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Cabaret Nights December 2013
An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
December will be rockin' 'n rollin' in '50's and '60's style at the 92nd Street Y on Dec. 9, a celebration of songwriter Mike Stoller's 80th birthday. On hand to perform are guests including Tommy Tune, The Coasters, Bette LaVette, Melissa Manchester, Ben E. King and many more. Hosted by Paul Shaffer, splash on your "Love Potion #9" and let the memories flow to those tunes Stoller wrote with Jerry Leiber. All proceeds from this concert will benefit music at 92nd Street Y.
Going back to the '20's and '30's, you may have heard Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks set the mood on HBO's Broadwalk Empire. But you could catch this busy 11-piece band, led by Giordano on his jazz tuba, live in rooms around town. This month, their schedule includes playing at the Iguana Tex-Mex Restaurant (240 W. 54 St) on Dec. 2,3 9,10,16,23, 30. That's not all, they will join jazz luminaries including Quincy Jones in a gala benefit for the Louis Armstrong House Museum. This event is at the Manhattan Penthouse (80 Fifth Ave. 17th floor) on Dec. 11. At Town Hall, they heat up Gotham Holiday Swing on Dec. 17.
Miracle of Miracles: A Chanukah Extravaganza will fill the Symphony Space (2537 Broadway) on Dec. 2, when The National Yiddish Theatre ( Folksbiene ) salutes singer and actor, Theodore Bikel, who celebrates his 90th birthday next May. Stars scheduled to perform include Emmy-winning actor Fyvush Finkel, klezmer fiddler Frank London, Russian performer, Psoy Korolenko, Joanne Borts ( Once ) and others. For tickets, call the box office at 212/864-5400 or by visit www.symphonyspace.org.
For two nights, Dec. 7 and 12, 54 Below presents the expressive power of vocalist, James Barbour in his Holiday Concert. For one of the original Jersey Boys, Daniel Reichard, It's Christmas... Again on Dec. 10, 19. Holiday time is always right for The Sound of Their Music: Rodgers and Hammerstein@54 Below and their songs will be sung on Dec. 14 by Christiane Noll, Darius DeHaas, Ashley Brown, Tom Wopat. It's also a jolly holiday with Jennifer Holliday from Dec. 26–29. Terese Genecco invites you to have yourself a merry little big band with her on Dec. 17, all these at 54 Below.
See how some good training and enthusiasm can turn a wannabe singer into a "star." At the Triad on Dec. 12, singer and teacher, Linda Amiel Burns, presents The Singing Experience. Over the years since 1977, her program has been featured in interviews and on television. On Dec. 9, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano and Jeff Harnar keep the party going with Rat Pack Poet: The Songs of Sammy Cahn .
Jazz at Kitano (66 Park Ave. and E.38th St) features the Ronny Whyte Trio on Dec. 18. The next evening, the Daryl Sherman Trio returns to Jazz at Kitano with Harvie S on bass and Houston Person on tenor sax. (Dec. 19). The Kitano is an attractive new center for jazz with a Sunday brunch every week hosted by Tony Middleton . and presenting live jazz at 8pm and 10pm from Wed. to Sat.
KT Sullivan celebrates iconic singer, Mabel Mercer, with Mainly Mabel, a brunch show on Dec. 15 at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room. Her special guest will be Daryl Sherman .
At the Metropolitan Room, Baby Jane Dexter gives us More Rules of the Road as she continues on Dec. 5, 15 and 27. On Dec. 9, 10, 16, 27, Anita Gillette proves why she has become a cabaret favorite as well as a busy TV and film star. Some tributes at the club this month include singer/actress Jennilind Parris with A Woman of Character: A Tribute To The Incomparable Carol Burnett. (Dec. 6,21). Sinthia Starr salutes Patricia Neal--A Remarkable Life (Dec. 15, 22) . Oleg Frish, Carl Alfino, Michelle DellaFave, Tom D'Angelo and Randy and The Rainbows will be Celebrating Sinatra's Birthday on Dec. 14. Earlier that same day, Larry Liso is Remembering Sinatra.
And by the way, what are you doing New Year’s Eve? It will be the third New Year gala for Marilyn Maye with two shows at the Metropolitan Room. While Loston Harris and his band are cookin' in the Bemelmans Bar, the Carlyle's favorite swingin’ vocalist, Steve Tyrell is next door at the Cafe Carlyle December and through New Years Eve. At the Blue Note, you can catch popular jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. Natalie Douglas performs early and late shows at the Duplex. Don't Tell Mama offers dinner and cabaret with Tommy Femia and Rick Skye, as Judy and Liza. At 54 Below, Chita Rivera brings two shows and the Birdland Big Band will be swinging in two sets at the legendary jazz club. It will be a Speakeasy Broadway Bash at the Triad to see in the New Year.
Plenty to do in the cabaret scene on New Year's Eve! See you next year.
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