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MARCH IS CABARET MONTH GALA SUNDAY, MARCH 16th
The SEVENTH ANNUAL MARCH IS CABARET MONTH GALA will be held on SUNDAY, MARCH 16th at 1:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE
(407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). Sue Matsuki is producing this year's gala.
Here's a complete list of those who have agreed to perform.
Carolyn Montgomery-Forant & Julie Reyburn!
Dana Lorge & Warren Schein!
Tanya Moberly & Erin Cronican!
Gretchen Reinhagen & Andrew David Sotomayor!
Champagne Pam & John Hurley!
Sidney Myer & Mary Lahti!
Sue Matsuki & Edd Clark!
Jenna Esposito & Jim VanSlyke!
Sarah Rice & David Vernon!
Marissa Mulder & Ritt Henn!
Miles Phillips & Rob Langeder!
Lorinda Lisitza & Ted Stafford!
Marcus Simeone & Tanya Holt!
Bob Diamond & Donna Elliott!
Sean Harkness & Ian Herman!
Tracy Stark & Rob Langender!
Miles Phillips & Erin Cronican!
Musical director will be Tracy Stark.
As with all live entertainment events, cast subject to change without notice.
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NYC: CHASIN' THE BLUES AWAY HONORING THE LEGACY OF MARIANNE CHALLIS
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MARCH IS CABARET MONTH EVENT
Monday, March 10th, will mark the return of a tradition, Chasin' the Blues Away - A benefit for BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
honoring the legacy of Marianne Challis. Performance is at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA
(343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788). "Chasin' the Blues Away" will feature her friends/students including Kevin Dozier, Laurie Krauz, Reagan Stone, Lisa Mullane Viggiano with musical direction by Daryl Kojak and direction by Scott Barnes. Marianne started this event a number of years ago and her friends have chosen to honor her life by continuing the tradition -- and by continuing her efforts to help fund the great work being accomplished by this wonderful organization. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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"Champagne Pam" brings her show "Daddy's Little Girl" to DON'T TELL MAMA
(343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday, Match 8th at 6:30 pm. Pam offers an entertaining inventory of song and story as she checks off the list of a life well lived and loved. Bubbling with a spectrum of sound from contemporary music to jazz, this show is intended to pop with music lovers everywhere and of course, the cabaret devotee. Under the direction of the award-winning Susan Winter, Pamela will be accompanied by a full band including guitarist husband, John Hurley. Born and raised in metro-New York, Lewis' passion for performing and music traces back to age 5 when she gave an impromptu performance for a crowd of 200. In recent years, Pamela has been featured in a range of venues and performances, including music, comedy and acting – both improvisational and scripted. In addition to the singer/songwriter duo with her husband, Lewis fronts a ten-piece orchestra for hire. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE
FLORIDA: CHRIS BARRETT WITH POST THEATRE CONCERTS
Chris Barrett will be performing at THE WICK THEATRE
(7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL - 561-995-2333) on Thursday through Saturday. Chris' show, 'Barrett's Broadway', will commence after the final curtain call of the evening's production, approximately 10:00 pm. At that time, the lobby will have been transformed into an intimate cabaret / piano bar. He will be performing until midnight. Cocktails will be served. The shows are open to the public.
SEATTLE: PACIFIC NORTHWEST CABARET ASSOCIATION 7th ANNUAL MARCH IS CABARET MONTH CELEBRATION
Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association is proud to present the 7th annual "March is Cabaret Month" celebration with performances by members over four Saturdays in March at EGAN'S IN BALLARD JAMHOUSE
(1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA - 206-789-1621) with shows at 7:00 & 9:00 pm. PNWCA is composed of various performers dedicated to the American Style cabaret form whose goal is to promote PNW cabaret performers and venues by cultivating and expanding a cabaret audience. The American style cabaret form distinguishes itself from other cabaret forms by its minimalistic style of delivery; it's primary, but not exclusive, focus on the American songbook; and the breaking of the "fourth wall' thus giving its audience a more intimate musical experience. Performing on March 8th at 7:00 pm: Jean Ferguson & Ron DeLay: and at 9:00 pm: Ron DeLay & Joanne Klein with Musical Director John Engerman
Tickets & reservations at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/
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MANHATTAN: MAC SEMINAR: "CABARET BEGINNINGS - CREATING YOUR OWN SHOW"
MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) will present its first educational seminar of 2014 "Cabaret Beginnings - Creating Your Own Show" on Saturday, March 8th at 150 STUDIOS (150 West 46th Street - 7th floor) from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Hosted and moderated by Billie Roe the subject matter will be divided into three topics presented and discussed by three of the 'movers and shakers' in our NY cabaret community. The first of three topics "Creating your show" will be presented by multi-award winning MAC President, Lennie Watts; the second topic "Booking your show" will be presented by Duplex booking manager, and 2014 Bistro Award winner, Thomas Honeck; and the third topic "Promoting your show" will be presented by the multi-award winning, Terese Genecco, owner of Mulligan Productions, an entertainment company with divisions in Music, Media, Design, Stage, and Art. Admission is FREE to all current MAC members. Non-members can attend for $10. There will be a board member from MAC's membership committee should anyone want to renew or join MAC. There is limited seating, so you must RSVP your intent to attend to email@example.com no later than Friday, March 7th.
