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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 15th to April 21st



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - APRIL 21st

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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

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: JULIA BREANETTA SIMPSON WITH JULIA AND THE DUKE

Julia Breanetta Simpson brings her show 'Julia and the Duke' at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, April 21st at 1:00 pm. Julia Breanetta Simpson hails from a small town in North Carolina where she began performing during her formative years. Her professional career began when she was cast as Jenny in Syracuse Stages' Production of Death of A Salesman. Julia earned her BFA degree in Musical Theatre at Syracuse University. Julia has performed in Regional, Dinner and Stock Theatres in such productions asAin't Misbehavin', Dreamgirls, For Colored Girls, One Mo' Time, Purlie, Tintypes,When The Nightingale Sings and Death Of A Salesman. She has appeared in various Off-Broadway theatres and Cabaret venues in New York City, most recently The Laurie Beechman Theatre and The Triad. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DICK BOTTON WITH GOTTA SING - AN INTIMATE CONCERT OF GREAT SONGS

Dick Botton presents Gotta Sing - An Intimate Concert of Great Songs at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, April 21st at 4:00 pm. As a child, Dick performed on network radio programs. As an adult he was the first winner of the Music Education League voice competition. The prize was Town Hall (NY) joint recital with an instrumentalist. Dick was also the winner of Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts Television Show. Thereafter, he appeared with Arthur Godfrey on his regular television and radio shows. He sang with Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and appeared with his orchestra on television and radio. Dick starred in a premiere performance of modern opera, "Sweeney Agonistes" by Richard Winslow, at MacMillan Theater of Columbia University. In 1963, he won first prize in Eastern Region Metropolitan Opera Auditions. He appeared on the operatic stage in a number of American cities. Performerd with Robert Shaw Chorale, and the Bach Aria Group as well as a soloist with the Birmingham Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Cantica Hebraica orchestra and chorus. DIck was a soloist at Alice Tull Hall (NY) and Jordan Hall (Boston) for Zamir Chorale's Bloch Service performances. He sang a premiere performance of orchestral and vocal version of Leonard Bernstein's "Dybbuk." Soloist on recording, "Day of Joy" (Sabbath), produced by National Public Radio. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: KRISTINE ZBORNIK'S OPEN-ENDED CREATION FINAL SHOW
CELEBRATING MARCH IS CABARET MONTH

Kristine Zbornik's Open-Ended Creation completes it's open run at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Sunday April 21st at 9:30 pm. In a desperate attempt to pay her rent, single-white-cabaret performer-comedienne Kristine Zbornik is back with a somewhat new and entirely unrehearsed show. With the assistance of Bobby Peaco, her trusty piano-playing, joke-writing "straight" man, Kristine Zbornik's Open-Ended Creation will most certainly be a rehash of everything you've already seen before and much, much less. Since the show will be changing every week, mixing old and new material, you can feel free to attend as often as you like and bring your friends. It's like church, for non-religious drinkers. There is no cover, just a two-drink minimum per person.

NYC: PAT HOLLEY IS VERY PERSONAL AT THE MET

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) presents Pat Holley in 'Very Personal' on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 pm. People who know Pat Holley call her a Musical Renaissance Woman. She has successfully proven herself in at least seven musical disciplines. As demonstrated in her new musical, Me and Caesar Lee, she is a playwright, composer, and lyricist. She was a contributing composer for OFF-OFF-Broadway's hit musical, "Mama I Want to Sing." As a vocal teacher and coach, she has worked with a multitude of singers in the fields of Theater, Pop, and R&B music and with such diverse talents as pioneer Rap Artist, Doug E. Fresh, three time Tony winner, Hinton Battle, supermodel and television personality Iman, as well as Stephanie Mills and Shirley Verrett. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: LINDSAY MENDEZ AND MICHAEL HOLLAND: YOU'RE GONNA HATE THIS

Broadway's Lindsay Mendez and Michael Holland team up to celebrate America's true favorite pastime with "You're Gonna Hate This," at JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - 212-967-7555) on Sunday, April 21st at 9:30 pm. The show a fast- paced original revue featuring new songs by Holland. Crossing, blurring and deliberately smearing the lines of pop, rock, jazz, gospel, and even musical theatre, the show explores all the stuff we love to hate - and does so with a 6-piece band. Directed by Dave Solomon with Music Direction by Michael Borth. Produced by Shoshana Feinstein. There is a $20 cover.


NYC: LIANNE MARIE DOBBS IN 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 21st at 9:30 pm. Lianne Marie 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: STEVE WILSON QUINTET: SPECIAL EDITION II AT THE JAZZ STANDARD

The 'Steve Wilson Quintet: Special Edition II' will come to the THE JAZZ STANDARD (116 East 27th Street, NYC - 212-576-2232) for a series of concerts, Thursday through Sunday, April 18th through 21st. Performances are at 7:30 & 9:30 pm with late shows at 11:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Wilson will be joined by an amazing line-up of musicians: George Cables, Alex Sipiagin, Larry Grenadier, and Ulysses Owens, Jr. This quintet brings together three generations of some of best musicians on the New York scene. Having been one of the first-call musicians of choice since the 1960's, George Cables is considered one of the few living grand masters of the piano. Also known for his lasting contributions to the modern jazz repertoire we'll feature some of his compositions. Bassist Larry Grenadier and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin have been two of the most in-demand players since the 1990's. Grenadier is best known for his work with Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, and Sipiagin as a leading soloist with The Mingus Big Band and Michael Brecker. Drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. at 30 years-old has already become everyone's favorite drummer. His buoyant beat and infectious smile gets everyone's toes tapping, fingers snapping, and makes the band's groove deeper. This old friends-new band collaboration is the perfect balance of fire and elegance. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: BRIANNA THOMAS & SWING CITY AT THE IRIDIUM

Brianna Thomas & Swing City will perform at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Sunday, April 21st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born and raised in Peoria Illinois, Brianna grew up surrounded by music. Her father, Charlie Thomas, influenced her with his own unique talents as a vocalist and percussionist. Brianna's talents have propelled her to many successes including performances at the Montreux, North Sea, and Umbria Jazz Festivals and in venues ranging from the Bahamas to Geneva, Switzerland. Brianna was a resident in both the 2001 and 2002 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Programs - an international artist-in-residence program that assembles a select group of jazz musicians to perform their original compositions at the Kennedy Center. At "Jazz Ahead" she worked with a host of premier jazz educators and performers including renowned vocalist Carmen Lundy, drummer Winard Harper and saxophonist Nathan Davis. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "IT'S ABOUT TIME!"

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 21st from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "It's About Time!". Co-Host will be Bobbie Horowitz. In the Salon Spotlight: Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes. 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 BARBRA STREISAND
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 21st, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, featuring the music of Barbra Streisand. David will also hold an in-studio interview with Steven Reineke & Anthony Warlow of the Boston Pops, and Mark Nadler. 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: KEN PAGE - OLD, NEW, BORROWED, & BLUE

Broadway's Ken Page makes his venue debut at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 pm in "Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue". The show is an evening celebrating the tunes he made famous throughout his time on The Great White Way. A veteran of Broadway's original casts of Cats, Ain't Misbehavin', The Wiz, Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, and Guys & Dolls, Ken is one of Broadway's favorite players. Film audiences know Ken from Dreamgirls, Torch Song Trilogy, and as the voice of Mr. Oogie Boogie in the Tim Burton cult classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. In Old, New, Borrowed & Blue, also look for Ken to include a range of tunes borrowed from the canon of the great "Big Joe Turner," as well as standards new and old with a healthy does of the blues. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE SWEET SONGS OF CARMEL DEAN AT 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) re-welcomes Australian-born Carmel Dean to their stage with the stars of Hands on a Hardbody in 'Carmel's Candy Store' on Sunday, April 21st at 9:30 pm. Carmel is perhaps best-known for music directing and/or vocal arranging the Broadway musicals American Idiot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and, currently, Hands on a Hardbody. She has worked with a wide range of performers including Chita Rivera, Green Day, Eve Ensler, and Phish, but this time, Carmel presents an evening of her own music, with the help of delectable Broadway veterans Sally Wilfert (Assassins, Make Me a Song), Jay Armstrong Johnson, Allison Case & Keala Settle, (Hands on a Hardbody), Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), Michael Winther (Mamma Mia, Songs from an Unmade Bed) and Alysha Umphress (American Idiot, Priscilla ... , On A Clear Day You Can See Forever). There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NJ: R&B GOES JAZZ: DON BRADEN AT LUNA STAGE

