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CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
MARCH 2014
LISTINGS ARCHIVE FOR March 17, 2014 THROUGH March 23, 2014


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SUNDAY - MARCH 23rd

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NYC: DOWNTOWN'S RAVEN O MOVING ON UP!

Raven O, a deep downtown entertainment fixture for decades, will sneak across the border (14th street) for his next performance on the cabaret circuit. He will hit the stage at the prestigious THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for a tribute show, Raven O-Sinatra "My Way", on Sunday, March 23rd at 9:30 pm. So far fans have not had a hard time finding the former MC/star of "The Box". He packed Joe's Pub on October 23rd for his first appearance since returning to NYC after gigs in London and Las Vegas. His show at The Duplex on January 31st sold out days in advance. The Sinatra show has Raven O wearing a suit and a Sinatra-esque Fedora, a far cry from his normal look which usually involved the least amount of clothing possible. Raven emphasises that this will not be an impersonation show but his own take on Sinatra hits. He will be sharing the stage with a musical trio led by award winning Jazz artist and musical director, Ben Allison. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: GRETCHEN REINHAGEN BRINGS HER NEW 70S SHOW TO THE DUPLEX
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Nightlife, Bistro and MAC Award winning artist, Gretchen Reinhagen brings her new show, "Listen to the Music: The Songs of My 70s" to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Sunday March 23rd at 4:30 pm, following a successful sneak preview in December at Urban Stages. Gretchen is once again joined by long-time director Barry Kleinbort, and introduces a new collaboration with Musical Director, Andrew Sotomayor. Hilliard Greene on bass and Donna Kelly on drums complete the band. Gretchen received the coveted "triple crown" of cabaret awards by winning the 2010 Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award for her show "Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard" also directed by Barry Kleinbort. Her cabaret work has covered a broad range of material including a show of Great American Songbook classics entitled "Back to Basics"; a tribute to Janis Joplin's "Pearl" Album (MAC nomination for Female Vocalist); an additional blues/rock show, "Almost Blue", a comic turn in "How 'Bout Them Apples", and a show encompassing her love of both the Rock and Pop world as well as Broadway, titled "Both Sides Now" (MAC nomination for Female Vocalist). There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: MOIRA DANIS MAKES METROPOLITAN ROOM DEBUT

After a string of highly successful shows and CD's (culminating with the 2013 Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording for Some People's Lives), Moira Danis makes her THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) debut on Sunday, March 23rd at 4:00 pm with her new show "Oops ... I Fell in Love!" She will be accompanied by Music Director, Wells Hanley. The show is an intimate, charming and moving glimpse at the ups and downs and ups of a romance. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SUNDAY OPEN MIC AT THE MET

Sunday Open Mic comes to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on the 2nd & 4th Sundays each month from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm (signup ay 11:30 am). Presented and hosted by Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC AT THE MET" is not your average Open Mic since it will be presented on the iconic stage, with amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer to help create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm environment. Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. There is a $15 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

CABARET - JAZZ SUNDAY BRUNCH EVENTS

Every Sunday I list Brunch Events on the home page of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE and post the listings on FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter, as well as on the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE BLOG and my own TUMBLR blog. Your event missing? Send press releases to stuhamstra@svhamstra.com to be included - listings are FREE! Every day in every way we're promoting Cabaret!

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: EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH SERIES: YOKO MIWA TRIO

Renowned pianist and JVC Victor Entertainment Recording Artist, Yoko Miwa will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Sunday, March 23rd at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm as part of their East Meets West Brunch Series. Last June, the Yoko Miwa Trio was voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in the 2012 Best Music Poll. In July, her trio released their major label debut CD in Japan titled Act Naturally on the JVC Victor Entertainment label. In 2011, she was appointed Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, she played sold-out shows in Boston and NYC, and she was chosen to play a special concert, Marian McPartland & Friends at Dizzy's at Lincoln Center, as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. Miwa, a native of Kobe, Japan, was classically trained and didn't pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone's club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs. There is a $29.50 cover. Price includes brunch, music and a drink.

NYC: DESMOND'S "JAZZ BRUNCH" WITH JERRY COSTANZO & HIS TRIO

DESMOND'S STEAKHOUSE (513 Seventh Avenue, NYC - 212-391-6900) presents 'Jazz Brunch' every Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm with Jerry Costanzo & His Trio, with special guests weekly. Dine on their very special and affordable brunch menu while enjoying the best of jazz, swing and "The Great American Song Book". Combining the liveliness of Time Square with a resplendent dining experience, Desmond's Steakhouse has proudly become New York City's premiere steakhouse with a contemporary twist. Call for cover/minimum information.


BOSTON: JUMP UP TO SPRING WITH LOUISE VAN AARSEN

Louise Van Aarsen returns to entertain at the delightful Jazz Brunch at THELONIOUS MONKFISH (524 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA - 617-441-2116) on Sunday, March 23rd from 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm. She will serve selections from my own and the American songbook. She is joined by Paul McWilliams (keyboard) and Mike Turk (harmonica). Louise Van Aarsen-Koopman, a Dutch native, has had a passion for music, vocal jazz in particular, since her teenage years. She moved to Boston with a Ph.D. in cancer biology to further novel cancer therapies. In parallel, she has never ceased to develop her talent as a singer through intensive vocal training and performances. Over the past few years, she has been writing her own melodies and lyrics; poignant stories and catchy compositions with a unique 'jazz standard-esque' flavor. In a wonderful collaboration with Ton Scheer, Doug Hammer and Rebecca Parris, this work has culminated in an impressive debut CD recorded with some of Boston's finest jazz musicians at Peter Kontrimas' PBS Studios. Call for cover/minimum information.

TORONTO: SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH COUNTERMEASURE AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

Countermeasure will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Sunday, March 23rd at 12:30 pm as part of their Sunday Brunch series. Countermeasure is the fresh face of a cappella, known for their upbeat sound, sophisticated harmonies, and infectious energy. Featuring 14 of Canada's top young vocal talents, Toronto-based Countermeasure's genre-defying, contemporary sound has earned the group critical and public acclaim. The group's new CD "14 Characters", offers a range of lively pop, jazz, contemporary, and original songs. Selections include music from the Beatles, Carole King, Madonna, Queen, D'Angelo, and more plus three original works, sung in unique arrangements highlighting the breadth and range of the voice. The group has been spotlighted at many international jazz festivals, on Global TV, Rogers TV, Breakfast Television, and shared stages with vocal giants The Swingle Singers, The Real Group, The Four Freshman, The Nylons, Chantal Kreviazuk, Blue Rodeo, Corey Hart, Nikki Yanofsky, Matt Dusk and more. There is a $15 cover.

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.

CABARET EVENTS FOR NEW YORK CITY FOR THIS DATE
Please note: cover/minimum information is taken from venue listings - some venues may charge an additional fee for attendees without an advance reservation - reservations are normally cancelled by the venue if holders have not arrived by showtime.


NYC: MOTHER WANTED ME TO COME OUT IN A KIMONO

Growing up obsessed with the theatre can be a blessing and a curse. Steven Carl McCasland brings his show 'MOTHER WANTED ME TO COME OUT IN A KIMONO' to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Sunday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm, with a one-night-only romp through his years as an adolescent show queen. Steven is joined by Jimmy Horan at the piano. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: TOO LEGIT TO QUIT 3: A RIFF FREE EVENING AT THE MOVIES

The third in a series devoted to classic Broadway singing, Too Legit to Quit 3: a Riff-Free Evening at the Movies will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Sunday, March 23rd at 7:30 pm. This show explores classic movie musicals from the MGM era through animated film. Performers include Bussert, D'Abruzzo, Ramey, Reiber, Paul Baswell, Cameron Mitchell Bell, Caitlyn Caughell (Newsies), Andrew Chappelle (Mamma Mia), Courtney Cowart, Nicole Dalto, Jenna Dallacco, Dayna Graber, Blair Goldberg (Carrie, Sister Act Nat'l Tour) Paul Louis Lessard, Kate Lumpkin, Bronson Murphy (CATS Nat'l Tour), Amma Osei (Rock of Ages), Babs Rubenstein (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert Nat'l Tour) and Ryan Speakman (Broadway concerts of Oliver! and Camelot). Too Legit to Quit 3: a Riff-Free Evening at the Movies, with musical direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross, features the music from classic movie musicals including: Thousands Cheer, It's Always Fair Weather, A Star is Born, Gigi, Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast, and more. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ERIC YVES GARCIA AT BEMELMAN'S BAR

Eric Yves Garcia has been invited back again to perform at BEMELMAN'S BAR at the CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) on Sundays in March at 9:00 pm. You're invited to enjoy music, stories and laughs well into the evening as Mr. Garcia burns up the keys, with Ritt Henn on Bass and Tony Romano on Guitar. Eric has several weekly bookings in New York City, specializing in the American Songbook, jazz and standards. Some of the NY spots he has played include: Firebird, Don't Tell Mama, Danny's Skylight Room, Monkey Bar, Boxcar Lounge, The Townhouse and Chez Josephine. There is a $15 cover at the bar, $25 at tables.


NYC: SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED RETURNS

A celebrated New York event since 2010, the Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sunday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm. The show features some of Broadway and cabaret's most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only. Expect tunes from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more. Past special guests have included original Sondheim cast members such as Len Cariou, Victoria Mallory, Donna McKechnie & Chip Zien - so you never know who might drop in. Sondheim Unplugged is hosted by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on Sondheimien facts, history & assorted tidbits of theatrical lore! Special guests for this show include Special Guest Star: Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd's original Johanna), Katie Rose Clarke, Harris Doran, Claybourne Elder, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Shanna Jones, Jeanne Lehman. Nicholas Rodriguez, Lucia Spina, Gabrielle Stravelli and Thom Christopher Warren. Come join the party! There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.


NYC: JARROD SPECTOR RETURNS TO 54 BELOW

Jarrod Spector, who is starring in the new Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) to celebrate his brand new album "A Little Help From My Friends: Live at 54 BELOW" on Sunday, March 23rd; Monday, March 24th; and Monday, March 31st at 9:30 pm. This acclaimed musical outing traces the legacy of the great male singers whose vocal prowess made them the rock stars of their generations, even before rock was born. After starring as Frankie Valli for six years in Broadway's smash hit musical Jersey Boys, Jarrod wraps his critically-praised voice around the songs that have made superstars out of more than a century of tenor legends from Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson to the great Enrico Caruso himself. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "STEPPIN' OUT - SONGS MADE FAMOUS BY DANCERS AND/OR INSPIRED BY DANCE"

SALON - that unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas continues at ETCETERA ETCETERA (352 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-399-4141) on Sundays from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme on Sunday, March 23rd is "Steppin' Out - Songs Made Famous By Dancers And/Or Inspired By Dance". Co-Host will be Caleb Teicher! Salon Spotlight will feature Steven Ray Watkins. Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon. There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/ first served basis, with one intermission. There is a $10 cash cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


ON THE RADIO & THE WEB: EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

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 Sunday, March 23rd, David presents another great show. This show is also an ON-AIR FUNDRAISING BROADCAST, a cabaret month celebration. Help Support WBAI-FM & Everything Old Is New Again! Call 212-209-2950 with Your Pledge during this broadcast.You are invited to e-mail your comments and suggestions for this show and future shows to oldisnew@earthlink.net. For more information, see http://www.oldisnew.org/ . You can listen to past shows at any time by going to the WBAI Archives at http://www.archive.wbai.org/ .


NYC: THE BIRDLAND JAZZ PARTY FEATURING CAROLYN LEONHART

The Birdland Jazz Party features Carolyn Leonhart every Sunday in March at 6:00 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080). Award winning vocalist Carolyn Leonhart has released four critically acclaimed solo albums which have been on Jazz Radio charts worldwide. She has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the world, including The Blue Note and The Jazz Standard in NYC as well as The Detroit Jazz festival and The New Haven Jazz Festival, to name a few. In addition to having tenure as the lead back-up vocalist with the legendary jazz/rock band Steely Dan, Carolyn has performed and/or recorded with Al Jarreau, Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Eric Reed, Michael McDonald, Helen Sung, The Mingus Big Band, Boz Scaggs as well as many others. Carolyn is currently preparing to record her next solo album as well as an album of music with her father (famed bassist/composer Jay Leonhart). 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: OFFICIAL U.S. PREMIERE - VOLCAN AT THER BLUE NOTE

Volcan, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jose Armando Gola, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 18th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Volcan is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums between them as leaders and sidemen, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight. With eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has undoubtedly proven himself as established force in the modern jazz world. In whatever idiom he works, Rubalcaba's future musical creations will be melodious, rhythmic and exciting. Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally, having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years. Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez is a gifted musician who represents a new generation of great players following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Ignacio Berroa and others. Hernandez plays on the cutting edge of today's music with technical prowess and versatility. His drumming also reflects a proud musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition. Giovanni Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales. Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of Jose Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music. There is a $20-$35 cover.

NYC: NEWISH JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL: STEVEN BERNSTEIN'S DIASPORA SOUL

Steven Bernstein, a trumpeter/slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Sunday, March 23rd with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. He is joined by Peter Apfelbaum, Michael Blake, Paul Shapiro, tenor saxophones; Briggan Krauss, baritone saxophone; Brian Mitchell, keyboards; Tony Scherr, bass; Roberto Rodriguez, drums; and Danny Sadownick, percussion. Bernstein's Diaspora Projects, comprising four critically acclaimed albums, explore the far-flung worlds of Hebrew music as it bubbles up in unlikely contexts. Diaspora Soul digs into the Gulf Coast sound, encompassing Texas and Cuba, New Orleans R&B and Afro-Cuban-influenced arrangements of traditional cantorials, Ashkenazi wedding songs, Chanukah songs, and more. This will be Bernstein's Dizzy's debut. Part of the first-ever Newish Jewish Music Festival, a city-wide festival celebrating contemporary Jewish and Israeli culture and music. there is a $35 cover.

NEW JERSEY: "MUSIC AT THE MANSION" CELEBRATES MARCH IS CABARET MONTH

NiCori Studios and Productions in association with Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces a new installment in the monthly concert series, "Music at the Mansion", on Sunday, March 23rd, at 3:00 pm at THE OAKESIDE BLOOMFIELD CULTURAL CENTER (240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ - 973-429-0960). Performers include Fran Leonardis, Christian Fabian and Lauren Fox & Ritt Henn. The featured performer in the "Young Musician Moment" will be Elizabeth Nucci. "Music at the Mansion" is a series showcasing talented performers from NYC and NJ. The series is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers-Adler and features Deborah Martin on piano. Seating begins at 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 for reservations.

TORONTO: COUNTERMEASURE AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

Countermeasure will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Sunday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm. Countermeasure is the fresh face of a cappella, known for their upbeat sound, sophisticated harmonies, and infectious energy. Featuring 14 of Canada's top young vocal talents, Toronto-based Countermeasure's genre-defying, contemporary sound has earned the group critical and public acclaim. The group's new CD "14 Characters", offers a range of lively pop, jazz, contemporary, and original songs. Selections include music from the Beatles, Carole King, Madonna, Queen, D'Angelo, and more plus three original works, sung in unique arrangements highlighting the breadth and range of the voice. The group has been spotlighted at many international jazz festivals, on Global TV, Rogers TV, Breakfast Television, and shared stages with vocal giants The Swingle Singers, The Real Group, The Four Freshman, The Nylons, Chantal Kreviazuk, Blue Rodeo, Corey Hart, Nikki Yanofsky, Matt Dusk and more. There is a $15 cover.

TORONTO: DON FRANCKS: SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE JAZZ CELLAR

THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) is excited to present legendary vocalist Don Francks as part of a new series taking place Sunday evenings in March at 8:00 pm in the Jazz Cellar, their beautiful 3rd floor lounge. He is joined by Steve Hunter on keys. When Don Francks opens his mouth to sing, he takes his audience on a journey. This celebrated singer and actor is widely regarded as one of the finest and most authentic jazz voices in Canada, having released several recordings including "Jackie Gleason Says: No One in This World is Like Don Francks" (with guitar legend Lenny Breau) , "Lost and Alone" (featuring orchestra arrangements by conductor Patrick Williams) and the original motion-picture soundtrack to Finian's Rainbow; among others. Francks has starred in many CBC television specials with jazz compatriots Jimmy Dale, Guido Basso, pianist Maury Kaye and the late, great Ron Collier. Then, in the sixties he moved to New York City where he performed on The Jackie Gleason Show, sang at The Blue Angel, and recorded a live album at the Village Vanguard. He also made several appearances on the Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett and Merv Griffin shows. Next stop: Hollywood, where he guest-starred in shows like The Wild Wild West, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mannix, and Mission: Impossible. "La Femme Nikita", "The Listener", "My Bloody Valentine" and "I'm Not There". His list of work as a voice-over artist for ads and cartoons is simply too vast to even begin mentioning! At 82 years young, Francks has just released "21st Century Francks," a live recording captured in 2002 at The Top O' the Senator. He will be performing songs from the CD, with many surprises in store along the way. There is a $5 cover.

