An Autumn Musicale at Chez Hosford
Our dear friends Jacqueline and Christopher Hosford invited us to their home in Riverdale earlier this month for what they called “An Autumn Musicale.” Christopher is a true supporter/fan of mine, so I planned to offer a few selections. Jacqueline provided a fabulous spread of cheeses, nuts, fruit and veggies, and Swedish meatballs. Libations were poured by singer/musician/model Joel-Isaac Musoki.
For his musical Barrio Babies, Santeiro received the Edward Kleban and Richard Rodgers Award, and in 1995 was honored with the National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences Award for his play A Royal Affair. Santeiro has also received the Hispanic Achievement Award (1991) and the Hispanic Heritage Award (1993).
|Nina Kennedy (photo credit: Alina Wilczynski)|
After a second intermission, Joel-Isaac Musoki came out from behind the bar to sit at the piano, and gave us a lovely rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Louis Armstrong, which was intended to be our Fare Well for the evening. The audience, however, had other ideas and demanded an encore. Carl Viggiani then returned to the keyboard while Joel retrieved his alto saxophone for a spontaneous improvised version of "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin, followed by “The Way You Look Tonight" by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern.
Joel is pursuing a bachelor's degree at Columbia University, and is a Social Media and Marketing Coordinator there, and created and published promotional and informational audiovisual content for the New Student Orientation Program (Columbia Class of 2022). Born in The Democratic Republic of Congo and raised in London, Joel provided a delightful international flair for the evening as a most handsome bartender. He has a beautiful tenor voice. Follow him at
Much fun was had by all. We hope this is the first of many musical evenings at the Hosfords'.