About This Event
Music for All Senses will feature well-known jazz performer, Catherine Russell, and will include interviews with our honorees, Matthew Kaplowitz, Bridge Multimedia; Sam Latif, P&G; Peter Slatin, The Slatin Group; and keynote speaker Jason Eckert, Executive Director, Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation. Learn more about how these amazing individuals have made their mark in the field of vision loss, accessibility and inclusion.
This state-of-the-art event will be fully accessible with closed captions, audio descriptions and American Sign Language interpretation.
Proceeds from this event will support VISIONS free services in Manhattan.
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Meet the Performers
Catherine Russell, Vocalist
Catherine is a Grammy Award-winning vocalist best known for her stunning vocal approach and interpretive works in blues and early jazz. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she toured and recorded with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Levon Helm, Toshi Reagon and Rosanne Cash, among numerous others. Hailed as “one of the outstanding singers of our time” by The Wall Street Journal, Catherine has performed across the world and on over 200 albums
Jesse Jones III, ASL Interpreter
An active member of the Deaf community, Jesse is Vice Chair of the Deaf Services Advisory Council. He recently created a social awareness video, using ASL, entitled Juneteenth. Jesse was a founding member of the hip-hop Deaf dance troupe HipZu Funk, dedicated to spreading positivity through performances, dances, and ASL drum songs.
Matt Munisteri, Guitar and Arranger
Matt is a New York City-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter specializing in varied musical styles ranging from contemporary to 1920/30-era jazz. Matt has taught at the Berklee College of Music, the Augusta Heritage Center, the Ashokan Center, and Centrum. He has performed on A Prairie Home Companion, Jazz Night in America: Jazz at Lincoln Center, E-Town, Mountain Stage, and Michael Feinstein’s Song Travels.
Nicki Parrott, Acoustic Bass
Nicki has performed in several Broadway shows and has made several television and documentary appearances. She has performed at most major jazz festivals around the globe. In 2007 and 2008, Nicki received back-to-back honors for Swing Journal’s Best Jazz Vocal Album. Nicki actively participates in continuing musical education for women and inner-city children.