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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
APRIL 2013

MONDAY through SUNDAY - April 8th to April 14th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - APRIL 14th

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NYC: BONNIE SHER CELEBRATES 4 DECADES IN SHOWBIZ AT STAGE 72

Bonnie Sher will appear at STAGE 72 (formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) with her show MOMENTS on Sunday, April 14th at 3:00 pm for one special performance only in New York City. Sher is an entertainer to watch! She sings, dances, lights up the stage and holds the room in her hands. And why not, she learned from the master himself, Sammy Davis, Jr. Bonnie had the good fortune to be his protege working clubs & engagements around the world for over twenty years, until his death. MOMENTS is Bonnie's celebration of four decades in TV, film, stage, recording. Her band is pretty magical too, with Musical Director Mario Sprouse on piano, Ratzo Harris on bass, Marshal Rosenberg on percussion & Grammy-winner Wayne Cobham on Trumpet. Bonnie's special guest is MAC & Bistro Award-winning vocalist Eric Michael Gillett. There is a $30 cover - cash only at the door. Reservations at http://www.brownpapertickets.com . No minimum.
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NYC: ONE NIGHT ONLY - PWR UNPLUGGED

Parker Scott leads PWR - a new chamber ensemble featuring voice, piano and cello at SHETLER STUDIOS PENTHOUSE 1 (244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC - RSVP: 917-929-7353) on Sunday, April 14th at 7:30 pm. PWE, made up of Parker, pianist Wells Hanley and cellist Rubin Kodheli, will bring their virtuosic musicianship and unbridled passion to NO EXPECTATIONS: Unplugged. PWR will present a show encompassing the musical landscapes of theater, pop, rock, standards and international favorites. The show will be performed without microphones. Inspired by the organic, raw, naturally spontaneous sounds reverberating through the rehearsal room, PWR aims to recreate the special aural thrill of the rehearsal process without amplification for the audience in an intimate studio setting, allowing the voice, the piano and the cello to listen and respond to each other in a more subtle and creative way. NO EXPECTATIONS (from the Rolling Stones hit) will explore the complexities of love and passion - the twists, the joys and the pains that come with putting your heart and soul on the line. It will include music by Cole Porter, Jimmy Webb, Ricky Ian Gordon, John Bucchino and Jacques Brel. The centerpiece of the show is The Waltz Medley which has music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics from his three major collaborators, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim. Parker, Wells and Rubin will also go to the streets of Paris for inspiration in the songs of Edith Piaf. There will be several arrangements for voice, piano and cello by the late Dick Gallagher. The show is directed by Bistro Award-winning and MAC-nominated director, Gerry Geddes. There is a $20 music charge. There is NO minimum. Wine and Soda will be available for a small donation.
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NYC: EVA KANTOR, 2012 METROSTAR FINALIST, IN HER FIRST SOLO SHOW
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2012 MetroStar Finalist Eva Kantor will bring her solo cabaret debut show "The Way I Am" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Friday & Saturday, March 29th & 30th at 7:00 pm and Sundays, April 7th, 14th & 21st, all shows at 7:00 pm. Directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with Musical Direction by Don Rebic. Produced by Cookie Stark. In Eva Kantor's solo debut in cabaret, and also in Eva's professional life, she is finding many people accepting of her great talent. It is not a cliche to say that she is an artist on her way up. In addition to placing in the MetroStar finals, Eva has recently played at the Players Club for KT Sullivan and the Mabel Mercer Foundation to great acclaim. Out of that, she was asked to sing at Rose Hall in October at the Mercer Cabaret Convention. Eva began acting at an early age and quickly excelled. She has played roles such as Eva Peron in Evita, Penny in Hairspray at the Weston Playhouse alongside Broadway veterans Marissa Perry and Jay A. Johnson, and the title role in the national tour of Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer's Anne of Green Gables. She is a recipient of the first ever fully funded scholarship at the Singer's Forum/Actor's Equity scholarship program, where she is currently studying with Eric Michael Gillett. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH GABRIELLE STRAVELLI
FEATURED SUNDAY BRUNCH SHOW

Bistro Award winning vocalist, Gabrielle Stravelli, will be playing her weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch on April 7th, 14th and 21st at LE PESCADEUX (90 Thompson Street, NYC - 212-966-0021), a lovely French restaurant in the heart of Soho. She will be joined by Saul Rubin on guitar and Pat O'Leary on bass in this charming boite that offers a great, well-priced menu and cozy atmosphere. They will play three sets from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested. No cover, no minimum.

NYC: UP ON THE ROOF HELD OVER

Due to the overwhelming reception, Barbara Porteus has added an additional performance of her show 'Up On The Room' on Sunday, April 14th at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ). Featuring the music of Carol King, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, James Taylor, Adelle and John Mayer the show also features Jack Cavari (arranger/guitar), Larry Salzman (guitar) and John Miller (bass). There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: LIANNE MARIE DOBBS - EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Lianne Marie Dobbs brings her show 'Everything Old Is New Again' to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, April 14th at 9:30 pm. A sassy brunette with a vintage soul, Lianne Marie Dobbs sings beautiful melodies from days gone by, with wit and vocal grace. Music Direction by Bill Zeffiro and Direction by James Beaman. Ms Dobbs is originally from San Francisco, CA, where she learned to love the beautiful tunes of great American composers thanks to 42nd Street Moon - a renowned SF theatre company who performed "lost" musicals in concert. After performing 'lesser known' gems by Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Herman for several years, Lianne Marie gained attention as both a young vocalist and actress - receiving Bay Area Theatre Critics' Awards and soon soloed Gershwin tunes with the San Francisco Symphony opposite Jason Danieley. Lianne Marie has since performed leading roles in musical theatre classics Off-Broadway, National Tours, and at renowned regional theaters in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, and Boston. Lianne Marie has also understudied Kerry O'Malley four Christmas seasons as the leading lady, Betty Haynes, in the new production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: RANDIE LEVINE-MILLER'S BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPER DIVAS "A SWELL PARTY"
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

Randie Levine-Miller will present Broadway Showstopper Divas "A Swell Party" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Sunday, April 14th at 7:00 pm. The show will benefit THE ACTORS FUND . The evening's theme is "The Vets and the Yets!" The "vets" are Anita Gillette (Tony nominated) Broadway star; Jackie Hoffman, the hilarious Broadway actress/singer and cabaret comedienne; and Jan Maxwell, multiple award winning (Tony Award Nominated) Broadway star ("Follies," "The Royal Family," "Lend Me A Tenor"). The "yets" are Nora Menken, making her cabaret debut, who recently got her BFA in Musical Theater at the University of Michigan and has appeared in "A Christmas Carol" at Madison Square Garden, as well as concerts and recordings. She comes from show business royalty! Gabrielle Stravelli is a critically acclaimed vocalist who most recently performed in "Lyrics & Lyricists" Tribute to the songs of Peggy Lee at the 92nd Street Y. Michael Lavine, Music Director is a much in demand pianist, vocal coach and performer; as well as the go-to person for not easy to find sheet music. There is a $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "HELLO / GOODBYE!"
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

SALON - that unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas returns to ETCETERA ETCETERA (352 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-399-4141) on Sunday, April 14th from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "Hello / Goodbye!". Co-Hosts will be Mark Janas' Manhattan School of Music 'Discover Opera!' Students: Jessica Grzanna, Lawren Hill, Dasha Jensen, Bria Langer, Joakim Larsson, Julia Mendelsohn, Elizabeth Novella, Piers Portfolio, Clayton Williams & Andrew Zimmerman! Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon. 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": MUSIC OF TOM WOPAT
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, April 14th, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, featuring the music of Tom Wopat (Including an In-Studio Interview). 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: TELLY LEUNG RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

Following his smashing sold out 54 Below debut in December, Broadway's Telly Leung (Godspell, Rent, Glee) returns with a brand new show to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sunday, April 14th at 7:00 pm. It also marks his return to Studio 54, where he appeared in Pacific Overtures. It promises to be an evening of great songs and personal anecdotes, directed by Alan Muraoka (Sesame Street, Miss Saigon) with musical direction by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz). There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS RITA WILSON

Rita Wilson reveals her expressive, denim-and-suede vocals in a nostalgic throwback to the soft rock of Los Angeles in seven special performances at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551). Performances are scheduled for Sunday, Monday and Wednesday & Thursday, April 14th, 15th, 17th & 18th at 9:30 pm; Friday & Saturday, April 19th & 20th at 5:30 pm, with an additional performance on Friday, the 19th at 11:00 pm. Wilson performs songs from her critically acclaimed debut Decca Records solo album, AM/FM, featuring iconic hits from the 60s and 70s, ranging from classic love songs to folk-rock tunes. The LA born actress, producer, and writer made her Broadway debut as Roxy Hart in Chicago. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYS: BOB WARREN BAND IN FORT SALEM SPRING CABARET SERIES

Bob Warren and his six-piece band will perform on The MAINSTAGE AT FORT SALEM THEATER (11 East Broadway, Salem, NY - 518-854-9200) in a pre-release preview of his new CD, The Poet in Me, for one show only on Saturday, April 13th at 8:00 pm. They will perform all-new original folk-based songs by Warren, Greenwich (NY)'s poet laureate/troubadour. The band features bassist Tony Markellis, drummer Danny Whelchel, guitarist Don Warren, keyboardist Matt Donnelly, cellist Monica Roach, and vocalist Joy MacKenzie. Bookings for subsequent weeks of the Fort's Songwriter Series include Broadway dance guru Karin Baker's five-person song and dance revue, Echoing Back, saluting Johnny Mercer, on April 20th; and Beautiful Girls: Celebrating Sondheim's Women, on April 27th. The $25 admission includes a $5 credit toward coffee and dessert provided by Norene and Fred's of Salem; advance reservations are recommended.