D.C.: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BLUE'S ALLEY

Master guitarist Kevin Eubanks will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 20th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kevin was first drawn into music listening to the energetic sounds of fusion and progressive rock, then went on to study at Berklee. He has played with icons including McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland and Ron Carter. In his own distinctive early career, Eubanks released many recordings for Elektra, GRP and Blue Note before his current signing with Mack Avenue in 2010. Call for cover/minimum information.

MARYLAND: KYLE EASTWOOD AT BETHESDA BLUES

Bassist Kyle Eastwood will grace the stage of BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) for one night only on Sunday, March 23rd at 7:30 pm. It has been 15 years since Eastwood burst onto the jazz scene with his 1998 debut, From There To Here. At that moment in his budding career, the press seemed more preoccupied with his paternal lineage (he's the son of famed actor-director Clint Eastwood) than his music. Over the course of the four subsequent releases - 2004's Paris Blue, 2005's Now, 2009's Metropolitan and 2011's Songs from the Chateau - Eastwood built up an impressive body of work while earning respect in musician circles. With his sixth release as a leader, The View From Here on the JazzVillage label, he demonstrates a strong command of both electric and upright basses while expanding into more adventurous territory that is informed as much by jazz as it is by world music. Call for cover/minimum information.

PALM SPRINGS: AMY & FREDDY BACK AT COPA

Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen are back in Palm Springs, performing at THE COPA (244 East Amado Road, Palm Springs CA - 760-866-0021) on Saturday & Sunday, March 22nd & 23rd at 8:00 pm. Quite possibly, Amy & Freddy can lay claim to one of the longest running gigs in show biz, as headliners for 13 consecutive years on one of the world's highest profile cruise line companies, RSVP Vacations. Amy Armstrong is the unforgettable sassy, brassy, saucy, plus sized chanteuse who belts, bowdlerizes, boogies, and bares her soul at the microphone. Freddy Allen, Pianist and Music Director, sometimes joins her in song as the patience-of-a-saint, ivory-tickling sidekick. Theirs is a rare talent to captivate, amuse and enchant! Call for cover/minimum information.


LOS ANGELES: CHARLOTTE RUIZ, "MY SHOW, MY WAY!

Charlotte Ruiz presents "My Show, My Way!" at STERLING'S AT THE FEDERAL (5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA - 818-754-8700) on Sunday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm. Charlotte Ruiz is a singer, actress and cabaret artist. She has a B.A. in psychology with a minor in music from Mount St. Mary's College. She has also studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Los Angeles as well as Second City, Hollywood. She is a classically trained dramatic-mezzo. Charlotte has performed a variety of roles spanning from Marcellina, in The Marriage of Figaro to Lady Larkin, in Once Upon a Mattress. There is a $29-$39 cover.


SAN FRANCISCO: BARRY LLOYD LIVE - AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE

Following his sold out engagement in January, Barry Lloyd returns to SOCIETY CABARET AT THE HOTEL REX (562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 - 800-982-2787) with his hit show "Barry Lloyd Live!" on Sunday, March 23rd at 2:00 pm. Experience San Francisco's "Crown Prince of Cabaret" as he treats the audience to his award winning style and music.Call for cover/minimum information.


SAN FRANCISCO: LESLIE JORDAN WITH "SHOW PONY"

After leaving audiences in stitches in January with his hilarious and touching romp, Fruit Fly, Leslie Jordan returns to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) on Sunday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm with his autobiographical one man show "Show Pony" featuring personal stories from his time spent on the sets of "American Horror Story" "The Help" "RuPaul's Drag Race" and more. The celebrated actor and comedian covers paying your dues, life on the road and the never ending quest for longevity in "la-la land." In 2006, Jordan won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for his delicious portrayal of "Beverley Leslie" on the hit series "Will and Grace." Most recently, Jordan has been seen in the hit FX series, "American Horror Story: Coven." Jordan has enjoyed considerable success as a writer. His book "My Trip Down the Pink Carpet" for Simon and Schuster is currently in bookstores. Material from the book formed the basis of a 90-minute one-man show, which had a successful 45 city book signing/performance tour in 2008. A DVD of the show shot during performances in Atlanta is currently available. There is a $35 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

SAN FRANCISCO: KURT ELLING AT YOSHI'S

Vocalist Kurt Elling presents songs from his album '1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project' at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Saturday (8:00 & 10:30 pm) and Sunday (7:00 & 9:00 pm), March 22nd & 23rd. He is joined on stage by Xavier Davis - Piano, Clark Sommers - Bass, Kendrick Scott - Drums, and John McLean - Guitar. With his new album, Kurt Elling - the outstanding male vocalist in jazz today - celebrates a legendary legacy outside the jazz world. 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project honors a locale that has been called "the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world." Even for the ceaselessly inventive GRAMMY-winning singer-lyricist, it's a hugely unexpected step, and one guaranteed to further solidify his reputation for bold innovation and superb craftsmanship. Elling developed his craft in Chicago, and recorded several of his early albums there - including his debut, Close Your Eyes, which catapulted him onto the national stage and earned the first of his many GRAMMY nominations. But in fact, Elling and his family have lived in Manhattan since 2008, and 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project is his response to that experience. Call for cover/minimum information.

CABARET EVENTS IN LONDON FOR THIS DATE



LONDON: MISS HOPE SPRINGS SINGS HER SONGS

Miss Hope Springs continues her hugely successful residency at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) every Sunday night at 8:00 pm. The booking is now in it's 2nd sold out year, with a new show and a new line up. Singing her acclaimed original repertoire at the piano, towering blonde ex Vegas showgirl Hope is joined, as always, by Nigel on throbbing double bass and Sam on chilli hot percussion. By adding new member Andy on sizzling guitar, they have become The Crazy Coqs Quartet. Award-winning singer-songwriter, pianist and funny girl Hope sings some of her most popular "laugh out loud then move you to tears" songs with a few choice brand new numbers ... a new look, new material and a new line up for 2014. You'll hear Hope's personal blend of finger snapping pop, smouldering bossa-novas and wistful waltzes. With fans as diverse as Fenella Fielding, Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters), Jarvis Cocker, Rula Lenksa, Marc Almond and Jonathan Ross, this unique evening of delightfully catchy original songs is the fun and sophisticated way to round off your weekend or kick start your week. Call for cover/minimum information.

LONDON: NICOLE FARADAY AT THE PHEASANTRY

Nicole Faraday will perform at THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017) on Sunday, March 23rd at 8:30 pm. Nicole has successfully forged a career in both prime time television and theatre, with her own regular cabarets to boot. Best known for her portrayal of Snowball Merriman, the glamorous murderess in two series of ITV/CBS 'Bad Girls' and as series regular Dr Heather Lincoln in BBC's 'Casualty', she is currently filming the new recurring character role Veronica for ITV's 'Emmerdale'. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: PATRICIA FITZPATRICK AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Patricia Fitzpatrick travels down from Cape Cod to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday, March 22nd at 5:30 pm with her show "Songs My Mother Wouldn't Let Me Sing". Patricia Fitzpatrick regals her audience with humor in the stories of a young Catholic girl from Long Island and the songs her mother didn't think "were appropriate' for a young lady. Songs by Cole Porter and other naughty lyricists. A highlight is a new song by Bob Levy " Why Can't You Fall in Love With Me?" Musical director is Barry Levitt. Guest Star: Bob Diamond with a cameo by newcomer Atte Kinomen. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

BOSTON: JAN PETERS HOSTS OPEN MIC AT CLUB CAFE

Boston favorite Jan Peters hosts open mic on Saturday, March 22nd from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at THE NAPOLIAN ROOM AT CLUB CAFE (209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA - 617-536-0966) with Tom LaMark on piano. Jan's work draws from an extensive repertoire of popular Broadway and standard songs as well as material from promising new songwriters. In addition to her cabaret work, Jan performs throughout the country accompanied by ensembles ranging from intimate jazz groups to large swing orchestras and appears at many of Boston's best nightclubs and hotels.
Check out the clubs special Restaurant Week Menu available online at http://www.clubcafe.com


FLORIDA: CHRIS BARRETT WITH POST THEATRE CONCERTS

Chris Barrett will be performing at THE WICK THEATRE (7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL - 561-995-2333) on Thursday through Saturday. Chris' show, 'Barrett's Broadway', will commence after the final curtain call of the evening's production, approximately 10:00 pm. At that time, the lobby will have been transformed into an intimate cabaret / piano bar. He will be performing until midnight. Cocktails will be served. The shows are open to the public.

CHICAGO: JOAN CURTO IN ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

Joan Curto returns to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Thursday through Saturday, March 20th through 22nd at 8:00 pm in a new show, Once More with Feeling, revisiting, revising and (hopefully) remembering songs she has performed in One-night-only shows (and there have been many). Joan will also introduce a few new songs as well as a few favorites from her 15+ year career in Chicago Cabaret. She is joined by Beckie Menzie and Jim Cox. Call for cover/minimum information.


SEATTLE: PACIFIC NORTHWEST CABARET ASSOCIATION 7th ANNUAL MARCH IS CABARET MONTH CELEBRATION

Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association is proud to present the 7th annual "March is Cabaret Month" celebration with performances by members over four Saturdays in March at EGAN'S IN BALLARD JAMHOUSE (1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA - 206-789-1621) with shows at 7:00 & 9:00 pm. PNWCA is composed of various performers dedicated to the American Style cabaret form whose goal is to promote PNW cabaret performers and venues by cultivating and expanding a cabaret audience. The American style cabaret form distinguishes itself from other cabaret forms by its minimalistic style of delivery; it's primary, but not exclusive, focus on the American songbook; and the breaking of the "fourth wall' thus giving its audience a more intimate musical experience. Performing on March 22nd at 7:00 pm: Judy Ann Moulton with musical director Jon Miller: and at 9:00 pm: Terry Gallagher.
Tickets & reservations at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/

CABARET EVENTS FOR NEW YORK CITY FOR THIS DATE
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NYC: SINGER/ SONGWRITER CHRISTIE BELANGER AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Singer/ songwriter Christie Belanger performs at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm. Christie has been writing and playing music for several years and has developed into a powerful singer and lyricist. Born and raised in New York City, she taught herself how to play guitar from the young age of thirteen and has been writing narratives of her life and other's ever since. During the summer of 2010 she recorded her first full-length album, Bare, and has recently released her first EP After, which is a testament to her genuine talent and power as a performer. Christie's music displays her emotion-filled and passionate voice in the most intimate way that allows the listener to fully connect to on a much deeper level. Her songs are subtle stories of her life that act as a form of escape and salvation for herself and her audience. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: LE SCANDAL CABARET CONTINUES AT THE BEECHMAN

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

NYC: CANDY ON THE KEYS AT THE DUPLEX

Songwriting sensation, drag phenomenon, Candy Samples is back at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) with a monthly show which started on Saturday, February 15th at 7:00 pm. The series will feature Jesse Sklar on guitar and special guests. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BITCH TROUBLE: STORIES ABOUT FRIENDS

Alice Johnson Boher brings her show 'Bitch Trouble: Stories About Friends' to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Saturday, March 22nd at 9:30 pm. The show is an evening of giddy stories about the buck-wild highs and co-dependent lows of female friendship, written and performed by Alice Johnson Boher and directed by Rod Menzies. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: "SORDID LIVES" BY DEL SHORES

3A Productions presents: "Sordid Lives" by Del Shores (*licensed by Samuel French, Inc.) at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Saturday, March 22nd at 4:00 pm and Sunday, March 23rd at 4:30 pm. The show is directed by Andrew Loren Resto. Del Shores' rollicking comedy of trailers, sinners, tuna fish casserole with Lays potato chips, fatal accidents in motel rooms while committing adultery, conversion therapy, and Jane Hathaway and the "precious precious memory" of Tammy Wynette. The 90 minute show features a 14 member cast: (in order of appearance), Mary Lou Barber*, Marc McBarron Kessler, Barbara Mundy*, Ronni Valentine*, JC Sullivan,Kathryne Langford, Lisa Faith Phillips, David Purves*, Bruce-Michael Gelbert, John Van Ness Philip* Tina Kobas, J. Michael Reeds*, Daniel M. McHenry and JC Sullivan. (*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association). There is an $18 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: SPEAKEASY MODERNE: CABARET! 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW

The Triad Theatre in association with Hank Stampfl present Speakeasy Moderne: Cabaret! 1 Year Anniversary Show at STAGE 72 (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Saturday, March 22nd at 9:30 pm. Guests get swept up in a world where singers enchant, flappers flirt and dancers dazzle hosted by charming and charismatic "Official Hank" Stampfl featuring vocalists Dina Fanai (Trans Siberian Orchestra) and world burlesque star Puss N Boots. The night begins as you step into a glamorous 30s speakeasy vibe with live jazz, sipping old New York cocktails, and finding your seat for the show! Speakeasy Moderne's Cabaret will leave you singing along to today's top pop songs in a cabaret setting designed by Kimberly Schafer. At this cabaret party expect to witness breathtaking burlesque and even surprise vintage acts. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: CHRISTIANE NOLL RETURNS FOR ONE SPECIAL NIGHT

Broadway's own Christiane Noll returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for a special one night only engagement of her acclaimed performance "Gifts", an evening of song inspired by the memories of growing up in a musical family and the growth and influence it had on a child's journey into adulthood. Broadway audiences have embraced her since her debut, originating the role of Emma Carew in Original cast of Jekyll & Hyde. Since then, Christiane Noll has wowed The Great White Way in her Tony Nominated performance in the 2011 revival of Ragtime. Other Broadway appearances include It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, and most recently, Chaplin. With a varied career spanning Broadway, opera, operetta, and jazz, Christiane has appeared with some of the most esteemed symphonies throughout the world. Look for songs spanning from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Gilbert & Sullivan, Kander & Ebb, Puccini to Sondheim and Frank Wildhorn. There is a $35-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: 3 WISHES FOR SONDHEIMAS AT 54 BELOW

Three Wishes for Sondheimas will be presented at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturday, March 22nd at 11:00 pm. Falling on March 22nd, Sondheimas commemorates the Stephen Sondheim's birth much in the manner of another perennially single Jewish boy whose world view was, let's just say, a lot less wry. Direct from the (electronic) pages of Rachel Shukert's Kindle single "Let Me Be Your Star," and the (electronic) pages of the "F*ck Yeah Stephen Sondheim" Tumblr, comes the world's first celebration of this holiday for the ages. One part concert, one part hilarious worship service - our Sondheimas celebration will feature the premiere of Shukert's pageant retelling the Birth of Steve as you've never seen it before, a homily by award-winning author/Broadway dancer Tim Federle (author of Better Nate Than Ever, dancer in Gypsy) and Sondheim songs familiar and rare, performed by Broadway talent including Molly Pope, Leah Horowitz (Follies), Terry Burrell (Dreamgirls, Into the Woods), Tamra Hayden (Cabaret), Justin Barnette (Hairspray, Fiorello! at Encores!) and the Sondheimas Tabernacle Choir. Make like the (Franklin) Shepards and Wise Guys, and follow the greatest star Broadway has ever known to 54 Below in honor of this great day. And if you're lucky, you might even get called on stage to help decorate the holiday beanstalk or sit in the festively decorated barber's chair and tell Sweeney Todd about your Sondheimas wishes. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BARBARA CARROLL SATURDAYS AT BIRDLAND

NYC Cabaret/Jazz icon Barbara Carroll performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Saturdays, February 8th, 15th & 22nd at 6:00 pm. She is joined by her long-time bassist Jay Leonhart. Barbara Carroll's still evolving career as a jazz pianist began when she played her first New York engagement opposite Dizzy Gillespie's big band at the Downbeat Club in 1947. A thrilling if a trifle unsettling debut for a young female pianist from Worcester, Massachusetts who began playing the piano at five and who's family was wise enough to give her lessons that provided her with a basic knowledge of classical technique. In 1978, she was booked into the Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle hotel for a two week engagement - and stayed for twenty five years. It was at the Carlyle that she began to feature her singing as an integral part of her performances. Following her 25 years at the Carlyle, she is well into another long run in the famous Oak Room at New York's Algonquin Hotel, making a significant and successful effort to incorporate jazz playing into a cabaret venue. Other recent engagements have included concerts at Philharmonic Hall in Naples, Florida, the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, concerts at the Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well as twelve sold out performances at Dizzy's Club, at Jazz at Lincoln Center. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: "NOW THIS" WITH GARY PEACOCK, MARC COPLAND & JOEY BARON

