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Fri - June 15, 2018 5:22 pm     A+ | a-
Celebrating Bill Cunningham – N.Y. Historical Society Exhibit. June 08 - September 09, 2018
Celebrating Bill Cunningham – N.Y. Historical Society Exhibit. June 08 - September 09, 2018
If you are in New York City please make sure that you visit the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit.
“Celebrating Bill Cunningham”. The exhibit is running this summer from June 8- September 9, 2018. The opening was incredible. I am so honored that my song “Tonight Josephine” sang by Pat Cleveland is being featured in the museum retrospective exhibit on this great New York Times Iconic Photographer The Late Bill Cunningham........Maurice Lynch  

Celebrating Bill Cunningham marks the New-York Historical Society’s recent acquisition of objects, personal correspondence, ephemera, and photographs that reflect the life and work of Bill Cunningham, one of the late 20th century’s most influential trend-spotters and style authorities. The legendary New York Times journalist and photographer was frequently spied on the city’s streets, at fashion shows, and elegant soirées capturing New York’s fashion innovators and cultural glitterati. Showcasing a selection from Cunningham’s Facades project―his eight-year photographic project documenting New York City’s architectural and fashion history, shown at the Museum in 2014―Celebrating Bill Cunningham also features photographs documenting his friendship with floral designer Toni Cimino, known as Suzette; a Cunningham bicycle; his Nikon camera; signature blue jacket; ephemera; and unforgettable William J hats. Curated by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts.
Generous support for this exhibition provided by May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
The New-York Historical Society would like to extend sincere appreciation to John Kurdewan, who has provided invaluable assistance for our effort to collect items that document and commemorate Bill Cunningham's life. Celebrating Bill Cunningham would not be possible without his insight and support. 
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.
 
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at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
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https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/celebrating-bill-cunningham
https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/bill-cunningham-new-york-historical-society-1283111
https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/news/a9636/bill-cunningham-new-york-historical-society/
https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/new-york-fashion-photographer-bill-cunningham-museum-retrospective
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Mon - June 11, 2018 10:30 am     A+ | a-
Alyson Williams Kicks-Off Jazzmobile's "SUMMERFEST"
Alyson Williams Kicks-Off Jazzmobile's "SUMMERFEST"
Join Jazzmobile they are kicking-off the season with Summerfest “Harlem to Broadway” with Alyson Williams, Patience Higgins etc….. I have music being featured in the show so please come out, I will be there…….Maurice Lynch
 
Jazzmobile's multifaceted Jazz programming is the vehicle employed to support our mission while joining other arts organizations that are also affecting a positive economic impact on the communities we serve.

For over 50 years, we have brought Jazzmobile performance programs featuring acclaimed and emerging artists to neighborhood streets, parks, and community and senior centers in all five boroughs of New York City as well as local Harlem venues.

Are you a professional Jazz musician looking to take it to the next level? Do you enjoy singing or performing Jazz just for fun? Or are you seeking instruction for your child or school classes? Are you a lifelong student of Jazz and want to know the historical influence and the latest trends in today's Jazz music? Jazzmobile offers a variety of Jazz education programs for professional artists, New York City public school students and Jazz enthusiasts. Here, those who teach also do: many of our most popular Jazz performers also serve as our instructors.

Jazzmobile's core programs have become the model that others emulate across the United States.
  
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Sat - June 2, 2018 5:44 pm     A+ | a-
Maestro- Ray Chew  Musician & Musical Director
Maestro- Ray Chew Musician & Musical Director

             Ray Chew

"For this exciting month I wanted to Salute Maestro Ray Chew for African-American Music Appreciation Month and also New York Music Month. Harlemite and recording industry giant Ray Chew’s celebrity is global and his gift as a musician and orchestral arranger is incomparable. With a career that has span over 25 years in recording, television and live presentations Maurice Lynch Music Salutes Mr. Ray Chew"…….Maurice Lynch.

Music Director Ray Chew performs at the helm of award winning musical events with the world’s most popular artists including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull, Queen Latifah, James Taylor, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jennifer Hudson and Quincy Jones. Currently Ray is in his ninth season as the music director for ABC’s “Dancing with The Stars” giving his music takes on current and classic hits.

