRatta is among the finest singer-pianists performing today. Reviewers have compared his playing and composing to Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk, while his signature vocal sound and style has been likened to Chet Baker and Billie Holiday. DellaRatta is also a visionary activist. His groundbreaking Jazz For Peace Concert at the United Nations blended the talents of Israeli, Palestinian and American Jazz musicians. Through his Jazz For Peace foundation, he has continued, in the words of Barack Obama, to use “the transcendent quality of music to promote a message of peace and unity. . . challenging humanity to realize that the forces that unite us are far stronger than the forces that divide us.”
Caffè Lena offers extraordinary music in an intimate venue steeped in history. It has been in continuous operation longer than any other folk club in the USA. First opened in 1960 in Saratoga Springs NY, the Caffè's early years were entwined with the social movements of that era. Emerging artists such as Bob Dylan, The Freedom Singers, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Don McLean took their turn on the stage, alongside esteemed veterans such as Clarence Ashley, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Pete Seeger. The venue has been called “An American Treasure” by the Library of Congress, and has received recognition from the GRAMMY Foundation for its contribution to American music.
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