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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 22nd to April 28th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - APRIL 28th

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NYC: ROSE BONANZA ~ MORE MEMORIES OF LAS VEGAS

Rose Bonanza brings her show "More Memories Of Las Vegas" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, April 28th at 4:00 pm. She is joined on stage by her musical director Ricky Ritzel. Ms. Bonanza's signature voice and electrifying, yet whimsical style has been sending audiences away raving since the 1960s when she was one of the top lounge acts in Las Vegas. Brooklyn born, Ms. Bonanza spent the early years of her childhood being taught piano and singing by the nuns in her neighborhood convent. It wasn't long before everyone realized what a jewel they had in their midst. She brought the house down in her kindergarten class and knew her life would be about music from that day forward. After landing a job in Las Vegas in the mid-sixties, her musical career zoomed through the major hotels in Las Vegas even before she was old enough to walk through the casinos, where celebrities like Dean Martin, Jack Carter, and Robert Goulet took her under their wings. Eventually, she returned to New York to raise a family and pursue a brilliant club career in the late 1970's. Until recently, she and her husband/manager Michael DiMartino spent much of their lives on the road. Now, she picks and chooses her favorite spots to return to where her fans await her each year. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: BARBARA MALLEY IS OUT OF ORDER
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Barbara Malley bring her latest show 'Barbara Malley Is Out Of Order" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Sunday, April 28th at 5:15 pm. Additional shows are scheduled for Sunday, May 12th at 3:00 pm; Friday, May 17th at 7:00 pm; and Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm. She is joined on stage by musical director David Gaines, with Dona Kelly on drums. This is Barbara's fourth cabaret show. Coming from Brooklyn of parents who met as members of the Greenwich Village Players and a grandfather who sang in Vaudeville, lust for the stage was always in her blood. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "SECRET HOPES!"

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 28th from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "Secret Hopes!". Co-Hosts will be Lorinda Lisitza & Ted Stafford. In the Salon Spotlight: Ricky Ritzel. 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.


NYC: ABE OVADIA QUARTET: CELEBRATING JOHN COLTRANE

Keystone Korner Nights Presents The Abe Ovadia Quartet (Abe Ovadia - Guitar, Anthony Pocetti - Piano, Michael Feinberg - Bass, Shareef Taher - Drums) in Celebrating John Coltrane at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - ) on Sunday, April 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Since his New York City arrival in 2009, Abe Ovadia has become an essential part of the city's jazz scene as a guitarist & composer. He has been described as "a musician with heart and soul, who puts his beautiful sound at the service of emotion." by world renowned pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Abe's group performs at many of New York's top jazz clubs including Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia Street Cafe, Jazz at Kitano, The Bar Next Door, The Falcon among others. His musical versatility reaches a wider audience at venues including Sullivan Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, & Pianos. His debut album "The Jem" was released in spring 2011 followed by tours featuring Brian Lynch, Jd Allen, & Benito Gonzalez. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ARTURO O'FARRILL AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
CELEBRATING MARCH IS CABARET MONTH

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

NYC: ANDREA BURNS: TRUE BEAUTY AT 54 BELOW

Broadway's Andrea Burns (Beauty & The Beast, The Full Monty, The Ritz, In the Heights, The Nance) presents brings her brand new show True Beauty to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Sunday, April 28th at 7:00 pm. The show is a hilarious and at times moving evening that explores finding a state of grace at forty while reasserting that Latinas don't play. Weaving Broadway with pop culture, expect tunes by Sarah Bareilles, Stephen Sondheim, Celia Cruz, Peter Gabriel, and more as Andrea teams up with her In the Heights Musical Director, Alex Lacamoire. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS TIM ROSSER & CHARLIE SOHNE

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) presents Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne on Sunday, April 28th at 9:30 pm. How many evenings can be spent in the company of a family of evangelical creationists (The Profit of Creation), dancing boys in Afghanistan (The Boy Who Danced On Air), opinionated if slightly confused teenagers (Political Speeches By Young People), and robotic tin soldiers (Third Time's A Charm)? The work of songwriters Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne is far ranging, but united by a unique blend of sincerity, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, and humor. Come hear Broadway's finest perform a set that will make you laugh, cry, order a martini, and then chase it with bourbon. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


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". "Divos and Divas with Marcus Nance" is an elegant afternoon of the best in jazz, cabaret, theatre and opera. As a fan of both the classy era of Johnny Hartman and Sarah Vaughan and the impressive showmanship of the opera and theatre worlds, Marcus Nance celebrates these traditions together in this series of Sunday brunch cabarets featuring some of the best singers from New York and Toronto. There is a $15 cover.

DC: CAPITAL CITY VOICES (20 VOICE CHOIR) AT BLUES ALLEY

Capital City Voices (20 Voice Choir), directed by Peggy Stern will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Sunday, April 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Peggy Stern is one of America's first ladies of jazz and has had a long and storied career in performance, composition, and vocal arrangement. The April concert includes Stern originals as well as several tunes from the Nancy Wilson/ Cannonball Adderly Songbook and other sweet surprises. Along with Stern at the piano, two acclaimed musicians will accompany the choir: saxophonist "Sweet" Sue Terry & bassist Tom Baldwin. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: SAM GREEN - SWEET DANCING SOUL AT THE BUTTERFLY

Sam Green's Sweet Dancing Soul will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 24th through 28th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). Sam Green survived the road of hard knocks by singing with the troubadours of the street poets. Travelling to Jerusalem, he studied at Diaspora Yeshiva on Mount Zion, outside the old city. Sam Green's music is a cross between James Taylor and Van Morrison. Original in the true sense, with a heart and soul to match. Call for cover/minimum information.


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CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SATURDAY - APRIL 27th

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NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday nights April 13th & 27th at 8:00 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: ROB FULTON - JUST FRIENDS AT THE METROPOLITAN

Rob Fulton brings his show "Just Friends" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, April 27th at 4:00 pm. He will be joined by jazz singers Naimah Mustafaa and Sheila Bees. A native of New York, Rob Fulton started performing at a very early age. His musical influence came from his mother, a touring Gospel singer, who helped in the early development of his musical career by enrolling him in music school learning guitar. However, it was when he joined the school band, from grade school through high school, that he learned music theory as well as the slide trombone and piano. Rob continued his musical development at S.U.N.Y. Old Westbury studying under Ken McIntyre. Rob has toured Europe as a Contemporary Gospel and R&B performer. Studying under some of the legends, he honed his vocal skills, several years ago to his first love; Jazz. Featured in various New York City Jazz clubs, he continues to astound his audience as being one of the most versatile vocalist. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JESSE LUTTRELL'S BAWDY IS BACK

Jesse Luttrell's ever-changing BAWDY continues to sparkle at STAGE 72 - formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) with monthly performances on the last Saturday of every month. The show on Saturday, April 27th at 9"30 pm will feature unpredictable West Village celebrity Lavinia Draper and the joyous antics of the hilarious Jay Rogers (Whoop Dee Doo/When Pigs Fly). The brainchild of trampy cabaret favorite Jesse Luttrell, BAWDY is headlined by Luttrell, and brings together cabaret, drag, and comedy performers of all classifications and orders in a celebration of adult variety, paying homage to vaudeville, burlesque, and the hit television variety shows of the 50s and 60s. First conceived in 2009 as a benefit for Marriage Equality NEW YORK, BAWDY enjoyed sold-out runs at the same venue. After an extended break, BAWDY has returned with all of the sexy, crazy, glitzy, and raging bravado we've come to expect from Luttrell. Luttrell will also feature Burlesque superstars Poppy Tart, Grace Gotham, and Gin Minsky. The cast for the evening will also include Dennis Necsary, Inaki Baldassarre, Jake Haynie, Tripp Fountain, SABRA! and BAWDY favorite: Kazoo Girl Laura Oldham. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: YELLOWJACKETS AT BIRDLAND

Celebrating 30 years together, the quintessential electric jazz group Yellowjackets, featuring Russell Ferrante (keyboards), Bob Mintzer (saxes), Felix Pastorius (electric bass), William Kennedy (drums), perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The Yellowjackets released their 21st recording and Mack Avenue Records label debut "TIMELINE" to critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations: "Best Jazz Instrumental Album" and "Best Instrumental Composition" for the Russell Ferrante penned title track. Led by founding member, keyboardist and primary composer Russell Ferrante, Yellowjackets continue to practice their signature brand of high energy rhythm and improvisational group chemistry. Also featuring drummer (since 1986) William Kennedy, saxophonist (since 1991) Bob Mintzer and recent addition, bassist Felix Pastorius (son of the late electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius) who is filling in for founding member Jimmy Haslip during a touring hiatus. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ARTURO SANDOVAL AT THE BLUE NOTE

Arturo Sandoval will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Friday & Saturday, April 26th & 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and as a leader, as well as on the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys. Sandoval has been awarded 6 Grammy Awards, and nominated 12 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and one Emmy Award, the latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, "For Love or Country" starring Andy Garcia. His last album "Time for Love" had three Grammy nominations and won two for best album and best production. He is currently working on two new albums, "Dear Diz, Every Day I Think of You" and " Tangos ", along with a new book chronicling his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie. There is a $30-$45 cover.

