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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
JULY 2013

MONDAY through SUNDAY - July 22nd to July 28th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - JULY 28th

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NYC: JACKIE DRAPER CREATES TROPICAL MAGIC IN HER NEW SHOW
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Jackie Draper reprises her latest show "Tropical Magic (or Vacation from the Blues)" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Sunday, July 28th at 7:00 pm. "Tropical Magic (or Vacation from the Blues)" is a musical trip to torrid tropical fantasies and other magical mental terrain. Escape the cold and the mundane through songs in English, French and Spanish, guided by such composers/lyricists as Aznavour, Coward, Demare/ Manzi, Dorough/ Landesman, the Gershwins, Goldrich/Heisler, Lee, Legrand/the Bergmans, Mandel/Hamilton, Manilow/Feldman & Sussman, Sedaka, Warren/Gordon, among others. Along on the adventure, Jackie's experienced team: At the piano - Music Director Gregory Toroian; on bass - Ritt Henn; on woodwinds - Robbyn Tongue; on percussion - special guest (and dance partner) Franklin Ayala. Helen Baldassare directs. There is an $18 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: LYNDA D'AMOUR BRINGS HER LATEST SHOW TO DON'T TELL MAMA

Boston cabaret favorite Lynda D'Amour returns to NYC and DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) for three performances of her show 'The Hungry Years'. She will be accompanied by Barry Levitt at the piano. Scheduled dates are Sundays, July 28th, August 11th and August 25th, all shows at 4:00 pm. Lynda's work has been showcased at many of Boston's major venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, North Shore Music Theater, Club Cafe, Ryles Jazz Club, and the Lyric Stage. Lynda began her professional career in music working as lead vocalist in various Top-40 bands throughout the Northeast and in Original Rock bands locally in the Boston area. In keeping with her eclectic musical nature she spent a few years performing exclusively in musical theater but returned to performing in cabaret and enjoys redefining the ever growing Great American Songbook. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: LIANNE MARIE DOBBS ENCORES EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Lianne Marie Dobbs brings back her show 'Everything Old Is New Again' for an encore performance to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Sunday, July 28th at 7:00 pm. A sassy brunette with a vintage soul, Lianne Marie Dobbs sings beautiful melodies from days gone by, with wit and vocal grace. Music Direction by Bill Zeffiro and Direction by James Beaman. Ms Dobbs is originally from San Francisco, CA, where she learned to love the beautiful tunes of great American composers thanks to 42nd Street Moon - a renowned SF theatre company who performed "lost" musicals in concert. After performing 'lesser known' gems by Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Herman for several years, Lianne Marie gained attention as both a young vocalist and actress - receiving Bay Area Theatre Critics' Awards and soon soloed Gershwin tunes with the San Francisco Symphony opposite Jason Danieley. Lianne Marie has since performed leading roles in musical theatre classics Off-Broadway, National Tours, and at renowned regional theaters in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, and Boston. Lianne Marie has also understudied Kerry O'Malley four Christmas seasons as the leading lady, Betty Haynes, in the new production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "ALL PENT UP!"

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 7th from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "All Pent Up!". Guest Host will be Matthew Martin Ward. Co-Host will be Elizabeth Tryon. In the Salon Spotlight: Zachary Wobensmith. 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.


ON THE RADIO: EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN PRESENTS ON AIR SUMMER FUNDRAISER
ON THE AIR AND STREAMED ON THE INTERNET


EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, on the Radio over WBAI 99.5 FM and on the Internet at http://www.wbai.org/, usually heard from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on Sundays hosted by David Kenney. Each week David presents the usual blend of big-band jazz, swing, standards, showtunes, contemporary cabaret and celebrity interviews plus MEGA-MEDLEY MADNESS. This Sunday, July 28th, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, plus WBAI's "On-Air Summer Fundraiser". Call with Your Pledge during the broadcast. You are invited to e-mail your comments and suggestions for this show and future shows to oldisnew@earthlink.net. For more information, see http://www.oldisnew.org/ . You can listen to past shows at any time by going to the WBAI Archives at http://www.archive.wbai.org/ .

NYC: PJ RASMUSSEN AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Guitarist.composer PJ Rasmussen performs at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, July 28th at 9:30 pm. He is joined by James Weidman on piano, Adrian Moring on bass, Jon Difiore on drums, Nate Giroux on sax and Ben Hankle on trumpet. At a mere 23 years of age, PJ Rasmussen has already played with a host of jazz greats, and now, he has finally released his debut album, "Adventures in Flight," on Third Freedom Records, to critical acclaim both in the US and Europe. Born in 1990, Rasmussen entered a world where jazz seemed reserved more for intellectuals than real people. Picking up the guitar at age 10, he spent more time learning Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton than working his way through the Real Book. Soon, his eclectic tastes lead to a discovery of John Coltrane, and he has never looked back, mixing and matching genres as he pleases. Graduating in 2013 from William Paterson University, Rasmussen lays claim to a remarkable jazz pedigree that includes studies and performances with Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, and Paul Meyers. His ensemble's have opened for Mulgrew Miller, Terrell Stafford, and Ben Allison, and he made a special guest appearance on Daseul Kim's "Relationship," alongside Vincent Herring and Marcus McLaurine. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

A celebrated New York event since 2010, the Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sunday, July 28th at 7:00 pm. The show features some of Broadway and cabaret's most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only. Expect tunes from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more. Past special guests have included original Sondheim cast members such as Len Cariou, Victoria Mallory & Donna McKechnie • so you never know who might drop in. Sondheim Unplugged is hosted by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on Sondheimien facts, history & assorted tidbits of theatrical lore! There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: OLD WOMAN, NEW MATERIAL WITH JACKIE HOFFMAN

Broadway's bitter favorite Jackie Hoffman will bring her new show, "Old Woman, New Material", to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sundays, July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th at 9:30 pm. She promises that this show will leave you in stitches! Slip into some summer snark and catch the hilarious and always edgy and wrong Jackie as she debuts some new original songs and rips some Broadway standards to shreds. Directed by Michael Schiralli; Musical Direction by Will Van Dyke. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ODEAN POPE SAX CHOIR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Special guests will join the band nightly. The group was established by Odean in 1977 and premiered in 1985 with a Soul Note album called "The Saxophone Shop." The saxophone choir has been the realization of his southern legacy; a medium for creating the richly textured harmonic sound that has permeated his musical soul since childhood. He constructs layers of melodic sound by playing within the fourth system in different tone scales. Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Benny Golson, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy and Percy Heath et al. Coltrane chose Odean to replace him in Jimmy Smith's Group when he left for New York to join Miles Davis. Although he was close to Coltrane and continues to revere his artistry, Odean was always searching for his own musical sound. This led him to study with Ron Rubin, the principal woodwind player in the Philadelphia Orchestra. At a later time he studied at The Paris Conservatory for Music under Kenny Clarke. It was there that he received his Certificate in Orchestration, Modern harmony, African rhythms, Be-Bop Art Forms and Arrangement. In 1979, Odean joined the Max Roach Quartet as a regular member for more than two decades. It was as the tenor man with Max Roach that Odean perfected the techniques of circular breathing and multiphonics, both allowing him to stretch his solo improvisations from dazzling elevations to the throbbing, husky sounds for which he is so well known, to all kinds of delicacy in getting from one to the other. Odean won acclaim from Australia to Japan, even winning "Best Tenor Saxophone Player" at the North Sea Jazz Festival. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: BRIAN LYNCH QUARTET AT THE IRIDIUM

Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan presents the Brian Lynch Quartet (Brian Lynch, trumpet; Emmet Cohen, piano; Peter Washington, bass; Billy Hart, drums) at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Sunday, July 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. There is nothing more demanding (and daunting) for a jazz trumpet player than to play an evening's worth of high intensity jazz as the only horn, but Grammy Award winning virtuoso Brian Lynch pulls it off with ease. Playing a varied and dynamic repertoire of original compositions and arrangements selected from his 25 year career as a recording artist (19 CDs as a leader) ranging from swinging post bop to fiery Latin jazz, Lynch covers the bases and gives no quarter when fronting some of the hottest players on the NY jazz scene today! Available as is or augmented with special guests, the Quartet offers the whole range of Brian Lynch's music in one package. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: KIM NALLEY SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY: THE HEART OF LADY DAY

Kim Nalley Sings Billie Holiday: The Heart of Lady Day at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area," vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called "legendary" and a "San Francisco institution." Returning to NYC after a sold-out run in JALC's The Allen Room, Nalley packs a 3 1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad or fill a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without losing her intense swing. She has been compared to all of the greats, but in the end, its Kim Nalley and no one else an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot. There is a $40 cover ($45 on Saturday).

NJ: "MUSIC AT THE MANSION" CONTINUES IN JULY

NiCori Studios and Productions in association with Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces a new installment in the monthly concert series, "Music at the Mansion", on Sunday, July 28th, at 3:00 pm at THE OAKESIDE BLOOMFIELD CULTURAL CENTER (240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ - 973-429-0960 - ). Performers include Gerardo "Gerry" Mastrolia, Members of Opera Theatre of Montclair under the Direction of Mia Riker-Norrie, and Lisa Viggiano. The featured performer in the "Young Musician Moment" will be Amber Smith. "Music at the Mansion" is a series showcasing talented performers from NYC and NJ. The series is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers-Adler and features Deborah Martin on piano. Seating begins at 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 for reservations.

CT: MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER & MARC COHN AT RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE

Acclaimed songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter & Marc Cohn will appear at THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE ( 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT - 203-438-5795) ob Sunday, July 28th at 8:00 pm as part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer Songwriter Series. The duo will perform material spanning their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs. Mary Chapin Carpenter is known for her blend of pop, folk and country style music. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal. 2012 and 2013 have been landmark years for Carpenter. In addition to releasing her latest album, Ashes and Roses, to widespread critical acclaim, she was recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and won an Emmy award for her work on Nashville Public Television's "No Going Back: Women and the War." Marc Cohn is best know for his Grammy-award winning ballad "Walking in Memphis," and is one of his generation's most compelling singer/songwriters. His most recent album, Listening Booth: 1970, was released in 2013. Tickets are $80.

TOR: SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH ANDY DE CAMPOS IN JULY

Sultry, swinging and elegant Latin crooner Andy De Campos will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) as part of their July "A Month of Sundays" Jazz/Cabaret Brunch on Sundays, July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th at 12:15 pm. During his month-long engagement, Andy will be presenting a wide variety of music from his extensive repertoire, covering the exceptional compositions from The Great American Songbook, choice nuggets from the Swing/Big Band era (with a large dollop of "Sinatra" classics!), the golden age of Hollywood film music and Broadway show tunes as well as enticing "standards", bossa novas and ballads rendered romantically in Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian every Sunday in July. Andy will be joined onstage by his Trio, comprised of Rick Maltese on piano, Ken McDonald on bass and Steve Farrugia on drums. There is a $15 cover.

DC: SHANICE AT BLUES ALLEY

Shandice will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Friday through Sunday, July 26th through 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Shanice Lorraine Wilson starred in a KFC commercial with Ella Fitzgerald at 9. Later, she was discovered by A&M Records at the age of eleven, and released her debut album, Discovery, in 1987, scored the singer a 1987 Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist. She signed a record deal at Motown Records in 1991. Her 1991 album Inner Child contained the popular hit single "I Love Your Smile". Also included on the album is a cover of Minnie Riperton's 1974 hit "Loving You". This and other songs like "Fly Away" helped showcase her rare coloratura soprano talent. Call for cover/minimum information.


FLA: ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO AT THE COLONY

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, will be making their seventh appearance at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Fridays & Saturdays, July 26th through August 10th at 8:30 pm. The talented couple are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners - they were just honored with the 2013 MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year - are regular performers at New York's most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel's legendary Oak Room Supper Club, and have also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Allen Room and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, New York Festival of Song, The Algonquin, Feinstein's, The Carlyle, Birdland, and the 92nd Street Y's 'Lyrics and Lyricists' series. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: JIMMY DAMON TRIBUTE SHOW

A talented cast of musical entertainers, civic and media leaders will present joyful, heartfelt tribute to singer and citizen extraordinare, Jimmy Damon on Sunday, July 28th a 2:00 pm at THE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM (1601 North Clark St, Chicago, IL). A proclamation for Jimmy from City Council will be presented by Alderman Ed Burke to the Damon family. An original song written about Jimmy at his request will be debuted and all attendees will receive a special souvenir of the day. Featured in the case are Jack D'Amico, Anne and Mark Burnell, Merri Dee, Carla Gordon, Dick Judson, Alan Kaye, Nan Mason, Beckie Menzie, Audrey Morris, Bob Moreen, Denise Tomasello, Milt Trenier, and more. All proceeds benefit the Jimmy Damon Tribute Fund Scholarship at Columbia College. The Chicago History Museum has graciously invited all audience members to visit the museum following the show. Tickets are available at http://www.colum.edu/jimmydamon and cost $35-$50.

