Ryan Star performs for a packed house. Click on photo to view Photo Gallery
T.G.I. Friday’s celebrated the grand re-opening of its Westbury flagship restaurant by hosting a VIP event December 9, 2010 with a special performance by Atlantic Records recording artist and Long Island native Ryan Star. The event was photographed by great New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes. Additional performance by celebrity guest comedien Wali Collins. A ribbon cutting included local dignitaries.
The event took place at the Westbury location. The party was by invitation only.
Decades ago, T.G.I. Friday’s put the legendary Long Island Iced Tea “on the map” by popularizing the drink at its bars across the world.
A modern day pop artist and musical revolutionary, piano iconoclast, ELEW is making a substantial impression on the music world with a thunderous new style of playing: an inspired melding of ragtime, rock and pop that he calls Rockjazz. Photographed by a great event photographer Jeffrey Holmes. His amazing portfolio can be seen at www.jeffreyholmes.com
ELEW has toured the world, recorded, and performed continuously with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. He won the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, his mesmerizing piano theatrics even then hinting at the new musical paradigm he would one day create.Now, in the jazz tradition of interpreting popular tunes of the day, much like Art Tatum and John Coltrane, ELEW has turned to rock, combining a guitarist’s approach to the piano with an explosively physical style of playing that would be at home in any arena. An imposing force even before he stands (not sits) behind the piano, ELEW is known for playing his instrument like an athlete plays a sport—going inside the instrument, testing the limits of his body, pushing through the pain and exhaustion….but never stopping.