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(photo credit: Meir Zavroski)
Veteran vocalists Adina Feldman, Sandy Cash and Alona Cole are joining forces in
a new band – The Hot Mamas – that taps into years of professional stage
experience and several lifetimes’ worth of womanly wisdom to create a
scintillating stage show. The Hot Mamas will be performing at the Jerusalem AACI
on March 13 and at the Netanya AACI on March 15.
Together with musical
director and internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Judy Lewis, The Hot Mamas
have created a sassy, in-your-face cabaret that celebrates the trials, triumphs
and unlimited possibilities of grown-up women who refuse to be Photoshopped
(though they’ll go shopping any time!).
The Hot Mamas began when Adina
Feldman – a New York-trained singer, dancer, actress and choreographer – began
looking for partners for her latest project – a “girl group” that would
celebrate the feminine spirit, while appealing to full-grown women. Thus The Hot
Mamas was born.
The first “Mama” she brought on board was Sandy Cash, a
singer-songwriter and folksinger with a professional background in theater and
opera. Next came Judy Lewis, a classically trained pianist who took a mid-life
detour, establishing a second career fronting an internationally touring jazz
band, as well as a record label. The Mamas were complete when Alona Cole came on
the scene. A versatile vocal stylist who won a recording contract with Sony
records during an eight-year sojourn in Spain, Cole was teaching private voice
students and doing the occasional role in musicals when The Hot Mamas changed
Today, The Hot Mamas are touring with a musical cabaret.
Equally at home with Andrews Sisters harmonies, Peggy Lee sizzlers and the
manic, theatrical style that made Barbara Streisand everyone’s favorite Funny
Girl, The Hot Mamas serve up a show that’s fun, filling and, well,
According to Women’s World Magazine
, Feldman “has a warm,
deep voice with an impressive ability on the high notes. She succeeds in
creating a professional show that is pitch-perfect for general
A singer with a three-and-a-half octave vocal range, Feldman
has performed from Carnegie Hall to the Israel Festival and has created three
successful onewoman shows. Professional training in acting and dance give this
native New Yorker’s performances the polish and punch that have won her exposure
on American and Israeli television, as well as leading roles in dozens of
musicals. She is a choreographer and vocal coach who has served as a faculty
member at the Hebrew University and the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.
Currently, she teaches song presentation at Tel Aviv’s Hed College of Music.
Adding songwriting to her list of accomplishments, in 2009 she released a disc
of original songs entitled Here You Are
In the words of Bob McKenzie of
the Canadian Soundbytes, Sandy Cash has “the power and broad interpretive style
of a Bette Midler or Barbra Streisand. She has a very special gift in
that, more than a singer, she is an excellent storyteller.”
American-born performer is a singer-comedienne who has been delighting audiences
in Israel and abroad for mire than two decades. Raised on a steady diet of
Broadway soundtracks and folk music in her native Detroit, Cash went on to
develop a uniquely theatrical performance style. A veteran of dozens of plays
and musicals, she has performed with the Israeli Opera and the Cameri Theater.
An award-winning songwriter, she has released three solo albums, featuring
original songs that touch on everything from magic mirrors to historical heroes,
while laying out the challenges of childhood and motherhood – and the journey
between them – with warmth, humor and intelligence.
Of Alona Cole, the
Professional Women’s Theater’s Judy Clarke says, “She is an incredibly versatile
singer whose repertoire runs from opera to pop to jazz.”
A native of the
US, Cole has come a long way – both geographically and spiritually – since
singing in her church choir as a child. After cutting her teeth on college
operetta, the Virginian lived in Europe for eight years, where she provided the
voice behind one of the most popular TV commercials in Spain. Her Spanish
exposure led to a recording contract with Sony Records, with which she released
a pop album featuring a single that reached Spain’s top 10. At the same time,
her exposure to the Jewish community in Spain was leading her in a different
direction – one that pointed toward Israel. Since 2001, she has been living in
Gush Etzion, where she teaches voice privately. Cole appeared in the world
premiere of Arsenic, the Musical and is currently rehearsing for a Jerusalem
production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.BBC Magazine
Chris Parker wrote of Judy Lewis, “She has established herself as a star
attraction on the international jazz circuit.”
Lewis’s years of classical
training and performance blend with her love of jazz and popular music to create
a piano style that makes her one hot mama. The Wisconsin native – who debuted
with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17 – went on to establish
the first high school Jazz Department in Israel. Today, she teaches at the Rubin
Academy of Music, the Hebrew University and Musrara College of Music and Media.
As a performer, she has headlined such international festivals as The Calcutta
International Jazz Festival, the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (Canada) and
the Prague Solo Piano Jazz Festival. To date, she has released five
albums under her own label, Visionary Insomniac Records.The Hot Mamas
will perform in Jerusalem on March 13 at 8 p.m. at AACI, 37 Pierre Koenig/2
Poalei Tzedek (02) 566-1181; and in Netanya on March 15 at 8 p.m. at AACI, 28
Shmuel Hanatziv (09) 833-0950.