L.A.: KEISHA D MAKES HER SOLO DEBUT AT NEWMAN THEATER

On Sunday, July 28th at 2:00 pm, local singer Keisha D will make her solo debut at THE ARTHUR NEWMAN THEATRE at the JOSLYN CENTER THEATRE (73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA - TKTS: 760-325-2731) as part of Les Michaels' Sundays In Summer Series. The show's title, "At Last" comes in response to the repeated requests from her many fans asking when she is going to do a solo concert. Keisha has appeared in many musical reviews and entertains at weekly performances in local clubs, restaurants and nightspots but this will mark her first show of this type. Keisha recently played Melpomene in "Zanadu" at Palm Canyon Theatre and also won Best Vocalist in the 2008 McCallum Theater's Open Call Competition. An avid believer of giving back, Keisha often headlines benefits for various Valley charities and is a featured vocalist at her church and others throughout the desert. Joining her will be musical director, Charlie Creasy, whose worked with Keisha to bring together music from several genres and capitalize on her extraordinary voice, from soft and romantic as in the title song "At Last", to the strong and powerful Dream Girls hit "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going". There is a $10 cover.

SF: BIRD'S NEST JAZZ PRESENTS SINGING WITH STYLE - DEFINING YOURS

Singing with Style - Defining Yours is a special Summer School Concert presented on Sunday, July 28th at 4:00 pm at BIRD'S NEST JAZZ at WATERPARK LOFTS (2875 Glascock Street #109, Oakland, CA - 510-534-6163 ). The show is a production of Bird's Nest Jazz and Jizel Music & Design with teachers Cathi Walkup, Linda Kosut & Benny Watson, musical director. They are very pleased and excited to present the collective talents of their current class who have participated in the 7-week program SINGING WITH STYLE - DEFINING YOURS. The range of voices and styles as well as the choice of material are quite wonderful and the personalities delightful. Featuring in the cast: Debra Anderson, Jen Tellier, Mary Anne Brannigan, Pam Coates, Richard Machado, Tom Nicastro, Katie Kandarian-Morris with the Benny Watson Duo and in addition, performances by the coaches Cathi, Linda & Benny. There is a $15 cover. Beverages (wine, soft drinks, water) are available for a cash donation at the event.

AUS: JEMMA RIX - THE RANDOM VARIETY AT THE BUTTERFLY

Jemma Rix with musical director David Young present 'The Random Variety' at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday & Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th at 8:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th at 9:00 pm. From Sondheim to Rihanna, Schwartz to Amy Winehouse, star of Wicked, Jemma Rix takes us on a journey down a few of her favourite musical roads. But look out- sharp corners ahead. Because The Random Variety is ... well, just that. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: LISA-MARIE RYAN AND BIG SOUL, RED HEART

Lisa-Marie Ryan brings her show 'Big Soul, Red Heart' to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 pm. How do you mend a broken heart? Rediscover what it's like to fall in love with happy-go-lucky Leisl. But what happens when love becomes anxiety. And what happens when happy Leisl wakes up sad? Blue Soul, Red Heart looks at the misconception that happy people can't 'catch' depression and the hope of coming out the other side a better and optimistic person. Written and Performed by Lisa-Marie Ryan. Musically Directed by Robyn Womersley. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT MISS HOPE SPRINGS

After 10 months of packed houses, standing ovations, critical acclaim and a recent sell out CD launch, London cabaret sensation, singer-songwriter-pianist Miss Hope Springs turns up the heat this season with a simmering new show 'Latin ala Springs' every Monday night at 8:00 pm at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). In this season's brand-new show, piano-playing ex-Vegas showgirl Hope performs more of her original songs, this time infused with the musical flavours of Latin America, accompanied by throbbing double bass and chilli-hot percussion. You'll hear sensual bossa novas, scintillating sambas, down and dirty mambos and cheeky cha cha chas. With audience favourites such as "The Devil Made Me Do It' nestling next to brand new compositions, this smart, funny and touching show is a continuation of Miss Hope Springs' hugely successful 'Sunday Soiree' residency. Stay after the show as DJ Martin Green spins a vintage selection of Latinesque sounds. Call for cover/minimum information.

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SATURDAY - JULY 27th

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NYC: NASHVILLE STAR AARON CRITES WITH THE NEW COUNTRY

Nashville Star Aaron Crites brings his show 'The New Country' to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a series of 4 shows, Sunday, July 21st at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, July 24th at 9:30 pm and Friday & Saturday, July 26th (7:00 pm) & 27th (9:30 pm). Aaron Crites is a self proclaimed "Rock-a-billy" Songwriter/ Solo artist out of Nashville Tennessee. Whether he is putting a new twist on a Rock and Roll classic from the 50s and 60s, or sharing an original (with roots in Country, Rock, and Blues), Crites is sure to offer up an entertaining performance. Originally from the middle of nowhere (Casey, Illinois) Aaron arrived in Nashville in mid 2012. His unique vocal, lyric and guitar styles set his original songs in a category of their own and his spin on classics like RING OF FIRE and HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN takes these standards to a new place. OPENING ACT: Singer/Songwriter Nikki Armstrong has been compared to a wide variety of singers such as Anita O'Day, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. She is noted for her soulful interpretations of material from blues and standards to rock. Accompanied by the immensely talented pianist Mel Nelson. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: VIEW FROM THE MOON - NEW SONGS FROM MARC MCBARRON KESSLER

Singer/songwriter Marc McBarron Kessler brings his show 'View From the Moon - New Songs from Marc McBarron Kessler' to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ) for one night only, on Saturday, July 27th at 7:00 pm. Sub-titled 'Lullabies for sleepless grownups' audience members are urged to bring a pillow, get cozy and stay awake. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DANA LAUREN SINGS JAZZ STANDARDS AT THE MET

Jazz vocalist Dana Lauren returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, July 27th at 7:00 pm for a night of jazz standards with fresh arrangements and classic swing. Being chosen as a semi-finalist in the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition is just one of the highlights of Dana Lauren's rising. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: STREISAND: AN INTIMATE EVENING

Award-winning Barbra Streisand tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Thursday, July 25th and Saturday, July 27th, both shows at 7:30 pm in STREISAND: AN INTIMATE EVENING. A musical retrospective of Barbra Streisand's 50+ years in show business, this intimate evening takes you from the beginning of Barbra's career in the 1960's all the way up to today, including all of the songs you have known and loved, along with some that might not be as familiar. DelVillagio will perform such favorites as "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "The Way We Were," and "Evergreen." Her uncanny vocal skills and personal resemblance to Streisand makes for a startling cabaret experience. Carla DelVillaggio is one of the most successful Barbra Streisand tribute artists in the country, appearing regularly in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and around the United States. Her many awards include the Agent's Best Impressed Award (2008, 2010, 2011, Sunburst Convention, Orlando); Best Overall Celebrity Re-creation Award (2009, 2010, 2011, Sunburst); Rising Star Award (2009, The Reel Awards, Las Vegas); and the Best Showcase Gold Award (2011, Sunburst). Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: LE SCANDAL CABARET CONTINUES AT THE BEECHMAN


NYC's longest running burlesque variety show, LE SCANDAL CABARET, continues on Saturdays, at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). In its ninth year, Le Scandal features variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. New performers every week! Expect sword swallowers, belly dancers, rope trick cowboys, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra. For tickets, visit Smarttix at http://www.smarttix.com/ or 212-484-4444. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: PATTI LUPONE RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) welcomes back two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone on Monday & Wednesday, July 22nd & 24th at 7:00 pm; Thuesday, July 26th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Friday, July 27th at 8:30 pm; and Saturday, July 28th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Patti will be performing her critically acclaimed show, 'Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.... played that part.' She'll perform songs from roles she coulda played, woulda played, if someone had just asked her or shoulda played, except she's not a boy. Patti will sing treasures from such classic Broadway musicals as Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Peter Pan. Sondheim will be sprinkled in as well as some surprises you'd never expect her to sing because she'd never be cast in the part. Whether she's belting out those pesky high D's in Evita or caressing us with a love song, an evening at 54 Below with Patti is an experience never to be forgotten. There is am $85-$95 cover plus a $30 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN'S SONGS AT 54 BELOW

Acclaimed musical theatre writers Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford headline a late-night cabaret at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday, July 26th at 11:00 pm featuring women composers and lyricists, presented by The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers. Featured are a rich and eclectic mix of songs by some of today's most exciting women writers, including: Jill Abromowitz, Masi Asare, Linda Dowdell, Beth Falcone, Jenny Giering, Shaina Taub, Sara Wordsworth and many others. Presented in conjunction with City Center's new Encores! "Off-Center" series (spearheaded by Artistic Director Jeanine Tesori), which kicks off this month with their debut production, Cryer & Ford's revered I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it On the Road. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE MASTERS QUARTET AT BIRDLAND

The Masters Quartet: Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Buster Williams & Billy Hart will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Four of the leading instrumentalists in jazz come together as "The Masters Quartet." Pianist Steve Kuhn first made his mark as a sideman with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker and Art Farmer. He grew beyond the powerful early influence of Bill Evans to become a unique stylist with an incredible technique and sense of dynamics and lyricism. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, a 2010 "NEA Jazz Master," learned directly from jazz icons, spending extensive periods as a member of groups led by Miles Davis and Elvin Jones. As a leader, Liebman has been associated since 1970 with a succession of extraordinary groups from Open Sky Trio to Lookout Farm to Quest, each of which has framed a distinct phase of his musical evolution. Master bassist Buster Williams is an empathetic sideman known for his subtle sense of swing. He began his professional career in 1960 with saxophonist Jimmy Heath going on to play with jazz legends Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and many others. Legendary drummer Billy Hart has been a fixture on the jazz scene for over fifty years, performing and recording along the way with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ODEAN POPE SAX CHOIR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Special guests will join the band nightly. The group was established by Odean in 1977 and premiered in 1985 with a Soul Note album called "The Saxophone Shop." The saxophone choir has been the realization of his southern legacy; a medium for creating the richly textured harmonic sound that has permeated his musical soul since childhood. He constructs layers of melodic sound by playing within the fourth system in different tone scales. Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Benny Golson, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy and Percy Heath et al. Coltrane chose Odean to replace him in Jimmy Smith's Group when he left for New York to join Miles Davis. Although he was close to Coltrane and continues to revere his artistry, Odean was always searching for his own musical sound. This led him to study with Ron Rubin, the principal woodwind player in the Philadelphia Orchestra. At a later time he studied at The Paris Conservatory for Music under Kenny Clarke. It was there that he received his Certificate in Orchestration, Modern harmony, African rhythms, Be-Bop Art Forms and Arrangement. In 1979, Odean joined the Max Roach Quartet as a regular member for more than two decades. It was as the tenor man with Max Roach that Odean perfected the techniques of circular breathing and multiphonics, both allowing him to stretch his solo improvisations from dazzling elevations to the throbbing, husky sounds for which he is so well known, to all kinds of delicacy in getting from one to the other. Odean won acclaim from Australia to Japan, even winning "Best Tenor Saxophone Player" at the North Sea Jazz Festival. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: IRIDIUM PRESENTS RAJDULARI

New York-basedJazz vocalist Rajdulari performs at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Saturday, July 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Rajdulari inspires an engaging listening experience for music lovers. Her buoyant voice vibrates with a clear and honest joyfulness; no doubt the result of her choral upbringing in the church. Although her family relocated often, she has always found a home in music. Jazz opened up an entirely new world to an adolescent Rajdulari, when she heard Sarah Vaughan's "Shullie A Bop" and Ella Fitzgerald's "Lemon Drop" for the first time. She became fascinated, and wanted to know every nuance of each solo, scat, and harmony. At seventeen she was offered her first gig at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge and found performing to be a sensation she couldn't abandon or ignore. While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Rajdulari shared a stage with the renowned Bobby McFerrin. In 2010 she moved to New York City and started her own solo project. Her ensemble was nominated for, and won, Best Jazz Band at the New England Urban Music Awards in 2011, and their debut release - Honeywine - remains among Amazon.com's Top 100 Most Downloaded Mp3s. In 2012, Rajdulari was selected by Visions Beauty Distributors to write and perform the theme song for their first annual Natural Hair and Health Expo. The single - entitled "Natural" - is featured on her upcoming sophomore album, Journey Of A Woman. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: KIM NALLEY SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY: THE HEART OF LADY DAY

Kim Nalley Sings Billie Holiday: The Heart of Lady Day at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area," vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called "legendary" and a "San Francisco institution." Returning to NYC after a sold-out run in JALC's The Allen Room, Nalley packs a 3 1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad or fill a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without losing her intense swing. She has been compared to all of the greats, but in the end, its Kim Nalley and no one else an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot. There is a $40 cover ($45 on Saturday).

NY STATE: KAREN MASON BRINGS BROADWAY TO SUGAR LOAF PAC

Karen Mason will bring Broadway to the SUGAR LOAF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (1351 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY - 845-610-5335) on Saturday, July 27th at 8:00 pm. This event is directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Christopher Denny and is presented in Sugar PAC's intimate Pavilion theater as a cabaret setting. Karen has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, cabaret, television, and recording. Karen is a 10-time MAC Award winner and has won the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. She has also won the 2006 Nightlife Award for Major Female Vocalist and has three Bistro Awards. Ms. Mason most recently garnered rave reviews starring as The Queen of Hearts in WONDERLAND on Broadway She originated the role of Tanya on Broadway in Abba's MAMMA MIA!, and was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress. Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Velma von Tussel in the final Broadway company of HAIRSPRAY; "Monotony" singer, Mazeppa in JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY; Rosalie in CARNIVAL (another Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway's TORCH SONG TRILOGY; and PLAY ME A COUNTRY SONG. Tickets are $35-$45.