BOS: SCULLERS PRESENTS HIROMI THE TRIO PROJECT

Pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara, whose passionate and incendiary keyboard work has been a shining light on the jazz landscape since her 2003 debut, performs songs from his new CD "MOVE" at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Saturday, April 13th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm and Sunday, April 14th with shows at 4:00 & 7:00 pm. Hiromi believes that the voice that never speaks can sometimes be the most powerful of all. Dinner/show: $80; show only $40.


ONT: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH AT THE JAZZ BISTRO
FEATURED SUNDAY BRUNCH SHOW

Jazz Brunch with entertainment from a series of noted jazz/cabaret vocalists will be held on Sundays at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) at 12:30 pm. The same artist will appear at every Sunday Brunch for a month - hence the title of the performance stream, "A Month of Sundays". Marcus Nance will begin his run of Sundays on April 7th, with his highly entertaining show, "Divos and Divas". Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: CHEIKH NDOYE & FRIENDS AT BLUES ALLEY

Cheikh Ndoye & Friends - Karen Briggs (Violin), Marcus Baylor (Drums), Dan Leonard (Guitar) & Arshak Sirunyan (Keys) - will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Friday through Sunday, April 12th through 14th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Cheikh Ndoye is a bassist, composer, arranger and accomplished musical artist whose music is a rich fusion of jazz and world music influences stemming from his West African heritage combined with his love for classic and contemporary American jazz. Originally from Senegal, Cheikh's fascination with the diverse, rich sounds and rhythms of the local music scene started in his prime age. Early in his life Cheikh played the piano, and was attracted to many jazz greats. After listening to Weather Report's 8:30 album, he was so captivated by Jaco Pastorius melodic and harmonic developments that he immediately fell in love with the bass guitar. Call for cover/minimum information.

CHI: MAIN STREET CABARET PRESENTS BROADWAY BABIES

Main Street Cabaret presents the premiere performance of "Broadway Babies" at CARLOS & CARLOS RISTORANTE (27 West Campbell, Arlington Heights, IL - 847-259-2600 - ) on Sunday, April 14th at 6:00 pm. Featured will be the music of stars like Julie Andrews, Sutton Foster, and Patti Lupone! Directing and musically directing the the show will be Robin Rotela. Performers include Anne Slovin, Danielle Scampini, Lizzy Conger and Rena Ahmed. Call for cover/minimum information.


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CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SATURDAY - APRIL 13th

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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 April 13th & 27th 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: TANYA HOLT & MARCUS SIMEONE IN QUIET STORM

Two of cabaret's most popular and honored vocalists of the last decade, Tanya Holt and Marcus Simeone, bring their dynamic new show, Quiet Storm, to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for six Saturday shows beginning April 13th at 7:00 pm, with additional shows on Fridays, April 13th, May 11th, June 15th, September 14th, October 19th and November 16th, all shows at 7:00 PM. Tracy Stark serves as musical director with Marco Broehm on bass. Quiet Storm tells compelling stories - in song. It is a wildly unique show of riveting duets and shattering solos featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary rarities and familiar tunes culled from the American songbook by a mixed bag of diverse and respected songwriters including: Matt Alber, Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Jimmy Webb, Cole Porter, Comden & Green and Vincent Youmans. Collectively, the songs unfold haunting and whimsical stories of life and love as seen through the eyes of two powerful artists. The show will include never performed duets as well as some made famous by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack and Julio Iglesias and Diana Ross. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MARNIE KLAR AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Marnie Klar brings her show 'Accidental Happiness' to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday, April 13th at 5:00 pm, with additional performances on Friday, April 26th, May 8th & May 21st, all shows at 7:00 pm. Joining her on stage will be Jeff Cubeta at the piano, Matt Scharfglass on bass, Greg Ritchie on drums and Erin Cronican on vocals. Tanya Moberly directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: KAREN GROSS - CABARET MIXTAPE

Karen Gross presents 'Mixtape' at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, April 13th at 4:30 pm. The show is directed by Lina Koutrakos with musical direction by Rick Jensen.Before the age of iTunes, cassette mixtapes served as diaries of love, friendship, heartbreak, adventure and musical discovery. Created with care, shared with friends and lovers, mixtapes were filled with songs that made us laugh, cry, dance and sing along. From Broadway to Britney, singer-songwriters to the American songbook, '80s lite rock to Lilith Fair, sassy cabaret chanteuse Karen Gross revisits and and reimagines the songs, the stories, the memories: the mixtape. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SOUL=LOVE WITH EVAN LAURENCE

Evan Laurence presents SOUL=LOVE to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 pm. Evan once again sings his own pure, raw, soul and rock interpretations of songs made famous by the Chi-Lites, Aretha and even a bit of Janis Joplin, and many more, so set your soul into that special place of love and music. He is joined by Will Armstrong on piano and Peter Sloan Lewis on percussion and a special appearance by David Slone. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: RUNNING IN THE RAIN WITH VICTORIA EDWARDS

Cabaret chanteuse Victoria Edwards brings her new show 'Running in the Rain' to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, April 13th at 9:30 pm, The show celebrates who you become, what you love, and how many push ups your willing to grunt through when you finally and truly grow up. Told through rather funny personal stories and rockin' songs made famous by artists such as Michael Buble, Diana Krall, Karen Mason, P!nk, this show highlights the journey of a splendidly beautiful, maddeningly confusing, perfectly imperfect life. Directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Christopher Denny. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: RICHARD BELZER'S ROCK & ROLL & COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA

The original audience killer, acerbic author and Law and Order: SVU star, Richard Belzer, brings his brand of musical comedy and commentary to STAGE 72 - formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590 - ) on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 pm. Belzer parodies the greats, from a young and rambling Springsteen to an 86-year-old, nebbishy Bob Dylan and more, backed up by world-class rock & rollers, Thieves, musical director and keyboardist, Joe Delia. Opening for "Detective Munch" are the Los Angeles via Bakersfield twangers, Speedbuggy, descendents of the Southern California country tradition originated by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. "The Belz" is at fighting weight after the release of his sixth and most recent book, HIT LIST, which, he is proud to proclaim, can be found in the history section of all bookstores. There is a $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY WITH STEVE ROSS & ELIZABETH SHARLAND

THE NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY (http://www.nysms.org/ ), established in 1980, continues it's 2011-2012 Season on Saturday, April 13th at LOCAL 802 MUSICIANS' HALL (322 West 48th Street, NYC) with performance by Steve Ross & author Elizabeth Sharland. The event opens at 12:30 pm with a flea market where you can buy and/or trade sheet music and memorabilia. The show runs from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Elizabeth will tell us about her latest book, then Steve will play and sing from his amazing repetoire. You can join the society online for only $50 per year, entitling you to nine fabulous programs/meetings and nine lively newsletters from October through June. Non-member guest fee is $10.


