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Cabaret Setlist: Springing Forward with Three Songs of Hope and Happiness

Cabaret Setlist: Springing Forward with Three Songs of Hope and Happiness

March 29, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Article #14 in this ongoing series In the most recent installments of “Cabaret Setlist,” we’ve looked at the brilliant-but-dark “Lush Life” and the splendid-but sad “When October Goes.” I love these musical explorations of anguish and heartbreak, but I realize they’re not the only sorts of songs […]

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PETULA CLARK to Receive the 2021 Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award at the 36th Bistro Awards Special Event

PETULA CLARK to Receive the 2021 Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award at the 36th Bistro Awards Special Event

March 22, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

The premiere screening will take place on Friday, April 30 at 8 pm; details on how to access the event are forthcoming. (New York, NY, March 22, 2021)—Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, recording artist, and actress Petula Clark will be honored at the 36th annual Bistro Awards on Friday, April 30. This virtual special event will have its […]

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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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Cabaret Setlist: “When October Goes” – Music by Barry Manilow, lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Cabaret Setlist: “When October Goes” – Music by Barry Manilow, lyrics by Johnny Mercer

March 1, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #13 in this running series The lucky thirteenth installment of Cabaret Setlist centers on “When October Goes,” a short, bittersweet, and evocative ballad of love and loss. The song, which debuted in 1984, has gradually come into its own as a modern standard. It has a […]

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CD Review: Gary Negbaur—”You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”

CD Review: Gary Negbaur—”You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”

February 22, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

In 1949, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” from South Pacific outraged many people with its positive take on interracial relationships. Seventy-two years later, it’s painfully obvious that we’re still not truly learning, so it’s a timely title track for Gary Negbaur’s 2021 Blujazz label album. Negbaur’s rendition is catchy—he covers the […]

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CD Review: Nicolas King “Act One—Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings”

CD Review: Nicolas King “Act One—Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings”

February 15, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Listening to singer Nicolas King’s new, fun-filled CD, Act One—Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings, reminded me of Easter mornings as a kid, when I was surprised over and over again discovering all the colorful, tasty little treats the Bunny had hidden among the nooks and crannies of my familiar home environment.  Though most of its […]

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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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CD Review: “Chip Deffaa’s Irving Berlin: Sweet and Hot—Rare Songs, with an All-Star New York Cast”

CD Review: “Chip Deffaa’s Irving Berlin: Sweet and Hot—Rare Songs, with an All-Star New York Cast”

January 24, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Props to Chip Deffaa who specializes in recording rare songs from the American Songbook. Of course, one’s definition of “rare” depends on how much knowledge you bring to the party. There are certainly some extremely rare songs on this album, some of which are getting their first recordings. Then there are songs like “Alexander’s Ragtime […]

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Cabaret Setlist: “Lush Life” – Music and Lyrics by Billy Strayhorn

Cabaret Setlist: “Lush Life” – Music and Lyrics by Billy Strayhorn

January 24, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #12 in this running series Billy Strayhorn’s intricate ballad “Lush Life” has, I think, something in common with Stonehenge—England’s massive and mysterious Bronze Age monument. Both are remarkable accomplishments whose existence seems scarcely plausible. You can’t fully explain how they arrived or what inspired their creation. […]

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