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SugarHouse Casino Presents


8 to 11:30 p.m. 

Philadelphia, PA, (January 2, 2013) – Eddie Bruce, Philadelphia’s well-known singer and bandleader, has been performing at SugarHouse Casino on the Waterfront for nearly two years and now, in January 2013, SugarHouse is pleased to headline Bruce every Thursday night with his popular Eddie Bruce & Friends. Performing with the Tom Adams Trio, Eddie invites the finest talent in the region to share the stage with him in SugarHouse’s newly upgraded Refinery bar and restaurant, where his shows will now take place. There will be three shows from 8 to 11:30 p.m. There is no cover, no minimum. Guests must be at least 21 years old to enter the casino.

Eddie Bruce has had a busy year performing in New York at Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency, with the Ocean City Pops, every week at SugarHouse and many other venues in the region with his band. He’s thrilled to continue his relationship with SugarHouse and said, “It’s been great singing on the waterfront at SugarHouse and having a place to present great music with my band and entertain crowds who love this music as I do. I’m honored that SugarHouse continues to support the music.”

Joining Eddie Bruce & Friends in January will be: 

Jeannie Brooks & Larry McKenna – 1/3/2013
Shayne Frederick – 1/10/2013
Dena Underwood – 1/17/2013
Ella Gahnt – 1/24/2013
Paula Johns – 1/31/2013

  • January 3 – Singer Jeannie Brooks and Saxophonist Larry McKenna

Jeannie has been performing in Philly, New York and Europe since 1982. Raised on gospel and rhythm and blues she developed her own style of singing that is instantly recognizable from concert stages from here to Paris. She grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey the youngest of 10 singing siblings in a very musical family that sang gospel songs for family and friends. In 1993 she was voted the People’s Choice Awards for best Jazz Vocalist for the Philadelphia area and Atlantic City. The following year she made her first appearance at the Cape May Jazz Festival and has performed there ever since and is now a featured performer at this prestigious event. She has appeared in jazz festivals and blues festivals in the US and Europe. Larry McKenna is one of the world’s finest jazz tenor saxophonists. For years, McKenna’s status as a jazz great has been affirmed by his myriad fans and the jazz stars with whom he has played and recorded including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra. Music arranged by Larry McKenna has been played on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and in the movie Birdy, starring Nicholas Cage, in which he played and appeared in 1984. He has performed all over the world and has a long list of recordings, but always comes home to Philadelphia to perform and teach. He has performed with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops. He has taught at Temple University, the University of the Arts, West Chester University and the Community College of Philadelphia.

  •  January 10 – V. Shayne Frederick

V. Shayne Frederick grew up in a musical family based in North Carolina with a pianist and vocalist for a mother and a saxophonist for a father. He began formally studying music at Dartmouth College, and continued developing his smooth baritone voice in Philadelphia’s Jazz jam sessions. A pianist, vocalist and poet, V. Shayne has performed regularly at many piano bars, supper clubs and stages throughout the region over the last decade.

  •  January 17 – Dean Underwood

Dena Underwood is a self taught pianist and vocalist from Philadelphia. Hailing from a family of gifted singers and instrumentalists, Dena’s passion for music began at an early age. Since graduating from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and studying Jazz Voice Performance at Temple University, Dena has performed at a number of venues, including the Academy of Music and The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, World Café Live, Plays and Players Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and New York City’s Lincoln Center. Dena performs regularly with her trio, as well as with her family, The Underwoods in and around the Philadelphia area.

  • January 24 – Ella Gahnt

Ella Gahnt is a Philly-based Jazz vocalist who has been dubbed “Philly’s Class Act” by local media and fans. She has “wowed” audiences at venues including The Kimmel Center, The West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art “Art After Five” Series, The Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, The Summer Jazz Festival hosted by The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation in Atlantic City, NJ, and The Morrisville Jazz Festival. Currently, she performs regularly with her own trio/quartet, with The Clef Club Community Jazz Big Band, and as featured vocalist with the Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra. Ella tells musical stories in her own unique way while honoring the vocal legacy of Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Carmen McCrae, Betty Carter and her namesake Ella Fitzgerald. Look out for Ella Gahnt – she’s traveling at the speed of swing! Check out her website –

  •  January 31 – Paula Johns

Paula is an accomplished cabaret singer and jazz vocalist who hails from Philadelphia. She is often compared to Ella, and some of the great contemporaries of that era, but Paula brings her own distinctive panache to each song she sings. She enjoys a great lyric that tugs at your heartstring, as well as a lyric that’ll make you fall off your seat with laughter. Her passion for the music ignites the emotions of her audiences and allows them to feel the stories that each song tells. Visit her website for more information.

Eddie Bruce, Philadelphia’s popular singer and bandleader gets raves nationally for his cabaret and concert performances. A regular at the famed New York Night Club, Feinstein’s, Michael Feinstein praised Eddie’s performances saying he …. “has a great voice and a wonderful stage presence.” Eddie performs jazz standards that range from songs made famous by Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr, Frank Sinatra and many others and music written by some of America’s greatest composers.

While Eddie performs throughout the country, he is often known as the “Philadelphia Singer”, as he is a Philadelphia native – through and through. He grew up in South Philly, was raised in Northeast Philly and has always made the Philadelphia area is home, now a resident in Northern Liberties, practically adjacent to SugarHouse. A member of the Philadelphia media, he was the original host of “Dancin’ on Air” on Channel 17 and an eight-year substitute talk show host on WWDB-FM. A dear friend of the legendary Harry Kalas, when Harry died, Bruce was asked by the Kalas family to sing “High Hopes” at his memorial service at Citizen’s Bank Park and this August at the unveiling of Harry’s statue in the ball park. Eddie is a frequent guest in the media today and he is proud to have been the host of SugarHouse Casino’s Year Won Anniversary Celebration with an all-day concert headlined by the Soul Survivors and The Hooters.

SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino, features 1,602 slots, up to 54 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,000 people and was voted a “Top Workplace” in the Philadelphia Inquirer and a “Best Place to Work” two years in a row in the Philadelphia Business Journal. For more information, visit

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