Upcoming Events Upcoming Events available at metropolitanroom.com http://metropolitanroom.com/rss.cfm Thu, 28 May 2015 10:55:46 PST en-us Upcoming Events https://s3.amazonaws.com/webassets.ticketmob.com/TS/templates/images/logos/metropolitanlogonew.png http://metropolitanroom.com/rss.cfm Copyright 2015 metropolitanroom.com http://metropolitanroom.com/ <![CDATA[Arlo Hill]]> I'VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: The Songs and Stories of Frank Loesser
 
The New York Times raves: "The charismatic theater singer Arlo Hill... didn't merely sing the work of the songwriter who turned Broadway on its ear... He became Loesser's champion and surrogate!"
 
Hailed at Carnegie hall as a "powerhouse baritone" with a "stunning voice and stage presence," Lotte Lenya Award winner Arlo Hill (The Phantom of the Opera, The Most Happy Fella) makes his Metropolitan Room debut with the music of Frank Loesser.
 
I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE goes behind the scenes with the writer of Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and much, much more.  A musical journey from the back rooms of the Tin Pan Alley to the silver screen of Hollywood to the Great White Way.
 
Discover the joys of Loesser’s music, and explore the little-known gems that are too rarely in the limelight.
 
"A triumphant success on every level... not only for Arlo Hill, but for Frank Loesser's legacy." 
--ShowBizChicago
 
Musical Direction by Rick Hip-Flores (Fun Home, Beautiful, Rocky, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot)
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Thu, 28 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185811
<![CDATA[Charlotte Patton]]>
She’s been married and not.  She’s had serious relationships, flings, and romances with men of all ages (but mostly younger). She's experienced all the charms, foibles, and idiosyncrasies of the opposite sex – and loves them anyway. Now, actress and comedian Charlotte Patton will bring all of that worldly wisdom to her sensual, provocative, and playful new cabaret show “Celebrating Men (Bless Their Hearts),” to The Metropolitan Room. 
Patton’s show is Directed by Award-winning cabaret performer Karen Oberlin with Musical Direction by MAC Award winner Barry Levitt. Recent MAC Award winner Tom Hubbard is on bass. Peter Napolitano contributes as Creative Consultant.








Charlotte Patton started her cabaret career at the beloved New York club Eighty-­‐Eights after attending the Cabaret Symposium at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.  After doing several shows at Eighty-­‐Eights, Charlotte focused on her acting career, appearing in New York and regional theaters.  She has played a surprising number of alcoholics, including Evie, the recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon in The Gingerbread Lady; the vicious pill-­‐popping, alcoholic mom in Sympathetic Division; a rich drunk doyenne in The Theory of Color; a horny drunk in Isaac Brody’s film The Raffle; and the tipsy mom in Averie Storck’s award-winning independent film Showers of Happiness.  One of her favorite (non-­‐alcoholic) roles was in the two-character Marriage Play by Edward Albee.  Last year she shot her first horror film, Child Eater, currently in post-production.
 
 
 
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Thu, 28 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190770
<![CDATA[Marissa Mulder]]> Marissa Mulder returns with an exciting new show called " Instincts". 
From Sara Baraeilles to Stephen Sondheim
Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys. 

Musical Director: Nate Buccieri 

" Ms. Mulder has given us a virtual definition of what cabaret is all about, the projection of ones own soul through the lens of songs written by someone else." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal 
 
" Ms. Mulder sang as if the song were torn from inside of her and reduced the room to a hushed silence. " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 
 
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Fri, 29 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=160065
<![CDATA[The Swingaroos]]> The Swingaroos Territory Band

 
The Swingaroos are NYC's underground jazz band. With a suitcase full of original 1940's-inspired songs and Hit Parade covers from the '20s to the 2010s, the 'Roos continue the tradition of the swing-era Territory Bands. Fronted by award-winning vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/lyricist, Kimberly Hawkey, and pianist/arranger, Assaf Gleizner, this sextet of swingin' hot noise has been heard all over the Empire City and beyond; from the seediest roadhouses to the stateliest of music halls.
 
The Swingaroos' debut album, "All Aboard!", features the same great original tunes heard at their live shows and is available now at www.theswingaroos.bandcamp.com. Visit them on the web at www.theswingaroos.com, or keep track of their travels on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@theswingaroos).
 
A little kitschy, a little classy and a lotta fun: The Swingaroos are NYC's Midwestern-Born, New Orleans-bound, Hollywood-exploited 1940s Territory Band. ALL ABOARD!
 
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Fri, 29 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182596
<![CDATA[Let's Get Smashed]]>

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Fri, 29 May 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205242
<![CDATA[Stand-Up Comedy Intro Class]]> If you think you're funny and you want to share it with the world, this could be your shining moment.

Learn the basics about business of Stand-Up comedy.  You'll be instructed with skills to see what makes a story a joke and how to put it all together.  You'll have some fun with your classmates in learning how to present yourself on stage and how to do a simple comedy set.  From there, you'll be instructed as to the next steps if you want to pursue comedy as a career and all the options you have in comedy writing, stand up and more.  
 
While professional comedians make jokes seem effortless and off-the-cuff, they often follow a writing principle that dates back to the time of Aristotle. Here’s a breakdown of one of a writer’s greatest tools.
 
Most comedians spend years developing their unique perspective and voice, but performers at every level must incorporate the same basic writing principle in their acts: the rule of threes. Like the Latin phrase omne trium perfectum, which translates to “everything that comes in threes is perfect,” the rule suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier or more satisfying than other numbers. From the Three Stooges to the three-act story structure to the permanent global peace that followed World War III, this principle goes beyond comedy to impact classic storytelling and rhetorical theory.
 
Comfort in Numbers
 
This principle is particularly useful to comedians for writing jokes and structuring their sets. The human mind constantly forms associations (called schemas by psychologists) among the information it receives, naturally generating an expectation of what is to come based on those schemas. The rule of threes provides comedians with the simplest, most efficient way to both establish a pattern and subvert that pattern with an unexpected conclusion. You may also notice the rule of threes in the construction of standup and sketch sets in which a joke or premise is revisited over the course of a show. As a key principle behind Pavlovian cues and hypnosis, repetition generates familiarity with the audience and makes jokes last in long-term memories, generating a greater impact as the joke reappears throughout the set. After the third time, however, that impact starts to diminish, and by the fifth time, it may not land at all.
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Sat, 30 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207879
<![CDATA[Melissa Gerstein & Elizabeth Eiel]]>
Elizabeth Eiel:  An Iowa native, received her Masters in vocal performance at Manhattan School of Music. She has performed extensively through out the New York Metropolitan area with American Singers Opera Project, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Garden State Opera, Chelsea Opera, Bronx Opera & St. Jean Players singing both opera & musical theater.  Ms. Eiel made her Town Hall debut to a full house with One World Symphony  singing Maria in West Side Story Suite #1. Ms. Eiel currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and little girl. 
 
Melissa Gerstein has gained considerable notice in the New York City music scene. Her background includes training and performance at the American Singers’ Opera Project in New York City, Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice in France, University of Miami’s Summer in Salzburg and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Italy. Ms Gerstein has also performed with such opera groups as the Dell’arte Opera Ensemble, the Little Opera Company of New York, Amato Opera, Chelsea Opera, and One World Symphony Orchestra. When she performed the role of Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with the famed Amato Opera company, a New York Sun review stated: “Melissa Gerstein was a versatile Dorabella, putting her all in to ‘Smanie implacabili,’ an aria just a little too tragic for us not to hear the cackle of Mozart in the background.” A few of her operatic credits include, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Siebel in Roméo et Juliette, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Auntie in Peter Grimes and Bianca in Rape of Lucretia. The past several years, Ms. Gerstein has been specializing in public relations, marketing and artistic administration. She serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Director for the Art Song Preservation Society, a company where she helps produce concerts, masterclasses and special events. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Underworld Productions Opera Company. Ms. Gerstein resides in New York.

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Sat, 30 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203379
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively evening of Jazz, Blues, Funk and R&B. “Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Sat, 30 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183734
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182740 <![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196010 <![CDATA[Debra Allee & Joan Petrella]]> Debra Allee and Joan Petrella are back at the Metropolitan Room with a new show—it’s about MEN. The two singers explore this enticing subject from a woman’s point of view, through a wide range of songs, from jazz standards, musical theater tunes, and rollicking rock/disco. Teri Ralston directs and Dan Furman is musical director and leads the trio—piano, bass and drums. ]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199696 <![CDATA[Val Moranto]]> "Val Moranto: At Last~ A Night of Acoustic Blues"   will be me in my raw, real & unplugged state. where my blues and soul singing is where my voice lives.  I will be putting my own blues, soul and r&b spin on classic pop, musical theatre, blues and jazz songs!

Val Moranto is thrilled to be making her 2nd appearance at the Metropolitan Room!  She recently finished a highly successful run of Les Miserables at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Fl.   That was Val’s 2nd time at the Les Miz rodeo~ the first being at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.  Other favorite Broadway Benefit, Touring, Recording and Regional credits include:  The Who’s Tommy as the Acid Queen on tour, Fiddler on the Roof as Fruma Sarah at both the Ogunquit Playhouse and the Fulton Theatre, Beehive in the Janis Joplin track directed by the one and only Donna Drake, The Actor’s Fund Benefit of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with an all star cast performed at the August Wilson Theatre, Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway 101 and Only Make Believe Benefits and the NYC reading/demo/promotional recording of Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey’s Helen Hayes Award Nominated Brother Russia.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to Joseph Macchia, Kevon Morin, Will Perez, Dana Iannuzzi and my amazing husband Tom Janus for his ongoing support. This and every performance is dedicated to the loving memory of my mom…who is watching tonight from the best seat in the house!]]>
Sun, 31 May 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=179911
<![CDATA[T Oliver Reid]]>


Singer and Broadway star T. Oliver Reid leads what he describes as “a club hopping journey through the swanky clubs and low down joints of 1934 Harlem,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andy Razaf, and more. In this new show, Reid performs each number with the unmistakable dramatic flair of a musical theater veteran, and he also provides an overview of the clubs, musicians, and social context of the music. Funny, informative, and a consummate showman, Reid will transport you back to the heyday of iconic venues like the Cotton Club. “In 1934, on a Saturday night in New York City, if you were boozin’ and jazzin’, you were doing it in Harlem.” 80 years later, we’re doing it right here at Metropolitan Room.

T. Oliver Reid - "Take The 'A' Train/Drop Me Off In Harlem" - Live At The Metropolitan Room 11.09.14 from T. Oliver Reid on Vimeo.

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Sun, 31 May 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183022
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO  ~ SHOULDER SEASON

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano return to Metropolitan Room for six nights in June with a swinging summer cocktail of lazy days, blue skies, & exotic lands in SHOULDER SEASON.



SHOULDER SEASON is a phrase borrowed from the travel industry that describes the off-peak time between high season and the rest of the year.  SHOULDER SEASON brings with it high expectations, yet is unpredictable. Anything can happen – and we hope it will! If we’re smart, we stay open to wherever the ride takes us. These married musical partners love mixing & mashing the pop & jazz songbooks, from Sinatra to Strayhorn to Springsteen. Like the lovers in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate, Comstock & Fasano take us aboard that bus to the unknown.
 
ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners – they were honored with the MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year – are regular performers at New York’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel’s legendary Oak Room Supper Club. Their fast-paced and swinging exploration of the Big Apple “HELLUVA TOWN: A NEW YORK SOUNDTRACK” (“Exhilarating” – The New York Times) has had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast.

Although they’ve been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger, and Lunt and Fontanne, the “golden couple’s” style is all their own, with a wide choice of material that brings the generations together.  Whether the song is by Cole Porter or Paul Simon, Duke Ellington or Joni Mitchell, Comstock and Fasano make it fresh and new, and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great.  

Stephen Holden of The New York Times declares that "Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." Rex Reed of The New York Observer writes, "He is hip, daring, confident and dynamic. She gives off palpable electricity.  If love is a wave, they’re riding the crest of it."  The New York Post’s Frank Scheck raves, "Their joint venture is a capital idea. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy." 

Comstock and Fasano have been honored as vocalists, recording artists, and writers of their numerous performance pieces. They received an unprecedented three MAC Awards in one year including Vocal Duo of the Year, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Record of the Year. Barbara’s award-winning Record of the Year, “Written In The Stars”, a Harold Arlen collection, is played on radio stations throughout the world, and has been praised in such diverse publications as JazzTimes and Playbill.  Her new CD, “Busy Being Free” drops in 2015.  Eric, a 2015 Bistro Award winner, is the co-creator and star of the long-running Off-Broadway hit revue OUR SINATRA, and recently released his fourth CD, “bitter/sweet”.  

Their many New York engagements include Carnegie Hall, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Feinstein's, The Carlyle,  Birdland, Jazz at Kitano, and the 92nd Street Y's ‘Lyrics and Lyricists’ series. Across the country, they headline at Caramoor, Cooperstown Music Festival, Arizona Jazz Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton, Sheldon Concert Hall and Jazz at The Bistro in St. Louis, Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and in jazz and cabaret clubs, music festivals and concert halls worldwide.  They recently made their London debut at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel.  In the words of jazz critic Ira Gitler, they “have it all, and then some … artistic, swinging, and superbly entertaining.”

Websites:  
www.ericcomstock.net    www.humanchild.com
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Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185249
<![CDATA[Carla Stickler]]>
OPTION UP is a night of music and stories about taking risks and facing challenges while trying to pave your way in the world… with a few high notes thrown in.
 



Carla Stickler is a Broadway performer most known for the role of Elphaba in Wicked the Musical.  She has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Asia and can currently be found at the Gershwin Theatre performing in Wicked 8 times a week.  She has toured with Wicked, Mamma Mia! and The Sound of Music as well as performed in numerous readings and workshops in New York City.  Carla is a huge supporter of the Educational Theatre Association, helping to raise money for college scholarships for high school students around the country.  She also teaches workshops and masterclasses to high school student at the Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE every summer as well as around the NYC.  She is currently pulling double duty and getting her Masters of Arts in Theatre Education at NYU while performing full time.  Being able to share her art with young people has brought a new found love for theatre and music into Carla’s life.  She is excited to be performing at the Metropolitan Room for her first solo show so she can continue to share her passion for the arts.]]>
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=186292
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO  ~ SHOULDER SEASON

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano return to Metropolitan Room for six nights in June with a swinging summer cocktail of lazy days, blue skies, & exotic lands in SHOULDER SEASON.



SHOULDER SEASON is a phrase borrowed from the travel industry that describes the off-peak time between high season and the rest of the year.  SHOULDER SEASON brings with it high expectations, yet is unpredictable. Anything can happen – and we hope it will! If we’re smart, we stay open to wherever the ride takes us. These married musical partners love mixing & mashing the pop & jazz songbooks, from Sinatra to Strayhorn to Springsteen. Like the lovers in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate, Comstock & Fasano take us aboard that bus to the unknown.
 
ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners – they were honored with the MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year – are regular performers at New York’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel’s legendary Oak Room Supper Club. Their fast-paced and swinging exploration of the Big Apple “HELLUVA TOWN: A NEW YORK SOUNDTRACK” (“Exhilarating” – The New York Times) has had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast.

Although they’ve been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger, and Lunt and Fontanne, the “golden couple’s” style is all their own, with a wide choice of material that brings the generations together.  Whether the song is by Cole Porter or Paul Simon, Duke Ellington or Joni Mitchell, Comstock and Fasano make it fresh and new, and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great.  

Stephen Holden of The New York Times declares that "Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." Rex Reed of The New York Observer writes, "He is hip, daring, confident and dynamic. She gives off palpable electricity.  If love is a wave, they’re riding the crest of it."  The New York Post’s Frank Scheck raves, "Their joint venture is a capital idea. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy." 

Comstock and Fasano have been honored as vocalists, recording artists, and writers of their numerous performance pieces. They received an unprecedented three MAC Awards in one year including Vocal Duo of the Year, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Record of the Year. Barbara’s award-winning Record of the Year, “Written In The Stars”, a Harold Arlen collection, is played on radio stations throughout the world, and has been praised in such diverse publications as JazzTimes and Playbill.  Her new CD, “Busy Being Free” drops in 2015.  Eric, a 2015 Bistro Award winner, is the co-creator and star of the long-running Off-Broadway hit revue OUR SINATRA, and recently released his fourth CD, “bitter/sweet”.  

Their many New York engagements include Carnegie Hall, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Feinstein's, The Carlyle,  Birdland, Jazz at Kitano, and the 92nd Street Y's ‘Lyrics and Lyricists’ series. Across the country, they headline at Caramoor, Cooperstown Music Festival, Arizona Jazz Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton, Sheldon Concert Hall and Jazz at The Bistro in St. Louis, Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and in jazz and cabaret clubs, music festivals and concert halls worldwide.  They recently made their London debut at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel.  In the words of jazz critic Ira Gitler, they “have it all, and then some … artistic, swinging, and superbly entertaining.”

Websites:  
www.ericcomstock.net    www.humanchild.com
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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185250
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]>


Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed 
 
Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", "Jackie" and many others.
 
A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.
 
As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.
 
The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer.  Annie Ross is the 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189514
<![CDATA[Shepley Metcalf]]>
Shepley Metcalf:  Going Places 

 
Described by The Boston Globe as the "superb cabaret/jazz singer and her ace piano accompanist," Shepley Metcalf and Ron Roy return to the Metropolitan Room with a new show, GOING PLACES, a tour from Rhode Island to the Riviera, and beyond, via song.  The duo will take you from London to New York to New Orleans, and from heartache to hilarity, with music by Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cole Porter, and other terrific songwriters.  GOING PLACES explores travel in all its guises...and journeys by plane, by train, and by automobile. 
 
Metcalf and Roy presented “The Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace” at the Metropolitan Room in 2010.  The show earned a favorable New York Times review, and their album of these songs garnered a four-star/excellent rating from Britain’s top jazz magazine, JazzWise.  In 2013 Shepley released “The Songs of Laura Nyro,” an 8-song album recorded live at the Metropolitan Room with Janice Friedman on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and Willard Dyson on drums.  And last fall Metcalf and Roy celebrated their new album, “Don’t Bother to Knock,” little-known gems unearthed from the Great American Songbook, at – where else? – the Metropolitan Room.  Reviewing that show, Stage Buddy wrote “possessing a velvety voice with a ragged edge…Ms. Metcalf is musically joined at the hip with her one-man band, extraordinary pianist and arranger Ron Roy.”  Roy is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory and at The Tuscany Project, a vocal workshop held each summer in Italy.  He and Metcalf met at The Tuscany Project (she was a student), and the Boston-based duo have performed together since 2008.  
 
 “Her achingly beautiful interpretation of Cole Porter’s “Who Said Gai Paree?,” a song cut from his musical Can-Can and only recorded by Cole himself, was given an equally heartbreaking arrangement by Mr. Roy, who wove in strains of the familiar “I Love Paris.”  Stage Buddy
 
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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183723
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO  ~ SHOULDER SEASON

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano return to Metropolitan Room for six nights in June with a swinging summer cocktail of lazy days, blue skies, & exotic lands in SHOULDER SEASON.



SHOULDER SEASON is a phrase borrowed from the travel industry that describes the off-peak time between high season and the rest of the year.  SHOULDER SEASON brings with it high expectations, yet is unpredictable. Anything can happen – and we hope it will! If we’re smart, we stay open to wherever the ride takes us. These married musical partners love mixing & mashing the pop & jazz songbooks, from Sinatra to Strayhorn to Springsteen. Like the lovers in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate, Comstock & Fasano take us aboard that bus to the unknown.
 
ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners – they were honored with the MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year – are regular performers at New York’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel’s legendary Oak Room Supper Club. Their fast-paced and swinging exploration of the Big Apple “HELLUVA TOWN: A NEW YORK SOUNDTRACK” (“Exhilarating” – The New York Times) has had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast.

Although they’ve been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger, and Lunt and Fontanne, the “golden couple’s” style is all their own, with a wide choice of material that brings the generations together.  Whether the song is by Cole Porter or Paul Simon, Duke Ellington or Joni Mitchell, Comstock and Fasano make it fresh and new, and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great.  

Stephen Holden of The New York Times declares that "Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." Rex Reed of The New York Observer writes, "He is hip, daring, confident and dynamic. She gives off palpable electricity.  If love is a wave, they’re riding the crest of it."  The New York Post’s Frank Scheck raves, "Their joint venture is a capital idea. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy." 

Comstock and Fasano have been honored as vocalists, recording artists, and writers of their numerous performance pieces. They received an unprecedented three MAC Awards in one year including Vocal Duo of the Year, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Record of the Year. Barbara’s award-winning Record of the Year, “Written In The Stars”, a Harold Arlen collection, is played on radio stations throughout the world, and has been praised in such diverse publications as JazzTimes and Playbill.  Her new CD, “Busy Being Free” drops in 2015.  Eric, a 2015 Bistro Award winner, is the co-creator and star of the long-running Off-Broadway hit revue OUR SINATRA, and recently released his fourth CD, “bitter/sweet”.  

Their many New York engagements include Carnegie Hall, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Feinstein's, The Carlyle,  Birdland, Jazz at Kitano, and the 92nd Street Y's ‘Lyrics and Lyricists’ series. Across the country, they headline at Caramoor, Cooperstown Music Festival, Arizona Jazz Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton, Sheldon Concert Hall and Jazz at The Bistro in St. Louis, Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and in jazz and cabaret clubs, music festivals and concert halls worldwide.  They recently made their London debut at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel.  In the words of jazz critic Ira Gitler, they “have it all, and then some … artistic, swinging, and superbly entertaining.”

Websites:  
www.ericcomstock.net    www.humanchild.com
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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185251
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO  ~ SHOULDER SEASON

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano return to Metropolitan Room for six nights in June with a swinging summer cocktail of lazy days, blue skies, & exotic lands in SHOULDER SEASON.



SHOULDER SEASON is a phrase borrowed from the travel industry that describes the off-peak time between high season and the rest of the year.  SHOULDER SEASON brings with it high expectations, yet is unpredictable. Anything can happen – and we hope it will! If we’re smart, we stay open to wherever the ride takes us. These married musical partners love mixing & mashing the pop & jazz songbooks, from Sinatra to Strayhorn to Springsteen. Like the lovers in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate, Comstock & Fasano take us aboard that bus to the unknown.
 
ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners – they were honored with the MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year – are regular performers at New York’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel’s legendary Oak Room Supper Club. Their fast-paced and swinging exploration of the Big Apple “HELLUVA TOWN: A NEW YORK SOUNDTRACK” (“Exhilarating” – The New York Times) has had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast.

Although they’ve been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger, and Lunt and Fontanne, the “golden couple’s” style is all their own, with a wide choice of material that brings the generations together.  Whether the song is by Cole Porter or Paul Simon, Duke Ellington or Joni Mitchell, Comstock and Fasano make it fresh and new, and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great.  

Stephen Holden of The New York Times declares that "Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." Rex Reed of The New York Observer writes, "He is hip, daring, confident and dynamic. She gives off palpable electricity.  If love is a wave, they’re riding the crest of it."  The New York Post’s Frank Scheck raves, "Their joint venture is a capital idea. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy." 

Comstock and Fasano have been honored as vocalists, recording artists, and writers of their numerous performance pieces. They received an unprecedented three MAC Awards in one year including Vocal Duo of the Year, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Record of the Year. Barbara’s award-winning Record of the Year, “Written In The Stars”, a Harold Arlen collection, is played on radio stations throughout the world, and has been praised in such diverse publications as JazzTimes and Playbill.  Her new CD, “Busy Being Free” drops in 2015.  Eric, a 2015 Bistro Award winner, is the co-creator and star of the long-running Off-Broadway hit revue OUR SINATRA, and recently released his fourth CD, “bitter/sweet”.  

Their many New York engagements include Carnegie Hall, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Feinstein's, The Carlyle,  Birdland, Jazz at Kitano, and the 92nd Street Y's ‘Lyrics and Lyricists’ series. Across the country, they headline at Caramoor, Cooperstown Music Festival, Arizona Jazz Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton, Sheldon Concert Hall and Jazz at The Bistro in St. Louis, Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and in jazz and cabaret clubs, music festivals and concert halls worldwide.  They recently made their London debut at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel.  In the words of jazz critic Ira Gitler, they “have it all, and then some … artistic, swinging, and superbly entertaining.”

Websites:  
www.ericcomstock.net    www.humanchild.com
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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185252
<![CDATA[Kay Matsukawa]]>
Kay Matsukawa "Piano and I"
Piano: Jon Davis


 
Kay Matsukawa
Kay who began her professional music career at the age 18 horned her vocal skills by sharing live performances and recording sessions with some of Japan's most accomplished artists, including Yuming (Yumi Matsutoya), the best-selling female singer/songwriter in Japan. In 1999, Kay teamed with a guitarist Neo to form FAKiE, a guitar/vocal duo, earning critical praise for their breathtaking performance and high quality sound. In August 2006 they performed at "Imperial Jazz Complex" at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. They rode the momentum of that performance into a nationwide tour, playing at major concert halls. In 2007, Kay was awarded a prestigious Artists' Grant from the Japanese Government, enabling her to moved to New York City to further develop her talent. Kay quickly began making a name for herself following a successful New York debut at the Kitano New York in November 2009. In October 2010, Kay, reunited with Neo, appeared at Zinc Bar as a duo (now called K & Neo) for a sold-out show. They followed that show with another sold-out performance, again at Zinc Bar, in February 2011.
 
Kay continued to perform throughout 2011 as a solo singer and appeared at many of the NYC’s top music venues including famed Iridium. In March, after Japanese earthquake/tsunami, Kay appeared in several benefit concerts at Bitter End in Greenwich Village. In April, K & Neo’s version of Summertime – released on their CD, “Timeless” – was featured in UNIQLO’s TV commercials. In June, she appeared as a guest soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble at the United Nations. In September, she made her acting debut in the Off-Broadway play entitled “It’s a Hardbop Life.” And in October, Kay recorded with a two-time Grammy award nominee saxophonist Adam Kolker, and performed as a guest vocalist on his subsequent European Tour. February 2012, Kay briefly returned to Japan for a hugely successful K & Neo concert tour and then back to New York’s Zinc Bar for her first solo concert in two years, performing her original compositions to another sold-out audience. In July, Kay performed at the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, directed by Broadway Music supervisor/conductor Patrick Vaccariello. She is currently in the process of filming “The Center of the Universe,” (scheduled for release in 2014). In 2013, Kay became joined the roster of the Metropolitan Room New York City. In April, she got invited as an international guest performer to the biggest Anime convention in Central America in Costa Rica then she took over 8,000 audience by storm. She will be touring through in Central America as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama and Guatemala.

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203817
<![CDATA[Louis Vanaria & Lucy Caracappa]]>


New York City’s cabaret duo, The L-Train is coming to Metropolitan Room!
The L-Train, featuring vocalists Louis Vanaria and Lucy Caracappa, will be performing toe tapping renditions of some of your favorite duets and heartwarming pop and theater solos from a range of artists such as Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Streisand, Buble, Cher, Sinatra and much, much  more! 
 
Louis Vanaria is a television/movie actor/vocalist whose credits include A Bronx Tale (role of Crazy Mario), recurring roles on TV’s Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire and a role in the upcoming film Friends and Romans starring Michael Rispoli and Annabella Sciora.  Louis has performed cabaret at Foxwoods Casino with Jay Leno and Connie Francis and at the 4 Triple 5 Café in Niagara Falls.  
 
Lucy Caracappa is an accomplished vocalist who performs with club date acts such as The Tony T Orchestra and has graced numerous stages including New York’s Empire City Casino and Florida’s Empire Stage.  She is also a comedic actress and improve performer with Murder Mystery Manhattan and has performed in many musical theater productions such as THE KING AND I as Tuptim and in KISMET as Lalume.
 
The L-Train will perform with the live musicians of The Tony T. Orchestra with Tony Traina himself on the drums, a seasoned Broadway musician.
 
The L-Train will leave you wanting more!  You will walk away humming your favorite tunes and will fall in love with songs you never heard before!  A magical night of music and memories you won't soon forget!
 
 
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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=174213
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!



"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182306
<![CDATA[Filup Groft]]>


Filup Groft is a singer songwriter, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently he resides in New York City; performing his original music around the city, with a monthly show at The Metropolitan Room. Ranging from original scores for theater to customized work for yoga and dance studios, Filup’s music has no limits. He writes to spead the stories of undying love! Keep on the look out for his debut album, "Coming Through" and the new musical, Piano Bar. 

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203059
<![CDATA[50s 60s 70s Summer Concerts]]> Celebrating the Music of the 50's,60's and 70's on June 6th. Some of the best music was written during these decades so we though we would pay tribute to them. Produced by award winning cabaret producer Joseph Macchia. The show will feature performances by Erika Amato,Jay Ober,Briana Davis,Jim Speake,Dorian Woodruff,Gretchen Reinhagen,Stearns Matthews, and Becca Beberaggi. 
 
Andrew David Sotomayor music directs the evening. 
 
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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189546
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182741 <![CDATA[Steve D'Agostino]]> Steve D'Agostino,


Steve D'Agostino has been performing the songs from the "Great American Songbook" for over 30 years. His journey to a commitment of "expression" through the music and lyrics made popular in the United States and around the world by vocalist such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash took root a long time ago.
 
At the age of 8, Steve responded enthusiastically to the opportunity of attending weekly guitar lessons. Playing the guitar and listening to classic vocal performances of standard tunes with his dad at a young age provided Steve with the essential experience and exposure that began to mold his understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm. 
 
