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Wine, Rivers, and Jazz: An Introduction to the Great Cal Massey

By admin | February 14, 2012

Cal Massey

By: Benjamin Barson

Did you know it is illegal to irrigate grape vines in France? French growers have noted that vines that are excessively and unnaturally watered by irrigation systems do not exhibit the same resilience and strength as their dampened counterparts. Where water is not excessive, vines must dig their roots deep into the ground to search for new water sources. The plants that survive are the ones that can ingeniously and intuitively traverse through limestone, granite to create their own nectar of life.

The journey becomes part of the life of the vine itself, and the grape tastes of the ancient stone it comes into contact with. The coveted minerality found in old world wine is, in fact, the product of this painful but fruitful process. Read More


Fred Ho and Ben Barson Present: The Music of Cal Massey at Red Rooster Harlem

By admin | February 13, 2012

Cal Massey

Join Red Rooster Harlem as we host one more unforgettable evening in a tribute concert to honor legendary jazz musician Cal Massey. Massey’s soulful compositions continue to resonate today. His poignant works have been recorded by John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan, Philly Lee Jones, Archie Shepp, and others. In addition to composing jazz music, Massey spent part of his career as a touring artist who performed across the country, including Harlem’s original Red Rooster.

Our evening of jazz will be conducted by Fred Ho-revolutionary Chinese American baritone saxophonist, composer, writer, producer and political activist.  Fred has received numerous honors for his work and is the youngest person to ever receive the Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award. His unique work and style personify the cross-cultural hybrid of American New Music and Jazz.

Of course, the night would not be complete without the Red Rooster’s signature fare and librations. Our menu will feature a selection of newly composed dishes and signature cocktails reflecting the vibe and elegance of Red Rooster’s downstairs venue. Read More


Red Rooster Hosts Press Luncheon for Fred Ho’s Cal Massey Tribute

By admin | February 3, 2012

Fred Ho, India Massey Chamber, Taru Massey, and Ben Barson

To kickoff yesterday’s announcement of Red Rooster’s Fred Ho Concerts came a press luncheon in honor of Fred. Guests gathered at Red Rooster Harlem and joined not only the master musician Fred Ho, but also Taru and India Massey, son and daughter of Cal Massey himself.

Other attendees included the Wall Street Journal Jazz critic, the New York Post, the NYC Jazz Organization, and Red Rooster’s own Ben Barson who also contributed to Fred Ho’s album compilation. Read More


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