Jazz Ain't Dead "Halloween Edition" Boogie Man Swing Commemorative Program 2021


Jazz Ain't Dead "Halloween Edition" Boogie Man Swing 2021 Performance

Produced by Jazzmobile, Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, Jazz Ain't Dead
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin
Music Direction by Axel Tosca

YouTube Link to FULL SHOW Video URL:

Special Guests:
Sekou McMiller -Afro Latin Jazz Dance Master
Samuel Coleman -Jazz Vernacular Swing Dance Master

Axel Tosca, Keys
Barry Stephenson, Bass
David Gibson, Drums
Jerome Jordan, Guitar
Rogerst Charles, Alto Sax
Alphonso Horne, Trumpet
Knoel Scott, Baritone Sax/Flute
Calvin Booker, Tap Artist

Antoinette Montague, Lead Vocals
Rick Delancy, Song & Dance Man

Candice Michele Franklin
Alexzandra Knapp
Lyndsey Arorash
Jerome Melsaun Warren
Brandon Jones
Steven Orrego Upegui
Ryan Albee
Maddie Pineda
Audrey Borst
Nia Simone Washington
Jason Herbert

Robert Frederick Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park

679 Riverside Drive

Harlem, NY

Boogie Man Swing

Produced by Jazzmobile, Jazz Ain’t Dead, & Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park


YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/JkgWjOBSJcc

Program Order

Opening Greetings

Robin Bell-Stevens, Director of Jazzmobile


Band – Axel Tosca, Keys, Rogerst Charles, Alto Sax, Barry Stephenson, Bass,

Ismel Wignell, Congas, Knoel Scott, Baritone Bass, Alphonso Horne, Trumpet,

Jerome Jordan, Lead Guitar, Dave Gibson, Drums

My Funny Valentine

Antoinette Montague, Vocalist

Dancers – Jerome Melsaun Warren, Lyndsey Arorash, Steven Orrego Upegui,

Audrey Borst, Ryan Albee, & Alexzandra Knapp

C-Jam Blues

Antoinette Montague, Vocalist

Featuring Jazz Vernacular & Swing Master Sam Coleman partnered by

Candice Michelle Franklin

Copper Colored Gal

Rick Delancy, Vocalist

Dancers – Audrey Borst & Nia Washington


Rick Delancy, Vocalist

Dancers – Maddie Pineda, Steven Orrego Upegui, Ryan Albee


Antoinette Montague, Vocalist

Dancers - Brandon Jones & Alexzandra Knapp

A Night in Tunisia

Featuring Afro Latin Jazz Master, Sekou McMiller with Candice Michelle Franklin

Summertime Interlude

Antoinette Montague, Vocalist

Sekou McMiller, Guest Dance Soloist

Dancers - Jerome Melsaun Warren & Audrey Borst

Summertime House

Antoinette Montague, Vocalist

Dancers - Jason Herbert, Lyndsey Arorash, Alexzandra Knapp,

Ryan Albee, Maddie Pineda, Steven Orrego Upegui, Nia Washington, Brandon Jones,

Audrey Borst & Jerome Melsaun Warren

Tap Jam

Calvin Booker, Tap Dance Artist

Let the Good Times Roll

Audience Members Invited to dance

Antoinette Montague, Vocalist with Calvin Booker, Tap Dance Artist

Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby

Rick Delancy, Vocalist with Candice Michelle Franklin


Rick Delancy, Vocalist

Dancers - Steven Orrego Upegui, Alexandra Knapp, Jason Herbert, Maddie Pineda

I Put a Spell on You

Antoinette Montague, Vocalist

Dancers - Lyndsey Arorash & Brandon Jones

with Nia Washington & Audrey Borst

Thriller Swing

Rick Delancy, Vocalist

Dancers - Steven Orrego Upegui, Alexandra Knapp, Jason Herbert, Maddie Pineda,

Ryan Albee, & Lyndsey Arorash



Boogie Man Swing

Music Direction by Axel Tosca.

Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

***Additional Swing Choreography by Samuel Coleman***

Jazz Ain't Dead, co-produced by Jazzmobile and Denny Ferrell Riverbank State

Park, Presents a “Halloween Edition” FREE concert filled with Live Singers,

Live Dancers, Live Band, and a High-energy Floor Show!



Showtime 2:00 pm

Experience Swing, Blues, Latin Jazz, and Jazz

House come to life with an incredible stage show with

our band and dancers! Listen to several popular jazz

standards performed in new ways, plus, fun

Halloween twists on favorite hits like Witchcraft,

Fever, I Put a Spell on You, and other spooktacular

tunes and mysterious treats!