LUNA STAGE (555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ - 973-395-5551) continues its Jazz Series with "R&B Goes Jazz", featuring critically acclaimed saxophonist and flutist Don Braden on Sunday, April 21st at 7:30 pm. Braden, performing with drummer Cecil Brooks III and others, will play his contemporary standards repertoire, featuring Jazz arrangements of songs by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Roberta Flack and others. He will also perform some of his original compositions. South Orange-based Braden is a musician of the highest caliber. He has toured the world for many years leading his own ensembles and as a special guest and sideman for greats such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes. He is an accomplished composer, having composed music for everything from duos to full symphonic orchestras. He has composed in many different styles for recordings, film, and television, and worked for several years as a composer for Bill Cosby. Braden is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, who brings a unique approach to both improvisation and composition. He has a beautiful sound and, best of all, he swings. Tickets are $20.


NJ: MATCHMAKER BRINGS SHOW TO TIM MCLOONES

Charlie Maffei's show "Dear Charlie" will be presented at TIM McLOONE'S SUPPER CLUB (1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ - 732-774-1400) on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 pm. Charlie Maffei's show "Dear Charlie" and advice book "Love Made Easy with Charlie The Matchmaker" are just in time for Spring love. " Dear Charlie" has performed to sold out shows in NYC and is now coming to New Jersey. The show returns to NY for a May Mother's day brunch performance. "Dear Charlie" will guide you on a whirlwind tour through the ins and outs of love with a healthy dash of sass thrown in. With his new cabaret show, Charlie will bring his matchmaking secrets center stage, allowing love to carry the evening as he offers advice on communication, first dates, special moments, and achieving lifelong love. As a matchmaker, Charlie has worked with hundreds of clients to help them find love. He has held events at Watermark, Hotel Tides (he is the sold out Pink Prom's Chaperone) and in conjunction with ReVision Theater. As a singer he has performed at both cabarets and stadiums throughout the New Jersey, New York and Atlanta. Charlie is also a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and My Lifestyle Magazine. He has been seen and heard on numerous TV and radio shows, most recently SiriusXM and Fox News Latino. Tickets can be purchased at http://dearcharlieAP.eventbrite.com


ONT: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

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: ACOUSTIC GUITAR VIRTUOSO EARL KLUGH AT BLUES ALLEY

GRAMMY-winning acoustic guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, April 18th through 21st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. His career of more than three decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, hosting and producing his own events, work in film and numerous world tours. Klugh's signature style of performance and composition has earned him has earned him 12 career Grammy Nominations, the most recent a 2009 Grammy Nomination for his critically acclaimed release The Spice of Life. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: GARY RUBIN SINGS "LET THERE BE YOU"

Join Gary Rubin, a local DC favorite, will perform at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Sunday, April 21st at 7:30 pm. He will be accompanied by Brent Hardesty at the piano, as they weave their magic, singing the classic songs of Sinatra, Bennett, Darin and Buble. It promises to be delightful evening of nostalgic and contemporary classics that will compel you to hum and sing along with them and will make everyday a special occasion. There is a $10 cover.


CHI: THE MAVENETTES TOAST JEWISH WOMEN SONGWRITERS

A toast to the best Jewish women songwriters by the Mavenettes (Carla Gordon, Jan Slavin) will be presented at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Sundays, April 21st & 28th at 7:00 pm. They will be accompanied by Beckie Menzie. They will sing favorites by Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden, Carole King, and other nice Jewish girls. Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: CATHI WALKUP SINGS AT SUPPER & SONG

Cathi Walkup brings her show 'The New Look' at THE SOUND ROOM (2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA - 415-994-3501) on Sunday, April 21st in two sets, at 6:30 & 8:00 pm. Also performing are W. Allen Taylor, Dima, and Barry Warren. Musicians taking part are Benny Watson, piano; Carla Kaufman, bass; and Bob Blankenship, drums. Each Supper and Song event features a different combination of four jazz vocalists (backed by piano, bass and drums) presenting standards, rediscovered gems and originals. Drinks, appetizers, buffet dinner (including vegetarian dishes) and desserts are included in the admission price. There is a $27.50 cover.


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CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SATURDAY - APRIL 20th

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NYC: LUIZ SIMAS AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Rio-born Brazilian jazz composer/singer/pianist Luiz Simas will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30 pm. Luiz is a genuine Carioca! A New Yorker since '89, he has led original groups in jazz festivals and clubs in the US, in Europe and in Brazil. Luiz' voice and music have warmed major venues including Birdland, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Bargemusic. His CDs include Cafune, Impromptu, Luiz Simas Live in NYC, New Chorinhos from Brazil, Recipe for Rhythm and Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite. He'll be joined on his new show "Don't Just Blame in on the Bossa Nova" by Adriano Santos on drums, Gustavo Amarante on bass and special guest Eliane Amherd on guitar and vocals. The repertoire includes Luiz's infectious original tunes as well as beloved Brazilian music standards by Jobim, Caetano Veloso and others. Yjere is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: "INTERGALACTIC JAZZ TRIO" AT THE KITANO

John di Martino's"INTERGALACTIC JAZZ TRIO" (Boris Kozlov - bass; Shinnosuke Takahashi - drums; John di Martino - piano) will perform at THE KITANO HOTEL'S GARDEN CAFE (66 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-885-7119 - ) on Saturday, April 20th with sets at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Joining the trio on stage are special guests Eddie Henderson on trumpet and Marion Cowings on vocals. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: BOBBIE HOROWITZ PRESENTS THE APRIL UNITY CABARET

The April Unity Cabaret, presented by Bobbie Horowitz Productions, will take place on Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 pm, at UNITY CENTER (213 West 58th Street, NYC - 212-582-1300). Performers include T. Oliver Reid, Daryl Glenn, Dana Lorge, Rob Langeder, Stacie Pearlman, David F. Slone, Joan Jaffe, Reverend Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes, Ruth Carlon, Maria Ottavia, Jackie Draper and many more. Suggested donation: $15.


NYC: JOHN SCOFIELD "HOLLOW BODY BAND" AT BIRDLAND

The John Scofield "Hollow Body Band" featuring Ben Street (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 16th through 20th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. John Scofield is part of a generation of jazz guitarists including Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Mike Stern and Bill Frisell who combined the stylistic influences of Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery with the electric sounds of rock and roll. Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk and electric jam band jazz. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. Since 1978, he has led his own groups and recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and others. Scofield's Hollowbody Band pairs him with Mike Stern who also played with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis, as well as Blood, Sweat & Tears before embarking on a solo career that has produced over fifteen albums and global critical acclaim. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: FROM BOWIE TO COLTRANE AT THE IRIDIUM

Ray Angry (of The Roots) presents: From Bowie to Coltrane "A Modern Love Supreme and everything in between" featuring Mark Kelley, Charles Haynes and Jean Baylor at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Saturday, April 20th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Ray Angry took to the piano at nine years old. After high school, he moved onto Howard University, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in music. Immersing himself in the Washington, DC music scene, Angry became acquainted with Shai and embarked on his first international tour. While still in D.C., Angry collaborated with Raheem DeVaughn, Yolanda Adams and Richard Smallwood. Ray has recorded with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Talib Kweli, Lauryn Hill, Donnie Osmond, Edwin Hawkins and Peter Gallagher, among others. More recently, Angry recorded with The Roots, Rick Ross, The Game and Jaheim while also embarking on projects with producers Rockwilder and 7. Angry has written songs for Christina Aguilera and Melanie Fiona plus has served as the music director for Joss Stone, Kelis and Lauryn Hill. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: STEVE WILSON QUINTET: SPECIAL EDITION II AT THE JAZZ STANDARD