NYC: ED PALERMO BIG BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST RAY WHITE

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) presents Ed Palermo's Big Band on Thursday & Friday, April 11th & 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The band has been together since 1980 and has been playing and honing the music of Frank Zappa (among other composers) for fifteen years, mainly in performance at the Bottom Line and Iridium nightclubs in New York City. Their CDs, 'The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa', 'Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance' and the newly released 'Eddy Loves Frank' are concepts of love for the complex music of Frank Zappa. These crafty interpretations by the Ed Palermo Big Band stand as a testament to the longevity and originality of Zappa and his music. This music drives on its spontaneity and unpredictability. Palermo and his band bring this volatile music to life in a deft and powerful way, making it their own. Made up of top New York musicians, the CDs also feature guest soloists: 'Zappa-alums' guitarist Mike Keneally and vibraphonist Dave Samuels, saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Chris Potter and guitarist Mike Stern. The Ed Palermo Big Band is: Ed Palermo (alto saxophone); Cliff Lyons (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Ben Kono (tenor saxophone, flute); Bill Straub (tenor saxophone, flute); Barbara Cifelli (baritone saxophone, Eb clarinet); Phil Chester (piccolo, flute, soprano & alto saxophones); Ronnie Buttacavoli & John Hines (trumpet); Charlie Gordon, Joe Fiedler (trombone); Matt Ingman (bass trombone); Bob Quaranta (piano); Ted Kooshian (synthesizer); Paul Adamy (electric bass); Ray Marchica (drums); Bruce McDaniel (guitar, vocals); Katie Jacoby (electric violin). There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BIRDLAND

Kevin Eubanks will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 9th through 13th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. For nearly two decades, the world at large knew precisely where to find the acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks. For five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." In spring of 2010, after 18 years on the job, Eubanks decided to move on, although retirement was the last thing on his mind. That much is clearly stated in potent musical terms on "Zen Food," his first recording for the Mack Avenue label. "Zen Food" is a statement of purpose for a guitarist who, in the 15 years before landing his coveted gig in Burbank, built a reputation as one of the more adventurous and anti-ism guitarists. In fact, Eubanks has been tending his personal musical muse for years, working on material and honing his band in Los Angeles "after work" at the famed Baked Potato. The Zen Food menu of songs was captured in a state of evolution for Kevin and the band. They worked the material on the road and especially at regular Wednesday night gigs at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LINDA EDER AT 54 BELOW

One of the world's most beloved and versatile voices, Linda Eder, will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 & 9:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, April 12th & 13th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Ms Eder is forever linked to Broadway history via her Theatre World Award winning performance in Jekyll & Hyde. She's a best-selling recording artist with fourteen solo albums to her credit. There is a $75-$85 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

BOS: SCULLERS PRESENTS HIROMI THE TRIO PROJECT

Pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara, whose passionate and incendiary keyboard work has been a shining light on the jazz landscape since her 2003 debut, performs songs from his new CD "MOVE" at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Saturday, April 13th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm and Sunday, April 14th with shows at 4:00 & 7:00 pm. Hiromi believes that the voice that never speaks can sometimes be the most powerful of all. Dinner/show: $80; show only $40.


TOR: GEORGE EVANS AT JAZZ BISTRO

Jazz vocalist George Evans will appear at Toronto's newest hotspot THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, April 11th through 13th at 8:00 pm. This is George's first engagement in the brand new resto/jazz club located in the former Top o' the Senator. He is joined on stage by Nancy Walker on piano, Pat Collins on bass, and Ethan Ardelli on drums. Recognized as one of the foremost vocal interpreters of jazz and standards on the Canadian scene, George Evans has been praised for lively, polished performances in cities such as New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Shanghai. Since 1997 George has released a total of seven CDs as a leader, plus a ballad compilation. The current album, 'LIVE at the Cellar' has been heard on jazz outlets on five continents. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: CHEIKH NDOYE & FRIENDS AT BLUES ALLEY

Cheikh Ndoye & Friends - Karen Briggs (Violin), Marcus Baylor (Drums), Dan Leonard (Guitar) & Arshak Sirunyan (Keys) - will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Friday through Sunday, April 12th through 14th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Cheikh Ndoye is a bassist, composer, arranger and accomplished musical artist whose music is a rich fusion of jazz and world music influences stemming from his West African heritage combined with his love for classic and contemporary American jazz. Originally from Senegal, Cheikh's fascination with the diverse, rich sounds and rhythms of the local music scene started in his prime age. Early in his life Cheikh played the piano, and was attracted to many jazz greats. After listening to Weather Report's 8:30 album, he was so captivated by Jaco Pastorius melodic and harmonic developments that he immediately fell in love with the bass guitar. Call for cover/minimum information.

CHI: BECKIE MENZIE & TOM MICHAEL "UP CLOSE & PERSONAL"

Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael bring their latest show "Up Close & Personal" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Saturdays, April 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th at 8:00 pm. In their brand new, most personal show yet, they'll share stories and songs about many years of performing together. They will also poke fun at people's frenzy for connection and even the obsession with "reality" TV. After all, when is close TOO close? Featuring songs from The Great American Songbook as well as current Broadway and pop, this promises to be a highly-entertaining and intimate evening. Performing across the country, Beckie has appeared at some of the nation's top nightclubs and concert venues including the legendary Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Chicago's Auditorium Theatre and Park West, as well as at concert halls and art series across the country. Hailed by Chicago's WGN Radio as "one of the city's finest cabaret performers," Beckie is a three time winner of Chicago's After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist Award. A staple of the Windy City music scene, Beckie regularly performs at Davenports, Petterino's, and Maxim's. Two-time Chicago After Dark Award winner Tom Michael performs across the country to critical acclaim. Appearing on such concert stages as New York's Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and The Supper Club; Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, Empire Room, Davenport's, Millennium Park Pritzker Stage, and Park West; The Royal Room in Palm Beach; and Guild Hall in East Hampton, Tom has delighted audiences with his warm, expressive style. Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: CRAIG POMRANZ RETURNS TO THE GARDENIA

Craig Pomranz returns to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Thursday through Saturday, April 11th through 13th at 9:00 pm. Completely without artifice, his straightforward approach to entertaining is like a breath of fresh air. His admiration for singers like Doris Day and Frank Sinatra is rooted in their willingness to take chances, their intelligence and their superb musicianship. Craig studies the singers he loves, and searches for unique material among the thousands of songs in the American Songbook, and elsewhere, which are not 'over-exposed.' As always, the origin, age, or era of a song doesn't matter to Craig, just the answers to some simple questions: will his voice, the melody and words converge to affect and please the audience? Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: YOSHI'S PRESENTS LEO KOTTKE

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Saturday, April 13th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 14th at 7:00 pm. Leo was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine. Discharged in 1964, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis' Scholar Coffeehouse, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar's tiny Oblivion label. Kottke has been awarded two GRAMMY nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College. Tickets are $35.

AUS: LAY-LAH WAZIR - A NIGHTMARE ON HIGH STREET

Following the success of "Pyramids & Pimm's" at the 2012 Comedy Festival, character comedienne Yvonne Malik returns to the stage, as the belly dancing Bo-gyptian, Lay-lah Wazir at COMEDY ON COLLINS (156 Collins Street, Melbourne, NSW, AUS - 9017 0104) on Wednesdays through Saturdays, April 3rd through 20th. Loudmouth Lay-lah from Lalor has a 'PhB' in belly dance and is always ready to show off her moves to anyone who asks - and everyone else as well. When she uproots her family in search of the 'Great Australian Dream' at Lalor Fortress Heights (a shiny new housing estate in Melbourne's outer north), she realises the fairytale she was sold is much more akin to a nightmare, despite having acquired all the necessities: a McMansion, hummer and several sixty inch plasmas. Directed by Russell Fletcher, Yvonne Malik is an Arabic female comedienne from the northern suburbs of Melbourne, performing at comedy venues as the one and only housing estate princess, much to the delight of her audiences. Using her original blend of cultural comedy and satire, she pokes fun at modern day excesses and the notion of 'the perfect life' on outer suburban housing estates. Be warned, this show may also include Lay-lah's artistically challenged belly dance routines! Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: KARREN DILLE IN FIFTY SHADES OF ME AT DON'T TELL MAMA
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Karren Dille brings her solo cabaret "Fifty Shades of Me" back to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ) for three performances Friday April 12th, Thursday April 18th and Friday April 19th, all shows at 7:00 pm. Inspired by the book Fifty Shades of Grey, Ms Dille performs an eclectic mix songs about life, love and relationships from the bawdy to the sublime. Expect an energetic and poignant evening with songs by Kander & Ebb, Frank Wildhorn, Diane Warren, Amanda McBroom, Allan and Marilyn Bergman, Carrie Underwood and more. Karren Dille is no stranger to the stage, she has appeared on Broadway as Bettie Rizzo in Grease, as well as several National Tours and concerts including back up for Emperdink Humberdink. Fifty Shades of Me is directed by 2012 Broadway World award winner Collette Black with musical direction by Norma Jeanne Curley. There is a $15 cover charge plus a two drink minimum per person. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


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, April 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th at 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: 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: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BIRDLAND

