Music: The Rich Moran Quartet offers up classic songs and stories from the BVFCC collection Thurs., Nov. 9

The Rich Moran Quartet returns Thursday, Nov. 9, to play Great American Songbook tunes from classic movies. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $7.

Join Rich Moran, host of WMNR’s “One Great Song” program, and his quartet as they celebrate the BVFCC’s second anniversary with a concert of standards selected from the extensive Best Video classic movie collection. Rich will also share informative commentary on the music being played and its place in film history.

The Rich Moran Quartet features Rich on vocals, accompanied by pianist Judy Webber, saxophonist Jeff Webber and drummer Noah Golden.

Rich has performed at Best Video on several occasions, each time bringing his neo-traditional interpretation to a different part of the Standards repertoire. Together with the Webbers, he has played venues throughout southern Connecticut.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

• Friday, Nov. 24. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Thursday, Nov. 30. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!)

• Thursday, Dec. 21. SURF MUSIC: THE CLAMS

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

• Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: BEPPE GAMBETTA (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, Jan. 19. BLUES ROCK: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

Music: Cabaret with Rich Moran Fri., Aug. 22, at 8 PM

Rich_Moran_BV_061913Singer Rich Moran performs in the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Aug. 22. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

“Here’s To The Ladies Who Rhyme” — Rich Moran presents an evening of music and commentary celebrating of the contributions of female lyricists to the Great American Songbook.

In this show Rich Moran will be continuing his exploration of the treasures of the Great American Songbook. Once again, he’ll be joined by Judy Webber on piano, Jeff Webber on woodwinds, and Noah Golden on drums.

They will be playing many classic tunes with a focus on the contributions of the woman who wrote lyrics for the repertoire. Songwriting through the early to mid part of the 20th century was not only an art form, it was also big business. The melodies heard on the radio, off the Broadway stages and at the movies were crafted by professional composers and lyricists who generated much of their income first through the sale of sheet music, and later through the royalties generated by the recordings of their works.

Recording artists did not, for the most part, write their own songs as they often do today. Yes, songwriting was big business and like most businesses in America during that time, it was dominated by men. It took a tremendously talented woman to break into their ranks. The relatively few who did created a wonderful legacy of work albeit mostly as lyricists and not composers.

From the effortless colloquialism of Dorothy Fields and the cool erotically charged sophistication of Carolyn Leigh though the urbane wittiness of Betty Comden and the humanistic sentimentality of Marilyn Bergman, Rich Moran will be presenting the words of these woman set to lovely rhythms by composers such as Cy Coleman, Jule Stynne and Jerome Kern. In between songs, he will share anecdotes and stories from the history behind the music. Moran will also sprinkle in an assortment of standards from the likes of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, and the Gershwin brothers.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Aug. 14. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET

• Monday, Aug. 18. FILM SCREENING: DANNY SAYS (ROUGH CUT) with FILMMAKER BRENDAN TOLLER

• Wednesday, Aug. 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 21. ROCK: ROPE, JAMES VELVET

• Friday, Aug. 22. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

 

Music: Rich Moran sings selections from the Great American Songbook Wed., June 19, at 8 PM

Rich_Moran_portrait_061913_72dpiVocalist Rich Moran returns to the Best Video Performing Space on Wednesday, June 19, to continue his tour through the Great American Songbook. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Backed once again by Judy Webber on piano and Jeff Webber on woodwinds, this will be Rich’s fourth appearance in the Space. Drummer Noah Golden will also join him in this set. Besides his solo gig here last October, Rich had previously appeared with soprano Christine Gill in a program of movie songs from the Great American Songbook and in a review of the compositions of Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim titled “Oscar and Steve.”

This time, he’ll, once again, bring his neo-traditional approach to iconic standards that have remained popular through the generations. He’s prepared an all new set of eclectic material from lyricists and composers such as Rodgers and Hart, Henry Mancini, Cole Porter, Burton Lane and others, including lesser known songwriters such as Rube Bloom.