Antoinette Montague -Blues Master Vocalist Diva

Rick Delancy, Song & Dance Man

Special Guests:

Sekou McMiller -Afro Latin Jazz Dance Master

Samuel Coleman -Jazz Vernacular Swing/Lindy Hop Dance Master


Riverbank State Park @Riverside Drive & 145th Street

- Robert Frederick Smith Center for the Performing Arts -

Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park,

679 Riverside Drive


Photography by Steven Halin

Dancers: Candice Michelle Franklin & Samuel Coleman

The Jazz Ain’t Dead Cast

Photography by Steven Halin

Jazz Ain’t Dead Band

Jazz Ain’t Dead Dancers

Axel Tosca, Keys

Barry Stephenson, Bass

David Gibson, Drums

Ismel Wignall, Congas

Jerome Jordan, Guitar

Rogerst Charles, Alto Sax

Alphonso Horne, Trumpet

Knoel Scott, Baritone Sax & Flute

Calvin Booker, Tap Artist

Candice Michele Franklin

Alexzandra Knapp

Lyndsey Arorash

Jerome Melsaun Warren

Brandon Jones

Steven Orrego Upegui

Ryan Albee

Maddie Pineda

Audrey Borst

Nia Simone Washington

Jason Herbert

Health & Safety




All persons 12 and older must be vaccinated.

Masks are required. For the health and safety of

our patrons and performers, unvaccinated children

must show proof of a negative Covid test taken

within 72 hours at the door. Please be prepared to

show vaccination status at the door via vaccination

card, photo of vaccination card, or vaccination app

and Government-Issued Photo ID.

Special Thanks

• Jazzmobile

• Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park

• New York Foundation of the Arts

• City Artist Corps Grants Program

• Joffrey Ballet School (Affordable rental space and support)

• Seth Weine (Special Donation to Costume Fund)

• Irene and Nicole Franklin (Donation)

• Julie Donalek & The Estate of Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher

• Steven Halin Photography

• Robin Williams & the Uptown Dance Academy

• Demar Braxton

• Shakirah & Skyla Stewart

• Julia Loving

• Cynthia Bowen & Adante Power

Photography by Steven Halin

Dancer: Maddie Pineda


This program is produced together with Jazzmobile, Jazz Ain't Dead, and Denny Farrell

Riverbank State Park.


Choreographer and Dance Artist, Candice Michelle Franklin of Jazz Ain’t Dead, is one of the

New York City-based artists chosen to receive $5,000 through the City Artist Corps Grants

program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City

Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and

Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.

**This program will be live-streamed on Youtube. Click Here.

Videography by Brandon Luckain.

#cityartistcorps #jazzaintdead #jazzmobilie #riverbankstatepark

Featured Artists

Rick Delancy

Host/Song & Dance Man

Guest Artists

Antoinette Montague


Samuel Coleman

Lindy Hop Swing & Vernacular Jazz Dance Master Artist

& Historical Jazz Dance Consultant to Jazz Ain’t Dead

Sekou McMiller

Afro Latin Jazz Dance Master Artist

Band Members

Jerome Jordan

Lead Guitar

Calvin Booker

Senior Member/Tap Artist

Barry Stephenson


Alphonso Horne


Axel Tosca

Music Director/Keys

Rogerst Charles

Senior Member/Alto Sax

David Gibson


Knoel Scott

Baritone Sax & Flute

Ismel Wignall



Jerome Melsaun Warren

Founding Member

Alexzandra Knapp

Rehearsal Director

Lyndsey Arorash

Rehearsal Assistant

Demar Braxton

Founding Member Emeritus

Audrey Borst

Brandon Jones

Senior Member

Jason Herbert

Candice Michelle Franklin


Maddie Pineda

Ryan Albee

Nia Washington Steven Orrego Upegui Shakirah Stewart

Founding Member/Assistant

Steven Halin Photography

Steven Halin Photography

Steven Halin Photography

Steven Halin Photography

Steven Halin Photography

Steven Halin Photography

Steven Halin Photography

Steven Halin Photography


Live Jazz MUSIC and DANCE Entertainment Reloaded

Jazz Ain’t Dead®, a YOUNG URBAN MUSIC and DANCE COLLECTIVE, playing both classic and

nu-school Jazz, re-ignites the best standards of classic jazz into the updated rhythms of funk, soul,

acid jazz, Latin and house, while binging new energy to the 21st Century Jazz scene with hot FRESH

originals and clever new arrangements of today’s hot music re-imagined into a new, classically “jazzinspired”


“The Future of Live Jazz Music & Dance Entertainment . . .”

Jazz Ain’t Dead features live dancers, a live mixing DJ, and a host of special guest musicians and

vocalists that are well known around the globe!

