Gelber & Manning is a Brooklyn-based musical vaudeville duo, comprised of Jesse Gelber on piano and Kate Manning on vocals. They specialize in ragtime and early jazz styles, in addition to performing original songs. Gelber & Manning can be found performing as a duo act or with their band at New York's hottest vintage events, including Wit's End, Dances of Vice, The Salon, and The Champagne Riot. Music from their first album, Gelber & Manning Goes Public, is featured in the Alvin Ailey ballet, Uptown. Along with director James Lester, they are the creators and producers of the web series Gintown, which has been featured at The New York Television Festival, The Hollywood Film Festival, and The Coney Island Film Festival. Additionally a composer/lyricist team, Gelber & Manning composed the scores for Gintown and for the musical Vaudeville at the Gin Mill. Their latest project is a new musical about Storyville, New Orleans, entitled Where All The Rivers Go To Sleep.
Jesse Gelber is a specialist in stride piano and early jazz styles. He can be found playing gigs in the New York area almost every night, at venues that range from tiny cafés to Carnegie Hall and everything in-between. He has performed with some of the city’s most respected traditional jazz bands, including Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and Michael Arenella’s Dreamland Orchestra. In addition, Jesse performs solo and with his own vaudeville act: Gelber & Manning. Also a composer and arranger, Jesse won an ASCAP Foundation -- Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his opera, Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, which was showcased at La MaMa theater. His arrangements have been sung and played by Theodore Bikel, Hal Linden, and The Massachuttes Springfield Symphony. Jesse was musical director for the 50th Anniversary of Israel Concert in Boston's Symphony Hall and has written arrangements for A Taste of Passover and The Chanukah Special, both of which were shown on PBS. He holds a MA in jazz theory from Rutgers University and a BA in jazz performance and composition from New England Conservatory.
Kate Manning is a Brooklyn-based singer and lyricist, specializing in early jazz and ragtime. Formerly a musical theater actress, Kate has been seen on Broadway in A Year With Frog and Toad and in Hal Prince's national tour of Evita, in which she played Peron's mistress and understudied Eva. She also starred as Dorothy in several touring productions of The Wizard of Oz. Kate received the Best Actress award at the 2010 New York Television festival for her performance in the web series Gintown. As a lyricist, her work includes the score of Gintown and the new musical, Where All The Rivers Go To Sleep.