June 25, 2014DrCal Hour of InsightHinton Battle is a three time Tony Award Winner and there are not many out there that can claim a fraction of his success. But this man gets better with time. The new CD is called "Something New" we will speak with one of the greats on Wednesday at 6PM EST this is rare so join us at 1-760-542-3931 with your host DrCal.
HINTON BATTLE will be our special guest on Wednesday June 25, 2014. The show is live and this is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the best in the business. Where?"The DrCal Hour of Insight" with your host DrCal, the interview starts at 6Pm EST the lines will be opened 1-760-542 -3931
Hinton Battle, adds another item on his list of great achievements. The release of his CD 'Something New" is full of tunes that has the unique arrangements of a seasoned professional. On Wednesday Mr.Battle will stop by and share some of his music and we might just learn" Something New"about Hinton at 6PM EST with your host DrCal, the show is live so if you want to give us a call and join the conversation 1-760-542-3931 http://youtu.be/5SiKStsT5ts
June 20, 2014New York BeaconJune 19, 2014
Hinton Battle: Boundless at 54 Below!!!
By Vinette K. Pryce
Hinton Battle stopped into New York’s hottest nightspot for one night and there at 54 Below de- livered classic, jazz and blues. Billed for a singular engagement to pay homage to jazz legends the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and others the three-time Tony Award winner sampled a track from his stint along the Great White Way to sing “Sophisticated Ladies.”
Although he limited his repertoire by performing a varied set of classic jazz selections he also delivered “Caravan,” “On Broad- way,” “Night In Tunisia,” “Ellie my Love” and “Welcome to the Club” and with those selections included a sampling of blues and scat.Fresh from a three-month stint in Japan where he performed in Osaka and Tokyo, the acclaimed singer, dancer, choreographer, producer and director knows no boundaries.
Needless to say Battle was delightful. From the very start of the set, his stamina, energy and personality set the tone for a stimulating and enticing session that was filled with surprises and unexpected treats. Joined on this cabaret outing by his traveling companions - Lee Pearson on drums, Terry Brewer on piano, Samir Moulay, on guitar and Romeir Mendez on bass they provided a full complement to ac- company his incomparable performance.
Scatting and gyrating to an infectious beat, Battle’s first treat first introduced Chloe Arnold a tap dancer Gregory Hines would have approved. More in step with the stylings of latter day tap dance kid Savion Glover, Arnold show- cased skill and talent by parody- ing the sounds of Battle and musical accompaniment by musical director Pearson.
A big surprise introduced three- time Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater who was urged onstage to join him in singing the standards they seem to enjoy. The accomplished jazz singer pleaded against a performance say- ing she was out to hear Battle sing but yielded when an enthusiastic crowd demanded the collaboration.
Before agreeing to the duet Bridgewater shared a story of the union she enjoyed while she was in Japan. After many years, it seems they found themselves in Asia and together re-bonded at an international jazz festival. Hinton and Bridgewater sang “Bye Bye Backbird.” The unrehearsed, impromptu duet treated patrons to a rendition from two acclaimed Tony Award winning song stylists. Together the three-time Tony Award winner and his special unexpected guest reprised a classic patrons seemed to indulge with appreciation and nostalgia.
On that evening Battle also launched his three-CD compilation “Something New” which features a sampling of blues, Broad- way and jazz. “I’ ve listened to Hinton first three songs — “All Blues”, “On Broadway”, and “Sophisticated Lady.” I really like the arrangements and.... I love it,” Dee Dee Bridgewater said.
During the 90-minute set, he took time out to talk about his early retreat from his home-base of Washington D.C. when he was just a boy. The brief reflection credited choreographers Geoffrey Holder, George Faison and others who encouraged him to finish his aca- demic studies before pursuing dance. But dance was in his blood. He said he walked “like a ballerina” and for a time audi- tioned to a single ballet com- mand. Holder encouraged Battle to add more “sparkle” to the scarecrow he portrayed on Broadway when he debuted at age 15 in “The Wiz,” he has added his own panache and left an indelible imprint on audiences who saw him later in the “Tap Dance Kid.”
Battle has also executed his in- imitable dance style in Bob Fosse’s “Dancin.” Patrons cheered his performances in “Dreamgirls” “Sophisticated La- dies” “Ragtime” “Miss Saigon” when he appeared as Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” To that effort he has collected three of the theater’s highest honors with three Tony Awards and enumerable honors from the industry.
Hinton Battle is boundless and already due for a repeat date for an- other above average performance at the step-down adjunct to Studio 54, 54 Below.
June 12, 2014HINTON BATTLE "ROAD TO BROADWAY" a new JAPANESE REALITY TELEVISION SHOWExtremely excited to announce the new JAPANESE Reality Television Show “ROAD TO BROADWAY” hosted by HINTON BATTLE.