Kevin Eubanks will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 9th through 13th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. For nearly two decades, the world at large knew precisely where to find the acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks. For five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." In spring of 2010, after 18 years on the job, Eubanks decided to move on, although retirement was the last thing on his mind. That much is clearly stated in potent musical terms on "Zen Food," his first recording for the Mack Avenue label. "Zen Food" is a statement of purpose for a guitarist who, in the 15 years before landing his coveted gig in Burbank, built a reputation as one of the more adventurous and anti-ism guitarists. In fact, Eubanks has been tending his personal musical muse for years, working on material and honing his band in Los Angeles "after work" at the famed Baked Potato. The Zen Food menu of songs was captured in a state of evolution for Kevin and the band. They worked the material on the road and especially at regular Wednesday night gigs at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ED PALERMO BIG BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST RAY WHITE

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - ) presents Ed Palermo's Big Band on Thursday & Friday, April 11th & 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The band has been together since 1980 and has been playing and honing the music of Frank Zappa (among other composers) for fifteen years, mainly in performance at the Bottom Line and Iridium nightclubs in New York City. Their CDs, 'The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa', 'Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance' and the newly released 'Eddy Loves Frank' are concepts of love for the complex music of Frank Zappa. These crafty interpretations by the Ed Palermo Big Band stand as a testament to the longevity and originality of Zappa and his music. This music drives on its spontaneity and unpredictability. Palermo and his band bring this volatile music to life in a deft and powerful way, making it their own. Made up of top New York musicians, the CDs also feature guest soloists: 'Zappa-alums' guitarist Mike Keneally and vibraphonist Dave Samuels, saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Chris Potter and guitarist Mike Stern. The Ed Palermo Big Band is: Ed Palermo (alto saxophone); Cliff Lyons (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Ben Kono (tenor saxophone, flute); Bill Straub (tenor saxophone, flute); Barbara Cifelli (baritone saxophone, Eb clarinet); Phil Chester (piccolo, flute, soprano & alto saxophones); Ronnie Buttacavoli & John Hines (trumpet); Charlie Gordon, Joe Fiedler (trombone); Matt Ingman (bass trombone); Bob Quaranta (piano); Ted Kooshian (synthesizer); Paul Adamy (electric bass); Ray Marchica (drums); Bruce McDaniel (guitar, vocals); Katie Jacoby (electric violin). There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: TRUMPETER/VOCALIST BRIA SKONBERG AT CAFE CARLYLE

Trumpeter/Singer Bria Skonberg will celebrate the joyous companionship of pairs like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday's cool vocals accented by the sizzling trumpet of Charlie Shavers, the sassy duo of Anita O'day and Roy Eldridge, and the incredibly entertaining Louis Prima and Keely Smith in a three weekend engagement at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-744-1600 - ). Performance dates are Thursdays & Fridays, April 11th & 12th and 25th & 26th and May 23rd & 24th - all shows at 10:45 pm. This young musician has already appeared shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest names in Jazz at clubs including Birdland and Iridium. Her debut American release, SO IS THE DAY, peaked at #7 on the US National jazz charts and features an all-star ensemble including John Pizzarelli, Victor Goines and Wycliffe Gordon. Released on Random Act Records, 10% of all proceeds go to support the Jazz Foundation of America. She currently tours the world, headlining major clubs and festivals as well as programming music education workshops for all ages. There is a $25 (Thursday) - $35 (Fridays) cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LINDA EDER AT 54 BELOW

One of the world's most beloved and versatile voices, Linda Eder, will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 & 9:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, April 12th & 13th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Ms Eder is forever linked to Broadway history via her Theatre World Award winning performance in Jekyll & Hyde. She's a best-selling recording artist with fourteen solo albums to her credit. There is a $75-$85 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

BOS: KEIKO MATSUI AT SCULLERS

Keiko Matsui will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Thursday & Friday, April 11th & 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born in Tokyo, Japan as Keiko Doi, Matsui is a Japanese smooth jazz/jazz fusion/new age/ keyboardist and composer whose career spans three decades, during which time she has released twenty CDs and has received international acclaim. Dinner/show: $70; show only $30.


TOR: GEORGE EVANS AT JAZZ BISTRO

Jazz vocalist George Evans will appear at Toronto's newest hotspot THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299 - ) on Thursday through Saturday, April 11th through 13th at 8:00 pm. This is George's first engagement in the brand new resto/jazz club located in the former Top o' the Senator. He is joined on stage by Nancy Walker on piano, Pat Collins on bass, and Ethan Ardelli on drums. Recognized as one of the foremost vocal interpreters of jazz and standards on the Canadian scene, George Evans has been praised for lively, polished performances in cities such as New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Shanghai. Since 1997 George has released a total of seven CDs as a leader, plus a ballad compilation. The current album, 'LIVE at the Cellar' has been heard on jazz outlets on five continents. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: CHEIKH NDOYE & FRIENDS AT BLUES ALLEY

Cheikh Ndoye & Friends - Karen Briggs (Violin), Marcus Baylor (Drums), Dan Leonard (Guitar) & Arshak Sirunyan (Keys) - will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) Friday through Sunday, April 12th through 14th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Cheikh Ndoye is a bassist, composer, arranger and accomplished musical artist whose music is a rich fusion of jazz and world music influences stemming from his West African heritage combined with his love for classic and contemporary American jazz. Originally from Senegal, Cheikh's fascination with the diverse, rich sounds and rhythms of the local music scene started in his prime age. Early in his life Cheikh played the piano, and was attracted to many jazz greats. After listening to Weather Report's 8:30 album, he was so captivated by Jaco Pastorius melodic and harmonic developments that he immediately fell in love with the bass guitar. Call for cover/minimum information.

CHI: AMY AND LAURA SONGS BY CLERGY KIDS

Amy Cole and Laura Freeman bring their show "Son of a Pope" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - ) on Fridays, April 12th, 19th & 26th at 8:00 pm. They will perform music from all their favorite clergy kids: Tori Amos, Al Green, Nat King Cole, The Pointer Sisters, and more. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


CHI: SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY...THE MUSIC OF DORIS DAY

Chicago cabaret favorite Laura Freeman hosts a celebration of Doris Day's music in 'Sentimental Journey...the Music of Doris Day' at North Shore Senior Center (161 Northfield Road Northfield, IL - 847-784-6002) on Friday, April 12th at 1:00 pm. Musical director is Beckie Menzie. Having recorded over 600 songs, Day is known for such hits as Sentimental Journey, Secret Love and Everybody Loves a Lover. Doris was not just a pretty voice and a pratfall. She represents the spirit of us all, at various times in history. She was the voice of the returning service men from World War II. She was the voice of the early women's lib movement, representing single career woman everywhere. She was also the voice of a grieving gay community, at the height of the AIDS crisis. Her rendition of My Buddy, sung for her friend Rock Hudson, was used to say goodbye to sons, brothers and lovers in the early 80s. Call for cover/minimum information.


L.A.: CRAIG POMRANZ RETURNS TO THE GARDENIA

Craig Pomranz returns to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Thursday through Saturday, April 11th through 13th at 9:00 pm. Completely without artifice, his straightforward approach to entertaining is like a breath of fresh air. His admiration for singers like Doris Day and Frank Sinatra is rooted in their willingness to take chances, their intelligence and their superb musicianship. Craig studies the singers he loves, and searches for unique material among the thousands of songs in the American Songbook, and elsewhere, which are not 'over-exposed.' As always, the origin, age, or era of a song doesn't matter to Craig, just the answers to some simple questions: will his voice, the melody and words converge to affect and please the audience? Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: WARREN HILL AT YOSHI'S SAN FRANCISCO

Jazz vocalist Warren Hill will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600 - ) on Friday, April 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Since 1991, Warren has released 11 solo CDs which have reached combined worldwide sales of over 1 million copies. His live show is critically acclaimed as one of the best in his genre and has taken him around the globe, including Southeast Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He has earned accolades from a variety of institutions including: six Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, Berklee Distinguished Alumni, multiple SESAC Songwriter Awards, a Juno Nomination, multiple Number 1 songs at Radio & Records, USA Toda and Billboard. He has performed as a special guest for many artists, including the number 1 Pop hits "Baby I Love Your Way" with Big Mountain and "Tell Me What You Dream" with Restless Heart." In the field of Contemporary Jazz he has been heard on recordings with Chieli Minucci, Keiko Matsui, Jeff Golub, Steve Oliver, Special EFX, John Tesh, to name a few, many of which became number 1 songs. Still a vocalist at heart, Warren continues to include his vocals on his CDs, one of which reached Top 20 on the Billboard Charts in 1998 "Shelter From the Storm." His television credits include performances on Arsenio Hall, The Tonight Show and BBC's Top of the Pops. Cover charge is $35 (8:00 pm) and $26 (10:00 pm).