NYC: '4 GENERATIONS OF MILES' AT THE IRIDIUM

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) presents '4 Generations of Miles' featuring Jimmy Cobb, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams and Mike Stern on Wednesday through Saturday, April 24th through 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991) was an American jazz composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist and was one of the most influential, innovative and original musicians of the twentieth century. In terms of importance to the history of jazz, few knowledgeable critics would balk at describing him as an innovative genius with an unmistakable style and unmatched musical range. Stylistically, his vast catalogue encompasses bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion. He was a pivotal figure in the evolution of the latter three. His recordings, along with the live performances of his many seminal bands, were vital in jazz's increased artistic acceptance. A popularizer as well as an innovator, Davis became famous for both his languid, melodic style and his laconic and at times confrontational personality. As an increasingly well-paid and fashionably-dressed jazz musician, Davis was a symbol of the music's commercial and artistic potential. Davis is the latest, and perhaps the last, in the line of supremely innovative and influential jazz trumpeters that starts with Buddy Bolden and runs through Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie. Davis has been compared to Duke Ellington as a musical innovator. Both were skillful players on their instruments but were not considered technical virtuosos. Both expressed their musical ideas more as bandleaders, although Davis soloed much more than Ellington. Both tailored their compositions to the players in their bands. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: SUE HALLORAN & KEN HITCHCOCK "I CAN COOK TOO!"

Sue Halloran (vocals) & Ken Hitchcock (reeds) will release their new CD "I Can Cook Too!" at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturday, April 27th at 11:00 pm. They are joined on stage by Rob Aries (keyboard), Ken Wessel (guitar), John Miller (bass), and Ray Marchica (drums). Ken & Sue will perform this special late night set when they present a collection of exotic arrangements of cherished standards (A Quiet Thing, I'll Take Romance) and other classics from the American Songbook (My Funny Valentine, Look at That Face), all orchestrated in a way in which you've never heard these tunes before! Ken Hitchcock is one of Broadway's favorite pit musicians (Memphis, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Grease, Chicago, 42nd St., Grey Gardens) and his wife, Sue, is a recording artist with a lengthy career singing alongside greats as diverse as Nancy Wilson and Cab Calloway to Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Talking Heads). After spending decades making music together, Sue and Ken have finally collaborated on their first CD, titled "I Can Cook Too." There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYS: ECHOING BACK: BEAUTIFUL GIRLS: CELEBRATING SONDHEIM'S IN FORT SALEM SPRING CABARET SERIES

Beautiful Girls: Celebrating Sondheim's, will br presented on The MAINSTAGE AT FORT SALEM THEATER (11 East Broadway, Salem, NY - 518-854-9200) for one show only on Saturday, April 27th at 8:00 pm. The show brings back three of the Fort's favorite gals, regional theater and soap opera performer Kathleen Devine, Broadway singer Florence Hayle, and recording artist Lynne Kerr, in a tuneful and slightly irreverent salute to Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim, with songs ranging from "I Feel Pretty" to "Send in the Clowns." The $25 admission includes a $5 credit toward coffee and dessert provided by Norene and Fred's of Salem; advance reservations are recommended.


NYS: NICE & NAUGHTY! A NIGHT IN A SPEAK EASY WITH BARBARA ROSENE

Barbara Rosene and Pianist Conal Fowkes (Grammy Award winner for "Midnight in Paris") will perform in 'Nice & Naughty! A Night in a Speak Easy' at the newly renovated SUFFOLK THEATER (118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY - 631-727-4343 - / ) on Saturday, April 27th at 8:00 pm. Also performing will be violinist Andy Stein (25 plus years with A Prairie Home Companion) and Saxophone great, Michael Hashim (The Widespread Depression Orchestra). Tickets are $22.

BOS: SCULLERS PRESENTS REBECCA PARRIS

Rebecca Parris will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Saturday, April 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. She will be joined by special guest Mike Turk on Jazz Harmonica. Parris continues an integral and important vein in jazz music, that of supreme interpreter. She channels the spirit of those great vocalists she has known and projects that spirit, with hers, into the future. Dinner/show: $65 Show only: $25


TOR: ADI BRAUN AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

Canadian Jazz Vocalist and 2007 MAC Award Nominee (Best Major Jazz Vocalist) Adi Braun will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) Thursday through Saturday, April 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. She is joined on stage by her band (Pat Collins, Jordan Klapman, Steve Heathcote) Adi has a long list of cabaret, concert and theatre successes to her credit. She has performed in every major jazz and concert venue in Toronto, has toured Canada, the United States and Europe, and released four critically acclaimed CDs, Delishious, The Rules of the Game, Live at the Metropolitan Room, and her latest offering Canadian Scenes I featuring all original material. Adi's repertoire ranges from the Great American songbook, to European cabaret, to contemporary songs by Canada legend's Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot as well as her own originals. There is a $15 music charge.


DC: JAZZ VOCALIST KARRIN ALLYSON AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents Jazz Vocalist Karrin Allyson Thursday through Saturday, April 25th through 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Having released 13 top selling albums, she has music lovers and critics around the world shouting her name from the rooftops, marveling at the range of this extraordinary musician, who moves with such ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Duke and Thelonious and Miles and Dizzy, jet-setting to Rio and Paris and swinging back home to pick up Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb. What unites this wide world of music brings it together and makes sense of it all is Karrin Allyson's warmth and depth. She's not just singing a lyric, she's telling you her story. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE TAKE THE STAGE

Homegrown Americana boogie blues and big band Kings of Crownsville bring their rockin' swing jazz sound to CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515 - ) on Saturday. April 27th at 7"30 pm. is a chunky description of the Kings. The 6-piece band blends guitar, bass, drums, piano, trumpet, trombone, and vocal harmony. Call for cover/minimum information.


L.A.: SHAWN RYAN IN CONCERT AT THE M BAR

Shawn Ryan, Semi-Finalist from NBC's America's Got Talent, returns to Los Angeles to Headline at the M BAR (1253 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA - 323-856-0036 - ) with an all new show on Saturday, April 27th at 8:00 pm. He will be backed by The Kelly Park Band. Special guest for the evening is Jason Brock. The show features original comedy, jazz standards - in short, Pure Entertainment! Shawn Ryan is one on the hottest nightclub acts today. Shawn is the co-founder of The Young Actors' Theatre Camp along with his partner of 11 years, John Ainsworth. From his gender bending turn on "Women's Murder Club" to his GLAAD Nominated role on "The Mentalist", Shawn's showbiz life gives his audiences a musical romp through tinsel town! Whether it is acting, singing, or cracking audiences up on LOGO TV's One Night Stand Up, Shawn Ryan is taking the world by storm, one song at a time. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. Tickets on sale at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/339404

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

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

L.A.: CABARET ON THE GREEN AT THE DATE PALM COUNTRY CLUB

Palm Springs entertainer Les Michaels will launch a new show at AJ'S ON THE GREEN RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE (36200 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City, CA - 760-202-1111). Cabaret On The Green will take place on Saturday's beginning April 27th from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Dinner reservations for tables in the main room are highly advised or open seating is available in the lounge. Overlooking a lake at the Date Palm Country Club, AJ's is an ideal location for live entertainment with seating for 140 and a baby grand piano that will be played by Joel Baker who has worked along side Les for nearly four years and is considered 'a singer's best friend' for his ability to accompany them in any style but mostly Standards, Jazz, Broadway, and The Great American Songbook. There is no cover charge so food and drink purchase is customary.

