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Cabaret Nights February 2015
An Annotated List of New York's Leading Cabaret Venues
CABARET NIGHTS – February 2015 Last month at Birdland, Jazz Party With Natalie Douglas took over the early Sunday evening slot. With Mark Hartman leading her band, the vivacious Douglas will bring your weekend to a lively tuneful finale. Natalie Douglas is an irresistible talent. Other irresistible talents this month at Birdland include Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, presenting Only in New York: A Big Apple Valentine on Feb. 9. The John Pizzarelli Quartet swings in from Feb. 3-7 and Marilyn Maye keeps the fire going from Feb. 10-14. On Feb. 23, Julie Halston hosts the Fifth Annual Broadway Belts for PFF with some of our town's major belters to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Sydney Myer, the popular majordomo/actor/singer at Don't Tell Mama, is beloved in the cabaret community for his genial encouragement to performers, particularly newcomers. Some names making their mark this month include Marci Kraft who invites you to Come Party With Marti and her piano man, Billy Stritch on Feb. 4,5,7. Jorge Altamirano presents HIstory: Growing Up and Coming Out! Reviewing Pop Songs From the 70's, 80's, and 90's. on Feb. 10, 14. Bistro Award Winner, Tanya Moberly continues with Songs I Feel Like Singing, four different shows with four different musicians and on Feb. 20 and 25, her accompanist is guitarist, Sean Harkness. In a show directed by Marilyn Maye, Cat Gorman performs with the Barry Levitt Trio on Feb.19,21. Sarah Kimball continues with Demon Lover & Songs of Other Dimensions on Feb. 21, built around the song, "Demon Lover" and the music of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Webb and Cy Coleman. That's a flavorsome mix of talents.
Still the best noon break in town is Midday Jazz Midtown, offering an hour of good music on Wednesdays at 1pm at Saint Peter's Church. Two upcoming shows are Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers exploring the exotic cabaret sounds of Montmartre and prohibition-era New York. On Feb. 11, Daryl Sherman & Art Baron join piano and trombone.
The Metropolitan Room offers Laurie Krauz' delicious Jazz Soup on Feb. 3. Joining Laurie are Mary Foster Conklin, Alexis Cole, Thos Shipley and Rebeca Vallejo and super trio led by Daryl Kojak. Listen to some Beautiful Songs by beautiful Maxine Linehan, Feb. 4,6,20. T. Oliver Reed brings suave uptown sophistication with, Drop Me Off at Harlem on Feb. 1,8,22. Celebrating romance, cabaret producer, Joseph Macchia, presents a banquet of Broadway songs in It's Only Love on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
Speaking of Valentine's Day, Buster Poindexter brings his own brand of romance to the Cafe Carlyle during his run from Feb. 10-21. Returning on Feb. 24-Mar.7 is Alexa Ray Joel.
The 54 Below calendar presents theater's gorgeous diva, Marin Mazzie, who is a dynamite cabaret performer. Catch her show on Feb. 4-7. Aging Is Optional is the philosophy of Tovah Feldshuh, who proves it on stage from Feb. 19-21. The lovely vocals of Christine Andreas are perfect for romancing Valentine's Day at 54 Below (Feb. 13,14). Some of Broadway's favorite couples start even earlier, like A Very Broadway Valentine's Day with Santino Fontana and More on Feb. 12. Even after Valentine's Day, Paolo Szot keeps the mood simmering from Feb. 24-28.
For me, the Rainbow Room can't be beat as the most glamorous New York spot for a Valentine's Day tete-a-tete. Depend on the ever-busy Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks to light up an unforgettable evening of romance and music.