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Here is an index of past Cabaret and Live Entertainment Events from around the world with links to more complete details where available. Items will be added as days events are completed.
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CABARET EVENTS ARCHIVES
FEBRUARY 2013
MONDAY through SUNDAY - February 18th to February 24th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 24th

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NYC: THE RONNY WHYTE TRIO AT NORTH SQUARE

The Ronny Whyte Trio, with Boots Maleson on Bass and Dave Stryker on Guitar will perform for Sunday Brunch at NORTH SQUARE (103 Waverly Place, NYC - 212 254-1200) on February 24th with sets at 12:30 & 2:00 pm. The Ronny Whyte Trio has performed in concert at Carnegie/Weill Hall, New York's Town Hall, Washington's Corcoran Gallery, and the Mellon Jazz Festival in Philadelphia. Ronny has had major engagements in New York at the Cafe Carlyle, Rainbow and Stars, the Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein's at the Regency. Abroad, he has starred in Paris, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo, Caracas, and Johannesburg. There is no cover, no minimum.

NYC: ARTURO O'FARRILL AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) every Sunday night at 9:00 pm. Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: RETURNS MARCH 3rd
MAC AWARD NOMINEE

SALON - that unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas is taking a break this week but returns to ETCETERA ETCETERA (352 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-399-4141) on Sunday, March 3rd from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/ first served basis, with one intermission. There is a $10 cash cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": WINTER FUNDRAISING BROADCAST PART 2
CABARET ON THE RADIO - ON THE WEB

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, on the Radio over WBAI 99.5 FM and on the Internet at http://www.wbai.org/, usually heard from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on Sundays hosted by David Kenney. Each week David presents the usual blend of big-band jazz, swing, standards, showtunes, contemporary cabaret and celebrity interviews plus MEGA-MEDLEY MADNESS. This Sunday, February 24th, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, with an important fundraiser featuring 'Dave's CD Grab-bag'. HELP SUPPORT WBAI-FM & EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN. Pledge during the Broadcast. Call 516-620-3602! For your pledge of $75.00 we will send to you as his gift of thanks: Dave's CD Grab-Bag. This year Dave is offering our BIGGEST Grab-Bag EVER! Each Bag will contain 8 CDs! Each bag will be a mix of Pop Standards, Jazz, Showtunes, Cabaret & More. For more information, see http://www.oldisnew.org/ . You are invited to e-mail your comments and suggestions for future shows to oldisnew@earthlink.net. You can listen to past shows at any time by going to the WBAI Archives at http://www.archive.wbai.org/ .


NYC: BOND REDUX: 50 YEARS OF JAMES BOND MOVIE MUSIC

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) will kick off Oscar night at 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 24th with a special pre-ceremony 007-fest - "50 Years of James Bond Movie Music". Whether it's For Your Eyes Only, Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or Skyfall, James Bond theme songs have an enduring place on the mantel of movie music. Hosted by The Wall Street Journal's own music reviewer, Will Friedwald, Bond Redux features over twenty of your favorite Bond tunes, performed by an all-star roster including: Emily Bergl, Tony DeSare, Natalie Douglas, Shana Farr, Lauren Fox, Marilyn Maye, Colleen McHugh, Nellie McKay, Sammy Miller & The Congregation, Christine Pedi, Steve Ross, and The Hot Sardines, to name a few. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NJ: "MUSIC AT THE MANSION" CONTINUES IN FEBRUARY
MAC AWARD NOMINEE

NiCori Studios and Productions in association with Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces a new installment in the monthly concert series, "Music at the Mansion", on Sunday, February 24th, at 3:00 pm at THE OAKESIDE BLOOMFIELD CULTURAL CENTER (240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ - 973-429-0960) . Performers include Musical Director Andrew David Sotomayor, Singer/Songwriter Meg Flather, and Cabaret Duo Rich Flanders and Ceila Berk. The featured performer in the "Young Musician Moment" will be Clifton's Angelia Mocera. "Music at the Mansion" is a series showcasing talented performers from NYC and NJ. The series is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers-Adler and features Deborah Martin on piano. Seating begins at 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 for reservations.

DC: KIM WATERS AT BLUES ALLEY

Kim Waters will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, February 21st through 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kim has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For close to two decades the saxophonist, composer and producer has been one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz. He has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, amassing record sales of over a million albums and ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. Kim Waters' music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness.


SF: JOHN HANDY 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT YOSHI'S

Jazz Heritage Center's 5th Anniversary Tribute to Jazz Legend John Handy for his 80th Birthday will be held at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Sunday, February 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Event will include a VIP Champagne Reception that will be followed by a musical Tribute emceed by JAZZ 91.1 radio personality Sonny Buxton. Performances include a special appearance by John Handy, pianist Glen Pearson, Guitarist Calvin Keys, Bassist Ron Belcher and more, Artist, curator and former Kearney Street Executive Director Nancy Hom will curate a John Handy exhibit opening in the Koret Heritage Lobby that day. Jazz encyclopedias list John Handy as an alto saxophonist who also plays tenor and baritone saxophone, saxello, clarinet, oboe, and vocals. He is actually a consummate world musician and teacher who has devoted his life to using music to elevate the human spirit. His soulful and fiery saxophone style is instantly recognizable to generations of jazz fans world-wide. As a performer and composer he continues to sweep audiences into ecstasy with his vast range of creative, emotional, and technical inventiveness. With a superb knowledge and practical experience with music of several cultures, he fuses, with each selection, a musical genre that is coherent, provocative, logical, and enjoyable. As a singer, he brings a kind of storytelling narrative to the blues that is entertaining, educational, and moving; while his "up tempo" scat vocals could be compared to the best scat singers anywhere. He sings ballads with inventiveness that is rare among singers. There is a $50 show cover ($80 VIP including reception.

SF: THE KBLX SUNDAY BRUNCH IS BACK AT "LIVE AT THE RRAZZ!"

The place to be on Sunday mornings /afternoons is at the KBLX Sunday Brunch at LIVE AT THE RRAZZ (1000 Van Ness Avenue, SF - 800-380-3095) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Chef Bronson MaComber of Macadamia Events & Catering and formerly of Restaurant Gary Denko has created an outstanding menu that offers something for every taste. The Sunday Brunch Live at the Rrazz with KBLX personality Nikki Thomas is just $55 and features special children's prices for kids 12 and under only for only $20, and is free for kids 5 and under (max of 2 per party).
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SF: YAELISA & CAMINOS FLAMENCOS AT YOSHI'S

Flamenco troupe led by Emmy award-winning dancer & choreographer Yaelisa will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Sunday, February 24th at 7:00 pm. Caminos Flamencos made history as the first ever flamenco troupe invited to present at Yoshi's San Francisco, playing to standing ovations and two sold-out concerts in 2011 and 2012 - this upcoming show will be no exception with the presence of an all-star cast of new and guest artists! Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos was founded by Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa. The recipient of numerous awards both locally and nationally, Caminos Flamencos boasts some of the finest flamenco artists in the U.S. today. Performing on this occasion will be the extraordinary flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire "El Rubio," one of the most watched guitarists on YouTube; phenomenal dancer from Spain, Oscar Valero, with guest singer El Grillo, top jazz and fusion drummer Joey Heredia and famed bassist Tim Levebvre, both direct from Los Angeles. There is a $21 cover.

