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The Parlay: Birdsong


Friday, October 29, 2021

Doors at 5 PM

Performance at 5:30 PM


Race Street Pier

171 N Columbus Blvd


Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Art in the Age


par·lay /ˈpärˌlā,ˈpärˌlē/ verb. to chill or to have a discussion

The Parlay is a seasonal series of music performances in public spaces during happy hour, co-curated by Curator of Spoken Word Yolanda Wisher and vocalist/musician/arranger V. Shayne Frederick. 

At locations around the city, Frederick converses and performs with a diverse cast of musicians over cocktails provided by Art in the Age. Attendees receive two drink tickets, a limited edition keepsake, and a curated playlist.

“Birdsong,” the first event in the series, will take place outdoors at Race Street Pier featuring Frederick (vocals/piano), Mollie Ducoste (violin), Talie (guitar/vocals), and Mervin Toussaint (sax/flute). Their performances will respond to Tracy Emin’s sculpture A Moment Without You on the pier. 

Register for this event here. 

covid-19 safety protocols

This event will be held outdoors. Masks are required and may only be removed when eating and drinking. Our complete event safety protocols can be read here.

about the performers


With performances spanning two decades. V. Shayne has been featured at TEDx, NPR’s Jazz Night in America, John Coltrane Jazz Festival, Center City Jazz Festival, the Piton International Film Festival, and Musikfest, with headline appearance at Minton’s Harlem, South Jazz Parlor, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Suzanne Roberts Theater, World Café Live, and Long Beach Island Foundation, among a multitude of places where music lives.


Cited by the Broad Street Review as “one of the region’s busiest and best jazz singers,” V. Shayne has been appointed “one to watch” and a “shining light” by All About Jazz. He has performed regularly with Ruth Naomi Floyd’s Frederick Douglass Jazz Works (as orator) and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters (as keyboardist/arranger and vocalist). His vocals are featured on recent recording projects by Kendrah Butler-Waters, Nicholas Krolak, Paul Giess, and Tony TNT Jones. Following his debut CD Lovesome and three subsequent EPs, Gleaming, Evergreen, and Blacklight, he is recording a forthcoming album.


Mollie Ducoste began taking violin lessons at three years old in group Suzuki classes. She studied classically until she started college at Hampton University, at which point she began pursuing jazz violin on her own while she finished her bachelor's degree in criminal justice.  She has spent the past several summers playing her jazz violin in New Orleans with many local jazz artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Wendell Brunious, Carl LeBlanc, Charmaine Neville, and Tonya Boyd-Cannon. A North Carolina native, Mollie relocated to Philadelphia in 2017 to pursue a doctoral degree in criminal justice at Temple University. While continuing her studies, she has continued to perform with local artists and has released two EPs, "Voices" and "Taste" under her artist name, Mollie Rose. She hopes to one day conduct criminal justice research that will ultimately influence policy change and reform - all while, of course, performing and playing her violin. Some of her greatest musical influences are Regina Carter, Stephane Grappelli, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, and Sarah Vaughan.


Talie is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter, podcast host, and writer originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her music, a mixture of Haitian folk and soul music, is a testament to the two cultures that have shaped her as an artist and woman. Accompanied by her trusty guitar, Talie sings to honor a rich and difficult past and to present hopeful visions for the future for anyone searching for peace. Talie recently released “Solèy Midi,” a twinkling collection of original compositions and Haitian folk songs chronicling a journey to find the sun. “Solèy Midi” is available on all major music purchasing and streaming platforms.


Mervin Toussaint is an active saxophonist, composer, and producer in the Philadelphia area. With his roots in the Haitian church, Mervin has branched out to include jazz, R&B, neo-soul, and other contemporary styles in his musical voice. Regardless of the situation, Mervin aims to pay homage to the greats that came before him while still maintaining his originality. Mervin does all this and more in his debut EP “Another Name For Everything,” which he released in December 2020. Mervin has also performed with a wide array of poets, singers, rappers, and spoken word artists. You can often find him playing at different venues in the city, including SOUTH Jazz Kitchen, Chris’s Jazz Cafe, Dahlak Paradise, The Free Library, and Paris Bistro as a leader and sideman.