Jazz maverick, composer and virtuoso pianist Mark Berman, who can be heard on the theme song of the HBO series "Sex and the City" and who was even featured in an episode, invites you to join him for a unique, heartwarming, good-humored, chatty and jazzy cabaret evening. In an intimate concert with special surprise guests, he will present jazz standards, his own originals and Broadway show tunes in modern, exciting arrangements. Berman, who counts among his musical friends such performers as the veteran Broadway singer Ken Ard (Smokey Joe's Cafe) and Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze (Summer, the Donna Summer Musical; The Color Purple) promises some special surprise guests, from Broadway, film and TV to the jazz scene. Kids friendly! Mark collaborated with the proverbial who’s who of jazz, pop and rock: Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Hugh Jackman, Chita Rivera and many others. He is also a powerful presence on Broadway where he's conducted and played lead piano in Rent, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Bullets Over Broadway, The Boy from Oz, Hairspray, 42nd Street, Radio City Spring Spectacular, Aida, The Color Purple, Jesus Christ Superstar and Spider-Man.
From the 1930s to the 50s, if you asked a taxi driver to take you to “The Street,” you would be driven to 52nd Street. Such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and many others played there almost nightly, and it became known as the "Swing Street". Bonafide was founded by world-renowned musician Richard Bona and restaurateur Laurent Dantonio to celebrate the most revered American art form.