MANHATTAN: THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND
After sold out runs in 2009 & 2010, Thank You For Being A Friend returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE
(407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) for its third limited-run engagement. Performances are Saturday, March 18th at 8:00 pm; Friday, February 14th at 10:00 pm. This unauthorized musical parody inspired by the beloved TV sitcom "The Golden Girls," features book by Nick Brennan, music by Jeff Thomson, and lyrics by Luke Jones and Cisco Cardenas. In the show four women over 60 (Blanchette, the varicose-veined vixen; Dorthea, the brainy ball-buster; Roz, the lovable airhead; and Sophie, the wisecracking spitfire) are spending their golden years together in a wicker-filled bungalow in Miami. But when gay pop superstar Ricky Martin moves next door, his loud outdoor sex parties keep the quartet of cheesecake-loving retirees awake. The solution pits the gays against the girls at the annual Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show: if the women win, then no more sex parties; if the gays garner top prize, the sassy seniors must serve as the party's clean-up crew. Singing, dancing and hilarity ensues! This newly revised production will feature original cast members Chad Ryan, Luke Jones, and Nick Brennan with newcomer John De Los Santos. The production team features Jonathan Pennington (Director), Cisco Cardanez (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), John De Los Santos (Choreographer), Luke Jones and Nick Brennan (Set Design), Timothy Hart (Lighting), Jessa-Raye Court (Costumes) and Doug Repetti (Sound). There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/929670
MANHATTAN: LE SCANDAL CABARET CONTINUES AT THE BEECHMAN
NYC's longest running burlesque variety show, LE SCANDAL CABARET, continues on Saturdays, at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE
(407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). In its ninth year, Le Scandal features variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. New performers every week! Expect sword swallowers, belly dancers, rope trick cowboys, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra. For tickets, visit Smarttix at http://www.smarttix.com/ or 212-484-4444. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
NYC: LOVE IN THE MIDDLE AGES - A NEW MUSICAL ABOUT LOVE OVER 40!
LOVE IN THE MIDDLE AGES will be presented at STAGE 72
(158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Saturday, March 8h at 3:00 pm. The show is a new musical about six very different people living in New York who meet at an adult mixer known as the "Over Forty Single Mingle". It is a laugh packed, tuneful examination and evaluation of love, life and dating. The book and lyrics are by Eric Kornfeld, most known for writing Bette Midler's Vegas extravaganza, THE SHOW GIRL MUST GO ON, also seen on HBO. The composer is Michelangelo Sosnowitz, co-writer of CRAZY HEAD SPACE, and the director/choreographer is Lisa Shriver, who choreographed the recent Broadway revival of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. A contemporary, pop score combined with real life tales makes for a memorable and uplifting night. There is a 2-drink minimum.