The 'Steve Wilson Quintet: Special Edition II' will come to the THE JAZZ STANDARD (116 East 27th Street, NYC - 212-576-2232) for a series of concerts, Thursday through Sunday, April 18th through 21st. Performances are at 7:30 & 9:30 pm with late shows at 11:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Wilson will be joined by an amazing line-up of musicians: George Cables, Alex Sipiagin, Larry Grenadier, and Ulysses Owens, Jr. This quintet brings together three generations of some of best musicians on the New York scene. Having been one of the first-call musicians of choice since the 1960's, George Cables is considered one of the few living grand masters of the piano. Also known for his lasting contributions to the modern jazz repertoire we'll feature some of his compositions. Bassist Larry Grenadier and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin have been two of the most in-demand players since the 1990's. Grenadier is best known for his work with Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, and Sipiagin as a leading soloist with The Mingus Big Band and Michael Brecker. Drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. at 30 years-old has already become everyone's favorite drummer. His buoyant beat and infectious smile gets everyone's toes tapping, fingers snapping, and makes the band's groove deeper. This old friends-new band collaboration is the perfect balance of fire and elegance. Call for cover/minimum information.

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.

NYC: JOE ICONIS & FAMILY AT 54 BELOW

After a sold-out holiday run, musical theater writer Joe Iconis is proud to bring his unique mash-up of showtune cabaret and rock and roll jamboree back to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturday, April 20th & Friday, April 26th at 11:00 pm and Sunday, May 5th at 7:00 pm. The huge cast of brilliant actor/singers, lunatic musicians and legendary special guests will offer you an evening where searing character studies meet drunken back room sing-alongs. The cast and band is as follows: Adam Guettel (May 5 only), Jeremy Jordan (April 20 only), Nick Blaemire (April 26 only), Liz Lark Brown, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Seth Eliser, Molly Hager, Dennis Michael Keefe, MK Lawson, Eric William Morris, Jeremy Morse (April 20 only), Krysta Rodriguez, Rob Rokicki, Mike Rosengarten, Lance Rubin, Jared Weiss, Jason SweetTooth Williams, and more performers to be announced! Jennifer Ashley Tepper produces. There is a $15-$25 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYS: ECHOING BACK: THE SONGS OF JOHNNY MERCER IN FORT SALEM SPRING CABARET SERIES

Four Broadway performers in a new musical revue, Echoing Back: The Songs of Johnny Mercer, will perform on The MAINSTAGE AT FORT SALEM THEATER (11 East Broadway, Salem, NY - 518-854-9200) for one show only on Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 pm. One of the founding partners of Capital Records, Mercer's writing and singing career spanned over sixty years of changing musical styles, from "Come Rain or Come Shine" to "Moon River." Created and directed by Broadway performer Karin Baker, with arrangements by musical director David Hancock Turner, the cast's credits range from being in the original cast of The Music Man to the cast of Broadway's Footloose and John Waters' cult classic film, Hairspray. Booked for the week of the Fort's Songwriter Series is 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.

NYS: BROADWAY COMES TO WURTSBORO SERIES

Broadway Concerts Direct presents BROADWAY COMES TO THE GARDEN: Songs of Spring on Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 pm at COMMUNITY CHURCH OF WURTSBORO (134 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, NY - 845-888-556- BwayDirect.com ). Featured performers include Emily Buttner, Celia Berk, Edd Clark, Rich Flanders, Rob Gardner, Joanna Morton Gary, Sue Matsuki, Mark Planner and Sarah Rice with Matthew Martin Ward on Piano and Sarah Rice on Theremin. The evening will feature an eclectic evening of song, about spring drawing from the world of cabaret, classical, theater and popular music. Featuring songs from SECRET GARDEN and more. Broadway Concerts Direct brings together some of the finest voices on the Broadway, cabaret, music theatre and operatic stages. There is a $15 cover.

TOR: COME FLY WITH ME AT THE BEAVER

THE Andy De Campos Quintet will be at THE FLYING BEAVER (488 Parliament Street, Toronto, ON - 647-347-6567) on Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 pm. The quintet features Andy De Campos on vocals and on piano: Robert Horvath; on bass: Matt Roberts; on drums: Steve Farrugia; and on trumpet: Howard Leathers. The Flying Beaver is Toronto's only "Pubaret". It's a pub and cabaret in one which has a reputation for inviting the finest nightclub acts in the city. There is a $10 cover.


TOR: THE OSCAR PETERSON TRIBUTE BAND AT JAZZ BISTRO

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the originally scheduled artist for this weekend at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299), iconic jazz vibraphonist Peter Appleyard will be re-scheduled at a later date. Stepping in on Friday & Saturday, April 19th & 20th will be bassist/composer/arranger Dave Young and his "Oscar Peterson Tribute Band". Young performed and recorded for many years with the late, great Oscar Peterson and will be performing material from his own, well-received 2011 JUNO-nominated recording, Aspects of Oscar (Modica Music). Taking the stage alongside Dave will be pianist John Sherwood, drummer Terry Clarke, trumpeter Steve McDade and guitarist Reg Schwager (on Friday and Saturday only). Call for exact showtimes, cover/minimum information.


DC: MARCOVICCI SINGS MOVIES

Cabaret favorite Andrea Marcovicci will perform at THE BARNS OF WOLF TRAP (1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA - Tickets.com: 877-965-3872) on Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 pm. With a dazzling array of movie songs from "Top Hat" to "Toy Story 2," and with a nod and a wink to silver screen legends like Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Fred Astaire, Andrea illuminates how movie music has scored our lives and loves. Highlights include: Two For the Road, The Way We Were, Thanks For the Memory, Days Of Wine And Roses, Charade, Long Ago & Far Away, and As Time Goes By. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: ACOUSTIC GUITAR VIRTUOSO EARL KLUGH AT BLUES ALLEY

GRAMMY-winning acoustic guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, April 18th through 21st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. His career of more than three decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, hosting and producing his own events, work in film and numerous world tours. Klugh's signature style of performance and composition has earned him has earned him 12 career Grammy Nominations, the most recent a 2009 Grammy Nomination for his critically acclaimed release The Spice of Life. 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.

CHI: THREE CAT PRODUCTIONS CELEBRATES BARBRA STREISAND'S 71ST BIRTHDAY
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

Three Cat Productions presents its SIXTH ANNUAL BAB FAB CONCERT celebrating Barbra Streisand's 71st birthday. The performance will be hosted by Rob Dorn on Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the COACH HOUSE THEATER AT THE BERGER PARK CULTURAL CENTER (6205 North Sheridan Road, Chicago IL - TKTS: 312-970-9840 - http://www.threecatproductions.com ). Proceeds from the Bab Fab concert ticket sales will fund Three Cat Education, an arm of Three Cat Productions dedicated to offering youths nurturing and explorational education programs. Three Cat Education will run a spring youth production The Magic Games and Other Storybook Stuff on May 18th and 19th, as well as summer theater camps from June 17th to August 16th. Bab Fab will feature music from the course of Streisand's career including "Don't Rain on My Parade", "She Touched Me", "A Piece of Sky", and "People." Featuring some of Chicago's best musical theatre talent, Roger Anderson, Sean Effinger Dean, Jen Farney, Scott Gryder, Adam Hibma, Kim Mallory, Paul Motondo, Emily Rohm, Jason Paul Smith, and others will perform the pop star's hits. Nick Sula will provide musical direction. Tickets are $25.