"Now This" with Gary Peacock, Marc Copland and Joey Baron, will be presented at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday,March 18th through 22nd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Over the span of five decades, Gary Peacock has established himself as one of the most versatile and talented bass players in jazz. One of his earliest influences was avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler, with whom Peacock performed and recorded in the 1960s. His music has also been greatly affected by his studies of Eastern music and philosophy. Since the 1980s, Peacock has been adding contemporary twists to old standards with pianist Keith Jarrett's trio including drummer Jack DeJohnette. Peacock's current group is a leaderless, cooperative and exploratory trio. "Pianist Marc Copland was early considered an heir to Bill Evans but has gone on to redefine jazz to the cutting edge. Rounding out the trio, drummer Joey Baron combines technical acuity with a deep sense of groove. Best known for his work with Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, John Zorn and guitarists John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Jim Hall, Joey has also performed with musicians outside of jazz including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Laurie Anderson and Al Jarreau. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: OFFICIAL U.S. PREMIERE - VOLCAN AT THER BLUE NOTE

Volcan, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jose Armando Gola, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 18th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Volcan is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums between them as leaders and sidemen, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight. With eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has undoubtedly proven himself as established force in the modern jazz world. In whatever idiom he works, Rubalcaba's future musical creations will be melodious, rhythmic and exciting. Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally, having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years. Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez is a gifted musician who represents a new generation of great players following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Ignacio Berroa and others. Hernandez plays on the cutting edge of today's music with technical prowess and versatility. His drumming also reflects a proud musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition. Giovanni Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales. Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of Jos• Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: NEWISH JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL: ORAN ETKIN: REIMAGINING BENNY GOODMAN

Praised as a great clarinetist and all-around improviser by the New York Times, Israeli-American clarinetist Oran Etkin makes his Dizzy's debut for the Newish Jewish Music Festival on Saturday, March 22nd with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) with his show Reimagining Benny Goodman. He is joined by Matt Wilson, drums and James Weidman, piano. Like the legendary Benny Goodman, Etkin grew up in a Jewish immigrant home and was influenced from an early age by Louis Armstrong and the musical freedom he embodied. This led Etkin to feel a deep connection with Goodman, whose groundbreaking work in redefining the role of the clarinet and challenging the status quo inspired a generation of musicians. This show celebrates the daring and playful spirit of Benny Goodman, not by recreating his music, but by getting at the essence of who he was and the spirit that he brought to the music. Part of the first-ever Newish Jewish Music Festival, a city-wide festival celebrating contemporary Jewish and Israeli culture and music. There is a $45 cover.

BOSTON: BILL CHARLAP TRIO AT THE REGATTABAR

One of the world's premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap will perform at THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd with shows at 7:30 & 10:00 pm with David Wong on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of "My Coloring Book." Charlap is the artistic director of New York City's Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y. He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin's music at the Hollywood Bowl. There is a $25 cover.


NYC: SPYRO GYRA AT SCULLERS

Spyro Gyra will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. During its career, the band has performed over five thousand shows, released 29 albums (not counting "Best Of" compilations), and sold over 10 million albums, while also achieving one Platinum and two Gold releases. As the band celebrates 35 years since its first release and looks forward to celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, it slows little sign of slowing down, gaining Grammy nominations for each of its last four albums. The first few years saw the group's identity split into a dynamic live act and a producer-centric recording process, borne out of the rotating cast of characters springing from the band's jazz jam beginnings. The group's early albums were the product of the core band and a great number of the top session players in New York. In 1983, Beckenstein made the decision to make the albums the work of the band members he shared the stage with night after night, only supplementing with occasional guests. Although the band underwent several personnel changes in the '80s, these shifts slowed down about 20 years ago. Julio Fernandez became the group's guitarist in 1984, Scott Ambush assumed the bass chair in 1991, and Bonny Bonaparte took over the drums in 2006, making him the "new guy" at just over five years with the band. After stretches releasing albums on the MCA, Amherst, GRP, and Heads Up International imprints, Spyro Gyra returned to Amherst for its latest release, 2011's A Foreign Affair. Dinner/Show: $80 Show only: $40.

TORONTO: AMY MCCONNELL & WILLIAM SPERANDEI AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

Amy McConnell and William Sperandei will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, March 20th through 22nd at 9:00 p. The pair received a 2014 JUNO Award nomination in the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year category for their debut album"Stealing Genuis". Last year was a big year for McConnell and Sperandei. The pair reached the top of the Jazz charts across Canada, as well as received rave reviews in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and The Whole Note (to name a few). To top it off, some even predicted this nomination! Amy McConnell has been performing from the age of nine months when she appeared in her first television commercial. "Stealing Genius" is her first album. Despite her anglophone name, Amy comes from a francophone background, is fluently bilingual and frequently performs in French. Known for her beautiful voice, impeccable intonation and emotional approach, Amy's style encompasses jazz, pop and musical theatre. William Sperandei (trumpeter, pianist) is a Toronto musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His love of the trumpet began in grade school where he studied privately with Bram Smith. He continued his education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, on a full scholarship and for two and a half years studied classical music and played in diverse ensembles including orchestra, wind ensemble, brass trio, and jazz ensemble, as well as leading his own jazz quintet. It was during a 1992 European tour that Sperandei undertook a stint teaching jazz improvisation at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. As a player, William has appeared on over 100 recordings in the classical, jazz, pop, electronic and film genres and has also arranged music for dozens of artists. William recently performed as the trumpet of Louis Armstrong in the live film score for the biopic "Louis" written by Wynton Marsalis. There is a $15 cover.


TORONTO: YOUNG ARTIST SERIES: VICTOR XU

Jazz pianist Victor Xu will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd at 6:00 pm as part of the club's Young Artist Jazz Series. Born in 1992, Victor Xu began playing piano at a young age and had successfully achieved placements in competitions with the Royal Conservatory of Music throughout his classical studies. His interest in jazz soon emerged, and soonafter he began studying at York University. Utilizing a combination of contemporary melody and traditional left hand harmony within improvisation, Victor often strives for a balance of melodic proficiency and a consideration for leaving space. Currently Victor plays with various bands in Toronto, including Sly Why, The Harrison Vetro Quartet, and Pagoda. There is no cover charge.


D.C.: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BLUE'S ALLEY

Master guitarist Kevin Eubanks will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 20th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kevin was first drawn into music listening to the energetic sounds of fusion and progressive rock, then went on to study at Berklee. He has played with icons including McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland and Ron Carter. In his own distinctive early career, Eubanks released many recordings for Elektra, GRP and Blue Note before his current signing with Mack Avenue in 2010. Call for cover/minimum information.

D.C.: CRAIG HANDY & 2ND LINE SMITH AT BOHEMIAN CAVERN

Craig Handy will perform at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd at 8:30 & 10:30 pm. Handy's distinctive sound and authentic instrumental prowess were redoubtable traits immediately noticed by artists of stature, especially those committed to nurturing new talent on the bandstand and road. Handy moved to New York in 1986 and began several associations with formidable artists including master drummers Art Blakey and Roy Haynes, South African melodist Abdullah Ibrahim, and the Mingus Dynasty Band. In 1995, he continued playing with the new critically acclaimed band "Chartbusters", featuring alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Idris Muhammad (a harbinger of things to come this fall, if not the past five years) and recorded two releases on the NYC and Prestige labels. Handy toured with Herbie Hancock throughout 1996 to mid-1999, and he led two more recording projects on the Sirroco label - 1999's Reflections in Change and 2000's Flow. By this time he had amassed performing and recording credits with Cedar Walton, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, George Adams, Freddie Hubbard, and Wynton Marsalis. Handy returns as an original bandleader and party-starter for his new touring and recording project on the venerated OKeh label, a division of Sony Masterworks. Titled Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, Handy draws from his fondness for the music of New Orleans, smack attached to the groove-filled re-imaginings of originals and standards by the late, great organist Jimmy Smith. There is a $20 cover.


MARYLAND: BOBBY CALDWELL IS "PERFECTLY FRANK"

Bobby Caldwell is "Perfectly Frank" will be presented at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) on Saturday, March 22nd at 7:30 pm. Tracing a twenty-eight year history from acclaimed soul stylist to in-demand pop and R&B songwriter, Bobby Caldwell is truly one of the most revered vocalists and songwriters in contemporary music. With a fan base that dates from his first hits "What You Won't Do For Love," "Next Time I Fall," and "Heart Of Mine," Bobby appeals to a large and diverse crowd. R&B fans of his earlier "blue-eyed soul" chart toppers, youngsters who listen to urban contemporary, older fans of the classic "standards", and the POPS symphony audiences agree that whatever Bobby Caldwell sings, will be thoroughly heart-rendering, brimming with swaggering confidence, and sensuality. His superb vocal mastery and his stage presence makes for great entertainment. Call for cover/minimum information.

FLORIDA: TOM WOPAT AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Returning for the first time since 2007, Tom Wopat will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Tom Wopat first came to public attention in the late 1970s as the freewheeling Luke Duke on the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. In 1977, he made his Broadway debut in Cy Coleman's I Love My Wife. Wopat went on to perform in the Tony Award•winning City of Angels and Guys and Dolls. He received a Tony nomination for creating the role of Frank Butler in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, opposite Bernadette Peters. In 2008, Wopat returned to Broadway as Tom Hurley in A Catered Affair with Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein. 2011 saw him again on Broadway starring as Frank Abagnale Sr. in the new adaptation of Catch Me If You Can. His TV credits include a leading role in Cybill, a recurring role on Home Improvement, the critically acclaimed NBC movie Just My Imagination, and most recently HBO's Taking Chance alongside Kevin Bacon. Wopat has also become a successful recording artist with many albums to his credit, including A Little Bit Closer, Don't Look Back, Learning to Love, and The Still of the Night. In 2005, he released Dissertation on the State of Bliss, featuring the music of Harold Arlen, and his most recent offering, Consider it Swung. COVER: Tuesday through Thursday: $125 for prix fixe dinner & show; $70 for show only; Friday & Saturday: $135 for prix fixe dinner & show; $80 for show only.


ST. LOUIS: TIM SCHALL IN "1961" AT THE GASLIGHT CABARET FESTIVAL

The Gaslight Cabaret Festival takes place at THE GASLIGHT THEATER (358 North Boyle Street, Louis MO - 314-725-4200 EXT 10) from February 20th through April 26th - Nine long weekends, twelve artists, twenty-two performances! Tim Schall presents "1961" on Saturday, March 22nd at 8:00 pm. He is joined by Carol Schmidt, Music Director; Ben Wheeler, Bass; Ari Axelrod, Percussion and directed by Lara Teeter. In 1961 the Beatles debuted at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Bob Dylan entered the Greenwich Village folk scene, 19 year old Carole King wrote her first #1 hit, Moon River won the Oscar for Best Song and in February of that year Tim Schall was born! Join Tim as he celebrates his birthday in a show dedicated to the music of his natal year. Tickets are $25.


PALM SPRINGS: AMY & FREDDY BACK AT COPA

Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen are back in Palm Springs, performing at THE COPA (244 East Amado Road, Palm Springs CA - 760-866-0021) on Saturday & Sunday, March 22nd & 23rd at 8:00 pm. Quite possibly, Amy & Freddy can lay claim to one of the longest running gigs in show biz, as headliners for 13 consecutive years on one of the world's highest profile cruise line companies, RSVP Vacations. Amy Armstrong is the unforgettable sassy, brassy, saucy, plus sized chanteuse who belts, bowdlerizes, boogies, and bares her soul at the microphone. Freddy Allen, Pianist and Music Director, sometimes joins her in song as the patience-of-a-saint, ivory-tickling sidekick. Theirs is a rare talent to captivate, amuse and enchant! Call for cover/minimum information.


LOS ANGELES: DOLORES PETERSEN AT THE GARDENIA

Dolores Peterson, a tireless promoter of Los Angeles jazz and live performance, will perform at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd at 9:00 pm. An avid fan who selflessly champions the musical ambitions of others, and who for years hosted shows at the Hollywood Studio Bar and Grill, possesses a fine vocal instrument, which she shares in her show, augmented by talented friends she has gathered over the years. Call for cover/minimum information.

SAN FRANCISCO: VONDA SHEPARD AT FEINSTEIN'S

World-renowned artist, Vonda Shepard will perform at FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) on Friday, March 21st at 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm. Making her Feinstein's debut, Shepard, on the acoustic piano, will be accompanied by her all-star players - James Ralston on guitar (Tina Turner for 22 years) and Jim Hanson on bass (Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen). Featuring intimate versions of Vonda's songs - as well as some of their favorite covers, including The Sweet Inspirations' "Sweet Inspiration" - this show is promises to get audiences on their feet. There is a $40-$55 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

SAN FRANCISCO: "YES TO YOU - A TRIBUTE TO ALICE FAYE"

Nicole Dillenberg celebrates the life and work of the 20th Century Fox movie palace sweetheart Alice Faye in her show "Yes to You - A Tribute to Alice Faye" at SOCIETY CABARET AT THE HOTEL REX (562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 - 800-982-2787) on Saturday, March 22nd at 8:00 pm. Discovered by Rudee Vallee while still a chorus girl in "George White's Scandals", Alice Faye sang glorious tunes penned by the likes of Harry Warren, Mack Gordon and Harry Revel and she made famous the WWII American Songbook standard, "You'll Never Know". Miss Faye went on to become one of 20th Century Fox's biggest stars during the 1930s and 40s - co-starring with the likes to Tyrone Power, John Payne, Jake Haley and Shirley Temple in hit films such as "Hello Frisco, Hello", "The Rose of Hamilton Square" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band". "Yes To You" was a song sung by 19-year old Alice in the film "365 Hollywood Nights", and is included in the Jim Carey film, "Yes Man". In the cabaret tribute, "Yes To You", Ms. Dillenberg will share stories about Alice Faye's illustrious career and personal life, including her marriage to Phil Harris. Call for cover/minimum information.


SAN FRANCISCO: KURT ELLING AT YOSHI'S

Vocalist Kurt Elling presents songs from his album '1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project' at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Saturday (8:00 & 10:30 pm) and Sunday (7:00 & 9:00 pm), March 22nd & 23rd. He is joined on stage by Xavier Davis - Piano, Clark Sommers - Bass, Kendrick Scott - Drums, and John McLean - Guitar. With his new album, Kurt Elling - the outstanding male vocalist in jazz today - celebrates a legendary legacy outside the jazz world. 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project honors a locale that has been called "the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world." Even for the ceaselessly inventive GRAMMY-winning singer-lyricist, it's a hugely unexpected step, and one guaranteed to further solidify his reputation for bold innovation and superb craftsmanship. Elling developed his craft in Chicago, and recorded several of his early albums there - including his debut, Close Your Eyes, which catapulted him onto the national stage and earned the first of his many GRAMMY nominations. But in fact, Elling and his family have lived in Manhattan since 2008, and 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project is his response to that experience. Call for cover/minimum information.


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LONDON: MARLENE VERPLANCK AT THE CRAZY COQS

Marlene VerPlanck will perform at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Throughout her career, Marlene VerPlanck has stuck to her guns; paying loving care to the great American standards and new songs from America's finest composers, while ignoring mediocre pop tunes. For her Crazy Coqs debut, Marlene will feature songs from her latest CD BALLADS ... MOSTLY, which has made four 2013 best ten lists in the US, and includes the songs of Harry Warren (I Only Have Eyes for You) and Cy Coleman (Witchcraft). Marlene VerPlanck began her career as a studio musician in New York City, singing hundreds of commercials and backup to everyone from Sinatra to Kiss. She has recorded twenty-two albums that were produced and arranged by her late husband, J. Billy VerPlanck, with some of the world's most important instrumentalists, and has appeared in most of the New York concert venues. Accompanying will be John Pearce on piano and Paul Morgan on bass. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: PATRICIA FITZPATRICK AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Patricia Fitzpatrick travels down from Cape Cod to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Friday, March 21st at 9:30 pm and Saturday, March 22nd at 5:30 pm with her show "Songs My Mother Wouldn't Let Me Sing". Patricia Fitzpatrick regals her audience with humor in the stories of a young Catholic girl from Long Island and the songs her mother didn't think "were appropriate' for a young lady. Songs by Cole Porter and other naughty lyricists. A highlight is a new song by Bob Levy " Why Can't You Fall in Love With Me?" Musical director is Barry Levitt. Guest Star: Bob Diamond with a cameo by newcomer Atte Kinomen. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

FLORIDA: CHRIS BARRETT WITH POST THEATRE CONCERTS

Chris Barrett will be performing at THE WICK THEATRE (7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL - 561-995-2333) on Thursday through Saturday. Chris' show, 'Barrett's Broadway', will commence after the final curtain call of the evening's production, approximately 10:00 pm. At that time, the lobby will have been transformed into an intimate cabaret / piano bar. He will be performing until midnight. Cocktails will be served. The shows are open to the public.

