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Cabaret Nights August 2017


Enjoy the Great American Songbook with Peter and Will Anderson, saluting one celebrated composer every week this month at 59E59 Theaters. Kicking things off on Aug. 2-6, Peter and Will Anderson, twin virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone feature their six-piece band and singer Molly Ryan with the music of Cole Porter. On Aug. 8-13,. Harold Arlen's great songbook includes "Stormy Weather" and "Over the Rainbow." It's "Rhapsody in Blue" and more by George Gershwin on Aug. 15-20. This is followed by Richard Rodgers on Aug. 22-27 with more of the memorable music by America's composers.

Peter and Will Anderson with guitarist Alex Wintz will get you out of the heat again on August 23 at Midday Jazz Midtown and a suggested donation of $10. This large cool space is always a welcome a Wednesday 1pm lunch break. On Aug. 2, catch Carli Munoz on piano and Jesse Murphy on bass. Aug. 9 is an All Gershwin Show with singer Melissa Hamilton, pianist Lee Tomboulian and Hilliard Greene on bass. Scheduled on Aug. 16 is Eyal Vilner Big Band. Jazz singer Kat Gang leads her trio on Aug. 30.

The dog days of summer will perk up in August's cabarets. The Broadway at Birdland series opens the month on Aug. 7 with The Beverly Bombshells (Tiffany Dissette, Heather Lundstedt O'Neill and Leah Sprecher). The tight harmony of the Andrew Sisters connects with today's sound with new arrangements and piano and drums accompaniment. On Aug. 14, Daniel Reichard brings in his new show, Mr. Blue Sky. Aug. 8-12 is time for John Pizzarelli with Sinatra & Jobim @ 50, and guests, Daniel Jobim and special guest, Jessica Molaskey. On Aug. 5,19, Eric Comstock and Sean Smith make their beautiful music on piano, vocals and bass, proving that Saturday night is not the loneliest night of the week at Birdland. On Aug. 12, singer/pianist/composer Tony DeSare brings in his own show. All are at 6pm. Mark down Aug. 28 at Birdland when Natalie Douglas returns for the second in her monthly series of Tributes, this time saluting, Ronstadt, the music of country and folk-rock singer, Linda Ronstadt.

Michael Feinstein returns to his New York home, Feinsteins/54Below, from Aug. 8 into Sept.3. The show is called Showstoppers and he adds a few favorite guests who have stopped some shows themselves, Erich Bergen (Aug. 12), John Lloyd Young (Aug. 23-27) and Betty Buckley (Aug. 29-Sept.3). August 1,3 opens with theater/cabaret favorite, Tovah Feldshuh with Aging Is Optional.

Note this down. There is a new cabaret venue in town. Opened in 1968, Beach Cafe, has become a favorite Upper East Side neighborhood cafe, on 70th St. and 2nd Ave. It's casual, with good food and some popular singers you will want to see, Jeff Harnar with Easy to Love-The Words and Music of Cole Porter on Aug. 3,4,5 at 9:30pm. T. Oliver Reid saluting Bobby and Cole: The Singer and The Songs, on Aug. 10,11,12. Karen Akers delivers Akers Sings Porter: Anything Goes on Aug. 24,25,26. On Thurs.,Fri.,Sat., at 11pm, you are invited to a Late Night Beach Party with host/singer/pianist/all-around-talent, Mark Nadler. Beach Cafe is reasonable and a real treat for the Upper East Side. Contact at 212-988 or

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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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