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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FRIDAY - APRIL 19th

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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: GIA MORA'S EINSTEIN'S GIRL AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Nationally recognized actor and vocalist Gia Mora announces the New York premiere of her newest solo show, Einstein's Girl, at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) for one night only on Friday, April 19th, at 7:00 pm. Einstein's Girl explores the "science of love ... theoretically speaking." Mora turns her signature wit and intellectual prowess on an unlikely pair of human languages: love and mathematics. In her show she investigates interpersonal relations in the digital age through song and story. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Barnett will accompany Mora on piano. Gia Mora is a triple-threat performer and writer. Past solo performances include headlining at The Gardenia and House of Blues in Los Angeles; Bethesda Blues & Jazz and Blues Alley in Washington, DC; An Die Musik and Germano's in Baltimore; and Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret in Denver. A frequent featured soloist, she has appeared at The Federal, Catalina Jazz Club, The Blind Barber in Los Angeles and many more. She is a four-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, and her recent musical theatre credits include world premieres at Ford's Theatre and the Kennedy Center. She is signed to Modern Songbook Records and will release her second CD later in 2013. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: ANASTASIA BARZEE SINGS BURT BACHARACH

An evening of Burt Bacharach music sung by Broadway/Television actress Anastasia Barzee will be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday & Friday, April 18th & 19th at 7:00 pm. Barzee, using the Bacharach catalogue, explores the many ways we love; who we love, how we love, and why in the world do we keep doing it over and over again. Expect to hear some of Bacharach's most famous songs, "What The World Needs Now", "Alfie", "Close to You" and well as some new, never recorded songs from his upcoming Broadway Musical, "Some Lovers". Ms. Barzee will be joined by The Kevin Hays Trio ( Kevin Hays on piano, Rob Jost on Bass and French Horn, Greg Joseph on drums) and Teddy Kumpel on guitar, banjo, and mandolin. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DISTORTED DIZNEE AT THE BEECHMAN

Dallas DuBois hosts DISTORTED DIZNEE, an outrageous take on some of the most beloved animated classics, at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Fridays, 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: THE METROPOLITAN ROOM PRESENTS TONI REDD

Georgian born songstress, Toni Redd will appear at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, April 19th at 9:30 & 11:30 pm. Reddis an internationally known vocalist with an intense style. The captivating and sultry vocal styling of Toni Redd combines traditional jazz, pop, classic soul, and urban rhythm & blues to create her own unique and powerful ambience - as she takes us on her musical trek via that down home, rich, old school sound that fully grasps the emotional heart and soul of her listeners. There is a $30 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: JOHN SCOFIELD "HOLLOW BODY BAND" AT BIRDLAND

The John Scofield "Hollow Body Band" featuring Ben Street (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 16th through 20th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. John Scofield is part of a generation of jazz guitarists including Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Mike Stern and Bill Frisell who combined the stylistic influences of Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery with the electric sounds of rock and roll. Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk and electric jam band jazz. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. Since 1978, he has led his own groups and recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and others. Scofield's Hollowbody Band pairs him with Mike Stern who also played with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis, as well as Blood, Sweat & Tears before embarking on a solo career that has produced over fifteen albums and global critical acclaim. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ANA POPOVIC AT THE IRIDIUM

Ana Popovic performs at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Wednesday, April 17th and Friday, April 19th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm each night. Ana's career has been meteoric, and shows no signs of slowing down! The most impressive aspect of Ana's music is her diversity of techniques and styles. Her blend of smoking electric funk slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals, tight blues groove, soulful feminine vocals and her incredible stage presence makes her an irresistible force in the music world. Ana Popovic was born in the wartorn town of Belgrade, in former Yugoslavia. Ana grew up in a warm and loving family where music was very important. Her father would, throughout her youth, always invite friends over for nightly jam sessions where Ana listened and analyzed the deep artistic roots of her music. In this atmosphere, she quickly picked up her father's impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and went to work at a young age of 15. Since then, Ana Popovic has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist who now currently resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE WILSON QUINTET: SPECIAL EDITION II AT THE JAZZ STANDARD

The 'Steve Wilson Quintet: Special Edition II' will come to the THE JAZZ STANDARD (116 East 27th Street, NYC - 212-576-2232) for a series of concerts, Thursday through Sunday, April 18th through 21st. Performances are at 7:30 & 9:30 pm with late shows at 11:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Wilson will be joined by an amazing line-up of musicians: George Cables, Alex Sipiagin, Larry Grenadier, and Ulysses Owens, Jr. This quintet brings together three generations of some of best musicians on the New York scene. Having been one of the first-call musicians of choice since the 1960's, George Cables is considered one of the few living grand masters of the piano. Also known for his lasting contributions to the modern jazz repertoire we'll feature some of his compositions. Bassist Larry Grenadier and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin have been two of the most in-demand players since the 1990's. Grenadier is best known for his work with Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, and Sipiagin as a leading soloist with The Mingus Big Band and Michael Brecker. Drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. at 30 years-old has already become everyone's favorite drummer. His buoyant beat and infectious smile gets everyone's toes tapping, fingers snapping, and makes the band's groove deeper. This old friends-new band collaboration is the perfect balance of fire and elegance. Call for cover/minimum information.

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.

NJ: "REV. YOLANDA'S OLD TIME GOSPEL HOUR" AT THE MUSEUM

"Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour" will be presented at the UNION CITY MUSEUM OF ART AT THE WILLIAM V. MUSTO CULTURAL CENTER (420 - 15 Street Union City, NJ - 201-271-2279 ) on Friday, April 19th at 8:00 pm. The evening will be hosted by Lucio Fernandez with special guest Tracy Stark. Rev. Yolanda is an eccentric, and ecstatic performer with a southern rock, country gospel style. He brings his message of Non Duality into every event by merging GLBT and Mainstream Popular Culture with Integrated Spirituality. Possessing a soulful voice, a message of oneness, great costumes, and a wicked sense of humor, his shows and CD's emphasize love, beautiful melodies, interesting stories, and a bit of inspiration. Rev Yolanda was born and raised as Roger Mapes in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, The Hit Recording Capital of the World and the birthplaces of Helen Keller and W.C. Handy. There is NO COVER.

TOR: THE OSCAR PETERSON TRIBUTE BAND AT JAZZ BISTRO

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the originally scheduled artist for this weekend at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299), iconic jazz vibraphonist Peter Appleyard will be re-scheduled at a later date. Stepping in on Friday & Saturday, April 19th & 20th will be bassist/composer/arranger Dave Young and his "Oscar Peterson Tribute Band". Young performed and recorded for many years with the late, great Oscar Peterson and will be performing material from his own, well-received 2011 JUNO-nominated recording, Aspects of Oscar (Modica Music). Taking the stage alongside Dave will be pianist John Sherwood, drummer Terry Clarke, trumpeter Steve McDade and guitarist Reg Schwager (on Friday and Saturday only). Call for exact showtimes, cover/minimum information.


DC: ACOUSTIC GUITAR VIRTUOSO EARL KLUGH AT BLUES ALLEY

GRAMMY-winning acoustic guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, April 18th through 21st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. His career of more than three decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, hosting and producing his own events, work in film and numerous world tours. Klugh's signature style of performance and composition has earned him has earned him 12 career Grammy Nominations, the most recent a 2009 Grammy Nomination for his critically acclaimed release The Spice of Life. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: BOSSALINGO WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC AT GERMANO'S

Inspired by the sounds and rhythms of Argentina, Cuba and Brazil, Bossalingo performs their original music at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Friday, April 19th at 7:30 pm. Bossalingo performs with passion, using the common language of Jazz improvisation to unite all of these amazing styles into an unforgettable experience for the listener. The group performs selections from the recent Bossalingo release, "Steps Beyond", as well as some earlier originals from the first record and various Jazz standards. The styles of Tango, Jazz, Rumba, Samba, Milongo, Bossa Nova, Tumbao, and Guaguanco are all featured throughout the show. The current line up features Baltimore composer/guitarist, Michael Joseph Harris, Didier Prossaird on piano, bassist Steve Zerlin, and drummer Mike Kuhl. 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.