LON: LIZ ROBERTSON AT THE CRAZY COQS THROUGH SATURDAY

Liz Robertson premieres her new show, Liz Sings Her Favourite Songs, at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Chris Walker accompanies Liz on piano. She will be performing the songs that have meant the most to her over a distinguished career as one of Britain's most loved leading ladies in shows by Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and her late husband, the great lyricist Alan J. Lerner. Liz is inextricably part of the British musical theatre, the perfect interpreter of great songs from Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim. Other songwriters who have all been part of her stage life include Cy Coleman, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Kern. What is less known is that Liz is a wonderful raconteuse and has many backstage stories to tell of the real world of music and music-makers. As a very young actress/singer, Liz came to public attention starring as Eliza Doolittle in the 1979 London revival of My Fair Lady, a role for which she won the Variety Club's Most Promising Actress award and, not incidentally, won its lyricist, Alan J.Lerner. She has led the cast in a string of impressive and popular musicals, including the original productions of Song and Dance and Side By Side By Sondheim, Stepping Out, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray and Love Never Dies in the West End. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: SAM GREEN - SWEET DANCING SOUL AT THE BUTTERFLY

Sam Green's Sweet Dancing Soul will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 24th through 28th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). Sam Green survived the road of hard knocks by singing with the troubadours of the street poets. Tr avelling to Jerusalem, he studied at Diaspora Yeshiva on Mount Zion, outside the old city. Sam Green's music is a cross between James Taylor and Van Morrison. Original in the true sense, with a heart and soul to match. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: LATE NIGHT SHOWCASE: THE BUTCHER SHOP GOES BANANAS

The Butcher Shop Goes Bananas will perform in a late night showcase at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000 - ) on Saturday, April 27th at 10:30 pm. Ever seen a banana split? How about a coco nut? Well eat your heart out Carmen Miranda cause the Butcher Shop Revue is getting fruity! Sub'LIME' vocals, freshly squeezed circus, berry sweet burlesque, and coconutty comedy, all finely diced and presented in a 1 hour late night showcase. Call for cover/minimum information.

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FRIDAY - APRIL 26th

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NYC: SHEPLEY METCALF - THE SONGS OF LAURA NYRO

Shepley Metcalf brings her show 'The Songs of Laura Nyro' to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, April 26th at 9:30 pm. "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Eli's Coming," "Wedding Bell Blues," "And When I Die,": these fantastic hits and many lesser-known gems were written by Laura Nyro in the '60s and '70s, and Shepley Metcalf plans to deliver them with passion. Janice Friedman on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and Willard Dyson on drums join Shepley to explore Nyro's poignant ballads "I Never Meant to Hurt You" and "Billy's Blues," cult classic "Emmie," and the powerful cry-for-help "Stoney End." The Songs of Laura Nyro has played to enthusiastic audiences in Boston clubs and here at the Metropolitan Room last November. Shepley's album of these songs will be hot-off-the-press at these April shows. Boston-based Shepley Metcalf sang folk tunes in the '70s, cabaret in the '90s, and has become one of Boston's finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook. She shares the marvelous melodies and lyrics of jazz standards in venues throughout New England and New York. In 2010 she became the first U.S. musician to perform and record a new songbook by lyricist Fran Landesman ("Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most"). Shepley's show of these songs was performed at the Metropolitan Room, and at top clubs in San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. She is currently recording a new album of fabulous yet little-known songs written between 1920 and 1950. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: RICKY RITZEL SINGS ELAINE STRITCH AT MAMA'S

Cabaret warhorse Ricky Ritzel pays homage to Broadway legend Elaine Stritch in a hilarious and poignant evening of nonstop fun at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ) on Friday, April 26th & Monday, May 6th at 7:30 pm. From Angel in the Wings to A Little Night Music, Elaine Stitch has introduced and covered some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century. Now, Mr. Ritzel puts his unique spin on them in this loving tribute to one of Broadway's greatest treasures. Directed by Jim Luzar and accompanied by Mary Rodriguez on drums & Jamie Mohamdein on bass. Ritzel has received 14 MAC Awards in 9 different categories, and was named Outstanding Person in the Arts in New Jersey by State Senator, Brian Stack. He has performed all over the United States as well as London and Paris. An accomplished solo performer, Ricky has also accompanied such greats as Vivian Blaine, Ruth Warrick, Arthur Prysock, Varla Jean Merman, Julie Wilson, Lenora Nemetz and Miss Coco Peru. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: RON DABNEY "OH, DO IT AGAIN!" AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Ron Dabney and the Barry Levitt Trio return to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, April 26th at 7:00 pm with music and songs that suggest the circumstances of love that we may or may not seek - for the better and the worse. Ron's will present his own interpretation of Landesman and Wolf's "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," Porter's "I Get A Kick Out Of You," and "Everything Must Change." There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MARC MCBARRON KESSLER'S NAKED ARCADE AT THE UNDERGROUND

On Friday, April 26th at 10:00 pm, there will be an encore performance of Marc McBarron Kessler's provocative new musical play, NAKED ARCADE at THE UNDERGROUND LOUNGE (955 West End Avenue, NYC - 212-531-4759). The show features Marc McBarron Kessler as Mickey, Go Mahan as Pearl, J. Michael Reeds as John, Francesca MacAaron as Ellis The Mermaid, Andrew Loren Resto as The Killer, and Barbara Mundy as Mickey's Mother. A brief synopsis: Times Square, 1980. On a winter's eve a few weeks after the death of hustler-musician Mickey, his friends gather to remember him, taking a final tour through his life, his art, and his complicated dreams, as they struggle to find their own place in the world now that their anchor is gone. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/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: 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: YELLOWJACKETS AT BIRDLAND

Celebrating 30 years together, the quintessential electric jazz group Yellowjackets, featuring Russell Ferrante (keyboards), Bob Mintzer (saxes), Felix Pastorius (electric bass), William Kennedy (drums), perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The Yellowjackets released their 21st recording and Mack Avenue Records label debut "TIMELINE" to critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations: "Best Jazz Instrumental Album" and "Best Instrumental Composition" for the Russell Ferrante penned title track. Led by founding member, keyboardist and primary composer Russell Ferrante, Yellowjackets continue to practice their signature brand of high energy rhythm and improvisational group chemistry. Also featuring drummer (since 1986) William Kennedy, saxophonist (since 1991) Bob Mintzer and recent addition, bassist Felix Pastorius (son of the late electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius) who is filling in for founding member Jimmy Haslip during a touring hiatus. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: '4 GENERATIONS OF MILES' AT THE IRIDIUM

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) presents '4 Generations of Miles' featuring Jimmy Cobb, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams and Mike Stern on Wednesday through Saturday, April 24th through 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991) was an American jazz composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist and was one of the most influential, innovative and original musicians of the twentieth century. In terms of importance to the history of jazz, few knowledgeable critics would balk at describing him as an innovative genius with an unmistakable style and unmatched musical range. Stylistically, his vast catalogue encompasses bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion. He was a pivotal figure in the evolution of the latter three. His recordings, along with the live performances of his many seminal bands, were vital in jazz's increased artistic acceptance. A popularizer as well as an innovator, Davis became famous for both his languid, melodic style and his laconic and at times confrontational personality. As an increasingly well-paid and fashionably-dressed jazz musician, Davis was a symbol of the music's commercial and artistic potential. Davis is the latest, and perhaps the last, in the line of supremely innovative and influential jazz trumpeters that starts with Buddy Bolden and runs through Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie. Davis has been compared to Duke Ellington as a musical innovator. Both were skillful players on their instruments but were not considered technical virtuosos. Both expressed their musical ideas more as bandleaders, although Davis soloed much more than Ellington. Both tailored their compositions to the players in their bands. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: ARTURO SANDOVAL AT THE BLUE NOTE

Arturo Sandoval will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Friday & Saturday, April 26th & 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and as a leader, as well as on the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys. Sandoval has been awarded 6 Grammy Awards, and nominated 12 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and one Emmy Award, the latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, "For Love or Country" starring Andy Garcia. His last album "Time for Love" had three Grammy nominations and won two for best album and best production. He is currently working on two new albums, "Dear Diz, Every Day I Think of You" and " Tangos ", along with a new book chronicling his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie. There is a $30-$45 cover.

