The Remembering Leon Russell benefit event at City Winery NYC – was packed with stellar players and great songs.
The huge cast of musicians and vocalists, led by Musical Director, Rich Pagano, included Marshall Crenshaw, Joseph Arthur, Scott Sharrard, Emily Duff, Laith Al-Saadi, Brian Mitchell, Ricky Byrd, Jeff Kazee, John Conte, Fred Walcott, Leslie Mendelson, Jim Boggia, Nicki Richards, Rich Pagano, Leslie Mendelson, Natalie Mishell and Southside Johnny Horns.
This was one of the few iconic Artist Tributes where the evenings guest artists didn’t feel they needed to chase the recordings. The night was filled with interpretations which is Rich Pagano’s preference when working with artists as a musical director.
A generous portion of proceeds to benefit “Release Recovery” – A Sober House for Men and & “New Hope Rising – A Sober House for Women.
This show was the first of what hopes to be an annual talent-packed benefit event.
Photos and Review By Jamie Kalikow