Barbara’s Serenade with Bill Cerulli on drums, Esdras Lubin on bass, Jim Olbrys on guitar, Al Brooks sax/flute, Barbara Occhino on vocals.
RESERVE YOUR TABLE: (203) 348-7000
ABOUT THE VENUE: On the Greenwich-Stamford border with plenty of free parking, the giant coffee cup on the marquee welcomes you to this throwback dining experience with an extensive menu (from $4.99 homemade soups to authentic entrees including paella) complimented with a full bar of wines, beers, and cocktails. From the onion rings to corn beef and on-site bakery, everything is made fresh on the premises. The 12,000 square foot diner has been spruced up with new lights, carpets, and more and features live music in the back lounge. No cover or minimum. See TheStamfordDiner.com
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Drummer, songwriter, and vocalist Bill Cerulli has toured the US, Canada, and Brazil playing at venues like Carnegie Hall, The Bottom Line, and Madison Square Garden with Vicki Sue Robinson (iconic singer of Turn the Beat Around).
Besides being a session drummer on two of her albums, he appeared on TV shows including The Midnight Special and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. Bill studied jazz, rock, and Latin drumming; has recorded over 35 CDs for various independent artists; and performed music for cable shows. He served as a charter drum instructor at the Stamford Music Program (CT) and currently teaches privately and at music schools in Fairfield County, CT.
Barbara is a multilingual vocalist (English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese), dancer, and entrepreneur who manages "Barbara's Serenade" combos and sings with Metro New York area bands. Her "personality is warm like sunshine and her love of music is her joy and gift to people. Her voice is soft and sultry," says The Fairfield County Music Reporter.
She has performed at Stamford's The Palace, Harbor Point, The Bartlett Arboretum, and corporate, retail, and private events. She sang in Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 50th Anniversary "the public domain" choir. Barbara has been a session vocalist and bilingual voice-over talent in NY/CT recording studios and serves as the Music and Entertainment Curator for the Stamford ARTWALK, the Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll, and charities. She studies theatre and ballroom dancing and has choreographed for musical theatre and choral groups. Her commercial work includes co-hosting live auctions, acting in videos and commercials, public speaking, and appearing as on-camera TV spokesperson.
Bassist Esdras Lubin has played professionally for 55 years with a wide variety of accomplished artists, most notably 25 years with (Virginia) Joe Jones (Dizzy Gillespie, Dakota Staton), The Supremes, and numerous world-class musicians.
He was a bassist with The Jazz Foundation of America, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. Esdras currently performs throughout Connecticut as well as at country clubs, dances, jazz concerts, club dates and casual gigs around the Tri-State area.
Jim Olbrys is a guitarist from Stratford who has performed at venues like CBGB, Texas Lone Star Road House, and The Bitter End. He has recorded 3 CDs with singer/ songwriter/filmmaker Ned Farr: The Good Red Road & Desert Motel, both in the soundtrack of Ned’s award-winning film, as well as The Ghost of It All now in production. A graduate of the Jazz Program at New England Conservatory, he has worked as a sound engineer, was on the MTV crew with Billy Joel in the USSR, and was a roadie touring the US with Meatloaf.
A trained actor and voiceover artist, he has appeared in print ads, national TV commercials, industrial training films, stage plays, and film. He hosted and produced the radio talk shows “Meantime” and “Here & Now.”
Greenwich resident Al Brooks is a saxophonist (tenor and alto) and flutist who has played for over 20 years with various bands in diverse music styles (jazz, dance, Latin, Big Band). He performs with the Jump Start Big Band, his own SoJourn Jazz Group, and the Lehman College Jazz Band. Al earned a Jazz Diploma from Mannes College of Music, an M.A. in German, and an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Columbia University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and English as a Second Language college instructor.