CT: ECHOES OF SINATRA STARRING STEVE KAZLAUSKAS

Echoes of Sinatra starring Steve Kazlauskas will be presented at THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE ( 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT - 203-438-5795 - ) on Saturday, July 27th at 7:30 pm. Fly away with a tribute to the Chairman of the Board! Steve Kazlauskas was inspired to become a singer by an exchange of letters with Mr. Sinatra himself. The Ridgefield, CT resident has honed his craft in a way that would have made "Ol' Blue Eyes" proud. Steve works as a solo performer, and also with big bands throughout the USA. He has performed his show "Echoes of Sinatra" at Mohegan Sun, The Count Basie Theater and various other venues from Vancouver to Los Angeles, and from West Palm Beach to New York. Featuring renditions of Frank's classic hits, and a journey into how Sinatra made this his world. He will woo the audience and bring back the days of Ol' Blue Eyes. Tickets are $35.

BOS: THE LEGENDARY MANHATTANS AT SCULLERS

The Manhattans, featuring Gerald Alston & Blue Lovett, will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The Manhattans are an American popular R&B vocal group, with a string of hit records spanning four decades. Their best known million-selling songs being "Kiss and Say Goodbye" and "Shining Star" in 1980. The Manhattans are also in the middle of a Recording Project, so look out for the new CD sometime next year. Dinner/show $80 - show only $40.

TOR: JEANNETTE LAMBERT AND REG SCHWAGER QUARTET AT JAZZ BISTRO

A rare opportunity will be offered to hear Montreal jazz vocalist Jeannette Lambert singing with her brother Reg Schwager at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, July 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. The band also includes drummer Michel Lambert, Jeannette's husband, pianist David Restivo, whose duo album with Reg has been hailed as world-class, and bassist Ron Seguin, who has recently returned to Canada after many years in Rome. The chemistry of this quintet promises to be intuitive and masterful. The band's repertoire will highlight strong group playing within cinematic and evocative jazz standards and originals, as story-telling is always at the heart of Jeannette's song selections. Born to Dutch-Indonesian parents and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Jeannette Lambert began singing professionally in coffee shops at the age of 12. Living near Queen Street, Toronto when she was a teenager, she went out regularly to listen to live performances by Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Bill Evans, Chet Baker and Jon Hendricks and countless other important jazz artists. At the same time she also followed punk and alternative music closely, heading out to see concerts by the Clash, Gil Scott-Heron, and Billy Bragg. Now an accomplished artist in her own right, she performs internationally as well as recording regularly and moves easily from straight ahead jazz to improvised music. One of the co-founders of the Jazz from Rant music label, she's produced nine albums as a leader, including Born to Blue, a collection of jazz ballads, and Sand Underfoot, featuring Paul Bley. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: SHANICE AT BLUES ALLEY

Shandice will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Friday through Sunday, July 26th through 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Shanice Lorraine Wilson starred in a KFC commercial with Ella Fitzgerald at 9. Later, she was discovered by A&M Records at the age of eleven, and released her debut album, Discovery, in 1987, scored the singer a 1987 Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist. She signed a record deal at Motown Records in 1991. Her 1991 album Inner Child contained the popular hit single "I Love Your Smile". Also included on the album is a cover of Minnie Riperton's 1974 hit "Loving You". This and other songs like "Fly Away" helped showcase her rare coloratura soprano talent. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: MANUEL VALERA AND THE NEW CUBAN EXPRESS AT BOHEMIAN CAVERNS

Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express will perform at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800) on Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th at 8:00 pm. Based in New York City, 2013 Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff "Tain" Watts, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry among many others. Manuel is also the leader of the New Cuban Express. His 6th record as a leader New Cuban Express was released in June/2012 and is nominated for the 2013 Grammys in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. He has been awarded several grants for composition most notably Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has travelled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals. Call for cover/minimum information.

FLA: ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO AT THE COLONY

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, will be making their seventh appearance at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Fridays & Saturdays, July 26th through August 10th at 8:30 pm. The talented couple are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners - they were just honored with the 2013 MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year - are regular performers at New York's most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel's legendary Oak Room Supper Club, and have also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Allen Room and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, New York Festival of Song, The Algonquin, Feinstein's, The Carlyle, Birdland, and the 92nd Street Y's 'Lyrics and Lyricists' series. Call for cover/minimum information.


MW: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF JANIS JOPLIN

Local theatre veteran, Karen Irwin, takes the audience on a musical journey through her own personal transformation as inspired by her musical idol, Janis Joplin at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th at 8:00 pm. Joplin used her "un-girly" voice and her no-holds-barred, blues-inspired performance style to triumph over her personal and social adversities, forever changing the face of women in music. With anecdotes and Joplin songs including "Mercedes Benz," "Piece of My Heart," and "Bobby McGee," Irwin pays homage to the musical icon that changed her life. There is a $25-$35-$45 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.

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 Saturdays in June 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.

SF: EMILY BERGL IN "UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG"

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) welcomes Emily Bergl in her show "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" on Thursday through Saturday, July 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. Emily Bergl, best known for her role on TV shows such as "Desperate Housewives" and Broadway, burst on the cabaret scene in 2011, garnering raves from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has performed at the legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Cafe Carlyle, and across the country. Her third show, Until the Real Thing Comes Along, exposes the lengths we go to in our search for love and what we do to when we don't find it, or even more frightening, when we do. In her signature nouveau cabaret style, Bergl uses the past to illuminate the present, blending together Irving Berlin with Blondie, Rodgers and Hammerstein with Tracey Chapman, and even Noel Coward with Britney Spears. Audiences are treated not only to an evening of diverse songs, but a full cast of characters all personified by this veteran Broadway actress. For anyone looking for an evening of song that's heartbreaking, droll, and a little dangerous, this is your cabaret. The show is directed by Sarna Lapine (War Horse, Sondheim on Sondheim, South Pacific), and musical directed by Jonathan Mastro, composer and musical director for David Cromer's hit revival of Our Town. There is a $30-$45-$55 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

SF: SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA AT YOSHI'S

The SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA moves into YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. This GRAMMY award-winning all-star ensemble is reintroducing the classic sounds of New York City Salsa. They have given birth to everything from 1960s boogaloo to mind-bending salsa. Led by world-famous pianist and arranger Oscar Hernandez, the ensemble provides a glimpse inside the history of the Nuyorican experience. There is a $34 (8:00 pm) $27 (10:00 pm) cover.


AUS: JEMMA RIX - THE RANDOM VARIETY AT THE BUTTERFLY

Jemma Rix with musical director David Young present 'The Random Variety' at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday & Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th at 8:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th at 9:00 pm. From Sondheim to Rihanna, Schwartz to Amy Winehouse, star of Wicked, Jemma Rix takes us on a journey down a few of her favourite musical roads. But look out- sharp corners ahead. Because The Random Variety is ... well, just that. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: LISA-MARIE RYAN AND BIG SOUL, RED HEART

Lisa-Marie Ryan brings her show 'Big Soul, Red Heart' to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 pm. How do you mend a broken heart? Rediscover what it's like to fall in love with happy-go-lucky Leisl. But what happens when love becomes anxiety. And what happens when happy Leisl wakes up sad? Blue Soul, Red Heart looks at the misconception that happy people can't 'catch' depression and the hope of coming out the other side a better and optimistic person. Written and Performed by Lisa-Marie Ryan. Musically Directed by Robyn Womersley. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: STEFAN BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD AT CRAZY COQS

Stefan Bednarczyk premieres his brilliant new Noel Coward show at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Concentrating on Coward during the war and post war years, BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD includes anecdotes and insight gleaned from people who knew and worked with the Master, including Judy Campbell, Sheridan Morley, Wendy Toye and Graham Payn, all of whom are part of this engrossing show. Bednarczyk is an actor, musical director and cabaret performer. His extensive credits as Musical Director include shows at the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Almeida, Hampstead and Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, and most recently, the British premiere of Boy Meets Boy at the Jermyn Street Theatre. As a solo cabaret performer he has enjoyed seasons in London, New York and many major European cities. His acclaimed show An Evening Of Flanders and Swann - originally commissioned by the widows of Michael and Donald - has been seen in America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe - as well as throughout the UK.

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NYC: JAZZ AT KITANO PRESENTS JOYCE BREACH

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Joyce Breach will perform at THE KITANO HOTEL'S GARDEN CAFE (66 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-885-7119) on Friday, July 26th with sets at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. She is joined by John di Martino, piano; Neal Miner, bass; and Warren Vache, cornet. Joyce is an accomplished and sophisticated interpreter of classic American popular song. Before moving to New York in the 1990s, she was a well-known singer of long-standing reputation in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA when she began to develop a more national profile with her first CD for Audiophile Records, released in 1992. In the fall of 1992, she made her New York debut at the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention in Town Hall. On October 25, 2002, Joyce was presented with the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Classic award celebrating her dedication to keeping alive the art of fine singing. Joyce is a favorite at the popular Noon Concert Series at St. Peter's Church. At home in the world of jazz as well as cabaret, she recently recorded her 11th recording, Remembering Mabel Mercer, Volume Three with Keith Ingham. Her other CDs available on Audiophile Records include, Live In London, Remembering Mabel Mercer, Remembering Mabel Mercer, Volume Two, Love is the Thing with cabaret legend William Roy, Reel Songs, a collection of songs from the movies, Nothing But Blue Skies, both with Ingham, This Moment with William Roy, Lovers After All with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Confessions with Loonis McGlohon, Songbird and A Christmas Memory have all received excellent critical reviews. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: NASHVILLE STAR AARON CRITES WITH THE NEW COUNTRY

Nashville Star Aaron Crites brings his show 'The New Country' to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a series of 4 shows, Sunday, July 21st at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, July 24th at 9:30 pm and Friday & Saturday, July 26th (7:00 pm) & 27th (9:30 pm). Aaron Crites is a self proclaimed "Rock-a-billy" Songwriter/ Solo artist out of Nashville Tennessee. Whether he is putting a new twist on a Rock and Roll classic from the 50s and 60s, or sharing an original (with roots in Country, Rock, and Blues), Crites is sure to offer up an entertaining performance. Originally from the middle of nowhere (Casey, Illinois) Aaron arrived in Nashville in mid 2012. His unique vocal, lyric and guitar styles set his original songs in a category of their own and his spin on classics like RING OF FIRE and HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN takes these standards to a new place. OPENING ACT: Singer/Songwriter Nikki Armstrong has been compared to a wide variety of singers such as Anita O'Day, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. She is noted for her soulful interpretations of material from blues and standards to rock. Accompanied by the immensely talented pianist Mel Nelson. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DISTORTED DIZNEE AT THE BEECHMAN

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

NYC: THE VAUDEVILLIANS WITH JINKX MONSOON

RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Jinkx Monsoon makes her New York debut at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) with the premiere of THE VAUDEVILLIANS, a musical comedy show co-starring composer and musician Richard Andriessen. Performance begin on Tuesday, July 9th with 2 shows, at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. The show continues every night through Thursday, July 18th, with additional dates on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, July 23rd, 25th & 26th, with a final show on Tuesday, July 30th. Showtimes vary each night so see the BEECHMAN website. Throughout the 1920's Kitty Witless and Dr.Dan Von Dandy toured speakeasies and burlesque theaters through the United States as THE VAUDEVILLIANS, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. Unfortunately, one day, tragedy struck. While touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow - instantly freezing them alive. But thanks to global warming, they recently thawed out only to discover, that pop artists of various decades had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Much to their shock and chagrin, songs including "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (which was originally about the woman's Suffragette movement), and "Drop it Like it's Hot" (which was originally about the invention of the electric iron) had become hits for lesser artists. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their original music, performing it as originally composed. Tickets available through https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/922622 - plus there is a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: PATTI LUPONE RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) welcomes back two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone on Monday & Wednesday, July 22nd & 24th at 7:00 pm; Thuesday, July 26th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Friday, July 27th at 8:30 pm; and Saturday, July 28th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Patti will be performing her critically acclaimed show, 'Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.... played that part.' She'll perform songs from roles she coulda played, woulda played, if someone had just asked her or shoulda played, except she's not a boy. Patti will sing treasures from such classic Broadway musicals as Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Peter Pan. Sondheim will be sprinkled in as well as some surprises you'd never expect her to sing because she'd never be cast in the part. Whether she's belting out those pesky high D's in Evita or caressing us with a love song, an evening at 54 Below with Patti is an experience never to be forgotten. There is am $85-$95 cover plus a $30 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN'S SONGS AT 54 BELOW

Acclaimed musical theatre writers Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford headline a late-night cabaret at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday, July 26th at 11:00 pm featuring women composers and lyricists, presented by The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers. Featured are a rich and eclectic mix of songs by some of today's most exciting women writers, including: Jill Abromowitz, Masi Asare, Linda Dowdell, Beth Falcone, Jenny Giering, Shaina Taub, Sara Wordsworth and many others. Presented in conjunction with City Center's new Encores! "Off-Center" series (spearheaded by Artistic Director Jeanine Tesori), which kicks off this month with their debut production, Cryer & Ford's revered I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it On the Road. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE MASTERS QUARTET AT BIRDLAND