At the age of 14, while attending St. Joseph's high school in Trumbull, Steve began to study guitar with Tony Purrone and Sal Salvador at the University of Bridgeport. During his course of study with these university professors, Steve secured a position playing guitar with the University of Bridgeport Big Band under the direction of Gary Riggerio. 
 
In the early 80's, Steve started playing guitar and singing "live" with his first band "Finesse". The band experienced quite a following and established themselves as a successful GB (general business) group in Connecticut performing an average of 100 engagements a year. As Steve continued to evolve, his voice began to be an essential skill that his band began to rely on. As a result of his vocal development, in the the late 80's, Steve began to dedicate himself more on the development of his singing skills.
 
Today, Steve's 30 plus years of experience are evident with every performance as he tenderly delivers melodies on ballads or relaxes the placement of a lyric on any "medium" to "up-tempo" swing tune. This vocal artistry has taken Steve from "coast to coast" and through the dedication of he and his live band, Steve has become "the standard" of this genre of music on the local scene. 
 
In addition to regular engagements at some of the finest restaurants and night clubs in Connecticut, Steve's performing credits include appearances in Las Vegas at The Paris Casino Hotel, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, The Pequot Room at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT and the MGM Grand Theatre. 
 
Steve continues to honor and maintain the tradition of the Great American Songbook today by humbly interpreting the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Every time he stands in front of an audience, his interpretations of these great american songs reminds his audience about the skill and importance of the "art and craft" of songwriting and public performance.
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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=176232
<![CDATA[Viktoria Tocca]]> VIKTORIA TOCCA is a world renowned singer/songwriter. Her first single released in the States, “We’re Still Young”, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s ‘Hot Singles Sales’ chart, climbed quickly to #3 and remained on the chart for over two months. Viktoria’s new single “Ready to Run” is already working it’s way up the charts.

 
After winning the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2011 for the song “Dark Waltz,” she followed up with 14 Indie Music Channel Awards (IMCA) in 2012 and 2013, including “Artist of the Year,” propelling her career in the US. 2014 she won the Hollywood Music in Media Awards again, this time for her hit song “We’re Still Young”.
 
She also performed in major roles in some of the biggest musicals in the world, including Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s master piece “The Phantom of the Opera” for two years, Sissi in the world premiere of the German musical “Ludwig II” and Evita.
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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207611
<![CDATA[Three Act Theatre]]> “The Roads Ahead… and the dreams along the way" is a benefit concert event to raise money for Three Act Theatre Company’s Scholarship Fun. Featured performers will include company members, teen students and special Broadway guests and songs will explore the dreams we all possess and the road to getting there.  100% of the ticket price will go directly towards funding teen scholarships for our Summer Immersion Program, July 6-25th.
 
Three Act Theatre is a New York City based professional company of artists seeking to pass down the tradition of live theatre to generations of emerging talent through education & performance opportunity. Three Act Theatre is dedicated to the development of new works, the new exploration of treasured classics, and the kind of storytelling in each that challenges us to imagine and create a world in which we wish to live.
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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207610
<![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
About Gretchen
Gretchen Reinhagen is a multi-award winning artist, receiving the coveted TRIPLE CROWN of cabaret awards in 2010 - the Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award - for her show “Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard” directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Director David Gaines. Gretchen has worked with some of the biggest names in cabaret including Steve Ross and Karen Mason. Her shows cover a broad range of material from Musical Comedy to Blues and Rock. Former Back Stage and Citysearch critic Roy Sander said, “Gretchen Reinhagen's shows are marked by intelligence, warmth, a lovely spirit of benevolence, and fine vocals. It is always a pleasure to spend an hour in her company.”
 
As both a singer and an actress, she's performed in a broad range of theaters and concert halls from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland. A few of her favorite professional theater credits include Janis Joplin in Beehive, Louise Segar in Always Patsy Cline, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the lead role of the therapist in the premiere of Mother Me Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and the Queen Mother in the European premiere of Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
 
Equally at home as a teacher, Gretchen maintains a private voice studio in New York and is also available for master classes. She is managed by RNM Representation.
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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173029
<![CDATA[Tony Awards Party]]> Join us for a fun evening watching the Live Telecast of The Tony Awards
 
Seats are Limited.  Reservation by Phone Only 212.206.0440
 
6pm Red Carpet 
8pm Awards Telecast

The first ever Metropolitan Room TONY Awards Party. Join us on June 7th as we celebrate Broadway's Best. Doors will open at 5:45 PM when we do our very own Red Carpet Arrivals interviewed on the Red Carpet and the enter the beautiful Metropolitan Room, as you watch the TONY Awards Red Carpet Arrivals from 7-8 and then at 8PM we switch over to The TONYS. 
 
We'll be featuring Live Music and Broadway Entertainment as well. 
 
Everyone will have the chance to be winners as well. You will receive a ballot to select who you think will win. We'll be giving away prizes. and offer a special Tony Cocktail.

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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 06:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195804
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO  ~ SHOULDER SEASON

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano return to Metropolitan Room for six nights in June with a swinging summer cocktail of lazy days, blue skies, & exotic lands in SHOULDER SEASON.



SHOULDER SEASON is a phrase borrowed from the travel industry that describes the off-peak time between high season and the rest of the year.  SHOULDER SEASON brings with it high expectations, yet is unpredictable. Anything can happen – and we hope it will! If we’re smart, we stay open to wherever the ride takes us. These married musical partners love mixing & mashing the pop & jazz songbooks, from Sinatra to Strayhorn to Springsteen. Like the lovers in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate, Comstock & Fasano take us aboard that bus to the unknown.
 
ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners – they were honored with the MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year – are regular performers at New York’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel’s legendary Oak Room Supper Club. Their fast-paced and swinging exploration of the Big Apple “HELLUVA TOWN: A NEW YORK SOUNDTRACK” (“Exhilarating” – The New York Times) has had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast.

Although they’ve been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger, and Lunt and Fontanne, the “golden couple’s” style is all their own, with a wide choice of material that brings the generations together.  Whether the song is by Cole Porter or Paul Simon, Duke Ellington or Joni Mitchell, Comstock and Fasano make it fresh and new, and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great.  

Stephen Holden of The New York Times declares that "Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." Rex Reed of The New York Observer writes, "He is hip, daring, confident and dynamic. She gives off palpable electricity.  If love is a wave, they’re riding the crest of it."  The New York Post’s Frank Scheck raves, "Their joint venture is a capital idea. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy." 

Comstock and Fasano have been honored as vocalists, recording artists, and writers of their numerous performance pieces. They received an unprecedented three MAC Awards in one year including Vocal Duo of the Year, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Record of the Year. Barbara’s award-winning Record of the Year, “Written In The Stars”, a Harold Arlen collection, is played on radio stations throughout the world, and has been praised in such diverse publications as JazzTimes and Playbill.  Her new CD, “Busy Being Free” drops in 2015.  Eric, a 2015 Bistro Award winner, is the co-creator and star of the long-running Off-Broadway hit revue OUR SINATRA, and recently released his fourth CD, “bitter/sweet”.  

Their many New York engagements include Carnegie Hall, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Feinstein's, The Carlyle,  Birdland, Jazz at Kitano, and the 92nd Street Y's ‘Lyrics and Lyricists’ series. Across the country, they headline at Caramoor, Cooperstown Music Festival, Arizona Jazz Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton, Sheldon Concert Hall and Jazz at The Bistro in St. Louis, Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and in jazz and cabaret clubs, music festivals and concert halls worldwide.  They recently made their London debut at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel.  In the words of jazz critic Ira Gitler, they “have it all, and then some … artistic, swinging, and superbly entertaining.”

Websites:  
www.ericcomstock.net    www.humanchild.com
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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185253
<![CDATA[Alicia Taylor Tomasko & Christie Prades]]>
Come out for a night of music, friendship, and the journey of two girls who get through NYC life with wit, love, and strength they find through each other. 
 
Musical Direction by Yasuhiko Fukuoka
 
 
Alicia was born in Bedford, Ohio and grew up in sunny Stuart, FL. Her love for music started very young, her father was a drummer and singer in a band so she grew up around all the classics. She sang at church, in OPUS choir, and anywhere she could! Performing was second nature and you could always find her in something around town. After graduating from Martin County High School in 2007 she performed in over 30 productions at Indian River State College in 3 years. Her early departure from the college was due to one of the greatest moments of her life...
 
She was called in 2010 to make my Broadway debut in the company of IN THE HEIGHTS at the Richard Rodgers Theater in NYC! She was part of the spectacular ensemble and understudied Vanessa and Nina. She went on for the role of Vanessa for a weekend opposite Corbin Bleu as well!
 
She's been a part of some amazing productions since the show closed, her favorites being Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Carla in the Actors' Playhouse production of IN THE HEIGHTS (where she met now one of her dearest friends, the one and only Christie Prades!) and my most recent as Ensemble in the 1st National Tour of EVITA!
 
Christie Prades is a singer/dancer/actress whom recently moved to New York City this year. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, this triple threat has worked/recorded in some of the most prestigious recording studios in South Florida singing and writing for top producers and singers in the Latin American market. Along with booking leads on a SAG independent films, few with which have received extremely positive reviews in the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, Christie also booked Taco Bell and Florida University commercials airing in North and South America. Recently, she booked the lead role of Vanessa in the "In the Heights" musical in Miami, performing next to the original broadway and tour casts. After working on "The D*Word" musical in Las Vegas last summer, Christie made the decision to make her move to New York in order to strive and continue training/pursuing her singing, dance, and acting career. Christie Prades continuously showcases her unique and colossal skills and interpretation of being an endowed talent, and is ready to take the music industry by storm.
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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197554
<![CDATA[Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano]]> ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO  ~ SHOULDER SEASON

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano return to Metropolitan Room for six nights in June with a swinging summer cocktail of lazy days, blue skies, & exotic lands in SHOULDER SEASON.



SHOULDER SEASON is a phrase borrowed from the travel industry that describes the off-peak time between high season and the rest of the year.  SHOULDER SEASON brings with it high expectations, yet is unpredictable. Anything can happen – and we hope it will! If we’re smart, we stay open to wherever the ride takes us. These married musical partners love mixing & mashing the pop & jazz songbooks, from Sinatra to Strayhorn to Springsteen. Like the lovers in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate, Comstock & Fasano take us aboard that bus to the unknown.
 
ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners – they were honored with the MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year – are regular performers at New York’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel’s legendary Oak Room Supper Club. Their fast-paced and swinging exploration of the Big Apple “HELLUVA TOWN: A NEW YORK SOUNDTRACK” (“Exhilarating” – The New York Times) has had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast.

Although they’ve been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger, and Lunt and Fontanne, the “golden couple’s” style is all their own, with a wide choice of material that brings the generations together.  Whether the song is by Cole Porter or Paul Simon, Duke Ellington or Joni Mitchell, Comstock and Fasano make it fresh and new, and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great.  

Stephen Holden of The New York Times declares that "Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." Rex Reed of The New York Observer writes, "He is hip, daring, confident and dynamic. She gives off palpable electricity.  If love is a wave, they’re riding the crest of it."  The New York Post’s Frank Scheck raves, "Their joint venture is a capital idea. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy." 

Comstock and Fasano have been honored as vocalists, recording artists, and writers of their numerous performance pieces. They received an unprecedented three MAC Awards in one year including Vocal Duo of the Year, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Record of the Year. Barbara’s award-winning Record of the Year, “Written In The Stars”, a Harold Arlen collection, is played on radio stations throughout the world, and has been praised in such diverse publications as JazzTimes and Playbill.  Her new CD, “Busy Being Free” drops in 2015.  Eric, a 2015 Bistro Award winner, is the co-creator and star of the long-running Off-Broadway hit revue OUR SINATRA, and recently released his fourth CD, “bitter/sweet”.  

Their many New York engagements include Carnegie Hall, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Feinstein's, The Carlyle,  Birdland, Jazz at Kitano, and the 92nd Street Y's ‘Lyrics and Lyricists’ series. Across the country, they headline at Caramoor, Cooperstown Music Festival, Arizona Jazz Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton, Sheldon Concert Hall and Jazz at The Bistro in St. Louis, Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and in jazz and cabaret clubs, music festivals and concert halls worldwide.  They recently made their London debut at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel.  In the words of jazz critic Ira Gitler, they “have it all, and then some … artistic, swinging, and superbly entertaining.”

Websites:  
www.ericcomstock.net    www.humanchild.com
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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185254
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189515
<![CDATA[Tom Culver]]>


An artful musicality and an assuring optimism light up Lucky To Be Me, Tom Culver's new CD. With a burnished voice and impeccable phrasing, he reinvents songs from a roster of brilliant American songwriters -- from Cole Porter to Randy Newman -- but the title tells his truth. "It's how I've got to feel," he says, "I'm lucky to do what I've wanted to do all my life."]]>
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=184917
<![CDATA[Mary Bogue]]>



Review:  
 

On April 30, 2015 International Jazz Day, Mary received the Living Legend of Jazz Honor. 
 
When the great blues diva, Linda Hopkins heard Mary Bogue sing a song of hers, she told everyone around, "You sang that song better than I ever did. You were bluesy and wonderful, and you sang it nice and slow!" High praise from an amazing talent! And when Los Angeles blues mega-talent Barbara Morrison heard Mary belt, she made her one of her "Official Blues Mamas." CabaretScenes Magazine said her performance "nearly blew the roof off with electrifying performance," and referred to her music as sexy and sassy. Holding nothing back, they had previously said "Bogue is a big woman with a big talent — a kind of throwback to the “red-hot mamas” of another era who could belt with the best of them, then pull back and score on a solid heartbreaker of a song." 
But hey, that was so last week. Check out these liner notes from the extraordinary L.A. Jazz Program Host, Bubba Jackson of KKJZ FM88.1 and make up your own mind.
 
"Passion comes from a personal wellspring of emotional feeling about something, something that comes from deep inside of you and finds its way to your voice. That voice is Mary Bogue. Mary’s selection of tunes are portraits of times gone by, yet they live in her positive attitude about “something” that sets her free; free to embrace life and what it brings. She has lived a remarkable life with her feet planted firmly on planet earth. 
 
On the journey to this release she was no stranger to the world of film, TV and then art. (Her portrayal of Mae West is astounding.) Mary and her late husband shared a dream. When it ended she climbed out of her grief and learned to embrace life through oil paints. This was just the beginning of her passage in the world of art. Her imaginative paintings and watercolors have done her well. Then, just as she picked up her brushes, Ms. Bogue picked up the microphone to sing. And sing she did! That musical journey has been remarkable. In a short period of time the Los Angeles jazz scene found a great new voice in town and embraced her with a lot of love. 
 
Mary is a reflection of the Ladies of Jazz who set the bar with distinction. Each song mirrors her love of musical standards that swings and rejoices in the blues. Songs that are standards like “Don’t Go to Strangers,” “Mood Indigo” and “Black Coffee/Heartbreak Hotel” have become Mary’s “tour de force,” drenched in a healthy appreciation of the blues. She approaches her songs with a fresh understanding of the lyrics. I quote, "...Hell, I didn't just sing “Heartbreak Hotel,” I was a resident!” And you will enjoy her seductive rendering of the title track. Listen to the call and response with Les McCann on “Hot, Strong & Black,” and feel her humor. Mary Bogue is a compilation of yesterday’s divas swinging today in real time. She is the real deal! 
 
She is supported by artists who swing with a down home sense of the jazz vernacular. Karen Hernandez with her piano solo on the title track amazes, while Nolan Shaheed on flugelhorn and trumpet transcends the sky on “Sack Full Of Dreams.” Rickey Woodard’s solo on “Blue Champagne” floats on a cloud. Add the masterful licks of bassists Jim DeJulio and Lou Shoch, drummer Jack LeCompte, and other fine artists - all guided by gifted producer, arranger and pianist Steve Rawlins and creative consultant Les McCann – and, well, you can hear their chemistry.
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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185729
<![CDATA[Staff Show to Help Kids]]> STAFF SHOW
The staff at Metropolitan Room work hard every day to make the Metropolitan Room Experience as magical as possible for the fans of our artist on the nights they perform.  On this show, the staff take off their aprons, roll up their sleeves and sing their hearts out in our special Staff Show that will make you sing, laugh and dance.   This show will benefit Help is on the Way, Today, an organization that helps kids HIV+ and with AIDS. 

ABOUT HELP IS ON THE WAY TODAY
Help Is On The Way Today is a 501c3 New York Non Profit corporation.  None of the staff or board members take a salary.  Which means all of the money donated goes to programmatic activity to help children and young adults living with HIV.   Its mission is to raise and distribute funds to NYC based organizations that support children and young adults living with HIV/AIDS; particularly, those with little or no medical coverage and/or financial support. We accomplish this mission, by producing events that promote awareness and raise funds.
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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209337
<![CDATA[Lauren Fox]]> Groupies - The Muses Behind the Legends of Rock & Roll
 
Rock stars have always taken the spotlight, and the women in the wings have always loved and supported them. It’s time for the girls to take center stage in this tribute to the beauties who loved the music so much that they got as close to it as one possibly could. 
Come get rocked HARD, turned on, and turned out as Lauren Fox celebrates the woman who started a sexual revolution...and never looked back!
 
With music by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Waylon Jennings and more! 

Musical director/piano: Jon Weber
Acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin: Peter Calo
Bass guitar: Ritt Henn
 
 
Press quotes:
 
“The evening’s most transfixing performance: Lauren Fox, a beautiful spectral presence, brought the house to dead silence with searching, eerily intense renditions of “Woodstock” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” -Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Just call her "Out-Of-The-Box" Fox. Or perhaps "Ms. Cabaret Iconoclast of the 21st Century" would do the trick. Either way, lovely Lauren Fox, one of the more multifaceted and ambitious young stars of the New York cabaret scene, seems intent on redefining what is already a pretty open-ended art form.” -Stephen Hanks, Broadway World
 
"Lauren Fox is quite clearly a very talented actress and singer, but also a courageous artist committed to her own ideas of what she wants to express in a cabaret setting. And as a result, Lauren brought us all into a world we never expected to find at the Metropolitan Room—intimate, fascinating and magical."​ -Susan Hasho, Times Square Chronicles
 
"One accomplishment that Fox makes so special, apart from her vocal expertise, is her ability to immerse herself​ in whatever she is singing to an extent that can carry an audience along with her.” -William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide
 
"Actress Lauren Fox has come a long way in a short time to join the ranks of serious cabaret artists.” -Alix Cohen, Women Around Town
 
 
Past NYT reviews:
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/arts/music/lauren-fox-sings-songs-of-joni-mitchell-and-leonard-cohen.html?_r=0
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/arts/music/lauren-fox-at-the-metropolitan-room.html
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/arts/music/ghosts-of-love-evokes-david-lynchs-films.html?ref=stephenholden&_r=0
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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189789
<![CDATA[A Tribute to Sarah "Sassay" Vaughan - Featuring Indigo Love]]> Indigo Love – A performing artist with over twenty years of enthralling audiences, Love is a naturally gifted performer with a four octave vocal range and has been described as "easily captivating and able to enthrall an audience with her extraordinary talent, honest emotions and flawless delivery, a truly gifted and all around performer.
 
A semi-finalist in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, recipient of Delta Sigma Theta’s Young Artist Award and a semi-finalist in Baltimore's 14th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, Indigo has performed as an opening act for artists such as Peabo Bryson, Miki Howard, Joyce Cooling, Paul Traylor, Roy Ayers and several other national artists.
 
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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=179236
<![CDATA[Cole Cook's Bullpen]]> Cole Cook's Bullpen:
 
An AKA STUDIO PRODUCTIONS COMEDY SHOWCASE
 
Produced by Janine Lee Papio & Directed by Mitchell Walker

 
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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205092
<![CDATA[Adam Shapiro]]>


Adam B. Shapiro, the bearded, leather-loving teddy bear Bella from HBO’s The Normal Heart is a 2013 MAC Award winner for Musical Comedy performer.  Adam premieres his newest show Nothing Normal, an eclectic mix of songs and stories celebrating the hilarious and precarious sides of life, including some anecdotes from behind the scenes of the movie. Working with MAC and Bistro Award winners Barry Levitt (Musical Director) and Peter Napolitano (Director), with the Barry Levitt Trio, Adam promises an evening of smiles and surprises, showing that, while he might not be normal, he’s got a lot of heart.]]>
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195996
<![CDATA[Bennett Silverstein]]>

Bennett has been singing for ten years and has been a member of Christopher Cabaret, the organization that started him on his journey.  Bennett performed at the Triad Club, Broadway Comedy Club and New York's historic Cotton Club while appearing with Christopher.

After joining MAC, Bennet has really stepped up to the plate, having performed his MAC debut in October, 2013 at Don't Tell Mama, singing a tribute to the legendary Jimmy Van Heusen.

And after scoring another triumph with Bennet Sings Bennett, a moving tribute to the one and only Tony Bennett, our Bennett takes his Tony Bennett show to the Metropolitan Room on June 13th.  Bennett performswith passion and love as he continues to grow in the cabaret community, and fulfills his membership in MAC with compassion and generosity.



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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196292
<![CDATA[Sylvia Mims]]> Sylvia Mims returns to the Metropolitan Room with an eclectic jazz set including a medley of Michel Legrand compositions, Stevie Wonder, an ode to the music of Brazil, and a few surprises.
 
“You are a f*cking good singer. Excuse my language, but I have no other words to express just how good you are”
Gene Bertoncini, jazz guitarist
 
“She has a beautiful voice, a wide range, and a powerful delivery, hitting the center of every note. She puts a lot of feeling into the lyrics of each song, has very attractive jazz phrasing, and swings at every tempo.”
Scott Yanow, Jazz Reviewer


 
Sylvia is a legit vocalist with classical training and a jazz sensibility, capable of weaving intricate stories with an exquisitely colorful voice. Her rare gift of singing moving renditions is simply captivating. Sylvia Mims is a rare talent, seamlessly blending a deeply rooted jazz sensibility with classical training. Sylvia s alluring voice was perhaps best described by renowned jazz pianist Les McCann, who lauded it for its beauty, effortless range, and the rare gift of storytelling through song. Sylvia’s timbre is like a signature: unique and making each song personal and each story genuinely lived; her extraordinary vocal range is matched by that of her favorite genres: the Great American Song Book, early and contemporary Jazz, Bossa Nova, Broadway, R&B, and Blues.
 
Sylvia recently released her debut CD “Where Lovers Live”. Where Lovers Live explores the multi-layered complexity of love; from the beginning of a new romance to the enduring love after years of life experiences, Sylvia Mims tells each tale with captivating honesty, exquisite storytelling and breathtaking vocals. Recorded with legendary musical director/jazz pianist, Donn Trenner, whose color filled playing is the perfect compliment to Sylvia's impressive emotive presentation. Jazz reviewer, Scott Yanow, stated that “Listeners who enjoy hearing first-class interpretations of classic lyrics should consider Sylvia Mims’ Where Lovers Live to be a must.”
 
Originally from Los Angeles, Sylvia was extremely active in southern California, being the featured vocalist of the Swing Jazz City Orchestra, and performing at prominent Jazz hot spots. Notable accompanying musicians include Tamir Hendelman, Karen Hammack, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Putter Smith, Earl Palmer, Bobby Rodriguez, Kendall Kay, Jamie Findlay, Dave Koonse, and Gene Bertoncini. In the Tri-State area, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, as a winner in the Golden Voices of America competition, and numerous venues in CT and NY. Sylvia's warm, breathtaking vocals are a conduit to a uniquely appealing and engaging live experience. She is equally compelling singing jazz legend Horace Silver's Nica's Dream as she is performing Your Daddy's Son from the musical Ragtime. Each of her performances has a full range of emotional shades that captivate and enthrall listeners, and her adeptness at singing diverse styles appeals to a broad audience; indeed, to anyone who loves music and wants to be moved.
 
Website:   sylviamims.com
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sylvia-Mims/282600555230877?ref=hl
 
Twitter:    https://twitter.com/sylviamims
 
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaqhCG4f8D-2FQfDkHGlv2Q
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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185961
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170095 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182395
<![CDATA[Quarter 2 Four]]> The new jazz-pop-show quartet “Quarter 2 Four” (Q2IV) featuring the vocal talents of Liz McKendry, Jody Mullen, Erika Banks and songwriter Rick Knight will present their premiere set of original jazz, pop and show tunes.

Featuring Pianist and Musical Director David Shenton, Matt Aranoff on Bass and Brian Woodruff on Drums.

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193187
<![CDATA[Celebrating our Musical Directors]]>
We have compiled a list of our Musical Directors that have worked at Metropolitan Room and other Cabaret venues around NYC and we'll be taking this opportunity to thank them.  Some will speak, some will play, some will just attend.  Below is a list of those that have committed to attending as well as those that have been invited and attendance:.

CONFIRMED (In alphabetical order):
Alex Rybeck  
Andy Kahan 
Barry Levitt     
Billy Stritch 
Bill Zeffiro 
Bryon Sommers   
David Alpher  
David Lewis
David Shenton 
Don Rebic  
Frank Ponzio 
Ian Herman 
James Followell
Jeff Cubeta  
Jeff Franzel 
Jeffrey Klitz
John McMahon 
Jon Delfin
Kathleen Landis 
Mark Janas 
Matt Baker
Michael McAssey
Nate Buccieri
Paul Chamlin
Paul Greenwood
Peter Calo
Phil Hinton
Rick Jensen 
Ricky Ritzel   
Ron Abel 
Sean Harkness      
Steve Ross
Tedd Firth  
Tex  Arnold 
Tracy Stark       
Yasukiho Fukuoka 
 
 
 
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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183990
<![CDATA[Sinem Saniye]]> Sinem Saniye (See-nem Sah-nee-yeh) -born in Germany with Turkish family roots, residing in New York City, - is a talented Pop/Jazz songwriter, singer, and guitar player. Sinem's musical influences include Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Ella Fitzgerald, Shakira, Ingrid Michaelson, Bebel Gilberto, Etta James, Debussy, to name a few.


This young songstress has won many awards including the Grand Prize in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Her music videos aired on MTV Europe, Delta Airlines, and was on CD compilation alongside Grammy-winning artists including Tori Amos, Sarah Bareilles, Sarah Mclaughlin. She sang the national anthem in front of 20,000 people before the Los Angeles Clippers NBA game at the Staples Center in LA, went on a US national tour, headlined at Hotel Cafe to a sold-out crowd, and opened for multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Lisa Loeb all in the same year. SINEM'S MUSIC CAN CURRENTLY BE HEARD IN THOUSANDS OF STORES ACROSS THE USA! Hallmark, Whole Foods, Cambria Suites, Williams Sonoma, for starters. Her award-winning record, "When I Don't Sleep" was produced by Grammy-winning producer Henri Scars-Struck, has garnered press from around the world, and is receiving airplay in NYC's WFUV as well as other taste-maker stations across the country.
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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203147
<![CDATA[This is Your Night! David Friedman]]> HONOREE: DAVID FRIEDMAN
 
STARRING AN ALL-STAR, MULTI-AWARD WINNING CABARET & BROADWAY CAST! Raissa Katona Bennett, Alison Burns, Kenneth Gartman, Lina Koutrakous, Rosemary Loar, Tracy O’Farrell, Carly Ozard, LuLu Picart, Gretchen Reinhagen, Anne Runolfsson, Adam Shapiro, Lenore Stefanik, Guest Speakers - AND MORE SURPRISES and Special Guests to be announced! Musical Direction: BARRY LEVITT! Hosted by BERNIE FURSHPAN!
 
Come listen to his heart as this will be a celebration of all of David’s music!
 
THIS IS YOUR NIGHT!™ is based on a classic premise that profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors and producers. This event is co-produced by Bernie Furshpan, Metropolitan Room & Sue Matsuki, Matsuki Productions.
 
KINDLY MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY AS WE EXPECT THIS EVENT TO SELL OUT!

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169803
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192553 <![CDATA[Danny Bacher]]> Swing that Music ~ Danny Bacher Sings 3 Louis / Armstrong, Prima, and Jordan]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187243 <![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189516
<![CDATA[Tony Corrao & Michelle DellaFave]]>

TONY CORRAO
Prepare yourself for a night of swingin jazz delivered by Tony Corrao and his band as he croons the music of the Great American song book.  Sit back, relax and enjoy this special evening.
 
Brooklyn born jazz singer Tony Corrao returns once again to the Metropolitan Room. The Times Square Chronicles said, “Tony Corrao has a gorgeous voice” and called him “a perfect choice for cabaret entertainment.”
 
His love of music is evident in the passion he delivers with each of his performances. His mission is to keep the music of the Great American Songbook alive and kicking!
 
Tony has performed at a number of jazz venues in NYC/NJ/Philadelphia.  He was introduced to the Red Bank Jazz Arts Project in 2012, when he was selected as a cast member for the “Sinatra Birthday Bash” at the Count Basie Theater. He has since performed numerous times with the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra under the musical direction of internationally known conductor, orchestrator and producer, Joe Muccioli. In 2013 he appeared on the TV show “Dublin Housewives,” where he sang lakeside in a most romantic scene at the Boat House in Central Park.  
 
He also performed in Philadelphia at the Adrienne Theater in “Swingin the Standards” and “A Swingin Valentine”

MICHELLE DELLAFAVE
Michelle DellaFave became a familiar face to millions of television viewers in the late 1960s and early '70s, when at the age of 19, she was selected to be one of Dean Martin's Golddiggers on his weekly series and on The Golddiggers' own summer variety show. 
 
