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 is an artist in residence at Pangea, and a regular contributor to the podcast “Troubadours & Raconteurs.” He just completed a memoir of his life in NYC called “Didn’t I Ever Tell You This?”

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Jimmy Webb on His Love of Cabaret, Its Traditions, Its Venues, Its Intimacy:  A Conversation with the Bistro Awards’ 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Jimmy Webb on His Love of Cabaret, Its Traditions, Its Venues, Its Intimacy: A Conversation with the Bistro Awards’ 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

May 1, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

It was a special treat to be able to interview one of my two favorite songwriters (the other being a certain Mr. Sondheim) in advance of his receiving the 2022 ASCAP–Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to helping me get to know the man, the interview evolved into a kind of retrospective on the […]

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CD Review: Mark Winkler’s “Late Bloomin’ Jazzman”

CD Review: Mark Winkler’s “Late Bloomin’ Jazzman”

April 28, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Singer Mark Winkler is the genuine article. To borrow a quote from a classic Blossom Dearie song, “If it were hip to be hep he’d be hep.”  He is a laid back, swinging, hip jazz singer and, as his new CD Late Bloomin’ Jazzman highlights, he is one hell of a lyricist. In fact, the recording is […]

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Club Review: Salty Brine’s Living Record Collection—”How Strange It Is”

Club Review: Salty Brine’s Living Record Collection—”How Strange It Is”

April 15, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

The album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel, was released on February 10, 1998. The group was the brainchild of singer/songwriter Jeff Magnum, whose lyrics were in some instances inspired by the writings of Anne Frank. The amalgam of indie rock and art folk has given rise to much acclaim, both […]

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Club Review: Karen Mack & Elliot Roth

Club Review: Karen Mack & Elliot Roth

April 7, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

The front lounge at Pangea has become a relaxed, friendly hybrid of cabaret and piano bar with no cover and no minimum.  The talented duo of Karen Mack and Elliot Roth fits the room and the feel to a proverbial “T.”  They are both seasoned pros but here, liberated from the restrictions and familiarity of […]

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Club Review: “Betty Buckley & Friends”

Club Review: “Betty Buckley & Friends”

March 31, 2022 | By | 1 Comment

When Betty Buckley entered the stage for her new show at Joe’s Pub, Betty Buckley & Friends, I was brought back to the many times I had seen her at the long-lost Bottom Line (one of the finest musical venues to ever grace this city) working on material for upcoming major engagements.  She would be […]

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Theatre Revue: “Notes from Now—Songs of Resilience & Renewal”

Theatre Revue: “Notes from Now—Songs of Resilience & Renewal”

March 22, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

The new revue, recently presented at 59E59 Theaters, Notes from Now—Songs of Resilience & Renewal is, like most revues, a hit-and-miss affair, but when it hits, it is very, very good.  It features mostly newly commissioned original songs by contemporary musical theatre writers.   The show opens with Adam Gwon’s “Don’t Swat the Bee,” which […]

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CD Review: Melissa Errico’s  “Out of the Dark—The Film Noir Project”

CD Review: Melissa Errico’s “Out of the Dark—The Film Noir Project”

February 20, 2022 | By | 2 Comments

During lockdown and quarantine, many people spent an inordinate amount of time bingeing TV shows and movies, searching through Netflix, Amazon’s Prime, and other streaming services, for the perfect film or series or genre to fill their days and occupy their minds.  Singer Melissa Errico immersed herself in the shadowy, mysterious, dangerously romantic world of […]

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Randy Edelman: A Life in 80 Minutes

Randy Edelman: A Life in 80 Minutes

February 13, 2022 | By | 1 Comment

The very first contribution I made to cabaret was persuading my friend, Marc Allen Trujillo, to include Randy Edelman’s “The Laughter and the Tears” in his act and helping him to phrase and to stage it. I first heard the song on Nancy Wilson’s album, I Know I Love Him (it was later recorded by […]

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Critical Thoughts: Words Matter—Diction, Phrasing, and Understanding Help Tell the Story

Critical Thoughts: Words Matter—Diction, Phrasing, and Understanding Help Tell the Story

January 23, 2022 | By | 3 Comments

When you are singing a song, you are telling a story. You may be narrating the story to the audience, you may be a participant in the story, or simply observing or perhaps reacting to the story, but in each case, the words matter.  The more connected to the song you are, the more personal […]

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