The Masters Quartet: Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Buster Williams & Billy Hart will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Four of the leading instrumentalists in jazz come together as "The Masters Quartet." Pianist Steve Kuhn first made his mark as a sideman with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker and Art Farmer. He grew beyond the powerful early influence of Bill Evans to become a unique stylist with an incredible technique and sense of dynamics and lyricism. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, a 2010 "NEA Jazz Master," learned directly from jazz icons, spending extensive periods as a member of groups led by Miles Davis and Elvin Jones. As a leader, Liebman has been associated since 1970 with a succession of extraordinary groups from Open Sky Trio to Lookout Farm to Quest, each of which has framed a distinct phase of his musical evolution. Master bassist Buster Williams is an empathetic sideman known for his subtle sense of swing. He began his professional career in 1960 with saxophonist Jimmy Heath going on to play with jazz legends Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and many others. Legendary drummer Billy Hart has been a fixture on the jazz scene for over fifty years, performing and recording along the way with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: TOMMY IGOE AND THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND EVERY FRIDAY

Every Friday at 5:15 pm, the "Broadway Big Band" directed by Tommy Igoe, roars into action at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080), playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. After work or before a show, drinks or a great dinner, come hear one of the world's best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York. Experience why the BBB is fast becoming the must-see weekly jazz event in New York and kick off your weekend with what critics are calling "the best live music bargain in all of NYC!"Featured weekly guest artists drop-in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart). There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ODEAN POPE SAX CHOIR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Special guests will join the band nightly. The group was established by Odean in 1977 and premiered in 1985 with a Soul Note album called "The Saxophone Shop." The saxophone choir has been the realization of his southern legacy; a medium for creating the richly textured harmonic sound that has permeated his musical soul since childhood. He constructs layers of melodic sound by playing within the fourth system in different tone scales. Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Benny Golson, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy and Percy Heath et al. Coltrane chose Odean to replace him in Jimmy Smith's Group when he left for New York to join Miles Davis. Although he was close to Coltrane and continues to revere his artistry, Odean was always searching for his own musical sound. This led him to study with Ron Rubin, the principal woodwind player in the Philadelphia Orchestra. At a later time he studied at The Paris Conservatory for Music under Kenny Clarke. It was there that he received his Certificate in Orchestration, Modern harmony, African rhythms, Be-Bop Art Forms and Arrangement. In 1979, Odean joined the Max Roach Quartet as a regular member for more than two decades. It was as the tenor man with Max Roach that Odean perfected the techniques of circular breathing and multiphonics, both allowing him to stretch his solo improvisations from dazzling elevations to the throbbing, husky sounds for which he is so well known, to all kinds of delicacy in getting from one to the other. Odean won acclaim from Australia to Japan, even winning "Best Tenor Saxophone Player" at the North Sea Jazz Festival. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: SANDI THOM - FLESH AND BLOOD AT THE IRIDIUM

Sandi Thom will play at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Thursday, July 26th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. For a while most people still recalled her as the precocious next-generation talent that produced one of the defining hits of the internet age, 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)', this talented singer-songwriter has come a long way in the years since then. This show marks the release of Sandi's superb new album, Flesh and Blood. Recorded at Nashville's legendary 16 Tons studio, with celebrated Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson in the production hot seat, this is the fourth Sandi Thom album. Featuring a core studio band led by Black Crowe Rich Robinson, drummer Steve Gorman and fellow Black Crowe and widely travelled session star Audley Freed on guitar, respected Nashville stars Mike Webb (keys/Dobro) and James Haggerty (bass) complete the line-up along with special guest appearances from acclaimed singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte Marie and famous Rolling Stones collaborator, saxophonist Bobby Keys. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: KIM NALLEY SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY: THE HEART OF LADY DAY

Kim Nalley Sings Billie Holiday: The Heart of Lady Day at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area," vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called "legendary" and a "San Francisco institution." Returning to NYC after a sold-out run in JALC's The Allen Room, Nalley packs a 3 1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad or fill a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without losing her intense swing. She has been compared to all of the greats, but in the end, its Kim Nalley and no one else an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot. There is a $40 cover ($45 on Saturday).

BOS: THE LEGENDARY MANHATTANS AT SCULLERS

The Manhattans, featuring Gerald Alston & Blue Lovett, will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The Manhattans are an American popular R&B vocal group, with a string of hit records spanning four decades. Their best known million-selling songs being "Kiss and Say Goodbye" and "Shining Star" in 1980. The Manhattans are also in the middle of a Recording Project, so look out for the new CD sometime next year. Dinner/show $80 - show only $40.

TOR: JEANNETTE LAMBERT AND REG SCHWAGER QUARTET AT JAZZ BISTRO

A rare opportunity will be offered to hear Montreal jazz vocalist Jeannette Lambert singing with her brother Reg Schwager at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, July 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. The band also includes drummer Michel Lambert, Jeannette's husband, pianist David Restivo, whose duo album with Reg has been hailed as world-class, and bassist Ron Seguin, who has recently returned to Canada after many years in Rome. The chemistry of this quintet promises to be intuitive and masterful. The band's repertoire will highlight strong group playing within cinematic and evocative jazz standards and originals, as story-telling is always at the heart of Jeannette's song selections. Born to Dutch-Indonesian parents and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Jeannette Lambert began singing professionally in coffee shops at the age of 12. Living near Queen Street, Toronto when she was a teenager, she went out regularly to listen to live performances by Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Bill Evans, Chet Baker and Jon Hendricks and countless other important jazz artists. At the same time she also followed punk and alternative music closely, heading out to see concerts by the Clash, Gil Scott-Heron, and Billy Bragg. Now an accomplished artist in her own right, she performs internationally as well as recording regularly and moves easily from straight ahead jazz to improvised music. One of the co-founders of the Jazz from Rant music label, she's produced nine albums as a leader, including Born to Blue, a collection of jazz ballads, and Sand Underfoot, featuring Paul Bley. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: SHANICE AT BLUES ALLEY

Shandice will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Friday through Sunday, July 26th through 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Shanice Lorraine Wilson starred in a KFC commercial with Ella Fitzgerald at 9. Later, she was discovered by A&M Records at the age of eleven, and released her debut album, Discovery, in 1987, scored the singer a 1987 Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist. She signed a record deal at Motown Records in 1991. Her 1991 album Inner Child contained the popular hit single "I Love Your Smile". Also included on the album is a cover of Minnie Riperton's 1974 hit "Loving You". This and other songs like "Fly Away" helped showcase her rare coloratura soprano talent. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: MANUEL VALERA AND THE NEW CUBAN EXPRESS AT BOHEMIAN CAVERNS

Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express will perform at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800) on Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th at 8:00 pm. Based in New York City, 2013 Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff "Tain" Watts, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry among many others. Manuel is also the leader of the New Cuban Express. His 6th record as a leader New Cuban Express was released in June/2012 and is nominated for the 2013 Grammys in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. He has been awarded several grants for composition most notably Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has travelled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals. Call for cover/minimum information.

MW: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF JANIS JOPLIN

Local theatre veteran, Karen Irwin, takes the audience on a musical journey through her own personal transformation as inspired by her musical idol, Janis Joplin at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th at 8:00 pm. Joplin used her "un-girly" voice and her no-holds-barred, blues-inspired performance style to triumph over her personal and social adversities, forever changing the face of women in music. With anecdotes and Joplin songs including "Mercedes Benz," "Piece of My Heart," and "Bobby McGee," Irwin pays homage to the musical icon that changed her life. There is a $25-$35-$45 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.

SF: EMILY BERGL IN "UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG"

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) welcomes Emily Bergl in her show "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" on Thursday through Saturday, July 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. Emily Bergl, best known for her role on TV shows such as "Desperate Housewives" and Broadway, burst on the cabaret scene in 2011, garnering raves from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has performed at the legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Cafe Carlyle, and across the country. Her third show, Until the Real Thing Comes Along, exposes the lengths we go to in our search for love and what we do to when we don't find it, or even more frightening, when we do. In her signature nouveau cabaret style, Bergl uses the past to illuminate the present, blending together Irving Berlin with Blondie, Rodgers and Hammerstein with Tracey Chapman, and even Noel Coward with Britney Spears. Audiences are treated not only to an evening of diverse songs, but a full cast of characters all personified by this veteran Broadway actress. For anyone looking for an evening of song that's heartbreaking, droll, and a little dangerous, this is your cabaret. The show is directed by Sarna Lapine (War Horse, Sondheim on Sondheim, South Pacific), and musical directed by Jonathan Mastro, composer and musical director for David Cromer's hit revival of Our Town. There is a $30-$45-$55 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

SF: SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA AT YOSHI'S

The SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA moves into YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. This GRAMMY award-winning all-star ensemble is reintroducing the classic sounds of New York City Salsa. They have given birth to everything from 1960s boogaloo to mind-bending salsa. Led by world-famous pianist and arranger Oscar Hernandez, the ensemble provides a glimpse inside the history of the Nuyorican experience. There is a $34 (8:00 pm) $27 (10:00 pm) cover.


AUS: JEMMA RIX - THE RANDOM VARIETY AT THE BUTTERFLY

Jemma Rix with musical director David Young present 'The Random Variety' at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday & Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th at 8:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th at 9:00 pm. From Sondheim to Rihanna, Schwartz to Amy Winehouse, star of Wicked, Jemma Rix takes us on a journey down a few of her favourite musical roads. But look out- sharp corners ahead. Because The Random Variety is ... well, just that. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: LISA-MARIE RYAN AND BIG SOUL, RED HEART

Lisa-Marie Ryan brings her show 'Big Soul, Red Heart' to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 pm. How do you mend a broken heart? Rediscover what it's like to fall in love with happy-go-lucky Leisl. But what happens when love becomes anxiety. And what happens when happy Leisl wakes up sad? Blue Soul, Red Heart looks at the misconception that happy people can't 'catch' depression and the hope of coming out the other side a better and optimistic person. Written and Performed by Lisa-Marie Ryan. Musically Directed by Robyn Womersley. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: STEFAN BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD AT CRAZY COQS

Stefan Bednarczyk premieres his brilliant new Noel Coward show at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Concentrating on Coward during the war and post war years, BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD includes anecdotes and insight gleaned from people who knew and worked with the Master, including Judy Campbell, Sheridan Morley, Wendy Toye and Graham Payn, all of whom are part of this engrossing show. Bednarczyk is an actor, musical director and cabaret performer. His extensive credits as Musical Director include shows at the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Almeida, Hampstead and Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, and most recently, the British premiere of Boy Meets Boy at the Jermyn Street Theatre. As a solo cabaret performer he has enjoyed seasons in London, New York and many major European cities. His acclaimed show An Evening Of Flanders and Swann - originally commissioned by the widows of Michael and Donald - has been seen in America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe - as well as throughout the UK.

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NYC: STREISAND: AN INTIMATE EVENING

Award-winning Barbra Streisand tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - ) on Thursday, July 25th at 7:30 pm in STREISAND: AN INTIMATE EVENING. A musical retrospective of Barbra Streisand's 50+ years in show business, this intimate evening takes you from the beginning of Barbra's career in the 1960's all the way up to today, including all of the songs you have known and loved, along with some that might not be as familiar. DelVillagio will perform such favorites as "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "The Way We Were," and "Evergreen." Her uncanny vocal skills and personal resemblance to Streisand makes for a startling cabaret experience. Carla DelVillaggio is one of the most successful Barbra Streisand tribute artists in the country, appearing regularly in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and around the United States. Her many awards include the Agent's Best Impressed Award (2008, 2010, 2011, Sunburst Convention, Orlando); Best Overall Celebrity Re-creation Award (2009, 2010, 2011, Sunburst); Rising Star Award (2009, The Reel Awards, Las Vegas); and the Best Showcase Gold Award (2011, Sunburst). Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: OLEG'S BIRTHDAY BASH WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Oleg Frish will hold his annual Birthday Bash on Thursday, July 25th at 9:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ). Oleg Frish is a popular TV and radio personality and entertainer who has interviewed hundreds of legendary American singers including James Brown, Gloria Gaynor, Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Andy Williams , as well as many others. Oleg hosts his show 'Standard Time With Oleg Frish' on WNYM radio station -970AM- on every Saturday afternoon at 5:00 pm and also hosts his Friday Night Talk Show on RTVI- the leading Russian language TV station. He knows thousands of songs and sing them in 11 languages - from English and French to Spanish, Italian, Yiddish and even Japanese! He will be joined by the Isaac ben Ayala Jazz Quartet and with his celebrity friends: Legendary Radio and TV Host Joey Reynolds, Legendary Gossip Columnist Liz Smith. MAC and Bistro Award winning vocalist, cabaret performer and director Eric Michael Gillett, "Italy's Voice of Love"- Giada Valenti, Cary Hoffman, the star and creator of the long running off-Broadway hit, "My Sinatra", Popular Comedian Frankie Hudak and more. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MARLENE VERPLANCK AT THE KITANO

