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Paying Tribute:  Various Approaches One Can Take When Celebrating the Work of an Artist

Paying Tribute: Various Approaches One Can Take When Celebrating the Work of an Artist

November 27, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Performers paying tribute to a singing icon or big name writing-composing team usually work within a clearly defined genre. They belt or croon the tunes identified with the anointed artist(s) in their best voices.  But sometimes other ingredients are added to the mix—from unexpected interpretations to political implications to using the songs as a vehicle […]

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Club Review: Tawanda, Jazz Vocalist in Her NY Debut

Club Review: Tawanda, Jazz Vocalist in Her NY Debut

November 20, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

For new young jazz vocalists beginning a performance career, the shadows of the giants that came before them can be intimidating and overwhelming as well as inspirational.  But when 26-year-old singer, Tawanda (who tied for first place in the 9th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition in 2021) made her New York debut this month […]

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“The Real Ambassadors”: New Book Recalls an Anti-Segregation Jazz Musical Starring Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae

“The Real Ambassadors”: New Book Recalls an Anti-Segregation Jazz Musical Starring Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae

December 6, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Say, show tune lovers—did you ever hear of The Real Ambassadors, a musical developed by famed jazz pianist Dave Brubeck (“Take Five”) and his wife, Iola, in the late 1950s and early 1960s? The show was envisioned as a Louis Armstrong vehicle, with Carmen McRae as his love interest. The celebrated “vocalese” trio of Lambert, […]

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Club Review: Susan Neuffer’s “An Elpee’s Worth of Todd”

Club Review: Susan Neuffer’s “An Elpee’s Worth of Todd”

November 16, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Back in the day, when I became a lifelong fan of singer/songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren, albums were not merely a collection of “pick & choose” streamable tracks.  They were an entity unto themselves—an artistic statement in which to immerse oneself, in which to get lost like a good book or a good movie.  Each song benefited […]

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Club Review: Brandon James Gwinn’s “Four Pianos”

Club Review: Brandon James Gwinn’s “Four Pianos”

November 8, 2022 | By | 1 Comment

Bobby Short…Blossom Dearie…Frances Faye…Diana Krall.  Their names alone conjure images of sophisticated, exciting nightlife, of bôites inhabited by saloon singers on the ivories, of wonderful dreams of music and class and style. Alas, it has been a long time since that piano and voice alchemy has topped the entertainment world in New York City and […]

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Club Review: Stacy Sullivan, Todd Murray in “I’m Glad There Is You—The Musical Romance of Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee

Club Review: Stacy Sullivan, Todd Murray in “I’m Glad There Is You—The Musical Romance of Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee

November 8, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

What could go wrong?  One of New York cabaret’s warmest, most intelligent, and talented vocalists paired with a solid crooner in the classic mode whose rich, smooth sound and smart phrasing sets him apart from other current practitioners of saloon singing paired to sing the songs of Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra accompanied by two […]

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Remembering Jay Rogers

Remembering Jay Rogers

November 1, 2022 | By | 3 Comments

On October 28, 2022, we lost Jay Rogers, one of the most hilarious, talented, endearing clowns in New York cabaret and theatre, to cancer.  It is a tragic reminder of the fragility of our lives, and that even a man whose art and being embodied a whole-hearted, joy-filled embrace of life and living it to […]

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Club Review: Linda Kahn’s “Say Yes!”

Club Review: Linda Kahn’s “Say Yes!”

November 1, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

Linda Kahn performed a wonderful repertoire of songs that successfully delivered on the title of her show, Say Yes!, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. She made hay out of the curves life throws at us and was totally charming throughout. She opened the show with a medley of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “I […]

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Club Review: Dorian Woodruff’s “The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman”

Club Review: Dorian Woodruff’s “The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman”

October 25, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

In 1960, lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman secured their position in the Great American Songbook with Frank Sinatra’s recording of “Nice ‘n’ Easy” (Lew Spence) and, up until Marilyn’s death this year, they provided a lyrical backdrop to the passing decades with songs in film, theatre, television, and recordings while working with some of the […]

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Club Review: “Lisa Viggiano Sings the Jane Olivor Songbook”

Club Review: “Lisa Viggiano Sings the Jane Olivor Songbook”

October 25, 2022 | By | Add a Comment

After she was discovered (and signed to Columbia Records) at her very first cabaret show, Jane Olivor released five albums between 1976 and 1982 that endeared her to many, particularly in the gay community.  As their superstar Barbra Streisand ascended to the stratosphere, Olivor took her place in many of their hearts.  As the AIDS […]

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