CHICAGO: JOAN CURTO IN ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

Joan Curto returns to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Thursday through Saturday, March 20th through 22nd at 8:00 pm in a new show, Once More with Feeling, revisiting, revising and (hopefully) remembering songs she has performed in One-night-only shows (and there have been many). Joan will also introduce a few new songs as well as a few favorites from her 15+ year career in Chicago Cabaret. She is joined by Beckie Menzie and Jim Cox. Call for cover/minimum information.


CABARET EVENTS FOR NEW YORK CITY FOR THIS DATE
Please note: cover/minimum information is taken from venue listings - some venues may charge an additional fee for attendees without an advance reservation - reservations are normally cancelled by the venue if holders have not arrived by showtime.


NYC: HOW TO SURVIVE A BENEFIT WITH LEE RAINES

Lee Raines will headline HOW TO SURVIVE A BENEFIT, the show to benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Friday, March 21st at 7:00 pm. HOW TO SURVIVE A BENEFIT is fifth in a series of zany, unconventional cabaret performances benefitting BC/EFA. The show also celebrates Lee's 25 years of living, loving, laughing and lounging successfully in the face of AIDS. The show will feature performances by Broadway luminaries and broken down chorus boys in a madcap jamboree. Highlights include "I Can't Do It Alone" from Chicago, selections from "My Heart Event," and an over-staged, over-produced, and over-the-top version of Cher's "Dark Lady," arguably the world's most perfect pop song. Guest performers include Gary Alaimo, Tim Pinckney, Mason Roberts, John Salvatore, Tom Titone, Jeffrey Griglak and Kevin Winkler. As with all live entertainment events, cast subject to change without notice. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: DISTORTED DIZNEE / BROADWAY / HOLLYWOOD

Dallas DuBois and her merry band of drag stars put a bawdy twist on some of your favorite pop culture icons in a series of cult hit pop culture revues whicj run on alternate Fridays at 10:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). The group presents the Magic Kindom themed DISTORTED DIZNEE, the Great White Way tribute DISTORTED BROADWAY and the new Silver Screen inspired DISTORTED HOLLYWOOD. This trio of Las Vegas-style drag extravaganzas feature drag stars Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Brenda Dharling, Dallas DuBois and more. For the holidays, they will present DISTORTED KRISTMESS, all of your holiday favorites are run past a dirty funhouse mirror. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Tickets available at 212-352-3101 or https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/495

NYC: THEY'D ONLY JUST BEGUN ... A CARPENTERS TALE

Natasha Castillo returns to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Friday, March 21st at 7:00 pm with her show They'd Only Just Begun ... A Carpenters Tale. The voice of the Carpenters is unique, once you've heard it, you'll never forget the sound. Their songs tell wonderful stories. Now Natasha reveals the story of the group behind the songs. Join Natasha Castillo for a special evening of music we all love, discover new songs you may not have heard before and hear stories of this amazing legacy! Directed by Lennie Watts with Musical Direction by Steven Ray Watkins. With Dan Fabricatore on bass and Tim Lykins on drums. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MOTHER WANTED ME TO COME OUT IN A KIMONO

Steven Carl McCasland appears at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Friday, March 21st at 9:30 pm with his show 'Mother Wanted Me To Come Out In A Kimono'. Growing up obsessed with the theatre can be a blessing and a curse. Join Steven Carl McCasland on a one-night-only romp through his years as an adolescent show queen. Steven is joined by Jimmy Horan at the piano. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MARIA GUIDA SWINGS THE STANDARDS

Maria Guida Swings the Standards will be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, March 21st at 7:00 pm. A very appealing singer with a warm voice and the ability to express the hidden beauty found in superior lyrics, Maria Guida recently recorded her debut CD, Soul Eyes. Throughout this impressive and highly enjoyable set, the beauty of Maria's voice is equaled by her understanding of the words and the creative spirit of her musicians. In fact, there was such an immediate communication between all of the participants that Soul Eyes was recorded in its entirety in one day. While most of the standards on Soul Eyes are familiar, these versions are unique. Maria Guida grew up on Long Island. As a child, she heard her parents' opera, pop, and musical theater records and her mother singing American popular songs around the house. Growing up, Maria played violin for eleven years with a string quartet and all-state orchestra and sang solos in a chorus. The turning point of her professional life occurred when she saw pianist Bill Evans play live. Very important in Maria's career were the lessons that she received from singers Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, and Janet Lawson. Over the years, Maria has sung in many clubs with such top musicians as pianists Bruce Barth, Kenny Werner, and Pete Malinverni; bassists Essiet Essiet, Cameron Brown and Ed Schuller; drummers Ron Vincent and Tom Rainey - as well as the musicians featured on Soul Eyes. She has also performed on stage with acclaimed singers, including Linda Ronstadt and Maureen McGovern. Therer is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: THE JOSE SANTIAGO EXPERIENCE

New York City native singer/songwriter Jose Santiago presents The Jose Santiago Experience at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, March 21st at 11:00 pm. Santiago has been on the underground music scene since 2004 and has worked hard every step of the way. His creative mind never rests and he is constantly interrupting daily tasks and conversations to jot down any catchy hooks or meaningful perspectives that come to mind. He has toured with bands such as LMFAO and Jamie Drastik and has appeared in several showcases across the nation; one of them being ATL's own "Make It or Break It Tour" from which he came home victorious. A producer, songwriter, and performer, Jose does it all. He's written with Jamie Drastik, Stella Santana, ATM, Flo-Rida, Tony Sunshine, Prince Fev, and the late Heavy D. When he's not writing for other artists, he's constantly creating his own sounds like crowd favorites "Spotlight" and "Borrow That Body," both of which can be found on YouTube. Most recently, his newest single, "Let It Go," a pop record with a funk feel, is on it's way to becoming a club anthem. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JAMES JACKSON, JR. "BLACK TO THE GARDEN"

James Jackson, Jr. brings his show "Black To The Garden" to CUTTING ROOM (44 East 32nd Street, NYC - 212-691-1900) on Friday, March 21st at 8:00 pm. This acclaimed vocalist and story-teller sings the tale of what built the stage persona who has performed in some of the coolest venues in New York City and beyond. It's not your ordinary night of soul. In his new inter-active solo show, James takes a walk down Memory Lane to musically show why the darker side of Broadway just wasn't for him. With a band lead by the multi-talented Elliot Roth, James has a night of musical truth-telling planned that will definitely bring you all the way Black To The Garden. There is a $20 cover.

NYC: KATIE GOODMAN AT STAGE 72

Comedian and on-line celebrity Katie Goodman will perform at STAGE 72 (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Friday, March 21st at 7:00 pm. Katie captivates her audience with her unique style of raw humor and gutsy original musical satire. An internationally touring musical comedian, Goodman is known for providing an audience with an act that is political, personal, and wildly entertaining. Katie holds nothing back on stage. Her charming-yet-challenging style and material appeal to both men and women and you can take a sneak peak at her hijinx on YouTube, particularly with the hit, "I Didn't F*ck It Up," which is sweeping the nation. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: KT SULLIVAN & MARK NADLER AT 54 BELOW

Following their smash, sold out show in January, KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler make their triumphant return to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday, March 21st at 8:00 pm. KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler, two of cabaret's most lauded artists, invite one and all to A Swell Party - RSVP Cole Porter, celebrating the timeless words and music of the supreme musical sophisticate of the 20th century whose witty, naughty and romantic songs continue to enthrall audiences today as they did in the Jazz Age. Among the selections are It's De-lovely, I've Got You Under My Skin, Let's Do It, In The Still of the Night, Night and Day & Begin the Beguine. There is a $50-$60 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS THE SONGS OF GABY ALTER

The Songs Of Gaby Alter will be presented at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday, March 21st at 11:0 pm. Featuring performances from Alex Brightman (Wicked, Big Fish), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Bloodsong of Love, The Disappearing Man), Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) additionally Lauren Blackman, Alex Brightman, Haven Burton, Amber Gray, Jason Sweet Tooth Williams, Todd Almond, Molly Ranson, and Katie Thompson. Gaby Alter makes his 54 Below debut fresh from the Second Stage production of his musical Nobody Loves You, where it was both a New York Times and Time Out NY Critics' Pick, and was dubbed "The Best Musicval of 2012" by The Wall Street Journal. A songsmith with a pop/folk sensibility and a penchant for dramatic storytelling, Gaby will be premiering a collection of new songs, along with numbers from Nobody Loves You, with a group of favorite Broadway and off-Broadway actors. His music will make you laugh, giggle, possibly want to cry (or at least get kind of misty-eyed), and remain stuck in your head for several months after. Gaby is a Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and winner of both the San Diego and San Francisco Theater Critics' Circle Awards, the NYC Fringe Songwriting Award and an ASCAP Plus Award. His musicals include Band Geeks (Goodspeed Musicals, Human Race Theater), 29 (NYU/Steinhardt), and contributions to the revue Stars of David (Daryl Roth Productions), alongside such writers as Jeanine Tesori, Alan & Marilyn Bergman and Maltby & Shire. He and collaborator Itamar Moses wrote the song "The Frigate That Flies" for the upcoming Disney film Tinkerbell and The Pirate Fairy starring Christina Hendricks. There is a $25 cover plus a $25 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: "NOW THIS" WITH GARY PEACOCK, MARC COPLAND & JOEY BARON

"Now This" with Gary Peacock, Marc Copland and Joey Baron, will be presented at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday,March 18th through 22nd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Over the span of five decades, Gary Peacock has established himself as one of the most versatile and talented bass players in jazz. One of his earliest influences was avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler, with whom Peacock performed and recorded in the 1960s. His music has also been greatly affected by his studies of Eastern music and philosophy. Since the 1980s, Peacock has been adding contemporary twists to old standards with pianist Keith Jarrett's trio including drummer Jack DeJohnette. Peacock's current group is a leaderless, cooperative and exploratory trio. "Pianist Marc Copland was early considered an heir to Bill Evans but has gone on to redefine jazz to the cutting edge. Rounding out the trio, drummer Joey Baron combines technical acuity with a deep sense of groove. Best known for his work with Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, John Zorn and guitarists John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Jim Hall, Joey has also performed with musicians outside of jazz including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Laurie Anderson and Al Jarreau. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: OFFICIAL U.S. PREMIERE - VOLCAN AT THER BLUE NOTE

Volcan, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jose Armando Gola, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 18th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Volcan is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums between them as leaders and sidemen, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight. With eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has undoubtedly proven himself as established force in the modern jazz world. In whatever idiom he works, Rubalcaba's future musical creations will be melodious, rhythmic and exciting. Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally, having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years. Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez is a gifted musician who represents a new generation of great players following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Ignacio Berroa and others. Hernandez plays on the cutting edge of today's music with technical prowess and versatility. His drumming also reflects a proud musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition. Giovanni Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales. Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of Jos• Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: NEWISH JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL: ANAT FORT'S EXPANSION

For her Dizzy's debut, Tel Aviv-based jazz pianist Anat Fort will present a program that combines original music with jazz arrangements of the music of Israeli rock star Shalom Hanoch at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595 - )on Friday, March 21st with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. She is joined by Gary Wang, bass; Ben Perowsky, drums; and special guest Chris Cheek, saxophone. Fort has chosen to focus on the Israeli angle as it relates to her personal exploration of the contemporary Jewish experience. An esteemed improviser and the winner of multiple composition grants, Fort has a distinct and evolving take on jazz that we can't wait to share with our audiences. The show is part of the first-ever Newish Jewish Music Festival, a city-wide festival celebrating contemporary Jewish and Israeli culture and music. There is a $40 cover.

BOSTON: BILL CHARLAP TRIO AT THE REGATTABAR

One of the world's premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap will perform at THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757 - ) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd with shows at 7:30 & 10:00 pm with David Wong on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of "My Coloring Book." Charlap is the artistic director of New York City's Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y. He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin's music at the Hollywood Bowl. There is a $25 cover.


NYC: SPYRO GYRA AT SCULLERS

Spyro Gyra will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111 - ) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. During its career, the band has performed over five thousand shows, released 29 albums (not counting "Best Of" compilations), and sold over 10 million albums, while also achieving one Platinum and two Gold releases. As the band celebrates 35 years since its first release and looks forward to celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, it slows little sign of slowing down, gaining Grammy nominations for each of its last four albums. The first few years saw the group's identity split into a dynamic live act and a producer-centric recording process, borne out of the rotating cast of characters springing from the band's jazz jam beginnings. The group's early albums were the product of the core band and a great number of the top session players in New York. In 1983, Beckenstein made the decision to make the albums the work of the band members he shared the stage with night after night, only supplementing with occasional guests. Although the band underwent several personnel changes in the '80s, these shifts slowed down about 20 years ago. Julio Fernandez became the group's guitarist in 1984, Scott Ambush assumed the bass chair in 1991, and Bonny Bonaparte took over the drums in 2006, making him the "new guy" at just over five years with the band. After stretches releasing albums on the MCA, Amherst, GRP, and Heads Up International imprints, Spyro Gyra returned to Amherst for its latest release, 2011's A Foreign Affair. Dinner/Show: $80 Show only: $40.

TORONTO: AMY MCCONNELL & WILLIAM SPERANDEI AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

Amy McConnell and William Sperandei will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, March 20th through 22nd at 9:00 p. The pair received a 2014 JUNO Award nomination in the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year category for their debut album"Stealing Genuis". Last year was a big year for McConnell and Sperandei. The pair reached the top of the Jazz charts across Canada, as well as received rave reviews in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and The Whole Note (to name a few). To top it off, some even predicted this nomination! Amy McConnell has been performing from the age of nine months when she appeared in her first television commercial. "Stealing Genius" is her first album. Despite her anglophone name, Amy comes from a francophone background, is fluently bilingual and frequently performs in French. Known for her beautiful voice, impeccable intonation and emotional approach, Amy's style encompasses jazz, pop and musical theatre. William Sperandei (trumpeter, pianist) is a Toronto musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His love of the trumpet began in grade school where he studied privately with Bram Smith. He continued his education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, on a full scholarship and for two and a half years studied classical music and played in diverse ensembles including orchestra, wind ensemble, brass trio, and jazz ensemble, as well as leading his own jazz quintet. It was during a 1992 European tour that Sperandei undertook a stint teaching jazz improvisation at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. As a player, William has appeared on over 100 recordings in the classical, jazz, pop, electronic and film genres and has also arranged music for dozens of artists. William recently performed as the trumpet of Louis Armstrong in the live film score for the biopic "Louis" written by Wynton Marsalis. There is a $15 cover.


TORONTO: YOUNG ARTIST SERIES: VICTOR XU

Jazz pianist Victor Xu will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299 - ) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd at 6:00 pm as part of the club's Young Artist Jazz Series. Born in 1992, Victor Xu began playing piano at a young age and had successfully achieved placements in competitions with the Royal Conservatory of Music throughout his classical studies. His interest in jazz soon emerged, and soonafter he began studying at York University. Utilizing a combination of contemporary melody and traditional left hand harmony within improvisation, Victor often strives for a balance of melodic proficiency and a consideration for leaving space. Currently Victor plays with various bands in Toronto, including Sly Why, The Harrison Vetro Quartet, and Pagoda. There is no cover charge.


D.C.: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BLUE'S ALLEY

Master guitarist Kevin Eubanks will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 20th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kevin was first drawn into music listening to the energetic sounds of fusion and progressive rock, then went on to study at Berklee. He has played with icons including McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland and Ron Carter. In his own distinctive early career, Eubanks released many recordings for Elektra, GRP and Blue Note before his current signing with Mack Avenue in 2010. Call for cover/minimum information.

D.C.: CRAIG HANDY & 2ND LINE SMITH AT BOHEMIAN CAVERN

Craig Handy will perform at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800 - ) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd at 8:30 & 10:30 pm. Handy's distinctive sound and authentic instrumental prowess were redoubtable traits immediately noticed by artists of stature, especially those committed to nurturing new talent on the bandstand and road. Handy moved to New York in 1986 and began several associations with formidable artists including master drummers Art Blakey and Roy Haynes, South African melodist Abdullah Ibrahim, and the Mingus Dynasty Band. In 1995, he continued playing with the new critically acclaimed band "Chartbusters", featuring alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Idris Muhammad (a harbinger of things to come this fall, if not the past five years) and recorded two releases on the NYC and Prestige labels. Handy toured with Herbie Hancock throughout 1996 to mid-1999, and he led two more recording projects on the Sirroco label - 1999's Reflections in Change and 2000's Flow. By this time he had amassed performing and recording credits with Cedar Walton, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, George Adams, Freddie Hubbard, and Wynton Marsalis. Handy returns as an original bandleader and party-starter for his new touring and recording project on the venerated OKeh label, a division of Sony Masterworks. Titled Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, Handy draws from his fondness for the music of New Orleans, smack attached to the groove-filled re-imaginings of originals and standards by the late, great organist Jimmy Smith. There is a $20 cover.


