The evening at Joe's Pub, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender jazz greats, is scheduled to begin at 9:30 PM. Rome Neal hosts the benefit, which features the talents of Lea DeLaria and Fred Hersch as well as ButtaFlySoul, Tulivu Donna-Cumberbach, Carol Randazzo, pianist Courtney Bryan, tap dancer Laraine Goodman and the All Ladies' Band: Linda Oh (bass), Bernice Brooks (drums) and Debra Kreisberg (saxophone, clarinet). The concert, which features music, spoken word, video and dance, pays tribute to such artists as Billy Strayhorn, Bessie Smith, "Ma" Rainey, Billy Tipton and Sun Ra, among others.
Lea DeLaria received an Obie and a Theater World Award for her work in the Public Theater's revival of On the Town. She also starred in the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show and the City Center Encores! presentation of Li'l Abner. Her other theatrical credits include Cinderella, Little Fish, Chicago, The Boys From Syracuse, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and As You Like It. An acclaimed stand up comic, DeLaria is also an accomplished jazz singer, and her solo recordings include "Play It Cool" and "Double Standards."
Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. VIP tickets, priced $65, include a post-show reception. General admission tickets, priced $25, also require a $12 food-drink minimum. Call (212) 967-7555 for reservations.
Fresh Fruit's mission is to "share the LGBT community's unique perspective, creativity and diversity and to build links between the LGBT, local, national and international artistic communities as well as to the general public." For more information, go to www.FreshFruitFestival.com or www.jazzfoundation.org.