Joining Feinstein on stage will be the Tedd Firth Big Band and a star-studded guest roster of talent from the Great White Way and beyond, including two-time Tony Award winning actress and singer Christine Ebersole; six-time Grammy Award nominee Nnenna Freelon; veteran singer songwriter and Las Vegas legend Clint Holmes; actor and vocalist Jarrod Spector, whose 2014 starring role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical earned him a Tony Award nomination; 2016 Broadway World New York Cabaret Award nominee Ann Hampton Callaway; vocalist Kenny Washington, who was recently featured on the 2017 Blue Engine Records’ release Big Band Holidays with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; the 2017 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador winner Finn Sagal; and 16-year-old jazz vocalist Alexis Morrast, a two-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winner and winner of “The Best Up and Coming Young Artist Award” from Hot House Jazz Magazine.
Michael Feinstein’s 2018 Jazz & Popular Song series – Celebrating Frank, Dean & Sammy, The Enchanting Lena Horne, and Swinging with the Count – will take place in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit jazz.org.
The Jazz & Popular Song series lineup:
CELEBRATING FRANK, DEAN & SAMMY
March 28-29 | 7pm (Wed), 7pm & 9:00pm (Thurs)
Singer, historian, host, director, and all-around entertainer Michael Feinstein will launch his eighth consecutive year of the Jazz & Popular Song series by celebrating the best of the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. With popular hits like “That’s Life,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Birth of the Blues,” plus unbelievable true stories, Feinstein will transport us back to a time when the Rat Pack reigned as the kings of swing and the nation was swept away by their effortless cool.He’ll be joined by special guest vocalists Finn Sagal, Las Vegas legend Clint Holmes, and the Tony Award nominated Jarrod Spector as well as the Tedd Firth Big Band. Together they’ll bring this exciting time in American culture back to life by showcasing the Count Basie charts that elevated the Pack’s sly showmanship and infused it with a stylish swing that still influences popular music today.
THE ENCHANTING LENA HORNE
May 2–3 | 7pm (Wed), 7pm & 9:00pm (Thurs)
Michael Feinstein continues the Jazz & Popular Song series with a glamorous tribute to an American icon: the enchanting Lena Horne (1917–2010). Horne was a trailblazing singer, actress, and activist who began her career at age 16 in the Cotton Club chorus line. She broke the color barrier in Hollywood and starred in classic musicals like Stormy Weather and Cabin in the Sky, recorded some of the most popular jazz standards of her generation, and lit up Broadway stages with her infectious charisma in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Between her celebrated songbook, inspiring life story, and enduring legacy, Lena Horne offers a perfect concert theme for Michael Feinstein. He still remembers the first time he saw Horne perform, noting that she had one of the most exciting stage presences he had ever witnessed. Michael Feinstein, the Tedd Firth Big Band, and special guest vocalists Nnenna Freelon, 16-year-old rising star Alexis Morrast, and Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole will perform classic standards like “Stormy Weather,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,” transporting audiences back to magical moments from throughout Horne’s career.
SWINGING WITH THE COUNT
May 30-31 | 7pm (Wed), 7pm & 9:00pm (Thurs)
The 2018 Jazz & Popular Song series closes with a swinging celebration of Count Basie. Michael Feinstein provides a glamorous evening of timeless vocal stylings, entertaining anecdotes, and the Tedd Firth Big Band’s sensational swing. Audiences will be captivated by The Appel Room’s stunning view of the Manhattan skyline while enjoying hits made famous by Count Basie and legendary vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sarah Vaughan, and Bing Crosby. Special guest singers Ann Hampton Callaway and Kenny Washington will join Feinstein on classics like “One O’Clock Jump,” “April In Paris,” “The Good Life,” and “Everyday I Have the Blues,” and the Tedd Firth Big Band’s virtuosic instrumentalists will round out the uplifting and elegant affair. Michael Feinstein’s Jazz & Popular Song is one of our longest-running and most popular concert series, and this event will be a climactic finale to its eighth consecutive season.
Ticket prices start at $10. All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased at jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am–9pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor.
Box Office Hours:
Monday–Saturday: 10am–6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain)
Sunday: 12pm–6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain)
Events For December
Cabaret, Talks and Concerts For December
Tis the season to be entertained. Here are picks:
92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 12/2 – 4: Lyrics & Lyricists In the Key of Life: The Genius of Stevie Wonder. Led by Broadway’s Darius de Haas; 12/5: Recanati-Kaplan Talks Death, Let Me Do My Show: Rachel Bloom in Conversation and 12/14: Sharon Stone and Jerry Saltz Talk About Art.
Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 5:30 Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks and 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; Every Saturday at 7pm Eric Comstock with Sean Smith (Bass) & special guest Barbara Fasano (Voice); 12/11: Karen Mason for her annual Christmas show “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!”; 12/12 – 16 Stacy Kent; 12/18: James Barbour returns to Birdland with his annual Holiday Concert: 12/21 – 25: “A Swinging Birdland Christmas” starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch and 12/28 – 31: Marilyn Maye.
Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 12/1 – 9: Sutton Foster; 12/12 – 16: Gavin DeGraw and 12/19 – 31: Michael Feinstein.
Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St. 12/5: Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith; 12/6: Dee Dee Bridgewater with Sean Jones and the NYO Jazz All-Star Big Band; 12/13: Michael Feinstein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet and 12/22 – 23: The New York Pops The Best Christmas of All with Norm Lewis
Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St.
Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street.
Alec Wilder Tribute
Devotees of the Great American Songbook have another reason to love living in New York. Yes, cabaret shows of the music of Porter, Rodgers et al abound here of course, but once a year there is a loving tribute to a lesser-known composer. Some of us may have even passed him on West 44th Street as he was leaving his home in the Algonquin Hotel. This dapper gentleman was Alec Wilder, a musician who wrote classical pieces as well as songs. He wrote words and music, and sometimes let the likes of Marshall Barer, Fran Landesman and even Johnny Mercer supply lyrics. There are a few of these titans who can have one foot in Tin Pan Alley and the other in Carnegie Hall. George Gershwin comes to mind immediately; Cole Porter dabbled but reverted to what he could do best. Wilder also wrote American Popular Song/The Great Innovators 1900-1950, a volume respected by those who love the music of that era.
The Friends of Alec Wilder presented their 38th Annual Concert for an audience of seriously devoted fans of Wilder on November 11th at 54 Below.
Mark Walter, FOAW Board Member and son of noted pianist and friend of Wilder’s Cy Walter, introduced Honorary Host Steve Ross, who along with the ever-amiable Eric Comstock interspersed the music with anecdotes about Wilder which rounded out the portrait of the gentleman being painted so effectively by the rest of the cast.
The afternoon began with one of Wilder’s chamber works, presented lovingly by The Wilderness Trio. Eric Comstock followed, summing up Wilder by saying that his music never went out of vogue because it was never in vogue. Wilder is like that secret ingredient that once having tasted it, one yearns for it thereafter. Eric sang four songs, infusing I’ll Wait with his ineffable sass and charm before being joined by his wife, the spunky and gorgeous Barbara Fasano, who made each lyric come to life in ways Wilder would have appreciated. Sean Smith provided bass support, and the trio which has been a mainstay at Birdland illuminated Wilder’s deep emotional grasp of the human condition.
The Wildebeest Wind Quintet followed with the Alice in Wonderland Suite, which showed Wilder at his classically playful best. Jason Henderson carried some of that lightheartedness into his segment, with two songs that benefited from his natural charm and enthusiasm. Steve Ross made the heart ache a bit with his rendition of the plaintive Did You Ever Cross Over to Sneden’s? before closing the program by encouraging everyone to join him in singing I’ll Be Around, perhaps the best known of Wilder’s songs.
If your interest in Alec Wilder has been piqued, visit alecwildermusicandlife.com.
Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Sutton Foster and Kelli O’Hara With The NY Pops
One Night Only: An Evening with Sutton Foster and Kelli O’Hara with the NY Pops is happening Friday 8pm, at Carnegie Hall. This unique program by NY Pops conductor Steven Reineke, pays homage to earlier icons of stage and screen who teamed up for memorable concerts.
T2C Talks To Paul Iacono, Unfiltered
Actor and writer Paul Iacono, best known for the films Fame, G.B.F., and MTV’s “The Hard Times Of RJ Berger,” returns to The Green Room 42 in “Paul Iacono, Unfiltered,” His bawdy evening of excess and exposé happens tonight Friday, November 17 at 9:30 PM. T2C had a chance to talk to this 3 decade seasoned performer.
Paul Iacono, is best known for his portrayal of the title character on MTV’s “The Hard Times of RJ Berger.” Paul was first featured on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” at age eight, after she discovered his unique talents for impersonating Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman Favorite stage credits include Mercury Fur (The New Group), Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom (Joe’s Pub), Noël Coward’s Sail Away with Elaine Stritch (Carnegie Hall), John Guare’s Landscape of the Body with Lili Taylor and Sherie Rene Scott (Signature Theater), and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs with Donna Lynne Champlin and Michele Pawk (Transport Group). Favorite film credits include MGM’s remake of Fame, Drew Barrymore’s Animal, Darren Stein’s G.B.F., Extracurricular Activities, and Dating My Mother with Kathy Najimy. Iacono’s play Prince/Elizabeth premiered at The Teatro LATEA Theater co-starring Sofia Black D’Elia and Peter Vack, and The Last Great Dame (loosely inspired by his relationship with Elaine Stritch) at Jane Friedman’s HOWL! Happening Gallery. His cabaret “Where’s the Fucking Kid?” premiered at 54 Below, with “Psychedelic Hedonism” following at Joe’s Pub (New York Magazine “Critic’s Pick”), and “Psychedelic Playhouse” at The Green Room 42.
Join Paul for a surreal vaudevillian celebration through the highs, lows, and misadventures from his past five years out of the spotlight. Directed by Eric Gilliland and written by Iacono, Paul weaves insanely personal and wildly hilarious moments from Hollywood to 42nd Street and beyond, accompanied onstage by music director Drew Wutke, with music consulting and arrangements by Peter Saxe.
Paul Iacono, Unfiltered on Friday, November 17 at 9:30 PM at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel).
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