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SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 23rd

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NYC: ENCORE PERFORMANCE: "JIM SPEAKE SINGS TIL THE COWS COME HOME"
MAC AWARD NOMINEE
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Jim Speake has scheduled another performance of his acclaimed show, "Jim Speake Sings Til The Cows Come Home" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) for Saturday February 23rd at 5:00 pm. Singing songs written by Kander and Ebb, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cy Coleman, Barry Manilow, Stephen Bishop, Gilda Radner, Neil Sedaka, Peter Allen, Billy Joel, Dale Evans and Stephen Sondheim, Jim illustrates life experiences both serious and comic. Lennie Watts directs the show, with musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins with the Cow Band. The inimitable Sidney Myer will make a special appearance. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: MARC MCBARRON KESSLER'S NOTES FROM THE PLAYGROUND

Marc McBarron Kessler brings back his acclaimed original musical play NOTES FROM THE PLAYGROUND to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday, February 23rd at 4:00 pm. Joining Kessler on the playground is his Pretend Friend, actor J. Michael Reeds, delivering a painfully poignant and magical performance. Also appearing is Kathryne Langford as the "The Principal." The show is a school bus ride of original songs and stories from Kessler's colorful and unique childhood. There is a $12.00 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: "C'MON, GET PAPPY! A FATHER/SON CABARET" RETURNS

After a sold-out run last year at the Duplex, "C'MON, GET PAPPY! A FATHER/SON CABARET", a unique cabaret act written and performed by Brett Lowell with his 84-year old father is returning to NYC and THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). Shows will be Saturdays, February 23rd, March 23rd, and April 20th - all shows at 7:30 pm. Written by Brett Lowell & Edward Lowell, MD. Joining the creative team is director Michael Schiralli (Jackie Hoffman's A Chanukah Charol at New World Stages). Musical director Darius Frowner. Noted psychiatrist Dr. Edward "Pappy" Lowell is the happiest man he knows. His son Brett is one of his closest friends. The two of them will join together to present an evening of songs and stories on the art and science of being happy 84 years of wisdom on living a life of joy, passed from father to son. It will feature a diverse range of music, including the songs of Kander and Ebb, Bruce Springsteen, Comden & Green, Alan Menkin, Jason Robert Brown, the Beatles, and more. Brett Lowell is a singer experienced in styles ranging from cabaret, musical theater, swing, jazz, and classical. He has performed at many venues in the NYC area, including The Duplex, Rose's Turn, Don't Tell Mama's, St. Bart's Players, Brooklyn Heights Players, St. John the Divine, Merkin Concert Hall, Tim McLoone's Supper Club (in Asbury Park, with Bob Egan), and Carnegie Hall. Edward Lowell, MD is a physician of 58 years specializing in psychotherapy and forensic psychiatry. He has taken his practice beyond treating mental illness to empowering people to live with aliveness and joy. An accomplished public speaker, this show represents Dr. Lowell's stage debut. There is a $20 cover ($16 in advance at http://www.CmonGetPappy.com/ ) plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday nights February 9th & 23rd at 8:00 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING STEARNSEST
MAC AWARD NOMINEE

Stearns Matthews will present his newest solo show, The Importance of Being Stearnsest, on Saturday, January 26th at 4:30 pm and Saturday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438). The evening will feature direction by multiple award winner Lennie Watts and music direction by James Kenon Mitchell. The Importance of Being Stearnsest is a study in trying to "keep on keepin' on" in a world where it seems like there are naysayers at every turn - and the conclusion that at the end of the day, what matters is being the strongest version of oneself. The show will feature music by Noel Coward, Joe Raposo, Stephen Sondheim, Brian Lasser, Jerry Herman and Chuck Berry, to name a few. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JUDE TREDER-WOLFF IN CRAZYTOWN: MY FIRST PSYCHOPATH

An official choice of the 2012 Chicago and San Francisco Fringe Festivals, CrAzYToWn: my first psychopath will be performed at ACTORS THEATER WORKSHOP (145 West 28th Street - 3rd Floor, NYC) on Saturday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm. CrAzYToWn the is a comic take on how an encounter with psychopath helped an over-eager therapist get over herself - when nothing else seemed to be working. In this storytelling show, with original music, real-life therapist/ performer Jude Treder-Wolff takes audiences down the rabbit hole of belief that led to being blind-sided by reality, in a cautionary tale about how authentic a completely fake person can be. Written and performed by Jude Treder-Wolff Musical direction and songs co-written by Wells Hanley. Tickets are $12 - Buy online at http://www.smarttix.com

NYC: 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: BAWDY RETURNS MONTHLY AT STAGE 72

Jesse Luttrell's wildly successful Bawdy returns to its original home STAGE 72 (formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) for monthly performances on the last Saturday of every month. Performances begin on Saturday, February 23rd at 9:30 pm. The brainchild of trampy cabaret favorite Jesse Luttrell, BAWDY is headlined by Luttrell. BAWDY brings together cabaret, drag, and comedy performers of all classifications and orders in a celebration of adult variety paying homage to vaudeville, burlesque, and the hit television variety shows of the 50s and 60s. First conceived in 2009 as a benefit for Marriage Equality NEW YORK, BAWDY enjoyed sold-out runs at the same venue. After an extended break, BAWDY is set to return with all of the sexy, crazy, glitzy, and raging bravado we've come to expect from Luttrell. For the February 23rd performance, Luttrell will be featuring West Village nightlife legends Melissa E. Driscol (from Stonewall Inn), The Parodivas (the hilarious parody-singing dynamic duo), and burlesque superstars Gemini Rising, Grace Gotham, and Tansy Tan Dora. The cast for the evening will also include Sabra!, Evan Campbell, Tripp Fountain, Buddy Flowers, Laura Oldham (Kazoo Girl), and Adam DiLoreto. There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: QUEST: LIEBMAN, BEIRACH, MCCLURE & HART AT BIRDLAND

Reuniting once again, the innovative jazz super-group Quest: Dave Liebman (bass), Richie Beirach (piano), Ron McClure (bass), and Billy Hart (drums), returns to with all of its original members BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The group was formed in 1981, and stopped performing and recording in 1990, allowing each member to pursue different musical avenues. After almost fifteen years of the group's separation, Quest reemerged in 2005, with the release of "Redemption: Live in Europe", which documented highlights from two live performances in Switzerland and Paris. With this album, the group reestablished themselves as an innovative and intelligent force in jazz, composed of musicians who are able to pick up as if they never disbanded. This group continues to prove that their musical communication is as unwavering as the creativity pulsing through each player. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ADAM GUETTEL "REAPPEARS" AT 54 BELOW

Adam Guettel performs at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 pm Tuesday, Friday & Saturday and 7:00 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, with late shows at 11:00 pm on Friday & Saturday. The way Adam Guettel describes it: "I disappeared in 2007. Into the studio. Into five new shows: a fairy tale adventure, an invisible man, a love story, a thing about wanting to be good called Millions and an opera for the devil. With an insanely tight little band led by Kim Grigsby, with the incomparable singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor at my side, I'll sing from these new shows. Steven and Whitney will sing from the old ones since that material is way too high for me now. I'm thrilled to try out new songs at 54 Below with such a brilliant group of musicians. I hope I'll see you in February. I'm so looking forward." There is a $50-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

DC: KIM WATERS AT BLUES ALLEY

Kim Waters will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, February 21st through 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kim has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For close to two decades the saxophonist, composer and producer has been one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz. He has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, amassing record sales of over a million albums and ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. Kim Waters' music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness.