Dancers of all styles and various techniques are put thought a series of intensive auditions and receive vigorous training by 3x Tony Winner Hinton Battle and a Professional Team of American and Japanese Choreographers and Teachers will be brought to NEW YORK CITY.
For more information join my contact list on hintonbattle.com contact page.
Also new CD Hinton Battle Something New is available on iTunes. Produced by Hinton Battle and Lee Pearson listen to clips on hintonbattle.com music page.http://youtu.be/chevoLKSoQY
June 12, 2014CARIBBEAN LIFE BATTLE 'ON BROADWAYBattle ‘On Broadway ’
By Vinette K. Pryce
Hinton Battle stopped into New York’s hottest nightspot for one night and there at 54 Below delivered classic, jazz and blues. Billed for a singular engagement to pay homage to jazz legends the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and others the three-time Tony winner sampled a track from his stint along the Great White Way to sing “Sophisticated Ladies.”
Although he limited his repertoire by performing a varied set of classic jazz selections, he also delivered “Caravan,” “On Broadway,” “Night In Tunisia,” “Ellie my Love” and “Welcome to the Club” and with those selections included a sampling of blues and scat.
Fresh from a three-month stint in Japan where he performed in Osaka and Tokyo, the acclaimed singer, dancer, choreographer, producer and director knows no boundaries.
Needless to say Battle was delightful. From the very start of the set, his stamina, energy and personality set the tone for a stimulating and enticing session that was filled with surprises and unexpected treats. Joined on this cabaret outing by his traveling companions - Lee Pearson on drums, Terry Brewer on piano, Samir Moulay, on guitar and Romeir Mendez on bass they provided a full complement to accompany his incomparable performance.
Scatting and gyrating to an infectious beat, Battle’s first treat introduced Chloe Arnold, a tap dancer Gregory Hines would have approved. More in step with the stylings of latter day tap dance kid Savion Glover, Arnold showcased skill and talent by parodying the sounds of Battle and musical accompaniment by musical director Pearson.
A big surprise introduced three-time Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater who was urged onstage to join him in singing the standards they seem to enjoy.click here for more info
June 7, 2014HUFFPOST LIVE BLACK VOICESPeter 'Souleo' Wright Journalist and curator
Hinton Battle Finds "Something New" in Japan
In the U.S. he has won three Tony Awards but its overseas where veteran Broadway star Hinton Battle has found new inspiration. A performance in Japan led to his first jazz album and he is now following that up with his second jazz release, Hinton Battle: Something New. He celebrated the album this past Tuesday with a performance at New York City's 54 Below. Battle who used to be signed to Quincy Jones' Qwest label in the mid-'80s is grateful to finally pursue his true musical passion at this stage in his career.
"As an artist I feel comfortable singing jazz. Maybe it wasn't my time for that back then and this is my time. It feels right," he said.
A new musical direction isn't all that Battle has found in Japan. In the fall he is set to launch the Hinton Battle Dance Academy in Tokyo and Osaka and returns to the country in 2015 with the musical he created, "Hinton Battle's American Variety Bang III." For him Japan offers an appreciation for his preferred style of music that he doesn't find at home.
"In America we create this incredible stuff and then throw it away like jazz and the blues. But in Japan they appreciate the arts and really love American music. There is a reverence for history."
Courtesy: Double XXposure Media Relations
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June 7, 2014The Cocoa Express The Cocoa ExpressAmerican Icon - Hinton Battle
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Hinton Battle is an American actor, dancer, singer and dance instructor. He has won three Tony Awards, all in the caegory of Featured Actor in a Musical. He was the first to portray the Scarecrow in the stage version of The Wiz (a role asssumed by Michael Jackson in the 1978 film adaptation).
On December 2013 Hinton released the cd Hinton Battle meets the Count Basie Orchestra produced by legendary jazz producer "88"; which is now available on iTunes and in Tower Records. Mr. Battle will be performing June 3, 2014 at 54 Below in New York City for the release of his 2nd jazz cd produced by the great jazz drummer Lee Pearson,"Hinton Battle Something New.click here for more info
May 31, 201454 Below Release Concert June 3rd NYC CD - HINTON BATTLE SOMETHING NEWA quote from Dee Dee Bridgewater:
"I've listened to your first 3 songs, "All Blues", "On Broadway", and "Sophisticated Lady". I really like the arrangements and.... You sound sexy, haunting, steamy hot. I love it Hinton. Muy bien mi amor! I can't wait to hear the next song selections...what will they be?!"
- Dee Dee Bridgewater
HINTON BATTLE ---- Three-time Tony Award - NAACP Image Awards - Fred Astaire Awards - Ira Aldridge Awards - Choreographer Media Honors - Planet Connection Award - Midtown International Theatre Festival Award - 2012 Champion of the Arts Award - 2014 Amas Rosie Award for lifetime achievement and extraordinary accomplishments.
This proficient and highly talented Mr. Battle begins a new chapter in his always-evolving career with the release of, HINTON BATTLE SOMETHING NEW.