MARYLAND: SOUTHERN SOUL TRIBUTE AT BETHESDA BLUES

Newmyer Flyer Presents A Southern Soul Tribute at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500 - ) on Friday, March 21st at 7:30 pm. The music of soul legends Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, The Staples Singers, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Booker T & The MG's was part of the immensely popular explosion in music called Southern Soul. Born in the early 60's and sprung from a couple of ramshackle studios located in the deep south, the music was created by an amazing and diverse (if unlikely) collection of singers and musicians, who came together to create the grittiest, most soulful hit records ever made. More than 30 of the greatest talents in the DC area will take part in this very special tribute. Performances By: Julia Nixon, The Soul Serenaders Featuring Billy Price & Tommy Lepson, Tom Principato, Daryl Davis, Patty Reese, King Soul, Eric Scott, Soul Crackers. Call for cover/minimum information.


FLORIDA: TOM WOPAT AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Returning for the first time since 2007, Tom Wopat will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Tom Wopat first came to public attention in the late 1970s as the freewheeling Luke Duke on the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. In 1977, he made his Broadway debut in Cy Coleman's I Love My Wife. Wopat went on to perform in the Tony Award•winning City of Angels and Guys and Dolls. He received a Tony nomination for creating the role of Frank Butler in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, opposite Bernadette Peters. In 2008, Wopat returned to Broadway as Tom Hurley in A Catered Affair with Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein. 2011 saw him again on Broadway starring as Frank Abagnale Sr. in the new adaptation of Catch Me If You Can. His TV credits include a leading role in Cybill, a recurring role on Home Improvement, the critically acclaimed NBC movie Just My Imagination, and most recently HBO's Taking Chance alongside Kevin Bacon. Wopat has also become a successful recording artist with many albums to his credit, including A Little Bit Closer, Don't Look Back, Learning to Love, and The Still of the Night. In 2005, he released Dissertation on the State of Bliss, featuring the music of Harold Arlen, and his most recent offering, Consider it Swung. COVER: Tuesday through Thursday: $125 for prix fixe dinner & show; $70 for show only; Friday & Saturday: $135 for prix fixe dinner & show; $80 for show only.


PALM SPRINGS: ADAM PASCAL AT THE COPA

Actor, singer and recording artist Adam Pascal will perform at THE COPA (244 East Amado Road, Palm Springs CA - 760-866-0021) on Thursday & Friday, March 20th & 21st at 8:00 pm. Adam is best known to audiences for his performance as Roger Davis in the Original Broadway Cast, 2005 Movie Version, and Broadway tour of the Broadway Musical "Rent". Adam is also known for originating the role of Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida", for playing the Emcee in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, and most recently as Huey Calhoun in the Broadway Company of Memphis. Call for cover/minimum information.

LOS ANGELES: DOLORES PETERSEN AT THE GARDENIA

Dolores Peterson, a tireless promoter of Los Angeles jazz and live performance, will perform at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Friday & Saturday, March 21st & 22nd at 9:00 pm. An avid fan who selflessly champions the musical ambitions of others, and who for years hosted shows at the Hollywood Studio Bar and Grill, possesses a fine vocal instrument, which she shares in her show, augmented by talented friends she has gathered over the years. Call for cover/minimum information.

LOS ANGELES: JANE KINSEY IN THE KINSEY REPORT - "THE DOCTOR IS IN!"

Jane Kinsey brings her show The Kinsey Report - "The Doctor is in!" to M BAR (1253 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA - 323-856-0036 - ) on Friday, March 22nd at 8:00 pm. The show is written by Jane Kinsey and Clifford Bell. Musical Director is Tim Butterworth, With Peter A Eran on bass and Tom Bowe on drums. A special "Mystery Guest" will also be in the show. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


SAN FRANCISCO: VONDA SHEPARD AT FEINSTEIN'S

World-renowned artist, Vonda Shepard will perform at FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) on Friday, March 21st at 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm. Making her Feinstein's debut, Shepard, on the acoustic piano, will be accompanied by her all-star players - James Ralston on guitar (Tina Turner for 22 years) and Jim Hanson on bass (Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen). Featuring intimate versions of Vonda's songs - as well as some of their favorite covers, including The Sweet Inspirations' "Sweet Inspiration" - this show is promises to get audiences on their feet. There is a $40-$55 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

SAN FRANCISCO: YOSHI'S PRESENTS SINBAD

Actor and Comedian Sinbad will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday, March 21st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Sinbad arrived on the comedy scene with a " hit'em in the face" style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for over the past two decades. He freely admits that he doesn't knows any jokes, except for the ones that his dad told him "back in the day". The basis of his humor comes from everyone he's meets, everything he's seen, and everything he's done. Sinbad has appeared on the FX Television series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Also, his long awaited stand-up special aired on Comedy Central this past February. Most recently, Sinbad was seen in the third season of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice. There is a $35 cover.


SAN FRANCISCO: MARTHA CRAWFORD - HOORAY FOR LOVE!

Martha Crawford will bring her show "Hooray For Love!" to SOCIETY CABARET AT THE HOTEL REX (562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 - 800-982-2787 - ) for one night only on Friday, March 21st at 8:00 pm. The show is a spicy, sweet and sophisticated romp through the ups and downs, the ins and outs, of that irresistible force called Love. In the show are timeless tunes created by the great songwriting teams of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood: Arlen and Mercer, Dietz and Schwartz, McHugh and Fields, Van Heusen, Mandel, Mancini and more. Call for cover/minimum information.


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LONDON: MARLENE VERPLANCK AT THE CRAZY COQS

Marlene VerPlanck will perform at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Throughout her career, Marlene VerPlanck has stuck to her guns; paying loving care to the great American standards and new songs from America's finest composers, while ignoring mediocre pop tunes. For her Crazy Coqs debut, Marlene will feature songs from her latest CD BALLADS ... MOSTLY, which has made four 2013 best ten lists in the US, and includes the songs of Harry Warren (I Only Have Eyes for You) and Cy Coleman (Witchcraft). Marlene VerPlanck began her career as a studio musician in New York City, singing hundreds of commercials and backup to everyone from Sinatra to Kiss. She has recorded twenty-two albums that were produced and arranged by her late husband, J. Billy VerPlanck, with some of the world's most important instrumentalists, and has appeared in most of the New York concert venues. Accompanying will be John Pearce on piano and Paul Morgan on bass. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: MATURE LOVE SONGS WITH LYNDA RODOLITZ

A new cabaret from Lynda Rodolitz 'Mature Love Songs' will be presented at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 pm. From her "mature" perspective, Lynda Rodolitz takes a clear-eyed look at love and finds it lacking. She considers life's successes and not-so's, and tells the truth as only a very funny lady canJoining Lynda on stage is music director Paul Greenwood. Helen Baldassare directs. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

FLORIDA: CHRIS BARRETT WITH POST THEATRE CONCERTS

Chris Barrett will be performing at THE WICK THEATRE (7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL - 561-995-2333) on Thursday through Saturday. Chris' show, 'Barrett's Broadway', will commence after the final curtain call of the evening's production, approximately 10:00 pm. At that time, the lobby will have been transformed into an intimate cabaret / piano bar. He will be performing until midnight. Cocktails will be served. The shows are open to the public.

LONDON: OPEN MIC NIGHT RETURNS IN LONDON WITH HAROLD SANDITEN

Open Mic with host Harold Sanditen returns on Thursday, September 12th and every Thursday thereafter at London's THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). This is a unique open mic in the West End, having an acoustic baby grand piano and a bass player. Michael Roulston and Jonty Fisher will be regular musicians - and both are versed at both jazz and more theatrical songs. Aimed at both the jazz and theatrical communities, The Crazy Coqs Open Mic Night welcomes all singers, composers and musicians, up & coming and established, who want to do a turn, performing new material or old favourites. For the audience, come and catch that proverbial 'rising star' (or possibly a famous West End name) in the intimate, "jewel-box" surroundings of The Crazy Coqs. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: BROADWAY SESSIONS THURSDAYS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN

"Every Thursday night, as the curtains fall on Broadway, Host Ben Cameron (from Broadway's Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and his crew of amazingly talented folks welcome a new Broadway star to perform at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) at 10:30 pm in this fun and zany musical theater variety show. Get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest as the stars bare their souls, interact with the crowd and celebrate all things BROADWAY. There is a $5 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BITCH TROUBLE: STORIES ABOUT FRIENDS

Alice Johnson Boher brings her show "Bitch Trouble: Stories About Friends" to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Thursday, March 20th at 9:30 pm. The show is an evening of giddy stories about the buck-wild highs and co-dependent lows of female friendship, written and performed by Alice Johnson Boher and directed by Rod Menzies. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: BERNIE'S SING YOUR HEART OUT NEW TALENT SHOWCASE

The Met Room's Bernie Furshpan presents Bernie's Sing Your Heart Out New Talent Showcase at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 pm. The show presents up-and-comining talent from the NYC area, includfing some of the hottest performers, who sing their heart out at this New Talent Showcase. The show is videotaped and watched by several music industry professionals looking to find the next BIG STAR. Featured this show: Jeffrey Gurian, Lindsey Webster, Run Jenny, Matthew Lebroke, Noreen Goldberg, Eric Stone, Vontrise, Lauren Guadagnini and Sarah Rebell. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: WILL & ANTHONY NUNZIATA RETURN TO 54 BELOW

After two consecutive sold-out concerts in January and February, Will & Anthony Nunziata are back at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 pm for an encore performance of "Broadway, Our Way". The singers, actors and recording artists have won acclaim for their concert and symphony performances throughout the country and around the world putting their fresh take on pop standards, Broadway showstoppers, as well as contemporary and classic Italian music. The concert includes fresh arrangements of some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage including "Once in a Lifetime," "Make Someone Happy," "Being Alive," "Somewhere," "Lily's Eyes," and their signature mash-ups of songs including "Who Can I Turn To/What Kind of Fool Am I?" The brothers will be joined by their three-piece swinging band comprised of pianist Alvin Hough, Jr., drummer Sherrie Maricle and bassist Michael Kuennen. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MELINDA DOOLITTLE - IT MUST BE LOVE

American Idol star and powerhouse vocalist Melinda Doolittle returns to the stage to celebrate the release of her sophomore album You're the Reason at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday through Thursday, March 18th through 20th at 9:30 pm. As in her latest album, Doolittle dissects the topic of love from every angle. The evening runs the musical gamut from blues to Broadway. Featuring original compositions premiering live for the first time, hilarious stories, and Idol songs that started it all, Melinda explores what keeps her on the journey through lyrics and life ... it must be love. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE PUPPETEERS CD RELEASE CELEBRATION

The Puppeteers, featuring Jaime Affoumado (drums), Arturo O'Farrill (piano), Alex Blake (bass) and Bill Ware (vibes) will celebrate the release of their new CD at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Thursday, March 20th at 6:00 pm. The Puppeteers reveal a group sound that assimilates the diverse influences that each of the band members willingly brings to the table; if the heady fragrance of hard bop, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and funk idioms can be detected, then the Puppeteers have done their job. Puppet's Jazz, the much-missed Brooklyn club, may have completed its six-year existence in May of 2011, but its afterlife has spawned both a substantial jazz quartet and a promising new record label. The Puppeteers reunites drummer and club founder Jaime Affoumado, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, bassist Alex Blake and vibraphonist Bill Ware, respected veteran musicians who logged in more hours together than they can remember on the compact bandstand of the former club. Now, officially known as the Puppeteers, the foursome have pooled their instrumental and compositional talents for a project that brims with the cohesion that sprouts from familiarity yet also bursts with the excitement of renewed commitment. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "NOW THIS" WITH GARY PEACOCK, MARC COPLAND & JOEY BARON

"Now This" with Gary Peacock, Marc Copland and Joey Baron, will be presented at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday,March 18th through 22nd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Over the span of five decades, Gary Peacock has established himself as one of the most versatile and talented bass players in jazz. One of his earliest influences was avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler, with whom Peacock performed and recorded in the 1960s. His music has also been greatly affected by his studies of Eastern music and philosophy. Since the 1980s, Peacock has been adding contemporary twists to old standards with pianist Keith Jarrett's trio including drummer Jack DeJohnette. Peacock's current group is a leaderless, cooperative and exploratory trio. "Pianist Marc Copland was early considered an heir to Bill Evans but has gone on to redefine jazz to the cutting edge. Rounding out the trio, drummer Joey Baron combines technical acuity with a deep sense of groove. Best known for his work with Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, John Zorn and guitarists John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Jim Hall, Joey has also performed with musicians outside of jazz including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Laurie Anderson and Al Jarreau. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: OFFICIAL U.S. PREMIERE - VOLCAN AT THER BLUE NOTE

Volcan, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jose Armando Gola, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 18th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Volcan is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums between them as leaders and sidemen, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight. With eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has undoubtedly proven himself as established force in the modern jazz world. In whatever idiom he works, Rubalcaba's future musical creations will be melodious, rhythmic and exciting. Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally, having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years. Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez is a gifted musician who represents a new generation of great players following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Ignacio Berroa and others. Hernandez plays on the cutting edge of today's music with technical prowess and versatility. His drumming also reflects a proud musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition. Giovanni Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales. Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of Jose Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS: FRIENDS

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, two giants of the jazz world, come together at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Tuesday through Thursday, March 18th through 20th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem "Bring Home Nelson Mandela" became a rallying call around the world for Mandela's release from prison. A pianist, Willis met Masekela when they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. Since then, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don't miss this rare chance to watch the two jazz legends (and dear friends) light up Dizzy's Club. There is a $35-$40 cover.


BOSTON: NOE SOCHA GROUP AT THE REGATTABAR

Medici Musica Productions presents the Noe Socha Group with special guest David Maxwell at THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757) on Thursday, March 20th at 7:30 pm. Noe Socha is from Carpi, Italy. He began playing the guitar at age 12, influenced by artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young. While studying music at Musicology, he discovered the blues and immediately fell in love and began listening to all the blues he could find. His favorite blues artists include Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Lightening Hopkins. After attending a Berklee in Italy program at the Umbria Jazz festival in 2008, Noe was awarded a full scholarship to attend the summer performance program at Berklee School of Music (Boston MA) in 2009. While in the U.S. for a mere 10 weeks that summer, Noe performed at a variety of venues, receiving an enthusiastic response and establishing an international fan base from every audience. In September of 2010, Noe returned to the United States to begin attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. There is a $16 cover.

BOSTON: RONI BEN-HUR SEXTET AT SCULLERS

The Roni Ben-Hur Sextet with special guests George Cables on piano and Victor Lewis on drums, performs at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Thursday, March 20th at 8:00 pm. Jazz guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator, renowned for his golden tone, improvisational brilliance, compositional lyricism and ability to charm peers, students and listeners alike. Ben-Hur - born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, now based in New Jersey - has released nine albums as leader or co-leader. Dinner/Show: $70 Show only: $30.


TORONTO: YOUNG ARTIST SERIES: SANDOR SCHWISBERG

THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) presents Sandor Schwisberg on Thursday, March 20th at 6:00 pm as part of its Young Artist Series. Sandor Schwisberg is a 19 year-old pianist and composer from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He first took up the piano at the age of 6, studying classical music through the Royal Conservatory. Since then he has performed all over Ontario in a variety of musical settings, including jazz groups, pit orchestras, R&B, alternative rock, and heavy metal bands. Sandor is a graduate of Unionville high school's Arts York music program, where he had many opportunities to perform solo and in collaboration with other musicians, visual artists, actors and dancers. Over the years, he has had the privilege of studying with some of Canada's finest pianists, including Ruben Vazquez, Nancy Walker, Cameron Chu, Brian Dickinson, Robi Botos, and Hilario Duren. Sandor is currently enrolled in his second year of the Humber College Bachelor of Contemporary Music program. No cover charge.