NYC: BARBARA COOK AT 54 BELOW

One of the all time great voices comes to the 54 BELOW stage for two very special weeks this April and May, debuting a brand new evening of music! Broadway/Concert/Cabaret icon Barbara Cook will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Friday, April 23rd through May 4th. Showtimes are 7:00 pm on Tuesdays; 7:00 & 9:30 pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; and 8:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Her pure soprano, haunting tone, and warm onstage presence make any evening with Barbara Cook an unforgettable nightlife experience. Not only are Ms. Cook's concert and cabaret performances the stuff of New York legend, but her life in the theatre has stretched from the creation of the leading female roles in the Broadway classics Candide, The Music Man, and She Loves Me, to her recent appearance in Sondheim on Sondheim, and a whole lot in between! Among a heavy mantle of awards, Ms. Cook has been honored with the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Drama Critics Circle Awards, has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and was recently presented with the Kennedy Center Honor. Cover charge: $65-$75 for 9:30 pm shows, $85-$95 for 7:00 pm shows, $105-$115: 8:30 pm shows plus a $30 food/drink minimum for all shows.


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 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.

NYC: TRUMPETER/VOCALIST BRIA SKONBERG AT CAFE CARLYLE

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


BOS: MONTY ALEXANDER - THE HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS

The Harlem-Kingston Express will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday, April 26th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The Harlem-Kingston Express (evoking not only the combination of the two cities but also the high-powered excitement the band brings to the stage) is essentially two groups in one: a jazz group and a reggae group, with Alexander straddling the two on piano. Monty Alexander received the prestigious 'Luminary Award' at the Caribbean American Heritage Award gala in Washington DC on November 16, 2012. The 10:00 pm show will be Broadcast Live From Scullers on 89.7 WGBH with "Eric in the Evening" Dinner/show: $70 Show only: $30

TOR: ADI BRAUN AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

Canadian Jazz Vocalist and 2007 MAC Award Nominee (Best Major Jazz Vocalist) Adi Braun will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) Thursday through Saturday, April 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. She is joined on stage by her band (Pat Collins, Jordan Klapman, Steve Heathcote) Adi has a long list of cabaret, concert and theatre successes to her credit. She has performed in every major jazz and concert venue in Toronto, has toured Canada, the United States and Europe, and released four critically acclaimed CDs, Delishious, The Rules of the Game, Live at the Metropolitan Room, and her latest offering Canadian Scenes I featuring all original material. Adi's repertoire ranges from the Great American songbook, to European cabaret, to contemporary songs by Canada legend's Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot as well as her own originals. There is a $15 music charge.


DC: JAZZ VOCALIST KARRIN ALLYSON AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents Jazz Vocalist Karrin Allyson Thursday through Saturday, April 25th through 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Having released 13 top selling albums, she has music lovers and critics around the world shouting her name from the rooftops, marveling at the range of this extraordinary musician, who moves with such ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Duke and Thelonious and Miles and Dizzy, jet-setting to Rio and Paris and swinging back home to pick up Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb. What unites this wide world of music brings it together and makes sense of it all is Karrin Allyson's warmth and depth. She's not just singing a lyric, she's telling you her story. 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.


LON: LIZ ROBERTSON AT THE CRAZY COQS THROUGH SATURDAY

Liz Robertson premieres her new show, Liz Sings Her Favourite Songs, at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Chris Walker accompanies Liz on piano. She will be performing the songs that have meant the most to her over a distinguished career as one of Britain's most loved leading ladies in shows by Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and her late husband, the great lyricist Alan J. Lerner. Liz is inextricably part of the British musical theatre, the perfect interpreter of great songs from Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim. Other songwriters who have all been part of her stage life include Cy Coleman, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Kern. What is less known is that Liz is a wonderful raconteuse and has many backstage stories to tell of the real world of music and music-makers. As a very young actress/singer, Liz came to public attention starring as Eliza Doolittle in the 1979 London revival of My Fair Lady, a role for which she won the Variety Club's Most Promising Actress award and, not incidentally, won its lyricist, Alan J.Lerner. She has led the cast in a string of impressive and popular musicals, including the original productions of Song and Dance and Side By Side By Sondheim, Stepping Out, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray and Love Never Dies in the West End. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: SAM GREEN - SWEET DANCING SOUL AT THE BUTTERFLY

Sam Green's Sweet Dancing Soul will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 24th through 28th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). Sam Green survived the road of hard knocks by singing with the troubadours of the street poets. Travelling to Jerusalem, he studied at Diaspora Yeshiva on Mount Zion, outside the old city. Sam Green's music is a cross between James Taylor and Van Morrison. Original in the true sense, with a heart and soul to match. Call for cover/minimum information.


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

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

NYC: DOMINICK FARINACCI AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Dominick Farinacci will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 pm. Recently featured on ABC's Good Morning America, and at the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards, Dominick Farinacci has garnered critical acclaim around the globe. Over the years, Farinacci has won numerous awards that speak to his wide ranging impact and appeal: the International New Star Award (along with Diana Krall and Christian McBride) and Disney New Star Award. He was also invited to perform at the O2 in London, opening for Jamie Cullum and Jeff Beck. In January 2012, he was featured on an hour-long segment of NPR's "Jazz Rising Stars." Launching his recording career overseas with an incredibly prolific run of six albums from 2003-2007 on Japan's Pony Canyon/M&I Records, the NYC based artist blossomed with the full throttle eclectic approach he took to Lovers, Tales and Dances, the first jazz recording produced by legendary three time Grammy winning pop/rock producer Russ Titelman (formerly with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, James Taylor). There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MELVIN VAN PEEBLES & COMPANY AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Melvin Van Peebles & Co. will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, April 25th at 9:30 pm. On April 22nd, he was honored by the The Chicago International Movie and Music Festival with a lifetime achievement award, Melvin and his band Wid Laxative (Melvin Van Peebles - storytelling & vocals; Bruce Mack - keyboards & vocals; Michael "MK" Kammers - tenor sax & vocals; Paula Henderson - bari sax & vocals; Jared Michael Nickerson - electric bass & vocals; Mike Machado - drums). There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: YELLOWJACKETS AT BIRDLAND

Celebrating 30 years together, the quintessential electric jazz group Yellowjackets, featuring Russell Ferrante (keyboards), Bob Mintzer (saxes), Felix Pastorius (electric bass), William Kennedy (drums), perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The Yellowjackets released their 21st recording and Mack Avenue Records label debut "TIMELINE" to critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations: "Best Jazz Instrumental Album" and "Best Instrumental Composition" for the Russell Ferrante penned title track. Led by founding member, keyboardist and primary composer Russell Ferrante, Yellowjackets continue to practice their signature brand of high energy rhythm and improvisational group chemistry. Also featuring drummer (since 1986) William Kennedy, saxophonist (since 1991) Bob Mintzer and recent addition, bassist Felix Pastorius (son of the late electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius) who is filling in for founding member Jimmy Haslip during a touring hiatus. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: '4 GENERATIONS OF MILES' AT THE IRIDIUM

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) presents '4 Generations of Miles' featuring Jimmy Cobb, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams and Mike Stern on Wednesday through Saturday, April 24th through 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991) was an American jazz composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist and was one of the most influential, innovative and original musicians of the twentieth century. In terms of importance to the history of jazz, few knowledgeable critics would balk at describing him as an innovative genius with an unmistakable style and unmatched musical range. Stylistically, his vast catalogue encompasses bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion. He was a pivotal figure in the evolution of the latter three. His recordings, along with the live performances of his many seminal bands, were vital in jazz's increased artistic acceptance. A popularizer as well as an innovator, Davis became famous for both his languid, melodic style and his laconic and at times confrontational personality. As an increasingly well-paid and fashionably-dressed jazz musician, Davis was a symbol of the music's commercial and artistic potential. Davis is the latest, and perhaps the last, in the line of supremely innovative and influential jazz trumpeters that starts with Buddy Bolden and runs through Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie. Davis has been compared to Duke Ellington as a musical innovator. Both were skillful players on their instruments but were not considered technical virtuosos. Both expressed their musical ideas more as bandleaders, although Davis soloed much more than Ellington. Both tailored their compositions to the players in their bands. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MACEO PARKER AT THE BLUE NOTE

THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) presents Maceo Parker on Monday through Thursday, April 22nd through 25th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Maceo Parker's name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth. By now that he's played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as " like being at University "; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; stretching out with Bootsy's Rubber Band. He's the living, breathing pulse that connects the history of Funk in one golden thread. The cipher that unravels dance music down to its core. In 1991, Maceo was remembered by aficionados of funk music as sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. More than a decade and a half later Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career. For the past sixteen years Maceo has been building a new funk empire, fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between James Brown's 1960's soul and George Clinton's 1970's freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop. His collaborations over the years performing or recording or both have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: BARBARA COOK AT 54 BELOW

One of the all time great voices comes to the 54 BELOW stage for two very special weeks this April and May, debuting a brand new evening of music! Broadway/Concert/Cabaret icon Barbara Cook will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Friday, April 23rd through May 4th. Showtimes are 7:00 pm on Tuesdays; 7:00 & 9:30 pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; and 8:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Her pure soprano, haunting tone, and warm onstage presence make any evening with Barbara Cook an unforgettable nightlife experience. Not only are Ms. Cook's concert and cabaret performances the stuff of New York legend, but her life in the theatre has stretched from the creation of the leading female roles in the Broadway classics Candide, The Music Man, and She Loves Me, to her recent appearance in Sondheim on Sondheim, and a whole lot in between! Among a heavy mantle of awards, Ms. Cook has been honored with the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Drama Critics Circle Awards, has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and was recently presented with the Kennedy Center Honor. Cover charge: $65-$75 for 9:30 pm shows, $85-$95 for 7:00 pm shows, $105-$115: 8:30 pm shows plus a $30 food/drink minimum for all shows.


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

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

NYC: TRUMPETER/VOCALIST BRIA SKONBERG AT CAFE CARLYLE

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


BOS: SCULLERS PRESENTS HIROSHIMA

SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) presents Hiroshima on Thursday, April 25th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Hiroshima is an American jazz fusion/smooth jazz band formed in 1974 by Sansei Japanese American Dan Kuramoto, Peter Hata, June Kuramoto, Johnny Mori, Dave Iwataki and Danny Yamamoto. The band integrates traditional Japanese instruments into their musical blend and has generally been both commercial and creative within its genre. Dinner/show: $70 Show only: $30


TOR: ADI BRAUN AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

Canadian Jazz Vocalist and 2007 MAC Award Nominee (Best Major Jazz Vocalist) Adi Braun will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) Thursday through Saturday, April 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. She is joined on stage by her band (Pat Collins, Jordan Klapman, Steve Heathcote) Adi has a long list of cabaret, concert and theatre successes to her credit. She has performed in every major jazz and concert venue in Toronto, has toured Canada, the United States and Europe, and released four critically acclaimed CDs, Delishious, The Rules of the Game, Live at the Metropolitan Room, and her latest offering Canadian Scenes I featuring all original material. Adi's repertoire ranges from the Great American songbook, to European cabaret, to contemporary songs by Canada legend's Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot as well as her own originals. There is a $15 music charge.


DC: JAZZ VOCALIST KARRIN ALLYSON AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents Jazz Vocalist Karrin Allyson Thursday through Saturday, April 25th through 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Having released 13 top selling albums, she has music lovers and critics around the world shouting her name from the rooftops, marveling at the range of this extraordinary musician, who moves with such ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Duke and Thelonious and Miles and Dizzy, jet-setting to Rio and Paris and swinging back home to pick up Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb. What unites this wide world of music brings it together and makes sense of it all is Karrin Allyson's warmth and depth. She's not just singing a lyric, she's telling you her story. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: FIRST UK PRESENTATION OF SENSUAL DREAMS

Faithless Productions are delighted to announce their first UK presentation of ground breaking new show Sensual Dreams which will play at THE BROADWAY THEATRE (Broadway, Barking, London, UK IG11 7LS - 0208 507 5607) on Wednesday & Thursday, April 24th & 25th at 8:00 pm. A passionate and erotic fusion of Latin, ballet, circus, and magic, Sensual Dreams pushes the boundaries of dance and acrobatics, challenging the audience's senses and desires. With live music and vocals, Sensual Dreams is a burlesque show, a sensual circus variety show, a show that has everything to please and astound. Bringing back vaudevillian glam to the 21st century, Sensual Dreams includes an outstanding cast including Billy George semi finalist from Britain's Got Talent, Rosalind James (Les Miserables), acclaimed magician Matthew McGurk and the glamorous Miss Mince Meat from Soho's Drag scene. Directed by Ricardo Canadinhas, with Choreography by Ricardo Canadinhas and Claudio M Coluna, Costumes by Lisa Armstrong & Ricardo Canadinhas and lighting by Intelligent Lighting Company, Sensual Dreams is produced by Faithless Productions Limited. 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! HAROLD IS A PREMIER SPONSOR OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

LON: LIZ ROBERTSON AT THE CRAZY COQS THROUGH SATURDAY

Liz Robertson premieres her new show, Liz Sings Her Favourite Songs, at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Chris Walker accompanies Liz on piano. She will be performing the songs that have meant the most to her over a distinguished career as one of Britain's most loved leading ladies in shows by Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and her late husband, the great lyricist Alan J. Lerner. Liz is inextricably part of the British musical theatre, the perfect interpreter of great songs from Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim. Other songwriters who have all been part of her stage life include Cy Coleman, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Kern. What is less known is that Liz is a wonderful raconteuse and has many backstage stories to tell of the real world of music and music-makers. As a very young actress/singer, Liz came to public attention starring as Eliza Doolittle in the 1979 London revival of My Fair Lady, a role for which she won the Variety Club's Most Promising Actress award and, not incidentally, won its lyricist, Alan J.Lerner. She has led the cast in a string of impressive and popular musicals, including the original productions of Song and Dance and Side By Side By Sondheim, Stepping Out, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray and Love Never Dies in the West End. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: SAM GREEN - SWEET DANCING SOUL AT THE BUTTERFLY

Sam Green's Sweet Dancing Soul will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 24th through 28th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). Sam Green survived the road of hard knocks by singing with the troubadours of the street poets. Travelling to Jerusalem, he studied at Diaspora Yeshiva on Mount Zion, outside the old city. Sam Green's music is a cross between James Taylor and Van Morrison. Original in the true sense, with a heart and soul to match. Call for cover/minimum information.


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WEDNESDAY - APRIL 24th

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NYC: CLARK WARREN - "LUCKY SO AND SO"

The title "LUCK SO AND SO", besides being one of the songs you will hear at Clark Warren's Jazz Birthday Party on April 24th show at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), is itself a song of thanks. This inventive, tuneful, upbeat show reflects that gratefulness with stunningly arranged tunes which qualify as new to the ear. Clark's business card simply reads "Voice" since working that instrument has always been is only business. From major brand TV voiceovers, to his 12 years in Manhattan Cabaret, to his appearances at New York's BIRDLAND, Clark has shared a lifetime of entertaining, on Broadway, on radio, TV and nightclub with appreciative reviewers and fans.There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum (includes a free CD).
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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 at Dillon's and the famed FireBird Cafe. He most recently concluded a four month run at upstairs @ San Martin, NYC.There is no cover charge.
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NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: GENE BERTONCINI

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 24th features Gene Bertoncini, singer, with Michael Moore on bass. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

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

Patti Issues will be performed by Ben Rimalower at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Wednesdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th, and April 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th - all shows at 9:30 pm. (No performances March 27th) Patti Issues mark's Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas. When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort - like so many gay boys before him and after - in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: 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 Wednesday, April 24th at 9:30 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: YELLOWJACKETS AT BIRDLAND

Celebrating 30 years together, the quintessential electric jazz group Yellowjackets, featuring Russell Ferrante (keyboards), Bob Mintzer (saxes), Felix Pastorius (electric bass), William Kennedy (drums), perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The Yellowjackets released their 21st recording and Mack Avenue Records label debut "TIMELINE" to critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations: "Best Jazz Instrumental Album" and "Best Instrumental Composition" for the Russell Ferrante penned title track. Led by founding member, keyboardist and primary composer Russell Ferrante, Yellowjackets continue to practice their signature brand of high energy rhythm and improvisational group chemistry. Also featuring drummer (since 1986) William Kennedy, saxophonist (since 1991) Bob Mintzer and recent addition, bassist Felix Pastorius (son of the late electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius) who is filling in for founding member Jimmy Haslip during a touring hiatus. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BEN SIDRAN CD RELEASE AT THE JAZZ STANDARD

