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DECEMBER 2013
LISTINGS ARCHIVE FOR December 23rd, 2013 THROUGH DECEMBER 29th, 2013


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NYC: BARB JUNGR PREMIERES DANCING IN THE DARK

59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) presents renowned British chanteuse Barb Jungr in her only NYC engagement of 2013 when she premieres her new show BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK, accompanied on piano by Tracy Stark. Performances begin on Sunday, December 22nd and run through Sunday, December 29th. Show times are 7:15 pm on Tuesday & Thursday; 5:15 pm on Friday & Saturday; and Sundays at 7:15 pm with an added performance on Sunday, December 29th at 3:15 pm. Specially created for the Holiday season, BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK features songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and more, done in Jungr's sultry stripped down style, a seductive accompaniment to the long nights ahead. With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label, and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. Tickets are $35.

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NYC: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH GABRIELLE STRAVELLI

Bistro Award winning vocalist, Gabrielle Stravelli, returns with her Sunday Jazz Brunch on August 11th at LE PESCADEUX (90 Thompson Street, NYC - 212-966-0021), a French restaurant in the heart of Soho. They will play three sets from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. She will be joined by Saul Rubin on guitar and Pat O'Leary on bass in this charming boite that offers a great, well-priced menu and cozy atmosphere. Award-winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her unique take on material from the new American songbook as well as classic standards by artists as varied as Pink Floyd and Duke Ellington, Dolly Parton and Johnny Mercer. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric. Gabrielle has performed on stages from Amsterdam to New York including Carnegie Hall, Iridium Jazz Club, Birdland, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Reservations are strongly suggested. No cover, no minimum.

NYC: SUNDAY BRUNCH: CLAUDIO RODITI QUARTET - TRIBUTE TO DIZZY GILLESPIE

Trumpeter Claudio Roditi will perform a Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) for the December Brunch shows - showtime is 11:30 am. He is joined by Roni Ben-Hur, guitar; John Lee, bass; and Robin Baytas, drums. Integrating post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts into his palette with ease, Grammy-nominee Claudio Roditi plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps the trumpeter in demand as a performer, recording artist and teacher. Born in 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Roditi began his musical studies when he was just six years old. By the time he was twelve, he had already become a serious jazz listener. In 1966, he was named a finalist at the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, Austria. While in Vienna, Roditi met Art Farmer, one of his idols, and the friendship inspired the younger trumpeter to follow a career in jazz. He has since performed and recorded with many jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Tito Puente, and Paquito D'Rivera. With over twenty critically acclaimed albums to his credit, Claudio Roditi continually develops his playing and compositions through new recording projects. His latest release features several Roditi originals (Bossa de Mank, Piccolo Samba, and the driving, straight-ahead tune, Levitation) framed by seven compositions written by Brazilian masters such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Alf, guitarist/composer Toninho Horta, and pianist Eliane Elias. $29.50 cover includes brunch, music and a drink.

TORONTO: "A MONTH OF SUNDAYS" BRUNCH WITH MICAH BARNES TRIO

This Holiday season Micah Barnes and his Trio (Daniel Barnes drums, Russ Boswell bass) take you on a musical tour through New York City in celebration of their upcoming disc "New York Stories" for Sunday Brunch at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) at 12:30 pm. Join the former Nylons Baritone and his band as they visit legendary musical landmarks such as The Brill Building, The Savoy Ballroom, The Cotton Club, The Apollo Theatre, and Broadway's Time Square with songs taking the audience on a journey through the musical history of The Big Apple. There is a $15 cover.

MARYLAND: CHRISTMAS JAZZ BRUNCH WITH FREDDY COLE

Freddy Cole, the legacy of his brother Nat "King" Cole, will stir up memories that will never be forgotten when he entertains at Christmas Jazz Brunch on Sunday, December 29th at 11:00 am at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500 ). Now in his 55th year of performing, this great singer and pianist has developed a huge following of his own. The instantly recognizable Cole voice and a veteran quartet, play the classics as well as new compositions and interpretations from a huge repertoire. Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. He plays piano and sings, and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday and his timing swings a little more. His vocals - suave, elegant, formidable and articulate - are highly respected. $50 includes Buffet Breakfast.

LOS ANGELES: BROADWAY BRUNCH AT DON'T TELL MAMA

James Lent & James Mooney present The Broadway Brunch at DONT TELL MAMA LA (8279 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-380-7209 ) on Sundays December 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th with seatings at 11:30 am & 1:00 pm. The brunch features LA's Brightest singing Broadway's Best. There is no cover - 2 drink minimum or brunch.

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NYC: THE ANTHONY SANTELMO JR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW

As December draws to a close, Anthony Santelmo Jr returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) with his Annual Christmas Show. This year's show is called a 'Seeks Out The Tunes - Retrospective', reflecting on Anthony's many shows over the years showcasing new and lesser known songs. Final Performance is on Sunday, December 29th at 5:00 pm. Musical director is Barry Levitt. Anthony is also joined on stage by 'The Upfront Girls', with Rob Thomas on violin and Jon Burr on bass. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


ON THE RADIO: EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: "LET'S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT"

David Kenney's EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, on the Radio over WBAI 99.5 FM and on the Internet at http://www.wbai.org/, is usually heard from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on Sundays. Each week David presents the usual blend of big-band jazz, swing, standards, showtunes, contemporary cabaret and celebrity interviews plus MEGA-MEDLEY MADNESS. This week David features the theme "Let's Start The New Year Right!" 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: JENNIFER HOLLIDAY AT 54 BELOW

Celebrate the "Holliday Season" at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 ) with a week of performances by Tony winner and mulitiple Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday. Performances are Thursday & Sunday, December 26th & 29th at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 27th at 8:00 pm; and Saturday, December 28th at 8:00 & 11:00 pm. Jennifer Holliday's show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the original production of Dreamgirls is revered as one of the all-time iconic Broadway moments. Now you have a chance to experience this unforgettable performance. Ms. Holliday has since worked with Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Hamlisch, and performed in shows including Sing, Mahalia, Sing; Harlem Suite with Aretha Franklin; Chicago; Grease; and Black Nativity. There is a $50-$85 (depending on day & time) cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ALICE RIPLEY: SHE'S TAKING 54 BELOW BY STORM!

her recent sold out appearances, Tony winner Alice Ripley returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sunday, December 29th at 9:30 pm with 'Ripley Reflects',a brilliant evening featuring your favorite music. Expect a carefully crafted sampling of songs from shows in which she was an original Broadway cast member, as well as a healthy serving of melodies that cover a wide range of genres, including her own original tunes! Ripley's recent award-winning turn in Next to Normal (Best Actress in a Musical) took place long after Broadway had already fallen in love with Alice in shows such as Side Show (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Sunset Boulevard, The Rocky Horror Show and The Who's Tommy. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: LE JAZZ HOT: HOW THE FRENCH SAVED JAZZ

'Le Jazz Hot: How The French Saved Jazz', created by Peter and Will Anderson, will be presented at 59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) on Tuesdays through Sundays, December 3rd through 29th (showtimes vary- see website). Peter and Will Anderson, with their sensational jazz quintet, whisk audiences to the streets of Paris and the French countryside with rollicking swing and gypsy jazz. Had France not supported musicians like Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, and Josephine Baker, America's great art form may not have survived! Tickets are $25.

NYC: "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER" AT THE YORK

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), presents acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland in the Off-Broadway premiere of the tour-de-force musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter at THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25). Performances are set to begin Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 5, 2014. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays - see website for showtimes. Opening Night is set for Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 pm. Music direction will be by Christopher McGovern, and the onstage band will feature Danny Weller on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums. Love, Linda has book by Ms. Holland with Gary William Friedman, music & lyrics by Cole Porter, and arrangements & additional music by Mr. Friedman. Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. is the Director. Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter is a one-woman, tour de force musical and theatrical journey, starring acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. Love, Linda explores the life of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who, at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, married and was a driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With swinging, jazz-inflected arrangements by award-winning composer Gary William Friedman, Cole Porter's timeless music and lyrics weave through the compelling narrative written by Holland and Friedman, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their life. The score for Love, Linda includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale." Tickets are $67.50.