Previously Ray served as music director for Fox’s “American Idol’; where he inspired some of the best talent in the competition’s history and produced over 300 contestant iTunes downloads. He has also served as music director for several network television series including “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” and BET’s “Sunday Best”. Ray’s long-standing history with the BET Network, heading up the music for their biggest annual events include: “BET Honors’; “Celebration of Gospel” and the “BET Awards”.

Ray’s music direction is sought after for prestigious music specials and historic landmark events including the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2015 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, The President’s Inaugural Neighborhood Ball and the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards. In 2014, with the blessings of Milton DeLugg – who had previously held the seat for 50 years, Ray was handed the baton to musically direct NBC’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade… an 88 year tradition.

Ray’s work with orchestras as a conductor and a composer has carried him to prestigious venues all over the world. From the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. to the Nobel Peace Prize broadcast in Norway, Ray’s in demand sound can be found on various television and film scores.

At New York’s Carnegie Hall, he and his wife, Vivian Scott Chew, curate “A Night of Inspiration” – a sold out all-star concert to promote diversity at the famed venue. He conducted a 64-piece orchestra joined by a 200 voice mass choir for notable artists from the gospel and secular communities.
 

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http://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/ray-chew
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Fri - May 4, 2018 2:18 pm     A+ | a-
Join Maurice Lynch on "Love Notes" with Alyson Williams WHCR- 90.3 Harlem
Join Maurice Lynch on "Love Notes" with Alyson Williams WHCR- 90.3 Harlem
Please Join Maurice Lynch LIVE on May 15, 2018 for " Love Notes" with Alyson Williams in The Chill Zone. Get a sneak peak into all the great things going on with Maurice Lynch Music.

They will share insight on his career, Living in New York City , Upcoming movies, Jazz, Inspiration and sharing new music with the audience on this incredible show.  

Only on WHCR "The Voice of Harlem" 90.3 FM in New York City 

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Fri - April 6, 2018 6:08 pm     A+ | a-
Pat Cleveland Duo-Single - "Tonight Josephine" Now on Amazon
Pat Cleveland Duo-Single - "Tonight Josephine" Now on Amazon
Maurice Lynch Music Presents: Legendary Model & Style Icon Pat Cleveland paying tribute to the incomparable Joséphine Baker the American born unrivaled Queen of the French Music Hall, who is forever immortalized in this a new duo-single. Get ready to swing from Harlem to Paris. The songs cleverly and biographically serenades Joséphine's life in a sizzling ‘Le Jazz Hot’ twenties style, with a jazzy techno swing and dance remix for a younger generation.” Enjoy the sensational Pat Cleveland as she successfully channels "La Baker". This tribute is a Joséphine Baker collector’s dream. With this CD purchase, you will also enjoy `an intimate collection of photographs of Pat Cleveland modeling in the Baker-esque style. Pat Cleveland is “Walking with the Muses” with this hit.

Available Now:
https://www.amazon.com/Tonight-Jos%C3%A9phine-Pat-Cleveland/dp/B01H2DF0QQ
 
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Sun - March 25, 2018 7:21 pm     A+ | a-
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1890, by Heinrich Hofmann - Location- The Riverside Church N.Y.C
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1890, by Heinrich Hofmann - Location- The Riverside Church N.Y.C

May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness as we celebrate this joyful Holy Week.
 
In spite of all the violence around us, in spite of the evil that we see, bigotry, division, all around us, we must never give up on that spark of divine life and grace within us that gives us hope. We know that each one of us can make a difference. We can fashion a better community. We can make a better world.
 
Happy Easter to you and your family as we celebrate our Father’s greatest sacrifice through his Son, Jesus Christ. Have a blessed Easter Holiday .
 