As he’s done in his previous shows, Rich will intersperse informative commentary about the music between many of the selections. He’s found this to be popular with his audiences as they learn the story behind many of the songs that they have heard on the radio or in concert or at the movies through the years. Rich, himself, enjoys learning tidbits about the songs while he and Judy research and sort through potential new material to play, Listening to American Songbook themed radio programs such as Jonathan Schwartz’s “High Standards” on Sirius FM and Will Duchon’s locally broadcast “The Night Café” on WMNR FM inspires him and turns him on to hidden gems within the repertoire and interesting arrangements of more classic tunes. In addition to being a listener, Rich occasionally sits in for Will Duchon as a guest host of “The Night Café” on Friday nights. That gives him the opportunity to showcase many of the great new recordings of the American Songbook made over the last few years by contemporary artists.

Rich is a Hamden resident and Orange native. In addition to his concert work, he is a seasoned musical theater actor having appeared on stages from Orange to Suffield. Judy is the well respected music director of numerous productions throughout the New Haven area. She is currently in rehearsal in Hamden for the Whitney Players’ August production of Shrek. She is often joined by Jeff in the orchestra pit for her programs. Both Judy and Jeff are retired area teachers and longtime Guilford residents. Noah is a writer, actor, and musician who recently graduated from Quinnipiac University.

Rich, Judy and Jeff are excited to kick off a series of appearances in the New Haven area this summer with their show in the Performing Space on the 19th.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, June 13. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS

• Wednesday, June 19. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, June 20. INDIE POP: THE FURORS, AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, June 26. INDIE ROCK: THE JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, June 27. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, July 10. ACOUSTIC FOLK: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Thursday, July 11. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Wednesday, July 17. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, July 18. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL

• Wednesday, Aug. 7. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA featuring JEFF FULLER & ISABELLA MENDES

• Thursday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

Music: Rich Moran sings classics from the Great American Songbook Thurs., Oct. 25

In August, vocalists Rich Moran and Christine Gill presented “Oscar and Steve” featuring the music of Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim in our performing space. It was the second of two musical revues they created especially for the Best Video and Coffee & Wine Bar. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Rich returns to give an intimate solo performance showcasing music from the “Great American Songbook.” Once again, he will be backed up by the husband and wife team of Jeff Webber on saxophone and Judy Webber on piano. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a selection from our array of wine, beer, coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages while you listen to Rich’s inventive take on iconic standards. Classic songs from tunesmiths such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, and Hoagy Carmichael will be showcased. In between numbers, Rich will provide insightful commentary on the origin and history of many of the songs including where some of them can be found amongst the movies in the Best Video catalog.

A Hamden resident, Rich has performed in the New Haven area for over twenty years. In addition to his concert work, he has played a number of leading roles in musicals produced throughout the state. He is also an occasional guest host on Will Duchon’s “The Night Cafe” program featuring music from the Great American Songbook on Friday nights at 10 PM on WMNR Fine Arts public radio.

Jeff and Judy Webber first met while each were playing popular music in the New Haven club and restaurant scene. Judy is one of the busiest music directors in the New Haven area theater community. She directed this past summer’s Whitney Players production of “Hairspray” and is currently working on Sacred Heart Academy’s production of “White Christmas” to be performed at the Shubert Theater in late November. Jeff often joins her on woodwinds in the orchesteral pit for her shows. Rich, Judy, Jeff have been playing together for several years. In addition to “Oscar and Steve” in late August, they have collaborated recently for all standards concerts at the Guilford Public Library and the Hearth at Gardenside in Branford.

The Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar will be open with a fine selection of delicious snacks and refreshments, including Willoughby’s coffee. The Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar is now also licensed to sell wine and beer. The cover charge for this sow is $5.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 PM. A Program for Kids of All Ages: Family Halloween Film Screening

Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 PM. Jazz: David Chevan

Monday, Nov. 5, 7 PM. What Would You Do? Film Series: “Brigham City”

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 PM. Wildlife Stories: Ann Prum

Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 PM.Indie Psych/Pop: MT Bearington