21 Swingaroos Background
Countless musical genres emerged during the first half of the 20th Century, and there was only one place you could find them all: The Jukebox.
In this jazzy music revue, The Swingaroos put a dynamic twist on the Jukebox’s greatest hits, including “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “Hound Dog.”
OLIVER BONIE A second-generation New Orleans multi-instrumentalist and composer, Oliver Bonie has been making music since the age of six. His father saxophone and clarinetist Earl Bonie often brought him to gigs on the Steamboat Natchez, where he learned vicariously how to play music. Oliver attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and got his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music at the University of New Orleans. Oliver has played, arranged, and composed for a variety of projects featuring jazz, R&B, art-rock, contemporary classical, and electronic music.
MICHAEL BROWNELL In addition to The Swingaroos, current projects include: The Milkman and Sons, Hello Bittersweet, and Fake Tapes. He began his musical journey on piano with Reese Scott, and then switched to bass. Michael attended Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Peter Dominguez and Oberlin’s great jazz faculty. He has lived in Shanghai, and performed across Asia in clubs, concert halls, and festivals. He has performed and recorded with countless musicians, including Marcus Belgrave, Mark Bai, Nick Lyons, Marcus Milius, Tamar Korn, Verneri Pohjola, and Sullivan Fortner.
ASSAF GLEIZNER Born and raised in Israel, Assaf Gleizner works as a composer, MD, orchestrator, and arranger in NYC and around the world. Some of Assaf’s favorite projects are: Stephen Schwartz’s 70th Birthday Concert (Hudson Theatre); Arts For Autism (featuring Kelli O’Hara); The Office! A Musical Parody (Composer, Orchestrator); Friends! The Musical Parody (Composer, Orchestrator); 90210! The Musical (Composer, Orchestrator); Move On: A Sondheim Adventure (Arranger and Co-Producer with jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee). Assaf is also a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
KIMBERLY HAWKEY is a vocalist, mentor and producer from New York. In addition to bandleading The Swingaroos, she performs with Big Bands and Symphony Orchestras across the nation. After crowdfunding her debut album in 2017, Kimberly released two albums with The Swingaroos, and two more with songwriting team Morris & Rivers (We the Nighthawks & A New Noel - available this Thanksgiving). Awards: Gold Medal - American Traditions Vocal Competition; Johnny Mercer Award, Two-Time Winner of the Cabaret Showdown NYC. www.kimberlyhawkey.com / @kimberlyhawkey
URI ZELIG was born in Tel Aviv, to a musical family and a rich musical community. He started playing drums and piano at the age of 10, and only a few years later, started working professionally with some of the country’s greatest artists. Zelig moved to New York City in 2012 to pursue his musical education at The New School, where he graduated with honors. While in NYC, Zelig worked with Jazz legends George Cables, Bill Crow, Marion Cowings, and more. He is currently playing all over town and holds the lead drum chair in several Off-Broadway productions, while recording and composing original music.
Artistic Oversight | Catherine Randazzo
Scenic Designer | Bruce Price
Lighting Designer | Andrew Gray
Sound Designer | Thom Korp
Sound & Lighting Board Operator I Natalie Shadrick