TORONTO: AMY MCCONNELL & WILLIAM SPERANDEI AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

Amy McConnell and William Sperandei will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, March 20th through 22nd at 9:00 p. The pair received a 2014 JUNO Award nomination in the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year category for their debut album"Stealing Genuis". Last year was a big year for McConnell and Sperandei. The pair reached the top of the Jazz charts across Canada, as well as received rave reviews in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and The Whole Note (to name a few). To top it off, some even predicted this nomination! Amy McConnell has been performing from the age of nine months when she appeared in her first television commercial. "Stealing Genius" is her first album. Despite her anglophone name, Amy comes from a francophone background, is fluently bilingual and frequently performs in French. Known for her beautiful voice, impeccable intonation and emotional approach, Amy's style encompasses jazz, pop and musical theatre. William Sperandei (trumpeter, pianist) is a Toronto musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His love of the trumpet began in grade school where he studied privately with Bram Smith. He continued his education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, on a full scholarship and for two and a half years studied classical music and played in diverse ensembles including orchestra, wind ensemble, brass trio, and jazz ensemble, as well as leading his own jazz quintet. It was during a 1992 European tour that Sperandei undertook a stint teaching jazz improvisation at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. As a player, William has appeared on over 100 recordings in the classical, jazz, pop, electronic and film genres and has also arranged music for dozens of artists. William recently performed as the trumpet of Louis Armstrong in the live film score for the biopic "Louis" written by Wynton Marsalis. There is a $15 cover.


D.C.: KEVIN EUBANKS AT BLUE'S ALLEY

Master guitarist Kevin Eubanks will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 20th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kevin was first drawn into music listening to the energetic sounds of fusion and progressive rock, then went on to study at Berklee. He has played with icons including McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland and Ron Carter. In his own distinctive early career, Eubanks released many recordings for Elektra, GRP and Blue Note before his current signing with Mack Avenue in 2010. Call for cover/minimum information.

MARYLAND: THE JAMES BAZEN PROJECT

The James Bazen Project will be presented at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) on Thursday, March 20th at 7:30 pm. After graduate music studies at DePaul University in Chicago woodwind specialist, composer and producer James Bazen moved to the D. C. area in 1985. During his career he has played clubs and concerts across the country including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. In 1990 he formed the James Bazen Project. In 1993 JBP released its CD "Stranger Things" which features a potent mix of bebop and contemporary jazz. It debuted to overwhelmingly positive reviews and is still getting national air play. A typical live performance will include not only originals but also jazz classics as well as unique interpretations of pop music of the 60's, 70's all the way through to what's hot today. Call for cover/minimum information.


FLORIDA: TOM WOPAT AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Returning for the first time since 2007, Tom Wopat will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Tom Wopat first came to public attention in the late 1970s as the freewheeling Luke Duke on the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. In 1977, he made his Broadway debut in Cy Coleman's I Love My Wife. Wopat went on to perform in the Tony Award•winning City of Angels and Guys and Dolls. He received a Tony nomination for creating the role of Frank Butler in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, opposite Bernadette Peters. In 2008, Wopat returned to Broadway as Tom Hurley in A Catered Affair with Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein. 2011 saw him again on Broadway starring as Frank Abagnale Sr. in the new adaptation of Catch Me If You Can. His TV credits include a leading role in Cybill, a recurring role on Home Improvement, the critically acclaimed NBC movie Just My Imagination, and most recently HBO's Taking Chance alongside Kevin Bacon. Wopat has also become a successful recording artist with many albums to his credit, including A Little Bit Closer, Don't Look Back, Learning to Love, and The Still of the Night. In 2005, he released Dissertation on the State of Bliss, featuring the music of Harold Arlen, and his most recent offering, Consider it Swung. COVER: Tuesday through Thursday: $125 for prix fixe dinner & show; $70 for show only; Friday & Saturday: $135 for prix fixe dinner & show; $80 for show only.


CHICAGO: JOAN CURTO IN ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

Joan Curto returns to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Thursday through Saturday, March 20th through 22nd at 8:00 pm in a new show, Once More with Feeling, revisiting, revising and (hopefully) remembering songs she has performed in One-night-only shows (and there have been many). Joan will also introduce a few new songs as well as a few favorites from her 15+ year career in Chicago Cabaret. She is joined by Beckie Menzie and Jim Cox. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHICAGO: SIMPLY SCOTTY AT SKOKIE THEATRE

After a very frozen performance schedule in 2014, SIMPLY SCOTTY, an evening of the greatest hits from the monthly, one-man stage spectacular, comes to the THE SKOKIE THEATRE (7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL - 847-677-7761) on Thursday, March 20th at 8:00 pm. Blending a musical cocktail of the zingy warbles of vintage Judy Garland with the spirited enthusiasm of the cast of Glee, Scott takes on the poise and show business charisma of the likes of Billy Crystal to entertain an audience with belting "super tenor" vocals and a comical flair. With musical styles ranging from pop and cabaret to specialty numbers and show tunes, Scott covers the works of local talents like Susan Werner, show music from Sondheim to Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, hits from stars such as Elton John, and many more. Music director Nick Sula and special guest Freddie The Puppet join him. Drinks, appetizers, and desserts after the show. Call for cover/minimum information.


PALM SPRINGS: ADAM PASCAL AT THE COPA

Actor, singer and recording artist Adam Pascal will perform at THE COPA (244 East Amado Road, Palm Springs CA - 760-866-0021) on Thursday & Friday, March 20th & 21st at 8:00 pm. Adam is best known to audiences for his performance as Roger Davis in the Original Broadway Cast, 2005 Movie Version, and Broadway tour of the Broadway Musical "Rent". Adam is also known for originating the role of Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida", for playing the Emcee in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, and most recently as Huey Calhoun in the Broadway Company of Memphis. Call for cover/minimum information.

LOS ANGELES: SACHA BOUTROS IN "SACHA SINGS STREISAND"

Jazz recording artist Sacha Boutros sings a collection of Streisand songs including hits from Funny Girl, The Way We Were, On a Clear Day, and other favorites at MARTINI'S ABOVE FOURTH (3940 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA - 619-400-4500) on Thursday, March 20th at 8:00 pm. San Diego native Boutros brings a fantastic LA-based rhythm section to dazzle for a night of everything Barbra. It should prove to be a fun and entertaining show by one of today's top Jazz artists. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

SAN FRANCISCO: DUDU TASSA & THE KUWAITIS AT YOSHI'S

The 29th Jewish Music Festival presents Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Thursday, March 20th at 8:00 pm. Dudu Tassa is a bona fide Israeli rock star: one of the nation's most beloved singer/songwriters and most-sought-after guitarists. He has released eight albums, produced numerous others, and composed for television and cinema. In this performance, he and his band sing the songs of Tassa's grandfather and great-uncle, Saleh and Daud. Performing as the Al-Kuwaiti brothers, they were two of the greatest composer-musicians in Baghdad during the first half of the 20th century and acclaimed innovators of modern Iraqi music. They're still highly esteemed in the Arab world.• Also a composer, singer and a teacher; Dalal has recorded 12 albums over the past decade, covering varied cultural territory, and authentically representing and fusing Israeli and Middle Eastern cultures. Dalal's family came to Israel from Baghdad; his Iraqi roots are embedded in his music. Dalal will join Tassa and his band - featuring qanun (Middle Eastern zither), violin, cello, keyboards, guitars, bass and drums - on stage at Yoshi's San Francisco as a special guest. Dinner/Show: $68 Show only: $30.


SAN FRANCISCO: JASON GRAAE IN "49 1/2 SHADES OF GRAAE"

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award winner Jason Graae brings his one man show 49 1/2 Shades of Graae to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) on Thursday, March 20th at 8:00 pm for one performance only. Broadway juvenile turned Hollywood misfit Jason Graae explores the many "shades" of his life and career, both comedic and tragic. Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in A Grand Night for Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy, and Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? His Off Broadway shows include Forever Plaid, Olympus on My Mind, All in the Timing, Hello Muddah, Hello Faduh (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Actor in a Musical) and many more. San Francisco audiences may recognize Jason from the 42nd Street Moon's acclaimed production of Little Me or is portayal of "Frosch" in Die Fledermaus with the San Francisco Opera. 49 1/2 Shades of Graae is Directed by Heather Lee with Musical Direction by John Boswell. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

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LONDON: MARLENE VERPLANCK AT THE CRAZY COQS

Marlene VerPlanck will perform at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Throughout her career, Marlene VerPlanck has stuck to her guns; paying loving care to the great American standards and new songs from America's finest composers, while ignoring mediocre pop tunes. For her Crazy Coqs debut, Marlene will feature songs from her latest CD BALLADS ... MOSTLY, which has made four 2013 best ten lists in the US, and includes the songs of Harry Warren (I Only Have Eyes for You) and Cy Coleman (Witchcraft). Marlene VerPlanck began her career as a studio musician in New York City, singing hundreds of commercials and backup to everyone from Sinatra to Kiss. She has recorded twenty-two albums that were produced and arranged by her late husband, J. Billy VerPlanck, with some of the world's most important instrumentalists, and has appeared in most of the New York concert venues. Accompanying will be John Pearce on piano and Paul Morgan on bass. Call for cover/minimum information.

LONDON: CABARET CONFIDENTIALCABARET CONFIDENTIAL WITH JAMIE ANDERSON

The hugely popular showcase, Cabaret Confidential, now in its 8th year, returns to THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017) on Thursday, March 20th at 8:30 pm. Host Jamie Anderson introduces a monthly line-up of rising stars from the musical theatre and cabaret scene in this sumptuous art-deco venue. Guests for this show are David Booth, Annabel York, Two Dumb Blondes, and A Girl Called Fred. Pianist is Tom Carradine. Adult material - parental discretion advised. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: KAREN WYMAN RETURNS WITH PERFORMANCES IN MARCH AT THE MET

In her first major engagement in 25 years Karen Wyman continues her exciting and decisive return at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesdays March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, all at 7:00 pm. Her top-notch trio consists of music director John Oddo on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, and Eddie Caccavale on drums. Dennis Deal is her stage director. The Bronx-born Wyman was just 16 when she astonished Dean Martin and his national television audience in 1969. In short order she made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on shows hosted by Carol Burnett, Jim Nabors, Glen Campbell, Dick Cavett, David Frost, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas. She performed in nightclubs and recorded two albums and several singles for Decca Records, and had another on the way. Then circumstances changed and in 1989 Wyman opted to start a family. Still possessed of a rocket-fueled voice, and, now with the life-wisdom she admits she lacked as a teenager, Wyman couldn't be more ready and willing. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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NYC: CONFESSIONS OF A COCKEYED OPTIMIST

Marking her New York solo cabaret debut, performer Jillian Severin brings "Confessions of a Cockeyed Optimist" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) for one night only on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 pm. It promises to be an entertaining evening filled with laughs and song. Jillian has performed in many play festivals in New York City. She filmed a pilot for a new tv series, starred in an Off Broadway children's show filmed two feature films, produced and stared in the hilarious play "Pizza Man" at the Bridge Theater in Midtown Manhattan. She is constantly creating work for herself and her peers in between auditioning and teaching fitness classes in Brooklyn. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: "THE HISTORY OF WRONG GUYS" - MERCANDETTI & EMERY

Jackie Mercandetti & Leigh Emery bring their show "The History of Wrong Guys" to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 pm. The show is a funny and an honest look at the not-so-honest world of dating (names of all men involved have been changed to protect their anonymity ... maybe). As with all Broadway Lights the Night productions, all net proceeds will be donated to charity. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SKITSO! STARRING JIM DAILAKIS

SKITSO! Starring Jim Dailakis will be presented at STAGE 72 (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 18th & 19th at 7:00 pm. When you're a bullied, weak and tiny Greek Australian boy, have the physique of a stick insect, resemble a pretty girl, talk to yourself more often than is considered normal, inspired by American icons and want to be Chinese; your choices in life are often limited to becoming a comedian, an actor or comedian. To escape the constant teasing, beatings and the harshness of his elementary school reality, Jim found solace, peace and comfort watching American TV shows. From his first comedic inspiration, Bugs Bunny, and a desire to be just like his American movie star heroes, he promised himself to be an Academy award-winning A-list actor, the next Bruce Lee and the second fastest martial artist in the world. In SKITSO! these icons all pay him a visit in an effort to help him live out his dreams and to become a stronger, better, faster more motivating force. He plays all of them; over 25 stars and celebrities as well as original characters. Join Jim Dailakis on this entertaining, fast paced, animated hilarious, dramatic, sad, happy, definitely crazy and inspirational journey where hecontinues failing his way to success. Directed by Charles Messina. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: SARA GETTELFINGER: SONGS TO GROW ON

Sara Gettelfinger presents Songs to Grow On at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 pm. Whether as the hilarious beltress singing about "Oklahoma!" in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, or as the sexy vixen tangled in sheets singing "Call From the Vatican" in Nine, Broadway's Sara Gettelfinger always makes a splash. Now, this Broadway scene-stealer debuts at 54 Below with her new show featuring an eclectic mix of songs. From her days as a chubby toddler in Louisville, Kentucky singing along with her mother's guitar to performing on the Great White Way, Gettelfinger explores the songs from bluegrass to Broadway that shaped her life and career. With the music of Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Stephen Sondheim and more, this evening provides something for everyone, and proves you can take the girl out of Kentucky, but you can't take the Kentucky out of the girl. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MELINDA DOOLITTLE - IT MUST BE LOVE

American Idol star and powerhouse vocalist Melinda Doolittle returns to the stage to celebrate the release of her sophomore album You're the Reason at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday through Thursday, March 18th through 20th at 9:30 pm. As in her latest album, Doolittle dissects the topic of love from every angle. The evening runs the musical gamut from blues to Broadway. Featuring original compositions premiering live for the first time, hilarious stories, and Idol songs that started it all, Melinda explores what keeps her on the journey through lyrics and life ... it must be love. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/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: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: RUSS KASSOFF BIG BAND

MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY continues at ST. PETER'S CHURCH - SANCTUARY (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-2200) every Wednesday. This long-running series was created by Edmund Anderson and is now produced by Ronny Whyte. The show on Wednesday, March 19th features the Russ Kassoff Big Band. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

NYC: THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG CENTENNIAL BAND

The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band aka David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band (also known as the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band) breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Now in its 12th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/ vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more! There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: "NOW THIS" WITH GARY PEACOCK, MARC COPLAND & JOEY BARON

"Now This" with Gary Peacock, Marc Copland and Joey Baron, will be presented at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday,March 18th through 22nd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Over the span of five decades, Gary Peacock has established himself as one of the most versatile and talented bass players in jazz. One of his earliest influences was avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler, with whom Peacock performed and recorded in the 1960s. His music has also been greatly affected by his studies of Eastern music and philosophy. Since the 1980s, Peacock has been adding contemporary twists to old standards with pianist Keith Jarrett's trio including drummer Jack DeJohnette. Peacock's current group is a leaderless, cooperative and exploratory trio. "Pianist Marc Copland was early considered an heir to Bill Evans but has gone on to redefine jazz to the cutting edge. Rounding out the trio, drummer Joey Baron combines technical acuity with a deep sense of groove. Best known for his work with Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, John Zorn and guitarists John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Jim Hall, Joey has also performed with musicians outside of jazz including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Laurie Anderson and Al Jarreau. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: OFFICIAL U.S. PREMIERE - VOLCAN AT THE BLUE NOTE

Volcan, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jose Armando Gola, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 18th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Volcan is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums between them as leaders and sidemen, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight. With eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has undoubtedly proven himself as established force in the modern jazz world. In whatever idiom he works, Rubalcaba's future musical creations will be melodious, rhythmic and exciting. Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally, having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years. Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez is a gifted musician who represents a new generation of great players following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Ignacio Berroa and others. Hernandez plays on the cutting edge of today's music with technical prowess and versatility. His drumming also reflects a proud musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition. Giovanni Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales. Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of Jos• Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS: FRIENDS

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, two giants of the jazz world, come together at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Tuesday through Thursday, March 18th through 20th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem "Bring Home Nelson Mandela" became a rallying call around the world for Mandela's release from prison. A pianist, Willis met Masekela when they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. Since then, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don't miss this rare chance to watch the two jazz legends (and dear friends) light up Dizzy's Club. There is a $35-$40 cover.


BOSTON: DANIEL ROTEM TRIO WITH SPECIAL GUEST, ALAIN MALLET

Just before they enter the studio to record their debut album, Daniel Rotem, Jared Henderson, and Roberto Giaquinto return to THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757) on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30 pm with Alain Mallet on piano, to perform original compositions integrating world influences with improvisation and the jazz tradition. Daniel, Jared, and Roberto played together for the first time in an ensemble class at Berklee College of Music, under the direction of the acclaimed improviser and educator Hal Crook. A strong musical bond was instantly created and it was clear that this was only the beginning. Working as a group for almost three years, the trio has developed a unique and fresh sound, exploring the balance between listening and playing while continually looking to expand the boundaries of genre. There is a $16 cover.