NYC: NAKED HOLIDAYS AT THE CUTTING ROOM

After a wildly successful transfer to Off-Broadway in 2011, EndTimes Productions once again returns to Off-Broadway with the 7th Annual NAKED HOLIDAYS. Previews of this flesh-filled evening of non-traditional holiday mischief, music and merriment are at CUTTING ROOM (44 East 32nd Street, NYC - 212-691-1900) at 8:00 pm. Performances are Saturdays at 7:30 & 10:30 pm & Sundays at 7:00 pm and the show runs through December 30th. Added performances Monday, December 23rd, Thursday & Friday, December 26th & 27th and closing night Monday, December 30th - all at 8:00 pm. NAKED HOLIDAYS is a darkly comic Yuletide bacchanalia of theater, music and burlesque. This boisterous holiday celebration puts a bawdy spin on some of our best-loved winter traditions. Full cast & production team at http://www.EndTimesProductions.org. With all-new musical numbers and sketches, as well as the traditional full-monty closer, "The Naked People Play", Naked Holidays is sure to deliver more holiday cheer than you've felt since puberty. Tickets are $45, available at 212-352-3101 or http://www.EndTimesProductions.org .

NYC: THE BIRDLAND JAZZ PARTY FEATURING VOCALIST HILARY GARDNER

Birdland's very own jazz quartet hits the stage at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) every Sunday at 6:00 pm to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics! This quartet features John Hart (Guitar), Paul Gil (bass), Carmen Intorre (Drums) & Jon Davis (Piano). This week's special guest vocalist is Hilary Gardner. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: ARTURO O'FARRILL AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA SUNDAYS

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill brings his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Sundays at 9:00 & 11:00pm. Called the leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz", O'Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CHRIS BOTTI AT THE BLUE NOTE TO YEAR'S END

THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) welcomes back Chris Botti for his 9th holiday residency, Monday through Saturday, from Monday, December 16th through Sunday, January 5th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. The show features Chris Botti, trumpet; Billy Kilson, drums; Leonardo Amuedo, guitar; Geoffrey Keezer, piano; Andy Ezrin, keys; Richie Goods, bass; Sy Smith, vocals; and Serena Mckinney, violin. Since the 2004 release of his critically acclaimed album When I Fall in Love, Botti has become America's largest-selling jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, achieving multiple gold and platinum certifications, four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Jazz Albums listings, and this year, his first GRAMMY as a leader. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter and his incredible band have also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on his new GRAMMY-winning Impressions by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, David Foster, and Caroline Campbell. There is a $40 cover.

NYC: FREDA PAYNE AT THE IRIDIUM

Singer and actress Freda Payne, best known for her 1970 smash "Band Of Gold," will return to THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 ) for a special holiday run Friday through Sunday, December 27th through 29th with shows at 8:30 & 10:30 pm. During her distinguished career, Payne has shared the stage with Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., and Quincy, Jones among others, acted on Broadway, and even performed as a special guest on American Idol. She'll be joined for these shows by Grammy-winning pianist and musical director Bill Cunliffe, who also appears on her new album, due out in 2014 on Mack Records. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET AT DIZZY'S

The Wynton Marsalis Septet will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595 ) on Thursday through Monday, December 26th through 31st with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. The Wynton Marsalis Septet features the best of the best, with each legendary member a true leader on his instrument. Led by nine-time GRAMMY• Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the group's repertoire includes originals from Marsalis and his band mates, as well as a diverse selection of favorites from throughout jazz history. Members are Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; Victor Goines, saxophone & clarinet; Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, saxophone; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Eric Reed, piano; Reginald Veal, bass; and Herlin Riley, drums. With an array of straight jazz, blues, bop, New Orleans music, and Marsalis' own extended compositions, music fans will find a lot to dig into during these sets. A shining example of polish and discipline, the group navigates these demanding pieces with deceptive ease, leaving room for expressive, subtle detail and off-the-cuff interaction. Most excitingly, every player gets plenty of time to solo - and these soloists are inexhaustible, endlessly resourceful, and nothing short of magnificent. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today in support of Jazz at Lincoln Center's mission and programs, and secure your seats for this exclusive week of performances. $125 per person includes one $35 cover and one special tax-deductible contribution of $90. See website for details. SEE DECEMBER 31st FOR SPECIAL TIMES AND PRICING

BOSTON: PIECES OF A DREAM AT SCULLERS

Pieces Of A Dream will perform on Sunday, December 29th with shows at 4:00 & 7:00 pm at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111). Pieces of a Dream emerged out of Philadelphia's music scene in 1976. Keyboardist James Lloyd, drummer Curtis Harmon and former bassist Cedric Napoleon, were (and still are) managed by the drummer's father and uncle, Danny and Bill Harmon, respectively. The group based their name on "Pieces of Dreams," a cover tune by Stanley Turrentine that the group performed. Dinner/Show: $70 Show only: $30.

D.C.: MONTY ALEXANDER AT BLUES ALLEY

Monty Alexander will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Friday through Monday, December 27th through 30th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he took his first piano lessons at age six but was largely self-taught. His musical collaborations span multiple genres and styles. In August 2000 Monty Alexander was awarded the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for outstanding services to Jamaica in his capacity as worldwide music ambassador. Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. To date Monty Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader. Call for cover/minimum information.


MARYLAND: THE NIGHTHAWKS: BACK TO BETHESDA - PSYCHEDELLY

The Nighthawks bring their show 'Back To Bethesda - Psychedelly' to BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) on Sunday, December 29th at 8:00 pm. The Nighthawks had its genesis when lead singer-harmonica player extraordinaire Mark Wenner returned to his native Washington, D.C., after six years in New York City, lured back by the success of his friend Bobby Radcliff's local acclaim with a blues band. Mark joined forces with a very young Jimmy Thackery and formed The Nighthawks in 1972. They spent a couple of years building The Nighthawks' reputation with a revolving cast of characters until, in 1974, they decided to get the best rhythm section the area had to offer: Jan Zukowski on bass and Pete Ragusa on drums. The Nighthawks set off on a tour that took them to 49 states and a dozen countries. They played with nearly all the living blues legends as well as a new generation of bands sometimes called "the Blue Wave," and released several important albums, including the best-selling Jacks and Kings with Pinetop Perkins, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Calvin Jones and Bob Margolin. There is a $30 cover.


SAN FRANCISCO: ELLIOTT YAMIN AT YOSHI'S

Multi-talented American Idol performer Elliott Yamin returns to YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Sunday, December 29th at 8:00 pm. Yamin has already earned a prestigious reputation as both a world-class recording artist and a deeply compelling live performer, having built an impressive body of work as well as an intensely loyal international fan base. On Let's Get to What's Real, the multi-talented artist raises the musical and personal stakes, tapping into the emotional honesty and sonic intimacy of classic soul to create the most inspired and distinctive music he's ever made. The resulting album is the purest expression to date of the musical talent and personal charisma that were first introduced to the public during Yamin's stint as one of the most acclaimed performers to ever compete on TV's American Idol. There is a $24 cover.


LONDON: HAPPY FAUX YEAR WITH MISS HOPE SPRINGS

As well as her famous New Year's Eve Party on the 31st December, Miss Hope Springs is performing a special one off pre-New Year's Eve show at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Sunday 29th December. It promises to be a gorgeous Faux Year's Eve party for those who can't get out of doing something else on the real one. There will be two sizzling sets of Hope's acclaimed original songs performed live at the piano with her band with a special Faux Year's Eve flavour. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: MARCUS SIMEONE & TANYA HOLT TOGETHER AT THE MET

Award-winning singers Tanya Holt and Marcus Simeone will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) once a month through January 2014. Performance dates are Saturdays, October 19th, November 16th, December 28th and January 26th, all shows at 7:00 pm. Their show "Quiet Storm," mixes R&B with pop hits and standards. Musical director is Tracy Stark with Marco Broehm on bass. Lina Koutrakos directors. The wide-ranging song list includes tunes by Matt Alber, Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Jimmy Webb, Cole Porter, Comden & Green, and Vincent Youmans. A 13-time MAC nominee (and four-time winner) Simeone is one of the most honored outsiders in the business. He is putting the finishing touches on his fourth CD on the Miranda Music label. Holt, by contrast, is a much-loved insider and rising star, who has been touted as one of the breakout talents in cabaret. She received the 2013 Bistro Award (Outstanding Vocalist) for her highly praised "Forever Home," seen at Urban Stages and the Metropolitan Room. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BARB JUNGR PREMIERES DANCING IN THE DARK

59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) presents renowned British chanteuse Barb Jungr in her only NYC engagement of 2013 when she premieres her new show BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK, accompanied on piano by Tracy Stark. Performances begin on Sunday, December 22nd and run through Sunday, December 29th. Show times are 7:15 pm on Tuesday & Thursday; 5:15 pm on Friday & Saturday; and Sundays at 7:15 pm with an added performance on Sunday, December 29th at 3:15 pm. Specially created for the Holiday season, BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK features songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and more, done in Jungr's sultry stripped down style, a seductive accompaniment to the long nights ahead. With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label, and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. Tickets are $35.