FL: NICOLAS KING AT THE COLONY

THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) presents Nicolas King on Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd at 8:00 pm. Nicolas King has been performing since age 4. He was seen first on Broadway in Beauty & The Beast, then in A Thousand Clowns opposite Tom Selleck, and in Hollywood Arms directed by Hal Prince, all before the age of 13. Other credits include eight consecutive annual performances on The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, ABC's The View, NBC's Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He went on the road with Liza Minnelli to perform as the opening act to her 2006 tour, and he received the prestigious Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation at the 2010 Cabaret Convention. A veteran of more than a dozen national TV commercials, Nicolas King recently recorded a new album, the aptly named Nineteen. Tuesday through Thursday: $110 dinner/show ($50 show only) and Friday & Saturday: $120 dinner/show ($60 show only).

MW: SMASH AND BROADWAY STAR LESLIE ODOM, JR. AT THE CABARET

Leslie Odom, Jr., one of stage and screen's brightest young stars shines in his cabaret debut at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) Friday & Saturday, February 22nd & 23rd at 8:00 pm. Leslie's show features songs from his roles on Broadway (Rent, Leap of Faith,) the hit NBC musical drama Smash, along with songs by his idols including Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Armed with a voice that scintillates with subtle power and brilliant clarity, Leslie is worthy of the spotlight. Leslie Odom Jr. currently plays Sam, the Broadway choreographer, performer and regular on NBC's Broadway drama Smash. An accomplished singer and dancer, Leslie made his Broadway debut at 17 playing Paul in Rent, and was recently featured in Leap of Faith with Raul Esparza. Leslie also served as a Broadway coach for the PBS series for Broadway hopefuls, Broadway or Bust. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.

SF: GRAMMY WINNING CASSANDRA WILSON AT YOSHI'S

2-time GRAMMY-winning jazz singer and producer Cassandra Wilson will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) Thursday through Saturday, February 21st through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-'70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early '80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled "Blue Light 'Til Dawn" which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook. Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two GRAMMYs, the Django D'Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. There is a $45 cover 8:00 pm show. 10:00 pm show has a $36 cover.

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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 22nd
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

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NYC: JACKIE DRAPER CREATES TROPICAL MAGIC IN HER NEW SHOW
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $3 OFF THE COVER

Jackie Draper brings her new show "Tropical Magic (or Vacation from the Blues)" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00 pm and Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm. "Tropical Magic (or Vacation from the Blues)" is a musical trip to torrid tropical fantasies and other magical mental terrain. Escape the cold and the mundane through songs in English, French and Spanish, guided by such composers/lyricists as Aznavour, Coward, Demare/Manzi, Dorough/Landesman, the Gershwins, Goldrich/Heisler, Lee, Legrand/the Bergmans, Mandel/Hamilton, Manilow/Feldman & Sussman, Sedaka, Warren/Gordon, among others. Along on the adventure, Jackie's experienced team: At the piano - Music Director Gregory Toroian; on bass - Ritt Henn; on woodwinds - Robbyn Tongue; on percussion - special guest (and dance partner) Franklin Ayala. Helen Baldassare directs. There is an $18 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: "NOT AS CUTE AS PICTURE" ADDS DATES AT THE DUPLEX

"Not as Cute as Picture", a GLAAD-Media Award Nominee for Outstanding Theater: Washington DC, played to sold out houses in January this year and returns to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) for four additional performances, Fridays, February 8th & 22nd and March 8th & 22nd, all shows at 9:30 pm. The semi-autobiographical "Not as Cute", written and performed by J.D. Cerna, directed by Nick Demos (Oklahoma), partner in Demos/Bizar Entertainment (producer of Tony-Award winner, Memphis), first ran in Washington, DC. The play is set in 1994, a time when young gay men's pursuit of purpose was often obstructed by the crashing reality of AIDS. J.D.Cerna is a gifted writer/actor who uses a wicked sense of humor and his personal life experiences and perspectives to amplify the discussion around important LGBT issues and in particular, his own observations as a gay man. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DISTORTED DIZNEE AT THE BEECHMAN

Dallas DuBois hosts DISTORTED DIZNEE, an outrageous take on some of the most beloved animated classics, at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Fridays, February 1st, 8th, 15th & 22ndat 10:00 pm. DuBois and a troupe of fabulous drag queens will present a twisted - and very adult - journey, catapulting you back to your childhood into a Magical Kingdom where dreams come true. This 70-minute extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies". Starring Dallas DuBois, Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Shenea DeDranke, and more! There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: ROSEMARY LOAR IN WHEN HARRY MET THE DUKE

Rosemary Loar presents When Harry Met The Duke at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm. The show is a evening of music and stories by and about two of America's greatest composers: Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington. Both men lived and contributed great works of music during the age of the Cotton Club and each in their own way influence the music that we still enjoy today. Loar and Ponzio have put their own stamp on the music with their emotional and musical and often humorous jazz arrangements. Rosemary Loar has been a cabaret artist for over 30 years and last year was awarded the MAC Hansen Award for continuing excellence as a performer. She has sung at Birdland, The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don't Tell Mama, Town Hall (Cabaret Convention), Symphony Space, Upstairs at Sardi's, Hotel Pierre, in LA at the Gardenia and MBar, in Chicago at The Tambourine Room and most recently in Paulo's Munich. Ms. Loar has released two cabaret recordings: The Quando Swing and a live recording of her critically acclaimed show Sting, Stang, Stung! Swingjn' The Music Of Sting. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: THE SOPHISTICATES - STRIP AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE TEASED

Starring master of ceremonies Bastard Keith and burlesque headliner Madame Rosebud, and featuring a rotating constellation of guest stars, THE SOPHISTICATES play at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) at 11:30 pm on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Specializing in classic burlesque, "The Sophisticates," is a retroglam ride into a thrilling nightclub reality that nods to the past while winking to the present. Each night features a new line-up of four highly distinguished striptease artists performing two numbers each throughout the evening. Keeping the festivities inching along at an appropriately brisk pace is Bastard Keith, a showman with a soft spot for tradition combined with a yen for brainy post modern conceptual humor. Madame Rosebud has performed coast to coast and overseas with stops at the London Burlesque Festival, the New York Burlesque Festival, and competing at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. (over 21 please)

NYC: DAVID BERGER JAZZ ORCHESTRA FRIDAYS AT BIRDLAND

The David Berger Jazz Orchestra performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Fridays at 5:00 pm. Jazz composer, arranger and conductor David Berger is recognized internationally as a leading authority on the music of Duke Ellington and the Swing Era and big band music. Conductor and arranger for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from its inception in 1988 through 1994, Berger has transcribed more than 750 full scores of classic recordings including over 500 works by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Mr. Berger maintains a close working relationship with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: QUEST: LIEBMAN, BEIRACH, MCCLURE & HART AT BIRDLAND

Reuniting once again, the innovative jazz super-group Quest: Dave Liebman (bass), Richie Beirach (piano), Ron McClure (bass), and Billy Hart (drums), returns to with all of its original members BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The group was formed in 1981, and stopped performing and recording in 1990, allowing each member to pursue different musical avenues. After almost fifteen years of the group's separation, Quest reemerged in 2005, with the release of "Redemption: Live in Europe", which documented highlights from two live performances in Switzerland and Paris. With this album, the group reestablished themselves as an innovative and intelligent force in jazz, composed of musicians who are able to pick up as if they never disbanded. This group continues to prove that their musical communication is as unwavering as the creativity pulsing through each player. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ADAM GUETTEL "REAPPEARS" AT 54 BELOW