Jazz vocalist Marlene VerPlanck will perform on Thursday, July 25th at THE KITANO HOTEL'S GARDEN CAFE (66 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-885-7119 - ) to celebrate her new CD 'Ballads ... Mostly'. She is joined by Tedd Firth - piano, Jay Leonhart - bass and Ron Vincent - drumsMarlene VerPlanck enjoys the admiration of a legion of fans, and peers as well. She collaborated throughout her long career with her husband, arranger, composer, and conductor Billy Ver Planck. Her 17th album, My Impetuous Heart, reunited her with old friends Hank Jones, George Shearing, Marian McPartland and Bucky Pizzarelli. Millions of people first heard Ver Planck's voice doing jingles in the '60s: "Weekends were made for Michelob/Yeah!" and "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should!" and "Mmm good/mm-mm good/that's what Campbell's Soups are/mm mm good." Today Marlene travels the world performing at concerts and festivals. This will be her third appearance in the Sarasota area, where she has quickly developed a devoted following. There is a $10 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE VAUDEVILLIANS WITH JINKX MONSOON

RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Jinkx Monsoon makes her New York debut at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - ) with the premiere of THE VAUDEVILLIANS, a musical comedy show co-starring composer and musician Richard Andriessen. Performance begin on Tuesday, July 9th with 2 shows, at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. The show continues every night through Thursday, July 18th, with additional dates on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, July 23rd, 25th & 26th, with a final show on Tuesday, July 30th. Showtimes vary each night so see the BEECHMAN website. Throughout the 1920's Kitty Witless and Dr.Dan Von Dandy toured speakeasies and burlesque theaters through the United States as THE VAUDEVILLIANS, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. Unfortunately, one day, tragedy struck. While touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow - instantly freezing them alive. But thanks to global warming, they recently thawed out only to discover, that pop artists of various decades had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Much to their shock and chagrin, songs including "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (which was originally about the woman's Suffragette movement), and "Drop it Like it's Hot" (which was originally about the invention of the electric iron) had become hits for lesser artists. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their original music, performing it as originally composed. Tickets available through https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/922622 - plus there is a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: CRAZYTOWN: MY FIRST PSYCHOPATH AT JEWEL BOX THEATER

Jude Treder-Wolff's "Crazytown: my first psychopath" will be performed at the JEWEL BOX THEATER WORKSHOP THEATER COMPANY (312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor East, NYC - TKTS: https://web.ovationtix.com/ ) on Wednesday, July 17th at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 20th at 3:00 pm; Monday, July 22nd at 6:00 pm; Thursday, July 25th at 7:30 pm; and Tuesday, July 30th at 8:30 pm. "Crazytown: my first psychopath" is real-life creative arts therapist's comic take - and true story underscored by original songs – about a shocking encounter with a deceptive, dangerous person - the nicest guy you never want to meet. Musical Director: Wells Hanley. The show is part of the Midtown International Theater Fest (http://www.midtownfestival.org/ ). Tickets are $18.

NYC: PATTI LUPONE RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) welcomes back two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone on Monday & Wednesday, July 22nd & 24th at 7:00 pm; Thuesday, July 26th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Friday, July 27th at 8:30 pm; and Saturday, July 28th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Patti will be performing her critically acclaimed show, 'Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.... played that part.' She'll perform songs from roles she coulda played, woulda played, if someone had just asked her or shoulda played, except she's not a boy. Patti will sing treasures from such classic Broadway musicals as Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Peter Pan. Sondheim will be sprinkled in as well as some surprises you'd never expect her to sing because she'd never be cast in the part. Whether she's belting out those pesky high D's in Evita or caressing us with a love song, an evening at 54 Below with Patti is an experience never to be forgotten. There is am $85-$95 cover plus a $30 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LATE NIGHT AT 54 BELOW: 15:54

Re-inventing the magic on the site of the original Studio 54, Thursday's 15:54 party at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) will unlock it's doors to cutting edge Performance Artists and DJs, Hosted by The Haus of Mimosa. Featured this week: Slanty Eyed Mama, Big Christmas (mixtape release), Que Linda, Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad, Lance Horne, DJ Lord Easy and more. Cover charge $15. Cover charge includes one complimentary well, wine, or beer beverage.

NYC: THE MASTERS QUARTET AT BIRDLAND

The Masters Quartet: Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Buster Williams & Billy Hart will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Four of the leading instrumentalists in jazz come together as "The Masters Quartet." Pianist Steve Kuhn first made his mark as a sideman with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker and Art Farmer. He grew beyond the powerful early influence of Bill Evans to become a unique stylist with an incredible technique and sense of dynamics and lyricism. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, a 2010 "NEA Jazz Master," learned directly from jazz icons, spending extensive periods as a member of groups led by Miles Davis and Elvin Jones. As a leader, Liebman has been associated since 1970 with a succession of extraordinary groups from Open Sky Trio to Lookout Farm to Quest, each of which has framed a distinct phase of his musical evolution. Master bassist Buster Williams is an empathetic sideman known for his subtle sense of swing. He began his professional career in 1960 with saxophonist Jimmy Heath going on to play with jazz legends Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and many others. Legendary drummer Billy Hart has been a fixture on the jazz scene for over fifty years, performing and recording along the way with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ODEAN POPE SAX CHOIR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592 - ) on Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Special guests will join the band nightly. The group was established by Odean in 1977 and premiered in 1985 with a Soul Note album called "The Saxophone Shop." The saxophone choir has been the realization of his southern legacy; a medium for creating the richly textured harmonic sound that has permeated his musical soul since childhood. He constructs layers of melodic sound by playing within the fourth system in different tone scales. Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Benny Golson, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy and Percy Heath et al. Coltrane chose Odean to replace him in Jimmy Smith's Group when he left for New York to join Miles Davis. Although he was close to Coltrane and continues to revere his artistry, Odean was always searching for his own musical sound. This led him to study with Ron Rubin, the principal woodwind player in the Philadelphia Orchestra. At a later time he studied at The Paris Conservatory for Music under Kenny Clarke. It was there that he received his Certificate in Orchestration, Modern harmony, African rhythms, Be-Bop Art Forms and Arrangement. In 1979, Odean joined the Max Roach Quartet as a regular member for more than two decades. It was as the tenor man with Max Roach that Odean perfected the techniques of circular breathing and multiphonics, both allowing him to stretch his solo improvisations from dazzling elevations to the throbbing, husky sounds for which he is so well known, to all kinds of delicacy in getting from one to the other. Odean won acclaim from Australia to Japan, even winning "Best Tenor Saxophone Player" at the North Sea Jazz Festival. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: KIM NALLEY SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY: THE HEART OF LADY DAY

Kim Nalley Sings Billie Holiday: The Heart of Lady Day at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595 - ) Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area," vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called "legendary" and a "San Francisco institution." Returning to NYC after a sold-out run in JALC's The Allen Room, Nalley packs a 3 1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad or fill a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without losing her intense swing. She has been compared to all of the greats, but in the end, its Kim Nalley and no one else an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot. There is a $40 cover ($45 on Saturday).

NYC: THE RUSTY WRIGHT BAND AT THE IRIDIUM

The Rusty Wright Band (Rusty Wright, Laurie LaCross-Wright, Dave Brahce, Pete Haist, Dennis Bellinger) will perform at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - ) on Thursday, July 25th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. In 2004 Michigan guitarists Rusty and Laurie Wright put together the first incarnation of the group that would become the Rusty Wright Band. It was only the band's second show together when they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, a performance which garnered them a standing ovation. Since then, Rusty, Laurie and their band have made the leap from regional favorite to enjoying international recognition and performing at music events on four continents. The band's fourth album, titled "This, That & the Other Thing" was January, 21 2013. In addition to shows with Skynyrd and Burks, the Rusty Wright Band has shared stages and billing with an eclectic array of roots and rock acts including the late Etta James, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Charlie Musselwhite, Leslie West & Mountain, Janiva Magness, Zac Harmon, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Blessid Union of Souls, Slaughter, Bettye Lavette, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Nick Moss, and many others. In their home state of Michigan the group has become a 'go-to' act for blues festivals and concert venues wanting to boost ticket sales. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


BOS: NICOLE HENRY LIVE AT RYLES JAZZ CLUB

Nicole Henry performs at RYLES JAZZ CLUB (212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-876-9330 - ) on Thursday, July 25th at 7:30 pm. Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums. Adding to her vocal talents, Nicole's beauty and on-stage rapport combines confidence and sincerity, confirming her as an all-around beguiling performer to audiences in over 15 countries. Henry showcases her diversity and skills as a performer and refined interpreter on her January 29, 2013 CD release, SO GOOD, SO RIGHT: NICOLE HENRY LIVE. The 13-track live album, which was recorded at Henry's sold-out performances at FEINSTEIN'S in NYC in May 2012, showcases her soulful, inspired interpretations of some of her favorite classic hits of the 70's from iconic artists including Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Commodores and Gladys Knight. Call for cover/minimum information.

TOR: JEANNETTE LAMBERT AND REG SCHWAGER QUARTET AT JAZZ BISTRO

A rare opportunity will be offered to hear Montreal jazz vocalist Jeannette Lambert singing with her brother Reg Schwager at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299 - ) on Thursday through Saturday, July 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. The band also includes drummer Michel Lambert, Jeannette's husband, pianist David Restivo, whose duo album with Reg has been hailed as world-class, and bassist Ron Seguin, who has recently returned to Canada after many years in Rome. The chemistry of this quintet promises to be intuitive and masterful. The band's repertoire will highlight strong group playing within cinematic and evocative jazz standards and originals, as story-telling is always at the heart of Jeannette's song selections. Born to Dutch-Indonesian parents and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Jeannette Lambert began singing professionally in coffee shops at the age of 12. Living near Queen Street, Toronto when she was a teenager, she went out regularly to listen to live performances by Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Bill Evans, Chet Baker and Jon Hendricks and countless other important jazz artists. At the same time she also followed punk and alternative music closely, heading out to see concerts by the Clash, Gil Scott-Heron, and Billy Bragg. Now an accomplished artist in her own right, she performs internationally as well as recording regularly and moves easily from straight ahead jazz to improvised music. One of the co-founders of the Jazz from Rant music label, she's produced nine albums as a leader, including Born to Blue, a collection of jazz ballads, and Sand Underfoot, featuring Paul Bley. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: CAROLYN MALACHI AT BLUES ALLEY

Carolyn Malachi performs at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Thursday, July 25th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Malachi's unique approach to music combines Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and lots of imagination. The independent, Grammy nominated artist and great-granddaughter of pianist John Malachi counts Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Radiohead, and Sarah Vaughan among her greatest influences. She released Revenge of the Smart Chicks in 2008 and Revenge of the Smart Chicks II in 2009. Both albums reveal the inner workings of Smart Chicks. Her 2010 release, the "Lions, Fires & Squares" EP, earned a 2011 Best Urban / Alternative Performance GRAMMY Award nomination for the single, "Orion." Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: EMILY BERGL IN "UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG"

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063 - ) welcomes Emily Bergl in her show "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" on Thursday through Saturday, July 25th through 27th at 8:00 pm. Emily Bergl, best known for her role on TV shows such as "Desperate Housewives" and Broadway, burst on the cabaret scene in 2011, garnering raves from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has performed at the legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Cafe Carlyle, and across the country. Her third show, Until the Real Thing Comes Along, exposes the lengths we go to in our search for love and what we do to when we don't find it, or even more frightening, when we do. In her signature nouveau cabaret style, Bergl uses the past to illuminate the present, blending together Irving Berlin with Blondie, Rodgers and Hammerstein with Tracey Chapman, and even Noel Coward with Britney Spears. Audiences are treated not only to an evening of diverse songs, but a full cast of characters all personified by this veteran Broadway actress. For anyone looking for an evening of song that's heartbreaking, droll, and a little dangerous, this is your cabaret. The show is directed by Sarna Lapine (War Horse, Sondheim on Sondheim, South Pacific), and musical directed by Jonathan Mastro, composer and musical director for David Cromer's hit revival of Our Town. There is a $30-$45-$55 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.


SF: $10 FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT: MINOR EMPIRE

Winners of 2012 Canadian Independent Music Awards and 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards for "World Group of the Year", Minor Empire will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600 - ) on Thursday, July 25th at 8:00 pm. Minor Empire are known for their unique blend of traditional Turkish music with electronica, psychedelia and jazz. Group's debut album Second Nature reached No.1 spot on Canada's national World Music Chart in 2011. The album has garnered glowing reviews from international publications such as Songlines Magazine (UK), World Music Central (United States), and Folk World (Germany). There is a $26 cover - Use Promo Code 'Fan' At Online Checkout For $10 Tickets.