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NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, December 14th & 28th at 8:00 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: THE ANTHONY SANTELMO JR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW

As December draws to a close, Anthony Santelmo Jr returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) with his Annual Christmas Show. This year's show is called a 'Seeks Out The Tunes - Retrospective', reflecting on Anthony's many shows over the years showcasing new and lesser known songs. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 21st at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 27th at 7:00 pm; Saturday, December 28th at 3:00 pm; and Sunday, December 29th at 5:00 pm. Musical director is Barry Levitt. Anthony is also joined on stage by 'The Upfront Girls', with Rob Thomas on violin and Jon Burr on bass. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JENNIFER HOLLIDAY AT 54 BELOW

Celebrate the "Holliday Season" at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 ) with a week of performances by Tony winner and mulitiple Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday. Performances are Thursday & Sunday, December 26th & 29th at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 27th at 8:00 pm; and Saturday, December 28th at 8:00 & 11:00 pm. Jennifer Holliday's show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the original production of Dreamgirls is revered as one of the all-time iconic Broadway moments. Now you have a chance to experience this unforgettable performance. Ms. Holliday has since worked with Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Hamlisch, and performed in shows including Sing, Mahalia, Sing; Harlem Suite with Aretha Franklin; Chicago; Grease; and Black Nativity. There is a $50-$85 (depending on day & time) cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LE JAZZ HOT: HOW THE FRENCH SAVED JAZZ

'Le Jazz Hot: How The French Saved Jazz', created by Peter and Will Anderson, will be presented at 59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) on Tuesdays through Sundays, December 3rd through 29th (showtimes vary- see website). Peter and Will Anderson, with their sensational jazz quintet, whisk audiences to the streets of Paris and the French countryside with rollicking swing and gypsy jazz. Had France not supported musicians like Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, and Josephine Baker, America's great art form may not have survived! Tickets are $25.

NYC: "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER" AT THE YORK

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), presents acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland in the Off-Broadway premiere of the tour-de-force musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter at THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25). Performances are set to begin Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 5, 2014. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays - see website for showtimes. Opening Night is set for Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 pm. Music direction will be by Christopher McGovern, and the onstage band will feature Danny Weller on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums. Love, Linda has book by Ms. Holland with Gary William Friedman, music & lyrics by Cole Porter, and arrangements & additional music by Mr. Friedman. Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. is the Director. Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter is a one-woman, tour de force musical and theatrical journey, starring acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. Love, Linda explores the life of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who, at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, married and was a driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With swinging, jazz-inflected arrangements by award-winning composer Gary William Friedman, Cole Porter's timeless music and lyrics weave through the compelling narrative written by Holland and Friedman, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their life. The score for Love, Linda includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale." Tickets are $67.50.

NYC: NAKED HOLIDAYS AT THE CUTTING ROOM

After a wildly successful transfer to Off-Broadway in 2011, EndTimes Productions once again returns to Off-Broadway with the 7th Annual NAKED HOLIDAYS. Previews of this flesh-filled evening of non-traditional holiday mischief, music and merriment are at CUTTING ROOM (44 East 32nd Street, NYC - 212-691-1900) at 8:00 pm. Performances are Saturdays at 7:30 & 10:30 pm & Sundays at 7:00 pm and the show runs through December 30th. Added performances Monday, December 23rd, Thursday & Friday, December 26th & 27th and closing night Monday, December 30th - all at 8:00 pm. NAKED HOLIDAYS is a darkly comic Yuletide bacchanalia of theater, music and burlesque. This boisterous holiday celebration puts a bawdy spin on some of our best-loved winter traditions. Full cast & production team at http://www.EndTimesProductions.org. With all-new musical numbers and sketches, as well as the traditional full-monty closer, "The Naked People Play", Naked Holidays is sure to deliver more holiday cheer than you've felt since puberty. Tickets are $45, available at 212-352-3101 or http://www.EndTimesProductions.org .

NYC: JERRY COSTANZO QUARTET AT THE GARAGE

The Jerry Costanzo Quartet (Jerry Costanzo, vocals; Tim Regusis, Piano; Chris Haney, Bass; Jonathan Mele, Drums) will perform for 'Saturday Jazz Brunch' at THE GARAGE RESTAURANT & CAFE (99 7th Ave South, NYC - 212-645-0600 - ) on Saturday, December 28th from noon to 4:00 pm. They will be performing jazz, swing and and the best of The American Song Book. Jerry will be going into the studio in January to record a few songs for his up coming EP to be released sometime in 2014. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: JAY LEONHART AT BIRDLAND

Bassist Jay Leonhart performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Saturday, December 28th at 6:00 pm. Combining the skills of an old school entertainer and virtuoso jazz man, bassist, vocalist and composer Jay Leonhart has been a fixture of the New York scene for over forty years. When Jay was fourteen he started playing the bass in The Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band in Baltimore and never looked back. After studying at The Peabody Institute, Jay attended The Berklee School of Music and The Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto, before leaving school to start touring with the traveling big bands of the late 50's and early 60's. Upon moving to New York, Jay eventually began playing for many of the great jazz musicians, big bands, and singers who were to be found in New York - artists like Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Tony Bennett, Marian McPartland, and Jim Hall. Jay has now recorded 15 solo albums. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: FEINSTEIN'S AT BIRDLAND

Michael Feinstein will be home for the Holidays and will be performing his annual 'A Feinstein Holiday; A New York Tradition' show at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesdays through Saturdays, December 17th through 21st at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm; Tuesday through Thursday, December 24th through 26th at 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Tickets are $200 Front Row Seats (parties of 2 only please); $150 General Admission Center Seats; $100 General Admission Side Seats; $75 General Admission Bar Seats. There is a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CHRIS BOTTI AT THE BLUE NOTE TO YEAR'S END

THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) welcomes back Chris Botti for his 9th holiday residency, Monday through Saturday, from Monday, December 16th through Monday, December 30th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. The show features Chris Botti, trumpet; Billy Kilson, drums; Leonardo Amuedo, guitar; Geoffrey Keezer, piano; Andy Ezrin, keys; Richie Goods, bass; Sy Smith, vocals; and Serena Mckinney, violin. Since the 2004 release of his critically acclaimed album When I Fall in Love, Botti has become America's largest-selling jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, achieving multiple gold and platinum certifications, four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Jazz Albums listings, and this year, his first GRAMMY as a leader. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter and his incredible band have also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on his new GRAMMY-winning Impressions by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, David Foster, and Caroline Campbell. There is a $40 cover.

NYC: FREDA PAYNE AT THE IRIDIUM

Singer and actress Freda Payne, best known for her 1970 smash "Band Of Gold," will return to THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 ) for a special holiday run Friday through Sunday, December 27th through 29th with shows at 8:30 & 10:30 pm. During her distinguished career, Payne has shared the stage with Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., and Quincy, Jones among others, acted on Broadway, and even performed as a special guest on American Idol. She'll be joined for these shows by Grammy-winning pianist and musical director Bill Cunliffe, who also appears on her new album, due out in 2014 on Mack Records. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET AT DIZZY'S

The Wynton Marsalis Septet will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595 ) on Thursday through Monday, December 26th through 31st with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. The Wynton Marsalis Septet features the best of the best, with each legendary member a true leader on his instrument. Led by nine-time GRAMMY• Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the group's repertoire includes originals from Marsalis and his band mates, as well as a diverse selection of favorites from throughout jazz history. Members are Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; Victor Goines, saxophone & clarinet; Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, saxophone; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Eric Reed, piano; Reginald Veal, bass; and Herlin Riley, drums. With an array of straight jazz, blues, bop, New Orleans music, and Marsalis' own extended compositions, music fans will find a lot to dig into during these sets. A shining example of polish and discipline, the group navigates these demanding pieces with deceptive ease, leaving room for expressive, subtle detail and off-the-cuff interaction. Most excitingly, every player gets plenty of time to solo - and these soloists are inexhaustible, endlessly resourceful, and nothing short of magnificent. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today in support of Jazz at Lincoln Center's mission and programs, and secure your seats for this exclusive week of performances. $125 per person includes one $35 cover and one special tax-deductible contribution of $90. See website for details. SEE DECEMBER 31st FOR SPECIAL TIMES AND PRICING

BOSTON: LINDA EDER AT SCULLERS

Actor/singer Linda Eder will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 8:00 pm. Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder's career. She has performed for sold-out crowds in venues across the country and throughout Europe. She has been featured on numerous PBS television concert specials including Clay Aiken's Tried & True; Hallelujah Broadway; Linda Eder: The PBS Concert; Best of Broadway: Broadway's Leading Ladies;Best of Broadway: Love Songs; Jim Brickman plays The Disney Songbook; and more. Her 2001 holiday concert, Christmas Stays the Same was broadcast on Bravo TV and continues to be a popular selling DVD. Dinner/Show: $88 Show only: $48.

