The New York Nightingales would like to recognize and express gratitude towards all Black musicians and composers without whom our genre would not exist. As vintage performer and acclaimed tap dancer DeWitt Fleming points out "America has a history of separating the genes of black people from the humanity of black people." This is distinctly true for musicians and artists of the swing era. The New York Nightingales are committed to fighting for racial justice in the interest of creating a better world. As a society and especially as a vintage group, it is our responsibility to confront history and to work towards real, lasting change. As a part of our commitment, The New York Nightingales have set up a recurring donation to the Possibility Project, and NYC-based, nation-wide program that uses performing arts to engage youth in examining social forces and creating change.
On June 13, The Nightingales were featured in The Salon: Quarantine Speakeasy by Prohibition Productions! We featured our new videos (thanks to our musicians and Lena for her tireless work as video editor) and Lena told Patrick a bit about our group before singing "Makin' Whoopee".