BOSTON: JAY CLAYTON: A TRIBUTE TO HARRY WARREN CD RELEASE

Jay Clayton celebrates the release of her CD "Harry Who?", a tribute to Harry Warren, at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Wednesday, March 19th at 8:00 pm. She is joined by composer, arranger, pianist John Di Martino and tenor saxophonist Houston Person. Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. In 1963 she began her career performing the standards on the vibrant New York music scene. However, she quickly became a prominent part of the free jazz movement. Her work in these two worlds led to the development of a highly personal, wordless vocabulary later enhanced by her innovative use of electronics. Dinner/Show: $70 Show only: $30.


TORONTO: PATRICIA CANO & CARLOS BERNARDO

Acclaimed Latin singer-songwriter Patricia Cano will offer an intimate concert in the company of guitarist Carlos Bernardo at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Wednesday, March 19th at 8:00 pm. The evening's musical selection will include both Latin & North American jazz standards, as well as a mix of original songs from Patricia's debut album "This is the New World" as well as newer material. Her voice is smooth, powerful, at once intimate and explosive. Patricia will deliver a delicious musical experience!

D.C.: PHILLIP MARTIN & PATRICK COOPER AT BLUES ALLEY

Phillip Martin & Patrick Cooper perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, March 19th at 8:00 pm. Patrick Cooper has toured the world, performing at various jazz venues, festivals, and concerts. He also directed music for a nationally syndicated TV show Eighty-One-O-One (8101). At the Bahamas and Bermuda Jazz Festivals this awesome keyboardist directed the Smooth Jazz All-Stars including stars such as Nick Colionne, Michael Lington, Freddie Jackson, Bobby Lyle and Regina Belle. His musical style boasts unparalleled soul stimulating sound that's so wonderfully orchestrated that he captures the essence of former jazz greats. Phillip Martin (preferably known as "Doc Martin"), is a rising saxophone stylist who's heartfelt, humble melodies are wooing live audiences on stages across the country. Call for cover/minimum information.


MARYLAND: AKUA ALLRICH AT BETHESDA BLUES

Producer, writer, vocalist Akua Allrich will perform at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30 pm. Akua's musical roots run deeply into blues, soul and rhythm and blues, with a clear grounding in jazz and pan-African music. She sings in many languages including Portuguese, French, Spanish, English, Xhosa, and Twi. Given her ability to capture the essence of a broad range of musical genres, Allrich is often likened to legendary artists such as Oscar Brown, Jr., Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley and Nina Simone. She has developed popular tribute programs involving the latter two women and other great African American women of jazz. Call for cover/minimum information.

FLORIDA: TOM WOPAT AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Returning for the first time since 2007, Tom Wopat will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Tom Wopat first came to public attention in the late 1970s as the freewheeling Luke Duke on the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. In 1977, he made his Broadway debut in Cy Coleman's I Love My Wife. Wopat went on to perform in the Tony Award•winning City of Angels and Guys and Dolls. He received a Tony nomination for creating the role of Frank Butler in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, opposite Bernadette Peters. In 2008, Wopat returned to Broadway as Tom Hurley in A Catered Affair with Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein. 2011 saw him again on Broadway starring as Frank Abagnale Sr. in the new adaptation of Catch Me If You Can. His TV credits include a leading role in Cybill, a recurring role on Home Improvement, the critically acclaimed NBC movie Just My Imagination, and most recently HBO's Taking Chance alongside Kevin Bacon. Wopat has also become a successful recording artist with many albums to his credit, including A Little Bit Closer, Don't Look Back, Learning to Love, and The Still of the Night. In 2005, he released Dissertation on the State of Bliss, featuring the music of Harold Arlen, and his most recent offering, Consider it Swung. COVER: Tuesday through Thursday: $125 for prix fixe dinner & show; $70 for show only; Friday & Saturday: $135 for prix fixe dinner & show; $80 for show only.


INDIANAPOLIS: TIERNEY SUTTON: AFTER BLUE: THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT

In her most daring and revealing project to date, five-time Grammy nominee, Tierney Sutton, pays homage to the revered pop singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell in After Blue: The Joni Mitchell Project at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169 - ) on Wednesday, March 19th at 8:00 pm. Sutton puts her unique stamp on Joni Mitchell tunes going back to "Both Sides Now" and "Big Yellow Taxi" to more recent numbers like "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines," "Be Cool," and "Don't Go to Strangers." Collaborating with Tierney this evening is Mark Summer on cello and Serge Merlaud on guitar. A 5-time Grammy Nominee, Tierney Sutton is often described as "a singer's singer" but just as often, she is described as a "musician's singer" who uses her voice like an instrument. Spanning over 20 years of collaboration, the Tierney Sutton Band's 9 CDs have consistently topped the US jazz charts, leading to Tierney's selection as Jazzweek's Vocalist of the Year as well as to numerous other accolades in the music world. In addition to four consecutive Grammy Nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album, The Tireney Sutton Band's most recent CD, American Road, was also awarded a nomination for its collaborative arranging, putting The Band's work alongside arrangements written for Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah. There is a $25-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.


SAN FRANCISCO: FOUR80EAST WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MATT MARSHAK & MARCUS ANDERSON

Toronto-based contemporary jazz group Four80East, with special guests Matt Marshak & Marcus Anderson will perform at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Wednesday, March 19th at 8:00 pm. Four80East is the brainchild of producers Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, also known internationally for their indie label/production house, Boomtang. Born in 1997 as a small indie UK release, "The Album" went on to revitalize the Smooth Jazz world the following summer when the first single, "Eastside," broke through in the US to became the seventh most-played track on Contemporary Jazz radio that year. Their sound lies at the forefront of what has been called the nu-jazz movement - taking the best of contemporary jazz and pop styles and aligning them to produce a improvisational dance-infused sound. This Toronto-based group draws from a variety of sources to make their music happen, including found sounds, field recordings and sound effects alongside their finely crafted studio recordings.As with many so-called "acid jazz" groups, their music is not clearly defined as smooth jazz or any other type of jazz for that matter. Four80East operates on a plane that expresses their own stylized ability under an umbrella of electrified and funky vibes. They have a pronounced R&B influence that fills in the layers between jazz and soul. Improvisational by nature, their recordings are filled with club-inspired beats, exotic rhythms and soulful melodies, some of which are tied to interwoven vocals. Dinner/Show: $59 Show only: $21.


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LONDON: MARLENE VERPLANCK AT THE CRAZY COQS

Marlene VerPlanck will perform at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Throughout her career, Marlene VerPlanck has stuck to her guns; paying loving care to the great American standards and new songs from America's finest composers, while ignoring mediocre pop tunes. For her Crazy Coqs debut, Marlene will feature songs from her latest CD BALLADS ... MOSTLY, which has made four 2013 best ten lists in the US, and includes the songs of Harry Warren (I Only Have Eyes for You) and Cy Coleman (Witchcraft). Marlene VerPlanck began her career as a studio musician in New York City, singing hundreds of commercials and backup to everyone from Sinatra to Kiss. She has recorded twenty-two albums that were produced and arranged by her late husband, J. Billy VerPlanck, with some of the world's most important instrumentalists, and has appeared in most of the New York concert venues. Accompanying will be John Pearce on piano and Paul Morgan on bass. Call for cover/minimum information.

LONDON: MOOD INDIGO EVENTS PRESENTS JANET MCCUNN'S JAZZ

Mood Indigo Events presents Janet McCunn's Jazz at THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017) on Wednesday, March 19th at 8:30 pm with special guests Vasilis Xenopoulis and Yasmine Van Brandtzaeg. They are supported by the Terence Collie Trio, with Terence Collie (piano), Mark Rose (bass), Chris Nickolls (drums). Vocal set by Janet McCunn and guest vocalist Yasmine Van Brandtzaeg. This special evening will feature a unique collaboration of music from the combining intense creativity and a classic jazz repertoire. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: GRETCHEN REINHAGEN BRINGS HER NEW 70S SHOW TO THE DUPLEX
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Nightlife, Bistro and MAC Award winning artist, Gretchen Reinhagen brings her new show, "Listen to the Music: The Songs of My 70s" to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:00 pm and Sunday March 23rd at 4:30 pm, following a successful sneak preview in December at Urban Stages. Gretchen is once again joined by long-time director Barry Kleinbort, and introduces a new collaboration with Musical Director, Andrew Sotomayor. Hilliard Greene on bass and Donna Kelly on drums complete the band. Gretchen received the coveted "triple crown" of cabaret awards by winning the 2010 Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award for her show "Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard" also directed by Barry Kleinbort. Her cabaret work has covered a broad range of material including a show of Great American Songbook classics entitled "Back to Basics"; a tribute to Janis Joplin's "Pearl" Album (MAC nomination for Female Vocalist); an additional blues/rock show, "Almost Blue", a comic turn in "How 'Bout Them Apples", and a show encompassing her love of both the Rock and Pop world as well as Broadway, titled "Both Sides Now" (MAC nomination for Female Vocalist). There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

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NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Jazz legend Annie Ross continues her unprecedented, record-breaking, multi-year run at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), every Tuesday night at 9:30 pm. Ms. Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", "Jackie" and many others. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. "Twisted" has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: LEE TORCHIA AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Lee Torchia will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:00 pm. Torchia is an original and exciting artist, having one foot in the world of swinging jazz, another in North Indian Classical Raga, and having created another world of East-West fusion: JazzRaga.com . Lee will bring you love songs and swing, some bebop and blues, and finally, a special performance of Jazz-Raga fusion. Joining Lee will be pianist and Grammy winner, James Weidman, with a jazz trio. Lee has performed with many of the top jazz musicians in the country, including Walter Bishop, Jr., Doc Cheatham, Jackie Williams, Ray Mantilla, Slide Hampton and Muhal Richard Abrams. There i a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


MANHATTAN: JOAN RIVERS: LIVE IN TIMES SQUARE!

Comedy legend Joan Rivers returns with her her live stand-up act to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00 pm. Rivers presents an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashions. Rivers delivers a raunchy, politically incorrect evening of stand-up comedy. A full dinner menu and bar are available, and pianist Will Hall plays from the time doors open until Joan takes the stage. Net proceeds going to Joan Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. A full dinner menu and bar are available. Tickets are $45 and should be purchased at http://www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. There is a $15 per person food/drink minimum.


NYC: GOD I'M A DANCER! - DEVON BUCHANAN

Devon Buchanan is turning 30 and doing the most self indulgent thing possible: singing about it at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Tuesday, March 18th at 9:30 pm. He is joined by special guests Fancy Mantelpiece, KC Comeaux, Dean Jones, Chris Rozanski, and Marina Salizar. Directed by Alexis Jackson. Come celebrate the weirdest year of her life though music, stories, hysterical crying, and possibly cake. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SKITSO! STARRING JIM DAILAKIS

SKITSO! Starring Jim Dailakis will be presented at STAGE 72 (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 18th & 19th at 7:00 pm. When you're a bullied, weak and tiny Greek Australian boy, have the physique of a stick insect, resemble a pretty girl, talk to yourself more often than is considered normal, inspired by American icons and want to be Chinese; your choices in life are often limited to becoming a comedian, an actor or comedian. To escape the constant teasing, beatings and the harshness of his elementary school reality, Jim found solace, peace and comfort watching American TV shows. From his first comedic inspiration, Bugs Bunny, and a desire to be just like his American movie star heroes, he promised himself to be an Academy award-winning A-list actor, the next Bruce Lee and the second fastest martial artist in the world. In SKITSO! these icons all pay him a visit in an effort to help him live out his dreams and to become a stronger, better, faster more motivating force. He plays all of them; over 25 stars and celebrities as well as original characters. Join Jim Dailakis on this entertaining, fast paced, animated hilarious, dramatic, sad, happy, definitely crazy and inspirational journey where hecontinues failing his way to success. Directed by Charles Messina. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: "MOTHER, WIFE AND THE COMPLICATED LIFE RETURNS TO NEW YORK AT 54 BELOW

Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life - the acclaimed musical that premiered in New York last summer after a smash tour throughout Australia - will return to the city with a very special concert version at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:00 pm. A musical "Sex and the City" meets "Desperate Housewives," the show stars Amity Dry (who also wrote music, book and lyrics), in addition to Nikki Aitken, Rachel McCall and Susan Ferguson. It features music and arrangements by Mark Simeon Ferguson and direction by David Lampard. Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life was introduced to U.S. audiences last summer as part of the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MELINDA DOOLITTLE - IT MUST BE LOVE

American Idol star and powerhouse vocalist Melinda Doolittle returns to the stage to celebrate the release of her sophomore album You're the Reason at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday through Thursday, March 18th through 20th at 9:30 pm. As in her latest album, Doolittle dissects the topic of love from every angle. The evening runs the musical gamut from blues to Broadway. Featuring original compositions premiering live for the first time, hilarious stories, and Idol songs that started it all, Melinda explores what keeps her on the journey through lyrics and life ... it must be love. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/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: "NOW THIS" WITH GARY PEACOCK, MARC COPLAND & JOEY BARON

"Now This" with Gary Peacock, Marc Copland and Joey Baron, will be presented at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday,March 18th through 22nd with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Over the span of five decades, Gary Peacock has established himself as one of the most versatile and talented bass players in jazz. One of his earliest influences was avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler, with whom Peacock performed and recorded in the 1960s. His music has also been greatly affected by his studies of Eastern music and philosophy. Since the 1980s, Peacock has been adding contemporary twists to old standards with pianist Keith Jarrett's trio including drummer Jack DeJohnette. Peacock's current group is a leaderless, cooperative and exploratory trio. "Pianist Marc Copland was early considered an heir to Bill Evans but has gone on to redefine jazz to the cutting edge. Rounding out the trio, drummer Joey Baron combines technical acuity with a deep sense of groove. Best known for his work with Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, John Zorn and guitarists John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Jim Hall, Joey has also performed with musicians outside of jazz including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Laurie Anderson and Al Jarreau. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: OFFICIAL U.S. PREMIERE - VOLCAN AT THER BLUE NOTE

Volcan, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jose Armando Gola, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 18th through 23rd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Volcan is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums between them as leaders and sidemen, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight. With eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has undoubtedly proven himself as established force in the modern jazz world. In whatever idiom he works, Rubalcaba's future musical creations will be melodious, rhythmic and exciting. Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally, having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years. Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez is a gifted musician who represents a new generation of great players following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Ignacio Berroa and others. Hernandez plays on the cutting edge of today's music with technical prowess and versatility. His drumming also reflects a proud musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition. Giovanni Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales. Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of Jos• Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music. There is a $20-$35 cover.


NYC: HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS: FRIENDS

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, two giants of the jazz world, come together at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Tuesday through Thursday, March 18th through 20th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem "Bring Home Nelson Mandela" became a rallying call around the world for Mandela's release from prison. A pianist, Willis met Masekela when they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. Since then, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don't miss this rare chance to watch the two jazz legends (and dear friends) light up Dizzy's Club. There is a $35-$40 cover.


BOSTON: MARSHA AMBROSIUS: FRIENDS AND LOVERS TOUR

Marsha Ambrosius brings her 'Friends And Lovers Tour' to THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757) on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:30 & 10:00 pm. Already proven as a talented, sought after songwriter and revered platinum-selling artist, Marsha Ambrosius is meeting the next challenge in her already impressive musical career by reinventing herself as a solo artist with her J Records debut disc LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNINGS. Hailing from Liverpool, England, fans first got a taste of Marsha's talent as the singing half of the duo Floetry. Their 2000 debut Floetic produced signature singles like "Say Yes" and "Getting Late" as well as four Grammy nods. Following the 2005 release of their second studio album, Flo'Ology, the ladies veered creatively and personally. While the split was difficult, Marsha continued to build a name for herself as a songwriter and producer, creating "Butterflies"for the late Michael Jackson and other hits for artists such as Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx and Nas. She's been nominated for a total of six Grammys and has been honored by BMI as their Songwriter of the Year. There is a $22 cover.


D.C.: OUR MOOD SWINGS WITH AMAFUJO & KENNETH

Amafujo and Kenneth will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, March 18th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Amafujo and Kenneth met and very quickly realized they had something in common, MUSIC! They have now become each other' muse. The two of them started collaborating and developed a sound of their own. They like to call it NeO-Jazz-Twist. The new school, the old school and alternative mix, makes their sound flow with urban jazzy smooth melodic tones that are soulful, stimulating and sexy. Call for cover/minimum information.

