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Cabaret Setlist: “When I Was a Boy” — Music and lyrics by Dar Williams

Cabaret Setlist: “When I Was a Boy” — Music and lyrics by Dar Williams

November 21, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook  Song #9 in this running series Although Dar Williams’s song “When I Was a Boy” would go on to become a signature number for her, she once apparently harbored doubts about its potential. This eloquent and extremely likable story-song might well have been laid to eternal rest […]

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CD Review: Ken Greves “Vintage and Rare: The Songs of Harold Arlen (Vol. 3) — Ridin’ on the Moon”

CD Review: Ken Greves “Vintage and Rare: The Songs of Harold Arlen (Vol. 3) — Ridin’ on the Moon”

November 16, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

  Of all the revered composers of Broadway’s Golden Age, whose work makes up a large part of the American Songbook mined by cabaret artists, Harold Arlen is perhaps the most blatantly jazz-influenced.  For this reason – while the composer’s fans are surely delighting in the recent release of Ridin’ on the Moon, Volume 3 […]

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CD Review: Luba Mason “Triangle”

CD Review: Luba Mason “Triangle”

November 16, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

First things first: I’m a huge fan of Luba Mason. She’s smart, funny, sensitive, playful, and has a great way with a song. But despite of all these superior qualities I find her new CD, Triangle, somewhat disappointing. I like the songs, her interpretations and the accompaniments all individually, but, as a total listening experience, […]

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“Turn It All Around”

“Turn It All Around”

November 2, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Click here to listen to Turn It All Around Words and music by Debra Barsha and Sheilah Rae (lyrics below) Sung by Wonu Ogunfowora Harris M. Turner and Wonu Ogunfowora, backup singers Accompanied and produced by Taylor Peckham Debra Barsha and Sheilah Rae recently wrote this empowering and inspirational song, “Turn It All Around,” not […]

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“Machiavelli Was Right”

“Machiavelli Was Right”

November 2, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Click on the arrow on the left above to listen to “Machiavelli Was Right” from the musical The American Foxe, book and lyrics by Karen Gottlieb, music by Michele Brourman.  (Lyrics below.) “Machiavelli Was Right” is sung by George Ball, vocal recorded by Rob Trow, and engineered and mixed by Stephan Oberhoff. In the mid 70’s, Karen […]

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Cabaret Setlist: “Take Care of This House” – Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Cabaret Setlist: “Take Care of This House” – Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

November 1, 2020 | By | 4 Comments

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #8 in this running series. This installment of Cabaret Setlist is published on the day before what’s being called the most significant presidential election of our lifetimes. Wanting something pertinent to the occasion, we decided on a Broadway song first heard in 1976, the year of […]

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How Seven Performers Created Their Unique Niche in the New Normal (or Where There’s a Will, There’s A Way)

How Seven Performers Created Their Unique Niche in the New Normal (or Where There’s a Will, There’s A Way)

October 25, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

Part Two of a two-part article on virtual performing. Read Part One here. Performers across the boards have quickly adapted to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of cabaret performers have taken existing shows and retrofitted them to the online format, others have created all new virtual shows for themselves, while a […]

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Cabaret Setlist: “Makin’ Whoopee” – Music by Walter Donaldson, Lyrics by Gus Kahn

Cabaret Setlist: “Makin’ Whoopee” – Music by Walter Donaldson, Lyrics by Gus Kahn

October 19, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook  Song #7 in this running series Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn’s “Makin’ Whoopee,” first sung by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee!—is a hardy comedic evergreen. While researching it, I was startled to discover that the person I would most have wanted to interview was…Sir Winston […]

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CD Review: Tania Grubbs Quintet — Live at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar

CD Review: Tania Grubbs Quintet — Live at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar

October 4, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

An exquisitely soothing CD, Tania Grubbs Quintet: Live at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar serves up delicious jazz—of the ilk that needs to be heard again and again.  The richly textured arrangements, created by vocalist Tania Grubbs and bassist Jeff Grubbs (her husband), are so wonderfully layered that they’re only fully appreciated after multiple listenings.   Despite […]

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CD Review:  Josie Falbo — “You Must Believe in Spring”

CD Review: Josie Falbo — “You Must Believe in Spring”

October 4, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

 “You Must Believe in Spring” (Michel Legrand, Jacques Demy, Marilyn and Alan Bergman), the title song of Josie Falbo’s new CD, is going through a bit of renaissance at the moment.  It has appeared no less than three times on CDs I have reviewed in the last month.  But Falbo alone has the benefit of […]

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