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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THURSDAY - APRIL 18th

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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: RUTH CARLIN: MOON SONG CD RELEASE

Ruth Carlin presents "Moon Song" at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Saturday, April 6th at 8:00 pm and Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 pm. The show, celebrates the release of Ruth Carlin's debut CD "Moon Song"! With songs by Joni Mitchell, Kander & Ebb, David Friedman, Ahrens & Flaherty, James Taylor, and Ruth Carlin and more, we get an intimate glimpse into Ruth's multifaceted world. She will be singing ten songs from the CD as well as a few other favorites, along with some of her exquisite poems. Ruth will be joined by her musical director, Paul Greenwood, plus Dick Sarpola on bass and John Redsecker on drums, reprising their contributions to the "Moon Song" CD. The show is staged by director Scott Barnes. Since her first solo show at Danny's Skylight Room in 2005, Ruth has been performing regularly at the Laurie Beechman and The Duplex. She has a broad repertoire, including songs by Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen and Alec Wilder as well as Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Benny Goodman. No matter who it was written by, Ruth strives to get to the heart of a song, make it her own, and share it lovingly with her audience. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ANASTASIA BARZEE SINGS BURT BACHARACH

An evening of Burt Bacharach music sung by Broadway/Television actress Anastasia Barzee will be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday & Friday, April 18th & 19th at 7:00 pm. Barzee, using the Bacharach catalogue, explores the many ways we love; who we love, how we love, and why in the world do we keep doing it over and over again. Expect to hear some of Bacharach's most famous songs, "What The World Needs Now", "Alfie", "Close to You" and well as some new, never recorded songs from his upcoming Broadway Musical, "Some Lovers". Ms. Barzee will be joined by The Kevin Hays Trio ( Kevin Hays on piano, Rob Jost on Bass and French Horn, Greg Joseph on drums) and Teddy Kumpel on guitar, banjo, and mandolin. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DARYL SHERMAN TRIO AT KITANO JAZZ

Daryl Sherman with Scott Robinson on drums and Harvie S on bass will perform at THE KITANO HOTEL'S GARDEN CAFE (66 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-885-7119) on Thursday, April 18th with sets at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. For 14 years Ms. Sherman played and sang for savvy New Yorkers and international visitors at the Waldorf Astoria's famed Cole Porter Steinway. Last June, she headlined the annual Cole Porter Festival in his hometown of Peru, IN. Sherman has performed at The Algonquin's Oak Room, Feinstein's, Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy's Coca Cola and 59E59 Theaters where she was lauded for her band singer role in a centennial tribute to Artie Shaw. As a sparkling mainstay of Manhattan's nightlife, there's hardly jazz joint, supper club, Chinese restaurant or hotel that Daryl has missed. Her many recordings are in regular national rotation on Cable TV's Music Choice and Sirius/XM Radio. She was presented the 2010 MAC Award "Best Major Recording" for her Johnny Mercer Centennial CD - which was used in a Mercer documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: JOHN SCOFIELD "HOLLOW BODY BAND" AT BIRDLAND

The John Scofield "Hollow Body Band" featuring Ben Street (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 16th through 20th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. John Scofield is part of a generation of jazz guitarists including Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Mike Stern and Bill Frisell who combined the stylistic influences of Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery with the electric sounds of rock and roll. Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk and electric jam band jazz. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. Since 1978, he has led his own groups and recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and others. Scofield's Hollowbody Band pairs him with Mike Stern who also played with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis, as well as Blood, Sweat & Tears before embarking on a solo career that has produced over fifteen albums and global critical acclaim. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ROBERT RANDOLPH PRESENTS THE SLIDE BROTHERS

Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Thursday, April 18th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The Slide Brothers are Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition. The joyous music these legendary artists create extends far beyond scared steel to encompass blues, rock and soul all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own. The pedal steel guitar was introduced to church services by Willie Eason in the 1930s. His single-string passages, which imitated the African-American singing and shouting voices, remain the signature sound of the Keith Dominion steel guitar style. The goal of a skilled steel player in church is to use the guitar to mimic voices, to 'sing' lines of the hymns and to provide praise music that pushes the congregation closer to feeling the Holy Spirit. This church-bred style of high energy electrified slide remains today an integral part of the worship service wherever the faithful gather. Despite its role in church services, this dynamic, high energy music had never been heard outside of church. As a new century dawned, rumors of an extraordinary new form of slide guitar began to attract interest among blues fans who long favored the electrified sound of slide guitar masters such as Elmore James and Duane Allman. Robert Randolph has become the most successful artist to emerge from the Sacred Steel tradition. Randolph's mission is to share the extraordinary talents of these legendary masters with audiences throughout the world. Together with Co-Producer John McDermott, Randolph has readied the group's debut album for release by Concord Records later this year. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE WILSON QUINTET: SPECIAL EDITION II AT THE JAZZ STANDARD

The 'Steve Wilson Quintet: Special Edition II' will come to the THE JAZZ STANDARD (116 East 27th Street, NYC - 212-576-2232) for a series of concerts, Thursday through Sunday, April 18th through 21st. Performances are at 7:30 & 9:30 pm with late shows at 11:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Wilson will be joined by an amazing line-up of musicians: George Cables, Alex Sipiagin, Larry Grenadier, and Ulysses Owens, Jr. This quintet brings together three generations of some of best musicians on the New York scene. Having been one of the first-call musicians of choice since the 1960's, George Cables is considered one of the few living grand masters of the piano. Also known for his lasting contributions to the modern jazz repertoire we'll feature some of his compositions. Bassist Larry Grenadier and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin have been two of the most in-demand players since the 1990's. Grenadier is best known for his work with Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, and Sipiagin as a leading soloist with The Mingus Big Band and Michael Brecker. Drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. at 30 years-old has already become everyone's favorite drummer. His buoyant beat and infectious smile gets everyone's toes tapping, fingers snapping, and makes the band's groove deeper. This old friends-new band collaboration is the perfect balance of fire and elegance. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: LOVE HANGOVER: LACHANZE SINGS DIANA ROSS

One of Broadway's most celebrated, powerhouse voices takes to the stage at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, April 17th; Thursday, April 18th; and Monday, April 22nd, all shows at 7:00 pm. 'Love Hangover: LaChanze sings Diana Ross' is a salute of a woman who broke barriers and challenged stereotypes throughout her legendary career. Love Hangover, Do You Know Where You're Goin' To?, Endless Love and Good Morning, Heartache are just a few of the tunes forever linked with this formidable artist (who won a Tony for 1977's An Evening with Diana Ross). And who better to celebrate this music than another formidable artist? LaChanze, a Tony, Emmy, Obie and Theatre World Award winner, is best known for her show-stopping performances in The Color Purple, Dessa Rose & Once on This Island, among others. Be there! And remember, Ain't No Mountain High Enough! There is a $35-$45 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.

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.

DC: ACOUSTIC GUITAR VIRTUOSO EARL KLUGH AT BLUES ALLEY

GRAMMY-winning acoustic guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, April 18th through 21st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. His career of more than three decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, hosting and producing his own events, work in film and numerous world tours. Klugh's signature style of performance and composition has earned him has earned him 12 career Grammy Nominations, the most recent a 2009 Grammy Nomination for his critically acclaimed release The Spice of Life. 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.

