Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 10pm

Uptown Lounge Presents:


Venissa Santi


What do legendary radio show host and jazz expert, Bob Parlocha, Latin music icon Ruben Blades and renowned promoter, Dick Le Palm have in common? They unanimously agree that Cuban American singer-songwriter Venissa Santi is a name to watch.


As Raul D’ Gama of Latin Jazz Network wrote, “She joins the likes of Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Sheila Jordan, Elis, Rosa, Celia, Flora Purim and fewer others than can be counted on the fingers of a hand – as the highest practitioners of the art of vocal music.”


On SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2009, Venissa will perform at the famed UPTOWN LOUNGE AT HISTORIC MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE. Minton’s is famous for its role in the development of modern jazz, also known as bebop, where in its jam sessions in the early 1940s, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, pioneered the new music. Minton’s thrived for three decades until its decline near the end of the 1960s, and its eventual closing in 1974. The newly remodeled club reopened its doors on May 19, 2006, under the name Uptown.


Joining Venissa will be pianist, Robert Rodriguez, bassist, Yunior Terry and drummer, Francois Zayas. We invite you to join Venissa as she celebrates the release of her debut recording, BIENVENIDA on Sunnyside Records.



Uptown Lounge at Minton's Playhouse

206 W 118th Street

New York, NY 10026

Phone: (212) 864-8346



1st Set at 10pm


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