MANHATTAN: "SORDID LIVES" BY DEL SHORES
3A Productions presents: "Sordid Lives" by Del Shores (*licensed by Samuel French, Inc.) at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE
(61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Saturday, March 8th, and Monday & Tuesday, March 10th & 11th, all at 6:30 pm. The show is directed by Andrew Loren Resto. Del Shores' rollicking comedy of trailers, sinners, tuna fish casserole with Lays potato chips, fatal accidents in motel rooms while committing adultery, conversion therapy, and Jane Hathaway and the "precious precious memory" of Tammy Wynette. The 90 minute show features a 14 member cast: (in order of appearance), Mary Lou Barber*, Marc McBarron Kessler, Barbara Mundy*, Ronni Valentine*, JC Sullivan,Kathryne Langford, Lisa Faith Phillips, David Purves*, Bruce-Michael Gelbert, John Van Ness Philip* Tina Kobas, J. Michael Reeds*, Daniel M. McHenry and JC Sullivan. (*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association). There is an $18 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
NYC: TONY WINNER STEW TO PLAY 54 BELOW
Tony Award winner Stew will bring "The New Stew Review" to 54 BELOW
(254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday & Saturday, March 7th & 8th at 8:00 pm. A Tony Award winner for Passing Strange and leader of The Negro Problem, this will mark us 54 Below debut. The evening will be an eclectic mix of his theatre work and other collaborations, featuring some very special guests. 54 Below audiences will be the first to hear songs from The Total Bent, Family Album, Resurrection City, and more. There is a $45-$55 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
MANHATTAN: BARBARA CARROLL SATURDAYS AT BIRDLAND
NYC Cabaret/Jazz icon Barbara Carroll performs at BIRDLAND
(315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Saturdays, February 8th, 15th & 22nd at 6:00 pm. She is joined by her long-time bassist Jay Leonhart. Barbara Carroll's still evolving career as a jazz pianist began when she played her first New York engagement opposite Dizzy Gillespie's big band at the Downbeat Club in 1947. A thrilling if a trifle unsettling debut for a young female pianist from Worcester, Massachusetts who began playing the piano at five and who's family was wise enough to give her lessons that provided her with a basic knowledge of classical technique. In 1978, she was booked into the Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle hotel for a two week engagement - and stayed for twenty five years. It was at the Carlyle that she began to feature her singing as an integral part of her performances. Following her 25 years at the Carlyle, she is well into another long run in the famous Oak Room at New York's Algonquin Hotel, making a significant and successful effort to incorporate jazz playing into a cabaret venue. Other recent engagements have included concerts at Philharmonic Hall in Naples, Florida, the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, concerts at the Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well as twelve sold out performances at Dizzy's Club, at Jazz at Lincoln Center. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.
MANHATTAN: BILLY HART QUARTET "ONE IS THE OTHER" CD RELEASE
The Billy Hart Quartet (Billy Hart, drums with Ethan Iverson on piano, Mark Turner on sax & Ben Street on bass) will perform at BIRDLAND
(315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 4th through 8th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Legendary drummer Billy Hart has been a fixture on the jazz scene for over fifty years, performing and recording along the way with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. At Birdland Hart celebrates the release of the first ECM recording of the quartet formed in 2003. Since the group's 2005 CD for hard-bop label High Note landed on many critics' best-of-the year lists, the ensemble's music has gotten more free and spacious. All of the members contribute material including a modern blues, a Coltrane tribute and an Iverson-penned homage to Paul Bley, the wonderfully-titled "Nostalgia for the Impossible.". There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.
MANHATTAN: DONALD HARRISON, RON CARTER, BILLY COBHAM TRIO
The hard-swinging trio of Donald Harrison (sax), Ron Carter (bass), and Billy Cobham (drums) will perform at THE BLUE NOTE
(131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 4th through 9th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. The trio first demonstrated its strong chemistry and affinity for standards on its 2004 recording, Heroes. In April 2005, Half Note Records captured the trio live during a week-long series of shows at the Blue Note, producing the album New York Cool (2005). Half Note again recorded the trio in action at the club last year, releasing the album This is Jazz near the end of 2011. This week at the Blue Note, the band looks build on last year's musical achievements with another hotly-anticipated residency.
MANHATTAN: ELIANE ELIAS AT DIZZY'S CLUB
Pianist, singer, and songwriter Eliane Elias performs at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
(33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Wednesday through Sunday, March 5th through 9th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. She is joined by Steve Cardenas, guitar; Marc Johnson, bass; and Rafael Barata, drums. Elias blends her Brazilian roots with a sensuous, alluring voice and piano style to create a distinctive sound that has won her scores of fans. With five GRAMMY Award nominations and multiple recordings that have achieved "top five" spots on Billboard and other charts, Elias is recognized for her talent by both peers and fans. Expect to be treated to nuanced piano-playing and seduced by Elias' expressive voice.
There is a $40-$50 cover.