Battles pays homage to jazz leaders like Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and others. Joined on this musical journey by musicians – Musical Director Lee Pearson: Drums, Assistant MD Terry Brewer: Piano, Romeir Mendez: Bass and Chloe Arnold: Tap Dancer.
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JUNE 3rd @ 54 BELOW - 646.476.3551
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"I like his strength," Mr. Battle says of John. "I like his conviction. To me, he's a real marine. He loves hard, plays hard, parties hard, works hard. He carries through on everything he does. He's a real gutsy guy, with a lot of heart. I like that in him."Mervyn RothsteinThe New York Times
I've listened to Hinton first 3 songs, "All Blues", "On Broadway", and "Sophisticated Lady". I really like the arrangements and.... Hinton sounds sexy, haunting, steamy hot. I love it Hinton. Muy bien mi amor! I can't wait to hear more song selections...what will they be?!Dee Dee Bridgewater
Three-time Tony Awards winner Hinton Battle is recognized as one of Broadway’s most respected musical stars. He began his career on stage at the age of 15, as the Scarecrow in the Broadway production of The Wiz.
He has since gone on to build an impressive portfolio of work, dazzling audiences across the country and around the world for over three decades, starring in some of the most memorable musicals ever, including Dancin, Dreamgirls, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago (Billy Flynn), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Miss Saigon and The Tap Dance Kid.
He is the recipient of numerous awards honoring his versatility as an entertainer, among them the NAACP Image Awards, Midtown International Theatre Festival Award, Fred Astaire Awards, Ira Aldridge Awards, the Choreographer Media Honors, Planet Connection Award, the 2012 Champion of the Arts Award from Big Boi’s “Antwan Patten” Big Kidz Foundation, and the Amas 2014 Rosie Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in theatrical arts.
Hinton has easily crossed from stage to television and film. He choreographed and starred in Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story for ABC, as the legendary Bill “Bojangles” Robinson; appeared in These Old Broads, Foreign Student, Touched By An Angel, was the dancing demon “Sweet” in the musical episode of the hit television series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, played Wayne opposite Jamie Fox in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls and Smash on ABC.
As a choreographer, Hinton’s credits include the 65th and 66th Academy Awards, the Outkast musical film, Idlewild for which he created a new dance style SWOP (a union of swing and hip-hop). Additionally he has directed and choreographed ballets for the Baltimore School of the Arts, Washington Reflections Dance Company, and Philadanco.
He directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway musicals Respect, The Marvelous Wonderettes, the stage production of Evil Dead: The Musical and he is currently one of the producers of the hit Off-Broadway show, Sistas: The Musical, entering its third year at St. Luke’s Theatre in New York City and aired 2013 on BET.
He now adds to his long list of accomplishments as author, producer and director of Hinton Battle’s Love Lies which starred Grammy winners Brian McKnight, and Angie Stone and also played a starring role of Pastor Milkum. The play was part of the 2012 Midtown International Theatre Festival where it received 9 MITF Award nominations and was the recipient of two awards. In 2013 the production went on to have a cross-country national tour that began at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C.
Hinton recently returned from Osaka, Japan from sold-out performances of Hinton Battle's American Variety Bang II (HBAVB II) produced by Yoshimoto at the NGK Theatre. Hinton starred, directed, choreographed and wrote the musical which featured an American cast of 26 dancers, singers and musicians. In the Fall of 2014 three time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle in partnership with Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd.; a major Japanese entertainment conglomerate founded in 1912, will launch Hinton Battle Dance Academy in Tokyo and Osaka and will be returning to Japan in 2015 with Hinton Battle's American Variety Bang III.
On December 2013 Hinton was proud to release the cd Hinton Battle Meets the Count Basie Orchestra produced by legendary jazz producer "88"; which is now available on iTunes and in Tower Records. Mr. Battle is now in the studio recording his next jazz cd produced by the great jazz drummer Lee Pearson. To launch, "Hinton Battle and Jazz" cd he'll be performing at Baltimore's Caton Castle on March 29th, 2014.
Mr. Battle would like to thank God for all the wonderful opportunities, the accolades, the brilliant people and the courage he has put in his life. Thank you.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
"Something New" CD Release
54 BELOW - New York, NY
Battle pays homage to jazz leaders like Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and others. Joined on this musical journey by musicians - Musical Director Lee Pearson: Drums, Assistant MD Terry Brewer: Piano, Romeir Mendez: Bass and Chloe Arnold: Tap Dancer.
Saturday, March 29, 2014Caton Castle LoungeCaton Castle Lounge
- Baltimore, MD(410) 566-7086http://www.catoncastle.com
January 2014Hinton Battle's American Variety Bang II 2014NGK Theater
- Osaka, JapanProduced by Yoshimotohttp://youtu.be/YmZMk5HRxMo
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Here and Now
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