Adam Guettel performs at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 pm Tuesday, Friday & Saturday and 7:00 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, with late shows at 11:00 pm on Friday & Saturday. The way Adam Guettel describes it: "I disappeared in 2007. Into the studio. Into five new shows: a fairy tale adventure, an invisible man, a love story, a thing about wanting to be good called Millions and an opera for the devil. With an insanely tight little band led by Kim Grigsby, with the incomparable singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor at my side, I'll sing from these new shows. Steven and Whitney will sing from the old ones since that material is way too high for me now. I'm thrilled to try out new songs at 54 Below with such a brilliant group of musicians. I hope I'll see you in February. I'm so looking forward." There is a $50-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

BOS: ANTONIO SANCHEZ MIGRATION BAND AT SCULLERS

The Antonia Sanchez Migration Band will release their latest CD "New Life" at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday, February 22nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The band features Antonio Sanchez - drums, Dave Binney - sax, John Escreet - piano, and Matt Brewer - bass. A three time Grammy Award winner, Antonio Sanchez is one of the most in-demand drummers on the international jazz scene, regularly recording and touring alongside Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Kenny Werner, Charlie Haden, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, and Toots Thielmans. Dinner/show $65 Show Only $25


DC: KIM WATERS AT BLUES ALLEY

Kim Waters will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, February 21st through 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kim has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For close to two decades the saxophonist, composer and producer has been one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz. He has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, amassing record sales of over a million albums and ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. Kim Waters' music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness.


FL: NICOLAS KING AT THE COLONY

THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) presents Nicolas King on Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd at 8:00 pm. Nicolas King has been performing since age 4. He was seen first on Broadway in Beauty & The Beast, then in A Thousand Clowns opposite Tom Selleck, and in Hollywood Arms directed by Hal Prince, all before the age of 13. Other credits include eight consecutive annual performances on The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, ABC's The View, NBC's Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He went on the road with Liza Minnelli to perform as the opening act to her 2006 tour, and he received the prestigious Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation at the 2010 Cabaret Convention. A veteran of more than a dozen national TV commercials, Nicolas King recently recorded a new album, the aptly named Nineteen. Tuesday through Thursday: $110 dinner/show ($50 show only) and Friday & Saturday: $120 dinner/show ($60 show only).

MW: SMASH AND BROADWAY STAR LESLIE ODOM, JR. AT THE CABARET

Leslie Odom, Jr., one of stage and screen's brightest young stars shines in his cabaret debut at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) Friday & Saturday, February 22nd & 23rd at 8:00 pm. Leslie's show features songs from his roles on Broadway (Rent, Leap of Faith,) the hit NBC musical drama Smash, along with songs by his idols including Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Armed with a voice that scintillates with subtle power and brilliant clarity, Leslie is worthy of the spotlight. Leslie Odom Jr. currently plays Sam, the Broadway choreographer, performer and regular on NBC's Broadway drama Smash. An accomplished singer and dancer, Leslie made his Broadway debut at 17 playing Paul in Rent, and was recently featured in Leap of Faith with Raul Esparza. Leslie also served as a Broadway coach for the PBS series for Broadway hopefuls, Broadway or Bust. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.

SF: GRAMMY WINNING CASSANDRA WILSON AT YOSHI'S

2-time GRAMMY-winning jazz singer and producer Cassandra Wilson will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) Thursday through Saturday, February 21st through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-'70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early '80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled "Blue Light 'Til Dawn" which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook. Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two GRAMMYs, the Django D'Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. There is a $45 cover 8:00 pm show. 10:00 pm show has a $36 cover.

SF: "FOR THE LOVE OF ABBEY" AT SAVANNA JAZZ

A very special show by Benn Bacot & The Bacot Quartet, celebrating one of America's best kept secrets, Abbey Lincoln, will be held at SAVANNA JAZZ (2937 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-285-3369) on Friday & Saturday, February 22nd & 23rd with performances at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. Abbey Lincoln passed away in 2010. Until then she was the last of her era and the only golden era Jazz singer to compose and record her own material. A singer songwriter, poet, artist & activist, she was truly ahead of her time. Join "The Bass Of The Bay" Benn Bacot as he explores the life and music of this woman who Hollywood initially promoted as the "Black Marilyn Monroe" All new material either favored by or composed by Abbey. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum or dinner.

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THURSDAY - FEBRUARY 21st

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NYC: BARBARA ROSENE: "NICE AND NAUGHTY" CD RELEASE PARTY

Barbara Rosene will hold a CD release party at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Thursday, February 21st at 6:00 pm. Her new CD is "Nice and Naughty" (Sweet and Saucy Tunes from the 1920s). Barbara's band includes pianist Conal Fowkes, who's voice and piano stylings as Cole Porter were featured in "Midnight In Paris"; Andy Stein on Violin, known for his work on "A Prairie Home Companion"; and New York Clarinetist Pete Martinez. Barbara Rosene has built an unequalled reputation for interpreting the great music of the 1920s through the 40s. "Nice and Naughty" is a collection of double and sometimes single entendre tunes from the 1920s coupled with some very sweet ones. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BROADWAY SESSIONS THURSDAYS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN

"Broadway Sessions" is an evening of musical performances, games, comedy and open mic featuring new Broadway guests each week. The show takes place every Thursday evenings at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). It is hosted by Ben Cameron (Wicked, Aida, Footloose) and features composer/musical director Will Van Dyke on piano. Get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest as the stars bare their souls, interact with the crowd and celebrate all things BROADWAY. Open Mic party goes til 12:00 am featuring. There is a $5 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BEN RIMALOWER: PATTI ISSUES

Patti Issues will be performed by Ben Rimalower at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Thursdays, February 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th at 7:00 pm. Patti Issues mark's Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas. When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort - like so many gay boys before him and after - in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: NO NAME PRESENTS THE UPTOWN CABARET SPOTLIGHT! (NEW)

Host Alexandra de Suze and Musical Director Marilynn Seits host a monthly evening of cabaret at INDIAN ROAD CAFE (600 West 218th Street, NYC - 212-942-7451) with a featured guest artist. Held the third Thursday of every month. On Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 pm, The Uptown Cabaret Spotlight will be feature TBA. Indian Road Cafe offers an excellent wine and beer and coffee!-selection as well as great food from paninis to lobster mac and cheese all amidst a warm and casual atmosphere. Check out their "punch of the week" along with other fab cocktails! They also are home to a monthly singer/songwriter open mic, comedy shows and classical performances by Opera On Tap. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: JOAN RIVERS: LIVE IN TIMES SQUARE!

Comedy legend Joan Rivers returns with her her live stand-up act to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday, February 21st at 8:30 pm. Rivers presents an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashions. Rivers delivers a raunchy, politically incorrect evening of stand-up comedy. A full dinner menu and bar are available, and pianist Will Hall plays from the time doors open until Joan takes the stage. Net proceeds going to Joan Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. A full dinner menu and bar are available. Tickets are $45 and should be purchased at www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. There is a $15 per person food/drink minimum.


