MARION J. CAFFEY
Mr. Caffey began his entertainment career as a song and dance man in New York City in 1981. Since then he has the rare distinction of having performed, conceived, created, directed, choreographed and written for the Broadway stage. His theatrical creations and productions have appeared on 3 continents, in over 10 countries, hundreds of theaters, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, The White House; also seen by millions on television. These include: 3 Mo’ Divas, Three Mo’ Tenors, Cookin’ at the Cookery, Street Corner Symphony and The Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Bowfire and many more.
Capone is known around the world as the Gangsta of Comedy. Named after the original King of Crime, this Bronx born native hustled his way onto the entertainment scene in 1992. It’s been fireworks ever since. Capone is gifted with a comedic flair that appeals to people from all around the world. He has shared the stage with comedians such as Mike Epps, Drew Frasier, Talent, Rob Stapleton, Gerald Kelly, Tracy Morgan and many other heroes of comedy. Capone is the host of Amateur Night at the Apollo every Wednesday night. Other standup credits include the Uptown Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club and Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York. “My jokes are about personal relationships, children, society, work and ethnicity” says Capone. “Through comedy, I try to help the audience see that after any dark tunnel, there’s always light.” He’s here, sitting stoically upon his comedic throne waiting to tickle the next funny bone.
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C.P. Lacey is a man of a thousand disguises. He is also a master impressionist, dancer, comedian, actor, singer and playwright. One of his most popular roles is The Executioner for Amateur Night at the Apollo. For thirteen seasons, C.P. Lacey has protected the integrity of the Apollo Theater’s legendary stage. When the Amateur Night “bad talent” alarm rings, Mr. Lacey dons his Executioner costume and quickly sweeps the offender right off the stage. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, C.P. was made aware of his talent at an early age. His elementary school music teachers immediately recognized his gift to sing in perfect pitch. That talent, coupled with an extraordinary knack for dance, has enabled Lacey to flawlessly impersonate celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, MC Hammer and Michael Jackson with bedazzling accuracy. Mr. Lacey’s list of credits includes numerous appearances at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York City and BET’s “Comic View.” He has worked with legendary recording artists such as Lou Rawls, Paul Simon and Patti LaBelle. C.P.’s additional stage work includes performances at The Theatre of Madison Square Garden with four consecutive seasons of A Christmas Carol and two seasons of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He also landed a leading role in London, England’s West End production of the Jackie Wilson Story.
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Set It Off Man
An international entertainer, singer, recording artist, actor, event host and music director, Greginald Spencer is a versatile singer who performs multiple genres of music, from R&B, Soul and Gospel to Country, Funk and Pop. Greginald was born and raised in the heart of South Mississippi, in the small town of Collins. He currently resides in New York City, where he works as an independent artist, performing all over the world.
Greginald was the very first winner of BET’s Apollo Live in 2012. Apollo Live was the revival of the televised talent competition Showtime at the Apollo, with guest judges Gladys Knight, Doug E. Fresh and Michael Bivins. He is a social justice activist and a mentor, who takes great pride in developing and nurturing the gifts of young aspiring artists. He hopes that his story of trials and triumph will inspire a generation of dreamers to never give up on their dream, no matter how impossible they may seem.
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The Amateur Night Band
An award winning pianist, music director, and arranger; Michael is currently in his fourth season as the Music Director for Amateur Night at the Apollo at the world famous Apollo Theater. He is also the music director for Tony and GRAMMY-winner Leslie Odom, Jr. and can be seen and heard playing the piano on several Nationwide commercials. Michael has made his mark in the Broadway world as an associate conductor on the smash hit Motown the Musical. Some of his other broadway credits include: The Color Purple, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Memphis, and Baby It’s You. Michael was a part of the music team for NBC’s award winning production of The Wiz Live! He was also the conductor/music director for Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Alliance Theater); where he was awarded the Suzi Bass Award for ‘Best Musical Director’.Michael has performed with great artists like: Lisa Fischer, Rickey Minor, India Arie,, Ledisi, Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Holiday, Christian McBride, Hinton Battle, Jazmin Sullivan, Billy Porter, Joan Osborne, Bob Mintzer (of the Yellowjackets), Joshua Henry, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mario Cantone, Dr. Lillias White, Johnny Gill, and many more.; He can be heard performing on some of New York’s iconic stages: Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and The Cutting Room.He continues to perform internationally and nationally and is working on a solo project filled with sounds of jazz, gospel, classical, soul and blues.
Dai Quan Davis
Dai Quan L Davis has been playing drums since the age of 2. Originally from the Bronx, he was born into a family of gifted musicians and singers. Being a member of his church, he was introduced playing on records and sharing the stage with some of the biggest stars in Gospel music such as Bishop Hezekiah Walker, JJ Hairston, Marvin Sapp, and more. In 2011, while working in his studio, he received a call from producer/tour drummer Antwon "Amadeu" Thompson to sub a gig for Atlantic Artist GRAMMY- nominee singer/songwriter, Trey Songz. This opportunity has opened many doors traveling the world and sharing the stage with artists such as Estelle, Eve, Maxwell, and more. He is still works with Trey on occasion and is currently the drummer for the world-famous Apollo Theater Amateur Night house band. He looks forward to continuing his musical career as a touring musician, producer, studio drummer, teacher and even an inspiration to young guys coming up from the Bronx and all over the world.
Since joining the Apollo Amateur Night band in 2011, Matt has worked with Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, will.i.am, Jon Bon Jovi, Anita Baker, and many others. Matt frequently works on Broadway and was the music director for the revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe in 2018. He graduated from Tufts University and New England Conservatory and is the executive director of Your Time To Shine, an arts non-profit for which he received a “Man of Vision” award from Rev. Al Sharpton. He hosts The Mindful Musician podcast and can be found at www.mattoestreicher.com.
Reggie's one of today's most electrifying bassist and producers. His GRAMMY-winning signature sound is heard on recordings accompanying Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Slash, John Patitucci, Ruben Studdard, Jade, BeBe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark & Hezekiah Walker to name a few. As musical director or side musician his works include Steve Harvey, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Kelly Price, Ron Isley, will.i.am, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dog, Boyz 2 Men, DMX, Faith Evans, Jill Scott, Joe, Yolanda Adams and the Presidential Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama. Bass Player Magazine acclaims Reggie's album, Young Street is "among the best bass albums." Reggie plays his signature basses built by Fodera guitars. www.reggieyoungmusic.com