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Author Archive: Gerry Geddes

Gerry Geddes has conceived and directed a number of musical revues—including the Bistro- and MAC Award-winning "Monday in the Dark with George" and "Put On Your Saturday Suit-Words & Music by Jimmy Webb"—and directed many cabaret artists, including André De Shields, Helen Baldassare, Darius de Haas, and drag artist Julia Van Cartier. He directs "The David Drumgold Variety Show," currently in residence at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, and has produced a number of recordings, including two Bistro-winning CDs. He’s taught vocal performance at The New School, NYU, and London’s Goldsmith’s College and continues to conduct private workshops and master classes. As a writer and critic, he has covered New York’s performing arts scene for over 40 years in both local and national publications; his lyrics have been sung by several cabaret and recording artists. Gerry was (and will be) an artist in residence at Pangea and he has just completed a memoir of his life in NYC called "Didn’t I Ever Tell You This?"

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CD Review: Eleri Ward’s “A Perfect Little Death—Suf/Sond”

CD Review: Eleri Ward’s “A Perfect Little Death—Suf/Sond”

June 14, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

People everywhere are or will be recounting tales of what they did doing the Covid lockdown, but few will have a souvenir of that time as brilliant and creative as singer-songwriter Eleri Ward‘s. In a closet of her New York apartment, she fashioned A Perfect Little Death—Suf/Sond, a recording that imagines what 13 iconic Stephen Sondheim […]

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CD Review: Sarah Moule “Stormy Emotions”

CD Review: Sarah Moule “Stormy Emotions”

June 7, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Sometimes, listening to a brand new CD can be like discovering the pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow, and that is just how I felt listening to the latest release from British jazz vocalist Sarah Moule. Stormy Emotions consists of 12 songs by lyricist Fran Landesman and composer/pianist Simon Wallace, including 10 […]

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Club Review: Bossa Tap Trio

Club Review: Bossa Tap Trio

May 30, 2021 | By | 3 Comments

In 1952, the iconic star Fred Astaire recorded a multi-album set of the classic songs he had introduced or featured over the previous decades. Norman Granz, the producer, surrounded the song & dance man with legendary musicians from Jazz at the Philharmonic, with Oscar Peterson on piano. The songs were, of course, immaculately sung, but the […]

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CD Review: Amber Weekes’s “‘Round Midnight — Re-Imagined”

CD Review: Amber Weekes’s “‘Round Midnight — Re-Imagined”

May 30, 2021 | By | 1 Comment

Singer Amber Weekes’s newest release, ‘Round Midnight — Re-Imagined, has a classic, lived-in feel that allows the listener to luxuriate in its style, its romance, its intelligence, and its sheer musical richness while enjoying the rich storytelling and the trove of surprises to be found in its tracks.  There is quite a lot of backstory and factual […]

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CD Review: Jane Monheit —”Come What May”

CD Review: Jane Monheit —”Come What May”

March 7, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Jane Monheit’s latest release, Come What May, is a timeless collection of standards.  The terrific orchestrations, including gorgeously utilized strings courtesy of Wayne Haun, the tasteful song selection and vocals displaying heart, brains, and accomplished musicality add up to an album that is as fresh as tomorrow while achieving a classic sound that would have […]

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CD Review: Rebecca DuMaine and The Dave Miller Trio—”Someday, Someday”

CD Review: Rebecca DuMaine and The Dave Miller Trio—”Someday, Someday”

March 7, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Rebecca DuMaine has a lightness and fragility to her sound that calls to mind Blossom Dearie, and, as with Blossom, that lightness extends to her perfectly realized scat in musically astute, smile-inducing style.  Her terrific  new recording, Someday, Someday, is filled with great songs (both classic and contemporary) and offers many pleasant surprises.  It is […]

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Live Stream Review: “Sharón Clark: By Special Request, Volume 2”

Live Stream Review: “Sharón Clark: By Special Request, Volume 2”

February 1, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

It is often quite easy, even in pandemic times, to think that New York City is not only the center of the Universe but the Universe itself—especially when it comes to music, whether it be cabaret, theatre, or jazz. I am happy to report that Sharón Clark: By Special Request (presented as part of pianist […]

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“‘TAINT— An Alt-Holiday Variety Show”

“‘TAINT— An Alt-Holiday Variety Show”

January 18, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Tweed presents ‘TAINT (cause it ‘taint Christmas, and it ‘taint New Year’s)—An Alt-Holiday Variety Show to benefit Pangea, the terrific cabaret that serves as home to downtown performers and the best of NYC cabaret alike.  In these pandemic times, restaurants and clubs are under duress from the distancing and quarantining and all the other nightmarish requirements […]

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CD Review: Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert, “All the Girls”

CD Review: Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert, “All the Girls”

January 11, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

When Rebecca Luker passed away recently it sent ripples of sadness through the theatre and cabaret communities.  All the Girls, the new CD with Luker and Sally Wilfert, serves as a heartbreaking reminder of what a tremendous loss this was.  It is also a joyous celebration of two of Broadway’s finest voices, in solos and duets […]

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CD Review: Kenneth Gartman “We Need a Little Christmas”

CD Review: Kenneth Gartman “We Need a Little Christmas”

January 3, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

There is an open-hearted, childlike simplicity and beauty to Kenneth Gartman’s sound that is quite endearing and a perfect match for We Need a Little Christmas, a holiday release filled with the warmth of an open fire and the good will of friends and family gathered together.  Add to that a thoughtful connection to the […]

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