Maurice Lynch
Producer

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Thu - March 1, 2018 9:33 pm     A+ | a-
SARAH JESSICA PARKER AND BILL CUNNINGHAM IN 2013 - PATRICK MCMULLAN - GETTY IMAGES
SARAH JESSICA PARKER AND BILL CUNNINGHAM IN 2013 - PATRICK MCMULLAN - GETTY IMAGES

VOGUE: Paris - How is Sarah Jessica Parker involved in the new Bill Cunningham documentary?
Mark Bozek’s The Times of Bill documentary, set to release in spring 2018, celebrates the New York spirit captured by fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. And with Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed as narrator, the film is sure to be a 2018 highlight.

Bill Cunningham, who passed away on June 25, 2016, will be the subject of a new documentary set to be released in spring 2018. The Times of Bill will be based on an interview with the celebrated New York Times photographer with Mark Bozek, the director of the documentary, 25 years ago. This is a New York fashion story through and through, so who better to narrate the film than the actress behind the iconic Carrie BradshawSarah Jessica Parker will be retracing the influence of the American photographer and New York expert, joining illustrator Ruben Toledo,who has created animations and drawings for the documentary, as well as model Pat Cleveland, who has recorded the song "Tonight Josephine" for "The Times of Bill’s" original soundtrack. It’s sure to be a beautiful depiction of everything Bill Cunningham loved about New York.

http://en.vogue.fr/fashion-culture/fashion-exhibitions/articles/how-is-sarah-jessica-parker-involved-in-the-new-bill-cunningham-documentary/58905

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Wed - February 7, 2018 5:20 pm     A+ | a-
Maurice Lynch's GospeLive at WPPAC- Friday February 23, 8 P.M.
Maurice Lynch's GospeLive at WPPAC- Friday February 23, 8 P.M.
Get Your Tickets Today. WPPAC - White Plains Performing Arts Center Presents: "Maurice Lynch's  GospeLive Celebrating 10 Years". Celebrate Black History Month at WPPAC and join Maurice Lynch for a great evening from "Gospel to Jazz". The show will be featuring Dawn Tallman, Alyson Williams and Ty Stephens along with this great Revue.   
 

White Plains Performing Arts Center presents The Harlem GospeLive Revue on Friday, February 23 at 8pm. The Harlem GospeLive Revue takes you on an amazing journey through Gospel Music in a high-energy style performance with the authentic flavor of Harlem. This amazing revue showcases New York’s most talented performers, and, magnificent voices. The performances are spectacular, and, samples many genres of America’s gospel music. The Revue features electrifying soloists with dynamic vocal abilities, and, super-rich harmonies that will touch your soul and have you dancing in the aisles!

The Harlem GospeLive Revue is produced by Maurice Lynch, who has traveled around the world with the troupe. The show originally premiered at the world-famous Blue Note in New York, and, was such an immediate success, has appeared before tens of thousands of people who love the sound of this distinctive American genre.

The Harlem GospeLive Revue will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center for one night only on Friday, February 23 at 8pm. The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact  boxoffice@wppac.com.

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http://wppac.com/shows/harlem-gospelive-revue/

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https://news.hamlethub.com/mamaroneck/events/3227-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-the-harlem-gospelive-revue-friday-february-23

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Thu - February 1, 2018 1:56 pm     A+ | a-
Maurice Lynch Music: Salutes Music Legend Edwin Hawkins
Maurice Lynch Music: Salutes Music Legend Edwin Hawkins
Edwin Hawkins
 
Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day” and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music, died Monday at age 74. 
Hawkins died at his home in Pleasanton, California. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, publicist Bill Carpenter told the Associated Press. 
Along with Andrae Crouch, James Cleveland and a handful of others, Hawkins was credited as a founder of modern gospel music. Aretha FranklinSam Cooke and numerous other singers had become mainstream stars by adapting gospel sounds to pop lyrics. Hawkins stood out for enjoying commercial success while still performing music that openly celebrated religious faith. 
 
An Oakland native and one of eight siblings, Hawkins was a composer, keyboardist, arranger and choir master. He had been performing with his family and in church groups since childhood and in his 20s helped form the Northern California State Youth Choir. 
Their first album, Let Us Go into the House of the Lord, came out in 1968 and was intended for local audiences. But radio stations in the San Francisco Bay Area began playing one of the album's eight tracks, “Oh Happy Day,” an 18th century hymn arranged by Hawkins in call-and-response style. 