SF: CRAIG JESSUP IN RHYTHM OF LIFE

Craig Jessup brings his show 'Rhythm of Life' to 142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE (142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA - 415-383-9600 - ) for one night only on Friday, April 12th at 8:00 pm. He will be performing career-spanning highlights from cabaret and theater as well as original songs from his latest album "Vantage Point." Composers include Jacques Brel, Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim and more, reflecting on a bygone musical era when San Francisco was brimming with cabaret clubs. Jessup will be joined on stage by pianist and musical director Ken Muir. Craig Jessup has been playing theaters, cabarets and concert halls throughout the US, Canada and Europe for more than 25 years. Jessup teamed with Ruth Hastings and Barry Lloyd in 1977 to form Ruth Hastings & Co. The trio played nearly every cabaret in San Francisco including Le Domino, Chez Jacques, Gordon's, Fanny's, Trinity Place and the Plush Room, culminating in a sold-out concert at the Geary Theater which was recorded live. A highly successful run of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Chez Jacques resulted in an invitation to perform the acclaimed musical revue in Brussels, Belgium at the Belgian National Opera Company just after Brel's death. Mr. Jessup has appeared in numerous musical revues and with Artstreet Theatre, Rohnert Park's Pacific Alliance Theatre Company, Broadway by the Bay (San Mateo), California Conservatory Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, the Aurora Theatre Company and Marin's Alter Theater Ensemble. Tickets are $20-$30.

AUS: LAY-LAH WAZIR - A NIGHTMARE ON HIGH STREET

Following the success of "Pyramids & Pimm's" at the 2012 Comedy Festival, character comedienne Yvonne Malik returns to the stage, as the belly dancing Bo-gyptian, Lay-lah Wazir at COMEDY ON COLLINS (156 Collins Street, Melbourne, NSW, AUS - 9017 0104) on Wednesdays through Saturdays, April 3rd through 20th. Loudmouth Lay-lah from Lalor has a 'PhB' in belly dance and is always ready to show off her moves to anyone who asks - and everyone else as well. When she uproots her family in search of the 'Great Australian Dream' at Lalor Fortress Heights (a shiny new housing estate in Melbourne's outer north), she realises the fairytale she was sold is much more akin to a nightmare, despite having acquired all the necessities: a McMansion, hummer and several sixty inch plasmas. Directed by Russell Fletcher, Yvonne Malik is an Arabic female comedienne from the northern suburbs of Melbourne, performing at comedy venues as the one and only housing estate princess, much to the delight of her audiences. Using her original blend of cultural comedy and satire, she pokes fun at modern day excesses and the notion of 'the perfect life' on outer suburban housing estates. Be warned, this show may also include Lay-lah's artistically challenged belly dance routines! Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: SHANA FARR SINGS THE SONGS OF JULIE ANDREWS

Award-winning songstress Shana Farr brings her acclaimed show 'Whistling Away the Dark Through Songs of Julie Andrews' to GUILD HALL (1 East 29th Street, NYC - RESV: 212-685-2927) on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 pm. The show is a concert to benefit The Episcopal Actors' Guild It promises to be an evening of music inspired by the rich collection of lyrics and melodies that today are synonymous with Julie Andrews. The concert will include great American standards by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, and the Gershwins, as well as lesser known numbers by Henry Mancini, Noel Coward, Arthur Schwartz, and more. For this special event, Farr will be joined by Robert Windeler, author of Julie Andrews: A Life on Stage and Screen. Founded in 1923, EAG is a non-sectarian not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping performers in need. Suggested Donation: $10 (EAG members) & $15 (non-members).

NYC: BROADWAY SESSIONS THURSDAYS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

"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: MARK SINGER - SONGS FROM THE FIRST 50

English major, Wall Street investor, opera singer, writer, arts executive, actor, CFO - Mark Singer brings his show Songs From the First 50 to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 pm. In Songs From the First 50, Mark Singer explores a life spent in many different spheres, but built around a single constant - music. An accomplished singer/actor with an extensive performance history in concert, the theater, opera, and cabaret, Mark traces the path that led him to a partnership at investment firm Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. even as he was building an operatic career with the avant-garde Magic Circle Opera Repertory Ensemble, and follows the many turns that path has taken since. It's an unusual story, vividly illustrated by the songs of Stephen Sondheim, Rogers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Kander and Ebb, Frank Loesser and many others. With original musical arrangements by Musical Director Julia Mendelsohn, Songs From the First Fifty is an exuberant celebration of one man's life and the love of music that pervades it.

NYC: ED PALERMO BIG BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST RAY WHITE

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - ) presents Ed Palermo's Big Band on Thursday & Friday, April 11th & 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The band has been together since 1980 and has been playing and honing the music of Frank Zappa (among other composers) for fifteen years, mainly in performance at the Bottom Line and Iridium nightclubs in New York City. Their CDs, 'The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa', 'Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance' and the newly released 'Eddy Loves Frank' are concepts of love for the complex music of Frank Zappa. These crafty interpretations by the Ed Palermo Big Band stand as a testament to the longevity and originality of Zappa and his music. This music drives on its spontaneity and unpredictability. Palermo and his band bring this volatile music to life in a deft and powerful way, making it their own. Made up of top New York musicians, the CDs also feature guest soloists: 'Zappa-alums' guitarist Mike Keneally and vibraphonist Dave Samuels, saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Chris Potter and guitarist Mike Stern. The Ed Palermo Big Band is: Ed Palermo (alto saxophone); Cliff Lyons (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Ben Kono (tenor saxophone, flute); Bill Straub (tenor saxophone, flute); Barbara Cifelli (baritone saxophone, Eb clarinet); Phil Chester (piccolo, flute, soprano & alto saxophones); Ronnie Buttacavoli & John Hines (trumpet); Charlie Gordon, Joe Fiedler (trombone); Matt Ingman (bass trombone); Bob Quaranta (piano); Ted Kooshian (synthesizer); Paul Adamy (electric bass); Ray Marchica (drums); Bruce McDaniel (guitar, vocals); Katie Jacoby (electric violin). There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BIRDLAND

Kevin Eubanks will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 9th through 13th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. For nearly two decades, the world at large knew precisely where to find the acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks. For five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." In spring of 2010, after 18 years on the job, Eubanks decided to move on, although retirement was the last thing on his mind. That much is clearly stated in potent musical terms on "Zen Food," his first recording for the Mack Avenue label. "Zen Food" is a statement of purpose for a guitarist who, in the 15 years before landing his coveted gig in Burbank, built a reputation as one of the more adventurous and anti-ism guitarists. In fact, Eubanks has been tending his personal musical muse for years, working on material and honing his band in Los Angeles "after work" at the famed Baked Potato. The Zen Food menu of songs was captured in a state of evolution for Kevin and the band. They worked the material on the road and especially at regular Wednesday night gigs at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LATE NIGHT: 54 PIANO BAR THURSDAYS
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

On Thursdays at 11:00 pm at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551), it's time for 54 PIANO BAR. Just pick a song and join extraordinary pianist and host Brian Nash as you take your turn on the stage. See new Broadway talent perform on a whim, and perhaps take part in the ever-popular (and inevitable) audience sing along. No cover charge. No cover charge, just a $20 food/drink minimum.

NYC: TRUMPETER/VOCALIST BRIA SKONBERG AT CAFE CARLYLE

Trumpeter/Singer Bria Skonberg will celebrate the joyous companionship of pairs like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday's cool vocals accented by the sizzling trumpet of Charlie Shavers, the sassy duo of Anita O'day and Roy Eldridge, and the incredibly entertaining Louis Prima and Keely Smith in a three weekend engagement at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-744-1600 - ). Performance dates are Thursdays & Fridays, April 11th & 12th and 25th & 26th and May 23rd & 24th - all shows at 10:45 pm. This young musician has already appeared shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest names in Jazz at clubs including Birdland and Iridium. Her debut American release, SO IS THE DAY, peaked at #7 on the US National jazz charts and features an all-star ensemble including John Pizzarelli, Victor Goines and Wycliffe Gordon. Released on Random Act Records, 10% of all proceeds go to support the Jazz Foundation of America. She currently tours the world, headlining major clubs and festivals as well as programming music education workshops for all ages. There is a $25 (Thursday) - $35 (Fridays) cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


BOS: KEIKO MATSUI AT SCULLERS

Keiko Matsui will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Thursday & Friday, April 11th & 12th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born in Tokyo, Japan as Keiko Doi, Matsui is a Japanese smooth jazz/jazz fusion/new age/ keyboardist and composer whose career spans three decades, during which time she has released twenty CDs and has received international acclaim. Dinner/show: $70; show only $30.