Jazz Ain’t Dead’s direction and choreography is by Candice Michelle Franklin, with musical direction

by Axel Tosca and principal music arrangements by Chris Rob.

Jazz Ain’t Dead® has performed at various venues and has partnered with various musicians and

artists including Onaje Allan Gumbs, Lafayette Harris, Jr., Isis, Shakti, Art Auré, Rajdulari Barnes, Stix

Bones, Maritri Garrett, Mem Nahadr, Mo Beasley, and theatrical musical plays by Tiny Star

Productions. Jazz Ain’t Dead has been presented by MTV’s Listen to the Beat, Joyce SoHo,

Jazzmobile’s Harlem Shrines, Jazzmobile New York Senior Center tour, Midland Jazz Festival

Rockland, MD, Harlem Arts Festival, New York Jazz Choreography Project, and Mo Beasley’s Urban

Erotika “Dem Dirty Sexxxy Blues.” Jazz Ain’t Dead has also performed in such venues as the

Kumble Theater, the Apollo Theater, the Iridium NYC, Jordan’s Lounge, Bowery Poetry Club, Theater

of Riverside Church, Roulette, Adinkra House, Symphony Space, Paradise Theatre, Sage Theater,

American Theatre of Actors, Peridance, Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM Café, John Jay College,

Dance New Amsterdam, National Black Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC),

and City College’s Marion Anderson Theater.

Robin Bell-Stevens,

Jazzmobile Director & Executive Producer

Jazzmobile's mission is to present, preserve, promote

and propagate America's classical music, Jazz. We

achieve this through our core programs: Summerfest,

Lecture Demonstrations (in schools, museums and

senior centers) and Saturday Jazz Workshops and

special presentations in concert halls, night clubs,

churches and other venues.

We are the first U.S. not-for-profit arts and cultural

organization created with a mission just for Jazz. Since

the beginning, we have been bringing high quality Jazz

performances and Jazz education programs to area

residents, tourists and other visitors. We have also

toured nationally and internationally. Under the banner

of the 'Super Jazz Band' Produced by Jazzmobile we

have toured the United States and cities in Europe and

Japan. Since the beginning, we have reached diverse

audiences, exceeding 4,000,000.

Jazzmobile was founded in 1964 by National

Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, pianist, Dr. Billy

Taylor and philanthropist and arts administrator, Ms.

Daphne Arnstein. Together NEA Jazz Master Jimmy

Heath and Dr. Taylor founded our core programs and

since the beginning, we have been bringing high quality Jazz performances and education programs.

1921-1922 we are celebrating Dr. Billy Taylor’s 100 th Birthday!

Whether on the street, in a park or at a major concert hall here or abroad, Jazzmobile works in

partnership with like-minded organizations to present world-class Jazz performances that enrich the

culture and imbue new life into the surrounding area.

Our workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, and arts enrichment programs train and

inform the next generation of Jazz vocalists, musicians and audiences, while also exposing youth to

this vibrant art form. For jazz aficionados and other enthusiasts, our panel discussions increase the

knowledge of our many adult followers. Our primary aim is to reach out to communities where Jazz

was nurtured, and new forms of this music are born.

We are very proud of being an inspiration to other organizations such as The Manchester Craftsman's

Guild in Pennsylvania and New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center.

For more information about Jazzmobile visit www.jazzmobile.org.

Candice Michelle Franklin, Artistic


Originally from St. Louis, MO, born and bred into

Jazz dance and influenced greatly by the Jazz music

scene, Candice Michelle Franklin is a New Yorkbased

professional dancer, choreographer, and

producer who has been seen in numerous film, TV

shows, music videos, industrials, and, of course, on

the live stage performing in plays and dance

companies. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts majoring in

Dance on four-year scholarship, studied on

scholarship at Steps on Broadway, trained in St.

Louis at Missouri Concert Ballet, and, upon invitation

to New York, received her conservatory training at

the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She owns

The Pro DANZ Group, Inc. in which she oversees

the dance and creative direction of several

performance groups, recording artists, industrials,

and stage shows.

Her work has been performed in a host of New York

venues including Jacob Javitz Convention Center,

The Syracuse OnCenter, MTV/Viacom, Capitale,

Odeum Expo Center, Broad Street Ballroom, The

Kumble Theater, the National Black Theater,

Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Academy

of Music's BAM Cafe, Webster Hall, The SPACE at

Westbury/Westbury Theater, Stage 48, the Oheka Castle, The Theater of Riverside Church, The

Sage Theater, American Theater of Actors, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, John Jay College, and

New York’s City College, as well as numerous casinos on the east coast such as Turning Stone, the

Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Tropicana, Borgata, and Caesar’s.