 
“Oh Happy Day,” featuring the vocals of Dorothy Combs Morrison, was released as a single credited to the Edwin Hawkins Singers and became a million-seller in 1969, showing there was a large market for gospel songs and for inspirational music during the turbulent era of the late 1960s. 
“I think our music was probably a blend and a crossover of everything that I was hearing during that time,” Hawkins told blackmusic.com in 2015. “We grew up hearing all kinds of music in our home. My mother, who was a devout Christian, loved the Lord and displayed that in her lifestyle. 
“My father was not a committed Christian at that time but was what you'd call a good man,” he said. “And, of course, we heard from him some R&B music but also a lot of country and western when we were younger kids.” 
In 1970, the Hawkins singers backed Melanie on her top 10 hit “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance for “Oh Happy Day.” 
Meanwhile, George Harrison would cite “Oh Happy Day” as inspiration for his hit “My Sweet Lord,” and Glen Campbellreached the adult contemporary charts with his own version of the Hawkins performance. Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis and numerous others also would record it
Hawkins went on to make dozens of records and won four Grammys in all, including for the songs “Every Man Wants to Be Free” and “Wonderful!” In 2007, he was voted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame. He also toured on occasion with younger brother Walter Hawkins, a Grammy winner who died in 2010. 
Edwin Hawkins is survived by his siblings Carol, Feddie, Daniel and Lynette. 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2018/01/15/gospel-star-edwin-hawkins-known-oh-happy-day-dies-74/1034705001/

https://www.musicalamerica.com/news/newsstory.cfm?storyid=29958&categoryid=5&archived=0
 
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Mon - January 29, 2018 12:30 am     A+ | a-
Bill Cunningham - Receives Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence Award- 2012- Anna Wintour - Brad Barket
Bill Cunningham - Receives Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence Award- 2012- Anna Wintour - Brad Barket
Exciting Stuff!!!!!
“The Times of Bill” is listed in Vogue and Fashion United’s Top Fashion Films & Documentaries to Watch in 2018.
So excited for its release and Pat Cleveland’s performance of my song “Tonight Josephine”............... Maurice Lynch 
 
“The Times of Bill”
“Following the life of the iconic late photographer Bill Cunningham, who is heralded with popularising street style, comes The Times of Bill. Written and directed by Mark Bozek, narration by Sarah Jessica Parker, animations by Ruben Toledo and a theme song by supermodel Pat Cleveland, the documentary is set to be a star-studded, who’s who of fashion affair.”…………VOGUE 


6 Fashion Films & Documentaries to Watch in 2018
By: Vivian Hendriksz
Thursday, December 28 2017

London - The fashion industry has produced its own pearls of beauty and wonder within the field of cinematography over the years. Considering the fact that the two sectors are both visually driven, it seems only natural that film in fashion go hand in hand. Whether they be in the form of a documentary, a short movie or a fashion-focused comedy (The Devil Wears Prada ring any bells?) there is something about a film celebrating the best or worst of fashion that captures viewers hearts and minds like no other. 2018 is set to become the year of the Fashion Film, which is why FashionUnited has listed its top 6 fashion movies, documentaries and series set to launch next year.

‘Mc Queen’
The turbulent life and the tragic death of legendary designer Alexander McQueen remains a source of inspiration for film and documentary makers to this day. Which is why the rise and fall of the British designer, couturier and multiple winner of the British Designer of The Year Awards is set to be the focus of not one but two productions next year (and potentially a third). The first is a feature length film, directed by Andre Haigh which aims to explore the late designer’s creative process in the month leading up to his 2009 retrospective show. Still untitled, the film will stat Jack O’Connell as McQueen. The second is a full-length documentary entitled “McQueen” and directed by Ian Bonhote. The documentary will focus on the life of McQueen, looking at how he “rose from Savile Tailor’s apprentice to become one of the most celebrated and controversial fashion designers in the world.” Lastly, a another film entitled “The Ripper” is said to be works which aims to study the relationship between the late designer and the late Isabella Blow, a leading fashion editor and patron of McQueen. An exact release date for all three productions has yet to be confirmed.