AUS: JEMMA RIX - THE RANDOM VARIETY AT THE BUTTERFLY

Jemma Rix with musical director David Young present 'The Random Variety' at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday & Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th at 8:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th at 9:00 pm. From Sondheim to Rihanna, Schwartz to Amy Winehouse, star of Wicked, Jemma Rix takes us on a journey down a few of her favourite musical roads. But look out- sharp corners ahead. Because The Random Variety is ... well, just that. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: LISA-MARIE RYAN AND BIG SOUL, RED HEART

Lisa-Marie Ryan brings her show 'Big Soul, Red Heart' to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 pm. How do you mend a broken heart? Rediscover what it's like to fall in love with happy-go-lucky Leisl. But what happens when love becomes anxiety. And what happens when happy Leisl wakes up sad? Blue Soul, Red Heart looks at the misconception that happy people can't 'catch' depression and the hope of coming out the other side a better and optimistic person. Written and Performed by Lisa-Marie Ryan. Musically Directed by Robyn Womersley. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: STEFAN BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD AT CRAZY COQS

Stefan Bednarczyk premieres his brilliant new Noel Coward show at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888 - ) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Concentrating on Coward during the war and post war years, BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD includes anecdotes and insight gleaned from people who knew and worked with the Master, including Judy Campbell, Sheridan Morley, Wendy Toye and Graham Payn, all of whom are part of this engrossing show. Bednarczyk is an actor, musical director and cabaret performer. His extensive credits as Musical Director include shows at the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Almeida, Hampstead and Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, and most recently, the British premiere of Boy Meets Boy at the Jermyn Street Theatre. As a solo cabaret performer he has enjoyed seasons in London, New York and many major European cities. His acclaimed show An Evening Of Flanders and Swann - originally commissioned by the widows of Michael and Donald - has been seen in America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe - as well as throughout the UK.

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NYC: ACCIDENTAL HAPPINESS WITH MARNIE KLAR
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Marnie Klar will perform her show Accidental Happiness at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Tuesday, July 16th at 7:00 pm & Wednesday, July 24th at 9:30 pm. She is joined on stage by musical director Jeff Cubeta on piano, Matt Scharfglass on bass, Greg Ritchie on drums, and Erin Cronican on vocals. Tanya Moberly directs. The show will feature songs by Tori Amos, Jack Artonoff, Jeff Cubeta, John Lennon, Jeff Marx, Sting, Steve Trask, Phil Vasser and others. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: ROSEMARY LOAR: WHEN HARRY MET THE DUKE

Rosemary Loar pays tribute to the music of Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, July 24th at 7:00 pm. Rosemary Loar presents an encore of her critically acclaimed cabaret creation: a show that showcases the genius of songwriting legends, Harold Arlen and Duke Elliington.  An inventive force in the cabaret world for over 30 years, last year Rosemary Loar was honored with the 2012 MAC Hanson Award for continuing excellence. She has sung at Birdland, The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don't Tell Mama, Town Hall (Cabaret Convention), Symphony Space, Upstairs at Sardi's, Hotel Pierre, in LA at the Gardenia and MBar, in Chicago at The Tambourine Room and most recently in Paulo's Munich. Ms. Loar has released two cabaret recordings: The Quando Swing and a live recording of her critically acclaimed show Sting, Stang, Stung! Swingjn' The Music Of Sting. Ms. Loar has four national tours and six Broadway credits to her name including CATS (Grizabella), Sunset Boulevard, and Once Upon A Mattress and most recently The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden. She was awarded a Phoebe Award for her portrayal of Ivy Rowe in Fair And Tender Ladies. Rosemary also created the role of Gladys Fritts in the off-Broadway musical, Radio Gals. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: NASHVILLE STAR AARON CRITES WITH THE NEW COUNTRY

Nashville Star Aaron Crites brings his show 'The New Country' to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a series of 4 shows, Sunday, July 21st at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, July 24th at 9:30 pm and Friday & Saturday, July 26th (7:00 pm) & 27th (9:30 pm). Aaron Crites is a self proclaimed "Rock-a-billy" Songwriter/ Solo artist out of Nashville Tennessee. Whether he is putting a new twist on a Rock and Roll classic from the 50s and 60s, or sharing an original (with roots in Country, Rock, and Blues), Crites is sure to offer up an entertaining performance. Originally from the middle of nowhere (Casey, Illinois) Aaron arrived in Nashville in mid 2012. His unique vocal, lyric and guitar styles set his original songs in a category of their own and his spin on classics like RING OF FIRE and HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN takes these standards to a new place. OPENING ACT: Singer/Songwriter Nikki Armstrong has been compared to a wide variety of singers such as Anita O'Day, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. She is noted for her soulful interpretations of material from blues and standards to rock. Accompanied by the immensely talented pianist Mel Nelson. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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 at San Martin, NYC. There is no cover charge.

NYC: SCOTT SIEGEL'S BROADWAY BALLYHOO RETURNS

The Broadway Ballyhoo returns after its one year, critically acclaimed run at Feinstein's at the Regency and opens this Wednesday, July 24th at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) for an open-ended run that will play every Wednesday night at 10:30 pm. The Ballyhoo features a different musical revue, with new stars and different great show tunes, every single week! Scott Siegel hosts. Ian Herman is the Musical Director. The opening show on July 24th stars Broadway by the Year favorite and two-time Nightlife Award winner Scott Coulter (who travels around the world with Stephen Schwartz, Liz Callaway, and Debbie Gravitte to perform The Stephen Schwartz Show), and Maxine Linehan, who performed the critically acclaimed one woman show BRONTE last season, toured with South Pacific, and had a recent CD release of her album devoted to the music made famous by Petula Clark. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: ALEXIS COLE & JOHN DI MARTINO

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, July 24th features Alexis Cole, singer with John Di Martino, piano. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.


NYC: PATTI LUPONE RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) welcomes back two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone on Monday & Wednesday, July 22nd & 24th at 7:00 pm; Thuesday, July 26th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Friday, July 27th at 8:30 pm; and Saturday, July 28th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Patti will be performing her critically acclaimed show, 'Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.... played that part.' She'll perform songs from roles she coulda played, woulda played, if someone had just asked her or shoulda played, except she's not a boy. Patti will sing treasures from such classic Broadway musicals as Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Peter Pan. Sondheim will be sprinkled in as well as some surprises you'd never expect her to sing because she'd never be cast in the part. Whether she's belting out those pesky high D's in Evita or caressing us with a love song, an evening at 54 Below with Patti is an experience never to be forgotten. There is am $85-$95 cover plus a $30 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE MEETING* HOSTED BY JUSTIN SAYRE MOVES TO 54 BELOW

Fresh from the success of Night of a Thousand Judys, The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre has moved to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for a six month run starting on July 24th at 9:30 pm. Additional dates are August 28th, September 25th, October 30th, November 20th and December 18th. All shows are at 9:30 pm. Known for its signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between, The Meeting* is moving uptown after four seasons of packed houses in the West Village. Justin Sayre and The Meeting received the 2012 Bistro Award for "Comedy Artistry" and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance. The monthly events have featured popular guest stars such as Nellie McKay, Robin Byrd, Marilyn Maye, Christian Campbell, Lea DeLaria, Frank DeCaro, Lance Horne, Lady Rizo, Tituss Burgess, Kenny Mellman, Maude Maggart, Jack Ferver, Murray Hill, Jeffery Self, Cole Escola, Bridget Everett and more. There is a $15-$25 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LATE NIGHT: THE STUDIO: MAMMA RICE AND FRIENDS

Return Engagement! Mamma Rice And Friends returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, July 24th at 11:30 pm. Mamma's singing some great tunes from Aretha Franklin, Supertramp, Nina Simone and of course the showtune favorites you love to hear. With musical direction by Cap 21′s Marshall Keating, Ben Levy of Lesser Ghost on guitar and Stationary Set's Logan Baldwin on drums. Head to 54 BELOW for all the comedy, crazy and good times you've come to know and love-and special guest dropping in throughout the night! There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG CENTENNIAL BAND

The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band aka David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band (also known as the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band) breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Now in its 11th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/ vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder, and more! There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE MASTERS QUARTET AT BIRDLAND

The Masters Quartet: Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Buster Williams & Billy Hart will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Four of the leading instrumentalists in jazz come together as "The Masters Quartet." Pianist Steve Kuhn first made his mark as a sideman with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker and Art Farmer. He grew beyond the powerful early influence of Bill Evans to become a unique stylist with an incredible technique and sense of dynamics and lyricism. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, a 2010 "NEA Jazz Master," learned directly from jazz icons, spending extensive periods as a member of groups led by Miles Davis and Elvin Jones. As a leader, Liebman has been associated since 1970 with a succession of extraordinary groups from Open Sky Trio to Lookout Farm to Quest, each of which has framed a distinct phase of his musical evolution. Master bassist Buster Williams is an empathetic sideman known for his subtle sense of swing. He began his professional career in 1960 with saxophonist Jimmy Heath going on to play with jazz legends Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and many others. Legendary drummer Billy Hart has been a fixture on the jazz scene for over fifty years, performing and recording along the way with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SEU JORGE WITH NEW CD AT THE BLUE NOTE

Seu Jorge will be performing songs from his new CD and other favorits at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Wednesday & Thursday, July 17th & 18th, plus Saturday & Sunday, July 20th & 21st and Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Listening to this remarkable album for the first time you'll surely be struck first by the deep, soul-piercing voice of that great Brazilian singer, Seu Jorge.Many may know him as an actor for his screen-stealing performances in the likes of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic, Fernando Meirelles' City Of God and Walter Salles' Linha de Passe, but Seu has known since he was a child that we was destined to sing. He's a Brazilian singer who speaks the truth through samba, to paraphrase a well-known Seu Jorge quote. But this project is about a band: Almaz. Drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from the stalwart Nacao Zumbi; bassist and composer Antonio Pinto from the soundstages of movies starring Seu Jorge. They came together naturally to record a song for a Salles film; they enjoyed the experience so much that they recorded an entire album of music that inspired them. Songs famous within the Brazilian diaspora mesh with classic American and European soul songs begging for a bit of psychedelic samba. They enlisted producer and fellow Brazileiro Mario C. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) to put the finishing touches on the project. Their album is both warm and dark; psychedelic and yet grounded, uplifting but at times somber. To listen to it is to join them in the studio, where the only bandleader is the music and the only agenda is to follow your heart. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: THE SOUL OF JOHN BLACK FEATURING JOHN BIGHAM AT THE IRIDIUM

The Soul of John Black featuring John Bigham (formerly of Fishbone) will be performed at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Wednesday, July 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. John "JB" Bigham is a singer, songwriter, performer, producer and innovator who blends the sounds of the past and the future with the smooth confidence and authority of a card shark shuffling a hot deck. But when it comes to creating visionary music under the moniker of his alter-ego/band The Soul of John Black, there's no gambling involved. JB is a former member of legendary funk/punk/rock/pop group Fishbone, having played with them for eight years, including the recording sessions for the bands biggest album "Reality of My Surroundings." He has also performed with Miles Davis and hit-maker Everlast. Bigham has been able to focus on this own artistic vision over the past decade with the Soul of John Black, a funk, hip-hop, blues and soul hybrid, that has been grown organically. With five original albums to their name and a Christmas album, along with countless live performances, the band brings a deeply evolved experience to the stage. In 2013 the band released Sunshine State of Mind with songs off that album receiving airplay across the country. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CLAUDIA ACUNA AT DIZZY'S CLUB

Chilean singer-songwriter Claudia Acuna performs at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Tuesday & Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. She us joined by Yayo Serka, drums; Juancho Herrera, guitar; Jon Cowherd, piano; and Ricky Rodriguez, bass. Claudia sings primarily in Spanish, but her soulful, crooning alto transcends any language barrier with its powerful sense of freedom and heartfelt emotion. Born in Santiago, Chile, this cognac-voiced siren now lives in New York City, but remains fiercely committed to her rich heritage. While honing her craft in jam sessions, Acuna worked on staff at the Blue Note for almost a decade before headlining the at the famed jazz venue. Now she's making it big on jazz giant Branford Marsalis' label, Marsalis Music. Supported by an accomplished and diverse band representing four additional countries, Acuna's return to Dizzy's Club should be a memorable one. There is a $35 cover.

BOS: BACA LIFE IS A CABARET OPEN MIC SUMMER EDITION
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT

The next BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) LIFE IS A CABARET open mic will be held on Wednesday, July 24th at FIRST PARISH CHURCH (35 Church Street, Watertown Square, MA) from 7:15 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 7:00 pm). This month the show is hosted by Bill Duffy who will also serve as accompanist. Please bring lead sheets with you in your own key. Admission is $10 for BACA members, $13 for non-members.

BOS: DAN GABEL AND THE ABLETONES AT SCULLERS

"Dan Gabel and The Abletones" featuring vocalist Amanda Carr, will appear at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111 ) on Wednesday, July 24th at 8:00 pm. The Abletones are a full 18-piece Big Band, including a female vocalist, specializing in an authentic Big Band sound thanks to a high level of musicianship and a library of over 2,000 arrangements. They are under the leadership of Dan Gabel, recently returned from a one-year world tour with The Glenn Miller Orchestra as trombone player, soloist and arranger. Dinner show: $60; show only $20.


DC: BLUES ALLEY PRESENTS JESSY J

Musical prodigy Jessy J will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, July 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jessy began her journey on the piano at age four, and she enjoyed an active career as a competitive artist, traveling to perform at major conferences, competitions, and festivals. By the age of 15 Jessy was named Piano State Champion, at the Bela Bartok festival in California. At the same time Jessy was also enjoying a successful saxophone career, performing in many state honor bands, including the Grammy Band, and international festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Fluent in Spanish, the Samba rhythms of Cannonball Adderley's collaborations with Sergio Mendez awakened her Latin Roots. The "sound of the music" called to her and encouraged her to explore. As a teen she studied the recordings of Cannonball Adderley and a lifelong love affair with Jazz began. Call for cover/minimum information.

