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Paul Handelman & Karan Serafin

 

Paul and Karan performing
Paul and Karan performing June 1, 2016


Paul Handelman

Irene Kolseus

Growing up in New York's Greenwich Village and coming of age during the late 1960s and ‘70s, Paul Handelman (guitar and vocals) had the good fortune to be exposed to a wide range of diverse types of music. "One favorite spot of mine was the Cafe Au'go go on Bleeker Street where I saw some of the most amazing and legendary Blues musicians of our time like Mississippi John Hurt, Big Joe Williams, John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, John Hammond, James Cotton, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and, of course, B.B. King, who was a regular there. It was a small, intimate space where you really got an up close and personal experience of the music and souls of the artists". Down the street was the famous Village Gate where Paul used to see the great Mose Allison (an early and important influence) as well as many other great jazz musicians.

About 10 years ago Mr. Handelman, along with founding members Scott Hamilton and Drew DiCamillo, formed their own band and Señor Lucky was born. They pay homage to the music and legendary musicians who have enriched their own lives. While remaining true to the original beauty and integrity of the Blues – that truly indigenous American art form - they have created their own, unique urban-jump Blues voice.


Karan Serafin

Karan Serafin

Karan Serafin (vocals) is a New York based singer-songwriter. She's led several original bands, including "The Cutaways", "The Fugitive Kind" and "Karan's Band", which performed at legendary venues, such as CBGB's, The Lone Star Cafe, and The Peppermint Lounge. Currently you can see Karan performing with the band "Brooklyn Love".


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Review


Senor Lucky Jazz Duet: Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Summer, 2010

On August 28, 2010, Circuit Productions, Inc./Susan Goldbetter, producer, in association with the New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Branch presented the Senor Lucky Blues Duet featuring guitarist/vocalist, Paul Handelman and vocalist, Karan Serafin. The branch, recently renovated into a beautiful public space, is located at 40 West 29th Street easily accessible by train, bus, or bicycle. On one of the hottest of the summer days the library was filled to capacity — accommodating more than 50 constituents (both seeing and sight impaired). The enthusiastic audience — including guide dogs — listened attentively or participated willingly, to the upbeat music of urban blues, pop, jazz, and rock and roll.

Growing up in New York's Greenwich Village and coming of age during the late 1960s and ‘70s, Paul Handelman (guitar and vocals) has had the good fortune to be exposed to a wide range of music. His influences include legendary Blues musicians Mississippi John Hurt, Big Joe Williams, John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, John Hammond, James Cotton, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and, of course, B.B. King. Karan Serafin (vocals) is a New York based singer-songwriter. She’s led several original bands, including “The Cutaways”, “The Fugitive Kind” and “Karan’s Band”, which performed at legendary venues, such as CBGB’s, The Lone Star Cafe, and The Peppermint Lounge. Currently you can see Karan performing with the band “Brooklyn Love”.

The show began with a duet “My Babe” followed by Paul’s solo work on “Poor Boy”. The audience gave the performers a hearty welcome. The next two duets were “Trouble in Mind” and Otis Redding’s version of “You Left the Water Running”. Dan Penn, Rick Hall and Oscar Franks wrote the latter. Immediately following Paul’s rendition of Kurt Weill’s “Mack the Knife” there was a roar of approval.

Karan introduced “Crying Time” giving the audience a little history of the tune –it being written by the legendary country artist, Buck Owens but becoming a signature tune of Ray Charles. She then moved into Barbara George’s hit rock tune “I Know”. The crowd became her back up repeating the refrains as if they had always sung with Karan and Paul! When Karan exclaimed that they only had an hour to perform one audience member yelled, “Oh, you can play for TWO hours!” Another member added, “Or 4-5 hours!”

Paul’s next featured solo was “Fool’s Paradise”. “I’m going to do a rendition performed often”, he said, “By one of my favorite jazz artists, Mose Alison”. During Paul’s turn you could have heard a pin drop. When he sang the lyrics, “My mama told me, she sat down and cried”. “She said, ‘Son you’re just committing suicide’” the audience reaction broke in with audible verbal agreement. “You got that right”, “Go, man” and then huge applause!

Karan’s next solo was “The Chantels” 1957 hit “Maybe”. Karan walked through the audience and simply tore up the house!! She just stopped the show! Paul followed, with “Miss New Orleans “and a Blind Willie Johnson gospel tune. The duet finished, with Paul on slide guitar, with “Soul of a Man”. The audience demanding an encore, joined in for the finale of “Goodnight Irene”.

It may have been the hottest of days but it was certainly the coolest of sounds!!


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