CAPE COD: "WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW - A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO BURT BACHARACH"
COTUIT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
(4404 Route 28, Cotuit, MA - 508-428-0669) presents "What the World Needs Now - A Musical Tribute to Burt Bacharach" on Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm, March 7th through 16th. The musical revue has been a lifelong dream for Ruth Condon who is producing, directing, and performing in the show along with Sarah Swain, Cerise Bynoe, Emily Wade Adams, Anthony Teixeira, and Tom Tracy. Condon appreciates the music, the harmonies, the varied time signatures and the difficulty of singing Bacharach's songs. The show will feature 29 songs written between 1958 and 1995, including "Walk on By," "Wishin' and Hopin,'" Alfie," "Heartlight," and "This House is Empty Now," a collaboration with Elvis Costello. The show will also feature anecdotes and short vignettes, including projected images and video. Pianist Mike Garvan will lead the band, which includes George Machon on trumpet, flute, fluglehorn and percussion, Steve Silverstein on drums, Tad Price on electric & nylon string guitar and Ron Ormsby on upright and electric bass. The singers will add to the instrumental mix, with Tracy playing harmonica and Swain on ukulele and guitar. Tickets are $20-$25.
BOSTON: 'FOUR GENERATIONS OF MILES DAVIS'
'Four Generations of Miles Davis' will be presented at THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel
(1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757) on Friday & Saturday, March 7th & 8th with shows at 7:30 & 10:00 pm. The show features Jimmy Cobb, drums; Mike Stern, guitar; Buster Williams, bass and Sonny Fortune, sax in a sans-trumpet tribute to Miles Davis. In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation. When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Davis, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned. Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians. Buster Williams is a prodigious bassist whose playing knows no limits. He was 20 years old when he first met jazz greats like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Williams. Meeting them would later figure heavily into his future. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, drummer Jimmy Cobb is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy's inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece Kind of Blue, the most popular jazz recording in history. Tickets are $30.
BOSTON: SUEDE AT SCULLERS
Pop/Jazz/Blues artist Suede will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB
(400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Saturday, March 8th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm to make her long overdue return to Scullers with Fred Boyle, pianist, Rich Hill, bass and Steve Langone, drums. Suede plays piano, trumpet and guitar but voice is her first instrument and entertaining is clearly her first love. She is a consummate entertainer and song stylist among the likes of Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, and co., with a little Chris Botti or Louis Armstrong tossed in too. She's one part Rat Pack, one part Rosie Clooney. Think classic pop/jazz. Think steamy blues with a sizzling trumpet. Think love songs that'll make you swoon. Think funny. Think wow, what a set o' pipes! To celebrate her 25th anniversary as an independent artist on her own label, Easily Suede Music, Suede realized a lifelong dream of recording with her own big band. "Dangerous Mood" was recorded at the prestigious Bennett Studios and released to rave reviews far and wide. Her recording of Roxanna Ward's "Remember Who You Are" was featured on "The Young and The Restless." Her recording of the poignant "Emily Remembers," also from her CD "On the Day We Met," was named number one song of the year on WJZW radio in Washington, DC and has garnered national radio airplay. Suede can be heard on NPR and her DVD "Suede, Live at Scullers Jazz Club" has aired on 52 PBS stations to date as part of their fundraising drives. Dinner/Show: $70 Show only: $30.
TORONTO: GRANT STEWART AND THE BERNIE SENENSKY QUARTET
Grant Stewart and the Bernie Senensky Quartet (Grant Stewart - tenor saxophone, Bernie Senensky - piano, Neil Swainson - bass, Phil Stewart - drums) perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO
(251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, March 7th through 9th at 9:00 pm. Since moving to New York City at the age of 19, Toronto-born Grant Stewart has studied with such masters as Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, and Joe Lovano, and performed with Curtis Fuller, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Bill Charlap, Frank Gant, Dan Barret, Bob Mover, Brad Mehldau, Russell Malone, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Cobb, Harry Connick, Mickey Roker, Arthur Harper, Jimmy Lovelace, Cecil Payne, Dick Hyman, Herb Geller and was a member of the last Al Grey Sextet. Stewart can be found playing at such clubs in NY as Birdland, Smoke, The Ketano, The Jazz Standard, Fat Cat and can be heard every Tuesday night at Smalls Jazz Club. Stewart has performed all over North America and Europe as well as in Japan, Brazil and Taiwan. There is a $15 cover.