Ben Sidran will celebrate the release of his latest CD "Don't Cry For No Hipster" at THE JAZZ STANDARD (116 East 27th Street, NYC - 212-576-2232) on Wednesday, April 24th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. He is joined by Leo Sidran on drums, Tim Luntzel on bass, Will Bernard on guitar, John Ellis on saxophone, and Moses Patrou on percussion. Ben Sidran is widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio's landmark jazz series "Jazz Alive", which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television's "New Visions" series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. A pianist, producer, singer and composer, he has recorded thirty-five solo albums, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca, and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller (with whom he co-wrote the hit song "Space Cowboy"). He is the composer of the soundtrack for the acclaimed film "Hoop Dreams," and scored the documentary "Vietnam: Long Time Coming," which won both the Aspen Film Festival audience award and an Emmy. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: '4 GENERATIONS OF MILES' AT THE IRIDIUM

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) presents '4 Generations of Miles' featuring Jimmy Cobb, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams and Mike Stern on Wednesday through Saturday, April 24th through 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991) was an American jazz composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist and was one of the most influential, innovative and original musicians of the twentieth century. In terms of importance to the history of jazz, few knowledgeable critics would balk at describing him as an innovative genius with an unmistakable style and unmatched musical range. Stylistically, his vast catalogue encompasses bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion. He was a pivotal figure in the evolution of the latter three. His recordings, along with the live performances of his many seminal bands, were vital in jazz's increased artistic acceptance. A popularizer as well as an innovator, Davis became famous for both his languid, melodic style and his laconic and at times confrontational personality. As an increasingly well-paid and fashionably-dressed jazz musician, Davis was a symbol of the music's commercial and artistic potential. Davis is the latest, and perhaps the last, in the line of supremely innovative and influential jazz trumpeters that starts with Buddy Bolden and runs through Joe 'King' Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie. Davis has been compared to Duke Ellington as a musical innovator. Both were skillful players on their instruments but were not considered technical virtuosos. Both expressed their musical ideas more as bandleaders, although Davis soloed much more than Ellington. Both tailored their compositions to the players in their bands. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MACEO PARKER AT THE BLUE NOTE

THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) presents Maceo Parker on Monday through Thursday, April 22nd through 25th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Maceo Parker's name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth. By now that he's played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as " like being at University "; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; stretching out with Bootsy's Rubber Band. He's the living, breathing pulse that connects the history of Funk in one golden thread. The cipher that unravels dance music down to its core. In 1991, Maceo was remembered by aficionados of funk music as sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. More than a decade and a half later Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career. For the past sixteen years Maceo has been building a new funk empire, fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between James Brown's 1960's soul and George Clinton's 1970's freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop. His collaborations over the years performing or recording or both have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: BARBARA COOK AT 54 BELOW

One of the all time great voices comes to the 54 BELOW stage for two very special weeks this April and May, debuting a brand new evening of music! Broadway/Concert/Cabaret icon Barbara Cook will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Friday, April 23rd through May 4th. Showtimes are 7:00 pm on Tuesdays; 7:00 & 9:30 pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; and 8:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Her pure soprano, haunting tone, and warm onstage presence make any evening with Barbara Cook an unforgettable nightlife experience. Not only are Ms. Cook's concert and cabaret performances the stuff of New York legend, but her life in the theatre has stretched from the creation of the leading female roles in the Broadway classics Candide, The Music Man, and She Loves Me, to her recent appearance in Sondheim on Sondheim, and a whole lot in between! Among a heavy mantle of awards, Ms. Cook has been honored with the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Drama Critics Circle Awards, has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and was recently presented with the Kennedy Center Honor. Cover charge: $65-$75 for 9:30 pm shows, $85-$95 for 7:00 pm shows, $105-$115: 8:30 pm shows plus a $30 food/drink minimum for all shows.


NYC: LATE NIGHT: THE STUDIO WITH POPPI KRAMER

On Wednesdays at 11:00 pm, The Studio at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) is 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, Wednesday, April 24th, The Studio features Poppi Kramer in "I Know People (An Eclectic Variety Show of the Best of the Best in NYC)" with Barbra tunes, Barbra trivia, and (video) appearances of the Funny Girl herself. Audience members are invited to take the stage to do their best "Barbra" impersonation or sing a song from our Streisand songbook with pianist Michael McAssey. No cover charge. Drink Specials: $5 beers and $8 mixed drinks.


BOS: RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA AT SCULLERS ONE NIGHT ONLY

Guggenheim fellow and 2012 Downbeat International Critics Poll Alto Saxophonist of the Year, Rudresh Mahanthappa, will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:00 pm. Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative composers and performers in jazz today, fusing the musical culture of his Indian ancestry and jazz with myriad other influences to create a groundbreaking artistic vision. Dinner/show: $65 Show only: $25

NE: BACA LIFE IS A CABARET OPEN MIC NOW ON 4th WEDNESDAY MONTHLY
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT - FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

The next BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists ) LIFE IS A CABARET open mic will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at FIRST PARISH CHURCH (35 Church Street, Watertown Square, MA - ) from 7:30 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 7:15 pm). BACA Open Mics are now held on the 4th Wednesday of the month. This month the show host & pianist TBA. Please bring lead sheets with you in your own key. Admission is $10 for BACA members, $13 for non-members.

DC: ERNIE WATTS & THE ALAN BAYLOCK ORCHESTRA AT BLUES ALLEY

BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) presents Ernie Watts & The Alan Baylock Orchestra on Wednesday, April 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. It has been more than fifty years since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age sixteen on he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound. Call for cover/minimum information.


MW: KEVIN MOORE SCORE BY SCORE: LERNER, LOEWE AND LANE

Kevin Moore presents 'Score by Score: Lerner, Loewe and Lane' at METROPOLIS PERFORMING ART CENTRE (111 West Campbell Street, Arlington Heights, IL - 847-577-2121) on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:30 pm. The show features favorite Broadway tunes from Lerner, Loewe and Lane sung by Kevin Moore's team of outstanding Chicago-based cabaret artists: Daryl Nitz, Tom Michael, Beckie Menzie, Heather Moran and Laura Freeman. The show is hosted by award winning radio talk show personality Kevin Moore. Kevin reveals all the fun behind-the-scenes stories from these popular shows and the inspirations behind the classic songs from Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, Camelot, and My Fair Lady. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: FIRST UK PRESENTATION OF FAITHLESS - SENSUAL DREAMS

Faithless Productions are delighted to announce their first UK presentation of ground breaking new show Faithless - Sensual Dreams which will play at THE BROADWAY THEATRE (Broadway, Barking, London, UK IG11 7LS - 0208 507 5607) on Wednesday & Thursday, April 24th & 25th at 8:00 pm. A passionate and erotic fusion of Latin, ballet, circus, and magic, Faithless - Sensual Dreams pushes the boundaries of dance and acrobatics, challenging the audience's senses and desires. With live music and vocals, Faithless - Sensual Dreams is a burlesque show, a sensual circus variety show, a show that has everything to please and astound. Bringing back vaudevillian glam to the 21st century, Faithless - Sensual Dreams includes an outstanding cast including Billy George semi finalist from Britain's Got Talent, Rosalind James (Les Miserables), acclaimed magician Matthew McGurk and the glamorous Miss Mince Meat from Soho's Drag scene. Directed by Ricardo Canadinhas, with Choreography by Ricardo Canadinhas and Claudio M Coluna, Costumes by Lisa Armstrong & Ricardo Canadinhas and lighting by Intelligent Lighting Company, Faithless - Sensual Dreams is produced by Faithless Productions Limited. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: LIZ ROBERTSON AT THE CRAZY COQS THROUGH SATURDAY

Liz Robertson premieres her new show, Liz Sings Her Favourite Songs, at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888 - ) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Chris Walker accompanies Liz on piano. She will be performing the songs that have meant the most to her over a distinguished career as one of Britain's most loved leading ladies in shows by Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and her late husband, the great lyricist Alan J. Lerner. Liz is inextricably part of the British musical theatre, the perfect interpreter of great songs from Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim. Other songwriters who have all been part of her stage life include Cy Coleman, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Kern. What is less known is that Liz is a wonderful raconteuse and has many backstage stories to tell of the real world of music and music-makers. As a very young actress/singer, Liz came to public attention starring as Eliza Doolittle in the 1979 London revival of My Fair Lady, a role for which she won the Variety Club's Most Promising Actress award and, not incidentally, won its lyricist, Alan J.Lerner. She has led the cast in a string of impressive and popular musicals, including the original productions of Song and Dance and Side By Side By Sondheim, Stepping Out, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray and Love Never Dies in the West End. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: SAM GREEN - SWEET DANCING SOUL AT THE BUTTERFLY

Sam Green's Sweet Dancing Soul will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Wednesday through Sunday, April 24th through 28th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). Sam Green survived the road of hard knocks by singing with the troubadours of the street poets. Travelling to Jerusalem, he studied at Diaspora Yeshiva on Mount Zion, outside the old city. Sam Green's music is a cross between James Taylor and Van Morrison. Original in the true sense, with a heart and soul to match. Call for cover/minimum information.


