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Frenchie Davis–Pick of the Week–Sunday Oct. 23

Pick of the Week
October 22, 2016 0

BY ROB LESTER, with Singer/Fellow Audience Member BLAKE ZOLFO—-This is the first in a series of pieces where my comments as a reviewer will have as an added voice the perspective of someone whose voice […]

Cabaret Convention Begins–Review by Larry Myers

October 19, 2016 0

BY LARRY MYERS~~~An encyclopedic definition of “cabaret” says this form of entertainment is distinguished by its performance venue. Instead of pub, restaurant or nightclub a “gala” (defined as a celebration) here happens in the vast upscale […]

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Bistro Bites

Photo by Michael Barbieri
Bistro Bites

Pangea & Carol Lipnik

October 13, 2016 0

Years ago, I worked at Judy’s, a little supper club/cabaret on West 44th Street; often described as a jewel box of a room.  It was simple, elegant and intimate.  Pangea, in New York’s East Village, […]

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Video of the Moment

Remembering Dawn Hampton (1928-2016) “The Light Is On”

Dawn Hampton, a swing era music and dance legend gives us a snapshot into her life on the road with the family band the "Deacon Hampton's Cotton Pickers". She played Carnegie Hall and The Apollo and went on to inspire swing dancers all over the world.

Photo of the Moment

Photo of the Moment

Sun, October 16 Two shows at 4 & 7PM are SOLD OUT. A second date has been added for Monday, October 17 at 7p. at The Laurie Beechman Theater The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents a ‘live’ recording session in which Sidney Myer – one of the most gifted and beloved entertainers throughout the entire cabaret community – will have his own act captured for DVD release. Join the fun and be a part of this audience!

Cabaret Throwback

Cabaret Throwback

Donald Smith (1933-2012 ), founder of The Mabel Mercer Foundation. This is a photo of his desktop as left by him.

Mabel Mercer (3 February 1900 – 20 April 1984) was an English-born cabaret singer who performed in the United States, Britain and Europe, with the greats in jazz and cabaret. She was a featured performer at Chez Bricktop in Paris, owned by the hostess Bricktop and performed in such clubs as Le Ruban Bleu, Tony's, the RSVP, the Carlyle, the St. Regis Hotel and eventually, her own room, the Byline Club. Among those who frequently attended Mercer's shows was Frank Sinatra, who made no secret of his emulating her phrasing and story-telling techniques.

In 1985, the Mabel Mercer Foundation was established with the efforts of her long-time friend and professional associate, Donald F. Smith. This not-for-profit arts organization was formed to keep Mercer's memory alive and to contribute to the art of cabaret performing by supporting artists and providing information resources. Its international activities include the debut of the London Cabaret Convention in 2004. The Foundation produced Noël Coward's 100th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall and also has a Young Person's Series to introduce young people to The Great American Songbook of popular classics.

The 27th Annual Cabaret Convention takes place October 18 - 21 at The Rose Theater - Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Photo Credit: Scott Barbarino

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