NYC: QUEST: LIEBMAN, BEIRACH, MCCLURE & HART AT BIRDLAND

Reuniting once again, the innovative jazz super-group Quest: Dave Liebman (bass), Richie Beirach (piano), Ron McClure (bass), and Billy Hart (drums), returns to with all of its original members BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The group was formed in 1981, and stopped performing and recording in 1990, allowing each member to pursue different musical avenues. After almost fifteen years of the group's separation, Quest reemerged in 2005, with the release of "Redemption: Live in Europe", which documented highlights from two live performances in Switzerland and Paris. With this album, the group reestablished themselves as an innovative and intelligent force in jazz, composed of musicians who are able to pick up as if they never disbanded. This group continues to prove that their musical communication is as unwavering as the creativity pulsing through each player. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ADAM GUETTEL "REAPPEARS" AT 54 BELOW

Adam Guettel performs at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 pm Tuesday, Friday & Saturday and 7:00 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, with late shows at 11:00 pm on Friday & Saturday. The way Adam Guettel describes it: "I disappeared in 2007. Into the studio. Into five new shows: a fairy tale adventure, an invisible man, a love story, a thing about wanting to be good called Millions and an opera for the devil. With an insanely tight little band led by Kim Grigsby, with the incomparable singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor at my side, I'll sing from these new shows. Steven and Whitney will sing from the old ones since that material is way too high for me now. I'm thrilled to try out new songs at 54 Below with such a brilliant group of musicians. I hope I'll see you in February. I'm so looking forward." There is a $50-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: DARLENE LOVE MAKES 54 BELOW RETURN

Darlene Love is back at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Thursday, February 21st & Wednesday, February 27th - both shows at 9:30 pm following her two never to be forgotten appearances last year. Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock-n-roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics. From her first number one recording, He's a Rebel, through her string of label hits with legendary producer Phil Spector (including Da Doo Ron Ron, He's Sure the Boy I'm Gonna Marry and Christmas Baby, Please Come Home), to the countless songs for which she sang backup (for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin), Darlene Love has blazed a trail of success in the music industry that has recently led to her induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. And all of this is to say nothing of her acclaimed Broadway performances in Leader of the Pack, Carrie, Grease and Hairspray. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

BOS: ELAN TROTMAN CD RELEASE SHOW AT SCULLERS

Elan Troutman releases his latest CD at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Thursday, February 21st at 8:00 pm. For his 6th album "Tropicality", Elan proudly showcases his Caribbean heritage with his newest release on Woodward Avenue Records. Saxophonist Elan Trotman, has quickly become one of contemporary jazz's most thrilling and emotive performers, and continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, and recording artist. So much so that he's becoming the go-to sax-man for smooth jazz artists like Peter White, Paul Brown, Keiko Matsui, Brian Simpson, Rick Braun, and a guest spot on the Dave Koz 2012 Cruise to Europe.Trotman's playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr. and Kirk Whalum, among others, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. Dinner/show: $65 Show Only $25


DC: KIM WATERS AT BLUES ALLEY

Kim Waters will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, February 21st through 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kim has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For close to two decades the saxophonist, composer and producer has been one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz. He has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, amassing record sales of over a million albums and ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. Kim Waters' music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness.


FL: NICOLAS KING AT THE COLONY

THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) presents Nicolas King on Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd at 8:00 pm. Nicolas King has been performing since age 4. He was seen first on Broadway in Beauty & The Beast, then in A Thousand Clowns opposite Tom Selleck, and in Hollywood Arms directed by Hal Prince, all before the age of 13. Other credits include eight consecutive annual performances on The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, ABC's The View, NBC's Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He went on the road with Liza Minnelli to perform as the opening act to her 2006 tour, and he received the prestigious Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation at the 2010 Cabaret Convention. A veteran of more than a dozen national TV commercials, Nicolas King recently recorded a new album, the aptly named Nineteen. Tuesday through Thursday: $110 dinner/show ($50 show only) and Friday & Saturday: $120 dinner/show ($60 show only).

L.A.: GIA MORA PREMIERES NEW ONE-WOMAN SHOW EINSTEIN'S GIRL

Nationally recognized actor and vocalist Gia Mora (a four-time Helen Hayes Award nominee), in association with Jonathan White, has announced the world premiere of her new solo show, Einstein's Girl, at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) for one performance only, on Thursday, February 21st, at 9:00 pm. Einstein's Girl explores the "science of love ... theoretically speaking." Mora turns her signature wit and intellectual prowess on an unlikely paring of human languages ... love and mathematics. In her hilarious show, she investigates dating in the digital age through a journey to the edges of the universe and the interior of your heart. From the ridiculous to the sublime, Einstein's Girl thrills and edifies sweethearts and singletons alike. Mora will also welcome special guests Charlie Barnett and Devin Kelly. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum or dinner.


SF: GRAMMY WINNING CASSANDRA WILSON AT YOSHI'S

2-time GRAMMY-winning jazz singer and producer Cassandra Wilson will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) Thursday through Saturday, February 21st through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-'70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early '80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled "Blue Light 'Til Dawn" which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook. Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two GRAMMYs, the Django D'Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. There is a $45 cover 8:00 pm show. 10:00 pm show has a $36 cover.

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WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 20th

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NYC: MATCHMAKER BRINGS THE BUSINESS OF LOVE TO THE STAGE
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"Dear Charlie" will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesdays, February 20th and March 13th at 7:00 pm. What do you get when you combine New York's favorite Matchmaker with a night of song? You get "Dear Charlie". Do you remember being on a date and not knowing what to say next? Do you feel lost looking for love in the big city? Charlie will offer an engaging evening of song, advice, and cunning humor as he takes you down Lovers' Lane. Joined by Musical Director David Andrews Rogers, who has led national tours of Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, and Chicago, "DearCharlie" will guide you on a whirlwind tour through the ins and outs of love. With his new cabaret show, Charlie will bring his matchmaking secrets center stage, allowing love to carry the evening as he offers advice on communication, first dates, special moments, and achieving lifelong love. "Dear Charlie" is bound to leave you asking: what is love all about? Charlie The Matchmaker, Charlie Maffei, is a singer who has performed at both cabaret venues and stadiums throughout the New York Metro Area and Atlanta. As a matchmaker, Charlie has worked with hundreds of clients to help them find love in the most romantic city on earth: New York. Charlie is also a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and My Lifestyle Magazine. He has been seen and heard on numerous TV and radio shows. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE. Reservations at http://dearcharlie.eventbrite.com
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NYC: CHRIS BARRETT IN CONCERT NOW ON RESTAURANT ROW

Following a successful four-month run at San Martin on the East Side, Chris Barrett brings his music to LA RIVISTA RISTORANTE (313 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-366-4603) for an open ended run on Mondays through Wednesdays starting Monday, January 21st. There are two shows nightly, a dinner show at 8:00 and a supper show at 10:00 pm. Chris Barrett's performances are in the tradition of the great late-night boites of a fondly remembered era, when the likes of Hugh Shannon, Bobby Short, and Buddy Barnes manned the keyboard. There is no cover charge.
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NYC: CAROLE J. BUFFORD REVEALS "BODY & SOUL"

