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My View: Why Enjoy Just One Woman When You Can Have Two In The Same Night!

My View: Why Enjoy Just One Woman When You Can Have Two In The Same Night!

It might require a bit of stamina but if you can move fast you can hear Marilyn Maye at a 7PM show at Feinstein’s/54 Below… only stay for one standing ovation and then scoot down to Birdland at 44th street just in time for Ann Hampton Callaway’s taking the stage to another standing ovation at “The Jazz Corner of The World”.  Is there another place on the planet where 2 of the greatest female jazz/pop vocalists are appearing within 1/2 mile?  Marilyn’s show is called “Carrying The Torch” and as the world knows she is capable of running with that torch and lighting the flame at the Olympics, but in this case she is keeping the flame of the American Songbook burning.  

Ann Hampton Callaway in her Birdland show titled “The Ella Century” is reminding a standing room only audience of how great the First Lady of Song was and how great Ann Hampton Callawy is.

Marilyn Maye is celebrating her birthday but she is growing down instead of up.  Her vocal ability seems to only get stronger and more exciting with years.  Ten blocks south, Ann Hampton Callaway is maturing and keeps getting more exhilarating and inspiring with every engagement.   You don’t have to have two in one night, but even if you have them one at a time it will be one of the most exciting nights of song you can have.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of these two shows press the link to

Marilyn Maye, Feinstein’s/54 Below

Ann Hampton Callaway, Birdland

Marilyn Maye, Feinstein’s/54 Below

Ann Hampton Callaway, Birdland

Ann Hampton Callaway & Eda Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff & Marilyn Maye

Feinstein’s/54 Below


(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of these 2 shows go to


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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