LON: OPEN MIC NOW IN LONDON WITH HAROLD SANDITEN
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

Starting on Thursday, April 18th and every Thursday thereafter, Harold Sanditen will be hosting an open mic night at London's THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). This will be a unique open mic in the West End, having an acoustic baby grand piano and a bass player. Michael Roulston and Jonty Fisher will be regular musicians - and both are versed at both jazz and more theatrical songs. Harold hopes to create a fun and exciting evening where everyone feels free to perform - jazz, pop, rock, theatre, cabaret, even opera! He welcomes not just singers, but also composers and musicians who want to showcase their talent - both up and coming performers who want to be seen/heard, alongside established singers who want to do a turn. This is a purely musical open mic - no stand-up comedy. Cover is just 5 pounds!

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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: CRAIG POMRANZ MAKES SIDEWALK CAFE DEBUT

Craig Pomranz performs for the first time at the East Village's THE SIDEWALK CAFE (94 Avenue A, NYC - 212-473-7373) on Wednesday, April 17th at 8:00 pm as part of their "Sidewalk Swings" series. The sizzling and simmering tenor's vocal stylings seamlessly switch from soft and sentimental to booming belter. The gently witty singer, who caresses every lyric to tell a song's story, was named 2012's Best Male Vocalist by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and earned the same title from the First Annual BroadwayWorld Awards. An ardent keeper of the Great American Songbook, he is passionate about the cabaret art form, successfully leading a lobbying effort to have Mayor Bloomberg proclaim "March is Cabaret Month" in 2013. There is a $15 cover.


NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: MELISSA HAMILTON

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 17th features Melissa Hamilton, singer, with Ratzo Harris on bass. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

NYC: NINA HENNESSEY - WITH A SONG

Broadway and concert veteran, Nina Hennessey, returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16th & 17th at 7:00 pm to premiere her new show WITH A SONG. She is accompanied by her band, Musical Director and arranger Don Rebic on piano, her husband Ray Marchica on drums and Jeff Ganz on bass. Ever since her last Broadway show, Bye Bye Birdie closed Nina has been cooking up something new. It began when Marilyn Maye and Don Rebic met Nina in the rehearsal studio to rework her book of favorite songs. The working title for this show was The Love Project because that is what is was...a labor of love shared with so many friends. But ,as with any potion, the essence reveals itself after a good simmer. WITH A SONG is the perfect after work aperatif for a spring night in New York. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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: CANYON FOLKIES: OVER THE HILLS & UNDER THE COVERS

A journey through a time and place where music legends would become legendary is presented in Lauren Fox's "Canyon Folkies: Over the Hills & Under the Covers" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, April 17th at 9:30 pm. She is joined by Jon Weber (Piano/Musical Director), Peter Calo (Guitar) and Ritt Henn (Bass). From the mid-sixties to the early-seventies, something magical took place in Southern California and it all happened in a bucolic stretch of hills, just above the Sunset Strip, called Laurel Canyon. Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, The Eagles, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, to name just a few, all lived, loved, created, and collaborated there. Lauren Fox tells the story of this epic time in American music history, and sings the songs that it inspired. Lauren Fox was born and raised in New York City. She has been featured in several films, including Pi, Noon Blue Apples, Revolution Summer, and We Need To Talk About Kevin, and on TV in New Amsterdam and Fringe. Her New York theater credits include: Hillbilly Women, and GO-SEE, ArcLight Theater, and Heathens, Theater For A New City. Lauren's last show, "Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen," ran last Spring with sold out shows, received critical acclaim, and will soon be available as a live CD. Lauren is the 2012 recipient of the MAC and Bistro Award for Debut Artist. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JOHN SCOFIELD "HOLLOW BODY BAND" AT BIRDLAND

The John Scofield "Hollow Body Band" featuring Ben Street (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 16th through 20th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. John Scofield is part of a generation of jazz guitarists including Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Mike Stern and Bill Frisell who combined the stylistic influences of Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery with the electric sounds of rock and roll. Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk and electric jam band jazz. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. Since 1978, he has led his own groups and recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and others. Scofield's Hollowbody Band pairs him with Mike Stern who also played with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis, as well as Blood, Sweat & Tears before embarking on a solo career that has produced over fifteen albums and global critical acclaim. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ANA POPOVIC AT THE IRIDIUM

Ana Popovic performs at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Wednesday, April 17th and Friday, April 19th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm each night. Ana's career has been meteoric, and shows no signs of slowing down! The most impressive aspect of Ana's music is her diversity of techniques and styles. Her blend of smoking electric funk slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals, tight blues groove, soulful feminine vocals and her incredible stage presence makes her an irresistible force in the music world. Ana Popovic was born in the wartorn town of Belgrade, in former Yugoslavia. Ana grew up in a warm and loving family where music was very important. Her father would, throughout her youth, always invite friends over for nightly jam sessions where Ana listened and analyzed the deep artistic roots of her music. In this atmosphere, she quickly picked up her father's impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and went to work at a young age of 15. Since then, Ana Popovic has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist who now currently resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 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.

NYC: LOVE HANGOVER: LACHANZE SINGS DIANA ROSS

One of Broadway's most celebrated, powerhouse voices takes to the stage at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, April 17th; Thursday, April 18th; and Monday, April 22nd, all shows at 7:00 pm. 'Love Hangover: LaChanze sings Diana Ross' is a salute of a woman who broke barriers and challenged stereotypes throughout her legendary career. Love Hangover, Do You Know Where You're Goin' To?, Endless Love and Good Morning, Heartache are just a few of the tunes forever linked with this formidable artist (who won a Tony for 1977's An Evening with Diana Ross). And who better to celebrate this music than another formidable artist? LaChanze, a Tony, Emmy, Obie and Theatre World Award winner, is best known for her show-stopping performances in The Color Purple, Dessa Rose & Once on This Island, among others. Be there! And remember, Ain't No Mountain High Enough! There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LATE NIGHT AT 54 BELOW: THE STUDIO WITH POPPI KRAMER

On Wednesdays at 11:00 pm, 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) presents The Studio, the place to see up-and-coming New York talent: comedians, musicians, songwriters, improv groups - just to name a few. Each week will feature a different new New York artist, so visit our calendar to see what this Wednesday has in store for you. This week, The Studio features Poppi Kramer in "I Know People (An Eclectic Variety Show of the Best of the Best in NYC)". Join stand-up comedian and NYC favorite Poppi Kramer for an eclectic melange of music, comedy, and burlesque with Suzanne Peebles, Adam Sank, Adam Lehman, The Screw You Review, Joelle Lurie, Melany Watson, Carly Sakalove, and more! No cover charge. Drink Specials: $5 beers and $8 mixed drinks.

DC: STAN KENTON ALUMNI BAND DIRECTED BY MIKE VAX

The Stan Kenton Alumni Band, directed by Mike Vax, will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, April 17th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The group will perform some of the well-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; plus in keeping with Stan's insistence on not just performing nostalgia type music, they also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. They are NOT trying to be the "Stan Kenton Orchestra," but we are carrying on his tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education. Call for cover/minimum information.

MW: BOB MOREEN IN "I WON'T DANCE: THE SONGS OF FRED ASTAIRE"

Pianist/singer Bob Moreen brings his show "I Won't Dance: The Songs of Fred Astaire" to THE OIL LAMP THEATER ( 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL - 847-834-0738) on Wednesday, April 17th at 1:30 pm. A second performance is scheduled for May 15th at 1:30 pm. In his critically acclaimed show Moreen performs a collection of songs introduced and made famous by the master dancer/singer Fred Astaire. Moreen has been featured in virtually every type of entertainment venue as soloist, accompanist and ensemble member. He has worked with name entertainers such as, including Ann Margret, Peter Palmer, Greta Keller, Dorothy Collins, the Incomparable Hildegarde, and Shirley Jones. Bob's theatrical credits include work at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, University of Illinois/Chicago Circle Theater, and the former Body Politic. Bob is sought after as music director, accompanist and coach by Chicago's favorite cabaret singers and song workshops. He was musical director of citywide choral performances for the Chicago Department of Aging "Encore Chicago" concerts. He teaches privately, specializing in vocal interpretation and style development. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: "THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MAN" WITH THE ROBERT RODI TRIO

Robert Rodi brings his show "The Sound of Music, Man" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Wednesday, April 17th at 8:00 pm. This show is a follow ip of his acclaimed "My Fair Lady, Man" show and with another jazz and Beat-poetry retelling of a musical-theatre classic - this time Rodgers & Hammerstein's mammoth hit. Featuring the entire score as you've never heard it before, including "Do-Re-Me," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "The Lonely Goatherd," "Sixteen Going On Seventeen," "My Favorite Things," and more, in styles ranging from swing to samba to gospel. With Randy Tressler on piano and Tim Green on bass. Call for cover/minimum information.