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TUESDAY - APRIL 23rd

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NYC: CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS HOSTS GALA RETROSPECTIVE
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT

The Concerts for City Greens hosts a celebratory retrospective of its first five seasons in a gala concert at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday April 23rd at 7:00 pm. The show marks both the finale of last summer's Songwriting Contest, and the launch of a new non-profit, Music and Art for Green, which will incorporate Concerts for City Greens within its umbrella. Hosted by the Broadway actress and cabaret headliner Raissa Katona Bennett, the show will welcome alumni of the past five seasons of Concerts for City Greens, the free series at Tudor City produced by Bennett that has featured hundreds of accomplished singers, comedians and instrumentalists from a variety of backgrounds. From the world of Broadway the evening features: Tony Award nominee Willy Falk; "Sweeney Todd's" original Johanna Sarah Rice; Eric Michael Gillett; T. Oliver Reid; Rosemary Loar, and KT Sullivan. From the world of jazz: pianist Barry Levitt; vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt; band leader Terese Genecco, and bassist Matt Scharfglass. From the classical realm: pianist Mark Janas; violinist Nicholas Perry, and Maureen Taylor. From the comedy corner: Stone & Stone. And from cabaret the award-winning: Scott Coulter; Jenna Esposito; Kenneth Gartman; Marquee Five; Tanya Moberly; Julie Reyburn; Lennie Watts, and Bill Zeffiro. Among those performing will be special guest David Friedman, the quadruple-platinum songwriter and Today Show regular. Friedman, who composes for television, film and the stage, served on the jury for the songwriting contest and will introduce the winner. The contest's finalists are veteran tunesmith Charles Bloom, the two-time Grammy nominee Larry Kerchner, and the musical theatre writer and actor Will Reynolds. Tickets for the April 23 retrospective gala concert are $65 person for an evening that includes a cocktail-hors d'oeuvres reception at 7:00 pm followed by a show at 8:15 pm.
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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: VICKI BURNS IN A TRIBUTE TO ANITA O'DAY AT THE METROPOLITAN

Weaving an informative narrative into a well-paced performance, featuring some of Anita O'Day's most popular songs, acclaimed jazz vocalist Vicki Burns pays a loving tribute to one of her greatest musical influences at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm. With ingenious arrangements by musical director, Ed Mac Eachen, which closely follow the originals, O'Days repertoire is reborn with a fresh interpretation by Vicki Burns. Vicki Burns is a jazz singer who knows how to delight and enthrall her audience. A vocalist with impeccable taste, a sure sense of rhythm and a glorious tone, she infuses each song with heartfelt expression, digging into the lyrics and melody for their richest interpretation. 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: THE NATE BIRKEY QUARTET AT 55 BAR

The Nate Birkey Quartet (Nate Birkey - trumpet, vocals; Mark Soskin, piano; Bill Moring, bass; Marko Marcinko, drums) will play from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, April 23rd at 55 BAR (55 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-929-9883). Birkey has released seven albums for the California-based Household Ink Records. With the 2008 releases of Almost Home and Christmas - his first recordings made with his New York City quintet, Birkey takes another step upward and outward. Deftly mixing standards tastefully delivered, warm and imaginative originals in various genre leanings, and material from less-trodden sources, Birkey has an engaging way with a song, as a fluid improviser and vocalist of understated grace. There is no cover charge.

NYC: MARCUS GOLDHABER WITH '2 SETS FORWARD, 1 SET BACK'

Marcus Goldhaber returns to IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Tuesday, April 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. He will be joined by the Jon Davis Trio (Jon Davis, piano; Phil Palombi, bass; Marcello Pellitteri, drums). Direct from off-Broadway, acclaimed New York-based jazz-cabaret vocalist Marcus Goldhaber is taking a detour from his regular turn as a featured performer in the hit off-Broadway Harold Arlen tribute, "The Wonderful Wizard of Song," to get back in the solo swing with '2 Sets Forward, 1 Set Back,' his first concerts of 2013. The night begins with his popular "Songs of 1928" show, featuring exciting arrangements of "Honeysuckle Rose," "If I Had You" and "Embraceable You." Goldhaber will be joined during the late show by special guest vocalist Antoinette Henry, a fellow featured performer in The Wonderful Wizard of Song garnering across-the-board raves in the Arlen tribute. Henry will help Marcus introduce new Goldhaber/Davis arrangements and much of their acclaimed original work as well, many of which can be heard on Marcus' critically acclaimed new CD of all original standards, "Almost Love." There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BARBARA COOK AT 54 BELOW

One of the all time great voices comes to the 54 BELOW stage for two very special weeks this April and May, debuting a brand new evening of music! Broadway/Concert/Cabaret icon Barbara Cook will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) Tuesday through Friday, April 23rd through May 4th. Showting are 7:00 pm on Tuesdays; 7:00 & 9:30 pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; and 8:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Her pure soprano, haunting tone, and warm onstage presence make any evening with Barbara Cook an unforgettable nightlife experience. Not only are Ms. Cook's concert and cabaret performances the stuff of New York legend, but her life in the theatre has stretched from the creation of the leading female roles in the Broadway classics Candide, The Music Man, and She Loves Me, to her recent appearance in Sondheim on Sondheim, and a whole lot in between! Among a heavy mantle of awards, Ms. Cook has been honored with the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Drama Critics Circle Awards, has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and was recently presented with the Kennedy Center Honor. Cover charge: $65-$75 for 9:30 pm shows, $85-$95 for 7:00 pm shows, $105-$115: 8:30 pm shows plus a $30 food/drink minimum for all shows.


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 23rd are Stephen DeRosa (The Nance, Hairspray, "Boardwalk Empire"), Stacy Sullivan (Bistro and MAC Award Winning Vocalist), Gaelen Gilliland (9 to 5, Legally Blonde, The Addams Family), The Stone Brothers, Steve Marzullo (composer) with Sally Wilfert, Mark Planner (original NYC production of Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar), and Paul Oakley Stovall (singer/ writer). No cover charge, $20 food/drink minimum.

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: SAX LEGENDS ERNIE WATTS & ANDREW WHITE AT BLUES ALLEY

Sax Legends Ernie Watts & Andrew White will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, April 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound. Saxophonist-composer Andrew White is the most voluminously self-produced artist in the history of jazz. Mr. White has been Principal Oboist for The American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, saxophonist with Elvin Jones and dozens of his own records, and a bassist with Stevie Wonder. His list of compositions is long and varied. Call for cover/minimum information.

MW: PARIS COMBO: AN EVENING IN PARIS AT THE CABARET

THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) presents Paris Combo: An Evening in Paris on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm. With one foot in Gypsy jazz and the other dancing to Latin and North African grooves, Paris Combo celebrates the rich diversity of world styles in a chic Parisian cabaret style. Their off-center lyrical themes offer up equal parts comedy, surrealism, love-ballad, and biting commentary. Paris Combo has released five studio albums, with Living Room becoming a gold record in France. In the early '90s, Belle du Berry, Potzi and Francois Jeannin first performed together as members of the off-beat retro revue, Champetres de Joie, playing acoustically in the historic Berry Zibre cinema in Paris. Together they collaborated with French choreographer Philippe Decoufle at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Albertville. Du Berry met Australian musician David Lewis in 1994 when both were performers at the inaugural Cabaret Sauvage revue (now a popular venue in Paris) and it was not long before he joined the trio. They were then joined by bassist Mano Razanajato, forming what was to become Paris Combo. There is a $45-$55-$65 cover with a $12 food/drink minimum.