Standing out among her peers by virtue of her vocal talent and popularity with audiences, Michelle was in time plucked from the ranks of The Golddiggers to be one-fourth of a quartet called The Dingaling Sisters, who performed their own numbers and sang with Dean each week on his program. As part of The Golddiggers and Dingalings ensembles, Michelle also participated in two of Bob Hope's globe-spanning USO Christmas tours.
 
In addition, she was featured regularly as one-half of the singing-dancing Soul Sisters on Jonathan Winters' syndicated series; made guest appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Mike Douglas Show; played one of the Radio City Rockettes in the film version of the musical Annie; and has sung and acted in many Equity theater presentations. 
 
From 2007 to 2009, she and one of her colleagues from The Dean Martin Show re-teamed and toured the country as the musical duo Blue Eyed Soul, entertaining veterans, active duty service men and women, and civilians. Michelle has also produced two of her own vocal CDs — a pop/jazz album called Cool Burn and a Gospel collection entitled Transformed.
 
Since 2010, Michelle has continued to perform both on her own and in league with others, on behalf of veterans and the military. In 2011, she was invited to be the sole performer at a reunion dinner for alumni of West Point — the same group that she had appeared before as one of The Dingaling Sisters in 1970. And over the last three years, she has sung at a number of events organized by the United War Veterans Council of New York.
 
During 2013, Michelle performed at a gala celebrating the 238th Birthday of the U.S. Army…at the 25th Anniversary of the Staten Island Vietnam Veterans Memorial…and — in tandem with two other popular entertainers from the Vietnam era, Nancy Sinatra and Chris Noel — at the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day ceremonies in Washington, DC. That same year, she issued a new patriotic-themed CD, and was proud to be named a Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration
 
For two years in a row, Michelle took part as a soloist in birthday tributes to Frank Sinatra — at New York’s Iguana Club in 2012; and in 2013, at both the Big Apple’s The Metropolitan Room and before an audience of more than 1,200 at The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.
 
Within the last year-and-a-half, she has performed in Palm Springs at a gala tribute to Bob Hope; in Rancho Mirage at a show held to raise awareness about the Wounded Warrior Project; and in two separate patriotic shows for US Tours.
 
In the spring of 2013, Michelle headlined the Metropolitan Room with her own one-woman show about her early life and career, and has since returned to that venue twice — once in June 2014 as a guest vocalist in a show headlined by Tony Corrao and again in February of this year for her own concert performance with a 4-piece combo. 
 
She will be appearing at upcoming Veterans events this June and September, and is currently developing a new act and album.
 
 

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=186293
<![CDATA[Jeff Macauley]]>
Four-time Oscar and twenty-time Grammy winner Henry Mancini wrote some of the most loved movie songs of the '60s through the '70s. Among his best known compositions were "Moon River," "The Days Of Wine And Roses," "Two For The Road," and "Charade," as well as instrumentals such as "The Pink Panther," "The Baby Elephant Walk" and the "Peter Gunn Theme." Mancini also wrote many classic film scores, including: Touch Of Evil, Hatari, Arabesque, and Victor/Victoria.

Jeff Macauley is a Backstage Bistro Award winning New York based cabaret singer whose last show "It Was Me, The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel" garnered Jeff a nomination for the 2012 Broadwayworld.com Cabaret Award for Best Male Vocalist. "It Was Me" has been performed in both Los Angeles and New York and is now a studio recording available on CDBaby and Amazon.  In his previous shows, Jeff Macauley explored the rich world of early musical films in "Hollywood Party--Movie Songs 1928-1934," and paid tribute to the most popular female singer of the 40's and a beloved Hollywood icon in "MWAH! The Dinah Shore Show," for which he received Backstage magazine's Bistro Award. Jeff continues his exploration of great american popular song of the last century through legendary film composer Henry Mancini's rich musical legacy under the musical direction of the superbly talented Tex Arnold, who also wrote the arrangements.

 
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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189224
<![CDATA[Melanie Goerlitz & The Bianco Martinis]]> Melanie Goerlitz & The Bianco Martinis


 
 
The Bianco Martinis is a NYC based gypsy jazz band that covers all four corners of the world. Whether it's from South America to Italy, New York to Paris, The Bianco Martinis masterfully blend these sounds into a unique style of a true gypsy. Their music can be best listened to accompanied by their signature drink, "The Bianco Martini" on a crisp evening in New York or Paris, Buenos Aires or Rome. The Bianco Martinis are delighted to be playing this legendary NYC cabaret showroom, The Metropolitan Room. Melanie Goerlitz will start out the evening in a classic cabaret style, and then bring on The Bianco Martinis for a delightful set of gypsy jazz. The Metropolitan Room will be serving The Bianco Martinis signature drink, and as always with The Bianco Martinis, the last sip is the sweetest.
 
Melanie is a lyric soprano based out of New York City. She was delighted to recently make her European debut in a concert tour throughout Poland. This concert highlighted the works of contemporary and traditional musical theater, and she was accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. Additionally, she just recorded her first album, “Broadway After Midnight” to be released in Poland in March 2012. 
 
Melanie is also extremely proud to have made her Carnegie Hall debut this past December 2011. She recently joined the New York Choral Society which has led to other similar endeavors, with Carnegie Hall being a major highlight. “Everyone always asks, ‘Where is the best place to perform in New York?’ I’ve always heard it was Carnegie Hall, and now I know without a doubt it is true! What a thrill to sing on that stage.” This was one of many concerts performed in New York this season with the New York Choral Society, and Melanie is looking forward to many more.  
 
Music has always been the breath of life for Melanie. From a very young age, everyone around her noticed that she had a special gift, and so she began to cultivate it at the age of 8. She started with piano lessons, and naturally excelled in music. She had a knack for all sides of music and entertaining. "I remember singing along to my tape recorder and imagining that I was on a stage. At night, my parents would tell me to go to sleep, but I just couldn't turn the music off! I also used to direct my childhood playmates in imaginary garage performances!"  At the age of 10, she auditioned for an exclusive group called Marywood College Children's Choir. Coming from a one-stoplight town, she was up against all the "city" girls of Scranton, PA.  She sang her first solo with this group, and from that moment on, she knew she belonged on a stage. 
 
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Fast forwarding several years, it was apparent that Melanie was going to have a promising future in music. In high school, she competed statewide at PMEA music festivals and was awarded first place soprano in the entire state--the biggest achievement she'd made up to that point. Soon after, she was admitted into her top choice school, Carnegie Mellon University. While studying at CMU, Melanie managed to sing her way to the top. "I suddenly felt like a tiny fish in a huge ocean, so I knew I had to work my hardest." She performed in many concerts, but a few of the highlights included the role of "Val" in A Chorus Line, "Nancy" in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, "Second Lady" in scenes from The Magic Flute, soloist in Bach's Magnificat, and fabulously featured ensemble in Candide. 
 
After graduating with the highest honors, Melanie spent the summer studying opera in Italy. This experience had a great influence on her. "I absolutely fell in love with everything about Italy. The music, the culture, the beautiful terrain, the sun, the food, the people, and of course the wine," she said with a laugh. "I wanted to stay there and just sing forever." After spending the rest of the year on a national tour of "Swing! The Musical" she returned to Italy to spend another summer studying and performing. This wonderful experience led her to make her operatic debut as the prize role of "Nannetta" in Falstaff at the Crested Butte Music Festival. 
 
Ironically, after making the big move to New York City she had a series of jobs that took her right back out of the city. She booked the part of lead singer on a luxury cruise line, where she also developed her own one-woman cabaret act. She even had the pleasure to sing back up for Florence Henderson. Traveling the world while singing was an incredible and life-changing experience for Melanie. She was able to ride a camel at the pyramids, see penguins in Antarctica, and swim with sting rays in Bora Bora. Then something began to gently tug her; she knew it was time to come back to New York City. 
 
"In this field, you do not always know what the next step is until you're about to take a huge jump. I have this incredibly strong faith that each step leads me closer to my ultimate goals," she said. Now that she is planning to stay in New York, she is exploring the many performing opportunities the city has to offer. "I'm constantly inspired by the world around me, and I feel blessed that I have seen so much.” Instead of finding inspiration at the pyramids, now she now finds it daily in New York City. “If I can make it actually around the world and back again, I can make it here,”  said with a huge grin.


 

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193689
<![CDATA[Steven Chera]]> STEVEN CHERA ~ A Vintage Style All His Own

From the Standards to Early Rock 'n Roll




Steven Chera is a singer/song stylist of traditional pop, jazz, & easy listening. Over his life-long career as a singer he has developed an eclectic range of shows featuring music from the 1930s/1940s jazz standards, 1950s rock, to the swinging hits of the 1960s & 70s.

Singing since the age of 12, his first public performance was his own rendition 
of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" sung at a community event that gave the audience chills.
The Brooklyn born Chera spent his early years listening and studying music legends like 
Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin,Frank Sinatra and of course Elvis Presley. Even though he has 
responsibilities of working in the family retail business he never stopped pursuing music.
His friends jokingly refer to him as "Elvis."

Lately Steven has been working on his NEW album "Smile".  He will be debuting "Smile" on this lovely evening from New York's #1 Caberat Room The Metropolitan Room.

The title song "Smile" is a classic composed by Charlie Chalpin and made famous by the great Nat King Cole. Steven also does Mr. Cole's "Mona Lisa", another all time classic. He will also be performing "All The Way" and "Birth of The Blues" both made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles's "Georgia on My Mind", and "Hallelujah I Just Love Here So".  You will hear many other classic tunes at the show from his new album    


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Steven’s new arrangements of mostly early Beatle hits add a jazzy tone and somewhat different sound to songs that are known by all. From his opening number I Saw Her Standing There to his very moving closing number Imagine, Chera’s very pleasant baritone provides a somewhat different sound to these classic songs. His up-tempo swinging version of Something and his performances of Yesterday and In My Life were among the evening’s highlights. A swinging trio, led by pianist and musical director Bob Kaye, backed Mr.Chera for the evening of Beatlemania.

Written by Ron Forman for Broadwayshowbiz.com


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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190622
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

Featuring:

Daryl Glenn
Singer – he is the proud recipient of the NY Triple Crown for cabaret having won the Bistro, MAC and Nightlife Awards. Daryl has performed at  Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency, the Metropolitan Room and the Oak Room... He is currently recording his debut album and will be performing “Steve: Songs by Sondheim” at 54 Below July 9.
 
Marcus Simione
Singer/Songwriter - he is a 5 time MAC Award winner and Bistro Award and Cabaret Hotline Award winner. He has played all the major venues here in NYC. Marcus leads an 8-piece orchestra performing around the country. In June he will be performing with KT Sullivan at Carnegie Hall.
 
Mitch Frumkin
Comediene – has performed at the Gotham Club and Stress Factory. Offers his comedic talents at many fundraisers and loves being in front of people making them laugh.
 
Marina Colonna
Singer/Actress – she has appeared in many Off-Broadway shows and has sung at the Metropolitan Room in a number performances.
 
Arlene Simone
Singer/Actress – She has played leading roles in Gypsy, Mame, Anything Goes and many more. Arlene has performed in night clubs and cabaret rooms throughout the country. One critic wrote of her, “Simone weaves a web and casts a spell on her audience.” 
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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172942
<![CDATA[Dawn Derow]]> LEGIT ~ A Classical Cabaret
 
DAWN DEROW
 
Musical Director: Mark Janas 
Director: Lina Koutrakos
 
Photo by Takako Suzuki Harkness
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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187060
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192554 <![CDATA[Veronika Rodriguez Jazz Quintet]]>



Le Duo
Allo J-Philippe et Vero:
 
Voici c'est plusiers paragraphes que j'ai
compose pour plaider pour ton spectacle:
 
 
Le Jazz Hot!
 
         Singer Veronika Rodriguez and saxophonist Jean-Philippe Vidal bring sexy energy to their interpretation
of jazz classics like Dizzy Gillespie’s Night In Tunisia -as well as selections from the Great American Songbook,
Gershwin, Porter et al.
 
         Influenced by progenitors like Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day, Veronika enriches the Scat tradition with her sensual, honey-voiced stylings.         

As leaders of the jazz community in France, 
their annual concert, Nuit du Jazz, has become the hottest fall 
attraction in their hometown of Nantes. 
 
         Rodriguez has won numerous honors on the Continent, including Best Jazz Recording, Hamburg, and London’s Foreign Jazz Music award.
 
         A specialty of the Big Band is Jean-Philippe’s recreation of the arrangements that orchestrators such as Nelson Riddle and Billy May provided for people like Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
 
Ca marche pour toi?
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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185201
<![CDATA[Marieann Meringolo]]>
MARIEANN MERINGOLO
Crazy Love
Acclaimed vocalist, Marieann Meringolo sings from the heart in her funny, poignant and romantic new show, Crazy Love. Please join Marieann as she explores the journey...and the risks...we all must take on the road to that "special someone."
 
Eric Michael Gillett, Director
Doyle Newmyer, Musical Director
Boots Maleson, Bass
Sipho Kunene, Drums



"Covering an eclectic mix of music from Cole Porter to Sara Bareilles, Michel Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Marsha Malamet and more."

For More Info: www.MarieannMeringolo.com

Rave Reviews...

"If you want to see and hear a truly great vocalist, see Marieann Meringolo's show, for sure!"
 - Danielle Miceli's New York Cabaret Today
 
"Meringolo has one of the best voices in cabaret. The vocalist can be hairs-standing-up-on-your-neck thrilling. – Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town
 
"Marieann Meringolo impressed me so much that from now on I’m calling her MM2 because I feel she is to singing what Marilyn Monroe was to sex." – Myra Chanin, Times Square Chronicles
 
“Marieann has one of THE most beautiful voices in the business. – Sue Matsuki, Cabaret Hotline Online
 
"She proves again that she can thrill listeners as few others do, even some who’ve attained greater prominence.”                                             - Elizabeth Ahlfors, Bistro Awards

"Ms. Meringolo draws you in and her voice holds you captive till she’s through.” – Sherri Rase, Q onStage
 
"Powerhouse Interpretation.”                                                                                 
- Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
 
Meringolo’s vocals are as lovely and powerful as ever.
-Stephen Hanks, Broadwayworld.com         
 
"Cabaret PICK OF THE WEEK."
- Rob Lester, nitelifeexchange.com
                              
 

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207728
<![CDATA[The Flatiron Follies]]> METROPOLITAN ROOM'S FLATIRON FOLLIES

Longing for the golden age of Manhattan nightlife?  Put on your glad rags, polish those wingtips and step out in style for some fabulous (but flirty) old fashioned entertainment, curated by two good-time gals and darlings of the NYC nightlife scene, Grace Gotham and Bettina May.  This all-singing, all-dancing duo brings you those glamorous, sequin-spangled production numbers from the 1920s-1950s.  And how!   Showcasing the best of jazz, opera, showtunes and more, The Flatiron Follies feature a roster of the city's most spectacular singers and dazzling dancers - ranging from tap to cirque to burlesque.  Delight in dirty jazz ditties that will make even the saltiest sailor blush!  Be beguiled by the bumps and grinds of classic burlesque!  Join the cast in a rousing singalong with familiar favorites from the great American songbook!  Why, the Flatiron district hasn't been this fun since it was called the Toy district! 
 
Enjoy all of this while luxuriating in the charming cabaret club that is The Metropolitan Room: seating for every guest, waiter service, delectable small plates, a variety of classic cocktails as well as a full bar, and even the option of being seated in a special VIP section for those dukes or debutantes who love to pull out all the stops.  

 
Bettina May
Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer, originally from the west coast of Canada. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever burlesque-based "genius" green card from the USA for her outstanding abilities. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more.  She just published her first book, Everyday Bombshell, sharing her vintage style secrets, and teaches aspiring bombshells around the world with her touring Pin-Up Class. You can find out more about her at Bettina.ca.
 
 
Grace Gotham
Grace Gotham is a burlesque performer and chanteuse who has been described as “the half-Brazilian straight from a Texas cotillion, with a body worth a million.”  She has appeared in the pages of Marie Claire and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen as an avid cook.  Her popular food blog, TasseltoTable.com, features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about her at http://www.gracegotham.com
 

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197272
<![CDATA[Nicholas Levin]]>
SOMEWHERE IN THIS SONG
The Music and Lyrics of Nicholas Levin
a new revue starring
Marissa Mulder
Mick Bleyer
Kristin Maloney
and Adam B. Shapiro, 
 
Director:  Peter Napolitano
Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson
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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207665
<![CDATA[Veronika Rodriguez Jazz Quintet]]>



Le Duo
Allo J-Philippe et Vero:
 
Voici c'est plusiers paragraphes que j'ai
compose pour plaider pour ton spectacle:
 
 
Le Jazz Hot!
 
         Singer Veronika Rodriguez and saxophonist Jean-Philippe Vidal bring sexy energy to their interpretation
of jazz classics like Dizzy Gillespie’s Night In Tunisia -as well as selections from the Great American Songbook,
Gershwin, Porter et al.
 
         Influenced by progenitors like Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day, Veronika enriches the Scat tradition with her sensual, honey-voiced stylings.         

As leaders of the jazz community in France, 
their annual concert, Nuit du Jazz, has become the hottest fall 
attraction in their hometown of Nantes. 
 
         Rodriguez has won numerous honors on the Continent, including Best Jazz Recording, Hamburg, and London’s Foreign Jazz Music award.
 
         A specialty of the Big Band is Jean-Philippe’s recreation of the arrangements that orchestrators such as Nelson Riddle and Billy May provided for people like Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
 
Ca marche pour toi?
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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185862
<![CDATA[Janine Gilbert-Carter]]> Jazzy and soulfully Yours “A tribute to Carmen McRae”
 
Janine Gilbert-Carter Vocals – http://www.janinecarter.com
Eric B. Byrd – Piano   http://www.ericbyrd.com
Wes Biles - Bass
Manny Kellough - Drums   http://mannykellough.com
Marshall Keys - Sax   http://www.marshallkeys.com


 
This will be an intimate evening of Jazz and Blues paying tribute to Carmen McRae.  Be prepared to go on an amazing musical journey.  You will not be disappointed!
 
The MC for the evening will be New York native Carol May Tyson, the daughter of world renowned and one of the most prodigious and prolific bassists of the postwar era, the late Earl May.  Mrs. Tyson is the producer at Robyn's Place hosted by another New York native Robyn Holden at WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC
 
 "Her poignantly warm, rich, soulful voice lovingly and profoundly penetrates the soul of all who are blessed to hear her. From the first note, the listener becomes spellbound. Not only her voice, but her delivery captivates." - Dr. Diane Brenda Williams
 
About Janine
Janine Carter was introduced to gospel, Jazz and blues at a very early age by her parents and grandmother. This Pennsylvania native cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her very existence. She began her musical journey like so many contemporary artists as a member of the choir at her church in Aliquippa, PA. She also had the opportunity to expand on her solo performances as a member of the Bach Choir of PA which performed some of Broadways most exciting musicals. Janine continued to use the gift she was given to perform at various functions and special events until she relocated to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area in the summer of 1988. During the summer of 1996 Janine performed her debut concert in the DC area at New Genesis Baptist Church; this celestial songbird has been flying ever since. 
 
 Audiences have been delighted with her performances at leading DC jazz venues such as: The Mandarin Oriental, Kaufmann's, Laporta's, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The U Street Jazz series, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival  and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz festival and the legendary Washington DC supper Club Blues Alley in addition to several prestigious White House Events.  She has also completed four international tours to Italy, Russia and Israel
Janine has shared the stage with area-wide jazz musicians; pianist Aaron Grave, Vince Smith, Eric Byrd, Allyn Johnson, Glenn Douglas, Chris Grasso and Ron Elliston; bassist Wes Biles, James King, Saxophonists Paul Carr, Brian Settles and Marshall Keys and percussionist Nasar Abadey Jeff Neal and the late Ricky Loza and Mike Smith. 
 In 2006 Janine join the cast of "Sistas Can Sang, A Tribute to Female Jazz Legends" where she portrays the legendary Dinah Washington. 
 
 With the Release of "At Last" this will mark Janine's seventh exploration. She has released six previous CD's in two different genres; (Jazz) In the Moment, A Song For You, Inside A Silent Tear and Sailing (Gospel) God Spoke To Me and Janine Gilbert-Carter & Friends Live at the FMJS quarterly gospel concert. 
 Janine's “prayer is to have a positive effect on all that hear her music and to exude the feeling of warmth and love through her music”. 
 
Tours Date:
 Oct /Nov 2009 Torino Italy: 19th Edition Blues Al Femminiel Centro Jazz Torino 10 City 10 Concert Tour,
2010 Russia
2011 Russia 
2013 Russia 
2013 Israel 
 Honors and Awards: 
• 2014 Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
• 2014 Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "At Last"
• 2013 - Inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall of Fame receiving the Henry Mancini Award 
• 2006 - 2008 - Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
• 2006 - Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "A Song For You" 
• 2006- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance 
• 2005- Quarter Finalist- Americas Traditions vocal competition Savannah, GA 
• 2004- Finalist - Baltimore MD Mayor's Billie Holiday competition 
• 2003 - Finalist - FMJS East Coast Jazz competition 
• 2002 - Winner of The Absolute Jazz competition Wash. D.C.
 
Reviews:
 “...smooth, soulful and affectionate sound!...experienced songstress!...straight ahead delivery!...” 
- Vanguard Jazz Society, Vanguard Jazz Society (Apr 17, 2010) 
 . Gilbert-Carter just swings and could teach a few new divas a thing or two about how to sell a song...” 
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
  “When it comes to singers like Gilbert-Carter, you can't help but just smile and go along for the voyage she wants to take you on, because not only will it be entertaining, but it can be soothing and fun.” 
- John Book, Music for America Review


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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159843
<![CDATA[Rebekah Lowin]]> Rebekah Lowin ~ I Know You By Heart: The Songs of Eva Cassidy
 
Manhattan-based singer Rebekah Lowin celebrates the legacy of the late singer Eva Cassidy in this powerful new show. With direction by Lauren Fox, musical direction and guitar by Peter Calo, cello by Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, and loving input from Eva's own family.
 
"One of the most promising [young singers]...impressive for her freshness and lack of self-dramatization."
- Stephen Holden for The New York Times
 
"Lowin is a perfect ingénue - extremely pretty, seemingly innocent, with a light, sweet soprano that must make the angels smile."
- Alix Cohen for Broadway World
 
"A stellar vocal performance. Lowin has a voice that could rival an angel's."
- Lesley Thulin for The Columbia Daily Spectator
 
"Lowin demonstrated a startling depth of understanding and maturity."
- Roy Sander for The Bistro Awards
 
"Rebekah Lowin, disarming cabaret newbie, glowed." 
- Rob Lester for Cabaret Scenes Magazine
 
"Newcomer Rebekah Lowin has the glamorous appearance, poise and phrasing of a veteran. The actress/vocalist - it’s clear she has both talents - presented 'My Heart Was Set On You' with appealing, entirely credible sincerity and a Billy Joel lullaby with exquisite simplicity. Lowin has fine, seemingly effortless control and a lovely voice."
- Alix Cohen for WomanAroundTown
 
"A range rivaling Kristin Chenoweth."
- BWOG.com
 
 
 
 
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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193123
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173066 <![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]>
“It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: PEGGY EASON
 
Performing will be Top Cabaret stars of all ages:

Natasha Castillo
Adam (comedy)
Jim Speake
Ricky Ritzel
Dana Lorge
Ivan Farkas
Sue Matsuki
Karl Ellman – will speak
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191660
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189517
<![CDATA[Carly Ozard]]>

Carly presented her one-woman show Midler On the Roof - One Singer's Journey of Divine Intervention to both coasts in Fall 2014. She recalled her childhood and adolescent years as a young performer and finding self acceptance through Bette Midler's music including "From a Distance," "Friends," "Married Men" and more. Midler on the Roof was directed by Broadway performer and comedian Kristine Zbornik and featuring musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins and back up vocals by The Coker Sisters. The show played at the The Triad, New York City, October 7 and at Feinstein's in San Francisco November 7.
 
"The piece is a perfect showcase for her big, rich voice and natural charisma," reported Leslie Delio of Hi! Drama. "She in no way imitates Bette Midler--she doesn't need to. Her talent and personality are unique and very appealing. Her back-up band (Steven Ray Watkins, Tim Lykins, Daniel Fabricatore) and singers (Karen Mack, Rain Collazo) are snapping, lively and fantastic--a perfect match for this personal, outrageous and upbeat show." 
 
"Wonderfully music directed by Steven Ray Watkins..." wrote Buddy Beaverhausen. With a nod to the Halloween season, singing "I Put a Spell on You" from Hocus Pocus, the chanteuse clearly had her LGBT fans in love with her act from the starting gate, witness the thunderous calls, comments, hoots and hollers from last night's crowd. None of this was performed with slavish mimicry but with fresh approaches taken to each song."
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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190785
<![CDATA[Nathalie Schmidt]]> Nathalie Schmidt ~ "Forgotten Lovers" 

with Andrew David Sotomayor on Piano

"Greta is getting married next week in Paris. She wants to say goodbye to all her ex-lovers, by dedicating a love song to each of them. Her only problem is she can not remember their names."

Nathalie Schmidt has written and will be performing a New Version of her bitter-sweet comedy for this one-time engagement, "Forgotten Lovers," a Cabaret about Love and Regret.  
 
Nathalie is a French actress, comedian, singer, writer, director and artist.  She has worked throughout Europe and in the USA

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193510
<![CDATA[Forte]]> Formerly known as Broadway 4, FORTE is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic men - Thomas Dieter, Johnny Hager, Skie Ocasio and Michael Osso - who each bring a wide range of skills and experiences to their performances. The group showcases a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan. Conceived  by veteran actor Skie Ocasio, FORTE is known for its ability to connect with audiences, telling enthralling stories through song. Watching a show by FORTE is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. Funny, exhilarating and riveting are just some of the words that have been used to describe their performances. Whether they are performing in an intimate setting or on a major stage, the gentlemen of FORTE create powerful connections with one another and every member of the audience. Talented musicians and expert interpreters of songs, they allow you to hear the piece as if for the first time and come away from the experience invigorated, joyful and moved.]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196771 <![CDATA[Danny Bacher]]> Swing that Music ~ Danny Bacher Sings 3 Louis / Armstrong, Prima, and Jordan]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187244 <![CDATA[Danny Bacher]]> Swing that Music ~ Danny Bacher Sings 3 Louis / Armstrong, Prima, and Jordan]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187245 <![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200925 <![CDATA[Will You Learn Faculty Concert]]>



WillYouLearn is a nomadic music school in NYC.  We offer semesterly in-home private piano, guitar, percussion, voice, bass and wind instrument lessons. We conduct arts and education assemblies during the school day. 
 
 Our faculty is made up of a group of musicians who are fullyimmersed in NYC’s music scene. On any given night in the city you can find at least a few of us playing out and many times playing together. 
 
We are graduates of the New England Conservatory, Peabody, Manhattan School of Music and NYU, to name a few. We’ve studied music in the academy and we’ve learned it on the band stand playing alongside Roy Hargrove, Jeremy Pelt, Ron McClure, Jean-Michel Pilc, Stefon Harris, Scott Colley, Christian  McBride and others.   
 
We've taught four year olds their first lessons, prepped high school students for college auditions, and reacquaintedoctogenarians with the instruments of their youth. We’ve taught in grade schools, prep schools, boys and girls clubs, colleges, private homes and universities. 
 
 We teach our beginning students the fundamentals of rhythm, harmony and melody and we guide our more experienced playersto master music as a language, as way of expressing themselves and communicating with others.
 
Our goal is to inspire and instill in each student a passion and a life long love of music.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201877
<![CDATA[Rosemary Loar]]> "Stingchronicity"  
Songs and Monoglues : Stories taken from the music of Sting 
 
Musical Director/Arranger, Frank Ponzio
Tom Hubbard, Bass
Barry Kleinbort ­Director
 
Following up on the success of her critically acclaimed show, “Sting, Stang, Stung...Swinging the Music of Sting,” Rosemary Loar returns to the music of Sting and The Police for her newest offering, “Stingchronicity,.. Swinging the Stories of Sting” 
 
Although his background was in the machismo of the English working class shipyards, Sting has a unique ability to capture the stories and emotions of women through his lyrics. Rosemary uses Sting’s music to paint a pastiche of the trials and triumphs of today’s women. 
 
“...she's got the intelligence and wit to match his in an entirely different mood and mode.” Finkle - Village Voice 
 
“Loar has made me view the music of Gordon Sumner—otherwise known to the world as “Sting”-in a whole new light.— Hanks - Times Square Chronicles
 
Rosemary Loar has been a cabaret artist for over 30 years and last year was awarded MAC’s coveted Hansen Award for continuing excellence as a performer. She has sung at Birdland, The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don’t Tell Mama, Town Hall (Cabaret Convention), Symphony Space, Upstairs at Sardi’s, Hotel Pierre, in LA at the Gardenia and MBar, in Chicago at The Tambourine Room and most recently in Paulo’s Munich. Ms. Loar has released two cabaret recordings: The Quando Swing and a live recording of her critically acclaimed show Sting, Stang, Stung! Swingjn’ The Music Of Sting.
 
Ms. Loar has four national tours and six Broadway credits to her name including CATS (critically acclaimed as Grizabella), Sunset Boulevard, and Once Upon A Mattress. 
 
She was awarded a Phoebe Award for her portrayal of Ivy Rowe in Fair And Tender Ladies. Rosemary also created the role of Gladys Fritts in the off-Broadway musical, Radio Gals.
 
