Special Programs
New York Cool: Free Friday Night Music Presented by Bank of America
Just Friends
Fri, May 11th, 2012 |
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Event Details

The New-York Historical Society and Bank of America present a free, Friday night concert series highlighting musical history makers, past and present. This concert series features hip, well-known and emerging names from across the spectrum of classical, jazz and popular music genres. Shows are first come, first served, and refreshments are available for purchase. And after the show stick around for our raffles, with prizes from local institutions!

Performer Bio(s)

Since its inception in 1989, the vocal group Just Friends has cultivated an enthusiastic following in the New York area. They have performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem, Alice Parker and Melodious Accord, the Canadian Brass and have appeared on HBO and at the Riverside Church. Noted for their interpretation of vocal music, Just Friends has a unique blend of voices with each vocalist bringing a broad range of experiences to each part.

Shelton Becton is a composer, arranger and pianist and the former Associate Music Director of Memphis and Music Director/Conductor for Baby, It's You on Broadway, and Music Director for Roberta Flack.

Gail Blanche-Gill was a featured soloist for Nelson Mandela’s 1991 visit to New York, City. She has performed in numerous operas and is currently the Minister of Music at the Church of the Incarnation in Jersey City.

A. Makea McDonald was a featured soloist at the Nelson Mandela service (Blessed Assurance) and is a member of The Riverside Choir.

Nedra Olds-Neal is director of the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir and a two-time GRAMMY Award nominee for Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings.

Michael Neal is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has been associated with the Harlem Heritage Big Band, The Cotton Club Orchestra and The Riverside Choir.

Jamet Pittman, named one of “Tomorrow’s Divas” by The New York Times, debuted with New York City Opera in their televised performance of Porgy and Bess: Live from Lincoln Center.

Raffle details

Lady M Confections has generously donated a $25 gift card for treats at their boutique, located at 41 East 78th Street. Caffè Storico has also donated a $50 gift card to be used at the restaurant any time!


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Additional Information

Concert attendance is free. First come, first served. Refreshments are available for purchase.


The New-York Historical Society is grateful to Bank of America for its generous support of

New York Cool: Friday Night Music.

Creative: Tronvig Group