L.A.: "AN EVENING WITH CORKY HALE" WITH SPECIAL GUEST KATHY SLEDGE

"An Evening With Corky Hale" performing selections of the late American Jazz singer, Billie Holiday starring Holiday's pianist Corky Hale, with Special Guest, singer Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge will be presented on Wednesday, April 17th at 8:30 pm at CATALINA JAZZ CLUB (6725 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-2210). Hale has performed at The White House with Tony Bennett, soloed with Barbra Streisand in Central Park and at the Hollywood Bowl, and performed with Bjork on her MTV Special in London. Hale has also appeared with George Michael at London's Royal Albert Hall and Washington, DC's RFK Stadium. She has played harp for Liberace (on his television show and at Madison Square Garden) and Judy Collins, piano for Billie Holiday, Mel Torme and Peggy Lee, and sung with the bands of Harry James, Ray Anthony and Jerry Gray. International recording artist, Kathy Sledge is the youngest of five girls. Kathy Sledge and her sisters signed their first record deal with Atco Records, resulting in their very first number one record in the United Kingdom, "Mama Never Told Me." They went to record their second international hit record, "Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me." After meeting Kathy Sledge and her sisters, hit songwriters Neil Rodgers and Bernard Edwards wrote and produced "We Are Family" reflecting their real life family. There is a $20 cover.


SF: MIKE PHILLIPS AT YOSHI'S

The soulful smooth jazz alto-sax of Mike Phillips will be heard at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Wednesday, April 17th at 8:00 pm. When Mike Phillips puts his saxophone to his lips, magic is about to happen. Experts know greatness. That's why Phillips is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the legendary "Big Three" of American soul music: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince. But you don't have to be a music deity to appreciate Phillips gifts. In a short time, the New York native has exploded on the world music scene becoming the jazz man with hip-hop flavor known for blowing away audiences on stage, television and with chart-topping recordings. Phillips and his soulful yet funky grooves brought standing ovations at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and the inaugural balls for Presidents Clinton and Obama. And his television performances on the Grammys, the Soul Train Awards and as host of his own show Mikes World on the Centric and BET television stations thrilled millions of viewers. Phillips also served as musical director and host of another popular BET program Lyric Cafe. There is a $26 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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NYC: TERESA FISCHER IS HIP TO BE HAPPY AT DON'T TELL MAMA
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Cabaret songstress Teresa Fischer debuts her new show HIP TO BE HAPPY at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Sunday, April 7th at 6:00 pm, with additional performances on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm and Monday, April 22 at 7:00 pm. In this lively musical hour, Teresa aka "Lady T" shows us how to keep our spirits high by always looking on the bright side - even when there doesn't seem to be one. Lady T has assembled an entertaining and eclectic array of songs from standards by Cole Porter and Sammy Fain to pop tunes by Christine Lavin, Ann Hampton Calloway and Mary Chapin Carpenter plus some newly discovered musical gems. Cabaret veteran Paul Chamlin is the musical director and one-man band for this fun evening that features special musical arrangements by Paul Chamlin and Andrew David Sotomayor. This is Teresa's first new show since the release of the debut CD entitled LET IT GO in the fall of 2012. LET IT GO is available at cdbaby.com or for download at iTunes. Lady T will also have copies for sale following the show. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

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: JOHN & MARY AT 2ND FLOOR ON CLINTON

John DiPinto and Mary Foster Conklin will present DOWN FOR DOUBLE, an evening of duets with an occasional solo, at 2ND FLOOR ON CLINTON (67 Clinton Street, NYC - ) on Tuesday, April 16th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. They'll be doing some of their favorite cool arrangements of the Beatles, Bacharach & David, the Foo Fighters, Fran Landesman, Bob Dorough, the Bobs, Smokey Robinson, Jon Hendricks/Count Basie and more. Tony Romano is on guitar, Skip Ward will be on bass. John DiPinto and Mary Foster Conklin have appeared onstage together in various guises for the last twenty years. They began to experiment with vocal duets several years ago at the Caffe Vivaldi and The Metropolitan Room and perform regularly on various fire escapes as The Lady in the Red Dress and The Man in the Hat with the Renegade Cabaret. There is a $25 cover - space is limited.


NYC: NINA HENNESSEY - WITH A SONG

Broadway and concert veteran, Nina Hennessey, returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16th & 17th at 7:00 pm to premiere her new show WITH A SONG. She is accompanied by her band, Musical Director and arranger Don Rebic on piano, her husband Ray Marchica on drums and Jeff Ganz on bass. Ever since her last Broadway show, Bye Bye Birdie closed Nina has been cooking up something new. It began when Marilyn Maye and Don Rebic met Nina in the rehearsal studio to rework her book of favorite songs. The working title for this show was The Love Project because that is what is was...a labor of love shared with so many friends. But ,as with any potion, the essence reveals itself after a good simmer. WITH A SONG is the perfect after work aperatif for a spring night in New York. 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 16th & 30th 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: CARLY OZARD BRINGS FREDDIE MERCURY TRIBUTE TO THE IRIDIUM

After sold-out performances in New York City and her hometown of San Francisco, critically acclaimed comedic cabaret artist and musical theater singer Carly Ozard brings her smash cabaret show Somebody to Love: My Musical Tribute to Freddie Mercury to New York City's jazz institution IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Tuesday, April 16th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Carly Ozard will be "Queen" for a day, paying homage to her musical idol Freddie Mercury and sharing little-known facts about Mercury's public and personal life. Ms. Ozard's cabaret show showcases popular and rarely heard songs from Queen's extensive repertoire, as well as solo work written by Mercury without Queen. The show is directed by Barry Kleinbort, with musical director Steven Ray Watkins on piano and conducting the band. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: JOHN SCOFIELD "HOLLOW BODY BAND" AT BIRDLAND

The John Scofield "Hollow Body Band" featuring Ben Street (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 16th through 20th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. John Scofield is part of a generation of jazz guitarists including Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Mike Stern and Bill Frisell who combined the stylistic influences of Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery with the electric sounds of rock and roll. Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk and electric jam band jazz. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. Since 1978, he has led his own groups and recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and others. Scofield's Hollowbody Band pairs him with Mike Stern who also played with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis, as well as Blood, Sweat & Tears before embarking on a solo career that has produced over fifteen albums and global critical acclaim. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE WBGO JAZZ SERIES - EDDIE PALMIERI LATIN JAZZ SEPTET

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 16th will feature Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet with performances at 7:00 & 9:00 pm. NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie's generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. A true powerhouse known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Mr. Palmieri continues to thrill audiences across the globe with his legendary style. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS BACKSTAGE, HOSTED BY SUSIE MOSHER

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) presents BACKSTAGE, Broadway's Tuesday night cocktail party/songfest, hosted by Susie Mosher at 10:30 pm. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Mosher guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform. Members of the "Backstage repertory company", featuring some of New York's most exciting musical theatre talent, are on hand each week to sing everything from Schwartz to Sondheim. Special guest stars on April 16th are Sarah Rice (Original Joanna In Sweeney Todd); Jonathan Reid Gealt Composer, Thirteen Stories Down); Kasey Marino (Hairspray); Sweet Fix (Pop Rock Band) and Rachel Potter (Evita, The Addams Family). No cover charge, $20 food/drink minimum.


