On an ordinary Tuesday evening a New York legend took the Iridium stage --- and the audience --- by storm, with a seemingly impromptu, laid back set list of beloved jazz standards. She sang with effortless panache to an audience of friends and fans, many of whom are names in the cabaret industry, which leads me to believe it's never too late to learn from a pro, and for that pro to demonstrate how to deliver a song with style and flair.
It is with great sadness that I must report that singer/actress Julie Wilson has passed away. The undisputed Queen of Cabaret, Wilson, who was 90, died peacefully in her sleep following a series of strokes.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Julie Wilson she headed to New York City during World War II and found work in two of Manhattan's leading nightclubs, the Latin Quarter and the Copacabana.
Jane Scheckter is back in NYC singing and all is right with the world. There was a time when Jane was a regular fixture in the city’s boites, such as the departed and missed Danny’s Skylight Room and Eighty-Eights. One could also find her dropping in at Birdland’s Cast Party open mic with some regularity. Then she left town and took a little cabaret spotlight glow with her. She’s making a return visit not just to the city, but to a memorable show of hers saluting the songs and persona of a favorite of hers (and of almost every cabaret fan with taste and perspective): Bobby Short.
Broadway and aspiring artists will take the mic at the acclaimed Metropolitan Room on Monday evening April 27th at 6pm. Hosted by JERSEY BOYS Peter Gregus, the Broadway Artists & Friends Open Mic & Mingle is one of a series presented by the Broadway Artists Connection (BAC)giving singers an opportunity to try new works & make invaluable industry connections.
Carolyn Montgomery-Forant continues her comeback rise as she adds to the critically acclaimed run of “Visible Phoenix” at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street. In addition to her added performance on Friday June 12 at 7pm, Montgomery-Forant is also announcing the release of the live recording of “Visible Phoenix” on May 8. “Visible Phoenix,” featuring an eclectic mix of original songs as well as popular music from a wide range of genres and eras, has played monthly performances since October.
Take one part Jim Carrey, one part Sweeney Sisters (Saturday Night Live's hilarious duo of lounge singers), and one part Paul Lynde, and what you'll end up with is a deliciously campy martini with a twist of charm. Hold the subtlety. That is the bubbly cocktail young performer Charlie Johnson served to his audience, many of whom were loudly supportive friends, at the Metropolitan Room during a recent one-night-only showing, titled Anything But Basic.
54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents the multi-award winning performer Jennifer Sheehan in “STARDUST: A Night in the Cosmos” — a show that goes where no show has gone before, traversing a wide spectrum of great songs and stories that trace our life-long love affair with the magnificent and mysterious night sky!
"Pompie's Place," a unique pop-up blues supper-club is taking up residence at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, in April. Produced by Arthur Pomposello, “Pompie’s Place” is an immersive nightclub experience transporting audiences to a mythic blues room of another time and place, in which the food is hot and the music even hotter! The five scheduled performances are Sunday & Monday April 12 & 13, both at 7pm; Sunday May 10 (Mother’s Day) at 1pm; Monday May 11 at 7pm, and Thursday May 28 at 7pm. Tickets are $65, which includes a three-course Cajun meal.
Noel Coward, of course, is famous for his witty quips and cutting jabs, which are, almost, second to none. So allow me to bastardize a title of one of my favorite songs of his to tell you about a wonderful cabaret artist I had the pleasure of seeing devote an entire evening to the cunningly clever lyrics and melodies of Noel Coward: I've been to a Marvelous Show. And now to escape any embarrassment based on comparison to Mr. Coward, I will not be making up any rhymes to describe what I saw, I'll just straightforwardly tell you about it, because I'm simply not that clever.
After captivating the audience at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and The Hollywood Bowl, it has become evident that singer/songwriter RHONDA ROSS not only has the voice, but the significance to carry on her mother’s (Diana Ross) legacy, all the while establishing her own unique musical destination. During her triumphant return to The Iridium on Sunday May 3rd, Rhonda will be joined by her 8-piece band, led by pianist Terry Burrus for an exciting journey song. Rhonda’s song writing reveals her as a unique & important voice on the music scene & you can feel that she has already lived through all the lyrics that she writes.
A lovely evening for an admirable cause was had Sunday evening at the Laurie Beechman Theatre for those who were able to brave the weather. Hosted by Robin Westle, the evening of stories and singers was part of a recurring series (four times a year) founded as a benefit for Helpusadopt.org aptly titled Robin's Nest. Robin Westle started off the evening with "When I See an Elephant Fly," a casually fun duet from the film Dumbo with Victoria Sorrentino and, after a few introductions, we swiftly were introduced to the wonderful Eric Michael Gillett,
Robyn McCorquodale: Diary of a Piano Girl at The Laurie Beechman Theatre shows at 7pm April 8th, 14th, 22th and 28th . Also featuring: Peter Calo (guitar) Ritt Henn (bass) Chris Marshak (drums). "Her wealth of talents: a strong yet nuanced singing voice; colorful, jazz-flavored piano work; innate charm; intelligence and good spirits." — Peter Haas, Cabaret Scenes
Singer, pianist, songwriter and international entertainer, Robyn McCorquodale performs in Diary of a Piano Girl, a Multi-Media Presentation Featuring Songs, Stories and Seven Continents!
Resonance Records Recording artist Cathy Rocco's song interpretations are uniquely hers, A seamless blend that draws equally from a myriad of Jazz, Blues and pop. She sings with deep conviction that embodies her beautiful spirit and dedication to her artistic vision. From the early age of ten, she pursued all aspects of the musical spectrum and landed in a special place, that's hers alone.
New York - Richard Skipper Celebrates and The Spiral Theatre Studio has announced Lee Roy Reams for their benefit event on Wednesday February 25th at As Ballet Limited Studios (300 West 43rd Street, 6th Floor) in New York City. The current celebration is Lee Roy Reams,who was featured in 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles, Applause and has worked with just about every major composer who spent the 20th Century writing tunes or the stage.
The television and stage actress Delphi Harrington and the pianist and composer Woody Regan host a marvelous party as they blend the music, words and sensibilities of Noel Coward and the comedy team of Flanders and Swann in “Cowardly Swann,” a new breed of show. The world premiere of “Cowardly Swann” begins once-monthly shows on Wednesday February 25 at 7pm. Harrington’s first Metropolitan Room major engagement performs four times through May 2.
The nightclub world’s reigning champion of cheer and chops and chugga-chugga energy, Marilyn Maye, is at it again. Invading Birdland on West 44th Street, by force and by force of habit, this force of nature is staring down Mother Nature’s Arctic mean streak this week and luring New Yorkers and tourists to her warm musical embrace. The veteran enterprising entertainer closes her Audience Love Fest, Volume 812 on Valentine’s Night, February 14.