TORONTO: YOUNG ARTIST SERIES: LIAM STANLEY
Liam Stanley, a young jazz guitarist from Toronto, Ontario, will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO
(251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Friday & Saturday, March 7th & 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm as part of the club's Young Artist Series. Liam has been playing guitar for nearly a decade, having studied jazz with Humber alumni Tristan Clark, and York professors Roy Patterson and Lorne Lofsky. Liam is currently in his fifth year at York University. While at York Liam has had the privilege of studying with Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson and Barry Elmes. Following his third year at York Liam was nominated for the Mary Alice Stuart/JAZZ .FM91 Scholarship. Liam has been heard numerous times on JazzFM 91.1's Jazzology and will be featured in 2014. In October of 2011 Liam performed Tim Brady's Twenty Quarter Inch Jacks during the X Avant Festival in Toronto in a 20 guitar ensemble alongside Ted Quinlan and Roy Patterson. In the summer of 2012 Liam performed with his trio at the Brantford Jazz Festival, and followed it up in 2013 with a performance at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival with the Jon Foster Group. There is no cover charge.
D.C.: LEE RITENOUR AT BLUES ALLEY
Lee Ritenour will perform at BLUES ALLEY
(1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 6th through 9th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. It's been a long road since the seventies, when Ritenour's legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato became part of the D.C. musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house. From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists. Call for cover/minimum information.
D.C.: MATTHEW STEVENS GROUP AT BOHEMIAN CAVERNS
The Matthew Stevens Group will perform at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS
(2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800) on Friday & Saturday, March 7th & 8th with shows at 8:30 & 10:30 pm. One of the brightest guitarists of his generation, Matthew Stevens will soon be releasing his debut album on Concord Records. Over the past decade he has performed and recorded with some of contemporary music's finest musicians, including Christian Scott, Victor Bailey, Jason Moran, Rodney Holmes, Ben Williams, Jeff Lorber, Jacky Terrasson, Esperanza Spaulding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Sean Jones, Dave Samuels and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Stevens' playing has been applauded in publications worldwide, including The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Billboard Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and All About Jazz. He has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and South America, performing at some of the best national and international jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, Newport, Montreal, Monterey, Fujitsu, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, and at renowned venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note clubs in New York, Tokyo and Milan, and the Moscow International Music House. Stevens is a member of the adjunct faculty at the New School and has taught at the Maryland Summer Jazz Workshop and Berklee College of Music (his alma mater). There is a $20 cover.
MARYLAND: MAGGIE ROSE WITH THE MORRISON BROTHERS BAND
Maggie Rose will perform at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB
(7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) along with The Morrison Brothers Band on Saturday, March 8th at 8:00 pm. Since the release of her debut album, CUT TO IMPRESS, dynamic vocalist Maggie Rose has garnered national attention from media and fans alike. Produced by Blake Chancey and James Stroud, the album features the breakthrough Top 30 hits "I Ain't Your Mama" and "Better." The project highlights Maggie's songwriting prowess on nearly half of the tracks. She recently opened for Gary Allan and Sheryl Crow on the FREE & EASY Tour. The Potomac, Maryland native is currently getting ready for the release of her next single from CUT TO IMPRESS, "Looking Back Now." Drawing from their musical roots in Los Angeles, Nashville and New Orleans, the Morrison Brothers Band play a unique brand of country music with unparalleled energy and style. After years of writing, recording, and performing across the U.S. together, The Morrison Brothers Band have proven themselves to be not only the premier country/rock act in the Washington D.C. area, but a national contender with a very bright future. The group has shared the stage with many of the biggest acts in rock and country music today from Alison Krauss to Tim McGraw. Currently riding the release of their third full-length record State of the Union, the band is experiencing national radio airplay and growing more in demand by the minute. There is a $40 cover.
FLORIDA: PAULO SZOT RETURNS TO THE ROYAL ROOM
Paulo Szot returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL
(155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 4th through 8th at 8:30 pm with a late show in Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Born and raised in Brazil, Paulo Szot made his opera debut 1997 and has appeared with many major opera companies throughout the world before starring in the Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theatre, earning him the Tony Award, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critic's Circle and the Theater World Awards for his portrayal of Emile De Beque. In the 2008-2009 season Mr. Szot made his New York Philharmonic debut in a concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch appearing alongside Liza Minnelli. After making his highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut, he also made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops Orchestra. Mr. Szot has performed in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook Series and, in 2010 and 2011, at the Cafe Carlyle in New York. COVER: Tuesday through Thursday: $130 for prix fixe dinner & show; $65 for show only; Friday & Saturday: $140 for prix fixe dinner & show; $75 for show only.