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) presents "Carole J. Bufford: Body and Soul," on Wednesdays, February 6th & 13th at 9:30 pm and February 20th at 9:30 pm, and February 27th at 7:00 pm. In this show Carole sings songs fueled by burning passion, overpowering lust, bitter hatred, and fiery desire! These aren't sweet songs about falling in love, first dates, or will he kiss me? Culled from Broadway, rock 'n' roll, pop and country sources, these are the musical equivalents of emotional earthquakes. The show is produced by Scott Siegel, with musical direction by Ian Herman (on piano). Carole has appeared in numerous "Broadway by the Year" concerts, and, at Feinstein's at Loew's Regency, in the hit, long-running "11 O'Clock Numbers at 11 O'Clock," all produced by Siegel. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: NICOLE KAFKA ~ YESTERDAY, ONCE MORE

Nicole Kafka will perform her show "Yesterday Once More" for one night only at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 pm. She is joined on stage by Music Director/Pianist Erik James with Hendrik Helmer on Guitar and Matt Scharfglass on bass. "Yesterday Once More" is Nicole Kafka's third solo cabaret show. It comprises songs from the 1960s and early 1970s, which are deep in her bones from childhood, along with amusing stories of those childhood years in Manhattan. The show is filled with infectious joy. For many years, Nicole Kafka was a colorectal surgeon. In late spring, 2011, she closed her practice to focus on the singing she had begun several years earlier. Originally trained as a classical singer, her current repertory extends from opera to pop and country, including cabaret, show tunes and jazz. Nicole has sung in venues as disparate as bars, clubs, Harvard University and Carnegie Hall, in choruses, bands, and as a solo artist. She is a member of the Magic Circle Opera Repertory Ensemble. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG CENTENNIAL BAND AT BIRDLAND

The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band performs every Wednesday at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) at 5:30 pm. Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band (also known as the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band) breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Now in its 11th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: QUEST: LIEBMAN, BEIRACH, MCCLURE & HART AT BIRDLAND

Reuniting once again, the innovative jazz super-group Quest: Dave Liebman (bass), Richie Beirach (piano), Ron McClure (bass), and Billy Hart (drums), returns to with all of its original members BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The group was formed in 1981, and stopped performing and recording in 1990, allowing each member to pursue different musical avenues. After almost fifteen years of the group's separation, Quest reemerged in 2005, with the release of "Redemption: Live in Europe", which documented highlights from two live performances in Switzerland and Paris. With this album, the group reestablished themselves as an innovative and intelligent force in jazz, composed of musicians who are able to pick up as if they never disbanded. This group continues to prove that their musical communication is as unwavering as the creativity pulsing through each player. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ADAM GUETTEL "REAPPEARS" AT 54 BELOW

Adam Guettel performs at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 pm Tuesday, Friday & Saturday and 7:00 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, with late shows at 11:00 pm on Friday & Saturday. The way Adam Guettel describes it: "I disappeared in 2007. Into the studio. Into five new shows: a fairy tale adventure, an invisible man, a love story, a thing about wanting to be good called Millions and an opera for the devil. With an insanely tight little band led by Kim Grigsby, with the incomparable singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor at my side, I'll sing from these new shows. Steven and Whitney will sing from the old ones since that material is way too high for me now. I'm thrilled to try out new songs at 54 Below with such a brilliant group of musicians. I hope I'll see you in February. I'm so looking forward." There is a $50-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BRENT BARRETT MAKES 54 BELOW DEBUT

One of Broadway's favorite leading men, Brent Barrett, makes his debut at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, February 20th at 9:30 pm. Brent has delighted audiences of the Great White Way and London's West End in Dance a Little Closer, Grand Hotel, Chicago, Candide, Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get You Gun, among others. As a soloist, Brent has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls in London, and with symphonies and Philharmonics ranging from the Boston Pops and the Berlin Philharmonic to Opera Pacific and the Birmingham Symphony. Brent will be joined by Musical Director Christopher Denny in a new show titled Night Songs - think everything from Music of the Night to Rhythm of the Night to You and the Night and Music! There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NJ: BOB EGAN'S SHOWCASE NIGHT AT TIM McLOONES

The next Bob Egan's Showcase Night will be held at TIM McLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB (1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ - 732-774-1400) on Wednesday, February 20th at 8:00 pm. Bob hosts this talent showcase, featuring six to eight performers each show. This evening Bob features special guest singers: Jeremy Bingaman, Jack Cosgrove, John DePalma, Guiseppe, Al Holmes, Rand Hubiak, Sharon Lasher, Gina Leigh, Patty Leone, Jilly Sentino, Lisa Sherman, Molly Spanarkle, and Josh Zuckerman (with Paul Galiszewski, and Tom Briant). Piano bar and open mic follows the show in the lounge. $5 cover at the door.


BOS: DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA AT SCULLERS

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra - an ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile musicians who just happen to be women - perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Wednesday, February 20th at 8:00 pm. Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, DIVA exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of the historic big bands but with an eye towards today's progressive sound of originality and verve. With New York as their home base, DIVA performs all over the world playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians themselves. Audiences can expect to hear high-energy performances packed with unique improvisation, spontaneity and fun. Dinner/Show $70 - Show only $30.

DC: KENNY RITTENHOUSE SEPTET "CD RELEASE PARTY"

The Kenny Rittenhouse Septet will hold a "CD Release Party" at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, February 20th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Local DC trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse has a straight ahead, hard-bop approach, but always produces a probing, thoughtful sound - almost like a flugelhorn - that distinguishes him in the U.S. Army Blues, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and his own trios, quartets, and quintets that gig around town. Those pretty notes, to paraphrase Louis Armstrong, go right through you. Rittenhouse is a professor of Jazz Trumpet at George Mason University, and a member of many revered ensembles. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: NICOLAS KING AT THE COLONY

THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) presents Nicolas King on Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd at 8:00 pm. Nicolas King has been performing since age 4. He was seen first on Broadway in Beauty & The Beast, then in A Thousand Clowns opposite Tom Selleck, and in Hollywood Arms directed by Hal Prince, all before the age of 13. Other credits include eight consecutive annual performances on The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, ABC's The View, NBC's Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He went on the road with Liza Minnelli to perform as the opening act to her 2006 tour, and he received the prestigious Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation at the 2010 Cabaret Convention. A veteran of more than a dozen national TV commercials, Nicolas King recently recorded a new album, the aptly named Nineteen. Tuesday through Thursday: $110 dinner/show ($50 show only) and Friday & Saturday: $120 dinner/show ($60 show only).

SF: JAZZ GUITARIST KURT ROSENWINKEL AT YOSHI'S

Jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel makes a stop at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Wednesday, February 20th at 8:00 pm while touring his new album, Star of Jupiter. Although one of the most emotive interpreters of standards repertoire, Rosenwinkel is also undoubtedly one of his generation's most prolific composers. The National Endowment for the Arts Composer's Award winner asserts that it is his writing which helped develop what has now become a singular voice in modern jazz. He also credits his Philadelphia hometown for a solid and communal musical upbringing, where he grew up in the midst of a robust music scene under the tutelage of influential jazz elders like Al Jackson, Eddie Green, Tyrone Brown, and his musical father figure, alto saxophonist Tony Williams. It's here that he had the platform to develop his distinctive voice, which has garnered international critical acclaim, and attention from such wide-ranging artists as Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots, the legendary Eric Clapton, and Q-Tip formally of the iconic hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, with whom Rosenwinkel has been featured both live and on his highly regarded solo efforts, The Renaissance (2008) and Kamaal the Abstract (2009). There is a $22 cover.