Rosemary was the featured vocalist for the Cabaret Convention, Lyrics and Lyricist series at the 92nd Street Y, the PBS-TV production, New Year’s Eve With Guy Lombardo, at Town Hall with Prairie Home Companion and at Carnegie Hall (concert version of the Broadway show Chess) and has sung with the North Carolina, Orlando, Nelson Riddle and Peter Duchin Orchestras. 
 
Rosemary and Robert Atwood’s musical Spoolie Girl was presented as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival winning the award for best lyrics and music. 
 
Rosemary is also a recording artist and has released 4 CD’s of her original music and 3 CD’s of her jazz cabaret work (most recently When Harry Met The Duke.) For more info go to www.rosemaryloar.com
 
Frank Ponzio, jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, has performed and collaborated with a variety of well-known artists, including Ben Vereen on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, David Amram, Phil Donahue, Joe Beck, Nancy LaMott, Baby Jane Dexter and Aisha Morris (Stevie Wonder's daughter). Frank has enjoyed a 15 yearlong association with Jacques d'Amboise’s National Dance Institute as Music director and as a teacher and composer. He also worked as vocal coach at the New School's Actors Studio for three years as well as the William Riley Vocal Studio. He has created original scores for The Silver Swing, a film directed by Martha Parker, and for a production of David Mamet's radio play The Water Engine and for the full-feature film A Level Field. In television and radio, he has written music for several commercials including Dunkin' Donuts, Kmart, and Campbell’s Soup. Recent recordings include, Sting, Stang, Stung, Swingin’ The Music Of Sting and Quando Swing, featuring the vocalist Rosemary Loar, A Song About Forever, Songs of Kurt Weill, and Duo Piano Concert, featuring Alex Wu and Frank Ponzio (All4One Piano duo). 
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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203063
<![CDATA[Jillian Laurain]]> “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”

Opera Singer/Musical Theatre and Concert Stage artist brings her award winning vocal talents back to the Metropolitan Room in her new show “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”
 
Having won the 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist for her highly successful tribute show, “My Broadway – 100 Years Of The Great White Way” Jillian sings songs by our great composers and lyricists Leonard Bernstein, John Kander & Fred Ebb, “Yip” Harburg & Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields, Duke Ellington…
Jillian brings not just her voice but her acting abilities to the songs that best fit “the rhythms of her life”
 
Don Rebic on piano
Tom Hubbard on bass
Sean Harkness on guitar
Ed Ornowski on drums
Emedin Rivera on percussion
Directed by Nikki Saed


*(This Video includes Barry Levitt on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ed Ornowski on drums and Rob Thomas on violin)
 
 
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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=161912
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182742 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182396
<![CDATA[Danny Bacher]]> Swing that Music ~ Danny Bacher Sings 3 Louis / Armstrong, Prima, and Jordan]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187246 <![CDATA[Daniel Bennett]]>
The Mystery at Clown Castle - New York CD Release



New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Insite Magazine calls Bennett's music, "refreshingly capricious and trippy." The Village Voice raves, "saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that's buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich's pastoral repetition." The Boston Globe describes Bennett's music as "a mix of jazz, folk, and minimalism." Timeout New York raves, "Daniel Bennett airs his lilting, potentially hypnotic compositions!"  Daniel Bennett has been featured on NPR's "Here and Now" radio program and hundreds of major media outlets. The Daniel Bennett Group was recently nominated "Best Jazz Group" in the New York City Hot House Jazz Awards. The band has released five critically-acclaimed albums in the last ten years: A Nation of Bears, The Legend of Bear Thompson, Peace and Stability Among Bears, Live at the Theatre, and Clockhead Goes to Camp.  
 
Daniel Bennett recently composed and performed the original musical score for the stage adaptation of Frankenstein at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Manhattan. Recent off-Broadway theater performances include the North American premier of Legacy Falls and a revival of Swingtime Canteen at Cherry Lane Theatre. Daniel Bennett recently played woodwinds in Blank! The Musical, the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage. Entertainment Hour raved, "Mike Descoteaux (piano), Daniel Bennett (reeds) and Al Vetere (drums) accompanied the cast expertly and twisted from our randomly chosen notes an impressive score WITHOUT an active conductor or sheet music!"  The New York Times called the show, "Witty, Likable and Ludicrous!"  
 
Daniel Bennett Group is releasing the new album, The Mystery at Clown Castle (Manhattan Daylight Media) at the concert. The band is returning from promotional tours in Chicago, St. Louis, West Palm Beach, Topeka, and Cincinnati.  Daniel Bennett will be joined by Nat Janoff (guitar), Eddy Khaimovich (bass), and Matthew Feick (drums), and special guests! Learn more about the Daniel Bennett Group at www.danielbennettgroup.com

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189549
<![CDATA[Steve Washington]]>



Steve Washington, singer-actor and native Washingtonian, has been performing since 1981 and has appeared in numerous productions including West Side Story, Oklahoma, and Godspell. He became a member of Actors' Equity, the exclusive Broadway actor’s union, when cast in the Arena Stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Forays into dramatic theater landed him a role as Demetrius in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Theater at the Folger. As a principal in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Hey Mr. Producer, Steve appeared as the Engineer of Miss Saigon, Valjean of Les Miserables, and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Steve has said, "tackling those roles under the guidance of Sir Mackintosh himself remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my career."]]>
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203820
<![CDATA[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194206 <![CDATA[Charlotte Patton]]>
She’s been married and not.  She’s had serious relationships, flings, and romances with men of all ages (but mostly younger). She's experienced all the charms, foibles, and idiosyncrasies of the opposite sex – and loves them anyway. Now, actress and comedian Charlotte Patton will bring all of that worldly wisdom to her sensual, provocative, and playful new cabaret show “Celebrating Men (Bless Their Hearts),” to The Metropolitan Room. 
Patton’s show is Directed by Award-winning cabaret performer Karen Oberlin with Musical Direction by MAC Award winner Barry Levitt. Recent MAC Award winner Tom Hubbard is on bass. Peter Napolitano contributes as Creative Consultant.








Charlotte Patton started her cabaret career at the beloved New York club Eighty-­‐Eights after attending the Cabaret Symposium at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.  After doing several shows at Eighty-­‐Eights, Charlotte focused on her acting career, appearing in New York and regional theaters.  She has played a surprising number of alcoholics, including Evie, the recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon in The Gingerbread Lady; the vicious pill-­‐popping, alcoholic mom in Sympathetic Division; a rich drunk doyenne in The Theory of Color; a horny drunk in Isaac Brody’s film The Raffle; and the tipsy mom in Averie Storck’s award-winning independent film Showers of Happiness.  One of her favorite (non-­‐alcoholic) roles was in the two-character Marriage Play by Edward Albee.  Last year she shot her first horror film, Child Eater, currently in post-production.
 
 
 
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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190771
<![CDATA[Private Event]]> The Metropolitan Room is a unique space that offers the perfect spot for creating unforgettable events, from a fashion photo shoot to a product launching ceremony, from a different kind of board meeting to a special sort of party. We have a great location in the Flatiron district, within walking distance to Madison Square Park, Madison Square Garden, Chelsea, and the Flatiron Building. This unassuming space transforms into a jazz club by night, and would be the perfect place to host your upscale corporate event or gala. The room can comfortably hold 115 people for an intimate gathering. There is a stage as well as a baby grand piano available for use, which adds charisma to the elegantly decorated interior.   There is also a lounge in the downstairs area with its own bar that can comfortably host a party of 20-25 people.
 
workshops
lectures
poetry readings
fundraisers
community meetings
corporate functions
receptions
private parties
 
Surround your guests with an exceptionally beautiful ambiance in our stylish and sophisticated venue and create an extraordinary experience that will be talked about for months to come.
 
For information about rental rates and requirements, please email our rental manager joanne@metropolitanroom.com



 
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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207677
<![CDATA[Tribute to Karen Carpenter]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon,Now and Forever an evening of Karen Carpenter. 
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194502
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189518
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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191782
<![CDATA[Lauren Fox]]> Groupies - The Muses Behind the Legends of Rock & Roll
 
Rock stars have always taken the spotlight, and the women in the wings have always loved and supported them. It’s time for the girls to take center stage in this tribute to the beauties who loved the music so much that they got as close to it as one possibly could. 
Come get rocked HARD, turned on, and turned out as Lauren Fox celebrates the woman who started a sexual revolution...and never looked back!
 
With music by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Waylon Jennings and more! 

Musical director/piano: Jon Weber
Acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin: Peter Calo
Bass guitar: Ritt Henn
 
 
Press quotes:
 
“The evening’s most transfixing performance: Lauren Fox, a beautiful spectral presence, brought the house to dead silence with searching, eerily intense renditions of “Woodstock” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” -Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Just call her "Out-Of-The-Box" Fox. Or perhaps "Ms. Cabaret Iconoclast of the 21st Century" would do the trick. Either way, lovely Lauren Fox, one of the more multifaceted and ambitious young stars of the New York cabaret scene, seems intent on redefining what is already a pretty open-ended art form.” -Stephen Hanks, Broadway World
 
"Lauren Fox is quite clearly a very talented actress and singer, but also a courageous artist committed to her own ideas of what she wants to express in a cabaret setting. And as a result, Lauren brought us all into a world we never expected to find at the Metropolitan Room—intimate, fascinating and magical."​ -Susan Hasho, Times Square Chronicles
 
"One accomplishment that Fox makes so special, apart from her vocal expertise, is her ability to immerse herself​ in whatever she is singing to an extent that can carry an audience along with her.” -William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide
 
"Actress Lauren Fox has come a long way in a short time to join the ranks of serious cabaret artists.” -Alix Cohen, Women Around Town
 
 
Past NYT reviews:
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/arts/music/lauren-fox-sings-songs-of-joni-mitchell-and-leonard-cohen.html?_r=0
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/arts/music/lauren-fox-at-the-metropolitan-room.html
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/arts/music/ghosts-of-love-evokes-david-lynchs-films.html?ref=stephenholden&_r=0
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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206232
<![CDATA[Dave Anthony Vogel]]>


 "An evening of music, friends, and laughs with Dave Anthony Vogel and Friends"
 
Come join David and many of his talented friends serenade you with beautiful music from such theater classics as "Carousel", "She Loves Me", and "Into the Woods" while also dazzling you with some of New York's best up and coming composer/songwriter's! Not to mention some raucous laughs along the way. Definitely not a night to miss!!

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199727
<![CDATA[Joseph Pino]]>

Joe Pino, performer, composer, and educator, has always pushed for musical excellence. In High School, he was acknowledged for his achievements early on while playing in The Beverly High School Jazz Band that competed at jazz festivals all over the United States. From these festivals, Joe won many outstanding soloist awards including two given by Herb Pomeroy and Greg Hopkins. In Joe’s senior year of high school, he won an outstanding soloist award from a jazz competition in New York City competing with over 20 jazz bands in the country. Joe was off to a great start.
 
In May 2008, Joe earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the world-renowned music school, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Years later, his talent has taking him far. His extensive performance career lead him into performing at some of the best concert halls and clubs around New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. 
 
The hard working Boston native stays busy with gigs and sessions around NYC, particularly in the Jazz scene. Joe’s reputation as a jazz trumpet player has also led him playing with such greats as The Temptations, and The Happenings while also performing with the legend TV star, Vicky Lewis. 
 
Joe leads his organ trio, and quartet that have an extensive performing schedule playing at many of the great jazz venues all over the map; Smalls Jazz Club, The Garage, Why Not Jazz Room, Chris’s Jazz Café, Tea Lounge, Shape Shifter Lab, Piano’s Lounge, Treme Jazz and Blues Club, The Sugar Bar, Trumpets Jazz Club, Twins Jazz Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, The Fat Cat, House of Blues Foundation Room, Chianti Jazz Lounge, Ryles Jazz Club, The Zeiterion Theatre, and The Wilbur Theatre. Joe has also transcribed many jazz artist solos, one which is featured in a Bugles Media Publications Book called The Improvisation Style of Jim Rotondi By: Eric Siereveld. 
 
Performed and Studied with These Artists and Bands: The Temptations, The Happenings, Jim Rotondi, Brian Lynch, George Garzone, Matt Wilson, Livingston Taylor, Jeremy Pelt, Mark Walker, The John Hoppin’ Jazz Orchestra, The Hot Shim Sham Orchestra, The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, The Brooklyn Big Band, Oscar Stagnaro, Lin Biviano, Charlie Lewis, Jeff Galindo, Jeff Stout, Victor Mendoza, The Boston Horns, James Montgomery, Big Sam from Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Musical Theatre Productions: Gypsy, South Pacific, Annie, Hot Mikado, Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Once Upon A Mattress, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Curtains, Music Man, Oliver, Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and The Pajama Game 
 
Teaching: Joe has been on faculty teaching students all ages, private and group lessons for Berklee College of Music’s City Music Outreach Program, Music and Arts, Harborlight Montessori School, The Beverly Public School System, and online Skype lessons.
 
Endorsements/Family of: Stomvi USA, and Adams Musical Instruments.
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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200189
<![CDATA[Josephine Sanges]]>



Launching her second album, Color Me Blue, Josephine Sanges makes her solo cabaret debut here at the Metropolitan Room. Having performed in concert with “America’s Beloved Tenor” Daniel Rodriguez, and opening for such well known singers as famed Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan, she is no stranger to the concert stage. Equally at home in the world of musical theater she has appeared regionally in several leading roles, most notably as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.
 
Performing here with internationally renowned flutist/singer, Laura Intravia and pianist/arranger John M. Cook, Josephine breaks new ground with her first foray into the world of jazz. With new and innovative interpretations of staples from the American Songbook, along with some lesser-known gems from the international music scene, she proves to be a singer/stylist of the first rank. Don’t miss what promises to be an unforgettable evening. 
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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206027
<![CDATA[Angelo Hart]]> Intrepid: A Jazz Sonata



Angelo Hart has always had a unique and expressive approach to his instrument. Angelo has spent personal time studying jazz and classical legends such as Thelonius Monk, Art Tatum, Cecil Taylor, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven and many more. Time spent with the great educators and musicians in Chicago, along with his natural innovative musicianship has molded him into the great musician that he is today. He approaches the piano with command and finesse, displaying a unique relationship and connection between the two of them.
Angelo's most recent musical endeavors have immersed him in the vastness of improvisation and compositional freedom. Whether he is pushing the boundaries, breaking through, or carefully treading within the lines, Angelo's music is sure to take you on a musical journey!
 
- See more at: 
http://angelohartmusic.com/bio/#sthash.lg3OMNTM.dpuf
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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199070
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192329 <![CDATA[CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202450 <![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173084
<![CDATA[This is Your Night, Stu Hamstra!]]> THIS IS YOUR NIGHT!  HONORS CABARET HOTLINE’S 25th ANNIVERSARY & STU HAMSTRA’S 76th BIRTHDAY!



STARRING AN ALL-STAR, MULTI-AWARD WINNING CAST! Raissa Katona Bennett (also Raissa’s Birthday!), Bruce Clough, Cynthia Crane, Sammy Goldstein, Kevin Scott Hall (also Kevin’s Birthday), Loli Marquez-Sterling, Sue Matsuki, Carolyn Montgomery, Warren Schein, Marcus Simeone, Guest Speakers AND MORE CAST MEMBERS & SURPRISES to be announced! Musical Direction: TRACY STARK Hosted by BERNIE FURSHPAN!  
 
THIS IS YOUR NIGHT!™ is based on a classic premise that profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors and producers. This event is co-produced by Bernie Furshpan, Metropolitan Room & Sue Matsuki, Matsuki Productions.
 
THERE WILL BE CUPCAKES!

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199724
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189519
<![CDATA[Rebekah Lowin]]> Rebekah Lowin ~ I Know You By Heart: The Songs of Eva Cassidy
 
Manhattan-based singer Rebekah Lowin celebrates the legacy of the late singer Eva Cassidy in this powerful new show. With direction by Lauren Fox, musical direction and guitar by Peter Calo, cello by Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, and loving input from Eva's own family.
 
"One of the most promising [young singers]...impressive for her freshness and lack of self-dramatization."
- Stephen Holden for The New York Times
 
"Lowin is a perfect ingénue - extremely pretty, seemingly innocent, with a light, sweet soprano that must make the angels smile."
- Alix Cohen for Broadway World
 
"A stellar vocal performance. Lowin has a voice that could rival an angel's."
- Lesley Thulin for The Columbia Daily Spectator
 
"Lowin demonstrated a startling depth of understanding and maturity."
- Roy Sander for The Bistro Awards
 
"Rebekah Lowin, disarming cabaret newbie, glowed." 
- Rob Lester for Cabaret Scenes Magazine
 
"Newcomer Rebekah Lowin has the glamorous appearance, poise and phrasing of a veteran. The actress/vocalist - it’s clear she has both talents - presented 'My Heart Was Set On You' with appealing, entirely credible sincerity and a Billy Joel lullaby with exquisite simplicity. Lowin has fine, seemingly effortless control and a lovely voice."
- Alix Cohen for WomanAroundTown
 
"A range rivaling Kristin Chenoweth."
- BWOG.com
 
 
 
 
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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193124
<![CDATA[Francesco Paladino]]>
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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202467
<![CDATA[Lynn Loosier]]> Lynn Loosier ~ Pure Soul

There is nothing fragile about Lynn Loosier's velvety soft delivery or her cordial-smooth vocals. Lynn is a force to behold. As a currect resident of New York City, Lynn's roots go somewhat deeper, further south, that is, to the heart and soul of Georgia. Click here to learn more about Lynn.
 
Lynn Loosier has been a client and colleague of mine for several years now. More importantly, Lynn is one of the singers I enjoy listening to when I'm NOT working. Her ability to deliver the picture of what she's singing about straight to the heart of the listener is a gift most singers simply don't possess. And that, in my opinion, is the difference between singing and painting with one's voice.
 
~ Jan Smith, Vocal Consultant, Vocal Producer/Coach, Atlanta, Georgia 
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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205422
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!



"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197485
<![CDATA[Richard Malavet]]> Returning to Manhattan cabaret, Richard Malavet brings his brand new show, Very Good Years: The Intimate Sinatra to the Metropolitan Room. Multi-Grammy nominee John di Martino will be musical director/arranger and pianist leading the band.
 
 
This is the year of Frank Sinatra's centennial. He remains the iconic pop singer whom musical historians and critics' consider the definitive pop vocalist of the last 100 years. In a crowded field, he stands alone as the male singer by whom singers of the Great American Songbook are compared. Throughout his career, Sinatra considered himself a saloon singer.
 
 
This special retrospective is a chronology of select recorded songs including “This Love Of Mine,” and “I'm A Fool To Want You,” (two songs he co-wrote), also “Night And Day” and his personal favorite, “Put Your Dreams Away.” It also includes the many songs he recorded with his favorite arranger Nelson Riddle. The set will focus on the years 1939 through 1968. It will also feature lesser known gems such as “Once I Loved,” “Say It (Over And Over Again”) and “The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye,” (written for him by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, but never recorded.) There will also be respectful nods to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Duke Ellington both of whom Sinatra collaborated with in the 1960s. Several arrangements are given a decided Latin twist.
 
 
Richard Malavet has been acclaimed for his work as a singer of the classic American and Spanish songbooks. He has performed with his band in many Manhattan clubs. A native New Yorker, Mr. Malavet has brought his highly acclaimed Billy Eckstine tribute, "The Billy Eckstine Project: Songs in the Key of 'B," to venues across the country. Writing in AfterDark-NYC John Hoglund said ... like Billy Eckstine and Sinatra, Malavet is a first-rate interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
 
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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190850
<![CDATA[Endorphin Annie]]>


ENDORPHIN ANNIE is a NYC-based, indie alternative/folk band, comprised of songwriter Annie Calder (lead vocals, keyboards), Ryan Thompson (lead guitar) and Bruce Gordon (bass).  Annie and bandmate Bruce are also lead members of the Brooklyn-based 60s classic rock cover band, VINTAGE PEEPLE.
 
ENDORPHIN ANNIE'S musical inspirations include The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Cure, Regina Spektor, Coldplay, Elliott Smith and traditional Celtic music.  The band's catchy, sweetly quirky songs are often heard on radio, cable TV, in commercials and in retail stores.
 
As a songwriter, Annie Calder has won numerous songwriting awards, including five ASCAP Plus Awards and being named "Best New Songwriter" by Songwriters Hall of Fame. 
 
ENDORPHIN ANNIE is currently finishing up their latest EP, set for release in February 2015.  Their music is available on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon.com and other music retailers.
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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207570
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
Stacy Sullivan ~  Since You've Asked

Stacy Sullivan, one of the top working singers in Cabaret, will challenge preconceptions with her new show, “Since You’ve Asked.” Whether you’re a fan of The Great American Songbook or VH1, you’ll find something to love within this eclectic evening of music and story. With musical director Troy Fannin, Sullivan has created her most personal, thought-provoking evening to date. #Randy Newman #Nina Simone #Ray LaMontagne #Hoagy Carmichael #Judy Collins #Ed Sheeran #Woodie Guthrie #Stevie Nicks #Cole Porter #George Harrison #Noel Coward #David Hajdu #Fred Hersch #Jonsi #Stephen Schwartz

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199701
<![CDATA[Artie Thompson]]>

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193848
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170099 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182397
<![CDATA[Sandy Bainum]]> "Simply"
 
Sandy returns to the Metropolitan Room with Sandy Bainum: Simply, a show that had sold out performances in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, based on her latest album, Simply.  Sandy is a recent MAC nominee for best recording and the winner of two Eddon Awards, for the “Best in Los Angeles Theater.” Simply is filled with memorable tunes from the Great American Songbook and beyond:  from the joyous “A Cockeyed Optimist” from South Pacific and the glorious “Goodnight, My Someone” from The Music Man, to the pop hit “You and Me Against the World and the electric “On the Other Side of the Tracks” from Little Me, these are songs that exemplify timeless, straightforward sentiments and beautiful melodies with simple yet universal emotions. Whether joyous, rueful, funny or hopeful, they are musical moments filled with warmth, heart, humor and joy… simply enchanting. (www.sandybainum.com)
 
The new CD was recorded in Los Angeles with a phenomenal 34-piece orchestra and arranged and conducted by Sandy’s award-winning musical director Lanny Meyers.  The legendary Bruce Kimmel served as producer. 
 
Sandy, a regular on the Washington, D.C. theatre scene, made her Broadway debut in David Merrick’s legendary production of 42nd Street. She has since performed leading roles in most of Washington’s top theatres including the Kennedy Center, Washington Savoyards, the Signature Theatre and Ford’s Theater, appearing in productions including Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, an innovative production of Hamlet for DC’s Fringe Festival and as Peggy Lee in the world premiere production of Ladies Swing the Blues. For Signature Theatre, Sandy participated in a reading of the new musical version of Beaches and recently appeared as Tessie Tura in their acclaimed production of Gypsy and as Susan in their celebrated production of Company.
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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209655
<![CDATA[Lisa Ellex]]>
Working as a writer and performer on the New York and Provincetown cabaret circuit led Lisa to a long-term gig as lead vocalist for THE NEW VIPER JAZZTET. A singer by night, Lisa's day job had her selecting programming for the launch of HBO's, COMEDY CHANNEL, where she also wrote and produced numerous junkets. Moving to HBO DOWNTOWN PRODUCTIONS, Lisa wrote guest segments for comedian Alan Havey's talk show, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT on COMEDY CENTRAL. She worked on the staff of numerous NYC TV productions, including NIGHT MUSIC with David Sanborn and Jools Holland. A prolific playwright, Lisa is in presently developing STATEN ISLAND EXPRESS, a piece examining the relationships between riders of a commuter bus and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. She is currently writing and directing, MUSIC ON THE MENU, a half-hour episodic concerning Jazz and food.]]>
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196186
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173085
<![CDATA[Myriam Phiro]]>

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199705
<![CDATA[Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show]]> She’s a multi-MAC Award winner and he’s a Bistro Award winner; together Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark are three time MAC Award Nominees for this show! They are ringing in the holiday season in JULY! This special event is being taped for promotional purposes so, if you feel like hearing some songs that are traditional, non-traditional and some that are a little naughty but nice, come join us for Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas in JULY!
 
Music Director Paul Stephan has created all the highly acclaimed arrangements.
 
“Like old friends hanging around the tree, singing favorites . . . these two genial singers would be welcome presences at any party or show celebrating the season.” – Rob Lester, Talkin Broadway
 
“Sue and Edd held the room in the palms of their hands from the very beginning. What a tremendous show! If you think Suzy’s an ordinary snowflake, - it’s a Sweeney Todd Christmas! Pure theatre-lovers delight, especially when Sue becomes a Mrs. Lovett-like comic foil –attend the tale of Edd and Sue! The final group of songs showcased the range and power of both vocalists with Edd taking the lead with “The Little Road to Bethlehem.” His classical voice and training made the flow and phrasing breathtaking. Sue then took the helm with another Stephan arrangement, this time of “Mary, Did You Know.” The minor key and pathos of this Lowry and Greene song cut through the fun and frolic of the earlier parts of the show with another strong reminder of the purpose, for Christians, of the season. The passion in Sue’s voice and the delicacy and dynamic range in such an intimate space, made the show feel more like an impromptu living room concert.- Sherri Rase, Qonstage.com
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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193686
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189520
<![CDATA[Gregory Nalbone]]>
Gregory Nalbone, the man with the pulse-raising looks and heart-melting voice, returns once again to Metropolitan Room. Inspired by a spectrum of emotions, he presents The Sounds of My Heart, bringing his magnificent vocals and a sexy vibe to a raw, soul-bearing journey that features a wide array of musical styles. He’s appeared at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, The Box, and more, all to rave reviews. Now he’s backed by the inimitable Kenneth Gartman on piano and directed by award-winning Lennie Watts.  Experience first hand why Times Square Chronicles gushed that “Nalbone does romantic ballads better than any other male singer around.”
 
Photo: www.ClecioLira.com


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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193774
<![CDATA[DODO Orchestra]]>


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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202468
<![CDATA[50s 60s 70s Summer Concerts]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189547 <![CDATA[Marissa Mulder]]> Marissa Mulder returns with an exciting new show called " Instincts". 
From Sara Baraeilles to Stephen Sondheim
Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys. 

Musical Director: Nate Buccieri 

" Ms. Mulder has given us a virtual definition of what cabaret is all about, the projection of ones own soul through the lens of songs written by someone else." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal 
 
" Ms. Mulder sang as if the song were torn from inside of her and reduced the room to a hushed silence. " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 
 
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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198138
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172943
<![CDATA[Final Callback]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205447 <![CDATA[Jacob Storms]]>
Join Jacob Storms for "Give My Regards to Broadway" a musical journey & tribute to The Great White Way told through the eternal words & music of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II plus some special surprises along the way!

"Jacob Storms gives a deliciously riveting & amusing performance..."  ~ Backstage Magazine

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209767
<![CDATA[Sounds of the City: The Girl Groups]]> SOUNDS OF THE CITY: THE GIRL GROUPS
 
MATT BECKOFF HOSTS AN EVENING OF STORYTELLING WITH FOUR LEGENDARY LADIES OF THE GIRL GROUP ERA. FEATURING LA LA BROOKS (FORMER LEAD SINGER OF THE CRYSTALS) BARBARA HARRIS (ORIGINAL LEAD SINGER OF THE TOYS) MARGARET ROSS WILLIAMS (LEAD SINGER OF THE COOKIES) AND ARLENE SMITH (ORIGINAL LEAD SINGER OF THE CHANTELS).
 
JOIN US AS THEY DISCUSS RECORDING THEIR CLASSIC HITS, "MAYBE" "DA DOO RON RON", "CHAINS", "A LOVER'S CONCERTO" "THEN HE KISSED ME", TO NAME A FEW. FIND OUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE WORKING WITH MUSICAL ICONS SUCH AS CAROLE KING, PHIL SPECTOR, NEIL SEDAKA, GENE PITNEY, AND OTHERS.
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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205219
<![CDATA[Beverly Taki]]> Musical Director: David Shenton
 
Beverly Taki has performed at the Plaza Hotel, Theater East, Delmonico Hotel, Caroline's Comedy Club on Broadway, and The United Nations, all in New York City, and in major hotels in Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe besides touring extensively in Europe. She has 3 upcoming shows at the Metropolitan Club in NYC in 2013 and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in 2014.
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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190953
<![CDATA[Gregory Nalbone]]>
Gregory Nalbone, the man with the pulse-raising looks and heart-melting voice, returns once again to Metropolitan Room. Inspired by a spectrum of emotions, he presents The Sounds of My Heart, bringing his magnificent vocals and a sexy vibe to a raw, soul-bearing journey that features a wide array of musical styles. He’s appeared at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, The Box, and more, all to rave reviews. Now he’s backed by the inimitable Kenneth Gartman on piano and directed by award-winning Lennie Watts.  Experience first hand why Times Square Chronicles gushed that “Nalbone does romantic ballads better than any other male singer around.”
 
Photo: www.ClecioLira.com
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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193775
<![CDATA[Thea Brooks]]>

Thea Brooks Reel 5.13 from Thea Brooks on Vimeo.


Thea grew up on a dirt road in Vermont with various livestock for pets. She was raised by a lawyer and a ballerina-turned-environmentalist, who nurtured her obvious leaning toward the performing arts. By the time she was in high school, Thea had placed in many regional singing competitions, sung solos with church and school choirs, performed with the local opera company, and in all her school and community theater productions. She was ready for the big time. Her parents had sent her to a handful of fancy summer theater programs, and she knew she wanted to attend a conservatory for college. It wasn't until she was accepted into Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama that her dream began to take shape. Those four years of training were some of the best in her life, and she graduated ready to tackle the industry (at least, on the east coast).
 