NE: LOUISE VAN AARSEN QUINTET AT JOCKO'S JAZZ

Louise Van Aarsen performs at JOCKO'S JAZZ (34 Bates Street, Methuen, MA - 603-898-1591) on Tuesday, April 16th from 7:30 - 10:30 pm. She will be backed by a fabulous foursome featuring Mike Turk (jazz harmonica), Paul McWilliams (piano), Peter Kontrimas (bass), and James Lattini (drums), and joined by special guests Ted Davis and Rebecca Parris. Louise Van Aarsen-Koopman, a Dutch native, has had a passion for music, vocal jazz in particular, since her teenage years. She moved to Boston with a Ph.D. in cancer biology to further novel cancer therapies. In parallel, she has never ceased to develop her talent as a singer through intensive vocal training and performances. Over the past few years, she has been writing her own melodies and lyrics; poignant stories and catchy compositions with a unique 'jazz standard-esque' flavor. In a wonderful collaboration with Ton Scheer, Doug Hammer and Rebecca Parris, this work has culminated in an impressive debut CD DESTINY recorded with some of Boston's finest jazz musicians at Peter Kontrimas' PBS Studios! Destiny is getting glowing reviews. There is a $10 cover.

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: THE JAZZ AMBASSADORS *FREE CONCERT*

The Jazz Ambassadors - America's Big Band, will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, April 16th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, Bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections. NO COVER.

SF: MOLLY RINGWALD CD RELEASE PARTY AT YOSHI'S

Critically-acclaimed actress, author and singer Molly Ringwald will present songs from her CD "Except ... Sometimes" at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 pm. "Except ... Sometimes," the debut CD from actress and author Molly Ringwald, was released by Concord Records on April 9th, 2013 and now Ringwald is on a World Tour of concert dates to include high profile jazz clubs, festivals and major performing arts centers. An homage to the Great American Songbook, Ringwald has crafted a carefully chosen selection of nine standards which she caps off with her take on The Breakfast Club classic, "Don't You (Forget About Me)." The release of "Except...Sometimes" will be accompanied by select tour dates as well as appearances in conjunction with the release of her bestselling new novel, "When It Happens to You." "Except...Sometimes" was produced by Peter Smith and features Clayton Cameron on drums, Allen Mezquida on alto saxophone, Peter Smith on piano and Trevor Ware on bass. Tickets are $25-$45.

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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 AND SCANDALS!
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

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 Mathew Ward 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: NYC's NEXT TOP DRAG QUEEN CONTEST AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) hosts its first "New York's Next Top Drag Queen Contest." The six-week affair, running five Mondays from April 1st to May 6th (no show on April 8th), will pit eight pre-selected drag queen artists who will be judged not by looks alone but by how well they sing and entertain. Hosted by Hedda Lettuce, the highly competitive contest will feature a parade of treats for the eyes, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will hopefully be revealed at the contest's finale. Competing will be these promising entertainers, all of whom have been rigorously pre-screened: Goldie Fische (a.k.a. Gerry Mastrolia); Titania Steele (a.k.a. Danny Marr); Bootsie Lafaris (a.k.a. Justin Keller); Ninna Rubi (a.k.a. Ricky Reyes); Millie Grams (a.k.a. Sam Given); Reverend Yolanda (a.k.a. Roger Mapes); Sonja Brooks (a.k.a. Ben Christopher Marshell); and Didi Panache (a.k.a. Douglas McGeouch). For details and a schedule of performances, see http://www.metropolitanroom.com There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MIRA J. SPEKTOR: TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

Composer/lyricist Mira J. Spektor will present her show 'Take Me Home Tonight at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, April 15th at 9:30 pm. Performers include Mark Campbell, Shana Farr, and Julie Reyburn.
Director is Karen Carpenter of "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" and the musical director is Bill Zeffiro. Ms Spektor is Founder/Artistic Director of The Aviva Players. Born in Europe, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College & studied at Mannes College & Juilliard. She has written chamber music, chamber operas & musicals including The Housewives' Cantata (lyrics by June Siegel), Lady of the Castle (based on Lea Goldberg's Israeli play), The Passion of Lizzie Borden (poems by Ruth Whitman) , Villa Diodati about Mary Shelley (lyrics by Colette Inez) & Giovanni the Fearless (A Commedia del Arte with book & lyrics by Carolyn Balducci); recital & cabaret songs & music for theatre, film & TV. She has recorded for Concert Hall, Westminster & Guilde International du Disque, Original Cast Records, Capstone & AirPlay. Her music scores (Georgina Press - BMI) include the feature film Double Edge (Faye Dunaway) & PBS documentaries, "Art in Its Soul & Serious Comics." Her recent CDs include: The Housewives' Cantata, Lady of the Castle, Mira Chante/French Love Songs & Lullabies & Lovesongs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: "UKE NIGHT!": BROADWAY CELEBRATES THE UKULELE

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to present the very first UKE NIGHT! on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080). The show will feature Ukulele performances by Broadway performers Marc Kudisch, Michael Cerveris, Howard McGillin, Nancy Anderson, Clarke Thorell, Lauren Molina, Jason Poole and others. The evening will be hosted by Jeffry Denman. UKE NIGHT! will be an evening completely dedicated to the "Jumpin Flea": the Ukulele. These Broadway stars will delve into the history of the uke starting with its Hawaiian origins and its explosion in the US in the 1920s all the way to its current pop music resurgence. UKE NIGHT! will be an eclectic mix of traditional Hawaiian, American Songbook, Broadway, Rock, Contemporary and original songs featuring some of Broadways biggest stars playing their ukuleles. The UKE NIGHT! cast will include Marc Kudisch (9 to 5, Assassins, The Holiday Guys), Michael Cerveris (Evita, Sweeney Todd), Howard McGillin (Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Jeffry Denman (White Christmas, YANK, The Holiday Guys), Clarke Thorell (Annie, Hairspray), Nancy Anderson (Olivier Nominee - Kiss Me Kate, Far From Heaven), Lauren Molina (The Skivvies, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages), Jason Poole (The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Grease), Erin Denman (42nd Street), Kimberly Kaye (Theatermania) Brittney Bertier, and Rachel Yucht. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JIM CARUSO'S "CAST PARTY" MONDAYS AT BIRDLAND
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

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: LES PAUL MONDAYS FEATURING MATT "GUITAR" MURPHY

Fresh from Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden (April 12th), Matt "Guitar" Murphy appears as featured guest at Les Paul Mondays at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Monday, April 15th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Matt 'Guitar' Murphy was born in Sunflower, Mississippi and was educated in Memphis, where his father worked at the Peabody Hotel. He played with Howlin' Wolf as early as 1948, Little Junior Parker was also in the band at the time. By 1952, Murphy was in Chicago, where he began his long association with Memphis Slim by playing on his dates for United Records and Vee Jay Records, including the album, At The Gate of Horn (1959). He was already a legend among serious guitarists by the 1960s, famed for the incredibly fast and intricate blues riffs that would soon change rock and roll. A partial list of artists with whom Matt has performed with include Robert Lockwood Jr., Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Memphis Slim, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry, Joe Louis Walker, the Zaichik Brothers and The Blues Brothers. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 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.

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


DC: JOHN KOCUR "CD RELEASE PARTY" AT BLUES ALLEY

Jazz saxophonist and composer John Kocur will celebrate with a CD release party at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, April 15th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. John is captivating new audiences by putting an adventurous yet accessible spin on a classic tradition. While highlighting original music, the Quartet also creates unique interpretations of popular American songs from past and present. The group's style is an intimate, all-acoustic format, where the music takes center stage. Call for cover/minimum information.


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