By Wendy Lane Bailey To interview jazz singer Carol Fredette is to get a master class in the art of musicianship taught by a smart savvy woman who is passionate about her craft. Bronx born and raised, she says what she thinks and her thoughts are always worth hearing. WENDY LANE BAILEY: What was […]
2015 Bistro Awards winners Shana Farr and Kristoffer Lowe discus Concepts in Cabaret – how to create a focused show. [View the story “Concept Cabaret Twitter Transcript” on Storify] Shana Farr‘s Bistro award is specifically for her outstanding concept show “In the Still of the Night: A Poetical Journey Through the Music, Lyrics and Verse of Noel […]
Earlier this winter the Metropolitan Room generated much publicity for setting the Guinness record for longest variety show ever. With Tim Realbuto’s “Bookseller in the Rain: A Tribute to the Music of Maury Yeston,” the club may well have quietly attained another superlative achievement: the most singers and musicians to simultaneously perform on (and around) […]
“With Love from Deeds and DIVA,” the Valentine’s weekend show at the Iridium, paired West Coast contemporary jazz singer Diane Schuur with the New York City-based DIVA Jazz Orchestra (15 strong for this booking) on songs about love, appropriately to the occasion. This upbeat collaboration (the first for diva and Diva in several years) provided […]
One of the most appealing things about “3 Decades in the Dark—Raissa and Kenneth Go to the Movies” (at the Laurie Beechman Theatre) is the easy camaraderie that performers Raissa Katona Bennett and Kenneth Gartman have with each other. The longtime friends explain at one point that they’d wanted for years to work together on a […]
Don’t Tell Mama Sundays and Mondays in March starting March 1, 7:00 pm “Mason at Mama’s in March” is Karen’s new show featuring fresh arrangements of classics, new songs, and music she and her longtime composer/arranger Brian Lasser performed in the early days at Mama’s. (The very room that she and Nancy LaMott opened in […]
Iridium Jazz Club Tuesday March 3, 8:00 & 10:00 pm Making a too-rare New York appearance, BistroAward-wining vocalist salutes Jazz’s “Big Six”: Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, and Shirley Horn.
Cafe Nocatambulo at Pangea Tuesdays 8:00 pm – midnight With a seemingly encyclopedic repertoire of musical material, Eric Comstock—winner of a 2015 Bistro Award as Outstanding Singer-Instrumentalist—is one of the most thoughtful and sensitive interpreters of good songs you’re likely to find. Following a long run in 2014, he returns to this comfortable East Village supper club.