"It's such a magical place," she says of The Blue Note, the Greenwich Village jazz club where she'll be singing the night before Thanksgiving as well as the holiday night itself. "The first time I was there was when I was 15 or 16." She remembers the famous folks in the audience ("Bernadette Peters, the Baldwin brothers...") as much as the jazz stars she saw on stage and the ambience. Over the years, she's seen legends like Maynard Ferguson and Tito Puente there.
Elton John. Carole King. Joni Mitchell. Carly Simon. Paul Simon. Stevie Wonder. They were six superstar singer/songwriters in a constellation of such stars during the early 1970s. On Saturday, December 13 at 7pm, as part of its annual 12-day "Winter Rhythms" Festival, for the second successive year, Urban Stages
In the world of cabaret, shows that focus on the musical catalog of Harold Arlen are usually a dime a dozen. Thus, finding an evening of the gentleman's compositions that truly stands out can be akin to searching for a specific snowball in Alaska. There have been several over the last two decades that have been more than merely sensational (Helen Schneider's Arlen-based show at Rainbow & Stars in the early '90s certainly springs to mind), but for some artists it can prove difficult to avoid the lackluster.
Mike Nichols’s passing leaves a big void in the entertainment world, especially when it comes to his unique style and complete understanding of and connection to his audiences. Much of his knowledge and experience regarding that came from his early experiences performing in cabarets. Mike Nichols was, after all, in the formative years of his career,
This debut solo show at Stage 72 features still-beloved standards as well as lesser known favorites of the era, all pulled from vintage sheet music collected by Anna Marie's grandmother during the war. Led by multiple-award winning artistic team of Miles Phillips (director) and Bill Zeffiro (music director).
BAD WITH MONEY – Ben Rimalower’s new play about spending beyond his means – has announced another extension with five extra shows through the end of the year. The show was named a “Critic’s Pick” from Time Out New York and called “courageously honest, keenly specific and emotionally naked” by The Advocate.
The internationally recognized jazz piano authority Jon Weber returns to the Metropolitan Room with his stupefyingly expansive survey of 115 years of jazz piano, "From Joplin to Jarrett." Gracing the stage for four encore performances running November 26 to January 6, "From Joplin to Jarrett" was called "a fascinating and essential show" by Stephen Holden of The NY Times when the show premiered in May. Weber, the host of "Piano Jazz" on NPR
Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York's downtown darling Bridget Everett returns to the Joe's Pub stage with her band, The Tender Moments. She has her trusty bottle(s) of chardonnay to sing all her favorite love songs and share the stories of the men that made her...feel? From tender moments to prison sex, come get inside her. The Tender Moments are Carmine Covelli, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Mike Jackson and Matt Ray.
ScoBar Entertainment is pleased to announce Karen Mason at The Iridium Monday December 1st at 9:00pm in Secrets of The Ancient Divas a whimsically titled look at a very serious subject: the singers who have influenced Mason, including Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand, among others. Better still, Mason will take on repertoire that each of these divas made famous, such as "The Man That Got Away," a Garland classic. Don't miss Karen performing her new show, "Secrets Of The Ancient Divas.
ScoBar Entertainment is proud to announce Sharon Clark returning to The Iridium, Tuesday November 18th with sets at 8:30 & 10:30PM. Sharon will be joined on stage with Chris Grasso on Piano, Michael O’Brien on Bass, and Lenny Robinson on Drums. Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S.
The Manhattan Dolls are New York City-based, swing-style female vocal trios with the sound of The Andrews Sisters. The Dolls have chosen one of their favorite NYC venues, The West End Lounge, to perform their CD release concert for their second CD, "The Manhattan Dolls: From Sea To Swingin' Sea", which officially comes out on November 15, 2014!
The 6th Annual Broadway Can! A Concert for City Harvest will be presented at Don't Tell Mama, one night only, Sunday, November 16th at 8pm. The evening will be comprised of songs by composer/ lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh. Bisen-Hersh will be joined on stage by a phenomenal cast including Elyse Beyer (Judy and Me), Melanie Brook (50 Shades! The Musical), Candi Boyd (Jersey Boys), Dawn Cantwell (The Last Ship), Julie D'Moure, Yurel Echezarrta (Aladdin), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys),
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater on Sunday, November 16 at 9:30 PM to continue its landmark 6th season. The Meeting* has been called "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight." The season's previous shows sold out after a New York Times "Arts & Leisure" story ran in September.
Sometimes, as a cabaret reviewer, one simply can't partake of every act in town. It's really quite a regrettable fact, especially when a singer makes a small-but-notable splash and it takes some time to have that performer be truly seen and savored by the public at large. To this small but inestimably-privileged list of current artists must be added the name of Maxine Linehan, whom your humble reporter is quite sure will be taking her place in the very near future among cabaret's finest. Her latest show, "Beautiful Songs" at Metropolitan Room, proves nothing less than utterly sensational, and deserves as many repeat performances as possible.
Don't say that NiteLifeExchange didn't give you a medical warning. If you feel a sudden pain later this week, it will be because you deservedly kicked yourself for missing Marilyn Maye and her trio joining forces with the master guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli at Iridium NYC. Don't make that mistake. Just make tonight (Wednesday, November 10) the night you run to Broadway and West 51 Street for either the early show or late show. It's just what the doctor ordered. I just got back from their performance and am still feeling the glow and will make my way there for another serving on this closing night.