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Cabaret Nights October 2016


A harbinger of autumn is always the jazz piano wizardry of Barbara Carroll,  found every Saturday evening at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club. Listen to her play, "Autumn in New York" and you'll forget about summer. Also at Birdland is Natalie Douglas   with the uplifting joy of Freedom Songs 2016-Songs of Justice and Joy. (Oct. 3). Jenna Esposito  celebrates Columbus Day with Italian Underground on Oct. 12. Leading man Bryce Pinkham  stops in with Between the Moon and Me on his night off from Broadway's Holiday Inn. Power couple, Orfeh and Andy Karl , entertain with Songs From the Crypt on Oct. 31. Also featured are jazz performers Jane Monheit  (Oct. 18-22) and Kurt Elling  from Oct. 26-29. Greet October on Sunday the 2nd with Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano  celebrating Helluva Town: A New York Songbook. Jamie deRoy and Friends,  like Julie Gold, Marilyn Maye, Brandon Victor Dixon and Steven Scott on Oct 16.

The Cafe Carlyle season continues with multi-talented Laura Benanti  until Oct. 8 with Songs From Soprano Isle. Worth the price, it's a feast on every level, with vocals and humor. You won't go wrong with the next entertainer either, Christine Ebersole  with After The Ball from Oct. 11-22. Ana Gasteyer  continues the run of outstanding female vocalists (Oct. 25-Nov.5).

At the Triad, "That Algonquin Kid," Michael Colby, will present his songs, benefiting Child Find of America with songs from several of Colby's shows, Tales of Tinseltown, Boynton Beach Club, the First Family of Second Avenue.  Guests include Robert Cuccioli, Peggy Eason, Jeff Harnar, Daryl Sherman and Maureen Taylor

At Don't Tell Mama, Tommy Femia & Steven Brinberg evoke images of Judy Garland & Barbra Streisand Live! Oct. 1,8,29 with Ricky Ritzel at the piano. Ira Lee Collins, The Gay Geezer returns to DTM on Oct. 10,17. Micaela Leon brings intriguing flair to DTM on Oct. 3 and Sally Darling entertains with some Noel Coward on Oct. 16.

Midday Jazz Midtown  is a series of one-hour concerts on Wednesdays at 1pm at Saint Peter's Church. $10 donation is requested. On Oct. 5, it features singer Amina Figarova. Gene Bertoncini (guitar), Melissa Stylianou (singer) and Ike Sturm (bass) perform on Oct. 12. There's the great mother-and-son duo Sandy Stewart (singer) and Bill Charlap (piano) (Oct. 19) and Ronny Whyte ends the month on Oct. 26.

Leslie Orofino brings her vocals and humor to the Metropolitan Room on Oct. 6 and 16 with Cocktails with Cole ~ The Life and Times of Legend, Cole Porter. Stephen Hanks Presents New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits with Susan Winter on Oct. 7 with Love Rolls On. On Oct. 9, Jim Brochu, continues his stories and songs of Ethel Merman in Merman and Me . On Sept. 15, Billie Roe, presents the second of three shows, Billie Roe - Monopoly: Singing the lives from Baltic Avenue to Broadwalk. Tues. evenings continue with the great Annie Ross. On Oct. 21, performers support salute a generous couple with This is Your Night, Larry and Adela Elow. Elegant Welsh singer, Iris Williams on Oct. 22, ends the Mabel Mercer performances. On Oct. 30, actress/chanteuse Adrienne Haan will return with the sounds of Weill after a previous show last month to a full house and a theatrical performance.

It's time for the 27th New York Cabaret Convention   from Oct. 18-21 at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Hosts each night are KT Sullivan (Opening Gala, Oct. 18), Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci are "Saluting Stephen Sondheim," Oct.19, Rex Reed ("Saluting Sylvia Syms," Oct. 20), Klea Blackhurst ("Saluting Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse," (Oct. 21). An additional Mabel Mercer performance features Sidney Myer, a multi-talented, engaging performer with an old-time style all his own, on Oct. 16 with shows at 4pm and 7pm. You'll love him! More information on

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New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street,646) 476-3551. The club is just below the stage of Studio 54. For tickets, call (866) 468-7619. Reasonable, interesting menu and dramatic decor. The sightlines are all good. Seats about 144. Covers vary but they are reasonable. Credit cards are accepted.

Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street. (212)-206-0440. A favorite. Friendly, comfortable and reasonable. Covers are $15 to $35, depending on performer and two-drink minimum. Serves tempting pies, cakes (try the carrot cake), and a few snack bowls. Alas, food is not included in drink minimum. Every Tuesday, Annie Ross swings with great band.

Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46 St. (212) 757-0788. Middle of theatre district with cabaret and a lively piano bar seven days a week. A long time favorite, reasonable, run well with wide variety of talent and friendly staff. Covers vary but are reasonable, plus two drink minimum. Credit cards not accepted.

The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street on 7th Avenue.Piano bar with an open mike downstairs and singers upstairs. Check out weekly events.

The Laurie Beechman Theater, West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42 Street. (212) 695-6909.$15 minimum plus cover. Besides nightly performers, they present New Voices on Monday nights ($10 cover). Friday nights is The After Party (No cover, no minimum). This spot is always adding something new.

Time Out Lounge, West 50 St., west of Eighth Avenue. If you're around New World Stages, take the elevator down to this no-cover little bar with jazz and standards.

Birdland, 315 W 44th St. NYC. Phone: 212-581-3080. Cabaret features Monday nights with "Broadway at Birdland" at 7pm. Then stay on for Jim Caruso's Cast Party, 9:30pm to 1:00am ($10 Cover and a $10 Food/Drink Minimum). Bar, minimum $5 plus cover. Offers good Cajun cooking at reasonable prices.

Iridium, 1650 Broadway (51st Street), (212) 582-2121. Monday nights with legendary Les Paul is a must-see. Strong jazz lineup the rest of the week and some solid jazzy singers. Prices vary.

Midtown Jazz at Midday, St. Peter's Church, Lexington Avenue and 54th Street, (212) 935-2200. A real bargain. Every Wednesday, bring your sandwich, pay $2 and watch top-notch jazz or cabaret artist for an hour. Begins 12:30pm.

Reprise Room @ Dillon's, 254 West 54 Street. NYC. Every Monday night, Back in Pictures, songs from movies. Check schedule.

Broadway Baby Bistro at Broadway Comedy Club. 318 W. 53 St. NYC., 212-757-5808. A piano bar and show room. Credit cards accepted.

The Triad Theatre, 158 W. 72nd St., 212-362-2590. Climb up the winding stairs to the cabaret room. Frequently features Off-off Broadway shows Covers vary often $10 or $15 or higher.

Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street. 212-962-7555 or 212-539-8778. Good news/bad news. This is not a concert space and not a cabaret space, but a bit of both. It lacks intimacy but usually features intriguing artists and some big names trying new venues. Can be packed and some sightlines are undesirable, yet excitement level can be high. You must buy tickets in advance and then make seating/dinner reservations. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person.

When price is no object

Cafe Carlyle, Madison Avenue at 76th Street. (212) 744-1600. Beautiful room for posh night out with big-name entertainer. Monday night is jazz night with Woody Allen, if he shows up. Cover is high, and varies.

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