After living in New York for a year, Thea booked an understudy/ensemble  role in "Dirty Dancing The Musical" which toured the country for a year, doing major sit downs in Chicago, Boston, and LA. When the tour hit Los Angeles, Thea began making preparations to stay in Hollywood and get her feet wet in the TV/Film world. Within a few months she had booked her first major TV guest star, on True Blood. A few commercials and Equity shows later, Thea decided she'd had enough of the west coast (for the moment), and after a quick production of "The Lion In Winter" in Santa Barbara, relocated again to New York.
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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205218
<![CDATA[Andy Sharkey]]>
Hailing from James Dean country in Indiana, trombonist and singer Andy Sharkey presents an hour long tribute to songbook classics made cool with his unique vocal style and original arrangements by acclaimed jazz pianists Rich Shemaria and Steven Feifke.  With a repertoire of songs by Warren and Young, Adam Guettel, Bill Evans and more, this eclectic show promises an afternoon of innovation as well as entertainment.]]>
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209482
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196012 <![CDATA[Donna Hayes]]> Donna Hayes returns to the Metropolitan Room with her newest show "Ordinary Miracles" directed by Gretchen Reinhagen with musical direction by Justin Stoney.  Added to the mix for this show are Tom Hubbard on bass and Donna Kelly on drums.


 
 
Donna shares her stories through songs ranging from brand new R&B, classic rock, show tunes, oldies to reggae -- by artists and songwriters such as Carole King, John Legend, Stephanie Mills, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Tracy Chapman, Kander & Ebb, Phillip Phillips, and more.  These are Donna's personal accounts, and the songs that remind her that the world around us is not so ordinary after all.
 
“Donna Hayes is a forceful performer in many areas. She can captivate with her soulful interpretation of ballads and her acting skills.” -- Edie Stokes, Times Square Chronicles
 
“Donna is very funny, a really good actress and sings with a commitment to her lyric.” -- Sue Matsuki, Cabaret Hotline Online

 
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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191655
<![CDATA[Monica Blewinsky]]>

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205091
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173086
<![CDATA[Carol McCann]]> Singer/Songwriter Carol McCann has been has been seen and heard in the New York clubs for over two decades, and has been a writer member of ASCAP since 1991.  Venues include The Metropolitan Room, The Firebird, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, the former Eighty Eight’s, Upstairs at Greene Street and the West Bank Café.  
 
A celebrated singer/songwriter, Carol’s music synthesizes different elements of country, jazz, rock and blues to create a unique, compelling, and very human sound, with just a breath of theatricality.  She performs a mix of standards, original songs and an occasional twisted, re-worded classic.
 
Carol’s music has been featured in a series produced for the BBC, called BORDER CAFE, and is included on the album of the same title.  Additionally, her songs have been performed by such popular performers as Mary Foster Conklin, Lisa Asher, Lena Koutrakis, and Catherine DuPuis.   She performs with long time accompanist, arranger and collaborator, John DiPinto.
 
Stu Hamstra of Cabaret Hotline stated: “Carol McCann has fans aplenty – and rightfully so.  Her show was fantastic, with a great band, great arrangements, and those great Carol McCann songs.” 
 
In a review for BACKSTAGE, critic Roy Sander described Carol as: A “a songwriter of impressive variety and depth  . . . Her work is filled with inventiveness, little surprises and impressive quirks.@”
 
Critic John Hoglund declared Ms. McCann to be “ A respected interpreter of the heart, and a great interpreter of her own material . . . This material is so good you wonder why it isn’t recorded by everybody. . .Carol McCann delivers one heck of a package!”
 
Carol also spent many years as a working actress in both regional and Off Broadway Theatre. Favorite productions include, Assassins, Annie Get Your Gun, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Charley’s Aunt, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Song is Kern, The Male Animal, and A Flea in Her Ear, among others. She is co-owner of the award winning New York based production company, Grandview Island Productions, and is married to her partner-in-life-and-business Michael Lesser.  Together they have also produced two fabulous daughters, Emily and Julia.  
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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195684
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189521
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]>
“It’s Just a Number”
 
HONOREE: PHYLLIS WEISS HASEROT
Phyllis coaches corporations in using intergenerational communications
 
Performing will be Top Cabaret stars of all ages

Chuck Karel
Randie Levine Miller
Pamela Lewis
Sean Harkness
Elaine St. George
David  (White) 
Dan Bacher
Eliana Gonzalez
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191661
<![CDATA[David Serero]]> DAVID SERERO will entertain you during an evening of MUSIC and COMEDY!
Performing Opera, Broadway Musicals, Jazz and International standards!



French actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 33 years old, this fresh performer has already performed more than 700 concerts and performances throughout the world. Some of these have been broadcast on worldwide televisions totalizing an average audience of 30 millions of viewers and 18 millions on radios. Performing on the most prestigious worldwide stages and for the most important occasions, this true Show-Man and Entertainer brings a fresh approach to the Opera world by giving more than 80 concerts per year, during which he brings all his eclectic repertoire (Opera, Broadway, World Music, Jazz and Comedy), resulting as unique shows. He has given concerts at the Opera Garnier Paris, L'Olympia, The Eiffel Tower..the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Budapest Opera conducted by Placido Domingo, concert at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam...and made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. In London, David performed at the Wembley stadium and at the Royal College of Music. He has sung more than 20 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. He organizes several concerts in benefit to charities for which he commits himself on a daily basis and performed for Presidents and biggest world's leaders. He often goes to perform in Hospitals, schools…etc. In march 2012 David Serero performed his signature role of Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris. During november 2012 in Paris, David Serero performed the title role from the revival of Duke ELLINGTON's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In January 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. David has produced and directed I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards with Jermaine Jackson. On this album, David and Jermaine have recorded a unique version of French classic "Autumn Leaves - Les Feuilles Mortes".The video clip of their duet, directed by David Serero, was shot in Paris. 
 
In December 2013, David shared the cover of "Theatre & Performances" with BARBRA STREISAND in London and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the SNAPPLE Theatre in New York. That same year he released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE.
 
As an Actor he starred in Features Films, TV Films & Series and Plays. He recently performed in New York the lead roles in films The Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Super Paradise, Capicola, Laundry Day, Ransom, There will come soft rains and more. See IMDb.
 
In 2014, he released THE BROADWAY BARITONE featuring Broadway classics with a Philharmonic orchestra and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END.
 
From May to October 2014, he gave more than 100 performances his One Man Musical Show in Paris at the Theatre du Gymnase.
 
During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The Frank Sinatra Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. Albums available on iTunes and music stores. 
 
From October 2014 to April 2015, he has been playing the part of Chef Bruno in the musical TRUFFLES in New York. He played Christopher Sly & Vincentio from The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Public Library.
Among his future engagements of 2015, David will perform the lead role of SHYLOCK from THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare in New York (June 2015), King Edward (Richard III) in New York and King of France (Henry V) in Azincourt, France for its 600th anniversary in August.
 
He will play the lead role of Marcel Proust from the play "Proust & Joyce at the Majestic Hotel" in New York (May)
Full biography on www.davidserero.com
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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207539
<![CDATA[Elli The King of Broadway Birthday Show]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188112 <![CDATA[Magician Matias]]> Close Encounters Of The Magic Kind
 
Matias is the new hottest magician in NYC! His charming accent and great hair along with his unique blend of magic, mentalism, clean comedy, high energy, and lots of audience participation will make you have a fun and also memorable night. 
 
Have you ever been into an event and witnessed a magician perform with hundreds of people surrounding him; they are unable to turn their heads away from him, totally focused on every trick, every illusion; and wanting to be amazed over and over again? Have you ever experienced that before? If your answers are no then you haven’t seen Matias Letelier and his show "Close Encounters Of The Magic Kind", because that is precisely what he does! We invite you to join us in this magical experience with one of the best magicians in town! 


 
 
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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202598
<![CDATA[Richard Malavet]]> Returning to Manhattan cabaret, Richard Malavet brings his brand new show, Very Good Years: The Intimate Sinatra to the Metropolitan Room. Multi-Grammy nominee John di Martino will be musical director/arranger and pianist leading the band.
 
 
This is the year of Frank Sinatra's centennial. He remains the iconic pop singer whom musical historians and critics' consider the definitive pop vocalist of the last 100 years. In a crowded field, he stands alone as the male singer by whom singers of the Great American Songbook are compared. Throughout his career, Sinatra considered himself a saloon singer.
 
 
This special retrospective is a chronology of select recorded songs including “This Love Of Mine,” and “I'm A Fool To Want You,” (two songs he co-wrote), also “Night And Day” and his personal favorite, “Put Your Dreams Away.” It also includes the many songs he recorded with his favorite arranger Nelson Riddle. The set will focus on the years 1939 through 1968. It will also feature lesser known gems such as “Once I Loved,” “Say It (Over And Over Again”) and “The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye,” (written for him by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, but never recorded.) There will also be respectful nods to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Duke Ellington both of whom Sinatra collaborated with in the 1960s. Several arrangements are given a decided Latin twist.
 
 
Richard Malavet has been acclaimed for his work as a singer of the classic American and Spanish songbooks. He has performed with his band in many Manhattan clubs. A native New Yorker, Mr. Malavet has brought his highly acclaimed Billy Eckstine tribute, "The Billy Eckstine Project: Songs in the Key of 'B," to venues across the country. Writing in AfterDark-NYC John Hoglund said ... like Billy Eckstine and Sinatra, Malavet is a first-rate interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
 
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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190851
<![CDATA[The Frenchie Davis Experience]]> THE FRENCHIE DAVIS EXPERIENCE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
 
“I genuinely love to sing. When I am singing I feel free, like I'm flying. I can't imagine my life without music.”
 
Growing up listening to her parent’s extensive record collection and watching musical movies everyday after school, Frenchie Davis naturally knew she was born into a life of music. By seventh grade, Davis began to hone her musicianship and vocal ability by way of the invested interest of her seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Young.
 
When it came time for college, Davis knew she wanted to study the arts, so the only logical decision was Howard University. Not only because she was born in Washington D.C. and three generations of Davis’ have graduated from Howard but it was also important for Davis to follow in the footsteps of legendary performers such as Donny Hathaway, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad.
 
 
America took notice to Davis and her amazing singing talent in 2002 when she auditioned for the second season of American Idol. She blew all three judges away with her sultry audition rendition of “And I Am Telling You.” Davis made the cut, went straight to Hollywood and sang her way to the semi finals.
 
In 2011 Davis was asked to audition for The Voice. Davis joined Christina Aguilera’s team of elite eight and again made it all the way to the semi finals. During this competition Davis was told “You may very well have the best voice in this whole competition.”
 
Throughout her theatre career, Davis has starred in hit Broadway musicals such as RENT, Dreamgirls, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Cinderella and Ain’t Misbehavn’, which earned her a Grammy Nomination. Her television credits include voice-over work for the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets and most recently a role on OWN Network's Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious!
 
 
Currently Davis tours the country with her musical comedy cabaret act, The French & Kat Show, of which she is the co-creator, co-producer and co-star. The show has received rave reviews and continues to sell-out to audiences who are amazed by Davis’ unique singing voice and raw whit.
 
 
In May 2014, Davis graduated from Howard University with a GPA of 3.85; her Bachelors Of Fine Arts degree; and plans to begin graduate school in the fall. It is imperative to Davis to continue her education in her career path.
 
With a loyal fan base that increases everyday and a passionate love for live, Frenchie is a beacon of positivity wherever she goes.
 
"I want to live my life and create art that inspires people to be brave and courageous", says Davis,
"To believe in themselves and never take no for an answer."
 
Twitter: @frenchiedavis
 
Facebook: OfficialFrenchie​
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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193952
<![CDATA[Children's Cabaret]]>

Join us once a month for our very special Children's Cabaret - it's never the same thing twice! Once a month on a Saturday morning, you'll meet a unique lineup of storytellers, puppeteers, magicians, musicians and other skilled entertainers who can't wait to share their talents with you and your family. It's a show for kids that adults love too - the best of both worlds!





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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196927
<![CDATA[Will Perez]]> "One Hit Wonders"

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205389
<![CDATA[The Frenchie Davis Experience]]> THE FRENCHIE DAVIS EXPERIENCE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
 
“I genuinely love to sing. When I am singing I feel free, like I'm flying. I can't imagine my life without music.”
 
Growing up listening to her parent’s extensive record collection and watching musical movies everyday after school, Frenchie Davis naturally knew she was born into a life of music. By seventh grade, Davis began to hone her musicianship and vocal ability by way of the invested interest of her seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Young.
 
When it came time for college, Davis knew she wanted to study the arts, so the only logical decision was Howard University. Not only because she was born in Washington D.C. and three generations of Davis’ have graduated from Howard but it was also important for Davis to follow in the footsteps of legendary performers such as Donny Hathaway, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad.
 
 
America took notice to Davis and her amazing singing talent in 2002 when she auditioned for the second season of American Idol. She blew all three judges away with her sultry audition rendition of “And I Am Telling You.” Davis made the cut, went straight to Hollywood and sang her way to the semi finals.
 
In 2011 Davis was asked to audition for The Voice. Davis joined Christina Aguilera’s team of elite eight and again made it all the way to the semi finals. During this competition Davis was told “You may very well have the best voice in this whole competition.”
 
Throughout her theatre career, Davis has starred in hit Broadway musicals such as RENT, Dreamgirls, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Cinderella and Ain’t Misbehavn’, which earned her a Grammy Nomination. Her television credits include voice-over work for the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets and most recently a role on OWN Network's Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious!
 
 
Currently Davis tours the country with her musical comedy cabaret act, The French & Kat Show, of which she is the co-creator, co-producer and co-star. The show has received rave reviews and continues to sell-out to audiences who are amazed by Davis’ unique singing voice and raw whit.
 
 
In May 2014, Davis graduated from Howard University with a GPA of 3.85; her Bachelors Of Fine Arts degree; and plans to begin graduate school in the fall. It is imperative to Davis to continue her education in her career path.
 
With a loyal fan base that increases everyday and a passionate love for live, Frenchie is a beacon of positivity wherever she goes.
 
"I want to live my life and create art that inspires people to be brave and courageous", says Davis,
"To believe in themselves and never take no for an answer."
 
Twitter: @frenchiedavis
 
Facebook: OfficialFrenchie​
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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193953
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170101 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182398
<![CDATA[Jacob Storms]]>
Join Jacob Storms for "Give My Regards to Broadway" a musical journey & tribute to The Great White Way told through the eternal words & music of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II plus some special surprises along the way!

"Jacob Storms gives a deliciously riveting & amusing performance..."  ~ Backstage Magazine

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209768
<![CDATA[The Frenchie Davis Experience]]> THE FRENCHIE DAVIS EXPERIENCE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
 
“I genuinely love to sing. When I am singing I feel free, like I'm flying. I can't imagine my life without music.”
 
Growing up listening to her parent’s extensive record collection and watching musical movies everyday after school, Frenchie Davis naturally knew she was born into a life of music. By seventh grade, Davis began to hone her musicianship and vocal ability by way of the invested interest of her seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Young.
 
When it came time for college, Davis knew she wanted to study the arts, so the only logical decision was Howard University. Not only because she was born in Washington D.C. and three generations of Davis’ have graduated from Howard but it was also important for Davis to follow in the footsteps of legendary performers such as Donny Hathaway, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad.
 
 
America took notice to Davis and her amazing singing talent in 2002 when she auditioned for the second season of American Idol. She blew all three judges away with her sultry audition rendition of “And I Am Telling You.” Davis made the cut, went straight to Hollywood and sang her way to the semi finals.
 
In 2011 Davis was asked to audition for The Voice. Davis joined Christina Aguilera’s team of elite eight and again made it all the way to the semi finals. During this competition Davis was told “You may very well have the best voice in this whole competition.”
 
Throughout her theatre career, Davis has starred in hit Broadway musicals such as RENT, Dreamgirls, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Cinderella and Ain’t Misbehavn’, which earned her a Grammy Nomination. Her television credits include voice-over work for the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets and most recently a role on OWN Network's Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious!
 
 
Currently Davis tours the country with her musical comedy cabaret act, The French & Kat Show, of which she is the co-creator, co-producer and co-star. The show has received rave reviews and continues to sell-out to audiences who are amazed by Davis’ unique singing voice and raw whit.
 
 
In May 2014, Davis graduated from Howard University with a GPA of 3.85; her Bachelors Of Fine Arts degree; and plans to begin graduate school in the fall. It is imperative to Davis to continue her education in her career path.
 
With a loyal fan base that increases everyday and a passionate love for live, Frenchie is a beacon of positivity wherever she goes.
 
"I want to live my life and create art that inspires people to be brave and courageous", says Davis,
"To believe in themselves and never take no for an answer."
 
Twitter: @frenchiedavis
 
Facebook: OfficialFrenchie​
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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193954
<![CDATA[David Serero]]> DAVID SERERO will entertain you during an evening of MUSIC and COMEDY!
Performing Opera, Broadway Musicals, Jazz and International standards!



French actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 33 years old, this fresh performer has already performed more than 700 concerts and performances throughout the world. Some of these have been broadcast on worldwide televisions totalizing an average audience of 30 millions of viewers and 18 millions on radios. Performing on the most prestigious worldwide stages and for the most important occasions, this true Show-Man and Entertainer brings a fresh approach to the Opera world by giving more than 80 concerts per year, during which he brings all his eclectic repertoire (Opera, Broadway, World Music, Jazz and Comedy), resulting as unique shows. He has given concerts at the Opera Garnier Paris, L'Olympia, The Eiffel Tower..the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Budapest Opera conducted by Placido Domingo, concert at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam...and made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. In London, David performed at the Wembley stadium and at the Royal College of Music. He has sung more than 20 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. He organizes several concerts in benefit to charities for which he commits himself on a daily basis and performed for Presidents and biggest world's leaders. He often goes to perform in Hospitals, schools…etc. In march 2012 David Serero performed his signature role of Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris. During november 2012 in Paris, David Serero performed the title role from the revival of Duke ELLINGTON's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In January 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. David has produced and directed I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards with Jermaine Jackson. On this album, David and Jermaine have recorded a unique version of French classic "Autumn Leaves - Les Feuilles Mortes".The video clip of their duet, directed by David Serero, was shot in Paris. 
 
In December 2013, David shared the cover of "Theatre & Performances" with BARBRA STREISAND in London and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the SNAPPLE Theatre in New York. That same year he released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE.
 
As an Actor he starred in Features Films, TV Films & Series and Plays. He recently performed in New York the lead roles in films The Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Super Paradise, Capicola, Laundry Day, Ransom, There will come soft rains and more. See IMDb.
 
In 2014, he released THE BROADWAY BARITONE featuring Broadway classics with a Philharmonic orchestra and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END.
 
From May to October 2014, he gave more than 100 performances his One Man Musical Show in Paris at the Theatre du Gymnase.
 
During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The Frank Sinatra Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. Albums available on iTunes and music stores. 
 
From October 2014 to April 2015, he has been playing the part of Chef Bruno in the musical TRUFFLES in New York. He played Christopher Sly & Vincentio from The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Public Library.
Among his future engagements of 2015, David will perform the lead role of SHYLOCK from THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare in New York (June 2015), King Edward (Richard III) in New York and King of France (Henry V) in Azincourt, France for its 600th anniversary in August.
 
He will play the lead role of Marcel Proust from the play "Proust & Joyce at the Majestic Hotel" in New York (May)
Full biography on www.davidserero.com
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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207540
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173087
<![CDATA[Kay Matsukawa]]>
Kay Matsukawa "Piano and I"
Piano: TBA
 

 
Kay Matsukawa
Kay who began her professional music career at the age 18 horned her vocal skills by sharing live performances and recording sessions with some of Japan's most accomplished artists, including Yuming (Yumi Matsutoya), the best-selling female singer/songwriter in Japan. In 1999, Kay teamed with a guitarist Neo to form FAKiE, a guitar/vocal duo, earning critical praise for their breathtaking performance and high quality sound. In August 2006 they performed at "Imperial Jazz Complex" at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. They rode the momentum of that performance into a nationwide tour, playing at major concert halls. In 2007, Kay was awarded a prestigious Artists' Grant from the Japanese Government, enabling her to moved to New York City to further develop her talent. Kay quickly began making a name for herself following a successful New York debut at the Kitano New York in November 2009. In October 2010, Kay, reunited with Neo, appeared at Zinc Bar as a duo (now called K & Neo) for a sold-out show. They followed that show with another sold-out performance, again at Zinc Bar, in February 2011.
 
Kay continued to perform throughout 2011 as a solo singer and appeared at many of the NYC’s top music venues including famed Iridium. In March, after Japanese earthquake/tsunami, Kay appeared in several benefit concerts at Bitter End in Greenwich Village. In April, K & Neo’s version of Summertime – released on their CD, “Timeless” – was featured in UNIQLO’s TV commercials. In June, she appeared as a guest soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble at the United Nations. In September, she made her acting debut in the Off-Broadway play entitled “It’s a Hardbop Life.” And in October, Kay recorded with a two-time Grammy award nominee saxophonist Adam Kolker, and performed as a guest vocalist on his subsequent European Tour. February 2012, Kay briefly returned to Japan for a hugely successful K & Neo concert tour and then back to New York’s Zinc Bar for her first solo concert in two years, performing her original compositions to another sold-out audience. In July, Kay performed at the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, directed by Broadway Music supervisor/conductor Patrick Vaccariello. She is currently in the process of filming “The Center of the Universe,” (scheduled for release in 2014). In 2013, Kay became joined the roster of the Metropolitan Room New York City. In April, she got invited as an international guest performer to the biggest Anime convention in Central America in Costa Rica then she took over 8,000 audience by storm. She will be touring through in Central America as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama and Guatemala.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208846
<![CDATA[Laurie Krauz's Jazz Soup]]> Laurie Krauz's Jazz Soup
 
Be Careful - Contents May Be Hot!
 
Each month featuring a different and exciting mix of some of the best jazz artists around.
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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188857
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189522
<![CDATA[Fran Leonardis]]>

Fran Leonardis could become one of New York cabaret’s more compelling performers." -Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Scenes
 
"Fran...has a commanding stage presence and versatile singing ability."  -Danielle Miceli, Cabaretexchange.com
 
"To misquote a line from Gypsy, she's a 5-foot bundle of dynamite." -Roy Sander, Bistroawards.com
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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185279
<![CDATA[Carol McCann]]> Singer/Songwriter Carol McCann has been has been seen and heard in the New York clubs for over two decades, and has been a writer member of ASCAP since 1991.  Venues include The Metropolitan Room, The Firebird, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, the former Eighty Eight’s, Upstairs at Greene Street and the West Bank Café.  
 
A celebrated singer/songwriter, Carol’s music synthesizes different elements of country, jazz, rock and blues to create a unique, compelling, and very human sound, with just a breath of theatricality.  She performs a mix of standards, original songs and an occasional twisted, re-worded classic.
 
Carol’s music has been featured in a series produced for the BBC, called BORDER CAFE, and is included on the album of the same title.  Additionally, her songs have been performed by such popular performers as Mary Foster Conklin, Lisa Asher, Lena Koutrakis, and Catherine DuPuis.   She performs with long time accompanist, arranger and collaborator, John DiPinto.
 
Stu Hamstra of Cabaret Hotline stated: “Carol McCann has fans aplenty – and rightfully so.  Her show was fantastic, with a great band, great arrangements, and those great Carol McCann songs.” 
 
In a review for BACKSTAGE, critic Roy Sander described Carol as: A “a songwriter of impressive variety and depth  . . . Her work is filled with inventiveness, little surprises and impressive quirks.@”
 
Critic John Hoglund declared Ms. McCann to be “ A respected interpreter of the heart, and a great interpreter of her own material . . . This material is so good you wonder why it isn’t recorded by everybody. . .Carol McCann delivers one heck of a package!”
 
Carol also spent many years as a working actress in both regional and Off Broadway Theatre. Favorite productions include, Assassins, Annie Get Your Gun, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Charley’s Aunt, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Song is Kern, The Male Animal, and A Flea in Her Ear, among others. She is co-owner of the award winning New York based production company, Grandview Island Productions, and is married to her partner-in-life-and-business Michael Lesser.  Together they have also produced two fabulous daughters, Emily and Julia.  
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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195685
<![CDATA[Blake Rice]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205460 <![CDATA[Charlotte Patton]]>
She’s been married and not.  She’s had serious relationships, flings, and romances with men of all ages (but mostly younger). She's experienced all the charms, foibles, and idiosyncrasies of the opposite sex – and loves them anyway. Now, actress and comedian Charlotte Patton will bring all of that worldly wisdom to her sensual, provocative, and playful new cabaret show “Celebrating Men (Bless Their Hearts),” to The Metropolitan Room. 
Patton’s show is Directed by Award-winning cabaret performer Karen Oberlin with Musical Direction by MAC Award winner Barry Levitt. Recent MAC Award winner Tom Hubbard is on bass. Peter Napolitano contributes as Creative Consultant.








Charlotte Patton started her cabaret career at the beloved New York club Eighty-­‐Eights after attending the Cabaret Symposium at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.  After doing several shows at Eighty-­‐Eights, Charlotte focused on her acting career, appearing in New York and regional theaters.  She has played a surprising number of alcoholics, including Evie, the recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon in The Gingerbread Lady; the vicious pill-­‐popping, alcoholic mom in Sympathetic Division; a rich drunk doyenne in The Theory of Color; a horny drunk in Isaac Brody’s film The Raffle; and the tipsy mom in Averie Storck’s award-winning independent film Showers of Happiness.  One of her favorite (non-­‐alcoholic) roles was in the two-character Marriage Play by Edward Albee.  Last year she shot her first horror film, Child Eater, currently in post-production.
 
 
 
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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190772
<![CDATA[Frankie C]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209547 <![CDATA[Shane Baker]]>
Mugs like Jolson, mimes like Chaplin! – New York Times
 
Laugh out loud funny … Baker delivers! – Jewish Standard
 
This guy’s got the stuff!! – Fyvush Finkel

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199738
<![CDATA[Kevin Hill]]>



A Summit Records recording artist, Hill is a seasoned performer equally at home in jazz, rock, blues and classical guitar settings, he has shared stages and billings with Bucky Pizzarelli, Bob Mintzer, Johnny Winter, Dickey Betts, Levon Helm, Booker T. Jones, Johnnie Johnson, Gov't Mule, Keller Williams and Stanton Moore. He has performed at a wide variety of venues from The Stone Pony to the Knitting Factory, from the Trump Taj Mahal to the Zinc Bar NYC. He holds a B.A. in Music from Kean University specializing in classical guitar. 
 
Among Kevin's numerous musical experiences, he has shared the stage with the Bob Mintzer big band and his guitar was played by Ritchie Blackmore. A guitar player and vocalist of surprising skill, he has studied with eminent guitarists such as jazz masters Ted Dunbar and Dave Stryker, as well as classical virtuoso Christopher Kenniff. He performs regularly in a solo acoustic capacity as well as with his projects The Kevin Hill Trio, Secret Sound, and The Hub Kings. A composer and educator, he has written many works for ensemble as well as solo guitar, and his teaching methods have helped shape the musical lives of many people both young and old.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199995
<![CDATA[Fran Leonardis]]>

Fran Leonardis could become one of New York cabaret’s more compelling performers." -Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Scenes
 
"Fran...has a commanding stage presence and versatile singing ability."  -Danielle Miceli, Cabaretexchange.com
 
"To misquote a line from Gypsy, she's a 5-foot bundle of dynamite." -Roy Sander, Bistroawards.com
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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=185280
<![CDATA[Jacob Storms]]>
Join Jacob Storms for "Give My Regards to Broadway" a musical journey & tribute to The Great White Way told through the eternal words & music of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II plus some special surprises along the way!

"Jacob Storms gives a deliciously riveting & amusing performance..."  ~ Backstage Magazine

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209769
<![CDATA[The Flatiron Follies]]> METROPOLITAN ROOM'S FLATIRON FOLLIES

Longing for the golden age of Manhattan nightlife?  Put on your glad rags, polish those wingtips and step out in style for some fabulous (but flirty) old fashioned entertainment, curated by two good-time gals and darlings of the NYC nightlife scene, Grace Gotham and Bettina May.  This all-singing, all-dancing duo brings you those glamorous, sequin-spangled production numbers from the 1920s-1950s.  And how!   Showcasing the best of jazz, opera, showtunes and more, The Flatiron Follies feature a roster of the city's most spectacular singers and dazzling dancers - ranging from tap to cirque to burlesque.  Delight in dirty jazz ditties that will make even the saltiest sailor blush!  Be beguiled by the bumps and grinds of classic burlesque!  Join the cast in a rousing singalong with familiar favorites from the great American songbook!  Why, the Flatiron district hasn't been this fun since it was called the Toy district! 
 
Enjoy all of this while luxuriating in the charming cabaret club that is The Metropolitan Room: seating for every guest, waiter service, delectable small plates, a variety of classic cocktails as well as a full bar, and even the option of being seated in a special VIP section for those dukes or debutantes who love to pull out all the stops.  

 
Bettina May
Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer, originally from the west coast of Canada. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever burlesque-based "genius" green card from the USA for her outstanding abilities. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more.  She just published her first book, Everyday Bombshell, sharing her vintage style secrets, and teaches aspiring bombshells around the world with her touring Pin-Up Class. You can find out more about her at Bettina.ca.
 
