featuring Jack & Benny Lipson and Jonathan Pinson
A LIVE Online Concert!
Recorded LIVE Saturday, June 20, 2020
On Saturday, June 20th, SRT and Oceanside Theatre Company presented Nina Herzog, featuring Jack & Benny Lipson and Jonathan Pinson, in an online concert event!
Chanteuse Nina Herzog (The Swan Princess, Salvage) tours a century of popular song with pianist Jack Lipson, bassist Benny Lipson, and drummer Jonathan Pinson. From Berlin to Bernstein to Bergman, this quartet examines music’s perennial power to stir and unify its listeners.
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Nina Herzog is a singer, song-writer, actress, and voice-over artist. Favorite concert performances include singing with The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, and her symphonic collaboration with Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger Patrick Williams (Martina McBride, Frank Sinatra). A seasoned and accomplished studio singer, Nina’s voice can be heard on hundreds of tracks for Universal Music, Hal Leonard Publishing, MTI, Sony Music, and Disney. Nina is the new singing and speaking voice of The Swan Princess in the Sony Animation movies, The Swan Princess. Nina recently recorded, and is excited to release, her first album of her original music. This concert will debut some of her original music, along with broadway and jazz favorites.
Musician Jack Lipson most recently co-creative directed, arranged, and translated Musik! Fantasie! Revolution! , a Weimar Berlin cabaret for the LA Philharmonic. He served 2 years as the musical director of the Wyoming Theater Festival, where he developed and wrote arrangements for Mark Saltzman’s Romeo & Bernadette and Another Roll of the Dice, the latter which premiered at North Coast Repertory. The Festival also presented a reading of Miranda, Please!, an original “musicalette” Jack penned with his brother, Benny, with whom he also arranged Burton Lane and Ralph Freed’s “How About You“ for Lifetime’s holiday special Snowed Inn Christmas. With Reprise 2.0, Jack associate musical directed Sweet Charity starring Laura Bell Bundy and contributed orchestrations to And the World Goes Round. He and Benny write material for their own award-winning project, performing their “sensational,” “clever and astute” originals in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, and are developing Brainstorm, a musical revue of their songs.
Benny Lipson has shared stages with music giants like Herbie Hancock, Barry Manilow, Idina Menzel, and Ben Folds in iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Benny’s played bass in the orchestras of Cagney at the El Portal, Another Roll of the Dice at the Wyoming Theater Festival, and Star is Born^3: Judy, Barbra, Gaga at Rockwell Table and Stage. At the California Center for the Arts, Benny has music directed, orchestrated, arranged and starred in Piano Men: the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John, selling out every performance.
With his twin brother, Jack, Benny formed the award-winning duo Jack and Benny Lipson. They shared their debut show in 2016 with musician-comedian Reggie Watts, and have since played their “sensational, clever and astute” originals in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Sheridan, Wyoming, where they presented their “musicalette,” Miranda, Please!—even in Falam, Myanmar. The Lipson brothers curate content for Center Theatre Group and the LA Phil.
Benny graduated in jazz voice and bass from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Kate Reid and Shelly Berg.
Jonathan Pinson has performed and toured at various locations including the following: Tokyo Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day in Istanbul Turkey, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Nancy France Jazz Festival, a tour of Israel with The Ronen Shmueli Quintet, Newport Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music at the Berklee College of Music and was one of seven musicians selected for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of California Los Angeles, which resulted in a Masters of Music.
Currently he is actively performing with other artists, and teaching throughout New York and Los Angeles.
“Live music and theatre has shaped us into the people we are today. The sense of community we feel when we sit in a theatre and experience something as a tribe is a feeling of being known, not feeling alone, and being able to imagine the world differently. It is unparalleled and it is important. We want to do anything we can to help that continue, and we are proud and excited for this opportunity to share our music in support of keeping this wonderful theatre alive.” – Nina
“We collectively consult and investigate history to inform our present behavior, and what pithier, melodious artifacts than songs? I feel a dutiful honor to expose music whose lyrics continually awe and grow more exigent as they mature.” – Jack
“The remarkable composer Frank Loesser once said writing lyrics is most like journalism. As performers, we take on the responsibility to share the stories of the past to shape the future headlines of our world.” – Benny
“I’ve always believed that music could be used as a source to heal. This year has been a spiritual journey for myself and many others and I feel like the call for music is in need more than ever.” – Jonathan