2/17/24 SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Nina Simone Live in Holland ’65 & England ’68


Our O&A NYC Saturday Morning Jazz Concert features the legendary the jazz pianist/vocalist Nina Simone. It was filmed in Holland for the VARA television Dutch television,  Dec. 25, 1965, and in England for the ITN television program, Sound of Soul, Sept. 14, 1968.  Continue reading

2/10/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Philadanco at the Joyce

By Walter Rutledge

The Philadelphia Dance Company, better known by its sobriquet Philadanco, is having a stellar New York City season at the Joyce Theater.  The all-to-short four-day five performance series will conclude to today Saturday, February 10 with two performances: a 2pm family matinee and an 8pm finale. The season has successfully highlighted the works of four emerging choreographers Tommie-Waheed Evans, Nijawwon Matthews, Ray Mercer and Chris Rudd: thus, continuing the company’s role in perpetuating the Black dance tradition. Continue reading

2/1/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: RudduR Dance

By Walter Rutledge


RudduR Dance presented a three-day New York season January 25th through January 27th at the Chelsea Factory. Founder and choreographer Christopher Rudd continues to develop choreography that both entertaining and enlightening. The well curated seventy-five-minute concert presented three works and offered a retrospective into choreographer Rudd’s work and artistic evolution.  Continue reading

1/21/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Ronald K. Brown /Evidence

By Walter Rutledge

Ronald K. Brown /Evidence presented their 2024 New York season January 16 through 21 at the Joyce Theater. The nine-member ensemble offered two works Walking Out the Dark (2001) and Torch (2012). The program provided an overview of the range and diversity of choreographer Brown and his company in what is best described as an American artist’s declaration of his diasporic roots. Continue reading

1/18/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Take The A Train (1962)

Take the A Train is a Jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Continue reading

1/14/24 O&A NYC O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Dizzy Gillespie Quintet – (Jazz 625) 1966

Humphrey Lyttelton and Neneh Cherry introduces a session by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie accompanied by Rudy Collins, Christopher White, Kenny Barren and James Moody. Continue reading

1/7/23 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Nicole C Mullen- Redeemer- Live At The 32nd Dove Awards)


Michael W Smith introduces Nicole C Mullen and The Nashville Super Choir  in their rendition of Redeemer live from the 2001 GMA Dove Awards. Continue reading

1/6/23 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Cynthia Erivo Live- The Royal Albert Hall London (August 2022)


Cynthia Erivo said she was “overwhelmed” by the audience’s ecstatic response during her 2022 concert at  Royal Albert Hall, London. “I’ve done the Hollywood Bowl, the Grammys, but this was the biggest, here in my home town,” Continue reading

12/1/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Keke Palmer Shakes Her Hips To Janelle Monáe’s Energetic Performance | Soul Train Awards ‘23

Janelle Monáe not only opened the 2023 BET Soul Train Awards hosted by Keke Palmer, but also took home the inaugural Spirit of Soul Awards. Continue reading

11/29/23 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Whoopi Goldberg- Direct From Broadway, 1984 – 1985, (originally – Spook Show)

In 1983 Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Elaine Johnson) created The Spook Show, a one-woman show composed of different character monologues. Director Mike Nichols offered to take the show to Broadway. Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway premiered on October 24, 1984 and ran until March 10, 1985, for a total of 156 performances. Continue reading