TOR: GEORGE EVANS AT JAZZ BISTRO

Jazz vocalist George Evans will appear at Toronto's newest hotspot THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299 - ) on Thursday through Saturday, April 11th through 13th at 8:00 pm. This is George's first engagement in the brand new resto/jazz club located in the former Top o' the Senator. He is joined on stage by Nancy Walker on piano, Pat Collins on bass, and Ethan Ardelli on drums. Recognized as one of the foremost vocal interpreters of jazz and standards on the Canadian scene, George Evans has been praised for lively, polished performances in cities such as New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Shanghai. Since 1997 George has released a total of seven CDs as a leader, plus a ballad compilation. The current album, 'LIVE at the Cellar' has been heard on jazz outlets on five continents. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: STEVE SMITH & VITAL INFORMATION - NYC 30TH EDITION

Drummer-bandleader Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC 30th Edition with Vinny Valentino (Guitar), Baron Browne (Bass), Mark Soskin (Keys) & Andy Fusco (Sax), will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Thursday, April 11th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. In a musical world where keeping a working band has proven difficult for many bandleaders, Smith has managed to keep two bands working for the past decade. Smith's jazz-rock band Vital Information, has been working and recording for 30 years, while his straight-ahead group Jazz Legacy (which began as a Buddy Rich alumni group called Buddy's Buddies) has been touring and recording since 1999. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for this prolific bandleader, who has made a career out of amalgamating the many twists of his musical calling, to create a new band, Vital Information - NYC Edition, which Smith refers to as, "The best of both worlds!" Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: CRAIG POMRANZ RETURNS TO THE GARDENIA

Craig Pomranz returns to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Thursday through Saturday, April 11th through 13th at 9:00 pm. Completely without artifice, his straightforward approach to entertaining is like a breath of fresh air. His admiration for singers like Doris Day and Frank Sinatra is rooted in their willingness to take chances, their intelligence and their superb musicianship. Craig studies the singers he loves, and searches for unique material among the thousands of songs in the American Songbook, and elsewhere, which are not 'over-exposed.' As always, the origin, age, or era of a song doesn't matter to Craig, just the answers to some simple questions: will his voice, the melody and words converge to affect and please the audience? Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: BRYAN BATT IN SOLO CONCERT "BATT ON A HOT TIN ROOF"

Critically-Acclaimed Actor Bryan Batt beings his show "Batt on a Hot Tin Roof" to MARTINI'S ABOVE FOURTH (3940 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA - 619-400-4500 - ) on Thursday, April 11th at 8:00 pm. "Batt on a Hot Tin Roof" is a musical treat with a Broadway and Hollywood star. Bryan Batt was featured in the first three seasons of Mad Men as Salvatore Romano, an Italian American closet homosexual. He is arguably best known for creating the role of Darius in the Broadway production of Jeffrey, which later become a movie, also with Batt in the same role. His concert pays homage to the Great White Way and includes stories taken from Bryan Batt's world, inside and outside the entertainment business. There is a $25-$35 cover.


SF: SPENCER DAY CD RELEASE PARTY AT YOSHI'S

Contemporary jazz singer/songwriter Spencer Day will present his CD Release Party celebrating the release of the new album, The Mystery of You, at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600 - ) with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. In the three years since the release of his debut recording Vagabond, vocalist-songwriter-pianist Spencer Day has spent some time in the uncomfortable places where light and clarity disappear into the mysteries of uncertainty. He survived the journey, and he's come back with a story to tell and a wiser perspective about himself and the world. That story, rooted in his own experience, yet filled with revelations and truths that are universal to any human being who has ever put his or her heart at risk, is captured in the 13 tracks of The Mystery of You, his new album set for release March 12, 2013 on Concord Records. Day performed at the 2007 San Francisco Jazz Festival, and has been a recurring headliner in a number of high-profile Bay Area clubs, including Yoshi's, the now defunct Plush Room, the Great American Music Hall and the Herbst Theatre. On the opposite coast, he has earned raves for performances at the Town Hall, Joe's Pub and the Canal Room in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has also appeared at both the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. There is a $22 (8:00 pm) and $16 (10:00 pm) cover.


AUS: LAY-LAH WAZIR - A NIGHTMARE ON HIGH STREET

Following the success of "Pyramids & Pimm's" at the 2012 Comedy Festival, character comedienne Yvonne Malik returns to the stage, as the belly dancing Bo-gyptian, Lay-lah Wazir at COMEDY ON COLLINS (156 Collins Street, Melbourne, NSW, AUS - 9017 0104) on Wednesdays through Saturdays, April 3rd through 20th. Loudmouth Lay-lah from Lalor has a 'PhB' in belly dance and is always ready to show off her moves to anyone who asks - and everyone else as well. When she uproots her family in search of the 'Great Australian Dream' at Lalor Fortress Heights (a shiny new housing estate in Melbourne's outer north), she realises the fairytale she was sold is much more akin to a nightmare, despite having acquired all the necessities: a McMansion, hummer and several sixty inch plasmas. Directed by Russell Fletcher, Yvonne Malik is an Arabic female comedienne from the northern suburbs of Melbourne, performing at comedy venues as the one and only housing estate princess, much to the delight of her audiences. Using her original blend of cultural comedy and satire, she pokes fun at modern day excesses and the notion of 'the perfect life' on outer suburban housing estates. Be warned, this show may also include Lay-lah's artistically challenged belly dance routines! Call for cover/minimum information.

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WEDNESDAY - APRIL 10th

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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. Chris Barrett's career highlights include repeat engagements at New York's Stanhope, Carlyle, Pierre, UN Plaza and Westbury Hotels. Also in New York he has appeared in cabaret at The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, Helen's Hideaway Room, Danny's Skylight Room, Judy's Chelsea, L'Omnibus d' Maxims; The Reprise Room @ Dillon's and the famed FireBird Cafe. He most recently concluded a four month run at upstairs @ San Martin, NYC. There is no cover charge.
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NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: LOU CAPUTO NOT-SO-BIG-BAND

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, April 10th features the Lou Caputo Not-So-Big-Band. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

NYC: BEN RIMALOWER: PATTI ISSUES EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 24th

Patti Issues will be performed by Ben Rimalower at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Wednesdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th, and April 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th - all shows at 9:30 pm. (No performances March 27th) 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: MOFFETT MEETS MANHATTAN

The virtuoso bassist Charnett Moffett will release his first solo bass CD, The Bridge (Solo Bass Works) on April 9th on the multi-Grammy-nominated Motema label in their 10th anniversary year. He will celebrate The Bridge with Moffett Meets Manhattan: A Bassathon, an unprecedented series of solo live performances throughout New York City at eight major music venues across the city including THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Wednesday, April 10th at 11:30 pm. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: CHARNETT MOFFETT AT BIRDLAND

Charnett Moffett performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - ) on Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 pm. Appearing on over 200 recordings, Charnett Moffett is a veritable bass legend and has one of the most distinguished careers in jazz. Charnett's father Charles was a drummer with Ornette Coleman, and so Charnett was always around jazz royalty. In fact, his name is a tribute to both men. He first appeared on a recording at age seven with the Moffett Family Band. Then at age 16 he left Juilliard to join the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, before starting his non-stop career working with innumerable icons of music including Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Tony Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Arturo Sandoval, Anita Baker, Stanley Jordan, Harry Connick Jr., David Sanborn, Branford Marsalis and Bette Midler. Most recently he's been touring with vocal sensation Melody Gardot. Charnett recorded three CDs for the esteemed Blue Note label and six others on various labels before his path led him to Motoma. Whether as the leader or in a supportive role, his intense and energetic solos inspire audience ovations around the world. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BIRDLAND

Kevin Eubanks will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 9th through 13th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. For nearly two decades, the world at large knew precisely where to find the acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks. For five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." In spring of 2010, after 18 years on the job, Eubanks decided to move on, although retirement was the last thing on his mind. That much is clearly stated in potent musical terms on "Zen Food," his first recording for the Mack Avenue label. "Zen Food" is a statement of purpose for a guitarist who, in the 15 years before landing his coveted gig in Burbank, built a reputation as one of the more adventurous and anti-ism guitarists. In fact, Eubanks has been tending his personal musical muse for years, working on material and honing his band in Los Angeles "after work" at the famed Baked Potato. The Zen Food menu of songs was captured in a state of evolution for Kevin and the band. They worked the material on the road and especially at regular Wednesday night gigs at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: HOUSTON PERSON QUARTET AT THE IRIDIUM