 
Grace Gotham
Grace Gotham is a burlesque performer and chanteuse who has been described as “the half-Brazilian straight from a Texas cotillion, with a body worth a million.”  She has appeared in the pages of Marie Claire and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen as an avid cook.  Her popular food blog, TasseltoTable.com, features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about her at http://www.gracegotham.com
 

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197273
<![CDATA[Shane Baker]]>
Mugs like Jolson, mimes like Chaplin! – New York Times
 
Laugh out loud funny … Baker delivers! – Jewish Standard
 
This guy’s got the stuff!! – Fyvush Finkel

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199739
<![CDATA[Boys Night Out]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196203 <![CDATA[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194207 <![CDATA[Funny for Money Competition]]> First There was METROSTAR,then New York's Next Top Drag Queen, now the Metropolitan Room brings you Funny For Money!.A new contest for stand up comics. We are looking for New York's funniest stand up comic. 
 
The Winner receives $500 plus will get a show at thee Metropolitan Room, the 1st and 2nd runner up will appear on the show as well.
 
August 2nd and 9th 10-12 comics will participate in the preliminaries. Then the top 12 will come back for semi finales on the 223rd and finale of the 30th. 
 
Comics will be judged by a panel of 3 regular judges plus guest judges. And most importantly the audience will vote as well.  
 
Videos and applications can be sent to joseph@metropolitanroom.com
 
 
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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209278
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173088
<![CDATA[Jimmy Horan]]>
Jimmy Horan (Musical Director/Arranger) has served as musical director, conductor, pianist, and arranger in New York and New Jersey Regional theater for over three decades. His credits include: (Broadway): Meet Me In St. Louis; The Producers; (Regional): Paper mill Playhouse, Westbury Music Fair; (Cabaret venues) Metropolitan Room, Laurie Beechman Theater, The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama, Stonewall, Rose's Turn, and Danny's Skylight Room; Comix Club, musical director and arranger for King (Carole) For A Day, featuring leading New York City cabaret artists. Jimmy is an original collaborator, arranger and musical director for The Broadway Four, a popular male quartet playing such venues as The Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Room, and private venues throughout Manhattan. Jimmy is a staff pianist at both Marie's Crisis and The Monster, two leading piano bars in Manhattan. Most recently, Jimmy has served as co-creator, arranger and musical director for Cabaret and other outreach programs, most notably with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus, who also commissioned and performed his composition In His Music from one of his original musicals Chopin and Sand. He is a frequent guest artist for service oriented groups such as SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders).  His vocal and instrumental/orchestral arrangements have been featured on critically acclaimed solo artist recordings, choral, show, pop and gospel concerts on both the East and West coast. He is proud to work with his private coach students and others as accompanist, arranger and musical director. Finally, Jimmy has served as an accompanist in the classical and sacred genres of opera, recitals and churches in New Jersey and Manhattan. www.jimmygottalent.webs.com ]]>
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209483
<![CDATA[50s 60s 70s Summer Concerts]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189548 <![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189523
<![CDATA[Sylvia Mims]]> Sylvia Mims returns to the Metropolitan Room with an eclectic jazz set including a medley of Michel Legrand compositions, Stevie Wonder, an ode to the music of Brazil, and a few surprises.
 
“You are a f*cking good singer. Excuse my language, but I have no other words to express just how good you are”
Gene Bertoncini, jazz guitarist
 
“She has a beautiful voice, a wide range, and a powerful delivery, hitting the center of every note. She puts a lot of feeling into the lyrics of each song, has very attractive jazz phrasing, and swings at every tempo.”
Scott Yanow, Jazz Reviewer


 
Sylvia is a legit vocalist with classical training and a jazz sensibility, capable of weaving intricate stories with an exquisitely colorful voice. Her rare gift of singing moving renditions is simply captivating. Sylvia Mims is a rare talent, seamlessly blending a deeply rooted jazz sensibility with classical training. Sylvia s alluring voice was perhaps best described by renowned jazz pianist Les McCann, who lauded it for its beauty, effortless range, and the rare gift of storytelling through song. Sylvia’s timbre is like a signature: unique and making each song personal and each story genuinely lived; her extraordinary vocal range is matched by that of her favorite genres: the Great American Song Book, early and contemporary Jazz, Bossa Nova, Broadway, R&B, and Blues.
 
Sylvia recently released her debut CD “Where Lovers Live”. Where Lovers Live explores the multi-layered complexity of love; from the beginning of a new romance to the enduring love after years of life experiences, Sylvia Mims tells each tale with captivating honesty, exquisite storytelling and breathtaking vocals. Recorded with legendary musical director/jazz pianist, Donn Trenner, whose color filled playing is the perfect compliment to Sylvia's impressive emotive presentation. Jazz reviewer, Scott Yanow, stated that “Listeners who enjoy hearing first-class interpretations of classic lyrics should consider Sylvia Mims’ Where Lovers Live to be a must.”
 
Originally from Los Angeles, Sylvia was extremely active in southern California, being the featured vocalist of the Swing Jazz City Orchestra, and performing at prominent Jazz hot spots. Notable accompanying musicians include Tamir Hendelman, Karen Hammack, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Putter Smith, Earl Palmer, Bobby Rodriguez, Kendall Kay, Jamie Findlay, Dave Koonse, and Gene Bertoncini. In the Tri-State area, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, as a winner in the Golden Voices of America competition, and numerous venues in CT and NY. Sylvia's warm, breathtaking vocals are a conduit to a uniquely appealing and engaging live experience. She is equally compelling singing jazz legend Horace Silver's Nica's Dream as she is performing Your Daddy's Son from the musical Ragtime. Each of her performances has a full range of emotional shades that captivate and enthrall listeners, and her adeptness at singing diverse styles appeals to a broad audience; indeed, to anyone who loves music and wants to be moved.
 
Website:   sylviamims.com
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sylvia-Mims/282600555230877?ref=hl
 
Twitter:    https://twitter.com/sylviamims
 
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaqhCG4f8D-2FQfDkHGlv2Q
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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203148
<![CDATA[David Serero]]> DAVID SERERO will entertain you during an evening of MUSIC and COMEDY!
Performing Opera, Broadway Musicals, Jazz and International standards!



French actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 33 years old, this fresh performer has already performed more than 700 concerts and performances throughout the world. Some of these have been broadcast on worldwide televisions totalizing an average audience of 30 millions of viewers and 18 millions on radios. Performing on the most prestigious worldwide stages and for the most important occasions, this true Show-Man and Entertainer brings a fresh approach to the Opera world by giving more than 80 concerts per year, during which he brings all his eclectic repertoire (Opera, Broadway, World Music, Jazz and Comedy), resulting as unique shows. He has given concerts at the Opera Garnier Paris, L'Olympia, The Eiffel Tower..the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Budapest Opera conducted by Placido Domingo, concert at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam...and made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. In London, David performed at the Wembley stadium and at the Royal College of Music. He has sung more than 20 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. He organizes several concerts in benefit to charities for which he commits himself on a daily basis and performed for Presidents and biggest world's leaders. He often goes to perform in Hospitals, schools…etc. In march 2012 David Serero performed his signature role of Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris. During november 2012 in Paris, David Serero performed the title role from the revival of Duke ELLINGTON's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In January 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. David has produced and directed I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards with Jermaine Jackson. On this album, David and Jermaine have recorded a unique version of French classic "Autumn Leaves - Les Feuilles Mortes".The video clip of their duet, directed by David Serero, was shot in Paris. 
 
In December 2013, David shared the cover of "Theatre & Performances" with BARBRA STREISAND in London and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the SNAPPLE Theatre in New York. That same year he released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE.
 
As an Actor he starred in Features Films, TV Films & Series and Plays. He recently performed in New York the lead roles in films The Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Super Paradise, Capicola, Laundry Day, Ransom, There will come soft rains and more. See IMDb.
 
In 2014, he released THE BROADWAY BARITONE featuring Broadway classics with a Philharmonic orchestra and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END.
 
From May to October 2014, he gave more than 100 performances his One Man Musical Show in Paris at the Theatre du Gymnase.
 
During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The Frank Sinatra Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. Albums available on iTunes and music stores. 
 
From October 2014 to April 2015, he has been playing the part of Chef Bruno in the musical TRUFFLES in New York. He played Christopher Sly & Vincentio from The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Public Library.
Among his future engagements of 2015, David will perform the lead role of SHYLOCK from THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare in New York (June 2015), King Edward (Richard III) in New York and King of France (Henry V) in Azincourt, France for its 600th anniversary in August.
 
He will play the lead role of Marcel Proust from the play "Proust & Joyce at the Majestic Hotel" in New York (May)
Full biography on www.davidserero.com
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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207541
<![CDATA[John Malino Family Band]]> John Malino Family Band
 
Love Songs and More

 
Singer-guitarist-bandleader John Malino is thrilled to be sharing the stage of the Metropolitan Room with his 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, and his 12-year-old son, Buster.  
 
In his more than 20 years as a bandleader, John Malino has played just about everywhere, from Birdland to Palm Beach weddings to inaugural balls.  Manhattan-born Malino has been compared by the press to Harry Connick, Jr. and John Pizzarelli.
 
John has put together a show featuring love songs from Elvis to Cole Porter; this hour-long concert promises to be an unforgettable New York experience.  
 
Bring the whole family to join ours this Valentine's Day!
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Thu, 06 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208867
<![CDATA[Laney ~ Mr. Eagle 2015]]> Laney - Mr. Eagle 2015 
 
Present An Evening of Leather and Lace 
 
A Cabaret Benefit for Help Is On the Way Today
 
Laney Mr Eagle 2015 will present a very special evening of Cabaret featuring some of the hottest singers from Broadway and LGBT Leather  Community. We will be rocking the roof off The Metropolitan Room while we raise funds for Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS in New York City. 
 
Joseph Macchia is the founder of Help Is On The Way Today and Laney is Mr. Eagle 2015. The two met while competing for the title of Mr. Eagle and have become great friends and believe in giving back to the community. This will be the first benefit the two will be working on together. And they promise not to disappoint you. 
 
Cast TBA 
 
$20.00 cover if tickets are bought by April 15th 
 
Price goes up to $22.50 after April 15th 
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Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190868
<![CDATA[Beverly Taki]]> Musical Director: David Shenton
 
Beverly Taki has performed at the Plaza Hotel, Theater East, Delmonico Hotel, Caroline's Comedy Club on Broadway, and The United Nations, all in New York City, and in major hotels in Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe besides touring extensively in Europe. She has 3 upcoming shows at the Metropolitan Club in NYC in 2013 and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in 2014.
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Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190954
<![CDATA[Rebekah Lowin]]> Rebekah Lowin ~ I Know You By Heart: The Songs of Eva Cassidy
 
Manhattan-based singer Rebekah Lowin celebrates the legacy of the late singer Eva Cassidy in this powerful new show. With direction by Lauren Fox, musical direction and guitar by Peter Calo, cello by Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, and loving input from Eva's own family.
 
"One of the most promising [young singers]...impressive for her freshness and lack of self-dramatization."
- Stephen Holden for The New York Times
 
"Lowin is a perfect ingénue - extremely pretty, seemingly innocent, with a light, sweet soprano that must make the angels smile."
- Alix Cohen for Broadway World
 
"A stellar vocal performance. Lowin has a voice that could rival an angel's."
- Lesley Thulin for The Columbia Daily Spectator
 
"Lowin demonstrated a startling depth of understanding and maturity."
- Roy Sander for The Bistro Awards
 
"Rebekah Lowin, disarming cabaret newbie, glowed." 
- Rob Lester for Cabaret Scenes Magazine
 
"Newcomer Rebekah Lowin has the glamorous appearance, poise and phrasing of a veteran. The actress/vocalist - it’s clear she has both talents - presented 'My Heart Was Set On You' with appealing, entirely credible sincerity and a Billy Joel lullaby with exquisite simplicity. Lowin has fine, seemingly effortless control and a lovely voice."
- Alix Cohen for WomanAroundTown
 
"A range rivaling Kristin Chenoweth."
- BWOG.com
 
 
 
 
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Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193125
<![CDATA[Madeline Kahn]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of Madeline Kahn.
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199248
<![CDATA[Ali Grieb]]>




Having never been confirmed, batmitzvah-ed, baptized or christened as well as growing up in the deep south with her Jewish Mother from the Bronx, Ali is definitely the well rounded ticket for advice you have been looking for.  Need some advice? Ask Ali!
 
Regularly performing in the New York cabaret scene, Ali has also appeared Off-Broadway, and even headlined at New York's Comic-Con! 
 
A mix of creamy vocals and stories that will make you laugh and cry, she is someone who can charm a room and make anyone leave a little happier than they came in.
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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189716
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!



"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197486
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 09 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182399
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196014 <![CDATA[Renee Porcella Legendre]]> Shall We Swing a Little?

A vocalist who has a sincere passion for the lyrics and the meaning that they hold- Renee Legendre is a classically trained singer who holds experience in a variety of genres from Jazz standards and Cabaret to Liturgical and Sacred music. Renee also enjoys her work as a vocal coach and marvels in the accomplishments her students have made.

"I feel extremely blessed to be able to share the gifts that have been so freely given to me. My hope is that all children and adults embrace their own gifts, for it is the key to living a truly fulfilling life."
-Renee Legendre
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Sun, 09 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194734
<![CDATA[Funny for Money Competition]]> First There was METROSTAR,then New York's Next Top Drag Queen, now the Metropolitan Room brings you Funny For Money!.A new contest for stand up comics. We are looking for New York's funniest stand up comic. 
 
The Winner receives $500 plus will get a show at thee Metropolitan Room, the 1st and 2nd runner up will appear on the show as well.
 
August 2nd and 9th 10-12 comics will participate in the preliminaries. Then the top 12 will come back for semi finales on the 223rd and finale of the 30th. 
 
Comics will be judged by a panel of 3 regular judges plus guest judges. And most importantly the audience will vote as well.  
 
Videos and applications can be sent to joseph@metropolitanroom.com
 
 
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Sun, 09 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209279
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173089
<![CDATA[Clifton Davis]]>
He is an actor, singer, composer and producer.  For more than 40 years Clifton Davis has shared his unique gifts with audiences around the world.  Davis is probably best known for his 5-year run as Reverend Rueben Gregory on the popular NBC television series, "Amen," which continues in reruns on cable TV. His earlier series, "That's My Mama, served to established him as a widely known actor and television star. Raised on Long Island, he began his career in New York City in the Broadway show, Hello Dolly. Six years and five Broadway shows later, Davis was a Tony Award nominee for Two Gentlemen of Verona. He then headed to Hollywood and the rest is history.  
 
Currently, Davis has returned to Broadway in the hit Disney musical, “Aladdin” as the Sultan.  Prior to Aladdin, Davis completed a 16 month run in the First National Broadway Tour of “Wicked” portraying Dr. Dillamond.  In recent years, Mr. Davis has appeared in such films as "Any Given Sunday", "Halloweentown High", "Kingdom Come", "Max Keeble's Big Move", "Soldiers of Change" and "The Climb". He has also been a guest star on such shows as, “Mr. Box Office,” “The First Family,” and “Political Animals”. Over the years he’s guested in "Half & Half", "American Dreams", "The Jamie Foxx Show", "Living Single", "Sparks", "Malcolm & Eddie", "Grace Under Fire", "Party of Five", "The Sentinel", "In The House" and many more. His other television credits include starring in "The Melba Moore & Clifton Davis Show". Recently, Davis has toured the nation in several theatrical productions including  “The Sweet Spot”, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” and “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” written, produced and directed by David. E. Talbert.
 
Clifton Davis’ extensive experience, both in Broadway musicals and as a Motown composer, has influenced his style and taste in music. In his showroom performances, he embraces the Great American Songbook and adds some contemporary pop/jazz renditions. Davis received a Grammy nomination for his hit composition, "Never Can Say Goodbye."  As a singer and recording artist, he has performed in concert around the world and enjoyed success with his album "Gospel Greats," on Verity Records.   
 

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206066
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cookies & Cocktails]]> Cabaret! Cookies!and Cocktails! 
Help Is On the Way Today Songwriting Contest
 
Help Is On the Way Today is looking for an official song for their Charity. After months of submissions, the top ten songwriters have been narrowed down and will perform their songs for the chance to have their song represent Help Is On The Way Today. Joseph Macchia who is an award winning Cabaret Producer and the founder and president of Help Is On The Way Today. After meeting a young boy over 8 years ago living with HIV and Cerebral Palsy who was in need of a new wheelchair and was over looked by several government agencies. He founded this organization which has raised over $104,000 just from cabaret benefit shows. 
 
Joseph is very excited to see who's song will win, so come down on August 12th and help him and a panel of judges make that decision. The Audience will vote along with a panel of singers,writers and more. 
 
The Evening will also feature fabulous cookies by baker Brittany Angélica González. she will be featuring a special cookie created for Help Is On The Way Today. Which can then be ordered that night. 
 
 
$10 Cover 2 Bev Min 
 
Help Is On The Way Today is a 501c3 New York Non Profit corporation.  None of the staff or board members take a salary.  Which means all of the money donated goes to programmatic activity to help children and young adults living with HIV. 
OUR MISSION
 
Our mission at Help Is On The Way Today is to raise and distribute funds to NYC based organizations that support children and young adults living with HIV/AIDS; particularly, those with little or no medical coverage and/or financial support. We accomplish this mission, by producing events that promote awareness and raise funds.
 
OUR VISION
Our vision is that organizations like Help Is On The Way Today are no longer necessary; due to our work, children and young adults living with HIV/AIDS will be self sufficient, never denied support and living productive lives.


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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200173
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189524
<![CDATA[Brazil + Jazz ~ Jeanne Gies with Choro Das]]>
A funny thing happened on the way to Sao Paulo:  the exciting young Brazilian group Choro das 3  jammed with innovative vocalist Jeanne Gies.  The result:  musical magic, a unique collaboration of genres never before heard on either continent, and a mutual commitment to record and perform together across the globe.   The Metropolitan Room is proud to host an evening of this  inspiring stylistic explosion.   
 
Choro is a 100 year old Brazilian music that gave rise to Samba and Bossa Nova.  Sisters Corina, Lia, and Elisa put their own spin on this traditional style with a variety of string and wind instruments; their father Eduardo provides a fiery percussive accompaniment on the  pandeiro.  Unite this group with the freedom of expression exemplified by a seasoned jazz singer such as Gies, and the result is nothing short of electrifying.  
 
Dubbed 'a pro' by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, JEANNE GIES is recognized  for her full-bodied, emotionally expressive voice and distinctive phrasing.  She has performed and recorded with a stunning array of jazz greats, and is increasingly lauded for her original compositions worldwide.   Her recent tours include Germany, Italy, Scotland, France, England, and Brazil, where she penned the lyrics and recorded the music of composer Manu Lafer.  UK Jazz Waves host Alan Steadman sums it up:  'At a time when there are many vocalists who think they are jazz singers, it's great to hear someone who really is . . .'
 
CHORO DAS 3 have recorded and toured for several years, and frequently appear on popular television and radio shows across Brazil.  Lauded by music critics, they have been described as ‘the newest and most talented music in the Brazilian landscape . . .’(Bom dia, Nov, 2012.)

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196770
<![CDATA[Analisa Bell]]> Perthonality: Analisa Bell

 
Music Director: Alex Rybeck
 
“Incredible voice” - Julia Hern, Australian Stage Online
 
“Bell belts out her songs with gusto and great comedic timing” - Victoria Laurie, ABC Australia 

No, she hasn’t got a lisp. Analisa Bell is from the most isolated city on earth. It’s in Australia, and it’s called Perth. She also has a whole lot of personality! Put that together and you get a Perthonality! She’s also known for producing great cabaret in her hometown, but who is she now? Join Analisa as shares her observations on her new life in New York, and sings some of her favorites – think Ethel Merman, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and even Marilyn Monroe!
 
Analisa Bell graduated from the Certificate of Music Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2000. 
 
As one of Australia's rising cabaret stars, Analisa has performed at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Short + Sweet Cabaret, Sydney Cabaret Showcase, Perth’s Fringe World Festival, as well as making her New York City debut at The Duplex in 2012 after participating at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale. She is a featured regular at Perth's premier cabaret venue Downstairs at the Maj and The Butterfly Club in Melbourne.
 
She has devised and performed in a number of sell-out one woman shows including: The Fat Lady Sings, Gold-digger, Two Weeks in Paris, Strange Fruit: A Billie Holiday Tribute, Gershwin and Other Men: Songs to Warm the Heart and Diamonds: Marilyn Monroe Lives Inside Me. Her collaborative cabarets have also had successful runs, including You’ve Got That Thing! – A Tribute to Cole Porter, for which she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Ethel Merman.
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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191035
<![CDATA[Bernie's Sing Your Heart Out Talent Showcase]]>
If you'd like to see up-and-comining talent from the NYC area, this is the show to see.  Hear some of the hottest performers sing their heart out at our New Talent Showcase.   This show is videotaped and watched by several music industry professionals looking to find the next BIG STAR.  Be part of history and maybe one day you'll say, "I knew them when..."




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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173138
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172944
<![CDATA[David Auxier]]> David Auxier - "The EnGAYgement: A Manly Tale"   – with Seph Stanek
 
"David Auxier is a triple-threat - no, make that a triple-TREAT - well, maybe both. He's a singer, an actor and a song-writer; plus he's nice, attractive and a totally engaging performer."  - Jan Wallman (www.cabaretexchange.com)
 
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN ME? is an original musical adventure through the joys and tribulations of two men in New York City; the thrall of the first date, the bliss and the challenges of domestic partnership, and the victories of marriage. With music and lyrics by David Auxier-Loyola and musical arrangements by Mark York, you will take delight in the storytelling, both poignant and hilarious, through a wealth of classic musical theater style with a modern sensibility.
 
The Artists:
 
David Auxier is a 2007 MAC Award Nominee for Special Musical Material and is the creator of the 2009 Bistro Award winning Gilbert & Sullivan cabaret I've Got a Little Twist, which continues to tour the country.  Outside of cabaret, David is a principle performer with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, as well as the company's choreographer and co-director.  He can regularly be seen playing the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, and Pish-Tush in The Mikado. David also choreograph's  and performs with The Ziegfeld Society. www.davidauxier.com
 
It's about time Seph Stanek made his Metropolitan Room debut! Hailed by the New York Times as "lovable and very charming," Seph's musical career runs the gamut from pop to grand opera. Recent performances include a solo concert at San Francisco City Hall, I am Harvey Milk (with Kristin Chenoweth) at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and a production of The Pirates of Penzance at Wolf Trap with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Every weekend you can find him on 42nd Street starring in Off-Broadway's Naked Boys Singing! Seph looks forward to originating the role of the Scribe in Akhenaten the Musical, which is slated for Broadway in 2016. AEA. @SephStanek www.SephStanek.com
 
Mark York (Musical Director/Arranger) has been David Auxier's personal pianist since 1992.  Mark is currently the pianist and co-arranger for Just Jim Dale, which recently completed an Off-Broadway run at the Roundabout, and now London's West End. He’s the Executive Producer for The Ziegfeld Society, Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman and was Cy Coleman’s Music Assistant. New York credits:Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate, Busker Alley starring Jim Dale/Glenn Close, director - Tony Walton, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2007, 2008 and 2010 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays, Anita Gillette and Sarah Rice. Composer/lyricist: Galveston!-The Vegas Before Vegas, Rest In Peace directed/choreographed by Baayork Lee; A Midsummer Night, The Porker Sisters and 11 children’s musicals. Mark’s a native New Yorker from Oklahoma.  
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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198161
<![CDATA[Jacob Storms]]>
Join Jacob Storms for "Give My Regards to Broadway" a musical journey & tribute to The Great White Way told through the eternal words & music of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II plus some special surprises along the way!

"Jacob Storms gives a deliciously riveting & amusing performance..."  ~ Backstage Magazine

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209770
<![CDATA[Will Perez]]>
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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202465
<![CDATA[Teresa Eggertsen Cooke]]>

This show is dedicated to our dear departed friend Pete Barquin, who passed away from  ALS (Lou Gehrig ’s disease).  Any support to the ALS Association is welcome. Thank you.
 
Back in April, 2014, April 23rd to be exact, Teresa Eggertsen Cooke made her New York City debut at our very own Metropolitan Room. She sang a combination of tunes dating from Irving Berlin’s 1924 classic “What’ll I Do?” to Carol King’s pensive “It’s Too Late”. Both are standards from distant eras, crossing decades. When the venue asked Teresa back this coming fall, Teresa thought, “I’ll do this again. These are the songs I love, the songs my audience loves.  When I see how happy my music makes people and the emotion that ensues, I am so humbled.”
And so, “Decades of Song” is coming to the Metropolitan Room, Saturday, September 20th at 7 PM.
 
And songs they are! “My Baby Just Cares for Me” penned in 1930 is one of the ditties Teresa will be singing. Another will be “Your Song” the very first hit from Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The songs will cross eras, moods and genres. From the 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, 1970s; up-tempo tunes and soft rock ballads and how they translate into a jazz motif, including “The Rose” and “Songs of Life” from Neil Diamond’s 1978 film “The Jazz Singer”. Teresa will include tunes written in the earliest days of popular song. Teresa remembers her father singing these songs to her to her, and this is what taught her to appreciate singing and performing.
 
Possessing a versatile vocal range and piano skills, Teresa Eggertsen makes each and every song her own.
 
Although new to New York City, Teresa is not new to performing. She currently resides with her family in Park City, Utah. She has been performing in Park City and in the surrounding area for many years. In 2013 she performed at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago and The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. She began playing piano and singing at a very young age and continued for many years until she took a break to become an internationally ranked Mountain Bike racer. She then retired from racing in 2003 and came back to music. “It really is one of two of my FAVORITE things to do, the other is riding my mountain bike!”
 
And what about coming back to New York? Teresa says, “I can’t wait to come back! The Metropolitan Room took a chance on someone from Utah whom they had never met or seen perform. It has given me a lot of confidence. They are wonderful!”
 
Taking influences from jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style. She will be joined by Ben Lepley on trombone and Lou Vito, guitar.
 
Here’s what’s being said about Teresa Eggertsen Cooke:
 
“Teresa Eggertsen Cooke has the unique ability to present and perform  songs they you may have heard over the years and make one feel as if they are hearing them for the very first time in your life. The combination of her beautiful voice and style of musical presentation set her apart from the rest of the crowd.  She stands alone in this field. Just an outstanding performer with amazing talent and charisma.  One of the very best I have ever heard”
—Alissa Grimaldi, New York City, NY
 
“Taking influences from Jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style.”  “Teresa’s voice is liquid velvet and her soothing piano arrangements bring new life to a repertoire of hundreds of songs across many genres”
—Dr. Isaac Hurtado, Utah Vocal Arts Academy
 
“Teresa’s gentle intention possesses that touch of magic which carries many of us to tears by the sheer beauty of her message and her warmth.”
— Debra Cook, Utah Conservatory
 

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190491
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170103 <![CDATA[Fran Leonardis]]>

Fran Leonardis could become one of New York cabaret’s more compelling performers." -Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Scenes
 
"Fran...has a commanding stage presence and versatile singing ability."  -Danielle Miceli, Cabaretexchange.com
 
"To misquote a line from Gypsy, she's a 5-foot bundle of dynamite." -Roy Sander, Bistroawards.com
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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195952
<![CDATA[Huntington Cabaret Showcase]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196015 <![CDATA[Sandy Taylor]]> Sandy Taylor ~ Standard Deviations

My name is Sandy Taylor and I'm a New York-based singer/actor and a proud member of Actors' Equity.  When it comes to musical theatre, take the poise and strength of Marin Mazzie, add a generous portion of Kelli O'Hara moxie, and you've got me!  A classic leading lady with something up her sleeve.  I am versatile in style and range with a lyric soprano, a strong mix, clear belt, and warm mezzo that allow me to sing anything from legit and contemporary musical theatre to jazz, folk, and pop. 
 
Favorite regional credits include Little Edie in Grey Gardens (Chester Theatre Group),  Lucille in Parade (4th Wall Theatre Company), Martha in 1776 (Plays in the Park), Cinderella in Disenchanted: Bitches of the Kingdom (New Jersey Playwrights Contest), Susan in Company (Plays in the Park), and Woman #2 in And the World Goes 'Round (The Womens' Theatre Company).   
 
I also LOVE to sing jazz with my trio, the Sandy Taylor Band! My first studio-recorded album, 'Standard Deviations' was released last June and features a killer trio with Benito Gonzalez on piano, Alex Claffy on bass, and Kyle Poole on drums. Album available on iTunes and CDBaby.com.
 
Another great joy of my life is singing with Kinnara Ensemble.  This group of 28 professional singers comes together a few times a year to create some of the highest quality choral singing you'll ever hear, with a special spirit that will fill your heart with the pure joy of music.  I know that's true because that's how I feel every time I get to sing with them!  Keep an eye on my newsfeed for upcoming concerts.
 
In addition to performing, I'm also a private voice instructor as well as an Adjunct Professor of Acting at Montclair State University.  I am most thankful for my wonderful parents, my family, my friends, my mentors, and all of the people who have loved, taught, supported, and inspired me to build a life in the arts. ?
 