CHI: IT'S DE-LOVELY - THE MANY LOVES OF COLE PORTER

Popular singer/pianist Bob Moreen at OIL LAMP THEATER (1723 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL - 847-834-0738 - ) on Wednesday, July 24th at 1:30 pm for another delightful live musical program! The show "The Many Loves of Cole Porter" is a joyful exploration of love songs from this favorite American songwriting genius. Enjoy classic Cole Porter hits, including: From This Moment On, De-Lovely, Just One of Those Things, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, and many, many more! Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: LIVE JAZZ WEDNESDAYS AT VU SUA WITH ELAINE DAME

Jazz Singer Elaine Dame is thrilled to announce her new musical endeavor: 'Live Jazz Wednesdays' to be celebrated weekly at VU SUA (2925 North Halsted, Chicago, IL - 773-360-8816) from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. She will be appearing, along with featured guitarist Kyle Asche, at Lakeview's newest French-influenced Vietnamese restaurant. For more than 15 years, Ms. Dame has headlined the finest venues in Chicago, the Midwest and the nation. Her debut recording Comes Love, on Chicago's own blujazz record label was released to wide critical acclaim and international radio play. Since 1998, Kyle Asche has become an integral and in-demand guitarist on the Chicago jazz scene. Mr. Asche was awarded as a semi-finalist in the prestigious 2005 Thelonious Monk International Guitar Competition, and also released his debut recording that year to rave reviews. The former Erwin space now houses Vu Sua, a French-influenced Vietnamese restaurant from Macku Chan, the chef/owner of Macku Sushi in Lincoln Park. The Vietnam-born chef incorporates Asian influences into dishes such as a crepe with seafood, bean sprouts, onions, and fish sauce and lobster dumplings. There is no cover charge, no minimum.

SF: AVERY* SUNSHINE AT YOSHI'S

AVERY* Sunshine will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Wednesday, July 24th at 8:00 pm. Bursting from an array of musical brilliance, singer / songwriter / pianist AVERY* Sunshine emerges onto the scene with her soon to be released self-titled debut album. Rooted in gospel, she reaches deep into that cornucopia of style and sound and sings a song which articulates the complexities of life with luminous insight. Fluent in many languages from soul and house to classical and hip hop, AVERY* Sunshine expresses with a voice that speaks boldly and tells a uniquely familiar story ... a story about love and loss ... healing ... and finding the newness of oneself in the midst of it all. AVERY* Sunshine is a native of Chester, PA where she nurtured a natural talent by singing in church and leading and directing choirs. A former member of the renowned Wilmington/Chester Mass Choir, she honed her vocal instrument and sharpened her ability to play piano in her hometown, then headed south to Atlanta, GA where she attended Spelman College. There is a $21 cover.

AUS: JEMMA RIX - THE RANDOM VARIETY AT THE BUTTERFLY

Jemma Rix with musical director David Young present 'The Random Variety' at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday & Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th at 8:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday, July 25th through 28th at 9:00 pm. From Sondheim to Rihanna, Schwartz to Amy Winehouse, star of Wicked, Jemma Rix takes us on a journey down a few of her favourite musical roads. But look out- sharp corners ahead. Because The Random Variety is ... well, just that. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: LISA-MARIE RYAN AND BIG SOUL, RED HEART

Lisa-Marie Ryan brings her show 'Big Soul, Red Heart' to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 pm. How do you mend a broken heart? Rediscover what it's like to fall in love with happy-go-lucky Leisl. But what happens when love becomes anxiety. And what happens when happy Leisl wakes up sad? Blue Soul, Red Heart looks at the misconception that happy people can't 'catch' depression and the hope of coming out the other side a better and optimistic person. Written and Performed by Lisa-Marie Ryan. Musically Directed by Robyn Womersley. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: STEFAN BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD AT CRAZY COQS

Stefan Bednarczyk premieres his brilliant new Noel Coward show at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Concentrating on Coward during the war and post war years, BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD includes anecdotes and insight gleaned from people who knew and worked with the Master, including Judy Campbell, Sheridan Morley, Wendy Toye and Graham Payn, all of whom are part of this engrossing show. Bednarczyk is an actor, musical director and cabaret performer. His extensive credits as Musical Director include shows at the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Almeida, Hampstead and Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, and most recently, the British premiere of Boy Meets Boy at the Jermyn Street Theatre. As a solo cabaret performer he has enjoyed seasons in London, New York and many major European cities. His acclaimed show An Evening Of Flanders and Swann - originally commissioned by the widows of Michael and Donald - has been seen in America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe - as well as throughout the UK.

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NYC: RUN EXTENDED: BARBARA MALLEY IN OUT OF ORDER
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

After four performances in April and May of this year, Barbara Malley's "Out of Order" show has been extended at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) for at least four more nights. New dates are Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm; Wednesday, August 21st at 7:30 pm; Sunday, September 22nd at 4:00 pm; and Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm. This is Barbara's fourth show in Nyc and has received glowing recommendations. The show is directed by Barry Kleinbort and musical direction by David Gaines and Donna Kelly on drums. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: BRAZIL + JAZZ: HOWARD ALDEN AND JEANNE GIES WITH CHORO DAS 3

Howard Alden and Jeanne Gies with Choro das 3 bring their show BRAZIL + JAZZ to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:00 pm. A funny thing happened on the way to Sao Paulo: the exciting young Brazilian group Choro das 3 jammed with 7-string guitar master Howard Alden and innovative vocalist Jeanne Gies. The result: musical magic, a unique collaboration of genres never before heard on either continent, and a mutual commitment to record and perform together across the globe. The Metropolitan Room hosts the US debut of this inspiring stylistic explosion. 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), every Tuesday night 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 VAUDEVILLIANS WITH JINKX MONSOON

RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Jinkx Monsoon makes her New York debut at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) with the premiere of THE VAUDEVILLIANS, a musical comedy show co-starring composer and musician Richard Andriessen. Performance begin on Tuesday, July 9th with 2 shows, at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. The show continues every night through Thursday, July 18th, with additional dates on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, July 23rd, 25th & 26th, with a final show on Tuesday, July 30th. Showtimes vary each night so see the BEECHMAN website. Throughout the 1920's Kitty Witless and Dr.Dan Von Dandy toured speakeasies and burlesque theaters through the United States as THE VAUDEVILLIANS, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. Unfortunately, one day, tragedy struck. While touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow - instantly freezing them alive. But thanks to global warming, they recently thawed out only to discover, that pop artists of various decades had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Much to their shock and chagrin, songs including "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (which was originally about the woman's Suffragette movement), and "Drop it Like it's Hot" (which was originally about the invention of the electric iron) had become hits for lesser artists. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their original music, performing it as originally composed. Tickets available through https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/922622 - plus there is a $15 food/drink minimum.


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 at San Martin, NYC. There is no cover charge.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

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

NYC: THE WBGO JAZZ SERIES WITH THE TIA FULLER QUARTET AT 54 BELOW

The 54 Below WBGO Jazz Series continues, featuring weekly Tuesday evening shows by jazz artists. Just around the corner from Swing Street, these seasoned jazz performers come to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) to play and sing the night away in grand style. Whether you're a long time jazz buff or new to the genre, this series, sponsored by the country's premier jazz radio station, promises a truly classic only-in-New York experience. On Tuesday, July 23rd, with performances at 7:00 & 9:00 pm, the featured artists are Tia Fuller Quartet (Tia Fuller, alto and tenor saxophones; Shamie Royston, piano & keyboards; Mimi Jones, bass; McClenty Hunter, drums). Both as a full-time member of Beyonce's all-female band and a red-hot hard bop jazz artist in her own right, Mack Avenue recording artist Tia Fuller runs the full gamut of the contemporary jazz experience. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: LATE NIGHT: 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 July 23rd are Leslie McDonal (American Idiot, Hairspray), Kevin Meaney (Broadway's favorite comedian), T. Oliver Reid (Sister Act, Mary Poppins), Ray Lee (Anything Goes), and Amy Lynn Hamlin (Amy Lynn and The Gun Show). No cover charge, $20 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE MASTERS QUARTET AT BIRDLAND

The Masters Quartet: Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Buster Williams & Billy Hart will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Four of the leading instrumentalists in jazz come together as "The Masters Quartet." Pianist Steve Kuhn first made his mark as a sideman with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker and Art Farmer. He grew beyond the powerful early influence of Bill Evans to become a unique stylist with an incredible technique and sense of dynamics and lyricism. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, a 2010 "NEA Jazz Master," learned directly from jazz icons, spending extensive periods as a member of groups led by Miles Davis and Elvin Jones. As a leader, Liebman has been associated since 1970 with a succession of extraordinary groups from Open Sky Trio to Lookout Farm to Quest, each of which has framed a distinct phase of his musical evolution. Master bassist Buster Williams is an empathetic sideman known for his subtle sense of swing. He began his professional career in 1960 with saxophonist Jimmy Heath going on to play with jazz legends Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and many others. Legendary drummer Billy Hart has been a fixture on the jazz scene for over fifty years, performing and recording along the way with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SEU JORGE WITH NEW CD AT THE BLUE NOTE

Seu Jorge will be performing songs from his new CD and other favorits at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Wednesday & Thursday, July 17th & 18th, plus Saturday & Sunday, July 20th & 21st and Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Listening to this remarkable album for the first time you'll surely be struck first by the deep, soul-piercing voice of that great Brazilian singer, Seu Jorge.Many may know him as an actor for his screen-stealing performances in the likes of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic, Fernando Meirelles' City Of God and Walter Salles' Linha de Passe, but Seu has known since he was a child that we was destined to sing. He's a Brazilian singer who speaks the truth through samba, to paraphrase a well-known Seu Jorge quote. But this project is about a band: Almaz. Drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from the stalwart Nacao Zumbi; bassist and composer Antonio Pinto from the soundstages of movies starring Seu Jorge. They came together naturally to record a song for a Salles film; they enjoyed the experience so much that they recorded an entire album of music that inspired them. Songs famous within the Brazilian diaspora mesh with classic American and European soul songs begging for a bit of psychedelic samba. They enlisted producer and fellow Brazileiro Mario C. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) to put the finishing touches on the project. Their album is both warm and dark; psychedelic and yet grounded, uplifting but at times somber. To listen to it is to join them in the studio, where the only bandleader is the music and the only agenda is to follow your heart. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: SCOBAR ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS A FAMILY CD RELEASE PARTY!

Mother and daughter, Nina Hennessey and Maddy Ruff will release their debut CDs on the same night at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Tuesday, July 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Husband and step-dad, Ray Marchica, joins in the celebration with tunes from his previously unreleased CD. Ray is one of the most in demand drummers in New York City. In addition to leading his own group, Ray is a member of the Ed Palermo Big Band specializing in the music of Frank Zappa. He has performed with legendary singers Liza Minnelli and Marilyn Maye, and can be seen on Barbra Streisand's DVD "One Night Only" recorded at The Village Vanguard. He is currrently the drummer for the Broadway show Mamma Mia. Nina has performed on Broadway in Dreamgirls, Les Miserables, Cats, Bye Bye Birdie and more. She has toured with Marvin Hamlisch and recorded with Andreas Vollenweider and others. "With A Song" marks her entry to the jazz-pop stage. Maddy is a passionate singer and songwriter who's work reflects her diversified upbringing. The eclectic musical diet of her four parents and her personal pursuit have developed a high comfort level in many styles. She grew up back stage watching her mom and step-dad perform on Broadway and beyond. She is a graduate of NYC's Fiorello LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Classical Voice and The University of Miami's Frost School of Music in Jazz Vocal Performance. Her debut album, "Don't Fall" exhibits a fresh R&B sound with notable Jazz influence, and she can't wait to share it with you all! There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CLAUDIA ACUNA AT DIZZY'S CLUB

Chilean singer-songwriter Claudia Acuna performs at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Tuesday & Wednesday, July 23rd & 24th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. She us joined by Yayo Serka, drums; Juancho Herrera, guitar; Jon Cowherd, piano; and Ricky Rodriguez, bass. Claudia sings primarily in Spanish, but her soulful, crooning alto transcends any language barrier with its powerful sense of freedom and heartfelt emotion. Born in Santiago, Chile, this cognac-voiced siren now lives in New York City, but remains fiercely committed to her rich heritage. While honing her craft in jam sessions, Acuna worked on staff at the Blue Note for almost a decade before headlining the at the famed jazz venue. Now she's making it big on jazz giant Branford Marsalis' label, Marsalis Music. Supported by an accomplished and diverse band representing four additional countries, Acuna's return to Dizzy's Club should be a memorable one. There is a $35 cover.

SF: CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES AT YOSHI'S

Eclectic swing band and beyond, Cherry Poppin' Daddies are touring a new album White Teeth, Black Thoughts, and will appear at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Tuesday, July 23rd at 8:00 pm. Masters of both extraordinary elegance and bird-flipping fury, Cherry Poppin' Daddies are indeed the real deal. Ever impossible to pigeonhole, White Teeth, Black Thoughts sees the Eugene, Oregon-based big band pushing themselves to the outer limits of inspiration and invention, resulting in two-count 'em-two distinctive collections. The primary album marks CPD's first jazz and swing-powered outing in more than a decade, while the exhilarating bonus disc is built upon a twisted frame of guitar-slinging rock 'n' roll. Perry once again affirms his standing as a songwriter, bandleader, and bomb thrower of the first order with songs like the defiant "I Love American Music," utilizing deeply embedded textures of the past to directly and provocatively face up to our present and future. As brave and articulate as it is boisterous and celebratory, Cherry Poppin' Daddies' White Teeth, Black Thoughts is the souped-up, swinging sound of America's dance band playing as the ship goes down. Tickets are $22.

