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2016 Bistro Awards Press Release

2016 Bistro Awards Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jazz Greats Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, and Janis Siegel are among the winners to be honored at the 31st ANNUAL BISTRO AWARDS GALA Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 pm at Gotham Comedy Club Favorites Christine Andreas, Sharon McNight, Jarrod Spector, Kelli Barrett, KT Sullivan, Jeff Harnar Also Recognized (New York City, February 2, […]

February 1, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Save the Date!

Save the Date!

The 31st Annual Bistro Awards will be on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Details to follow.

January 13, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Oh What a Night

Oh What a Night

Jason Graae sang an original song, “Nothing Rhymes With Bistro Blues,” written specifically for the occasion of the 30th annual Bistro Awards, at the outset of the gala that included performances by such past Bistro Award winners and legendary cabaret artists as Marilyn Maye (who sang a medley of rainbow songs), Karen Mason (“Almost Like […]

March 5, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

BISTRO BITS

I had no idea what I was letting myself in for

I had no idea what I was letting myself in for

Over the past several weeks, I attended a couple of shows not knowing what lay in store for me. On the other hand, there were two other shows I went to with high expectations.   Shawn Moninger For twenty-one years, Shawn Moninger was a technical director at Don’t Tell Mama. Several years ago, he packed […]

December 2, 2015 | By | 1 Comment
Heart to Heart: Carol Fredette on communicating with an audience…and much more

Heart to Heart: Carol Fredette on communicating with an audience…and much more

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 […]

February 27, 2015 | By | Add a Comment
Current and Recent Shows

Current and Recent Shows

In this column I discuss one show that is currently running, a handful of others that played within the past couple of months, and two that will be returning. In the process, I make a few observations that have broader relevance.   Vickie Phillips A short while ago, Vickie Phillips celebrated her birthday at the […]

July 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

RECENT REVIEWS

Brandon James Gwinn

Brandon James Gwinn

Brandon James Gwinn is a pianist at Marie’s Crisis piano bar. He is a Dramatists Guild Fellow and a Richard Rodgers Award finalist. He has been artist-in-residence at Ars Nova. He is a popular music director in cabaret and theatre and a composer of numerous shows and songs. He has been performing a series of […]

February 3, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Jason Kravits

Jason Kravits

Jason Kravits is one of those good, reliable television character actors whose name might escape you, but whose face has you saying, “Oh yeah, that’s the long-suffering district attorney from The Practice,” or “I remember that guy from Grey’s Anatomy” or from one of the seemingly endless list of shows on which he has co-starred […]

January 28, 2016 | By | 1 Comment
Marcus Goldhaber

Marcus Goldhaber

First, let’s talk a bit about Frank Sinatra. A musical icon (maybe THE musical icon), he has influenced a few generations of male vocalists. There are some who want to do his songs, some who want to emulate his style, some who want to capture that “Rat Pack” cool of a bygone era, and some […]

January 27, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
John Epperson

John Epperson

You might think that John Epperson, having been for decades in the employ of the glamorous and imposing stage sensation Lypsinka, would have picked up some of his mistress’s grand manner. But that’s clearly not the case. The eponymous star of “John ‘Lypsinka’ Epperson: An Evening with Lypsinka’s Maid” (at Feinstein’s/54 Below) isn’t exactly mousy. […]

January 21, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Barbara Fasano

Barbara Fasano

Barbara Fasano celebrated the release of her new CD, “Busy Being Free,” at the Metropolitan Room with the disc’s arranger and music director, John di Martino, on piano. While the title comes from an early Joni Mitchell song, “Cactus Tree,” the repertoire is primarily from the Great American Songbook and includes both familiar warhorses and rare […]

January 21, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Amanda Yesnowitz

Amanda Yesnowitz

Lyricist Amanda Yesnowitz has been developing a name for herself in cabaret circles in New York City, with multiple nominations for various “Song of the Year” awards and, as she put it in her recent show at the Duplex, “Mercury Rising: The Sultry, Sassy Lyrics of Amanda Yesnowitz,” she has also “won some sh*t as […]

January 12, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

BISTRO PICKS

Mary Foster Conklin

Mary Foster Conklin

Birdland Thursday February 4, 6:00 pm Mary Foster Conklin celebrates the release of her fourth CD, “Photographs.” The singer is joined by John di Martino on piano, Ed Howard on bass, Vince Cherico on drums, and Joel Frahm on sax. The CD includes songs by Oscar Brown, Jr., Benny Carter, Lennon & McCartney, Johnny Mandel, and Joni […]

January 21, 2016 | By | Add a Comment
Tim Di Pasqua

Tim Di Pasqua

Don’t Tell Mama Friday February 5, 7:00 pm Singer-songwriter-pianist returns with the next installment, Chapter Six, of “The Music and Lyrics Project”; this one features songs from his shows Notes on New York, An Apartment on the Upper West Side, and Synchronicity, as well as a few pop numbers. Tim is joined by vocalists Lorinda Lisitza, […]

November 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Eric Comstock

Eric Comstock

Metropolitan Room Sunday February 7, 4:00 pm “Downton Abbey Road: The Best of British” 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. For this “tea time” performance, he offers a […]

February 21, 2015 | By | Add a Comment
Robert Creighton

Robert Creighton

Metropolitan Room Monday February 8, 7:00 pm “Lucky in Love” Actor-singer-dancer-songwriter Robert Creighton in a new show about love and romance. Creighton co-wrote and starred in the musical Cagney, a great success last year at the York Theatre Company and slated to transfer to a commercial off Broadway run this spring. He’ll be joined at the […]

February 3, 2016 | By | Add a Comment