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NYC: CHRIS BARRETT IN CONCERT NOW ON RESTAURANT ROW

Following a successful four-month run at San Martin on the East Side, Chris Barrett brings his music to LA RIVISTA RISTORANTE (313 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-366-4603) for an open ended run on Mondays through Wednesdays starting Monday, January 21st. There are two shows nightly, a dinner show at 8:00 and a supper show at 10:00 pm. Chris Barrett's performances are in the tradition of the great late-night boites of a fondly remembered era, when the likes of Hugh Shannon, Bobby Short, and Buddy Barnes manned the keyboard. There is no cover charge.
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NYC: JONATHAN WHITTON ENCORES THE FREE RESIDENCY AT MAMA'S

Jonathan Whitton (Bistro & MAC Award Winner, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH) returns to the solo concert stage with an intimate concert series, THE FREE RESIDENCY at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Tuesdays, February 5th & 19th at 7:00 pm. Experimental musician and NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program Graduate Aaron Jones serves as Musical Director. Celebrated for headlining both the Highline Ballroom & BB King Blues Club as Hedwig in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, Jonathan Whitton follows up his award-winning 2007 NYC solo-concert debut in collaboration with indie- musician Aaron Jones. THE FREE RESIDENCY is a candid concert experiment that surveys the journey home by way of dreamscape, reality, and memory. Musical selections for THE FREE RESIDENCY include re-imagined takes on songs from an eclectic group of songwriters: Aimee Mann, Kate McGarrigle, Kylie Minogue, The Mountain Goats, The Shins, Nina Simone, & John Vanderslice, amongst others. Whitton has been seen in NYC productions of EVEN FOR ONE NIGHT (Dixon Place), THE DISNEY DIARIES (dir. Michele Pawk, Laurie Beechman), & THE YELLOW WOOD (dir. Brian Yorkey, New World Stages). Regionally, he has starred in productions of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, CABARET, and THE SANTALAND DIARIES. He has also been seen onstage in such NYC venues as Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Highline Ballroom, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. There is a $13 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JANE GLICK WITH "BLIZZARD OF LIES"

Jane Glick returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with her new show, "Blizzard of Lies", directed by Eric Michael Gillett and featuring musical director Dan Furman on piano and Tom Hubbard on bass. Performance dates are Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm. "Blizzard of Lies" features some of Jane's favorite songs in an evening that illuminates a variety of secrets, lies, and illusions, some of which may be shared and others, hopefully, not. And, as Jane has learned, all too often a good lie can sometimes be hiding right behind the truth. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. Proceeds will go to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York for relief to local victims of Hurricane Sandy.


NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Jazz legend Annie Ross continues her unprecedented, record-breaking, multi-year run at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), Tuesday nights February 5th. 12th, 19th & 26th at 9:30 pm. Ms. Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", "Jackie" and many others. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. "Twisted" has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: SHEILA JORDAN

MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY continues at ST. PETER'S CHURCH - SANCTUARY (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-2200) every Wednesday. This long-running series was created by Edmund Anderson and is now produced by Ronny Whyte. The show on Wednesday, February 20th features Sheila Jordan - Singer with Cameron Brown - Bass. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799). Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & 30s for your dining and dancing pleasure. In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. A big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 60,000 scores in his collection. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food drink minimum.

NYC: QUEST: LIEBMAN, BEIRACH, MCCLURE & HART AT BIRDLAND

Reuniting once again, the innovative jazz super-group Quest: Dave Liebman (bass), Richie Beirach (piano), Ron McClure (bass), and Billy Hart (drums), returns to with all of its original members BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The group was formed in 1981, and stopped performing and recording in 1990, allowing each member to pursue different musical avenues. After almost fifteen years of the group's separation, Quest reemerged in 2005, with the release of "Redemption: Live in Europe", which documented highlights from two live performances in Switzerland and Paris. With this album, the group reestablished themselves as an innovative and intelligent force in jazz, composed of musicians who are able to pick up as if they never disbanded. This group continues to prove that their musical communication is as unwavering as the creativity pulsing through each player. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ADAM GUETTEL "REAPPEARS" AT 54 BELOW

Adam Guettel performs at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd with shows at 8:30 pm Tuesday, Friday & Saturday and 7:00 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, with late shows at 11:00 pm on Friday & Saturday. The way Adam Guettel describes it: "I disappeared in 2007. Into the studio. Into five new shows: a fairy tale adventure, an invisible man, a love story, a thing about wanting to be good called Millions and an opera for the devil. With an insanely tight little band led by Kim Grigsby, with the incomparable singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor at my side, I'll sing from these new shows. Steven and Whitney will sing from the old ones since that material is way too high for me now. I'm thrilled to try out new songs at 54 Below with such a brilliant group of musicians. I hope I'll see you in February. I'm so looking forward." There is a $50-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS BACKSTAGE, HOSTED BY SUSIE MOSHER

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) presents BACKSTAGE, Broadway's Tuesday night cocktail party/songfest, hosted by Susie Mosher at 10:30 pm. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Mosher guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform. Members of the "Backstage repertory company", featuring some of New York's most exciting musical theatre talent, are on hand each week to sing everything from Schwartz to Sondheim. Special guest stars on February 19th are Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages), Lavon Fisher Wilson (Newsies), Alex Wyse (Lysistrata Jones, Bare), Ryan Knowles (NEWSical), Jonathan Whitton (The Disney Diaries), and cabaret singer Tori Scott. No cover charge, $20 food/drink minimum.


DC: MARY ALOUETTE WITH GYPSY JAZZ AT BLUES ALLEY

Mary Alouette will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, February 19th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Mary has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about her and just might be New York City's best-kept swag songstress secret. Her first year as a solo artist is off to promising start after releasing her debut EP, Midas, in April 2012. She shows serious vocal and musical talent, as her voice bears both a beautiful tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer. Also a multi-instrumentalist and a dedicated songwriter, Mary has laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound. Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, blend floating, jazzy vocals with poignant lyrics. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: NICOLAS KING AT THE COLONY

THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) presents Nicolas King on Tuesday through Saturday, February 19th through 23rd at 8:00 pm. Nicolas King has been performing since age 4. He was seen first on Broadway in Beauty & The Beast, then in A Thousand Clowns opposite Tom Selleck, and in Hollywood Arms directed by Hal Prince, all before the age of 13. Other credits include eight consecutive annual performances on The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, ABC's The View, NBC's Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He went on the road with Liza Minnelli to perform as the opening act to her 2006 tour, and he received the prestigious Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation at the 2010 Cabaret Convention. A veteran of more than a dozen national TV commercials, Nicolas King recently recorded a new album, the aptly named Nineteen. Tuesday through Thursday: $110 dinner/show ($50 show only) and Friday & Saturday: $120 dinner/show ($60 show only).

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MONDAY - FEBRUARY 18th
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NYC: CHRIS BARRETT IN CONCERT NOW ON RESTAURANT ROW

Following a successful four-month run at San Martin on the East Side, Chris Barrett brings his music to LA RIVISTA RISTORANTE (313 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-366-4603) for an open ended run on Mondays through Wednesdays starting Monday, January 21st. There are two shows nightly, a dinner show at 8:00 and a supper show at 10:00 pm. Chris Barrett's performances are in the tradition of the great late-night boites of a fondly remembered era, when the likes of Hugh Shannon, Bobby Short, and Buddy Barnes manned the keyboard. There is no cover charge.
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NYC: BRONWYN'S FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES AND SCANDALS!