LON: STEFAN BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD AT CRAZY COQS

Stefan Bednarczyk premieres his brilliant new Noel Coward show at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, July 23rd through 27th at 8:00 pm. Concentrating on Coward during the war and post war years, BEDNARCZYK SINGS NOEL COWARD includes anecdotes and insight gleaned from people who knew and worked with the Master, including Judy Campbell, Sheridan Morley, Wendy Toye and Graham Payn, all of whom are part of this engrossing show. Bednarczyk is an actor, musical director and cabaret performer. His extensive credits as Musical Director include shows at the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Almeida, Hampstead and Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, and most recently, the British premiere of Boy Meets Boy at the Jermyn Street Theatre. As a solo cabaret performer he has enjoyed seasons in London, New York and many major European cities. His acclaimed show An Evening Of Flanders and Swann - originally commissioned by the widows of Michael and Donald - has been seen in America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe - as well as throughout the UK.

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NYC: BRONWYN'S FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES AND SCANDALS!
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

Bronwyn Rucker hosts "FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES and SCANDALS" open-mic at IDO SUSHI (29 Seventh Avenue South, NY - 212-691-7177) every Monday night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Bronwyn is joined by Mathew Ward at the piano with special guest Michael Fairbairn. 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: METROPOLITAN ROOM'S 6TH ANNUAL METROSTAR TALENT CHALLENGE - WEEK 3

Week three trials for contestants METROSTAR TALENT CHALLENGE will take place on Monday, July 15th. at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) hosted by Jay Rogers. Contestants in this third round include Catherine Overfelt, Sharon Hayes, Arturo Padilla, Lisa Yaeger, Jeremy Abram, John Holohan, Lynn Kearney, Robin Westle, Travis Moser, Janelle Rintrona, Madina Abdusalyamova, Eva Ludwig, Randall Taylor,Joe Ferrara, Parker Scott, Cheryl Spencer, Julianna Davis, Ginny Calderon, Debbie Damp, Christina Bagley, Angela Leone, Shayne Frederick, Olivia Killingsworth, Micki Sobeck, Sigali Hamberger, Samuel Lee, Susan Hodgon, Dominique Solano, Phillip Paschal. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JENNIFER GRIMM AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Minnesota native Jennifer Grimm will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, July 22nd at 10:00 pm. Growing up on the road was fun for Jennifer as she danced and sang her way across the country with her family's variety act for the first thirteen years of her life. After settling down in the Twin Cities in her teens, she attended public school for the first time and kept performing with her mother, Colleen Raye, in various venues including the Mall of America, Treasure Island Casino and Mystic Lake Casino. While earning her degree in Mathematics from Augsburg College, Jennifer continued singing in clubs with 10-piece funk bands, in various cabaret and theater venues with theater companies, and in convention halls and churches as a featured vocalist with Augsburg College's Gospel Praise. Some of Jennifer's credits include performing at Carnegie Hall; Johnny Mercer Songbook Series at the Ordway; Steerage Song at the Fitzgerald Theater; earning the #2 spot on Aruba's year-end top 100 countdown; performing in New York City with shining press in The Village Voice; opening up for Oleta Adams at the St. Vincent Blues Festival; performing on Garrison Keillor's (creator of A Prairie Home Companion) Rhubarb Show; sharing performance events with Huey Lewis and The News, Michael Buble, and Martina McBride; starring in the Ordway's production of My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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 at San Martin, NYC. There is no cover charge.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

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

NYC: LAILA BIALI LIVE: THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Award-winning Canadian pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali will perform at SUBCULTURE NYC (45 Bleeker Street, NYC) on Mondays in July. Special guest on July 22nd is Joel Frahm. Laila has toured with Grammy award-winners Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and has recorded with and supported pop icon Sting. Laila has an acute awareness and appreciation for pop and rock that she combines with her jazz training to create thrilling arrangements. Her recent CD, LIVE IN CONCERT, captures the intimacy and excitement she generates on stage and the range of music she makes her own from Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Imogen Heap and Bruce Cockburn to American Songbook standards like "Nature Boy" and "The Best Is Yet to Come." Recorded live in February 2012 at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto before a boisterous and appreciative audience, the CD is in rotation at 73 radio stations across North America and also features Laila's original compositions. Beloved in Canada, she has moved to New York City where she is quickly winning acclaim and invitations to perform. There is an $18 cover.


NYC: PATTI LUPONE RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) welcomes back two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone on Monday & Wednesday, July 22nd & 24th at 7:00 pm; Thuesday, July 26th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Friday, July 27th at 8:30 pm; and Saturday, July 28th at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Patti will be performing her critically acclaimed show, 'Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.... played that part.' She'll perform songs from roles she coulda played, woulda played, if someone had just asked her or shoulda played, except she's not a boy. Patti will sing treasures from such classic Broadway musicals as Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Peter Pan. Sondheim will be sprinkled in as well as some surprises you'd never expect her to sing because she'd never be cast in the part. Whether she's belting out those pesky high D's in Evita or caressing us with a love song, an evening at 54 Below with Patti is an experience never to be forgotten. There is am $85-$95 cover plus a $30 food/drink minimum.


NYC: DREW BRODY AND FRIENDS AT 54 BELOW

Join Drew Brody and some of Broadway's finest performers at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Monday, July 22nd at 9:30 pm. Featured performers Alan Cumming (Macbeth, Cabaret), Robert Cuccioli (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Jekyll and Hyde), Ana Nogueira (In the Heights first national tour, The Michael J. Fox Show), Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening, Next to Normal tour), John Arthur Greene (Matilda), Becca Ayers (The Addams Family, South Pacific), Amal Bouhabib (from the band Wilderlands), Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys), Megan Lewis (Bare, Legally Blonde US Tour), and a special collaboration with composer Lance Horne. A special evening of music featuring songs from Brody's musicals Derma, Cutman, Wilshire, Mudge Boy and others. Music Direction by Andrew Sotomayor. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: LATE NIGHT AT 54 BELOW: THE CALLBACK OPEN CALL

The Callback Open Call is a return of The Callback series presented at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) this spring on Mondays at 11:00 pm. The club was so impressed by the talent that they saw in The Callback they just couldn't wait until the fall to see more! For two weeks only, they are reuniting our favorite former contestants and opening up their stage to new singers to show what they've got at "The Callback: Open Call." Open Call will be completely non-competitive and all performances will be filmed for contestant's use. Videos for those who have not already competed will be able to be used as their audition video for future installations of The Callback! Featured on the 22nd Kimbre Lancaster, Ashley Dillard, Lynn Craig, Casey Erin Clark, The Pair, Gina Santare, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Kevin Schuering, Janelle Rintrona, Bruce Landry, and Zi Alikhan, and more. No Cover charge. $20 food/drink minimum.

NYC: WILLIAM'S BIRTHDAY BASH AT BIRDLAND

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce that William Blake will be performing on the historic stage at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Monday, July 22nd at 7:00 pm. Direct from a sold-out engagement at Joe's Pub with Echoes of Etta: A Tribute to Etta James, William returns to the Birdland stage for the sixth time. This special July evening, in celebration of Blake's birthday, will include songs by some of Blake's favorite musical artists, including Damien Rice, Dori Caymmi, Prince, Michael Jackson, Nikka Costa and more. Joining him on stage for the festivities will be musical director/ arranger Michael Thomas Murray (Forever Dusty) on keys, Danny Young (American Idiot national tour, TV's "Smash") on percussion, Randy Napoleon (Michael Buble, Freddy Cole) on guitar, Mike Preen (touring with Flashdance the Musical) on bass, and a surprise guest vocalist. William is a Texas native and has been performing professionally since the age of 19. In 2004, William auditioned for "American Idol" in its fourth season and went on to compete in Hollywood. Since moving to NYC from Dallas in 2007, William has performed at some of NYC's top music venues including Carnegie Hall in Standard Time with Michael Feinstein, Town Hall for The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and Rose Hall at Lincoln Center. He also recorded a live album entitled Live From New York City, which is available on iTunes. There is a $30 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: THE PERSUASIONS AT THE BLUE NOTE

The Persuasions featuring Jimmy Hayes, vocals; "Sweet" Joe Russell, vocals; Dave Revels, vocals; Ray Sanders, vocals; amd Jayotis Washington, vocals, perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Monday, July 22nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Together since they started singing on the stoops of Brooklyn in 1961, The Persuasions have released over 18 albums and have recorded or performed with a wide range of artists, including Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, The Neville Brothers, Country Joe McDonald, and B.B. King. Their music has also turned up in films from Joe and the Volcano to E.T., and they have been the subject of a documentary titled Spread the Word: The Persuasions Sing a Cappella. The Persuasions have consistently garnered critical acclaim over the course of their career, which spans over a half decade. The members of The Persuasions all came from church and secular musical backgrounds, and from the start, their repertoire was a mix of gospel, soul, and pop. They soon graduated from parties to doo-wop shows (although doo-wop makes up only a small part of their repertoire), and in the mid-'60s they worked with Robert F. Kennedy in various projects to aid African-Americans in the inner cities. In 1968, The Persuasions were discovered by Frank Zappa, of all people. There is a $15-$25 cover.

NYC: JOSE FELICIANO WITH ANTON FIG AT IRIDIUM

Jose Feliciano will be featured at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Monday, July 22nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin Artist to cross over into the English music market, opening the doors for other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry. As importantly, Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics around the world. Jose Feliciano's accomplishments are highly celebrated. He's been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records; he has won nineteen Grammy nominations, earning nine Grammy Awards, including the LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement. Jose Feliciano's musical career has been immortalized with a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. New York City has honored him by re-naming Public School 155 in East Harlem, "The Jose Feliciano Performing Arts School." The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, an ancient and prestigious Papal Order of the Catholic Church has knighted Jose at St Patrick's Cathedral and he's received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, for his musical, as well as humanitarian, contributions to the world. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: SARAH ELIZABETH CHARLES AT DIZZY'S

Vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Monday, July 22nd with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. She is joined by Jesse Elder, Piano; John Davis, Drums; Rashaan Carter, Bass. Sarah is new to the scene as a leader, but she's quickly turning heads and for good reason. Her vocals simultaneously sound effortless and full of emotion, with impeccable phrasing and some tricks up her sleeve that are impressive without being flashy. Charles' debut album, Red, includes a few uniquely crafted originals, re-workings of Haitian folklore, and a refreshingly unusual rendition of "How Insensitive." This adventurous young singer has nowhere to go but up, and her band completes and elevates what is already a distinct and arresting sound. There is a $25 cover.

DC: ABBE BUCK AT BLUES ALLEY

Jazz vocalist Abbe Buck will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, July 22nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Abbe, a native Chicagoan, began to listen to the big bands of Woody Herman and Gene Krupa in Junior High. She began voice training at age 10 and singing professionally (and playing slide trombone) while in 9th grade. Buck had subsequently worked with several big bands including the Marie Landis Big Band in Philadelphia. Buck revisited her love of singers and songs in her early 30s, during a chance meeting with the late, great Rosemary Clooney. She claims that she learned how to sing all over again by listening to the phrasing and "storytelling" on the albums of Miss Clooney and other singers of her era; It was at the urging of Miss Clooney that Abbe Buck record "Big Band Swing and Saloon Style, the songs from a bygone era", which remains a seller on Amazon.com. Call for cover/minimum information.


DC: THE BOHEMIAN CAVERNS JAZZ ORCHESTRA MONDAYS

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday night at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800) with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Still the Hottest Big Band in the City, The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece powerhouse force cofounded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde, trumpeter Joe Herrera and club owner Omrao Brown. The BCJO presents a variety of music from big band literature and features some of the District's best musicians. Music from Ellington, Basie, Strayhorn, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Maria Schneider and originals by band members will embrace and challenge the tradition of big band repertoire. Call for cover/minimum information.

LON: MICHAEL LAW ONE NIGHT ONLY AT CRAZY COQS

Michael Law, founder of the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, will perform his show 'East To Love' on Monday, July 22nd at 8:00 pm at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). In 'East To Love', the songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Noel Coward and more, Michael teaches us about a world that we might have forgotten, or never known existed. His interpretations make these classic, great songs sound fresh and newly composed - whether There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner, I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket, I Love Paris, Just One of Those Things, Lady Be Good or Nina (from Argentina). A marvellously understated performer, his own playing and singing displays his impeccable taste and infallible sense of what a modern-day audience is hungry for - fine music brilliantly but not aggressively, performed. It is particularly in Coward's deceptively simple love songs that Michael truly excels. When he sings, we are suddenly aware that each song has a heart as well as a soul. But, make no mistake, there is nothing simple about this simplicity. Michael Law's music speaks directly to the heart and there's nothing simple about that. He is, quite simply, unique. Call for cover/minimum information.

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