As artists, our greatest joy and responsibility is to share our gifts freely and in good faith.  And if we are lucky, we might offer some beauty and light in this troubled world. 
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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200112
<![CDATA[Lucy Shropshire]]>



Once in a great while, an entertainer comes along with such fine vocal abilities and stage presence, she literally brings the house to tears.  Singer/songwriter/actor/producer Lucy Shropshire is that kind of performer.  Like many fine singers, Lucy's musical roots were nurtured in church singing gospel.  She also played piano and organ for her church choirs.  After studying music and voice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel, Lucy performed in venues along the east coast forming numerous bands and musical organizations.In 1981 Lucy moved to the west coast performing in many major performance venues in Reno, Nevada and surrounding areas.  
 
​Spreading her artistic wings, Lucy sang with a host of celebrities including jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, eventually winning the RENO AREA MUSIC AWARD in 1985 for "Best Jazz Vocalist", later to win an ADDY AWARD for her contribution to TV advertisement musical performances.It was 1986 while on the island of Bermuda that Lucy wrote, produced and recorded a stirring piece of music called "Come Together World".  The song became the United Nations Song of Peace for 1986 winning first place in the UNITED NATIONS YEAR OF PEACE SONGWRITING CONTEST, beating out 40 other entries from 12 countries. 
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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201281
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge]]> Metropolitan Room's 8th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge
 
"MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks. Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period.
 
MetroStar" offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. 

APPLICANTS:  Send us your interest in competing to joseph@metropolitanroom.com

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173090
<![CDATA[Nathan Lee Graham]]>


The multi-talented Nathan Lee Graham of stage, screen and film is very excited to debut his songbooks at Metropolitan Room!  PERFECTLY PORTER! Mr. Graham explores the clever and classy music of Cole Porter. The effervescent, the bon vivant, the timeless. We invite you too come do hear the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom when the jungle shadows fall! 

Nathan’s New York credits include the Broadway productions of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert  and The Wild Party.  Off-Broadway he was recently seen in Hit The Wall (Barrow Street Theatre) and Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre- Drama League nomination).  National Tours include Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat.  Regionally Nathan has just recently done a star turn as the “Emcee” in Cabaret (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis& Cincinnatti Playhouse in The Park), he has made appearances in The Wild Party (Blank Theatre- LADCC Award, Ovation nomination)  Gift of the Magi (Capital Rep), Once On This Island (O’Keefe Center), The Rabbit Foot (Illinois Theatre Co), Riverview The Musical (Goodman Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Helen Hayes PAC), Division Street (Minnesota Rep) Henry IV: Part I (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).  On television he has been seen as a recurring role on HBO’s.  “The Comeback” with guest star roles on “Absolutely Fabulous”, “It’s All Relative”, “Scrubs”, “Quintuplets” and “Law & Order SVU”.  Nathan is fondly remembered for his film appearances in Zoolander, Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch.  Other films include: 818. Trophy Kids and Migraine.  Nathan was a featured soloist on the 2005 Grammy Award winning “Best Classical Album” of William Bolcom’s Song of Innocence and of Experience.   Nathan is a consummate cabaret artist and a proud graduate of the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.  
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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=175853
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189525
<![CDATA[David Auxier]]> David Auxier - "The EnGAYgement: A Manly Tale"   – with Seph Stanek
 
"David Auxier is a triple-threat - no, make that a triple-TREAT - well, maybe both. He's a singer, an actor and a song-writer; plus he's nice, attractive and a totally engaging performer."  - Jan Wallman (www.cabaretexchange.com)
 
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN ME? is an original musical adventure through the joys and tribulations of two men in New York City; the thrall of the first date, the bliss and the challenges of domestic partnership, and the victories of marriage. With music and lyrics by David Auxier-Loyola and musical arrangements by Mark York, you will take delight in the storytelling, both poignant and hilarious, through a wealth of classic musical theater style with a modern sensibility.
 
The Artists:
 
David Auxier is a 2007 MAC Award Nominee for Special Musical Material and is the creator of the 2009 Bistro Award winning Gilbert & Sullivan cabaret I've Got a Little Twist, which continues to tour the country.  Outside of cabaret, David is a principle performer with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, as well as the company's choreographer and co-director.  He can regularly be seen playing the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, and Pish-Tush in The Mikado. David also choreograph's  and performs with The Ziegfeld Society. www.davidauxier.com
 
It's about time Seph Stanek made his Metropolitan Room debut! Hailed by the New York Times as "lovable and very charming," Seph's musical career runs the gamut from pop to grand opera. Recent performances include a solo concert at San Francisco City Hall, I am Harvey Milk (with Kristin Chenoweth) at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and a production of The Pirates of Penzance at Wolf Trap with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Every weekend you can find him on 42nd Street starring in Off-Broadway's Naked Boys Singing! Seph looks forward to originating the role of the Scribe in Akhenaten the Musical, which is slated for Broadway in 2016. AEA. @SephStanek www.SephStanek.com
 
Mark York (Musical Director/Arranger) has been David Auxier's personal pianist since 1992.  Mark is currently the pianist and co-arranger for Just Jim Dale, which recently completed an Off-Broadway run at the Roundabout, and now London's West End. He’s the Executive Producer for The Ziegfeld Society, Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman and was Cy Coleman’s Music Assistant. New York credits:Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate, Busker Alley starring Jim Dale/Glenn Close, director - Tony Walton, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2007, 2008 and 2010 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays, Anita Gillette and Sarah Rice. Composer/lyricist: Galveston!-The Vegas Before Vegas, Rest In Peace directed/choreographed by Baayork Lee; A Midsummer Night, The Porker Sisters and 11 children’s musicals. Mark’s a native New Yorker from Oklahoma.  
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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198162
<![CDATA[David Serero]]> DAVID SERERO will entertain you during an evening of MUSIC and COMEDY!
Performing Opera, Broadway Musicals, Jazz and International standards!



French actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 33 years old, this fresh performer has already performed more than 700 concerts and performances throughout the world. Some of these have been broadcast on worldwide televisions totalizing an average audience of 30 millions of viewers and 18 millions on radios. Performing on the most prestigious worldwide stages and for the most important occasions, this true Show-Man and Entertainer brings a fresh approach to the Opera world by giving more than 80 concerts per year, during which he brings all his eclectic repertoire (Opera, Broadway, World Music, Jazz and Comedy), resulting as unique shows. He has given concerts at the Opera Garnier Paris, L'Olympia, The Eiffel Tower..the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Budapest Opera conducted by Placido Domingo, concert at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam...and made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. In London, David performed at the Wembley stadium and at the Royal College of Music. He has sung more than 20 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. He organizes several concerts in benefit to charities for which he commits himself on a daily basis and performed for Presidents and biggest world's leaders. He often goes to perform in Hospitals, schools…etc. In march 2012 David Serero performed his signature role of Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris. During november 2012 in Paris, David Serero performed the title role from the revival of Duke ELLINGTON's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In January 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. David has produced and directed I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards with Jermaine Jackson. On this album, David and Jermaine have recorded a unique version of French classic "Autumn Leaves - Les Feuilles Mortes".The video clip of their duet, directed by David Serero, was shot in Paris. 
 
In December 2013, David shared the cover of "Theatre & Performances" with BARBRA STREISAND in London and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the SNAPPLE Theatre in New York. That same year he released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE.
 
As an Actor he starred in Features Films, TV Films & Series and Plays. He recently performed in New York the lead roles in films The Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Super Paradise, Capicola, Laundry Day, Ransom, There will come soft rains and more. See IMDb.
 
In 2014, he released THE BROADWAY BARITONE featuring Broadway classics with a Philharmonic orchestra and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END.
 
From May to October 2014, he gave more than 100 performances his One Man Musical Show in Paris at the Theatre du Gymnase.
 
During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The Frank Sinatra Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. Albums available on iTunes and music stores. 
 
From October 2014 to April 2015, he has been playing the part of Chef Bruno in the musical TRUFFLES in New York. He played Christopher Sly & Vincentio from The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Public Library.
Among his future engagements of 2015, David will perform the lead role of SHYLOCK from THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare in New York (June 2015), King Edward (Richard III) in New York and King of France (Henry V) in Azincourt, France for its 600th anniversary in August.
 
He will play the lead role of Marcel Proust from the play "Proust & Joyce at the Majestic Hotel" in New York (May)
Full biography on www.davidserero.com
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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207542
<![CDATA[Charlotte Patton]]>
She’s been married and not.  She’s had serious relationships, flings, and romances with men of all ages (but mostly younger). She's experienced all the charms, foibles, and idiosyncrasies of the opposite sex – and loves them anyway. Now, actress and comedian Charlotte Patton will bring all of that worldly wisdom to her sensual, provocative, and playful new cabaret show “Celebrating Men (Bless Their Hearts),” to The Metropolitan Room. 
Patton’s show is Directed by Award-winning cabaret performer Karen Oberlin with Musical Direction by MAC Award winner Barry Levitt. Recent MAC Award winner Tom Hubbard is on bass. Peter Napolitano contributes as Creative Consultant.








Charlotte Patton started her cabaret career at the beloved New York club Eighty-­‐Eights after attending the Cabaret Symposium at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.  After doing several shows at Eighty-­‐Eights, Charlotte focused on her acting career, appearing in New York and regional theaters.  She has played a surprising number of alcoholics, including Evie, the recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon in The Gingerbread Lady; the vicious pill-­‐popping, alcoholic mom in Sympathetic Division; a rich drunk doyenne in The Theory of Color; a horny drunk in Isaac Brody’s film The Raffle; and the tipsy mom in Averie Storck’s award-winning independent film Showers of Happiness.  One of her favorite (non-­‐alcoholic) roles was in the two-character Marriage Play by Edward Albee.  Last year she shot her first horror film, Child Eater, currently in post-production.
 
 
 
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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190773
<![CDATA[A Mile in My Shoes]]>



Founded in 2005 by Composer, Lyricist and Playwright Germono Toussaint, AMIMS was formed to increase the awareness of modern social issues and the impact they have on society by producing events focused on these issues and motivating its audience to action.
 
AMIMS’ first production, Caged, was a two-act contemporary musical based on interviews Toussaint conducted with thirteen women at the Nia Imani Family House, a transitional living facility for women in Milwaukee, WI. In 2006, Caged was featured in the Not For Broadway Theatre Festival in New York City.
 
In 2008, AMIMS, in conjunction with The Well Entertainment Group and Uni Aum Entertainment, produced the Pride Slam Jam. Held during pride weekend in New York City, the Pride Slam Jam showcased a wide variety of independent LGBT artists promoting a transformative message.
 
In 2009, Toussaint produced the Verve concert series; five sold out, elegant nights of mixing, mingling, and top-notch entertainment, providing the same-gender-loving community of color with a place to connect.
 
AMIMS’ third project, The Anointed, was inspired by interviews Toussaint conducted with same-gender-loving spiritual leaders. The Anointed was Co-Produced by Freedom Train Productions and Horse Trade Theatre, and premiered at The Fire This Time Playwrights Festival in 2010 in New York City. AMIMS is set to produce a full length version of The Anointed as well as a new two-act play inspired by Toussaint’s work as a clerk in the District Attorney’s Office.
 
AMIMS is proud to be co-producer of the 2011 The Fire This Time Festival, which explores the diverse possibilities of contemporary American drama and challenging new directions for 21st century black theatre. AMIMS also co-produced a concert/fundraiser for this festival titled Through The Ages: Our Journey Through Music.
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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202469
<![CDATA[Pamela Lewis]]>
After performing two sold-out shows in mid-January and another one in March that garnered rave reviews from New York cabaret critics, singer/songwriter Pamela Lewis (a.k.a. Champagne Pam), again brings her unique interpretation of Long Island icon Billy Joel’s songbook to the Metropolitan Room!
 
In "New York State of Mind: The Songs of Billy Joel," you'll hear the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award Winner for "Best Female Vocalist" deliver unique and stirring interpretations of classic Joel songs.
 
Pamela considers the songs of Billy Joel to be the soundtrack of her life and has been dreaming about performing them since she was a little girl growing up on Long Island. Pamela’s understanding of Joel’s Long Island roots, and passion for American popular song make her an ideal performer of this material. 
 
Lewis' show is directed by well-known British cabaret star Barb Jungr. With Musical Director Bill Heller on piano, Lewis’ husband John Hurley on guitar, bass player Ritt Henn, and Marcus Parsley on trumpet, you’ll hear Pamela transform the classic songs of Billy Joel into a sound all her own....
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Here’s what the critics have to say about her new show:
 
“Pamela Lewis offered new, vibrant, self-created arrangements of 15 Joel compositions, performing them in her own self-confident style . . . If you care at all about the art of cabaret and its ability to illuminate a life we beg you not to miss it . . . “ – BistroAwards.com
 
“A zestful romp through the early catalogue of one of New York's most prolific songwriting native sons . . . It's cool when a woman sings an entire show of songs written by a man and puts her own spin on them by changing the feel, the tempo, and the arrangements. Lewis does all that with verve and then some in this show . . . Lewis is an entertainer, as she gestured with her hands in a way that one audience member told me afterward, “Cast a spell.” . . . – BroadwayWorld.com
 
“Lewis delves into the passion and pain that infuses [Billy Joel’s] work. It’s a touch of the new, a bit of the old and a lot of soul. She has a rich voice with the touch of a twang that is equally effective in Billy Joel’s rock/pop style.” – TheaterPizzazz.com
 
For more information on Pamela Lewis, go to: www.champagnepam.com/about 
 
Along with paying homage to Billy Joel, she recently released her original song "DREAMS COME TRUE" 
 
check out the video below! to purchase the single "Dreams Come True" on iTunes http://tinyurl.com/o2zlnl9

 

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169674
<![CDATA[Children's Cabaret]]>

Join us once a month for our very special Children's Cabaret - it's never the same thing twice! Once a month on a Saturday morning, you'll meet a unique lineup of storytellers, puppeteers, magicians, musicians and other skilled entertainers who can't wait to share their talents with you and your family. It's a show for kids that adults love too - the best of both worlds!





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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196928
<![CDATA[Fran Leonardis]]>

Fran Leonardis could become one of New York cabaret’s more compelling performers." -Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Scenes
 
"Fran...has a commanding stage presence and versatile singing ability."  -Danielle Miceli, Cabaretexchange.com
 
"To misquote a line from Gypsy, she's a 5-foot bundle of dynamite." -Roy Sander, Bistroawards.com
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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195953
<![CDATA[David Meulemans]]>

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208868
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively evening of Jazz, Blues, Funk and R&B. “Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198597
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182400
<![CDATA[Lisa Ellex]]>
Working as a writer and performer on the New York and Provincetown cabaret circuit led Lisa to a long-term gig as lead vocalist for THE NEW VIPER JAZZTET. A singer by night, Lisa's day job had her selecting programming for the launch of HBO's, COMEDY CHANNEL, where she also wrote and produced numerous junkets. Moving to HBO DOWNTOWN PRODUCTIONS, Lisa wrote guest segments for comedian Alan Havey's talk show, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT on COMEDY CENTRAL. She worked on the staff of numerous NYC TV productions, including NIGHT MUSIC with David Sanborn and Jools Holland. A prolific playwright, Lisa is in presently developing STATEN ISLAND EXPRESS, a piece examining the relationships between riders of a commuter bus and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. She is currently writing and directing, MUSIC ON THE MENU, a half-hour episodic concerning Jazz and food.]]>
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196187
<![CDATA[Louis Vanaria & Lucy Caracappa]]>


New York City’s cabaret duo, The L-Train is coming to Metropolitan Room!
The L-Train, featuring vocalists Louis Vanaria and Lucy Caracappa, will be performing toe tapping renditions of some of your favorite duets and heartwarming pop and theater solos from a range of artists such as Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Streisand, Buble, Cher, Sinatra and much, much  more! 
 
Louis Vanaria is a television/movie actor/vocalist whose credits include A Bronx Tale (role of Crazy Mario), recurring roles on TV’s Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire and a role in the upcoming film Friends and Romans starring Michael Rispoli and Annabella Sciora.  Louis has performed cabaret at Foxwoods Casino with Jay Leno and Connie Francis and at the 4 Triple 5 Café in Niagara Falls.  
 
Lucy Caracappa is an accomplished vocalist who performs with club date acts such as The Tony T Orchestra and has graced numerous stages including New York’s Empire City Casino and Florida’s Empire Stage.  She is also a comedic actress and improve performer with Murder Mystery Manhattan and has performed in many musical theater productions such as THE KING AND I as Tuptim and in KISMET as Lalume.
 
The L-Train will perform with the live musicians of The Tony T. Orchestra with Tony Traina himself on the drums, a seasoned Broadway musician.
 
The L-Train will leave you wanting more!  You will walk away humming your favorite tunes and will fall in love with songs you never heard before!  A magical night of music and memories you won't soon forget!
 
 
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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=174214
<![CDATA[Funny for Money Competition]]> First There was METROSTAR,then New York's Next Top Drag Queen, now the Metropolitan Room brings you Funny For Money!.A new contest for stand up comics. We are looking for New York's funniest stand up comic. 
 
The Winner receives $500 plus will get a show at thee Metropolitan Room, the 1st and 2nd runner up will appear on the show as well.
 
August 2nd and 9th 10-12 comics will participate in the preliminaries. Then the top 12 will come back for semi finales on the 223rd and finale of the 30th. 
 
Comics will be judged by a panel of 3 regular judges plus guest judges. And most importantly the audience will vote as well.  
 
Videos and applications can be sent to joseph@metropolitanroom.com
 
 
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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209280
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: Philip Hodges

He was  in Bobbie Horowitz's class at Cornell and  very recently formed a men's spiritual group along with classmate, Ken Blanchard known for books lke "The One Minute Manager: and his new  book: "Refire Don't Retire"
 
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191662
<![CDATA[Angelo Hart]]> Intrepid: A Jazz Sonata



Angelo Hart has always had a unique and expressive approach to his instrument. Angelo has spent personal time studying jazz and classical legends such as Thelonius Monk, Art Tatum, Cecil Taylor, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven and many more. Time spent with the great educators and musicians in Chicago, along with his natural innovative musicianship has molded him into the great musician that he is today. He approaches the piano with command and finesse, displaying a unique relationship and connection between the two of them.
Angelo's most recent musical endeavors have immersed him in the vastness of improvisation and compositional freedom. Whether he is pushing the boundaries, breaking through, or carefully treading within the lines, Angelo's music is sure to take you on a musical journey!
 
- See more at: 
http://angelohartmusic.com/bio/#sthash.lg3OMNTM.dpuf
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194754
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189526
<![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192723 <![CDATA[Richard Malavet]]> Returning to Manhattan cabaret, Richard Malavet brings his brand new show, Very Good Years: The Intimate Sinatra to the Metropolitan Room. Multi-Grammy nominee John di Martino will be musical director/arranger and pianist leading the band.
 
 
This is the year of Frank Sinatra's centennial. He remains the iconic pop singer whom musical historians and critics' consider the definitive pop vocalist of the last 100 years. In a crowded field, he stands alone as the male singer by whom singers of the Great American Songbook are compared. Throughout his career, Sinatra considered himself a saloon singer.
 
 
This special retrospective is a chronology of select recorded songs including “This Love Of Mine,” and “I'm A Fool To Want You,” (two songs he co-wrote), also “Night And Day” and his personal favorite, “Put Your Dreams Away.” It also includes the many songs he recorded with his favorite arranger Nelson Riddle. The set will focus on the years 1939 through 1968. It will also feature lesser known gems such as “Once I Loved,” “Say It (Over And Over Again”) and “The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye,” (written for him by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, but never recorded.) There will also be respectful nods to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Duke Ellington both of whom Sinatra collaborated with in the 1960s. Several arrangements are given a decided Latin twist.
 
 
Richard Malavet has been acclaimed for his work as a singer of the classic American and Spanish songbooks. He has performed with his band in many Manhattan clubs. A native New Yorker, Mr. Malavet has brought his highly acclaimed Billy Eckstine tribute, "The Billy Eckstine Project: Songs in the Key of 'B," to venues across the country. Writing in AfterDark-NYC John Hoglund said ... like Billy Eckstine and Sinatra, Malavet is a first-rate interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
 
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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190852
<![CDATA[Yoav Shlomov]]>




Yoav attended the prestigious Thelma Yellin School of Arts, graduating with excellence from the jazz department at age 18.
 
Yoav received the New School’s  Scholarship for study abroad to attend The New School in New York, where he is completing his BFA in performing arts in May 2015.
 
Yoav taught Ear Training and Jazz improvisation in Mizmor school of Music and Instructed ensembles as well in Muzot School of Arts while playing in the National Orchestra and the Tel-Aviv Jazz Big Band.
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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200586
<![CDATA[Richard Malavet]]> Returning to Manhattan cabaret, Richard Malavet brings his brand new show, Very Good Years: The Intimate Sinatra to the Metropolitan Room. Multi-Grammy nominee John di Martino will be musical director/arranger and pianist leading the band.
 
 
This is the year of Frank Sinatra's centennial. He remains the iconic pop singer whom musical historians and critics' consider the definitive pop vocalist of the last 100 years. In a crowded field, he stands alone as the male singer by whom singers of the Great American Songbook are compared. Throughout his career, Sinatra considered himself a saloon singer.
 
 
This special retrospective is a chronology of select recorded songs including “This Love Of Mine,” and “I'm A Fool To Want You,” (two songs he co-wrote), also “Night And Day” and his personal favorite, “Put Your Dreams Away.” It also includes the many songs he recorded with his favorite arranger Nelson Riddle. The set will focus on the years 1939 through 1968. It will also feature lesser known gems such as “Once I Loved,” “Say It (Over And Over Again”) and “The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye,” (written for him by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, but never recorded.) There will also be respectful nods to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Duke Ellington both of whom Sinatra collaborated with in the 1960s. Several arrangements are given a decided Latin twist.
 
 
Richard Malavet has been acclaimed for his work as a singer of the classic American and Spanish songbooks. He has performed with his band in many Manhattan clubs. A native New Yorker, Mr. Malavet has brought his highly acclaimed Billy Eckstine tribute, "The Billy Eckstine Project: Songs in the Key of 'B," to venues across the country. Writing in AfterDark-NYC John Hoglund said ... like Billy Eckstine and Sinatra, Malavet is a first-rate interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
 
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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190853
<![CDATA[Abbe Buck]]> Abbe Buck Sings The Hits of 1926
 
Friday, August 28, 2015, 9:30 PM 

 
"Abbe Buck reminds one of the smooth style of  Rosemary Clooney. Her voice is a refreshing echo of the past when singers sang and we understood the words. Dance, or sit back, and enjoy!”  --Stephen Eggleston
 
Abbe Buck is a traditional pop and jazz singer. Her interpretations of songs from a bygone era hark back to the days of the big band and supper club eras. She brings the verve of a band singer to her stylings, along with an infectious sense of humor. She has begun to put together choice words and music from one particular year in her performances as of late. In suburban Washington, DC in April, she led her band in a spirited evening of music from the year 1935. The venue where she was singing at was celebrating it's 80th anniversary, and she thought it only natural to sing the music of their founding year as the venue operators spoke about the history of the establishment (which so happens, was a whiskey distillery - and everyone was sampling heartily!) Songs written in 1935 included "I Can't Get Started" and "The Way You Look Tonight"  .  
 
Now Abbe is fascinated by songs that premiered in the year 1926. A year that was heady with the Charleston, the Black Bottom, the blues, and hot jazz bands supplying the nation's popular music,  it was easy to find that as songs would be written during one year, "the tunes would stick around, on the piano bench, being whistled in barber shops, played on the radio. And believe it or not, 90 years later, we're still whistling or humming them, or they're being retro-fitted in a commercial on your smartphone."  And Abbe thinks that the year 1926 was a very good year. "The songs during 1926, 1927 and 1928  were wonderful. Very simply written. They told stories. And many were as fun as riding in a rumble seat!
 
"What was the most fun about knowing the songs was getting to know some of the ladies of song who sang them. Vaughn De Leath was the original "First Lady of Radio". Annette Hanshaw was known as "The Personality Girl" and had a sweet, high voice made for radio and records. She sang with many greats, including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Red Nichols.  Annette is continually being rediscovered. But there were Belle Baker, Marion Harris and Lee Morse, all who are truly forgotten. These ladies introduced these songs. It will be a nice homage to sing them in their memory." Abbe says. Popular songs from the year 1926 include "Blue Skies" and "Someone to Watch over Me."
 
Abbe will be taking the Metropolitan Room audience on a trip back in time singing "The Hits of 1926" on Friday, August 28th at 9:30 PM. Doors open at 8:45 PM, and cold gin blossoms will be ready. She will be joined by Rick Bogart and his Trio who will perform his brand of jazz led by the irresistible sound of a clarinet. Rick will be joined by Keith Ingram on piano and Alex Gressell on bass.  
 
 
Web:  http://www.abbebuck.com
 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abbebuckvocalist
 
#1 in Jazz / Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/abbebuckvocalistperformer  
 
Abbe Buck Video:    Sometimes I'm Happy (1927)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD8tI7fqAG8
 
Abbe Buck video: The More I See You: (1940)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYOdhjxkRw
 



 
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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209338
<![CDATA[HT Rosen & Jordan Stylez]]>
A Jew and a Black Guy ... and Friends Comedy Show

Starring HT Rosen and Jordan Stylez
 
A Jew and a Black Guy Comedy Show is an Atlanta based duo, comprised of HT Rosen and Jordan Stylez. They bring back the ole school Catskill type antics of yesterday in a comedic duo fashion reminiscent of older times. A Jew and a Black Guy are hip, modern comics that attempt to break down racial biases and stereotypes through laughter and fun. They have produced,hosted, marketed and sold out over 100 large events,all over the U.S.  the duo has toured,featured,headlined and hosted countless theatres and clubs including The World Famous Punchline,The Relapse Theatre, The Basement Theatre, Loews art centre, Jerry Farbers and many more. A Jew and a Black guy recently finished a west coast tour culminating in los Angeles with featured stops at The Comedy Store, Comedy Union, and a headlining spot at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Studios. Dont miss the much 
anticipated return to NYC at The Metropolitan Room August 29th for a 1pm. One appearance only Matinee show. Do yourself a favor and catch A Jew and a Black Guy and friends in NYC.
 


 
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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207666
<![CDATA[Will Perez]]>
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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202466
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
Stacy Sullivan ~  Since You've Asked

Stacy Sullivan, one of the top working singers in Cabaret, will challenge preconceptions with her new show, “Since You’ve Asked.” Whether you’re a fan of The Great American Songbook or VH1, you’ll find something to love within this eclectic evening of music and story. With musical director Troy Fannin, Sullivan has created her most personal, thought-provoking evening to date. #Randy Newman #Nina Simone #Ray LaMontagne #Hoagy Carmichael #Judy Collins #Ed Sheeran #Woodie Guthrie #Stevie Nicks #Cole Porter #George Harrison #Noel Coward #David Hajdu #Fred Hersch #Jonsi #Stephen Schwartz

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192314
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170105 <![CDATA[Jovan]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202489 <![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]>
Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198447
<![CDATA[Funny for Money Competition]]> First There was METROSTAR,then New York's Next Top Drag Queen, now the Metropolitan Room brings you Funny For Money!.A new contest for stand up comics. We are looking for New York's funniest stand up comic. 
 
The Winner receives $500 plus will get a show at thee Metropolitan Room, the 1st and 2nd runner up will appear on the show as well.
 
August 2nd and 9th 10-12 comics will participate in the preliminaries. Then the top 12 will come back for semi finales on the 223rd and finale of the 30th. 
 
Comics will be judged by a panel of 3 regular judges plus guest judges. And most importantly the audience will vote as well.  
 
Videos and applications can be sent to joseph@metropolitanroom.com
 
 
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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209281
<![CDATA[Forest VanDyke]]>




 “Breaking Free” is an introduction to the golden voiced performer Forest VanDyke who hails from Austin, TX.
 
This emotional musical journey will help you discover your inner truth, and find the courage to break free of whatever is binding you. But most of all – its gonna be a heck of a great time!
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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192484
<![CDATA[Nancy Harms]]>


“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” On February 25th, vocalist Nancy Harms will offer a stunning new hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. 
 
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
 
The singer, Nancy Harms, possesses a voice and style that “has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long” (Dave Sumner, eMUSIC). …..“She engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward and yet, somehow, hold something back at the same time….She’s the kind of a singer who, after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal). In this new show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist-composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
 
Elegant Ellington…. Elegant Harms. “Ellington At Night”. 
 
Presentation created and produced by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel

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In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family or education. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz.
 
Though this discovery would change her life, Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a jazz-performing career after college. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years; a move that was more along the lines of what was expected of a girl from Clara City. Nancy ultimately became disillusioned and discontented, however, and within her grew the conviction that another kind of musical life was awaiting her. She followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2006.
 
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2007, people in the community were taking notice. In the most positive sense, no one had ever seen or heard anyone quite like Nancy before: She possessed a stateliness that was unmistakable, yet she was totally unpretentious in manner. She sang ballads with a folk-like, delicate, ethereal quality and a marvelous way of digging deep into the layers of lyrical meaning. Initially, her most noteworthy attribute from a jazz perspective was her sense of time: She clearly possessed a natural gift for phrasing and an innate sense of swing. Of no small importance to her growing popularity as well was the fact that she was uniquely beautiful, in both sound and appearance.
 
Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades. In 2009 she released “IN THE INDIGO”, her first CD, and Minnesota’s most popular and highly acclaimed jazz vocal release of that year.
 
