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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Club Review: Amber Iman

Club Review: Amber Iman

August 16, 2021 | By | 1 Comment

Her strong, range-y voice and statuesque looks make it no surprise that actress/singer Amber Iman is an award-nominated performer with a burgeoning career in theatre, including Broadway’s Soul Doctor (as Nina Simone), the National Tour of Hamilton, and various off-Broadway and regional productions.  She has also contributed background vocals for several well-known stars.  But none […]

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Club Review: Daryl Sherman Trio

Club Review: Daryl Sherman Trio

August 8, 2021 | By | 1 Comment

Start with the tastiest collection of songs to be heard in NYC, add three brilliant musicians at the top of their game, mix in the warm, inviting vocals of an icon of the city’s music scene, add one of New York’s most cozily elegant rooms, and top it all off with a 1,000-watt smile, and […]

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Club Review: Tina Scariano’s “Feels Like Home”

Club Review: Tina Scariano’s “Feels Like Home”

August 9, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Tina Scariano has a terrific voice with a pleasingly effective vibrato.  It would not be out of the realm of possibility to imagine her one day being feted like the artists she featured in Feels Like Home, her new show at The Green Room 42.  Therefore, it was most disappointing that she chose to present an […]

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Concert Review: Dianne Reeves Meets the Bill Charlap Trio

Concert Review: Dianne Reeves Meets the Bill Charlap Trio

August 2, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

The famed jazz singer, Dianne Reeves returned to performing at the 92nd Street Y with the Bill Charlap Trio as a part of Charlap’s Jazz in July series.  It was her second post-pandemic concert after a year and a half of lockdown and quarantine.  There was sense of anticipation in the packed audience as they awaited […]

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Club Review: Kate Baker

Club Review: Kate Baker

July 25, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

There is a lot of speculation about how (and which) clubs will make it through the pandemic and bring night life back to the city.  There is less talk about how performers get back into shape after a year and a half of forced inactivity; that, too, is an area of concern.  From what I […]

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Club Review: Sally Wilfert “How Did I End Up Here?”

Club Review: Sally Wilfert “How Did I End Up Here?”

July 25, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

By the end of How Did I End Up Here, Sally Wilfert’s new show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the audience wasn’t really interested in the answer to the title’s question, they were just so delighted to be there sharing in the good will and spectacular singing.  The show was classic, old-school cabaret—just voice, piano and well-chosen […]

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Club Review: Blaine Alden Krauss  “From the Soul II”

Club Review: Blaine Alden Krauss “From the Soul II”

July 19, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

July turns out to be the perfect month for Feinstein’s/54 Below to book Blaine Alden Krauss in From the Soul. The fireworks started even before he hit the stage, and they did not stop until he had the crowd literally dancing in the aisles during his encore.  I didn’t notice anyone actually up on a […]

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Club Review: Sheila Jordan

Club Review: Sheila Jordan

July 12, 2021 | By | 2 Comments

Singer/curator Ben Cassara chose the perfect singer to open his Pangea Hot Summer Night Jazz Series when he chose Sheila Jordan.  There is a special sense of excitement and a bit of awe when one goes to see one of the legends, and still performing at the top of her game, when one gets to […]

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Club Review: Derrick Baskin

Club Review: Derrick Baskin

July 12, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Tony-nominated Derrick Baskin has already made a name for himself in the worlds of theatre and music with appearances on Broadway in Memphis, The 25th Annual Spelling Bee, The Little Mermaid and, currently, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. His film and TV credits include Difficult People, Annie, Marshall,  and Law & Order: SVU. He has […]

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Club Review: Flotilla DeBarge in “Corona & Flo”

Club Review: Flotilla DeBarge in “Corona & Flo”

July 4, 2021 | By | 1 Comment

It seems like drag is everywhere these days thanks in large part to RuPaul and her show and her knockoffs.  But it’s a different kind of drag, a more meta, self-referential kind of drag; it seems to come from watching other drag queens.  It is akin to the newer breed of directors whose entire frame […]

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