Bronwyn Rucker hosts "FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES and SCANDALS" open-mic at IDO SUSHI (29 Seventh Avenue South, NY - 212-691-7177) every Monday night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Bronwyn is joined by Jerry Scott at the piano and a surprise guest. Calling all singers, songwriters, actors, poets, comics, magicians, comics, madmen and lovers! Everyone is invited to drop in, sing a song, meet new friends and have a fun time in the Village. No cover.


NYC: TONYA PINKINS IN "BRING ON THE MEN" WITH BRAD SIMMONS

JOE'S PUB is proud to welcome Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins return to their stage for an ongoing series BRING ON MEN on Monday, February 18th at 9:30 pm at JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - 212-967-7555). Best known for her celebrated roles in Caroline, or Change and Jelly's Last Jam, Tonya made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Merrily We Roll Along. Broadway audiences have also delighted in her performances in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Play On!, The Wild Party and Radio Golf, while television audiences know her from As The World Turns, All My Children and Army Wives and 24. This post Valentines day evening of music will feature Tonya and Brad singing signature original arrangements and medleys of rock, pop, broadway and R & B tunes. Tonya and Brad will be celebrating the search for love and men and the friends who support us on the rocky road to love. This is Tonya and Brad's first performance together. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: JENNA LEE BARBER IS RUNNIN' WILD AT THE MET

Cabaret artist Jenna Lee Barber serves up an extra helping of sass and brass in her brand new hilarious show RUNNIN' WILD at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Monday, February 18th at 7:00 pm. Jenna Lee makes her Metropolitan Room debut singing pop classics, the best of Broadway and original songs by Randy Redd and Danny Rooney. She shares the stage with musical director and arranger Aaron Jodoin and featured singers Chris LeBeau and Stephen Simowski. Jenna shoots from the hip and straight from the heart as she brings her unapologetic wit to side-splitting and soul-bearing confessions of love, life and Nutella. Choreographed by Robert Estill. Co-written and directed by Randy Redd. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: LORNA LUFT MAKES BIRDLAND DEBUT

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presents Emmy Award-winning actress/singer Lorna Luft in Birdland debut in two very special shows on Monday, February 11th and Monday, February 18th at 7:00 pm at NYC's famed BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080). Lorna Luft makes her Birdland debut in "Lorna's Living Room," where old friends show up, sing, make merry, and anything can happen! On Monday February 11th, it's boy's night at "Lorna's Living Room," with Broadway leading men James Clow and Tony Yazbeck helping salute the men in Lorna's musical life, including Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hart and Burt Bacharach. On Monday February 18th, it's the girl's turn as award-winning jazz/cabaret diva Ann Hampton Callaway and Billboard Top-25 hit-maker Kelly King drop by to help Lorna salute the female composers who continue to inspire. Expect songs from the great Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden and Laura Nyro. At age 11, Lorna Luft made her television debut singing on her mother's series, "The Judy Garland Show." Since then, she has had starring roles in both television and film. Most recently, Lorna joined Alan Cumming and Margaret Cho as part of the talented voice cast of Logo Network's animated series "Rick & Steve." There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: JIM CARUSO'S "CAST PARTY" MONDAYS AT BIRDLAND

Every Monday night at 9:30 pm, Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts "Cast Party", a combination open-mic, networking event and party at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) during which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Cast Party is a mix of music, impromptu performance and cocktail party revelry, where showbiz superstars, stunning jazz talents and cabaret glitterati hit the stage alongside up-and-comers to serve up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. It's the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with talented show folk and their fans. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799). Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & 30s for your dining and dancing pleasure. In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. A big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 60,000 scores in his collection. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food drink minimum.

NYC: CAN'T SOMETHING BE DONE? AN EVENING WITH EDWARD HIBBERT

Broadway's Edward Hibbert premieres his debut cabaret show at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Monday, February 18th at 7:00 pm. Known to many as Gil Chesterton, the restaurant critic, on TV's Frasier, Broadway and off-Broadway audiences have delighted in his varied performances in The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, Jeffrey, and the upcoming It Shoulda Been You. In Can't Something Be Done?, Edward presents an evening of irreverent stories and songs by Cole Porter, Noel Coward, and also contemporary songwriters. Enjoy stories of Edward's travels from England to the Great White Way and beyond. Featuring Musical Direction by Sam Davis and Direction by Mark Waldrop. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: TALES OF JONI - 54 SINGS MITCHELL

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) will pay homage to the brilliance of eight-time Grammy winner Joni Mitchell with "Tales of Joni - 54 sings Mitchell" on Monday, February 18th at 9:30 pm. Whether it's "Both Sides Now," "Chelsea Morning," "The Circle Game," "Big Yellow Taxi," or "A Case of You," the work of Mitchell, one of the world's most embraced, lauded, and prolific singer-songwriters, continues to inspire and delight generations of listeners. At 54 Below a cast of Broadway and cabaret luminaries will sing the praises of all things Mitchell, including: Lisa Asher (MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award winner), Annie Golden (Broadway's Hair, Leader of the Pack, On the Town, The Full Monty, Xanadu), Heather MacRae (Broadway's Hair, Falsettos, A Catered Affair), Julie Reyburn (MAC, Bistro, Nightlife Award winner), Nicolas Rodriguez (Broadway's Tarzan, Helen Hayes Award winner), Gabrielle Stravelli (celebrated NYC jazz vocalist), and Michael Winther (Broadway's Damn Yankees, 1776, Mamma Mia!). Upon presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Grammys called Joni's music "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination, and integrity." There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


DC: MIKE KAMUF'S "LITTLE BIG BAND" AT BLUES ALLEY

The Mike Kamuf Little Big Band will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, February 18th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The band is a 8-piece jazz ensemble that brings together eight talented musicians from the Washington D.C/Baltimore region. The group's repertoire consists of original compositions and arrangements penned by MIke Kamuf and band members as well as jazz standards and selections from the Great American Songbook. The arrangements cover many styles within the jazz idiom. The group's instrumentation and arrangements provide both the musicians and the audience with the subtlety and spontaneity of a small group coupled with the impact and excitement of a big band. Call for cover/minimum information.

LA: JAYE MAYNARD AT STERLING'S WITH TRIBUTE TO BLOSSON DEARIE

PlaidBird Productions and Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal will present "Bird Amongst the Blossom - A Tribute to the First Blossom Dearie Songbook" at STERLING'S AT THE FEDERAL (5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA - 818-754-8700) on Monday, February 18th at 7:00 pm, featuring Jaye Maynard (vocals), Nick Fryman (Musical Director/piano) and Chris Conner (upright bass). Additional Direction Mary O'Brady. Vocalist, Jaye Maynard, a recent participant at the renowned International Cabaret Conference at Yale, pays homage to the wised-up baby-doll jazz stylings of the late Blossom Dearie. Maynard interprets "The First Blossom Dearie Songbook" containing songs written for and by her with Bob Dorough, Johnny Mercer, Dave Frishberg and of course, Dearie herself. The show recently had it's NYC cabaret venue debut at The Laurie Beechman Theater and will return to The Metropolitan Room in NYC following this Los Angeles presentation debut at Sterling's. Tickets are $28-$38.


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