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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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Taking Your Act Online? Resources to Up Your Tech Game

Taking Your Act Online? Resources to Up Your Tech Game

October 3, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

(Part One of a two-part article.) The virtual performance wave brings a need for performers to be tech savvy. As we turn our living rooms, bedrooms, and basements into performance spaces, performers find themselves having to confront the technical issues of putting together a show in an entirely different way. While dealing with technical issues […]

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Cabaret Setlist: “End of the World” — Music and lyrics by Matt Alber

Cabaret Setlist: “End of the World” — Music and lyrics by Matt Alber

September 29, 2020 | By | 1 Comment

Repertoire for the Once and Future American Songbook Song #6 in this running series Part of my intention when starting this series was to take a fresh look at songs from the American Songbook that have endured over several decades. Additionally, though, I wanted to examine newer songs, ones that would seem to have an […]

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CD Review: Diane Schuur “Running on Faith”

CD Review: Diane Schuur “Running on Faith”

September 21, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Sometime in the ‘90s, the Grammy Awards telecast decided to have all the nominees in all Jazz Vocal categories line up on the stage and join in a group rendition of “How High the Moon.”  Far stage right, last in line, was Sarah Vaughan; next to her, penultimate in the group, was Diane Schuur.  A […]

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CD Review: Linda Lavin “Love Notes”

CD Review: Linda Lavin “Love Notes”

September 21, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Linda Lavin’s new CD, Love Notes, is a timeless collection of terrific songs from the Great American Songbook that has the feel and sound of a classic album from the ’50s or ’60s but with a few surprising tracks from the likes of the Eagles and Steely Dan.  Lavin sounds better than ever and the […]

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CD Review: Sue Anne Gershenzon’s “You Must Believe in Spring”

CD Review: Sue Anne Gershenzon’s “You Must Believe in Spring”

September 13, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Rosemary Clooney famously said, “I am not a jazz singer. I am a singer who sings jazz songs.”  On her new album, You Must Believe In Spring, Sue Anne Gershenzon has chosen a program of songs of the highest quality – there’s not a bad song among them.  Unfortunately, in her execution of them, she […]

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On Medleys

On Medleys

September 6, 2020 | By | 3 Comments

Let me open with a rather broadly stated observation: Too many people are doing too many medleys in too many shows. Now I’ll narrow in and expand on this. (Perversely, and yet delightfully, this seemingly oxymoronic sentence is not self-contradictory.) By medley, I refer to any combination of more than one song. Let’s start at […]

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