TORONTO: DAVE RESTIVO QUINTET - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

One of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists, pianist Dave Restivo will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at9:00 pm. He is joined by Kelly Jefferson - saxophones, Alexander Brown - trumpet, Luke Sellick - bass and Maxwell Roach - drums. Dave has spent the past 20 years working with most of the country's top musicians and many international greats, a list that includes Mike Murley, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Jane Bunnett, Marc Jordan, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Wheeler, Curtis Fuller, and many others. His considerable gifts as a composer have, until now, arguably been overshadowed by his work as a sideman. Restivo is currently in his final semester of a Master of Arts program in Music Composition at York University. There is a $15 cover.

D.C.: MONTY ALEXANDER AT BLUES ALLEY

Monty Alexander will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Friday through Monday, December 27th through 30th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he took his first piano lessons at age six but was largely self-taught. His musical collaborations span multiple genres and styles. In August 2000 Monty Alexander was awarded the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for outstanding services to Jamaica in his capacity as worldwide music ambassador. Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. To date Monty Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader. Call for cover/minimum information.


D.C.: BEN WILLIAMS & SOUND EFFECT

Ben Williams will perform at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800) on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 8:00 pm. Williams is one of the newest and brightest musicians on the scene today who is helping to push the legacy of jazz forward and through the reflection of his own distinct sound and flavor in hip hop, gospel, and Rhythm & Blues. He is highly recognized as a national and international acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and writer who has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Stefon Harris just to name a few; and has consistently toured the Continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North & South Americas. Williams became a Grammy Award Winner with the Pat Metheny Unity Band for Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2012. Recently, he received the 2013 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll Rising Star Award for Bass; and the 2013 Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Award for becoming and maintaining the highest of standards in his profession as well as in his personal life and as an MSU Alunnus which by the way, places him in the ranks of Magic Johnson who is also an MSU Alumnus Award Winner. Call for cover/minimum information.


MARYLAND: FREDDY COLE'S CHRISTMAS SHOW

Freddy Cole, the legacy of his brother Nat "King" Cole, will stir up memories that will never be forgotten at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500 - ) on Saturday, December 28th at 8:00 pm. Now in his 55th year of performing, this great singer and pianist has developed a huge following of his own. The instantly recognizable Cole voice and a veteran quartet, play the classics as well as new compositions and interpretations from a huge repertoire. It was in New York that Cole successfully laid the groundwork for a career that continues to flourish to this day. He developed his vast repertoire of songs in Manhattan bistros and concurrently began to supplement his live performances with television and radio commercial jingle work. Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings, and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. There is a $40 cover.

SAN FRANCISCO: JON B AND BAND AT YOSHI'S

John B and his band will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jon B is a consummate artist, an accomplished musician and noted songwriter and producer with several gold and platinum records under his belt. His is a richly textured body of music, a testament to one man's love for all things soul. His beginning was seasoned by early influences including Duran Duran, Inxs, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Prince and Sade. He spent the summer after high school writing, producing and recording 40 incredible songs and began making his rounds to all major record labels. Within a few months, he'd met Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife, Tracy Edmonds, who were interested in signing Jon to their label imprint, Edmonds Record Group (formerly Yab Yum). The relationship between Jon and Edmonds Record Group immediately bore fruit. His debut album "Bonafide" went platinum and he was nominated by the Grammys for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the single, "Someone to Love." There is a $29-$34 cover depending on date & showtime.

LONDON: GARY WILLIAMS WITH SINATRA JUKEBOX

Gary Williams returns on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 8:00 pm to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) after a record-breaking week of his hugely popular Christmas show. Star of the West End's Rat Pack, Gary Williams has no idea what he's doing. Only the audience know what's coming next and Gary waits for their command. SINATRA JUKEBOX is a show full of surprises as Gary performs whatever the audience requests from 100 of Ol' Blue Eyes' best loved hits. Williams has performed all over the world including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sinatra's original Palm Springs home. Gary is accompanied by pianist Nathan Martin. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: BABY JANE DEXTER WITH MORE RULES OF THE ROAD

Baby Jane Dexter's new show, More Rules of the Road, debuts at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for six performances only beginning Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm. Additional shows are scheduled for Friday, November 29th; Saturday, November 30th; Thursday, December 5th; Friday, December 13th; and Friday, December 27th - all at 7:00 pm. Sharing the stage will be guest Musical Director Ian Herman. The Rules of the Road is the latest emotionally empowering and highly-charged show from this influential and beloved cabaret artist who never disappoints. Her shows are filled with memorable anecdotes from life and a brilliant performing career as well as totally unforgettable song choices that have helped make her the local legend she remains today. This new 2013 show will include compelling songs by Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and George Gershwin, as well as something by Mike Scott from the Waterboys and a song written by Randy Newman and introduced by Baby Jane. She also does a new blues written by Vivien Wolsk suggested by KT Sullivan, and songs by greats like Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke, Rufus Wainwright and Abbey Lincoln. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BARB JUNGR PREMIERES DANCING IN THE DARK

59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) presents renowned British chanteuse Barb Jungr in her only NYC engagement of 2013 when she premieres her new show BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK, accompanied on piano by Tracy Stark. Performances begin on Sunday, December 22nd and run through Sunday, December 29th. Show times are 7:15 pm on Tuesday & Thursday; 5:15 pm on Friday & Saturday; and Sundays at 7:15 pm with an added performance on Sunday, December 29th at 3:15 pm. Specially created for the Holiday season, BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK features songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and more, done in Jungr's sultry stripped down style, a seductive accompaniment to the long nights ahead. With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label, and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. Tickets are $35.

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NYC: THE ANTHONY SANTELMO JR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW

As December draws to a close, Anthony Santelmo Jr returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) with his Annual Christmas Show. This year's show is called a 'Seeks Out The Tunes - Retrospective', reflecting on Anthony's many shows over the years showcasing new and lesser known songs. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 21st at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 27th at 7:00 pm; Saturday, December 28th at 3:00 pm; and Sunday, December 29th at 5:00 pm. Musical director is Barry Levitt. Anthony is also joined on stage by 'The Upfront Girls', with Rob Thomas on violin and Jon Burr on bass. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DANA FUCHS AT SUBCULTURE NYC

Actress, singer/ songwriter and rocker Dana Fuchs will perform at SUBCULTURE NYC (45 Bleeker Street, NYC) on Friday, December 27th at 8:00 pm. Best known for her performances as Sadie in Across the Universe, and Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical Love, Janis, Dana will perform original material at SubCulture from her recently released album, Bliss Avenue, and more. Dana Fuchs is a phenomenon, a singer whose mesmerizing voice and presence has led critics to compare her to rock legends from Janis to Jagger. Dana's portrayal of "Sadie" in Sony Pictures' highly acclaimed Beatles' musical film Across the Universe has exposed her considerable talents to a wide, international audience. Raised in a small town in the swamps of Florida surrounded by soul, funk, rock and country, she was singing every Sunday in a small black Baptist choir by age 12. At 19 she headed north to New York to "sing the blues" alone and broke, ending up down and out on NYC's Lower East Side where she worked her way up through New York's City's gritty club scene, combining her deep southern music roots with her sometimes dark but always soulful stories of lost, ambivalent, and misplaced love. Her sold out club NYC shows led to Dana being cast as Janis Joplin in the hit off-Broadway musical show Love Janis. Her run there led her to renowned director Julie Taymor who cast her in Across the Universe. There is a $20-$30 cover.


