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Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses to take center stage at Lorenzo’s in Hilton Garden Inn July 12

Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses, who travel the world bringing the music of his  famous dad (of the same name) to life, will return to Lorenzo’s Cabaret at the Hilton Garden Inn, Friday, July 12.

The only son of the “King of Swing” and song stylist Gia Mione, who taught him to play the drums at just 5 years old, will perform a slew of high energy tunes, but always makes it a point to deliver poignant retrospectives on his life as the son of a musical icon.

“There’s nothing like a live band and nothing like the music of my dad,” says  Prima, “And it’s always my pleasure to perform for great audiences.”

The joint’s always  jumpin’ when Prima, the Witnesses featuring Kate Curran on vocals, take center stage with definite standouts like his dad’s signature song, “Sing, Sing, Sing,” the number one big band standard of all times written by the elder Prima in 1936 at age 25 — and a tune played countless times in films, TV commercials and even on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Then there’s  “Jump Jivin,” “Black Magic,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Way Marie,” the all-time popular jazz standard, “Harlem Nocturne,” performed on sax by the phenomenal Marco Palos, and “Proud Mary,” to mention only a few.

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“Come a Little Bit Closer:” Jay and the Americans to take stage center at Hilton’s Lorenzo’s Cabaret June 7

“In a back-by-popular demand repeat performance, Jay and the Americans, the pop rock group that took the 1960s by storm, who achieved fame not only for their talent, but for their clean-cut all-American image, will be at Lorenzo’s Cabaret at the Hilton Garden Inn Friday, June 7 during a dinner show beginning at 7 p.m.

They group was discovered while performing at New York University in 1959  when they auditioned for popular lyricist  Jerry Leiber and composer Mike Stoller, who gave the group its name.

Jay and the Americans would go on to sign a recording deal in 1961, the year “She Cried,” was released, the tune that jump started their career.

“And that’s what started the career with the first Jay, Jay Traynor,” said Sandy Deane, an original group member. Then it was Jay Black and now Jay Reincke.”

Deane went on to explain: “We started the group with the original members which were Kenny Vance and myself. We merged two groups with Howie Kane and Marty Sanders, and Jay Trainor and they were the original Jay and the Americans.”

Deane added: “We do all of the major hits and a lot of other songs, as well as new songs that we’ve recorded recently plus those of artists who we worked with. We also do some of that. But the shows are always different. We never change our big hits, but we have new songs that have something to do with us.”

Deane says what audience members get in the show is a representation  of their entire career.”

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Staten Island Nightlife: Deana Martin sings Dino: Wows a sold-out crowd at Hilton’s Lorenzo’s Cabaret

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — There’s something special about a relationship between dads and daughters. 

With a love that’s everlasting and unconditional, a dad is a king in his daughter’s life. 

Deana Martin knows it all to be so true. And her dad, who was dubbed the “King of Cool” because of his stage presence, good lucks and charisma, was certainly no exception.

And if you haven’t guessed by now, we’re speaking of the daughter of entertainment legend Dean Martin, who performed before a sold-out crowd during a retro style, supper club stage performance  Friday evening in Lorenzo’s Cabaret at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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Deana Martin sings Dean Martin at Lorenzo’s Cabaret on Staten Island

“STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Native New Yorker Deana Martin is a multi-talented song-stylist, actress, best-selling author — and a licensed pilot.

She’s also her father’s daughter.

“Deana Sings Dino” takes the stage Friday, April 20, at Lorenzo’s Cabaret in the Hilton Garden Inn.

If you haven’t guessed by now, her famous father is the Dean Martin, the legendary charter member of The Rat Pack who was nicknamed the “King of Cool” for his good looks, natural charisma and seemingly effortless stage presence.

Deana told SILive she has lots of good friends in the Big Apple, so she’s looking forward to her Staten Island debut because she “simply adores the smaller cabaret and jazz clubs.”

“Everyone loves Dean Martin and it’s such a thrill for me to sing my dad’s songs. Remember, I learned from the very best in the business and I bring them to my shows when I sing at the smaller venues. And I remember sitting in the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel. It was really something the way my dad brought people in.”


Deana admitted, “I really sound a lot like my dad,” but stressed that timeless music is the star of her show.

“That was the live music era of The Great American Songbook and the music of my Uncle Frank [Sinatra] and Uncle Sammy [Davis Jr.]. I couldn’t be happier the way I grew up knowing all of those people. For me, you have to have a live band and live music. At my show I could be signing to a 12-year-olds, young adults, 20-somethings or middle-aged people. Last week at one of my shows there was a woman who was celebrating her 105th birthday.”

