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My View: It’s All About Time – Nicolas King Swings At Birdland

My View: It’s All About Time – Nicolas King Swings At Birdland

Nicolas King has spent a long Time in this business and it is now Time for the general public to be as awed by his abilities as professional musicians and singers are. A cabaret performance by Nicolas brings me back to the Time of those great male vocalists who would turn you on with their singular sound, note dexterity, distinctive phrasing, and as musicians refer to rhythmic facility, a great sense of Time. There was a Time when all that was required to excite an audience was a charismatic vocalist who possessed all of these talents and then simply got up and sang 15-20 good tunes. Nicolas brings you back to that Time, but in the hip package of a 24 year old who has been on stage since the age of 4. Way back then he even knew his pianist and music director for the evening, Billy Stritch, whom he met when Billy was with LIza . Although Billy had to point out to Nicolas that they were not friends at that Time because of their age difference. Billy Stritch was accompanying Nicolas and reading the arrangements constructed by the remarkable pianist Mike Renzi, who is usually on the bench for Nicolas. It was the genius of Billy and the genius of Mike which produced a sound which maintained the core elements of Mike’s concepts while allowing Billy to inject his unique and one of a kind melodic and harmonic improvisations. This was a night when Birdland, the “Jazz Corner of the World” had a swinging Time in every corner of the room.

Another article about this show by Stephen can be seen at Broadwayworld.com

Birdland

Nicolas King

Birdland

Billy Stritch

Birdland

Lisa Lampanelli & Julie Budd

Birdland

Eda Sorokoff, Nicolas King, Angela Bacari

Billy Stritch & Julie Budd

Billy Stritch & Julie Budd

Birdland

Birdland

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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 Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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