NYC: JENNIFER HOLLIDAY AT 54 BELOW

Celebrate the "Holliday Season" at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 ) with a week of performances by Tony winner and mulitiple Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday. Performances are Thursday & Sunday, December 26th & 29th at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 27th at 8:00 pm; and Saturday, December 28th at 8:00 & 11:00 pm. Jennifer Holliday's show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the original production of Dreamgirls is revered as one of the all-time iconic Broadway moments. Now you have a chance to experience this unforgettable performance. Ms. Holliday has since worked with Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Hamlisch, and performed in shows including Sing, Mahalia, Sing; Harlem Suite with Aretha Franklin; Chicago; Grease; and Black Nativity. There is a $50-$85 (depending on day & time) cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS FAITH PRINCE

Faith Prince returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 ) for one night only on Friday, December 27th at 11:00 pm. Currently starring as Miss Hannigan on Broadway, Tony Award winner Faith Prince dazzles in her latest musical outing and on Friday, after the curtain comes down at the Palace, she performs cabaret style! Self-described as a "smorgasbord" of Faith Prince: this new show covers her past, present and future with her trademark humor and powerhouse vocals. From her memorable Broadway triumphs to tales and songs from early off-Broadway gems as well as her latest Broadway roles, Faith relives a brilliant career as one of Broadway's favorite leading ladies. As Hostess of the evening, Faith Prince guarantees that the best is yet to come. There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER" AT THE YORK

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), presents acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland in the Off-Broadway premiere of the tour-de-force musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter at THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25). Performances are set to begin Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 5, 2014. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays - see website for showtimes. Opening Night is set for Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 pm. Music direction will be by Christopher McGovern, and the onstage band will feature Danny Weller on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums. Love, Linda has book by Ms. Holland with Gary William Friedman, music & lyrics by Cole Porter, and arrangements & additional music by Mr. Friedman. Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. is the Director. Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter is a one-woman, tour de force musical and theatrical journey, starring acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. Love, Linda explores the life of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who, at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, married and was a driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With swinging, jazz-inflected arrangements by award-winning composer Gary William Friedman, Cole Porter's timeless music and lyrics weave through the compelling narrative written by Holland and Friedman, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their life. The score for Love, Linda includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale." Tickets are $67.50.

NYC: NAKED HOLIDAYS AT THE CUTTING ROOM

After a wildly successful transfer to Off-Broadway in 2011, EndTimes Productions once again returns to Off-Broadway with the 7th Annual NAKED HOLIDAYS. Previews of this flesh-filled evening of non-traditional holiday mischief, music and merriment are at CUTTING ROOM (44 East 32nd Street, NYC - 212-691-1900) at 8:00 pm. Performances are Saturdays at 7:30 & 10:30 pm & Sundays at 7:00 pm and the show runs through December 30th. Added performances Monday, December 23rd, Thursday & Friday, December 26th & 27th and closing night Monday, December 30th - all at 8:00 pm. NAKED HOLIDAYS is a darkly comic Yuletide bacchanalia of theater, music and burlesque. This boisterous holiday celebration puts a bawdy spin on some of our best-loved winter traditions. Full cast & production team at http://www.EndTimesProductions.org. With all-new musical numbers and sketches, as well as the traditional full-monty closer, "The Naked People Play", Naked Holidays is sure to deliver more holiday cheer than you've felt since puberty. Tickets are $45, available at 212-352-3101 or http://www.EndTimesProductions.org .

NYC: FEINSTEIN'S AT BIRDLAND

Michael Feinstein will be home for the Holidays and will be performing his annual 'A Feinstein Holiday; A New York Tradition' show at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesdays through Saturdays, December 17th through 21st at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm; Tuesday through Thursday, December 24th through 26th at 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Tickets are $200 Front Row Seats (parties of 2 only please); $150 General Admission Center Seats; $100 General Admission Side Seats; $75 General Admission Bar Seats. There is a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND DIRECTED BY TOMMY IGOE

Featuring the finest musicians in New York! The Birdland Big Band roars into action at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) every Friday, playing the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world's best arrangers. 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!" There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: CHRIS BOTTI AT THE BLUE NOTE TO YEAR'S END

THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) welcomes back Chris Botti for his 9th holiday residency, Monday through Saturday, from Monday, December 16th through Monday, December 30th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. The show features Chris Botti, trumpet; Billy Kilson, drums; Leonardo Amuedo, guitar; Geoffrey Keezer, piano; Andy Ezrin, keys; Richie Goods, bass; Sy Smith, vocals; and Serena Mckinney, violin. Since the 2004 release of his critically acclaimed album When I Fall in Love, Botti has become America's largest-selling jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, achieving multiple gold and platinum certifications, four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Jazz Albums listings, and this year, his first GRAMMY as a leader. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter and his incredible band have also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on his new GRAMMY-winning Impressions by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, David Foster, and Caroline Campbell. There is a $40 cover.

NYC: WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET AT DIZZY'S

The Wynton Marsalis Septet will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595 ) on Thursday through Monday, December 26th through 31st with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. The Wynton Marsalis Septet features the best of the best, with each legendary member a true leader on his instrument. Led by nine-time GRAMMY• Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the group's repertoire includes originals from Marsalis and his band mates, as well as a diverse selection of favorites from throughout jazz history. Members are Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; Victor Goines, saxophone & clarinet; Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, saxophone; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Eric Reed, piano; Reginald Veal, bass; and Herlin Riley, drums. With an array of straight jazz, blues, bop, New Orleans music, and Marsalis' own extended compositions, music fans will find a lot to dig into during these sets. A shining example of polish and discipline, the group navigates these demanding pieces with deceptive ease, leaving room for expressive, subtle detail and off-the-cuff interaction. Most excitingly, every player gets plenty of time to solo - and these soloists are inexhaustible, endlessly resourceful, and nothing short of magnificent. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today in support of Jazz at Lincoln Center's mission and programs, and secure your seats for this exclusive week of performances. $125 per person includes one $35 cover and one special tax-deductible contribution of $90. See website for details. SEE DECEMBER 31st FOR SPECIAL TIMES AND PRICING

BOSTON: LINDA EDER AT SCULLERS

Actor/singer Linda Eder will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 8:00 pm. Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder's career. She has performed for sold-out crowds in venues across the country and throughout Europe. She has been featured on numerous PBS television concert specials including Clay Aiken's Tried & True; Hallelujah Broadway; Linda Eder: The PBS Concert; Best of Broadway: Broadway's Leading Ladies;Best of Broadway: Love Songs; Jim Brickman plays The Disney Songbook; and more. Her 2001 holiday concert, Christmas Stays the Same was broadcast on Bravo TV and continues to be a popular selling DVD. Dinner/Show: $88 Show only: $48.

TORONTO: DAVE RESTIVO QUINTET - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

One of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists, pianist Dave Restivo will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at9:00 pm. He is joined by Kelly Jefferson - saxophones, Alexander Brown - trumpet, Luke Sellick - bass and Maxwell Roach - drums. Dave has spent the past 20 years working with most of the country's top musicians and many international greats, a list that includes Mike Murley, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Jane Bunnett, Marc Jordan, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Wheeler, Curtis Fuller, and many others. His considerable gifts as a composer have, until now, arguably been overshadowed by his work as a sideman. Restivo is currently in his final semester of a Master of Arts program in Music Composition at York University. There is a $15 cover.

D.C.: MONTY ALEXANDER AT BLUES ALLEY

Monty Alexander will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Friday through Monday, December 27th through 30th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he took his first piano lessons at age six but was largely self-taught. His musical collaborations span multiple genres and styles. In August 2000 Monty Alexander was awarded the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for outstanding services to Jamaica in his capacity as worldwide music ambassador. Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. To date Monty Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader. Call for cover/minimum information.


D.C.: BEN WILLIAMS & SOUND EFFECT

Ben Williams will perform at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800) on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 8:00 pm. Williams is one of the newest and brightest musicians on the scene today who is helping to push the legacy of jazz forward and through the reflection of his own distinct sound and flavor in hip hop, gospel, and Rhythm & Blues. He is highly recognized as a national and international acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and writer who has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Stefon Harris just to name a few; and has consistently toured the Continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North & South Americas. Williams became a Grammy Award Winner with the Pat Metheny Unity Band for Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2012. Recently, he received the 2013 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll Rising Star Award for Bass; and the 2013 Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Award for becoming and maintaining the highest of standards in his profession as well as in his personal life and as an MSU Alunnus which by the way, places him in the ranks of Magic Johnson who is also an MSU Alumnus Award Winner. Call for cover/minimum information.


MARYLAND: JAMISON & DOUBLE O SOUL

Jamison and Double O Soul perform at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) on Friday, December 27th at 8:00 pm. They fuse a range of influences into a single dose of familiar sound. It's a warm collage of American rock and soul music - a collision of the M.G.'s. and Gypsys era Hendrix. Each set list plays like a jukebox road trip as the band connects its musical roots from Memphis, Tennessee to the Mississippi Delta, from Chicago to Detroit and all points in between. Striking originals fit comfortably between classics like Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home," and Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." There is a $15 cover.