D.C.: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: THAD WILSON QUINTET

The Thad Wilson Quintet will take over as "Artist in Residence" at BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800) every Tuesday night with performances at 7:00 & 8:30 pm. One need not dig too deep into our areas jazz scene before coming across the name Thad Wilson. Since coming to D.C. in 1997, Wilson has become a mainstay in the jazz clubs of U Street and beyond by consistently performing with passion, intensity, and consummate artistry in a variety of settings. In addition to his own considerable abilities, his groups feature some of the finest players in the D.C. area. His worldwide appearances include Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Paris, France; Antigua, Guatemala; Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico; the D.C. Jazz Festival; Atlanta Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and many other cities around the world. In 2003, Thad performed his original suite, Reflections on Romare, at the National Gallery of Art's Romare Bearden exhibition opening in 2005. In 2006 and 2007, he served as Program Director for The National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Garden summer concert series.In 2008, Thad went on the road with the musical production, Ella, which chronicled the life and times of Ella Fitzgerald. He played the role of Donnie and was featured in the play performing a musical impression of Louis Armstrong. Currently, in addition to composing and touring, Thad teaches Jazz Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. There is a $15 cover.


FLORIDA: TOM WOPAT AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Returning for the first time since 2007, Tom Wopat will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Tom Wopat first came to public attention in the late 1970s as the freewheeling Luke Duke on the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. In 1977, he made his Broadway debut in Cy Coleman's I Love My Wife. Wopat went on to perform in the Tony Award•winning City of Angels and Guys and Dolls. He received a Tony nomination for creating the role of Frank Butler in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, opposite Bernadette Peters. In 2008, Wopat returned to Broadway as Tom Hurley in A Catered Affair with Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein. 2011 saw him again on Broadway starring as Frank Abagnale Sr. in the new adaptation of Catch Me If You Can. His TV credits include a leading role in Cybill, a recurring role on Home Improvement, the critically acclaimed NBC movie Just My Imagination, and most recently HBO's Taking Chance alongside Kevin Bacon. Wopat has also become a successful recording artist with many albums to his credit, including A Little Bit Closer, Don't Look Back, Learning to Love, and The Still of the Night. In 2005, he released Dissertation on the State of Bliss, featuring the music of Harold Arlen, and his most recent offering, Consider it Swung. COVER: Tuesday through Thursday: $125 for prix fixe dinner & show; $70 for show only; Friday & Saturday: $135 for prix fixe dinner & show; $80 for show only.


SF: THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

The Tommy Igoe Big Band has a new home at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on select Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians! On the 18th, his special guest vocalist is Chrissi Poland (of Sting & Nile Rogers). Tommy Igoe is one of the world's most prominent drummers and bandleaders. He began drumming at the age of two and has gone on to craft a unique and diverse career traveling the world with many iconic artists, both as drummer and music director. In 1997, he created the drum book for Disney's "The Lion King," a seminal Broadway event performed in more than 50 countries around the world. During his time with the original company, he served as principal drummer and conductor. He has also created several of the world's best-selling music education titles including "Groove Essentials" and "Great Hands For A Lifetime" with the original "Groove Essentials" poster fast approaching 500,000 copies. His new Bay Area recording studio serves both as a world-class recording facility and education site for online and private sessions. For the last seven years, his Birdland Big Band has been the most popular weekly music event in New York City, maintaining a Friday residency at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club. His newest band, hand-picked from the Bay's unique world-class talent, makes its Yoshi's San Francisco debut. there is a $22 cover (see YOSHI'S website for additional dates).

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LONDON: MARLENE VERPLANCK AT THE CRAZY COQS

Marlene VerPlanck will perform at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 18th through 22nd at 8:30 pm. Throughout her career, Marlene VerPlanck has stuck to her guns; paying loving care to the great American standards and new songs from America's finest composers, while ignoring mediocre pop tunes. For her Crazy Coqs debut, Marlene will feature songs from her latest CD BALLADS ... MOSTLY, which has made four 2013 best ten lists in the US, and includes the songs of Harry Warren (I Only Have Eyes for You) and Cy Coleman (Witchcraft). Marlene VerPlanck began her career as a studio musician in New York City, singing hundreds of commercials and backup to everyone from Sinatra to Kiss. She has recorded twenty-two albums that were produced and arranged by her late husband, J. Billy VerPlanck, with some of the world's most important instrumentalists, and has appeared in most of the New York concert venues. Accompanying will be John Pearce on piano and Paul Morgan on bass. Call for cover/minimum information.


LONDON: RICHARD NAVARRO AT THE PHEASANTRY

Richard Navarro will appear at THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017) on Tuesday, March 18th at 8:30 pm. Performing alongside Nicholas Thurston on double bass, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will perform new material alongside his unique violin, double bass and loop pedal arrangements of songs by artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Camille and The Cure. Recent appearances across London and the UK, including coveted jazz venues such as The Stables and support slots for the likes of Joan Armatrading and Gwyneth Herbert, have drawn outstanding reviews, with Richard's witty, original material and unique arrangements entertaining a wide spectrum of audiences. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT ... CONTINUING THE JOURNEY

A bright new production of the Amanda McBroom Project, created by Eric Michael Gillett, Arthur Masella and Musical Director Jeff Cubeta, brings leading ladies of both cabaret and theater together to interpret Amanda's exquisite songs at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) over a run of three nights: Friday & Saturday, March 14th & 15th and Tuesday, March 17th, all shows at 7:00 pm. Performers include Karen Akers, Aisha de Haas, Terese Genecco, Carolyn Montgomery-Forant, and KT Sullivan with Alison Grace Bradbury, Leah Jennings, Eva Kantor, Lauren Stanford, Erin Wegner Brooks and Melanie Vaughan - and more. Amanda McBroom's name first came to the attention of the listening public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song "The Rose" hit number one all over the world. But it was Amanda's performance of her own songs on the Golden Globes, the Grammy awards, and the Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as a songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, The Manhattan Transfer, and Donny Osmond. Her love of, and background in, musical theater (she starred in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and European productions of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, on Broadway in Seesaw, and in Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Mame), compelled her to create a musical based on her songs. 'Heartbeats' made its debut in Los Angeles and the play has enjoyed over 15 regional theater productions around the USA. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JASON MORRIS, MUSICALLY YOGIC AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Jason Morris brings his show 'Musically Yogic' to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Monday, March 17th at 7:00 pm. Born to a classical pianist mum, music was in his blood from the start. Now, a NY-based performer-producer and the creator and co-producer of the Musical Momentum Concert Series (which continues to raise money for teen suicide, sexual violence, and breast cancer causes) he continues to prove that music has not only the power to move us to feel, but more importantly, the power that propels us to act and heal. His newest show "Musically Yogic" is an intimate affair of rare gems, darkly-textured melodies, surprise guests, and of course the signature humour and soaring silky voice that makes audiences adore him. Tracy Stark music directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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NYC: JOE ICONIS & FAMILY AT THE BEECHMAN

Musical theater composer Joe Iconis brings his unique mash-up of showtune cabaret and rock and roll jamboree back to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - / ) on Monday, March 17th at 10:00 pm, just in time for St. Patty's Day! Join Mr. Iconis and his merry band of musical theater punks as they roar their way through a set of Joe's incendiary songs, along with a seasonally-appropriate cover or two. The huge cast of brilliant actor/singers, lunatic musicians and legendary special guests will offer you an evening where searing character studies meet drunken back room sing-alongs. This is no mere concert. This is a great, big, howling love-letter to passionate musical theater at its best and bloodiest. Grease up your kazoo, fill your whiskey glass and stay for a while. It's going to be a helluva night. Iconis has penned the Drama Desk Award nominated Bloodsong of Love, ReWrite, and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, as well as the theatrical concert Things to Ruin (cast recording now available on Ghostlight Records). Several of his songs were featured on season 2 of NBC's "Smash," and his musical The Black Suits is played CTG's Kirk Douglas Theater this past fall. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: TEAM STARKID: TWISTED IN CONCERT

Team StarKid makes their 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) debut on Monday, March 17th with performances at 7:00 & 11:30 pm!. Twisted in concert will star Team StarKid members A.J. Holmes, Andrea Ross, Holly Grossman, Rebecca Spigelman, George Salazar Jeff Blim & Tyler Brunsman. Formed at the University of Michigan in 2009, Team StarKid represents an ensemble of writers, directors, actors and designers. Now based in Chicago, StarKid has garnered over 150 million views and 329,000 subscribers on YouTube; 200,000 Facebook fans; and over 132,000 Twitter followers worldwide. The team has had its albums chart on iTunes and Billboard. This musical parody retells the classic tale of Aladdin ... from the villain's point of view! Long ago in a Magic Kingdom, one misunderstood Royal Vizier went on a quest to save his city from its bumbling sultan, an invading prince, and the most notorious thief to ever live! With the help of the Kingdom's free-spirited, teenage Princess, the Vizier must find a magical lamp containing a wish-granting Djinn (who's really funny, by the way) and defeat the city's most-wanted criminal ... Aladdin! This musical adventure celebrates and lovingly pokes fun at everyone's favorite series of hand-drawn, animated films. There is a $30-$45 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: BLAME CANADA! AT 54 BELOW

Blame Canada! will be presented at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Monday, March 17th at 9:30 pm. Hosted by Cliff Saunders (Les Miserables, The 39 Steps) and featuring a host of Canadian Broadway talent, including Melissa O'Neil (Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar), Ryan Silverman (Passion, Chicago), Aaron Walpole (Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar), Melissa van der Schyff (Bonnie & Clyde, Big River), Robert Creighton (Edwin Drood, The Lion King), Camille Eanga-Selenge (The Book of Mormon), Danielle Wade (winner of Over the Rainbow, Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Wizard of Oz), Alexandra Frohlinger (Soul Doctor, West Side Story nat'l tour), Timothy J. Alex, Evan Alexander Smith, Sam Strasfeld, Keely Hutton, Eric Coles, and Jenny Weisz. Writers with work featured in the concert will include Adam Sakiyama, Bartram and Hill, Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal, Daniel Maté, Jim Betts, Jonathan Monro, Joseph Trefler & Jonathan Pearson, Landon Braverman & Derek P. Hassler, Leslie Arden, Naomi Matlow & Avi Amon, Nicky Phillips & Robert Gontier, Sankoff & Hein, Ted Dykstra, and Veda Hille & Bill Richardson. This evening of the best in Canadian musical theatre will celebrate the launch of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (CMTWC). Founded by Landon Braverman and Joseph Trefler, the CMTWC is a new national organization devoted to supporting and promoting the work of Canadian musical theatre writers both at home and abroad. Proceeds from the evening will go to support the CMTWC and its initiatives. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/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: STEVE ROSS IN "RIDIN' HIGH: COLE PORTER ON BROADWAY"

Steve Ross brings his show "Ridin' High: Cole Porter on Broadway" to BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - ) on Monday, March 17th at 7:00 pm. Ross will take his audience on a magical journey into the world of one of the most literate and sophisticated of all the popular theatrical composers. List songs like "You're The Top" and "Can-Can," saucy numbers like "Let's Do It" and "Give Him The Ooh-La-La," and passionate ballads such as "Night And Day," "Begin The Beguine," and "Every Time We Say Goodbye" are among the many that Steve will include inhis program. Add some delightful bits of Porter bio-data to the mix and a delightful and heartfelt musical portrait emerges. Steve's very special guest will be theater and cabaret favorite Klea Blackhurst. Steve Ross was raised in Washington, DC, and heard a lot of music at home, some from his mother who played piano. In due course, he studied piano himself and by the time he had attended Georgetown University, spent a little time in a seminary, and served in the US Army, he had become an accomplished pianist, drawing his repertoire not from contemporary pop but from the Great American Songbook. In the early 70s he settled in New York City where he soon became well known on the city's cabaret scene. As his personal style developed, so his reputation spread. Ted Hook, owner of Backstage, a piano bar in the midtown theatre district, hired him. The association was hugely successful and in 1979 Hook opened a new club, Onstage, especially to showcase Ross' talents. In 1981, Ross was booked into the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel where he played a considerable part in establishing the room as a perennial favorite of artists and customers. At some venues he would find himself accompanying leading entertainers who happened to be in the audience, among them Liza Minnelli and Ginger Rogers. Ross sings in a light baritone voice, playing the piano with verve. For several years, he has been referred to as 'the Crown Prince of New York Cabaret," an unofficial but merited title. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

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

Every Monday night at 9:30 pm, Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts "Cast Party", a combination open-mic, networking event and party at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) during which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Cast Party is a mix of music, impromptu performance and cocktail party revelry, where showbiz superstars, stunning jazz talents and cabaret glitterati hit the stage alongside up-and-comers to serve up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. It's the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with talented show folk and their fans. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: GORDON CHAMBERS AT THE BLUE NOTE

Gordon Chambers will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592 - ) on Monday, March 17th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Chambers is no stranger to the music industry. The Teaneck, New Jersey, native has written for over 60 recording artists, including household names Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Usher, Brandy, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, and Marc Anthony. He is best known for his 1994 Grammy-winning hit "I Apologize" for Anita Baker and his 1995 No. 1 Grammy-nominated smash "If You Love Me" for the trio Brownstone (which was later featured as the theme song of the film Living Out Loud). More recently, he's penned tunes for superstars like The Isley Brothers, Yolanda Adams, Patti LaBelle & Ron Isley, Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, Angie Stone, and Beyonce. Last year, Chambers broke new ground as an artist with the release of his third solo album, Sincere. The album effortlessly melds a pop and R&B sound with a classic soul aesthetic that is certain to surprise and delight contemporary R&B fans and soul enthusiasts alike. There is a $10-$20 cover.

NYC: RHYTHM IS OUR BUSINESS: THE MUSIC OF THE NAT KING COLE TRIO

Join pianist Chris Pattishall and friends at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Monday, March 17th as they pay tribute to the Nat King Cole trio on what would have been Cole's 95th birthday, with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Cole's influence is incalculable, and he has accordingly been awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the DownBeat Hall of Fame. Chris Pattishall is a young and immensely talented pianist who regularly leads Late Night Sessions at Dizzy's, and he is often seen on our stage as a sideman with a huge variety of bandleaders. Check out this rising star and a prime example of Nat King Cole's endless influence. There is a $25 cover.

D.C.: COLIE WILLIAMS AT BLUES ALLEY

Colie Williams will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Monday, March 17th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Colette (Colie) Williams took the stage after her junior high school teacher recognized her vocal talent. She encouraged Colie to attend Music & Arts High School in Harlem where she majored in vocal studies. After graduation, Colie continued her studies at Syracuse University where she participated in their musical theatre program. Although an education major, performing piqued Williams' inherent love for music and provided her with a restorative experience that she would be unable to deny. Since arriving to the District, Colie continues to gain popularity by frequently appearing in famous U Street corridor venues that include, Bus Boys and Poets, The Islander, and Jo-Jo's. Colie's audiences frequently request her original material during her performances. Call for cover/minimum information.

D.C.: THE BOHEMIAN CAVERNS JAZZ ORCHESTRA MONDAYS

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

LOS ANGELES: TRIPLE THREAT HOSTED BY MICHAEL-LEON WOOLEY

Michael-Leon Wooley presents the first in a series of concerts featuring some of Broadway's best singers in TRIPLE THREAT, an exclusive L.A. showcase, at VITELLO'S (4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA - 818-769-0905 - ) on Monday, March 17th at 8:00 pm. Vitello's will open its doors to the music that sets Broadway aglow and brings audiences to their feet. Hosted by Michael-Leon Wooley (from Broadway's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE MUSIC MAN, and FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE) the evening will highlight three Broadway "Triple Threats:" Chandra Lee Schwartz (Wicked, Gypsy), Maurice Murphy (Spelling Bee, Motown), and Valerie Perri (Evita, Jerome Robbins Broadway). There is a $15 cover.

CABARET EVENTS IN LONDON FOR THIS DATE



LONDON: HILARY O'NEIL AT THE CRAZY COQS

Comedienne and impressionist Hilary O'Neil presents HIL-arious, a one-off show of music, comedy and impressions at THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888 - ) on Monday, March 17th at 8:00 pm. Hilary's career spans 35 years. She has starred in the hit ITV comedy series Copycats as an impressionist and in the West End in shows including Acorn Antiques, Animal Crackers, Shout and Summer Holiday. Call for cover/minimum information.


LONDON: CHRIS CLARK: 'GIVE ME A TUNE' AT THE PHEASANTRY

Chris Clark brings his sell-out jazz 'n blues show which had 5 star rating, from the Edinburgh Festival 2013 to THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017 - ) on Monday, March 17th at 8:30 pm. Clark breathes life into his American Songbook set list, feeding the audience juicy facts about the songs' lyricists, mixing famous standards with lesser known gems. Described as having 'a voice with lovely tone', he shines when he pulls out his guitar and delivers some great jazz solos. Call for cover/minimum information.

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