INDIANAPOLIS: STEPHANIE J. BLOCK RETURNS TO THE CABARET!
Tony nominated, Stephanie J. Block returns THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB
(121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday & Saturday, March 7th & 8th at 8:00 pm. Stephanie has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She stared on Broadway in Wicked, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, 9 To 5: The Musical, The Pirate Queen and The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). Most recently, Stephanie starred in the Off-Broadway musical Little Miss Sunshine•based off of the Oscar-nominated film. Stephanie is sure to "wow" with songs from her vast Broadway career as well as from her solo album, This Place I Know. There is a $35-$65 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.
CHICAGO: LONG LIVE THE QUEEN STARRING DENISE TOMASELLO
Denise Tomasello is taking the stage at the METROPOLIS PERFORMING ART CENTRE
(111 West Campbell Street, Arlington Heights, IL - 847-577-2121) by storm on Saturday, March 8th at 7:30 pm. Denise will be performing her acclaimed show "Long Live the Queen". Musical director is Beckie Menzie who will be leading the trio with Bob Rummage and Bill Harrison. Tomasello has headlined with such comedy legends as Don Rickles, Alan King and Jackie Mason. Denise turns each song into its own play, saluting moments in her career that helped earn her covetous crown. You'll be dazzled as Denise soars on showstoppers like "Rain on My Parade," "I'll Be Seeing You," and her signature song, "I'm Still Here."Denise is a true Chicago treasure who will win her way into your heart in this must see show. Call for cover/minimum information.
ST. LOUIS: CONNIE FAIRCHILD AT THE GASLIGHT CABARET FESTIVAL
The Gaslight Cabaret Festival takes place at THE GASLIGHT THEATER
(358 North Boyle Street, Louis MO - 314-725-4200 EXT 10 - http://www.LicketyTix.com
) from February 20th through April 26th - Nine long weekends, twelve artists, twenty-two performances! Saturday, March 8th: Connie Fairchild makes her cabaret debut in a show entitled Down By The River. Connie was mesmerized by the rhythms of the rivers that surrounded her home towns. Growing up in Kentucky on the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, in Louisiana on the Mississippi, and then following the river up to St. Louis, her voice was chiseled from other voices she listened to from these lush environments, such as Irma Thomas and Rosemary Clooney. As the lead singer of Fairchild, one of the most popular bands ever to call St. Louis home, Connie Fairchild was recognized by the RFT as Best Female Vocalist several times. See http://www.gaslightcabaretfestival.com
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LOS ANGELES: J. MICHAEL O'NEAL AT THE GARDENIA
J. Michael O'Neal will perform at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Friday & Saturday, March 7th & 8th at 9:00 pm. A professor in the California State University system who has taught courses in African American Music, Literature, and Performance, as well as History of Rock, History of Jazz, and History of Hip-Hop, Mr. O'Neal holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance, has studied with jazz greats from Bill Cunliffe to Grammy Award winner Ottmaro Ruiz, and has been Musical Director for events ranging from the Miss Black California Pageant to the Golden Globes, where he played keyboards with performances by Prince, Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Herbie Hancock, and Joni Mitchell. He has received awards at jazz festivals in Berkeley and in Reno, was a guest speaker at the Zambian National Music Conference, and has played for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., as well as Melissa Manchester, Ruben Studdard, Peabo Bryson, and Cece Winans. He brings some "old friends" to The Gardenia: Aretha Scruggs on vocals, Sekou Bunch and Juan Nelson on bass, Donald Barrett on drums, and James Davis on guitar. Together they perform smooth jazz, modern jazz, avant-garde jazz, hip-hop, and classical, as well as "J. Mike's" "Nu Jazz" original compositions. Call for cover/minimum information.