’The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’
The sudden murder of Gianni Versace, founder of Italian fashion house Versace, outside of his beach house in Miami in 1997 shook the entire fashion industry. The mystery and violence surrounding his tragic death has captured the attention of millions, which makes it a logical story for producers and writers to use as a source of inspiration. Following the success of the ten-part series “The People vs. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story” from FX comes the next part in the tv series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” This nine-part series aims to follow the series of events which led up to the murder of Gianni Versace as well as the aftermath, while trying to remain as close to the real life event as possible. However, as the true motive behind Andrew Cunanan reasons to murder Versace remain unknown, it is likely that American Crime Story creator Ryan Murphy is likely to take some artistic liberities when filling the blanks and creating more backstory. The series is set to star Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace, Ricky Martin as his partner Antonio D'Amico and Penelope Cruz as his sister and business partner Donatella Versace. The first episode of the series is set to air January 17, 2018.

‘The Gospel According to André’
"I do not live for fashion. I live for beauty and style,” is one of the first things André Leon Talley says in the opening of the documentary focusing on his life, inspiration, and career. Former editor-at-larger for American Vogue, his unique view on fashion and appreciation of beauty has ensured his front row seat at all the major fashion shows for the past 25 years. In the new documentary, which follows Talley’s remarkable rise in the fashion industry, as well as his mission to help diversify the industy, veteran fashion insiders such as Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Valentino take turns discussing their relationship with Talley. The documentaty has already been screened at a number of international film festivals around the world but is set to be widely released to the public next year.

‘Phantom Thread’
Unlike the previous fashion films which are based on true stories, the film ‘Phantom Thread’ follows the fictional story of Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned British designer living in post-war London during the 1950s. Woodstock is part of the creme-de-la-crème of the British fashion industry: his creations are eagerly anticipated and worn by the upper classes of the population, such as members of the royal family and actresses. In addition to fashion, Woodcock has a taste for beautiful women, who tend to come and go in his life. Until he meets one lady, Alma, who turns his whole world upside down when she become both his muse and his lover. Starring Daniel Day Lewis and Vicky Krieps, the film has already been nominated for 2 Golden Globes and is slated for public wide release March 1, 2018.

‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’
The first feature-length documentary covering the life and career of iconic British designer and activist Vivienne Westwood is set to launch next spring. Entitled "Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist" and shot by Lorna Tucker, the feature-length documentary aims to celebrate the designer's achievements in the fashion industry as well as her cultural influence. Also known as the ‘Queen of Punk’, Westwood is seen as one of the leading founders of the punk sub-culture in the UK in the 1970s. The documentary also aims to highlight the turbulent life of the British designer and her relationship with Malcolm McLaren, designer and former manager of the popular band Sex Pistols. The upcoming documentary is set to be screen at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 under the 'World Cinema Documentary Competition' before the UK wide release on March 23, 2018.

‘The Times of Bill’
‘The Times of Bill’ is a new feature-length documentary examining the life and career of legendary NYTimes street photographer Bill Cunningham. The new documentary aims to follow the rise of his street-style photography as well as his private life. A humble man, Cunningham carved out a name for himself in the fashion industry after cycling through New York in his instantly recognizable blue sweaters and jackets, in search of one of a kind outfits, paving the way for street-photography. The documentary includes interviews with the iconic man himself, as well as never before seen photographs and images of the late photographer, who passed away in 2016. Written and directed by Mark Bozek and narrated by actress Sarah Jessica Parker, it also includes animations by Ruben Toledo and song by supermodel Pat Cleveland, underlining the ongoing influence Cunningham has within the fashion industry. The documentary is set to launch sometime in 2018.

Thanks,
Maurice Lynch
Producer

https://www.vogue.com.au/fashion/news/four-fashion-films-to-watch-in-2018/image-gallery/915f097d4cc669b88887acd575bf2728?pos=3
 
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