The Houston Person Quartet will perform at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - ) on Wednesday, April 10th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. In the 1990s, Houston Person kept the soulful thick-toned tenor tradition of Gene Ammons alive, particularly in his work with organists. After learning piano as a youth, Person switched to tenor. While stationed in Germany with the Army, he played in groups that also included Eddie Harris, Lanny Morgan, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. Person picked up valuable experience as a member of Johnny Hammond's group (1963-1966) and became a bandleader in the following years, often working with the late singer Etta Jones. A duo recording with Ran Blake was a nice change of pace, but most of Houston Person's playing has been done in blues-oriented organ groups. He recorded a consistently excellent series of albums for Muse, eventually switching to HighNote Records for 2006's You Taught My Heart to Sing, 2007's Thinking of You, and 2008's Just Between Friends, which featured bassist Ron Carter. Released in 2012, Naturally, recorded at the famed Van Gelder Recording Studio, teamed Person with Cedar Walton on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LINDA EDER AT 54 BELOW

One of the world's most beloved and versatile voices, Linda Eder, will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 & 9:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, April 12th & 13th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Ms Eder is forever linked to Broadway history via her Theatre World Award winning performance in Jekyll & Hyde. She's a best-selling recording artist with fourteen solo albums to her credit. There is a $75-$85 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NE: AMAZING THINGS OPEN MIC WITH JOYCE FRIEDMAN

Every second Wednesday of the month Leslie Holmes hosts an amazing Open Mic night at the AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER (160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA - 508-405-2787), and each show features a special guest. On Wednesday, April 10th the featured guest will be the talented singer/ pianist/ composer/ medical clown/ fiddler Joyce Friedman. Joyce Friedman has been a singer and pianist in the Boston area for over thirty years. Most recently, she wrote her second one-woman show, Finding Miriam, which she performs at many Boston area venues to critical acclaim. Many of us have enjoyed her performances at both Amazing Things and BACA Open Mics. Joyce Friedman has been a singer and pianist in the Boston area for over thirty years. Most recently, she wrote her second one-woman show, Finding Miriam, which she performs at many Boston area venues to critical acclaim. The open-mic starts at 7:00 pm (signup at 6:30 pm), and the featured performers go on at 8:10 pm. Doug Hammer will be at the piano for the rest of us singers. There is an $10 cover charge ($9 cover for BACA members).


BOS: JAMES MONTGOMERY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE UPTOWN HORNS

James Montgomery with special guests The Uptown Horns will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Wednesday, April 10th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. He will be celebrating the release of his latest CD, "From Detroit to The Delta". Blues musician James Montgomery knows love and loss and sings about his life with raw energy and rare talent. Montgomery is complex, sensitive, spiritual. He writes some of his own music; his albums have been nominated for some of the highest awards in blues, and he recently recorded the title song for Delta Rising, a documentary starring Morgan Freeman. He has made Newport his home for the past sixteen years, toured the world and played with the best in blues and rock, but he's still not ready to take a seat in the audience. At fifty-eight, he's embarking on a new venture with a new band that will include Aerosmith's drummer and the horn section that tours with the Rolling Stones. Dinner Show: $65; show only $25.


DC: GERALD CLAYTON TRIO AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) presents the Gerald Clayton Trio on Wednesday, April 10th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. A quarter of the age of Jazz, Gerald Clayton stakes his claim in the history and the present of this vital music with the following words, "Tradition and innovation can peacefully coexist." In libraries and on drawing-boards around the country this statement might be true, but with Gerald behind the piano this coexistence is anything but peaceful. His dynamic and award-winning sound has been praised in print by the Jazz Times and Los Angeles Times. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: LAY-LAH WAZIR - A NIGHTMARE ON HIGH STREET

Following the success of "Pyramids & Pimm's" at the 2012 Comedy Festival, character comedienne Yvonne Malik returns to the stage, as the belly dancing Bo-gyptian, Lay-lah Wazir at COMEDY ON COLLINS (156 Collins Street, Melbourne, NSW, AUS - 9017 0104) on Wednesdays through Saturdays, April 3rd through 20th. Loudmouth Lay-lah from Lalor has a 'PhB' in belly dance and is always ready to show off her moves to anyone who asks - and everyone else as well. When she uproots her family in search of the 'Great Australian Dream' at Lalor Fortress Heights (a shiny new housing estate in Melbourne's outer north), she realises the fairytale she was sold is much more akin to a nightmare, despite having acquired all the necessities: a McMansion, hummer and several sixty inch plasmas. Directed by Russell Fletcher, Yvonne Malik is an Arabic female comedienne from the northern suburbs of Melbourne, performing at comedy venues as the one and only housing estate princess, much to the delight of her audiences. Using her original blend of cultural comedy and satire, she pokes fun at modern day excesses and the notion of 'the perfect life' on outer suburban housing estates. Be warned, this show may also include Lay-lah's artistically challenged belly dance routines! Call for cover/minimum information.

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TUESDAY - APRIL 9th

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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. Chris Barrett's career highlights include repeat engagements at New York's Stanhope, Carlyle, Pierre, UN Plaza and Westbury Hotels. Also in New York he has appeared in cabaret at The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, Helen's Hideaway Room, Danny's Skylight Room, Judy's Chelsea, L'Omnibus d' Maxims; The Reprise Room @ Dillon's and the famed FireBird Cafe. He most recently concluded a four month run at upstairs @ San Martin, NYC. There is no cover charge.
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NYC: BARBARA MCCARTHY AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Musical theater favorite Barbara McCarthy will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 pm. Barbara McCarthy has appeared off-Broadway in the long-running improvisational hit "The Proposition" at The Manhattan Theatre Club, with the New Jersey State Opera Company and the Stuyvesant Opera Company in New York City. She has performed roles in regional theatre ranging from Hedy LaRue in "How to Succeed" to Zerlina in "Don Giovanni". She has appeared in industrial films and in over 250 television commercials for such companies as American Express, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Mercedes, Hallmark, Nabisco and Proctor & Gamble, as well as roles in the daytime television soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live". She has recorded three CDs, Barbara McCarthy Sings!, By George - the Songs of George Gershwin, and Dreaming This Time (currently in production). There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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 March 5th. 12th, 19th & 26th at 9:30 pm.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: 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 Tuesdays, April 9th & 16th at 8:00 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 http://www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. There is a $15 per person food/drink minimum.


NYC: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BIRDLAND

Kevin Eubanks will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 9th through 13th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. For nearly two decades, the world at large knew precisely where to find the acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks. For five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." In spring of 2010, after 18 years on the job, Eubanks decided to move on, although retirement was the last thing on his mind. That much is clearly stated in potent musical terms on "Zen Food," his first recording for the Mack Avenue label. "Zen Food" is a statement of purpose for a guitarist who, in the 15 years before landing his coveted gig in Burbank, built a reputation as one of the more adventurous and anti-ism guitarists. In fact, Eubanks has been tending his personal musical muse for years, working on material and honing his band in Los Angeles "after work" at the famed Baked Potato. The Zen Food menu of songs was captured in a state of evolution for Kevin and the band. They worked the material on the road and especially at regular Wednesday night gigs at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: PETER VALERA AND THE JUMP BLUES BAND AT THE IRIDIUM

ScoBar Entertainment presents Peter Valera and the Jump Blues Band featuring Sweet Georgia Brown at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Tuesday, April 9th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Peter Valera "jumps the blues" all night long. He plays the saxophone from his heart and soul. Peter gives his all for performances that are unforgettable and just released his first record "Jump Blues" (Four Most Records and Entertainment). As a composer, bandleader, and educator; his unique style is a synthesis of the swingin' sounds of early jazz and the soulful grooves of rhythm and blues. Band members include Sweet Georgia Brown on vocals, Nathan Lucas on organ, Michael Howell on guitar, Matt Baranello on drums. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE WBGO JAZZ SERIES - BARBARA CARROLL QUARTET WITH KEN PEPLOWSKI

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) presents the WBGO Jazz Series, featuring weekly Tuesday evening performances by the greats. Just around the corner from Swing Street, jazz legends come to Broadway's Nightclub to play and sing the night away in grand style. Whether you're a jazz buff or new to the genre, this series sponsored by the country's premier jazz station promises a truly classic only-in-New York experience. Tuesday, April 9th will feature Barbara Carroll Quartet with Ken Peplowski with performances at 7:00 & 9:00 pm. After more than half a century in the spotlight (she debuted in 1947 opposite Dizzy Gillespie's big band), jazz singer and pianist Barbara Carroll has earned a reputation as one of America's most legendary interpreters of American standards. A former member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Ken has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, and more. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

DC: AFRO BOP ALLIANCE AT BLUES ALLEY

Latin Grammy Winning Afro Bop Alliance will perform on Tuesday, April 9th at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The Afro Bop Alliance is an exciting Latin Jazz septet from Annapolis, MD, which performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. These talented musicians always thrill audiences with their infectious polyrhythmic grooves, harmonic colorings, and improvisational flights. The band's influences come from the musical styles of the many different cultures which come together under the umbrella of "Latin" or "Latin Jazz." Afro Bop's focus is to blend all of these wonderful Latin styles and musical traditions with each member's jazz experiences to forge their own sound. Currently the group consists of bandleader and percussionist Joe McCarthy, pianist Harry Appelman, saxophonist Luis Hernandez, Tim Stanley on trumpet & flugelhorn, bassist Tom Baldwin, Victor Provost on the steel pan, and saxophonist Vince Norman. Call for cover/minimum information.