In addition, she has served as choreographer for over 15 years with CEG Productions LLC. as well as

for a number of recording artists including internationally celebrated Bollywood Hip hop artist,

SHAKTI, and Grammy award-winning recording artist, Macy Gray. A forever student, she is

continuing her education in Latin Ballroom Dance technique under the DVIDA Syllabus at the

Ballroom Dance Teacher's College in New Mexico and has just received her FULL Associate

Certificate in the Rhythm Syllabus with a concentration on Mambo, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, and

East Coast Swing.

Currently, Miss Franklin serves as choreographer for recording artist, ART AURÉ, tours as a Master

Teacher/ Adjudicator Instructor for Joffrey Ballet School, and works as the producer and

choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead®, a live band, and

dance production group. Miss Franklin also is studying

Katherine Dunham Technique as a certification

candidate in addition to graduate school as an MBA

candidate in the Berklee College of Music/SHNU joint

Music Business program. Moreover, she is a founding

member of iDANZ, a 501 (c)3 dance advocacy non-profit

and a proud union member of SAG-AFTRA.

Axel Tosca, Music Director/Keys

Cuban-born, Grammy-nominated pianist Axel

Tosca is a dynamic performer known for his genrebending

mix of Jazz, Latin, and Timba music. Born

in Cuba in 1983, Tosca grew up in a prestigious

musical family. His mother is renowned Trova

singer Xiomara Laugart and his father, folk singerguitarist

Alberto Tosca. Introduced to guitar at age

four, Tosca was also playing piano by age seven

and soon joined his parents on-stage playing his first

show at Casa de las Americas. Along with

performing with his parents, he attended music

school. One of his teachers was Miriam Valdez, the

daughter of Cuban piano legends Bebo Valdez and

sister of Chucho Valdez. With this first-class

education, it enabled him to gain a wide range of

experiences playing with groups like Dennis &

Swing, the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Bobby

Carcases, Teresa Garcia Caturla, Jose Miguel

Crego, and more. Along with classical music, jazz,

and Latin traditions, he also discovered hip-hop and

played with The Roots when they toured Cuba.

While in Cuba Tosca not only played with these legends but had won multiple piano

competitions before moving to the United States in 2005 as part of the Havana Nights revue that

played for two years at the world-famous Stardust Casino and Resort, in Las Vegas. His education

did not stop there, and he soon enrolled in the jazz department at the New School for Jazz and

Contemporary Music. Later, in 2011, he joined Jazz Ain’t Dead, a live music and dance production

group, as pianist for the Joyce SoHo run and has continued to perform with the show and creating

new rep until present. Since being based in New York, he has earned plaudits playing in clubs as a

solo artist as well as with (U)nity, a richly cross-pollinated jazz band in which he is a founding


In 2016, he released his debut album, the eponymous Axel Tosca. Included were guest appearances

by his Mother, vocalist Xiomara Laugart, trumpeter Keyon Harold, saxophonist Ron Blake,

drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist James Genus, percussionist Luisito Quintero, and others. In 2019

Tosca, a former founding member of (U)nity, performed to a sold-out audience at Tokyo's Blue Note.

Currently, Tosca has worked with George Clinton, BeBe Winans, The Clark Sisters, DJ / Producer /

Remixer's Louie Vega and David Morales, Stretch & Bobbito, Mae-Sun, Steve Gadd, Ray Chew,

Lenny White, Pino Palladino, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jocelyn Brown, Karren Wheeler, Monique Bingham,

Godwin Lewis and J Balvin and Bad

Bunny. Most recently, he was honored for his

piano artistry with two Grammy nominations

one for Louie Vega’s 2017 roots mix, “Can’t

Let You Go” and, the other for Louie Vega’s

2020 remix of “Praying For You.”

Influenced by a wide range of musical

experiences growing up in Cuba, there is no

limit for this visionary pianist.

Jazz Ain’t Dead

is a Young Urban New Yorkbased,

Live Music and

Dance Production.

Thank You For Viewing

Produced by the following organizations:



Jazz Ain’t Dead


Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park


Our Show!


Robin Bell-Stevens, Jazzmobile Director

Candice Michelle Franklin, Artistic Director

Axel Tosca, Music Director

Sherwin Pichardo, Technical Director

Gwendolyn M. Gilliam, Stage Manager

Anthony Austin, Director of Photography

Brandon Luckain, Videographer & Live Streaming

Steven Halin, Photographer

Alexzandra Knapp, Rehearsal Director

Lyndsey Arorash, Rehearsal Assistant

Demur Braxton, Rehearsal Assistant

Shakirah Stewart, Assistant to the Choreographer

Cynthia Bowen, Wardrobe

Julia Loving, Wardrobe

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