Of course, there are some songs that audiences expect to hear: “One is ‘True Love.’ My handsome husband, John Griffeths, put the song together after finding an original hand-written note from arranger Al Schmidt, the same guy who did Natalie and Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable.’ It’s a very touching moment for me.”

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Staten Islanders Share the Love in Facebook Group

“A Facebook group is bringing together locals who all have one thing in common, love for their borough.

The four letter word LOVE started as a display outside the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield, but it’s grown into much more. 

The Nicotra Group, which owns the building, started a social media page to show off photos and posts of Staten Islanders sharing love for their community. 

“We want to retain the young people, you don’t always have to move off of Staten island. You can make it here, you can have a career here, you can leave here and raise a family here. So don’t just abandon us give us a shot,” said the owner of Nicotra Group, Richard Nicotra.

Members of the Nictora Group visited Facebook’s headquarters, where they met Mark Zuckerberg. The group was chosen by Facebook out of thousands worldwide, for its positive use of social media. 

To share your love for Staten Island, follow “LOVE Staten Island” on Facebook and Instagram.”

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‘It’s all about love:’ Joe Piscopo returns to Lorenzo’s Cabaret Friday

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.; Returning to Lorenzo’s Cabaret for his lucky seventh appearance Friday evening is Joe Piscopo, the all-around entertainer perhaps best known for his Saturday Night Live skits, where he played a variety of recurring characters — and his Frank Sinatra impersonations.

In fact, “Ole’ Blue Eyes” himself dubbed Piscopo as “Vice-Chairman of the Board.”

After leaving SNL, Piscopo — who once considered a race for New Jersey governor — appeared in a few successful films such as “Johnny Dangerously”, and starred in multiple episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and even had his own HBO comedy special. 

Today, he continues to work at an energetic pace, and is still in demand in clubs and casinos throughout the country.

Piscopo is currently the host of the morning drive radio program. “The Joe Piscopo Show” on Salem Media’s flagship station, AM970 THE ANSWER, live from New York City.

Friday evening the multi-talented entertainer will perform along with an eight-piece band in a retro-style live Vegas show, sprinkled with comedic storytelling in between sets. 

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St. Joseph Hill’s Class of 1968 holds 50th reunion at the Hilton Garden Inn

“STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Members of the St. Joseph Hill Academy Class of 1968 reminisced and reconnected during their 50th reunion in the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield.

According to Fran Tirone Socolick, the former classmates reminisced over the days when they walked the halls of the Arrochar school.

The day after the momentous occasion, the Class of ’68 took a tour of the school and the new convent and met with their principal, Sister Charlotte, and a teacher, Sister William.

The women traveled from all over the country to attend the reunion, including Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and New Jersey…”

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Hear What Our Consumers Are Saying About Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra,
Just a short note of thanks for opening up Lorenzo’s tonight and giving our students this amazing opportunity and what I hope will become a tradition. Everyone commented what a lovely evening it was and much of that is due to the beautiful environment you’ve created. Thank you for all the continued support you give to the Minty’s, I truly appreciate it!
See you in January at the Gala!
Kind regards,
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The Minty Organization for the Performing Arts is Hosting The First-Ever 2018 Student Cabaret at Lorenzo’s Restaurant & Cabaret

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Just when you thought the Minty Organization couldn’t showcase Staten Island high school musical theatre in a more excellent fashion, it does.

The Minty Organization for the Performing Arts just announced that it will be hosting the first-ever 2018 Student Cabaret, open to all high school students, on October 11 at Lorenzo’s Restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island, Bloomfield.

Auditions for the show is set for next Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at Wagner College Main Hall, room 11.

“On behalf of the Minty Organization, I would like to thank Richard and Lois Nicotra for giving our students a world-class cabaret experience,” said Minty Executive Director Michael Pinto.

“We look forward to welcoming students from private and public high schools to this inaugural event, further building our high school theatre community on Staten Island.”

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Record Increase In tourism Benefits Staten Islanders

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A new report finds that the record increase in tourism to New York City over the past two decades has spurred hundreds of jobs on Staten Island and benefited thousands of additional borough residents who work in tourism jobs elsewhere in the city.

The report — released by Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan-based think tank — reveals that the number of hotel jobs on Staten Island has more than tripled since 2000.

In fact, the Nicotra Group, which owns and operates the Hilton Garden Inn and Staten Island Hampton Inn & Suites in Bloomfield employs nearly 500 people, according to Kristine Garlisi the company’s chief of staff.

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