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MONDAY - APRIL 8th

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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. Chris Barrett's career highlights include repeat engagements at New York's Stanhope, Carlyle, Pierre, UN Plaza and Westbury Hotels. Also in New York he has appeared in cabaret at The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, Helen's Hideaway Room, Danny's Skylight Room, Judy's Chelsea, L'Omnibus d' Maxims; The Reprise Room @ Dillon's and the famed FireBird Cafe. He most recently concluded a four month run at upstairs @ San Martin, NYC. There is no cover charge.
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NYC: BRONWYN'S FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES

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 Steve McClasland 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: SCOTT EVAN DAVIS'S SHOW: PICTURE PERFECT AT THE DUPLEX

Composer/Lyricist Scott Evan Davis will present one more performance of his show "Picture Perfect" at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Monday, April 8th at 7:00 pm. Titled Picture Perfect, the show's riff on relationships of every kind is summed up in the opening line of the title song: "If you think the perfect picture hangs on someone else's wall, look a little closer, until you can see it all ..." Picture Perfect draws on new, original material as well as Davis's debut recording, Cautiously Optimistic: The Music of Scott Evan Davis, released in 2011 by Sonic Landscapes Music. He has assembled an exciting group of performers to interpret his compositions, staged in group and solo arrangements. They are Joshua Dixon, Jaime Hartmann, Vicky Modica, Erik Sisco and Kim Grogg. Picture Perfect is Directed by Lennie Watts with Musical Direction and arrangements by David Snyder. Scott Evan Davis is a self-taught pianist who attended Emerson College and AMDA. In 2011, though he was a virtual unknown at the time, his debut recording featured such theater and cabaret luminaries as Faith Prince, Liz Callaway, Jason Graae and Natalie Douglas. In a period of two years on the New York scene, Davis's music has become lauded and sought after internationally. Last spring he was the recipient of a Courage in Theater Award from Musical Theater International for the musical A Powerful Day, which he wrote with autistic students at the Spectrum School in Manhattan under the auspices of Arts Connection. He recently performed a concert in the UK with esteemed composers Georgia Stitt and Michael Patrick Walker. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: "11 O'CLOCK NUMBERS AT 7:00 PM" RETURNS TO BIRDLAND

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to present the return of "11 O'Clock Numbers At 7:00 pm" The musical revue will take place on Monday, April 8th at 7:00 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) "11 O'Clock Numbers" (a musical theater term for those blowout songs near the end of the show that rock the house) features an extraordinarily surprising range of songs from the 1930's to the present, performed in an equally surprising range of styles. Critically acclaimed, the show ran for eight months at Feinstein's At The Regency. This show marks the one year anniversary of the first sold out performance at Birdland of "11 O'CLOCK NUMBERS AT 7:00 pm." During the intervening year, the show's three stars have continued to blossom individually as popular attractions. Christina Bianco has twice sold out Birdland with her solo shows, plus starred with the NYC Gay's Men Chorus in two major concert dates. Scott Coulter recently performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a show so well received that it will be performed again and filmed for television. Carole J. Bufford has performed two different nightclub acts, both of which have received rave reviews. These three standout performers will be joining together again in a show conceived and produced by Broadway concert impresario Scott Siegel, who is also the creator of the critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year series at Town Hall, plus the Nightlife Awards, Broadway Unplugged, and twice produced The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Town Hall. The 11 O'CLOCK NUMBERS show was originally produced for Feinstein's at Loew's Regency where it ran a remarkable eight months. There is a $25 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: JOE LOUIS WALKER WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - ) presents Les Paul Monday's featuring Joe Louis Walker with The Les Paul Trio on Monday, April 8th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Joe Louis Walker is a walking encyclopedia of blues history, and blues vocal and guitar styles. In fact, one of the very few who can match his eclectic tastes in music is Duke Robillard, the veteran guitarist who founded Roomful of Blues when he was a teenager, and who has made a dozen albums for Stony Plain. Both vocally and instrumentally, Joe Louis Walker is indeed a witness for the blues, and the creative, sometimes startling approach to America's most significant music holds a bright lantern for others to follow. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LILIANE MONTEVECCHI: HELLO, DARLINGS! AT 54 BELOW

Liliane Montevecchi brings her show Hello, Darlings! to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sunday, April 7th at 9:30 pm & Monday, April 8th at 7:00 pm. Liliane Montevecchi is exquisitely French, like the finest vintage champagne. Her enchanting autobiographical one-woman show is full of amusing personal stories and legendary songs such as La Vie En Rose, My Man, You Don't Know Paree, Irma La Douce, Ne Me Quitte Pas, and Folies Bergere. Her remarkable journey began as a Prima Ballerina in Paris, later becoming an MGM film star, and ending up as one of Broadway's most beloved divas. Liliane captivates the audience the minute she steps on stage. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ADAM GWON & FRIENDS AT 54 BELOW

Rising-star musical theater writer Adam Gwon brings his fresh and funny songs to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) for a one-night-only concert extravaganza on Monday, April 8th at 9:30 pm. Heading up a five-piece band, Adam premieres brand-new songs and shares tunes from his musicals Ordinary Days, Cloudlands, The Boy Detective Fails, and String. Joined by some of Broadway's brightest stars, including Liz Callaway, Santino Fontana, Betsy Wolfe, Lindsay Mendez, Kate Shindle, Kate Wetherhead, Phoebe Strole, Anne Nathan, Alex Wyse, and many more, the evening is directed by Drama Desk nominee Ed Sylvanus Iskandar and produced by Katie Riegel. Come out for a heartfelt and irreverent celebration of one guy's precarious climb up the show-biz ladder, and the friends he's made along the way. There is a $20-$30 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "THE CALLBACK" AT 54 BELOW HOSTED BY CHRISTINE PEDI

Beginning Monday, March 18th, 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) launches "The Callback," a weekly Monday night competition in which aspiring artists will perform for a chance to win their own engagement at 54 Below. The new weekly late-night event will be hosted by Christine Pedi (Sirius XM Radio host, Forbidden Broadway, Talk Radio.) Preliminary shows are selected Mondays through May 27th. Semi-finals are April 8th, May 6th, and June 3rd. There is no cover charges, just a $20 food/drink minimum. See all the rules and show schedules at http://54below.com/wordpress/?artist=the-callback


ONT: "TAKE THE STAGE TUESDAY" AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

"Take the Stage Tuesday", every Tuesday night at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) will feature emerging artists, CD Launches and other presentations. If it's a Tuesday, there may be a CD release - a performance by a visiting musician who needs a Toronto-based venue for the night and a stage to present an evening of music - or possibly a musical evening that is part of an existing arts festival. The artist/promoter/producer provides the idea, and "The Jazz Bistro" will provide the stage and sound! In addition, on the first Tuesday of every month, we will present "Lucien Grey's Student Jazz Jam", which will feature an array of talented young musicians who represent the future of jazz. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: AFRO BLUE & THE HOWARD UNIVERSITY JAZZTET AT BLUES ALLEY

Howard University's premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue and The Howard University Jazztet will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, April 8th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Afro Blue was formed by Professor Connaitre Miller in the spring of 2002. Singing music in styles similar to Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; Manhattan Transfer; The New York Voices and Take 6 while adding their own unique sound, Afro Blue has often been described as a "vocal big band." Since its inception, this dynamic jazz choir has quickly gained national attention. In the span of eight years, Afro Blue has received nine Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards including Best Graduate College Vocal Jazz Ensemble for 2009, 2010 and 2011 and has performed at many prestigious venues in and around Washington, DC. The Howard University Jazztet, under the direction of Professor Charlie Young, III, is an instrumental ensemble that focuses on small group performance. The group is a direct outgrowth of improvisation classes and membership is by audition. Jazztet instrumentation ranges from quintet to octet. Call for cover/minimum information.



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