LON: LIZ ROBERTSON AT THE CRAZY COQS THROUGH SATURDAY

Liz Robertson premieres her new show, Liz Sings Her Favourite Songs, at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888 - ) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Chris Walker accompanies Liz on piano. She will be performing the songs that have meant the most to her over a distinguished career as one of Britain's most loved leading ladies in shows by Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and her late husband, the great lyricist Alan J. Lerner. Liz is inextricably part of the British musical theatre, the perfect interpreter of great songs from Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim. Other songwriters who have all been part of her stage life include Cy Coleman, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Kern. What is less known is that Liz is a wonderful raconteuse and has many backstage stories to tell of the real world of music and music-makers. As a very young actress/singer, Liz came to public attention starring as Eliza Doolittle in the 1979 London revival of My Fair Lady, a role for which she won the Variety Club's Most Promising Actress award and, not incidentally, won its lyricist, Alan J.Lerner. She has led the cast in a string of impressive and popular musicals, including the original productions of Song and Dance and Side By Side By Sondheim, Stepping Out, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray and Love Never Dies in the West End. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: CAROL SHEDLIN IN SHALL WE DANCE

Carol Shedlin is delighted to return to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) in a special encore run of her newest cabaret show, Shall We Dance. Performances are on Monday April 22nd and Tuesday April 30th, both shows at 7:00 pm. She is joined on stage by Jon Delfin, Musical Director at the piano and Saadi Zain on bass. Aaron Morishita is Director Carol sings and amuses us with intriguing anecdotes about dance and romance - from magical waltz parties as a teenager (complete with a wrist corsage) to dancing along with Fred and Ginger on her late-night television screen in her Manhattan apartment. Carol shares her infectious love of dancing, as well as the ensuing romantic encounters as she dances her way through life. Celebrating more than twenty years of "impeccable musical taste," Carol continues her tradition of featuring an eclectic song list, mixing old favorites with lesser-known rarities. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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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 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 Wednesdayst. 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: SINGERS FORUM PRESENTS SHOWSTOPPERS! SPRING AWAKENINGS
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

SINGERS FORUM is pleased to announce the production of SHOWSTOPPERS! Spring Awakenings at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Monday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm. Directed and hosted by Eric Michael Gillett, the event is a benefit for the Singers Forum Actors' Equity Scholarship Program, which offers members of Actors Equity Association affordable vocal lessons. Starring four-time Tony nominated Tovah Feldshuh and featuring Jarrod Spector (Broadway's Jersey Boys, Les Miserables), Gideon Glick (Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Spring Awakening, Public Theatre's Into The Woods). Joining these Broadway stars on the bill is, scholarship success story, Stephen Mitchell Brown, making his Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde this April. AEA and other performers are Leah Jennings, Eva Kantor, Lacretta Nicole, Parker Scott, Nellesa Walthour and Carla Brandberg with musical direction provided by Jeff Cubeta. There is a $25-$50 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

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: TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT: THE SONGS OF MIRA J SPEKTOR

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) presents Take Me Home Tonight: The Songs of Mira J Spektor on Monday, April 22nd at 9:30 pm. Performers include Shana Farr, Mark Campbell and Julie Reyburn. Bill Zeffiro serves as Music Director & pianist. Karen Carpenter is Stage Director. Songs performed in this show include lyrics by June Siegel, Carolyn Balducci, Lord Byron & others. Composer/ lyricist Mira J. Spektor is Founder/Artistic Director of The Aviva Players. Born in Europe, Ms. Spektor 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) and more. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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, 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: VICTORIA SHAW'S UNDER THE COVERS RETURNS

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce the return of Under the Covers, hosted by award-winning pop/country hit songwriter, Victoria Shaw at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Monday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm. Joining Victoria on this date will be her good friend and multi-platinum, award-winning pianist Jim Brickman. Under The Covers has become a favorite recurring highlight at Birdland, featuring a wide variety of top-selling songwriters and musical acts from across the pop, rock and country worlds, and offering intimate acoustic performances of huge hit songs - along with the little-known stories behind them. Victoria Shaw is a pop/country songwriter responsible for over 65 million CD sales! As a singer, she had the great opportunity to open for Garth Brooks in the historic 1997 Central Park concert. Victoria also wrote one of Garth's biggest hits of all-time, "The River." The two-time Emmy Award-winning composer also wrote "I Love The Way You Love Me" for John Michael Montgomery and "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely" for Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera. Her songs have been recorded by Olivia Newton John, Boyzone, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntyre, Tricia Yearwood, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Michael McDonald. 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 nights 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 MONDAY'S FEATURING CINDY CASHDOLLAR

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) presents Les Paul Monday's, featuring Cindy Cashdollar on April 22nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar's career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to to work with many of the leading artists in contemporary music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrison Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, and Dave Alvin. Cindy's unerring ability to complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo - and to do it in so many musical genres - has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Cindy was inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 2011 (the first female to be inducted), and The Texas Music Hall Of Fame in 2012. Whether adding driving leads behind Rod Stewart or alt. rocker Ryan Adams, swinging an instrumental with Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion band, or trading blazing licks with Texas Telecaster master Redd Volkaert, Cindy does it all with grace, imagination, and taste. And, in answer to her most frequently asked question, yes, Cashdollar is a real name. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BROADWAY'S LESLIE KRITZER WITH BEAUTIFUL DISASTER AT JOE'S PUB

Broadway's Leslie Kritzer, currently starring in The Memory Show with The Transport Group (through May 18) returns to JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC THEATRE (425 Lafayette Street, NYC - 212-967-7555) with her all-new extravaganza Beautiful Disaster for four performances: April 22nd and 29th at 9:30 pm; May 13th at 9:30 and 11:30 pm. Written by Randy Blair (Fat Camp, Spidermusical, Perez Hilton Saves the Universe) and Leslie Kritzer, Beautiful Disaster is directed by Randy Blair, with music direction by Vadim Feichtner (Spelling Bee, Elegies, Little Miss Sunshine). Welcome to 1995, where a teenaged Jewrican musical theatre addict's life is about to be turned upside down in a tour-de-force one-woman comedy starring Broadway favorite Leslie Kritzer (Elf, Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim, Hairspray). Featuring a colorful array of New Jersey characters and a score ranging from Alanis Morissette to Jule Styne, Beautiful Disaster explores what happens when shit hits the fan and rebellion meets reality. Beautiful Disaster marks Kritzer's third major Joe's Pub engagement, following her sensational award-winning 2006 S.R.O. debut Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches. Tickets are $25.


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 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: ROBERT CREIGHTON AT 54 BELOW

Broadway quintuple threat, Robert Creighton, will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Monday, April 22nd at 9:30 pm. Robert has just concluded his critically lauded role of Durdles/Nick Cricker in the Roundabout Theater Company's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Studio 54, has been cast as "Angelo" in The Public's production of COMEDY OF ERRORS in the Shakespeare in the Park 2013 season. Creighton, one of the busiest actors working on the Great White Way, will sing music from the early decades of the 20th Century, along with Creighton originals. The evening will feature some very special guest vocalists Heidi Blickenstaff and Tituss Burgess, as well as a quintet of top Broadway pit musicians with Musical direction by Greg Anthony (Peter and the Starcatcher). There is a $35 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: COLUMBIA JAZZ BAND AT BLUES ALLEY

Columbia Jazz Band will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, April 22nd at 8:00 pm. Columbia Bands is a non-profit community organization that gives non-professional musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform challenging band literature while educating and entertaining the public in Howard County and other Maryland communities. The ensemble performs contemporary and traditional swing, Latin, and other jazz styles at public and private performances throughout the year. The Columbia Jazz Band is directed by Peter Barenbregge. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT BAND AT BLUES ALLEY

The Xavier High School Student Band perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, April 22nd at 10:00 pm. Xavier High School is a 166-year old Jesuit, college-preparatory high school located in Manhattan, NY. Under the direction of Dr. William Pace, all instrumental music courses and ensembles are jazz-based; including a four-year sequence of courses that emphasize repertoire building, improvisation, composition, and music production. The school has two big bands and several small ensembles. Call for cover/minimum information.


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