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Dan Manjovi

New York City's best play in the park
Angelito Jusay
July 15, 2024, 12:30pm–2:30pm

A-one and a-two and a-you know what to do...!
Come on down and swing along with the best ragtime, stride, and jazz musicians in town.

Upper Terrace (at the base of the William Cullen Bryant Statue behind the New York Public Library)

***Today's Piano in Bryant Park performer will be Dan Manjovi, standing in for Bertha Hope

***Join Bertha for her Piano in Bryant Park performance on July 19

Bertha Hope 
Jazz, Composer, Arranger

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being the leader of the Bertha Hope Trio, she has re-formed the Bertha Hope 5tet featuring Elmo Hope compositions. During the pandemic crisis, she focused on wider recognition of her own compositions and was included in trumpeter Jeremy Pelts first edition of his book Griot, published in 2021. As composer and arranger of several recordings her works include: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. In 2016 Kennedy Center’s Artistic Jazz Director Jason Moran invited Bertha to perform at Kennedy Center and the Apollo Theatre in a two-city program. She has been honored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and continues to work with her daughter, Monica Meaux Hope, on a music CD for Meaux, Hopes’ Play Healing Fractures. Bertha was married to, and worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker.

Dan Manjovi
Recording Artist, Performer, Composer

Dan Manjovi is an award-winning vocalist, pianist, actor, writer, and teacher. Theatre credits include Regional: Denver Center Theater Company, Arizona Theatre Company (Manny, Master Class); Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Buddy Toupee, Gunmetal Blues); 2006 workshop of George Furth’s (Company, Merrily We Roll AlongThe End (music by Doug Katsaros). Off-Broadway: 2016 Workshop and The York Theatre production (Aaron Jefferson Levi How To Be An American!). Dan’s original music and arrangements have been featured in film, stage, radio, and television. His song, "Somethin’s Comin’ My Way" was featured in the Academy Award-winning Lionsgate film Precious; his musical I Am, I Will, I Do, was a standout hit at the 2017 New York Musical Festival (NYMF, Playwrights Horizons). Dan's play, Picked Up, premiered in 2019 in New York City on Theatre Row (Broadway Bound Theatre Festival), and his newest play, The Problem received two online productions with Planet Connections Theatre this past year. Manjovi has appeared onstage in various concert venues with diverse artists such as Donna Summer, Elvis Costello, Nellie McKay, Patti Griffin, John Mayer, Michael Feinstein, and Grace Hightower.

Thank you for the music!

Many thanks to Sam Ash Music Stores for their support through the years.

Pianist Frank Owens sits at the piano in Bryant Park NYC with a crowd of listeners.
Angelito Jusay Photography