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My View: It’s 11 o’clock – Do You Know Where Carole J. Bufford Is?

My View: It’s 11 o’clock – Do You Know Where Carole J. Bufford Is?

Palm Beach didn’t have to stay up until 11PM to hear jazz/pop vocalist Carole Bufford, the enchanting virtuoso of songs that are labeled 11 o’clock numbers. 11 o’clock numbers are the designation given to the powerful show- stopping songs that usually bring down the house and receive standing ovations towards the end of the second act of a Broadway show. Carole dramatically and effectively sang quite a few of them in her engagement at The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room last night, but her show contained much more than those great songs that brought her to prominence in the New York jazz and cabaret communities. The Royal Room audience got to see and hear the whole spectrum of Carole’s musical and acting prowess, which has won her rave reviews from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. What happens anywhere she performs happened in The Colony. Deserved ovations for this unique songstress who keeps you in rapt attention as she glides through a full spectrum of sound and emotion. All of this excitement occurred in The Royal Room and it wasn’t even 11 PM. Music director Ian Herman’s skillful piano fits Carole like a glove and he was joined by some wonderful local Palm Beach musicians, which included a Royal Room favorite, bassist Paul Shewchuk. 

Carole Bufford  The Royal Room  Feb. 3-6

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The Colony

Carole J. Bufford, The Royal Room, The Colony Hotel

The Colony

Carole J. Bufford

The Colony

Rob Russell & Carole J. Bufford

Ian Herman, Music Director & Paul Shewchuk

Ian Herman, Music Director & Paul Shewchuk

Carole J. Bufford & Eda Sorokoff

Carole J. Bufford & Eda Sorokoff

Stephen Sorokoff, The Colony Hotel

Stephen Sorokoff, The Colony Hotel


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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