There weren’t any protests, walkouts, or dissension at The 27th New York Cabaret Convention produced and sponsored by the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Only complete agreement that’s it’s one of the best entertainment experiences of the year. “Madam Chairman” and artistic director KT Sullivan kept complete order as one by one the wonderful vocalists made their case to the extremely knowledgeable “delegates” filling Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. It’s not politically correct to pick winners at the annual event which presents newcomers and veterans of the cabaret art form, but I have one. The Audience! For two hours they hear some great music and get a potpourri of diverse singing styles that make the long evening seem brief. The superb song stylist and New York based vocalist Natalie Douglas was deservedly presented the prestigious Donald F. Smith award, and legend Maureen McGovern received the Mable Mercer Award. I was even able to stream live from my camera, and got better transmission results because of the antenna that seemed to be a part of KT Sullivan’s hat.
Performing in the Conventions opening night were, KT, Robert Creighton, Karen Oberlin, T. Olivier Reid, Barbara Fasano, Stefan Behdnarczyk, Stacy Sullivan, Jacob Storms, Christina Bianco, Eric Yves Garcia,, Vivian Reed, Natalie Douglas, Matt Baker, Kelly McDonal, Kristoffer Lowe, Kim David Smith, Susan Winter, Carole J. Bufford, and Maureen McGovern.
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