December 18th Annual Holiday Show Announced!

November 25th, 2017

Join us Monday, December 18th for one of our most signature events! If you’re looking to spend an evening cuddling up to some of the most well crafted songs on the planet (sung by the best talent NYC has to offer) look no further! We have an incredible line up full of special guests to serenade you.

Performers include –

Ari Douglas Zizzo
Tina Shafer
Rob Mathes
Andrew Fortier
Nick Deutsch
Jane Kelly Williams

and more!

Ari Douglas Zizzo

Ari Zizzo is a New York Based singer songwriter and producer. He is currently a student at SUNY Purchase college where he studies studio composition in their music conservatory. He has opened for new kids on the block, MKTO, and Emblem 3, to name a few, and was awarded ASCAP’s Desmond child anthem award for his songwriting in 2012. Out of the many places he has performed, the New York songwriters circle and the bitter end have been his favorite; his home away from home. The circle has helped shape him into the artist and performer he is today, and continues to help him grow both as a musician, and a person. He is incredibly grateful, and humbled to perform here tonight.

Tina Shafer
Singer Songwriter/vocal coach Tina Shafer, started hosting and booking the New York Songwriterʼs Circle in 1991. Held at the legendary Bitter End in NYC. At first Tina called upon some of her writing friends to do shows in the round.

George David Weiss, Steven Dorff, Albert Hammond, Chuck Taylor, Siedah Garrett (Michael Jackson), Gary Burr, Hugh Prestwood, Big and Rich,Lana Del Rey, Gavin DeGraw…later she decided to incorporate young talent as well.

Tina is also a seasoned performer having opened to Suzanne Vega, sung with Phoebe Snow, John Oates, Marc Cohn, Gary Burr and Gavin DeGraw to name a few.

Rob Mathes
Rob Mathes is an Emmy winning, Tony and Grammy nominated arranger/composer and music producer/director. He has produced recordings by Sting, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Bettye LaVette, Beth Hart, Vanessa Williams, the band Panic At The Disco and others. He won the Emmy for his work on the Kennedy Center Honors, a program he musically directed for over a decade. He directed Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, A Journey In Faith, the concert for Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden, and PBS’s Great Performances 40th Anniversary Special. He’s arranged and conducted music for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Lou Reed, Beck, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton and Tony Bennett and also Classical artists like Yo Yo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel and Renée Fleming. He’s written the soundtrack for two HBO documentaries, one about Thurgood Marshall starring Lawrence Fishburne and another about the Pulitzer Prize winning Herblock, both nominated for Best Original Score Emmys. Rob has written music for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Nashville Symphony, The National Symphony and The Royal Philhamonic. In 2014 he supervised and orchestrated Sting’s Broadway show The Last Ship.

Andrew Fortier
– Andrew’s seven and a half minuets of fame to date is his song “I say grace” which was recorded by international artist Hayley Westernra selling over 3 million albums. Andrew has also had 2 major recording deals with warner brothers and chrysalis records as well as a major publishing deal with EMI. His other seven and a half minutes of fame is his latest and sixth album to date called {time machine } that has been on top ten reverb nation charts since its release and most meaningful to him is the chance to record and perform with his daughter Andie Juliette and son Cole Fortier, it’s all about family for Andrew and the music we make together.

Nick Deutsch
Nick Deutsch is an award winning New York based piano playing indie pop Singer/Songwriter originally from Wilmette Illinois. He has shared the stage with established singer-songwriters Ian Axle (Great Big World) and Jillette Johnson as well as recorded with American Idol’s finalist Marissa Pontecorvo. Songs off his EP’s “Crazy Ride” and “HeartSaver” have won awards for Best Pop Male Vocal (2013 IMEA Awards), The Great American Song (2013 POP Category) and featured interviews with Pop Vulture Magazine, Apple Inc. the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. Nick was also the recipient of a 2011 Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project Award, a 2011 New York Songwriter’s Circle Award, a 2014 American Songwriter’s Award Nomination, a 2014 International Songwriter’s Contest award, 5 UK songwriting semi-finalist nominations a 2014 ISC award, an International Vocalist Runner Up Nomination, and his lyrics (Crazy Ride / Hooking Up” have won nominations and been printed in the nationally published American Songwriter magazine (May 2014/ Sept 2017). His music has also been featured on the hit TV series Younger and Nickelodeon’s Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life.

Jane Kelly Williams –
Jane Kelly Williams has enjoyed writing and sharing songs since teen years in GA.
Of her 4 CD’s, the most popular with friends and family was, Tapping the Wheel, made on Mercury Records in 1993.
The last 10 years of playing at the Bitter End have all been due to the exciting invitations of being part of a Tina Shafer lineup!
Music

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