SAN FRANCISCO: JON B AND BAND AT YOSHI'S

John B and his band will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jon B is a consummate artist, an accomplished musician and noted songwriter and producer with several gold and platinum records under his belt. His is a richly textured body of music, a testament to one man's love for all things soul. His beginning was seasoned by early influences including Duran Duran, Inxs, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Prince and Sade. He spent the summer after high school writing, producing and recording 40 incredible songs and began making his rounds to all major record labels. Within a few months, he'd met Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife, Tracy Edmonds, who were interested in signing Jon to their label imprint, Edmonds Record Group (formerly Yab Yum). The relationship between Jon and Edmonds Record Group immediately bore fruit. His debut album "Bonafide" went platinum and he was nominated by the Grammys for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the single, "Someone to Love." There is a $29-$34 cover depending on date & showtime.

SAN FRANCISCO: WELL-STRUNG: THE SINGING STRING QUARTET AT FEINSTEIN'S

Well-Strung: the Singing String Quartet, will perform at FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063 - ) on Fridat, December 27th at 8:00 pm. Well-Strung will make their San Francisco debut off of two recent hit Off Broadway productions and a new album release this spring on Twist Records. The group's show features music of Mozart, Vivaldi and Bach and new arrangements of songs by Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift and Third Eye Blind among others. The show is directed by Broadway veteran Donna Drake (A Chorus Line). There is a $25-$40 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

LONDON: GARY WILLIAMS WITH SINATRA JUKEBOX

Gary Williams returns on Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 8:00 pm to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) after a record-breaking week of his hugely popular Christmas show. Star of the West End's Rat Pack, Gary Williams has no idea what he's doing. Only the audience know what's coming next and Gary waits for their command. SINATRA JUKEBOX is a show full of surprises as Gary performs whatever the audience requests from 100 of Ol' Blue Eyes' best loved hits. Williams has performed all over the world including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sinatra's original Palm Springs home. Gary is accompanied by pianist Nathan Martin. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: BARB JUNGR PREMIERES DANCING IN THE DARK

59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) presents renowned British chanteuse Barb Jungr in her only NYC engagement of 2013 when she premieres her new show BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK, accompanied on piano by Tracy Stark. Performances begin on Sunday, December 22nd and run through Sunday, December 29th. Show times are 7:15 pm on Tuesday & Thursday; 5:15 pm on Friday & Saturday; and Sundays at 7:15 pm with an added performance on Sunday, December 29th at 3:15 pm. Specially created for the Holiday season, BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK features songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and more, done in Jungr's sultry stripped down style, a seductive accompaniment to the long nights ahead. With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label, and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. Tickets are $35.

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NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX: BROADWAY INTERVIEW SHOW
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Seth Rudetsky's BROADWAY CHATTERBOX returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Thursdays at 5:00 pm. This week's featured guest TBA. Seth's weekly interview show always features stars, soon-to-be stars and folks behind the scenes of the musical theater stage - for just a $10 cover - 2-drink minimum. Best of all, all proceeds from the cover go to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (http://www.bcefa.org )!


NYC: JENNIFER HOLLIDAY AT 54 BELLOW

Celebrate the "Holliday Season" at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) with a week of performances by Tony winner and mulitiple Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday. Performances are Thursday & Sunday, December 26th & 29th at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 27th at 8:00 pm; and Saturday, December 28th at 8:00 & 11:00 pm. Jennifer Holliday's show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the original production of Dreamgirls is revered as one of the all-time iconic Broadway moments. Now you have a chance to experience this unforgettable performance. Ms. Holliday has since worked with Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Hamlisch, and performed in shows including Sing, Mahalia, Sing; Harlem Suite with Aretha Franklin; Chicago; Grease; and Black Nativity. There is a $50-$85 (depending on day & time) cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: TONY WINNER STEVE KAZEE AT 54 BELOW

2012 Tony Award winner for his performance as Guy in Once, Steve Kazee, returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Tuesday & Thursday, December 24th & 26th at 9:30 pm. After a sold out summer engagement, Steve brings his original alt-country songs, inspired by his southern upbringing and featured on his debut album, back to the stage. Audiences will also get to hear the songs Steve originated in Once on Broadway, live- as well as a festive Christmas tune or two. In addition to winning the 2013 Grammy for Musical Theater Album for Once, Broadway has embraced Steve in roles including Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot, Starbuck, opposite Audra McDonald, in Roundabout's 110 in the Shade, To Be or Not to Be at MTC, and Edward Albee's Seascape. 12/24: $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum; 12/26: $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: LE JAZZ HOT: HOW THE FRENCH SAVED JAZZ

'Le Jazz Hot: How The French Saved Jazz', created by Peter and Will Anderson, will be presented at 59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) on Tuesdays through Sundays, December 3rd through 29th (showtimes vary- see website). Peter and Will Anderson, with their sensational jazz quintet, whisk audiences to the streets of Paris and the French countryside with rollicking swing and gypsy jazz. Had France not supported musicians like Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, and Josephine Baker, America's great art form may not have survived! Tickets are $25.

NYC: "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER" AT THE YORK

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), presents acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland in the Off-Broadway premiere of the tour-de-force musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter at THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25). Performances are set to begin Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 5, 2014. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays - see website for showtimes. Opening Night is set for Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 pm. Music direction will be by Christopher McGovern, and the onstage band will feature Danny Weller on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums. Love, Linda has book by Ms. Holland with Gary William Friedman, music & lyrics by Cole Porter, and arrangements & additional music by Mr. Friedman. Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. is the Director. Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter is a one-woman, tour de force musical and theatrical journey, starring acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. Love, Linda explores the life of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who, at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, married and was a driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With swinging, jazz-inflected arrangements by award-winning composer Gary William Friedman, Cole Porter's timeless music and lyrics weave through the compelling narrative written by Holland and Friedman, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their life. The score for Love, Linda includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale." Tickets are $67.50.

NYC: NAKED HOLIDAYS AT THE CUTTING ROOM

After a wildly successful transfer to Off-Broadway in 2011, EndTimes Productions once again returns to Off-Broadway with the 7th Annual NAKED HOLIDAYS. Previews of this flesh-filled evening of non-traditional holiday mischief, music and merriment are at CUTTING ROOM (44 East 32nd Street, NYC - 212-691-1900) at 8:00 pm. Performances are Saturdays at 7:30 & 10:30 pm & Sundays at 7:00 pm and the show runs through December 30th. Added performances Monday, December 23rd, Thursday & Friday, December 26th & 27th and closing night Monday, December 30th - all at 8:00 pm. NAKED HOLIDAYS is a darkly comic Yuletide bacchanalia of theater, music and burlesque. This boisterous holiday celebration puts a bawdy spin on some of our best-loved winter traditions. Full cast & production team at http://www.EndTimesProductions.org. With all-new musical numbers and sketches, as well as the traditional full-monty closer, "The Naked People Play", Naked Holidays is sure to deliver more holiday cheer than you've felt since puberty. Tickets are $45, available at 212-352-3101 or http://www.EndTimesProductions.org .

NYC: FEINSTEIN'S AT BIRDLAND

Michael Feinstein will be home for the Holidays and will be performing his annual 'A Feinstein Holiday; A New York Tradition' show at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesdays through Saturdays, December 17th through 21st at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm; Tuesday through Thursday, December 24th through 26th at 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Tickets are $200 Front Row Seats (parties of 2 only please); $150 General Admission Center Seats; $100 General Admission Side Seats; $75 General Admission Bar Seats. There is a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: WILLIAM BLAKE AT BIRDLAND

William Blake will be performing an evening of jazz standards and seasonal favorites at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - ) on Wednesday & Thursday, December 25th & 26th at 11:00 pm. He will be joined by Michael Thomas Murray on piano, Lavondo Thomas on bass and Carmen Intorre on drums. Blake's show, Echoes of Etta: A Tribute To Etta James (a concert collaboration with musical director Mr. Murray featuring the music of Etta James), began on the Birdland stage nearly two years ago. They have since gone on to perform the show to sold-out audiences at Joe's Pub, the Cafe Carlyle, and the Gaslight in Portsmouth, NH. William has performed at many notable New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Rose Hall at Lincoln Center. In 2011, he released his first live album, Live From New York City, which was recorded at Birdland. there is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CHRIS BOTTI AT THE BLUE NOTE TO YEAR'S END

THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) welcomes back Chris Botti for his 9th holiday residency, Monday through Saturday, from Monday, December 16th through Monday, December 30th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. The show features Chris Botti, trumpet; Billy Kilson, drums; Leonardo Amuedo, guitar; Geoffrey Keezer, piano; Andy Ezrin, keys; Richie Goods, bass; Sy Smith, vocals; and Serena Mckinney, violin. Since the 2004 release of his critically acclaimed album When I Fall in Love, Botti has become America's largest-selling jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, achieving multiple gold and platinum certifications, four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Jazz Albums listings, and this year, his first GRAMMY as a leader. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter and his incredible band have also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on his new GRAMMY-winning Impressions by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, David Foster, and Caroline Campbell. There is a $40 cover.

