A New Holiday Inspirational Song And Video: “I’m Gonna Rob a Bank for Christmas”

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Moscow 57 Entertaining has released its first music video and original song, the inspirational “I’m Gonna Rob a Bank for Christmas” written by Ethan Fein and Donald Wollner and performed by Ethan Fein with the Moscow 57 Band.

Angry with the system and especially banks and bankers, he decides to rob a bank.

Moscow 57 Entertaining, the New York-based entertainment and hospitality company is starting a new holiday tradition by releasing its first original song for download and as a music video. “I’m Gonna Rob a Bank for Christmas” was written by Ethan Fein and Donald Wollner. The video is available for viewing on the Moscow57Entertaining youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSNWFIn1Qsg). The song is available for download on itunes, amazon and cdbaby. The recording features Ethan Fein on guitar, banjos, kazoo and vocals; Benjamin Franklin Brown on tuba and Jew’s harp; Sandi Billingslea on violin and Jamie Eblen on drums and washboard.

The song and video tells the story of a man who has gone broke and needs to buy Christmas gifts for his children. Angry with the system and especially banks and bankers, he decides to rob a bank. He is soon joined by other people who feel simpatico. The video was filmed on the Lower East Side of Manhattan by director/cinematographer Gabriel Barbaro and was produced for Moscow 57 Entertaining by Ellen Kaye and Seth Goldman.

Ethan Fein, guitar, banjos, kazoos, vocals.
Ethan Fein has played guitar in concerts with Kristen Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman and Carole King and in the Broadway shows “Forty Second Street,” “West Side Story,” “The Full Monty,” and “Cats” for its entire run. As the accompanist and musical director for Ellen Kaye, Ethan says “I’m having the time of my life. This is the most fun I’ve had in the music business." For Moscow 57 Entertaining, Ethan co-produced Ellen Kaye’s album, “Ice Wine -- songs for Christmas and dark winter nights” and Ellen's single, “When I Was a Boy,” by Dar Williams.

Benjamin Franklin Brown, tuba and Jew's harp
An accomplished bassist and composer, Ben Brown is one of New York’s most distinguished musicians. Brown graduated from the University of Miami, and began working professionally with Barney Kessel, Mose Allison, Freddie Hubbard, Lou Rawls and Buddy Rich. In 1976, Brown began a three-year stint with the Dizzy Gillespie Quartet.

Mr. Brown’s credits include James Brown, Al Green, the Jimmy Heath Quartet, Harry Sweets Edison, Al Haig, George Benson, Tony Bennett, Mike Longo Trio, Gregory Hines, Ruth Brown, Blossom Dearie, and Lena Horne’s “The Lady and Her Music.” On and off Broadway shows include: “The Color Purple,” “Sophisticated Ladies” (The Duke Ellington Orchestra), “Singing in the Rain,” “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Thou Shalt Not” (Harry Connick, Jr.). Brown’s movie credits include “Sweet & Lowdown,” directed by Woody Allen and “The Good Shepherd,” directed by Robert De Niro.

Sandi Billingslea, violin
Sandi is a mainstay of the New York music scene, having recorded with Roberta Flack, Hubert Laws, Abbey Lincoln, Joss Stone, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Terence Blanchard, Dizzy Gillespie, BeBe Winans, among others. Sandi has appeared in Broadway shows, including “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Chess,” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Sandi is on the Moscow 57 Entertaining cd “Ice Wine – songs for Christmas and dark winter nights” with Ellen Kaye and Ethan Fein.

Jamie Eblen, drums and washboard
At the age of 15 Jamie premiered Jason Robert Brown’s “13” at the Mark Taper Forum in LA, playing drums in the pit band. Upon graduating high school, Jamie moved to New York City to realize his vision of playing music and touring throughout the world, while pursuing his Bachelors of Arts degree at NYU. Jamie plays with local funk n’ soul group JuiceBox and Jason Robert Brown on new musicals.

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