SAN FRANCISCO: PAULA WEST IN EXTENDED RUN AT YOSHI'S
San Francisco based jazz vocalist Paula West will perform at FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO
(222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) in a 4-week engagement opening on Thursday, February 13th, with shows running Thursday through Sunday, through March 9th. See website for showtimes. Known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, West will present an all-new show featuring an eclectic range of songs - from memorable jazz standards by Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart, to contemporary American classics by Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Accompanied by her four-piece band, West will take San Francisco audiences on a musical journey through the ages. Born into a Marine Corps family in San Diego, California, Paula West was initially exposed to classical music. It wasn't until college that West began listening to jazz singers such as Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. After college, West moved to San Francisco, unsure of what she wanted to do with her life. Buying old records from thrift shops, she studied them and then began singing classes. As she became more secure in her talent, she ventured into jam sessions, places where an open mike gave her a chance to perform before an audience. It was at one of these sessions that she met a pianist who would join her in the climb to her own musical identity and her musical success. His name was Ken Muir, and he continues as her accompanist today. West went on to study with Faith Winthrop, developing her unique tone and delivery. She learned how to sustain a note without a vibrato, which is now almost a Paula West trademark. Tickets are $35-$50 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.
SAN FRANCISCO: CHANTE MOORE AT YOSHI'S
Critically-acclaimed R&B, Jazz & Gospel singer Chante Moore will appear at YOSHI'S
(1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Saturday, March 8th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Singer and songwriter Chante Moore's voice, stunning beauty and unerring artistic vision have afforded the Gold-selling R&B singer to enjoy an illustrious two-decade career that is rare in this business. Moore's genuine connection with her audience has been forged through her intimate and personal songwriting. Chante's effortless combination of R&B soaked in gospel roots, soul accents kissed with a touch of jazz and grace with fire, coalesce on her Shanachie Entertainment debut, Moore Is More (July 30, 2013). Chante wrote or co-wrote most of the songs featured on the new CD. Moore is currently starring in the highly rated and anticipated TV One reality show spin-off, R&B Diva's: L.A., which premiered on July 10, 2013 on TV One, breaking records for its high viewership. The show follows the lives and careers of Moore as well as Kelly Price, Lil' Mo, Claudette Ortiz, Michel'le and Dawn Robinson. Like fellow songbirds Minnie Riperton, Deniece Williams and Mariah Carey, chanteuse Chante Moore shares the rare distinction of possessing a spectacularly soaring range. There is a $35 cover.
CABARET EVENTS IN LONDON FOR THIS DATE
LONDON: PATTI BOULAYE AT CRAZY COQS
Award-winning singer and musical theatre star Patti Boulaye presents her autobiographical show at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL
(20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 pm. Musical Director is Allan Rogers. In the show she tells her life through songs that have influenced her and that she has sung as a West End leading lady. It is a trip down memory lane for this very popular performer. Patti made her West End debut in the musical Hair. She featured in Two Gentlemen of Verona and her first starring role was as Yum Yum in The Black Mikado. Her recording of the show was described as "the performance against which all others must now be judged. It is one of those remarkable interpretations that makes all others pale and unsatisfactory by comparison. Patti has released 9 albums and 25 singles to date. She is the founder and President of the charity 'Support for Africa', which has built 5 clinics in rural Africa. Call for cover/minimum information.
LONDON: JUDY CARMICHAEL IN LATE NIGHT AT CRAZY COQ
Following her sold-out crowds last June, Judy Carmichael returns to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL
(20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Friday & Saturday, March 7th & 8th at 10:30 pm at part of the clubs Late Night series. Judy will present her show 'Old Fashioned Love', celebrating the music of Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Benny Goodman and other masters of the swing era. On Friday, she is joined by guitarist Martin Wheatley and on Saturday by guitarist Colin Oxley. Not many contemporary jazz pianists can boast a nickname given to them by the great Count Basie, but Grammy nominee Judy Carmichael can. When Basie heard Judy, on one of her first gigs, he was so impressed he dubbed her "Stride" in reference to her mastery of that early piano style popularized by Thomas "Fats" Waller and James P. Johnson. Today, Judy Carmichael is considered one of the greatest pianists in the swing tradition and one of the most sensitive vocalists. Call for cover/minimum information.
LONDON: JULES FAIFE QUINTET AT THE PHEASANTRY
The Jules Faife Quintet (Jules Faife - guitar, Zad Adda - bass, Chris Jerome - piano, Marcelo Andrade - flute/ saxophone, Elias Gargallo Aguilella - drums) will perform at THE PHEASANTRY
(152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017) on Saturday, March 8th at 8:30 pm. After recent sold-out shows at the Pheasantry and Jazz Cafe POSK, the Jules Faife Quintet brings back its unique brand of World Flamenco Jazz to the Pheasantry. Call for cover/minimum information.
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