NYC: WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET AT DIZZY'S

The Wynton Marsalis Septet will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595 - ) on Thursday through Monday, December 26th through 31st with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. The Wynton Marsalis Septet features the best of the best, with each legendary member a true leader on his instrument. Led by nine-time GRAMMY• Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the group's repertoire includes originals from Marsalis and his band mates, as well as a diverse selection of favorites from throughout jazz history. Members are Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; Victor Goines, saxophone & clarinet; Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, saxophone; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Eric Reed, piano; Reginald Veal, bass; and Herlin Riley, drums. With an array of straight jazz, blues, bop, New Orleans music, and Marsalis' own extended compositions, music fans will find a lot to dig into during these sets. A shining example of polish and discipline, the group navigates these demanding pieces with deceptive ease, leaving room for expressive, subtle detail and off-the-cuff interaction. Most excitingly, every player gets plenty of time to solo - and these soloists are inexhaustible, endlessly resourceful, and nothing short of magnificent. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today in support of Jazz at Lincoln Center's mission and programs, and secure your seats for this exclusive week of performances. $125 per person includes one $35 cover and one special tax-deductible contribution of $90. See website for details. SEE DECEMBER 31st FOR SPECIAL TIMES AND PRICING

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NYC: THE NATE BIRKEY QUARTET AT 55 BAR

The Nate Birkey Quartet (Nate Birkey - trumpet, vocals; Jim Ridl, piano; Bill Moring, bass; Tim Horner, drums) will play from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th at 55 BAR (55 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-929-9883) playing tracks from their new Christmas CD. Birkey has released seven albums for the California-based Household Ink Records. With the 2008 releases of Almost Home and Christmas - his first recordings made with his New York City quintet, Birkey takes another step upward and outward. Deftly mixing standards tastefully delivered, warm and imaginative originals in various genre leanings, and material from less-trodden sources, Birkey has an engaging way with a song, as a fluid improviser and vocalist of understated grace. There is no cover charge.

NYC: FEINSTEIN'S AT BIRDLAND

Michael Feinstein will be home for the Holidays and will be performing his annual 'A Feinstein Holiday; A New York Tradition' show at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesdays through Saturdays, December 17th through 21st at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm; Tuesday through Thursday, December 24th through 26th at 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Tickets are $200 Front Row Seats (parties of 2 only please); $150 General Admission Center Seats; $100 General Admission Side Seats; $75 General Admission Bar Seats. There is a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: KLEA BLACKHURST, JIM CARUSO & BILLY STRITCH IN "A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS"

The fourth year of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas" at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, will take place on Saturday, December 21st through Wednesday, December 25th - all shows at 6:00 pm except Saturday at 5:30 pm. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson's "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" among other favorites. The singers will be joined by Steve Doyle on bass and Carmen Intorre on drums. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: WILLIAM BLAKE AT BIRDLAND

William Blake will be performing an evening of jazz standards and seasonal favorites at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - ) on Wednesday & Thursday, December 25th & 26th at 11:00 pm. He will be joined by Michael Thomas Murray on piano, Lavondo Thomas on bass and Carmen Intorre on drums. Blake's show, Echoes of Etta: A Tribute To Etta James (a concert collaboration with musical director Mr. Murray featuring the music of Etta James), began on the Birdland stage nearly two years ago. They have since gone on to perform the show to sold-out audiences at Joe's Pub, the Cafe Carlyle, and the Gaslight in Portsmouth, NH. William has performed at many notable New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Rose Hall at Lincoln Center. In 2011, he released his first live album, Live From New York City, which was recorded at Birdland. there is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

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NYC: BARB JUNGR PREMIERES DANCING IN THE DARK

59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) presents renowned British chanteuse Barb Jungr in her only NYC engagement of 2013 when she premieres her new show BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK, accompanied on piano by Tracy Stark. Performances begin on Sunday, December 22nd and run through Sunday, December 29th. Show times are 7:15 pm on Tuesday & Thursday; 5:15 pm on Friday & Saturday; and Sundays at 7:15 pm with an added performance on Sunday, December 29th at 3:15 pm. Specially created for the Holiday season, BARB JUNGR: DANCING IN THE DARK features songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and more, done in Jungr's sultry stripped down style, a seductive accompaniment to the long nights ahead. With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label, and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. Tickets are $35.

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NYC: STRIKING 12 - THE GROOVELILY MUSICAL

The indie pop-rock band GrooveLily returns to New York City this season for the first time in three years to spread some holiday warmth on cold winter nights, performing their critically acclaimed, secular holiday musical, STRIKING 12 at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Monday & Tuesday, December 23rd & 24th at 7:00 pm. In STRIKING 12, an over-worked and under-inspired single guy who's had enough of holiday cheer makes a New Year's Eve resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. On another New Year's Eve, a continent away and more than a century earlier Hans Christian Andersen's Little Match Girl tries unsuccessfully to sell her matches in the snow. The two stories are brought together when an incandescent salesgirl shows up at the grumpy man's door with the promise to chase away his winter doldrums. Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and old-fashioned uplift with a healthy dose of 21st-century skepticism, STRIKING 12 weaves together three stories, set in contemporary New York City, 19th century Denmark, and the very room in which the show is presented. There is a $30-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: TONY WINNER STEVE KAZEE AT 54 BELOW

2012 Tony Award winner for his performance as Guy in Once, Steve Kazee, returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Tuesday & Thursday, December 24th & 26th at 9:30 pm. After a sold out summer engagement, Steve brings his original alt-country songs, inspired by his southern upbringing and featured on his debut album, back to the stage. Audiences will also get to hear the songs Steve originated in Once on Broadway, live- as well as a festive Christmas tune or two. In addition to winning the 2013 Grammy for Musical Theater Album for Once, Broadway has embraced Steve in roles including Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot, Starbuck, opposite Audra McDonald, in Roundabout's 110 in the Shade, To Be or Not to Be at MTC, and Edward Albee's Seascape. 12/24: $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum; 12/26: $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: KLEA BLACKHURST, JIM CARUSO & BILLY STRITCH IN "A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS"

The fourth year of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas" at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, will take place on Saturday, December 21st through Wednesday, December 25th - all shows at 6:00 pm except Saturday at 5:30 pm. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson's "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" among other favorites. The singers will be joined by Steve Doyle on bass and Carmen Intorre on drums. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: FEINSTEIN'S AT BIRDLAND

Michael Feinstein will be home for the Holidays and will be performing his annual 'A Feinstein Holiday; A New York Tradition' show at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesdays through Saturdays, December 17th through 21st at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm; Tuesday through Thursday, December 24th through 26th at 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, December 27th & 28th at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Tickets are $200 Front Row Seats (parties of 2 only please); $150 General Admission Center Seats; $100 General Admission Side Seats; $75 General Admission Bar Seats. There is a $15 food/drink minimum.

CHICAG0: FUNNY OLD BROADS: OY VEY HOLIDAYS

After an extended hit run, the Funny Old Broads are back with their holiday extravaganza at GORILLA TANGO THEATRE (7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL - 847-677-7761) - new songs, new jokes as well as some of the old favorites. Performances are on Thursday, December 19th at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 21st at 8:00 pm; Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 pm; Tuesday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) at 8:00 pm; and New Year's Eve, December 31st at 8:00 pm. Chicago's newest hit "Funny Old Broads," which opened July 18th and was extended twice, is opening a holiday show: FUNNY OLD BROADS OY VEY HOLIDAYS! This show will feature some of the Funny Old Broads most popular pieces as well as new holiday themed fun stuff. 'Funny Old Broads' Oy Vey Holidays' stars Stand-up Comic Caryn Bark, Sit-Down Comic Robin Riebman and Musical Comics The Boomer Babes (Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin). New Years Eve show includes complimentary champagne! Tickets are $25 ($36 on the 31st).


SAN FRANCISCO: CLAIRDEE - 11th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EVE SHOW

The soulful vocalist Clairdee returns to YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Tuesday, December 24th at 8:00 pm for her 11th annual Christmas Eve show. Capturing the magic of the season with ribbons of swing, R&B, and Latin grooves, she joyfully gift-wraps holiday classics and new arrangements of seasonal favorites guaranteed to warm your heart, lift your soul, and send you dancing into the new year. Clairdee's special guest is world-renown Master Magician and Comedy Mentalist Jay Alexander who will hit the stage with more energy than the electric company on Christmas Eve. Alexander's unique and hilarious show is regularly requested across the nation by celebrities from Robin Williams to the Rolling Stones. There is a $20 cover.

