The third annual Dr. N’s Rhythm Review, featuring a faculty band dubbed the River Rats, was held at the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University on Saturday, April 4. Among those faculty that took to the stage were Mark Naison, professor of African and African American studies (rapping as the Notorious Ph.D); Mark Chapman, associate professor of African and African American studies (vocals); Brennan O’Donnell, dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill (bass guitar); Paul Cimbala, professor of history (guitar and vocals); Asif Siddiqi, assistant professor of history (guitar); Christopher Chalamet, assistant professor of theology (keyboards); and John Hollwitz, professor of management systems at GBA (harmonica).
The fundraising concert for the Bronx African American History Project drew quite a crowd, and featured Fordham’s own Satin Dolls on vocals. In fact, former Satin Doll Linda Spinelli (FCRH 2008), returned to sing a killer version of “Piece of My Heart”. Spinelli was a music major at Fordham and served as musical director for the Satin Dolls for two years. See her version here on Youtube.