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Modern Warrior LIVE

  • Sheen Center Loreto Theater 18 Bleecker Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Modern Warrior LIVE is a new theatrical music experience created by US Army Veteran Jaymes Poling and internationally acclaimed musician Dominick Farinacci. Narrated by Jaymes, with musical performances led by Dominick, this dynamic production featuring more than a dozen artists explores the psychological weights of war, the challenges of reintegration as a civilian, and the potential for positive personal and communal growth.

Catskill Jazz Factory is proud to co-present this NYC premiere of Modern Warrior LIVE. The Catskill Jazz Factory serves as Creative Co-Founder and consultant of Modern Warrior.

Modern Warrior LIVE is endorsed and supported by United War Veterans Council (producer of the New York City Veterans Day Parade).

Saturday, January 13


General Admission: $35

Donor Circle Tickets: $75 (Includes preferred seating plus meet & greet with Dominick & Jaymes directly after the show)

Veteran Admission: 2 complimentary tickets per Veteran (Must present valid military or veteran identification at door: Military or Veterans Affairs ID, Armed Forces identifier of Drivers License, or DD 214)

Student Tickets: $10 (Must present Student ID at door)

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What People are Saying about Modern Warrior?

“It’s an incredibly moving journey of a soldier’s story experienced through words and music... it was absolutely moved to tears by the powerful story, emotional journey, and breathtaking music.”
Stefani Schaefer - Emmy Award Winning News Anchor, Channel 8 Cleveland

“Healing the mental scars of war through music."
Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2001 - 2005)

"One of the most moving and touching experiences regarding war that I've felt since returning from Vietnam 46 years ago!" (Facebook Customer Review)

"Not a dry eye in the house." (Facebook Customer Review)

January 13th & 14th mark Modern Warrior LIVE's New York City debut, and will feature the following artists:

Dominick Farinacci, trumpet
Jaymes Poling, narrator
Christian Tamburr, piano
Shenel Johns, Will Blaze & Orlando Watson, vocal
Salar Nadar, percussion
Keita Ogawa, percussion
Chris George, guitar
Jeremiah Napier, bass
Jonathan Winfree, drums

Hosted by Vietnam Veteran & Ohio Broadcasting Hall of Fame TV Journalist Leon Bibb

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has been recently credited the title Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further integrate jazz into communities around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005 launching his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, later releasing two more globally. He has performed in more than 120 cities in 14 countries around the world, was a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education & advocacy, “This kid is 360 degrees!” His most recent recording “Short Stories” is produced by Tommy LiPuma. This is Tommy & Dominick’s first collaboration, and was recorded in their hometown of Cleveland at the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts. In addition to touring around the world with his band, Dominick has been successful in his personal endeavors on bringing music into the community through Arts and Wellness & Education. He was invited by TED to be a TED Speaker at the 2014 TED MED conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He is a featured performer for the Cleveland Clinic in both Ohio and Abu Dhabi, and organized the very first jazz performance for patients in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. For Dominick, music and health go hand in hand, most recently organizing panel discussions around patient-doctor communication through music with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Dominick has been a leading advocate in music education development, most recently featured at the Community College Association of America in D.C. He served as Music Consultant to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and initially launched a music education program at the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in Cleveland, Ohio, which brought together 30+ international artists involving over 3,000 students. This successful initiative has since expanded to the GCC, in schools such as Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar Music Academy, the American School of Doha among others.

Jaymes Poling grew up in Warren, Ohio and enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina as an infantryman. During his eight years with the division, he spent 36 months fighting in Afghanistan across three separate tours.Jaymes is currently in his last year of a finance degree at John Carroll University, and spends time working to help veterans find their own peace after war.

Earlier Event: October 7
Heard Fresh: Music for Two Pianos
Later Event: January 19
Jazz in the Snow: Puccini Meets Bechet