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CHICAGO: MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT PETTERINOS
FEATURED OPEN MIC EVENT

Monday Night Live at Petterinos co-hosted by Denise McGowan Tracy and Beckie Menzie takes place weekly at PETTERINO'S (150 North Dearborn, Chicago, IL - 312-422-0150) from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. It's a musical showcase and open-mic where you can be the star or just enjoy the fun and great food. Now in its seventh smash season, Monday Night Live has welcomed more than 500 singers to the stage. Recent appearances by cast members from the productions of I Love Lucy, Sweet Charity, Barnum, Smokey Joes, The Jungle Book and Pullman Porter Blues had the audience cheering for more! Appearances by local cabaret, jazz and musical theater performers include Nan Mason, Tammy McCann, Denise Tomasello, Tom Michael and Joan Curto. Petterino's is the place to be for live music on Mondays. No cover.   

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NYC: GARY KAPLAN AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Come celebrate the holidays with Hollywood Cabaret Performer Gary Kaplan on Monday, December 23rd at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), as he pays tribute to over 50 years of American films with theme songs and backstage trivia! Gary Brian Kaplan grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and is a 1987 graduate of Rhode Island College, where he majored in Theatre. Moving to Los Angeles in 1988 to pursue a career in acting, he soon found himself teaching English as a Second Language to adult students, which he does to this day. Gary has appeared in musical productions in the Los Angeles Jewish community, including two appearances at the Israel Independence Day Festival. Gary is a frequent performer in Los Angeles in the cabaret world, most notably at the Hollywood Studio Bar and Grill, and The Gardenia (where he recently performed two solo shows "Gary At The Gardenia: Kosher Cabaret And Beyond" and "Gary Goes To The Movies". He has also performed at open mics in New York on a regular basis, including Birdland Cast Party and Don't Tell Mama. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS - NOW AT THE IGUANA

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks are back - and now will play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at IGUANA'S VIP LOUNGE (240 West 54th Street, NYC - 212-765-5454). 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 (at the door) plus a $15 food drink minimum.

NYC: STRIKING 12 - THE GROOVELILY MUSICAL

The indie pop-rock band GrooveLily returns to New York City this season for the first time in three years to spread some holiday warmth on cold winter nights, performing their critically acclaimed, secular holiday musical, STRIKING 12 at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Monday & Tuesday, December 23rd & 24th at 7:00 pm. In STRIKING 12, an over-worked and under-inspired single guy who's had enough of holiday cheer makes a New Year's Eve resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. On another New Year's Eve, a continent away and more than a century earlier Hans Christian Andersen's Little Match Girl tries unsuccessfully to sell her matches in the snow. The two stories are brought together when an incandescent salesgirl shows up at the grumpy man's door with the promise to chase away his winter doldrums. Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and old-fashioned uplift with a healthy dose of 21st-century skepticism, STRIKING 12 weaves together three stories, set in contemporary New York City, 19th century Denmark, and the very room in which the show is presented. There is a $30-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: AFTER MIDNIGHT SWINGS THE HOLIDAYS!

For one night only, on Monday, December 23rd, the stunning cast of After Midnight (including special guest stars Fantasia & Dule Hill!) takes to the stage of 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) in celebration of the holidays. Expect favorite tunes of the season alongside contemporary jazz licks & some red hot tap dancing, performed by a company that includes top-flight singers, dancers & musicians. It's the new Broadway musical that catapults the greatest music of Duke Ellington and Harlem's Golden Age into the 21st century. Get up close & personal with this brilliant ensemble when they leave the Brooks Atkinson behind for the intimacy of live cabaret! A benefit performance for the Make a Wish Foundation. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: KLEA BLACKHURST, JIM CARUSO & BILLY STRITCH IN "A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS"

The fourth year of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas" at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, will take place on Saturday, December 21st through Wednesday, December 25th - all shows at 6:00 pm except Saturday at 5:30 pm. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson's "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" among other favorites. The singers will be joined by Steve Doyle on bass and Carmen Intorre on drums. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 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: CHRIS BOTTI AT THE BLUE NOTE TO YEAR'S END

THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) welcomes back Chris Botti for his 9th holiday residency, Monday through Saturday, from Monday, December 16th through Monday, December 30th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. The show features Chris Botti, trumpet; Billy Kilson, drums; Leonardo Amuedo, guitar; Geoffrey Keezer, piano; Andy Ezrin, keys; Richie Goods, bass; Sy Smith, vocals; and Serena Mckinney, violin. Since the 2004 release of his critically acclaimed album When I Fall in Love, Botti has become America's largest-selling jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, achieving multiple gold and platinum certifications, four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Jazz Albums listings, and this year, his first GRAMMY as a leader. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter and his incredible band have also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on his new GRAMMY-winning Impressions by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, David Foster, and Caroline Campbell. There is a $40 cover.

NYC: DUDUKA DA FONSECA & HELIO ALVES AT DIZZY'S

This holiday season, the musical traditions of Rio will transform cold winter nights into sultry samba celebrations, courtesy of percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca and Sao Paulo native and first call pianist Helio Alves when they appear at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Thursday through Monday, December 19th through 23rd with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. They are joined by special guest vocalist Maucha Adnet; Anat Cohen, clarinet; Hans Glawischnig, bass; and Mike Moreno, guitar. In addition to being a member of Trio da Paz, Da Fonseca has also had a storied career as a sideman, playing with artists from Joe Henderson to Antonio Carlos Jobim. Da Fonseca and Alves will present a special program of Christmas-themed samba jazz, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.

NYC: NAKED HOLIDAYS AT THE CUTTING ROOM

After a wildly successful transfer to Off-Broadway in 2011, EndTimes Productions once again returns to Off-Broadway with the 7th Annual NAKED HOLIDAYS. Previews of this flesh-filled evening of non-traditional holiday mischief, music and merriment are at CUTTING ROOM (44 East 32nd Street, NYC - 212-691-1900) at 8:00 pm. Performances are Saturdays at 7:30 & 10:30 pm & Sundays at 7:00 pm and the show runs through December 30th. Added performances Monday, December 23rd, Thursday & Friday, December 26th & 27th and closing night Monday, December 30th - all at 8:00 pm. NAKED HOLIDAYS is a darkly comic Yuletide bacchanalia of theater, music and burlesque. This boisterous holiday celebration puts a bawdy spin on some of our best-loved winter traditions. Full cast & production team at http://www.EndTimesProductions.org. With all-new musical numbers and sketches, as well as the traditional full-monty closer, "The Naked People Play", Naked Holidays is sure to deliver more holiday cheer than you've felt since puberty. Tickets are $45, available at 212-352-3101 or http://www.EndTimesProductions.org .

D.C.: RICHARDSON/HERRERA QUINTET AT BLUES ALLEY

The Richardson/Herrera Quintet featuring Lena Seikaly, Eric Harper & Andrew Green (Vocals/Bass/Drums) will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, December 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Rodney Richardson is a jazz guitarist and educator from the Washington, DC area who recently relocated to the great jazz city of Chicago, Illinois. Rodney has played in a number of ensembles including DC's only resident big band the 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and the afro-beat, vintage inspired Funk Ark, as well as leading his own group The Rodney Richardson Trio. Seeing a jazz gig in the District that doesn't feature Joe Herrera is almost a challenge. The ubiquitous trumpeter is at the center of the city's burgeoning jazz scene and plays an important role as both bandleader and sideman, co-directing the fine Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra with saxophonist Brad Linde, backing master griot Cheick Hamala Diabate or jamming with talented young saxophonist Elijah Balbed. Call for cover/minimum.

MARYLAND: WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE: A SIMPLER CHRISTMAS

Wynonna & The Big Noise: A Simpler Christmas will be presented at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) on Monday, December 23rd at 8:00 pm. Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Wynonna's ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty, is the entertainer's true gift. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna's rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her epic 30-year career. There is a $60-$90 cover.

SAN FRANCISCO: NATASHA MILLER'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT

In celebration of her 7th CD release, "The Secret of Christmas" Natasha Miller presents her Annual Holiday Concert at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Monday. December 23rd at 8:00 pm. Natasha owns an independent jazz record label, Poignant Records with eight releases available. Her music publishing company is affiliated with ASCAP. She has produced CD projects at Fantasy Records in Berkeley, as well as at Skywalker Studios. She is a classically trained violinist as well as a songwriter, vocalist, and plays the acoustic guitar and piano. As a vocalist, Ms. Miller has had the honor of performing at venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi's in Oakland and San Francisco, Blues Alley in D.C., and the Jazz Standard in NYC. There is a $20 cover.


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