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the “Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, with classy accompaniment by former Minnesotan Michael O’Brien on bass and NY guitar legend Paul Bollenback. Observable at this or any other engagement since is Harms’ highly original physical presence; always in motion, yet always in service of the music and telling the story. The beautiful face is animated, but not overly so. There is mystery there, with abundant smiles and good humor, but the occasional flash of something untold; a sudden downward tightening of the mouth and far-away focus of the eyes… She seems to draw upon a passing sense-memory to more effectively convey the feeling of the lyric. Often, it’s a sense of hurt, or the pain of long ago; artfully intermingling with the good humor and inviting warmth of Nancy’s overall persona.
 
Nancy’s dedication to jazz is complete. She is abundantly gifted, and her interpretations reveal her to be a fine actor as well, as she possesses a natural ability to movingly express the meaning of any song. A gifted jazz specialist and an intuitively brilliant interpretive artist.
 
Her first CD “In The Indigo” put her on 140 radio and cable outlets in dozens of markets, and top sales on the CDBaby Jazz vocal chart. The CD received national airplay on “PRI’s “JAZZ AFTER HOURS”, NPR, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO NETWORK, and MUSIC CHOICE via satellite, cable and internet. Nancy’s follow-up disc, “Dreams In Apartments”, was even more successful, airing on the above (and other) sources, including Jonathan Schwartz’s broadcasts, and on the PopJazzRadio.com channel which placed one of Nancy’s original songs, “Weight Of The World”, in the #1 position on two separate occasions with over 44,000 votes from fans. Nancy went on to celebrate the release of “Dreams In Apartments” at New York City’s venerable BIRDLAND, as well as to share the album’s success with audiences in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Paris.
 
Nancy Harms: Beautiful, unique, and exquisitely talented. A truly charismatic, one-of-a-kind performer.
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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197277
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189527
<![CDATA[Suzanne Dressler]]>
Directed by Eric Ulloa
Music Direction by Eddie Schnecker

Suzanne has performed across the country in regional theatre, national tours and in NYC at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Fringe Festival, among others. She has participated in the Metropolitan Room's Broadway on 22nd Series and was a soloist at the Laurie Beechman in May for the annual Cabaret Cares benefit.]]>
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203850
<![CDATA[Abigail Rockwell]]> Abigail Rockwell will be sharing her songs and her story after a long battle for truth.


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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207749
<![CDATA[Savannah & Chase]]> “Too Blondes”- A one woman show featuring Savannah Brown and Chase O’Donnell
 
Chase and Savannah are two recent college grads navigating their way through life. Let them entertain you May 23rd with a show full of songs and sketches to inform you on the ups and downs of being a twenty something girl in the Big Apple
 
Gavin Leatherwood-Music Director, Guitar
 
Oliver Switzer-Guitar
 
SAVANNAH BROWN: Savannah Brown, a 2014 graduate of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, is thrilled to be living, working, and studying in New York City. Theatre credits include: “Desire Under the Elms,” “The Sound of Music,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Meet Me in St. Louis,” among others. She recently made her network television debut on The Lifetime Movie Network and is excited to begin filming her first feature this month. 
 
CHASE O’DONNELL: Chase O'Donnell recently made the move to New York City from Los Angeles to make her off-Broadway debut in One Day the Musical. Chase graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in acting. Theater credits include, Inappropriate (Odyssey Theater), Metamorphoses (Ensemble Theater Company), and Meet Me in St. Louis (Cabrillo Music Theater). She is thrilled to be writing and creating new material with Savannah Brown.
 
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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209500
<![CDATA[Willie-Mae Perry]]> Someone to Watch Over Me
 
A stylist, in the American Standard genre, Willie-Mae is equally comfortable singing Jazz, Broadway Show tunes, and inspiritational music.  She has also worked with bassists Paul West and Lisle Atkinson, trumpeter Michael Lewis; pianist Ishmael Wallace, drummers Jackie Williams, Greg Bufford and the late Earl Williams.
 
Concerts include:"Willie-Mae Sings Harold Arlen",  "Willie-Mae Perry at the Lenox Lounge";  "Seasons of Love" Live at Saint Peter's Jazz, a blend of drama and song; Loch Lomond and Love Songs;  Prynhawn da, for the New York Welsh Women; An Evening with Willie-Mae Perry at Cobi’s Place; Benefit Concert to aid Earthquake and Tsunami victims of Japan; Benefit Concert to aid Parkinson's Disease Research; "Six in the City", with the Cabaret Workshop; A Night at Dillon’s with ASG.  
 
Special Performance credits include:  "Billy Harper's 60 Voices", Open House New York, Saul Rubin & Cobi Narita 9/11 Rememberance, "Jazz Center of New York Tribute to Abbey Lincoln", Episcopal Actors Guild Variety Program at Guild Hall, Frank Owens Vocal Enhancement at Zeb's Place, All Star Tribute to Dakota Staton, 30th Anniversary Gala, Council on Culture and Arts at Flushing Town Hall, a musical portrayal of Marian Anderson, Manhattan College honoring Jazz History, Jamming at numerous Open Mic night spots in New York including the Cotton Club, performances for civic groups, and private engagements.
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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203065
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!



"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197487
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Sat, 05 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204084
<![CDATA[Lavenia Nesmith]]>


A native Washingtonian, Lavenia Nesmith has performed locally and nationally, including Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Bohemian Caverns, LaPortas, Jazz Night at Westminster, Oakland Mills Jazz Series, Henley Park Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Mandarin Hotel, Tuskegee Airmen Gala, The Arc of The Capitol, The Hart Senate Office Building, The Library of Congress, The Gaylord Hotel at The National Harbor and The Martin Luther King, Jr., International Chapel in Atlanta, Georgia.

A promising musician since an early age, Lavenia suspended a professional musical career after college in order to start a family, raise two sons and follow a successful career path dedicated to public service, inspired to help others. Today, Lavenia is renewing the pursuit of her passion as a vocalist full time.

In celebration of Women’s History Month (March 2009) Lavenia was invited by The State Department to perform with an all-female jazz quartet for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, garnering rave reviews. Other members of her quartet were pianist Janelle Gill; bassist, Amy Shook and percussionist, Tovia Bradley.

At the invitation of The White House, Lavenia, along with The Metropolitan Baptist Church Music Ministry performed at The Day of Prayer Service for the Katrina Hurricane victims at The Washington National Cathedral (September 2005).
Festival credits include: Maryland Museum of African Art Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival, 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival and The Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival where she has been invited to perform for three consecutive years to sold out audiences. Lavenia has been accompanied by the phenomenal music artistry of Pianists Eric Byrd, Chris Grasso, Janelle Gill, Bob Butto, Jon Ozment, Stephen Key; Bassists James King, Michael Bowie, Zack Pride, Bhagwan Kalsa, Wes Biles, Harry Jackson; Saxophonists Paul Carr and Lyle Link; Trumpeters Thad Wilson and Kenny Rittenhouse; and Percussionists Lenny Robinson, Terron Whitehead and Alphonso (Al) Young.

Lavenia’s stage credits include her recent performance in the production, “Washington’s Greatest Slave Escape: In the Spirit of the Pearl”, written and directed by D. Marietta Williams at The University of the District of Columbia. Lavenia has also given a powerful performance in the production, “Never Turn Back” written and directed by Curtis King at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (2004).  In February 2004, she was the recipient of an award for “Outstanding Performance” in Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, presented by The Department of Commerce, Blacks in Government.

One of her greatest rewards was being invited as a featured soloist at The 40th Anniversary of The Martin Luther King, Jr., March on Washington at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, where she shared the stage with the legendary actor Ozzie Davis (Aug. 2003). Another notable performance was as a backup vocalist for Diana Ross at The Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.

Lavenia is also the Creator, Executive Producer, Actor and Vocalist in two original productions: 1. “Sista’s Can Sang” – A Tribute to Female Legends in Jazz.  This production is a poignant, soul searching, hand clapping, toe tapping journey down memory lane; and 2. “A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson”, a one woman show told in dialogue and song where Lavenia weaves historical information with praise, humor, seriousness and humility.
“Lavenia Nesmith gave a tour de force performance in her one woman show”, says Sarah Hearn of DC Gospel Music Examiner.

Her debut CD, “Introducing Lavenia Nesmith” releases in winter 2014.
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Sat, 05 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193799
<![CDATA[Sharón Clark]]>
 
 
 
Premiere of “Sharón Clark Misbehaves” – One Night Only! 
 
 
DC’s remarkable jazz vocalist Sharón Clark returns to the Metropolitan Room with a whole new show – “Sharón Clark Misbehaves,” a collection of songs based on her overseas tours and domestic adventures. 
 
This is Clark’s sixth Met Room engagement, and her latest collaboration with music director Chris Grasso. Will Friedwald raved about “Blame It On My Youth,” their 2013 show, calling it “new and amazing… an absolute triumph.”  The New York Times’ Stephen Holden concurred:  “You can’t underestimate the transformation of what seems like an ordinary song when an interpreter like Sharón Clark tears it apart and looks inside.”
 
Clark has toured worldwide, from Europe to Israel, as well as multiple tours of Russia, where she is a major concert draw. A winner of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition and the American Traditions Competition, Clark appears regularly in DC at Blues Alley and Loews Madison Hotel. A featured soloist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, Clark has headlined the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, the Cape May Jazz Festival and the Savannah Music Festival where she earned the festival’s Gold Medal.
 
Clark and Grasso are joined by Eric Wheeler, bass, and Lenny Robinson, drums.  Showtime is 7pm
 
Artist website:
 

http://www.chrisgrassomusic.com/sharon_clark/index.htm
 
Link for Video:
 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1EE5F289C48158E0
 
 
 

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Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195562
<![CDATA[Nancy Harms]]>


“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” On February 25th, vocalist Nancy Harms will offer a stunning new hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. 
 
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
 
The singer, Nancy Harms, possesses a voice and style that “has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long” (Dave Sumner, eMUSIC). …..“She engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward and yet, somehow, hold something back at the same time….She’s the kind of a singer who, after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal). In this new show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist-composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
 
Elegant Ellington…. Elegant Harms. “Ellington At Night”. 
 
Presentation created and produced by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel

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In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family or education. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz.
 
Though this discovery would change her life, Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a jazz-performing career after college. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years; a move that was more along the lines of what was expected of a girl from Clara City. Nancy ultimately became disillusioned and discontented, however, and within her grew the conviction that another kind of musical life was awaiting her. She followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2006.
 
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2007, people in the community were taking notice. In the most positive sense, no one had ever seen or heard anyone quite like Nancy before: She possessed a stateliness that was unmistakable, yet she was totally unpretentious in manner. She sang ballads with a folk-like, delicate, ethereal quality and a marvelous way of digging deep into the layers of lyrical meaning. Initially, her most noteworthy attribute from a jazz perspective was her sense of time: She clearly possessed a natural gift for phrasing and an innate sense of swing. Of no small importance to her growing popularity as well was the fact that she was uniquely beautiful, in both sound and appearance.
 
Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades. In 2009 she released “IN THE INDIGO”, her first CD, and Minnesota’s most popular and highly acclaimed jazz vocal release of that year.
 
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the “Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, with classy accompaniment by former Minnesotan Michael O’Brien on bass and NY guitar legend Paul Bollenback. Observable at this or any other engagement since is Harms’ highly original physical presence; always in motion, yet always in service of the music and telling the story. The beautiful face is animated, but not overly so. There is mystery there, with abundant smiles and good humor, but the occasional flash of something untold; a sudden downward tightening of the mouth and far-away focus of the eyes… She seems to draw upon a passing sense-memory to more effectively convey the feeling of the lyric. Often, it’s a sense of hurt, or the pain of long ago; artfully intermingling with the good humor and inviting warmth of Nancy’s overall persona.
 
Nancy’s dedication to jazz is complete. She is abundantly gifted, and her interpretations reveal her to be a fine actor as well, as she possesses a natural ability to movingly express the meaning of any song. A gifted jazz specialist and an intuitively brilliant interpretive artist.
 
Her first CD “In The Indigo” put her on 140 radio and cable outlets in dozens of markets, and top sales on the CDBaby Jazz vocal chart. The CD received national airplay on “PRI’s “JAZZ AFTER HOURS”, NPR, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO NETWORK, and MUSIC CHOICE via satellite, cable and internet. Nancy’s follow-up disc, “Dreams In Apartments”, was even more successful, airing on the above (and other) sources, including Jonathan Schwartz’s broadcasts, and on the PopJazzRadio.com channel which placed one of Nancy’s original songs, “Weight Of The World”, in the #1 position on two separate occasions with over 44,000 votes from fans. Nancy went on to celebrate the release of “Dreams In Apartments” at New York City’s venerable BIRDLAND, as well as to share the album’s success with audiences in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Paris.
 
Nancy Harms: Beautiful, unique, and exquisitely talented. A truly charismatic, one-of-a-kind performer.
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Sun, 06 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198028
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192330 <![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189528
<![CDATA[Nancy Harms]]>


“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” On February 25th, vocalist Nancy Harms will offer a stunning new hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. 
 
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
 
The singer, Nancy Harms, possesses a voice and style that “has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long” (Dave Sumner, eMUSIC). …..“She engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward and yet, somehow, hold something back at the same time….She’s the kind of a singer who, after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal). In this new show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist-composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
 
Elegant Ellington…. Elegant Harms. “Ellington At Night”. 
 
Presentation created and produced by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel

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In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family or education. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz.
 
Though this discovery would change her life, Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a jazz-performing career after college. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years; a move that was more along the lines of what was expected of a girl from Clara City. Nancy ultimately became disillusioned and discontented, however, and within her grew the conviction that another kind of musical life was awaiting her. She followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2006.
 
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2007, people in the community were taking notice. In the most positive sense, no one had ever seen or heard anyone quite like Nancy before: She possessed a stateliness that was unmistakable, yet she was totally unpretentious in manner. She sang ballads with a folk-like, delicate, ethereal quality and a marvelous way of digging deep into the layers of lyrical meaning. Initially, her most noteworthy attribute from a jazz perspective was her sense of time: She clearly possessed a natural gift for phrasing and an innate sense of swing. Of no small importance to her growing popularity as well was the fact that she was uniquely beautiful, in both sound and appearance.
 
Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades. In 2009 she released “IN THE INDIGO”, her first CD, and Minnesota’s most popular and highly acclaimed jazz vocal release of that year.
 
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the “Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, with classy accompaniment by former Minnesotan Michael O’Brien on bass and NY guitar legend Paul Bollenback. Observable at this or any other engagement since is Harms’ highly original physical presence; always in motion, yet always in service of the music and telling the story. The beautiful face is animated, but not overly so. There is mystery there, with abundant smiles and good humor, but the occasional flash of something untold; a sudden downward tightening of the mouth and far-away focus of the eyes… She seems to draw upon a passing sense-memory to more effectively convey the feeling of the lyric. Often, it’s a sense of hurt, or the pain of long ago; artfully intermingling with the good humor and inviting warmth of Nancy’s overall persona.
 
Nancy’s dedication to jazz is complete. She is abundantly gifted, and her interpretations reveal her to be a fine actor as well, as she possesses a natural ability to movingly express the meaning of any song. A gifted jazz specialist and an intuitively brilliant interpretive artist.
 
Her first CD “In The Indigo” put her on 140 radio and cable outlets in dozens of markets, and top sales on the CDBaby Jazz vocal chart. The CD received national airplay on “PRI’s “JAZZ AFTER HOURS”, NPR, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO NETWORK, and MUSIC CHOICE via satellite, cable and internet. Nancy’s follow-up disc, “Dreams In Apartments”, was even more successful, airing on the above (and other) sources, including Jonathan Schwartz’s broadcasts, and on the PopJazzRadio.com channel which placed one of Nancy’s original songs, “Weight Of The World”, in the #1 position on two separate occasions with over 44,000 votes from fans. Nancy went on to celebrate the release of “Dreams In Apartments” at New York City’s venerable BIRDLAND, as well as to share the album’s success with audiences in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Paris.
 
Nancy Harms: Beautiful, unique, and exquisitely talented. A truly charismatic, one-of-a-kind performer.
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Wed, 09 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197278
<![CDATA[Julie Budd]]> Julie Budd ~ They Wrote The Songs

Media Contact:  Richard Skipper    www.richardskipper.com
 
JULIE BUDD .. sings;
“ They Wrote The Songs “
The Music Of Our Lives
 
CD on Amazon, Itunes, and CD Baby
WINNER  of  “The Broadway World Award  “ Best Show!
 
Do You Remember When That Special Song was first played for us?  It meant so much & still does.
That meaningful song took you back to a special time & a  place.  When hearing those lyrics & the caressing melodies transported you to a place where only music can take you to.
 
“ They Wrote The Songs “ … the music of our lives…  compilation of the greatest songs , from the most celebrated writers , are now sung by a truly beloved entertainer.
 
Songs that are the heart of our generation and the music soundtrack of our lives.  Julie Budd sings selections from, Elton John , Burt Bacharach & Hal David , Andrew Lloyd Weber , Anthony Newly , Paul Anka , Ann Hampton Callaway & More!
 
Along with  some great American Classic Composers & Classic selections from great shows as well.  These memories are lasting forever and so is this music.
 
Julie Budd shares her memories with you as she explores the grand talents behind the music.  The Nationally-loved Julie Budd ,  hailed by  “The New York Times “  …”The Consummate Performer “  gives a warm & Touching interpretation  on... Julie Budd Sings  “They Wrote The Songs “ The music of our lives.
 
JULIE BUDD
Celebrity Artist In Resident
Metropolitan Room Concert Dates For 2015
MAY 14
SEPT. 10
OCT. 21
DEC 10
 
JULIE BUDD .... The CD  ‘ They Wrote The Songs “
Is now in it’s Fourth Pressing & Is available for Download on all on line retail sites.
 
Julie Budd on YOUTUBE  





JULIE BUDD CD Reviews 
 
ABOUT JULIE BUDD
Julie Budd Has Been entertaining since the Tender age of 12.  After Meeting Merv Griffin at a recording studio in NYC, Merv immediately took Julie under his wing, and put her on his show, where Julie appeared over 100 times.
 
From there, this Mini Girl With The Maxi Voice went on to perform on every major TV show, and began to perform with Orchestras  all over the country.
Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today, and enjoys a multi- faceted  career on the concert stage, in films & on Television.
 
Julie Budd has appeared at;
Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center , The London Palladium & in venues & Symphony Orchestras,  all over the world.
 
You Can Follow Julie On Her Website  www.juliebudd.com
And Visit Her On FACE BOOK as well
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Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159915
<![CDATA[Norm Drubner]]> Norm Drubner is a jazz vocalist who started singing late in life and has produced five CD’s to date which have been reviewed on several websites, i.e. Jazz Corner, etc.  His latest CD, It Could Happen To You, will be reviewed in the March/April edition of Cabaret Scenes Magazine.  
 
He performs the Great American Songbook, both ballads and upbeat tunes, and his style is quite similar to Chet Baker which represents a soft, smooth and light jazz interpretation.  He has appeared at several venues in Connecticut, where he is from.  Most notable, in the summer of 2014 he made half a dozen appearances in the Tap Room at the famed Mayflower Inn.  At the Metropolitan Room he will be accompanied by pianist Jim Santucci, who is a well-known jazz pianist having played with a number of groups in Connecticut.  In addition, the upbeat songs will be supplemented by live tracks taken directly from the various CD’s.  He has been and is currently working with Eric Michael Gillett, who will assist in directing and producing the show.
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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193964
<![CDATA[The Swingaroos]]> The Swingaroos Territory Band

 
The Swingaroos are NYC's underground jazz band. With a suitcase full of original 1940's-inspired songs and Hit Parade covers from the '20s to the 2010s, the 'Roos continue the tradition of the swing-era Territory Bands. Fronted by award-winning vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/lyricist, Kimberly Hawkey, and pianist/arranger, Assaf Gleizner, this sextet of swingin' hot noise has been heard all over the Empire City and beyond; from the seediest roadhouses to the stateliest of music halls.
 
The Swingaroos' debut album, "All Aboard!", features the same great original tunes heard at their live shows and is available now at www.theswingaroos.bandcamp.com. Visit them on the web at www.theswingaroos.com, or keep track of their travels on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@theswingaroos).
 
A little kitschy, a little classy and a lotta fun: The Swingaroos are NYC's Midwestern-Born, New Orleans-bound, Hollywood-exploited 1940s Territory Band. ALL ABOARD!
 
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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182597
<![CDATA[Truffles ~ Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery]]> DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Each show is rich with Live Music and an Inter-Active Theatical Performance



 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
TRUFFLES ~ MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
In Italy's world-renowned restaurant, Ciacco's, the wealthy Donati family are preparing to auction their treasured two-pound truffle and pull themselves out of financial crisis. However, festivities abruptly grind to a halt when the truffle goes missing and the restaurant's owner, Dante Donati, is found dead. Chef Bruno just wants his guests to have a good time. Carlo the waiter just wants to elope with the Donati's daughter, Isabella. And the Donati's just want to solve the mystery before someone else falls victim to murder. Or at least before dessert. With this much money, food, and a truffle empire at stake......you will never guess WHO DONE IT!
 
Dress in your finest, and get ready for an experience like you've never seen! Come take a seat at Chef Bruno's high-end, five star Restaurant, enjoy an Italian dinner, and help solve the mystery!
 
DINNER STARTS WHEN DOORS OPEN
 
Italian Dinner Includes: Chopped Salad and Dressing; Italian Style Meatballs and Pasta in a Delicious Tangy Tomato Sauce, Italian Pastry Cream Puffs on a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle with a Strawberry Garnish.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team bonding, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!
 
We recommend purchasing tickets 2 weeks in advance.
Online ticket purchases only from this website.   There are no phone reservations taken or ticket sales at the door.
 
Please arrive 45 minutes before showtime in order to get your seating pass.  You'll be seated 30 minutes before the show when doors open.  Dinner will be served as soon as you are seated.
 
GROUP PARTIES:  We offer discount rates for large parties, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, engagements, bachelorettes, girls night out, and more!  Email us with your details and we will plan an amazing night for you!  (trufflesmystery@gmail.com)
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205528
<![CDATA[Elvis Presley Tribute]]> Joseph Macchia brings you the next installment of Gone Too Soon, Now and Forever an evening of Elvis Presley. 
 
The evening will feature performances by :TBA
Yasuhiko Fukuoka musical directs the evening.
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199245
<![CDATA[Steve D'Agostino]]> Steve D'Agostino,


Steve D'Agostino has been performing the songs from the "Great American Songbook" for over 30 years. His journey to a commitment of "expression" through the music and lyrics made popular in the United States and around the world by vocalist such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash took root a long time ago.
 
At the age of 8, Steve responded enthusiastically to the opportunity of attending weekly guitar lessons. Playing the guitar and listening to classic vocal performances of standard tunes with his dad at a young age provided Steve with the essential experience and exposure that began to mold his understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm. 
 
At the age of 14, while attending St. Joseph's high school in Trumbull, Steve began to study guitar with Tony Purrone and Sal Salvador at the University of Bridgeport. During his course of study with these university professors, Steve secured a position playing guitar with the University of Bridgeport Big Band under the direction of Gary Riggerio. 
 
In the early 80's, Steve started playing guitar and singing "live" with his first band "Finesse". The band experienced quite a following and established themselves as a successful GB (general business) group in Connecticut performing an average of 100 engagements a year. As Steve continued to evolve, his voice began to be an essential skill that his band began to rely on. As a result of his vocal development, in the the late 80's, Steve began to dedicate himself more on the development of his singing skills.
 
Today, Steve's 30 plus years of experience are evident with every performance as he tenderly delivers melodies on ballads or relaxes the placement of a lyric on any "medium" to "up-tempo" swing tune. This vocal artistry has taken Steve from "coast to coast" and through the dedication of he and his live band, Steve has become "the standard" of this genre of music on the local scene. 
 
In addition to regular engagements at some of the finest restaurants and night clubs in Connecticut, Steve's performing credits include appearances in Las Vegas at The Paris Casino Hotel, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, The Pequot Room at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT and the MGM Grand Theatre. 
 
Steve continues to honor and maintain the tradition of the Great American Songbook today by humbly interpreting the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Every time he stands in front of an audience, his interpretations of these great american songs reminds his audience about the skill and importance of the "art and craft" of songwriting and public performance.
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=176233
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170106 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182401
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194746 <![CDATA[Pat Holley]]>

People who know Pat Holley call her a Musical Renaissance Woman. She has successfully proven herself in at least seven musical disciplines.
 
As demonstrated in her new musical, Me and Caesar Lee, she is a playwright, composer, and lyricist.
 
For the Metropolitan Opera's superstar, Shirley Verrett, she arranged, structured, accompanied, and co-orchestrated for a 24-piece orchestra, Franco Zeffirelli's presentation of "Verrett Sings Gershwin." This concert was performed live in Positano, Italy, and many major cities throughout the world. It was telecast throughout Europe by RAI/TV.
 
She was a contributing composer for OFF-OFF-Broadway's hit musical, "Mama I Want to Sing."
 
For the Wiz's Stephanie Mills, Pat Holley wrote songs for five commercial recordings, three of which were re-released in 1999 by Universal and MCA Records.
 
 
 
As a vocal teacher and coach, she has worked with a multitude of singers in the fields of Theater, Pop, and R&B music and with such diverse talents as pioneer Rap Artist, Doug E. Fresh, three time Tony winner, Hinton Battle, supermodel and television personality Iman, as well as Stephanie Mills and Shirley Verrett.
 
Throughout the years she has logged hundreds of hours in recording studios as a producer and arranger of her own compositions.
 
Pat Holley is also a singer who does and does not accompany herself. The New York Times' John Wilson described her singing as sensitive, fascinating, and beautiful.
In 2009 and 2010, she performed at New York's Iridium, The Triad, and The Metropolitan Room. Her first full CD, "Invitation," was released in 2007.
 
Pat studied composition and theory at City College and The Juilliard School. She is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.
 
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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194488
<![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192724 <![CDATA[Boys Night Out]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196204 <![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189529
<![CDATA[Hot House NYC Jazz Awards Night 2015]]>
Hot House NYC Fans Decision 2015 Jazz Awards Night
 
Hosted by: Antoinette Montague

NOMINATE/VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE JAZZ ARTISTS >> GO TO   http://nycjazzcontest.com/

Between April 1st and June 30th, 2015, artists were nominated in each of the categories below. The top five most popular nominations are listed and between July 1 and August 31, 2015, you can vote for your favorite artist(s) per category. We are planning an Awards Evening at Metropolitan Room on September 16th, 2015 that will include special guests, VIPs and press coverage to celebrate the winners of the NYC JAZZ FANS DECISION 2015.
 
Together, Hot House and Metropolitan Room celebrate NYC Jazz Artists. In the spirit of fairness and democracy, we are asking fans of NYC jazz artists who have performed in NYC in the past year, to come out, nominate and vote for their favorite jazz artists. The categories cover a wide range of styles and specialties. We hope you help us celebrate and acknowlege the hard working performers we so love and appreciate at venues around NYC.

NOMINATE/VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE JAZZ ARTISTS >> GO TO   http://nycjazzcontest.com/

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This Event is Dedicated to:  TBA

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About Hot House
The first publication dedicated to jazz in New York, since its creation in 1982 Hot House has put together hundreds of issues and helped promote over 10,000 artists. You too, give your career and events the exposure they deserve.
 
The oldest jazz magazine in New York, Hot House is the only publication in the New York metro area devoted solely to previews of upcoming jazz events.
 
Month after month, year after year since 1982, Hot House has offered insight and enthusiasm to both longtime jazz fans and newcomers to the scene reaching its goal to inform each readers, help promote events and bring audience to the performances.
 
Who’s playing where this evening? What recent CD releases are particularly stimulating and enjoyable? Which new group is especially worth catching live? Hot House is the answer. For musicians, club owners, concert promoters and record labels eager to get out the word on what’s coming up, Hot House is the ideal advertising medium. Through the publication, they’re reaching knowledgeable, discerning and affluent readers with money to spend.
 
Over nearly three decades, Hot House has built a loyal and responsive readership. Some are subscribers who receive their copies in the mail. Others pick up the magazine at New York’s leading clubs, concert halls, hotels and music outlets. Still others check out our expanded website. Larger, livelier and more comprehensive than ever before, Hot House continues to serve as New York’s jazz Bible! Visit our website at http://www.hothousejazz.com/

NOMINATE/VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE JAZZ ARTISTS >> GO TO   http://nycjazzcontest.com/

2015 Hot House NYC Jazz Award winners  TBA:

 

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Wed, 16 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=176830
<![CDATA[The Biggest Drag Show Ever]]> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196842 <![CDATA[Ron Dabney]]>
HAVE YOU HEARD WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT RON DABNEY? 
“With a voice of mahogany richness and a heart alive with the heights and depths of human emotion . . . Judy Garland was one of my favorite singers because she sang as if her life depended on it.  Ron has that quality too . . . “ (Ann Hampton Callaway, singer/composer). “One of the pleasures of being a cabaret reviewer, and there are many, is seeing a performer totally unknown to you, whose talents catch you off guard and by surprise . . . his promise outshines many with decades more experience.” (Peter Leavy, CABARET SCENES) “Dabney’s song choices are impeccable and many of the arrangements inspired . . . All the pieces were in place, a winning presence, a great collection of songs and a powerful and versatile voice that’s silky and agreeably nubby at the same time . . . His is a big voice that he can manipulate expertly.  This is an artist who knows when to pull back for dramatic effect and when to let the voice out in full . . . his glorious rumbling low notes threatened to peel the varnish off the tables.” (Mona Finston, CABARET HOTLINE)
 
COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!  Ron Dabney and the Barry Levitt Quartet are returning to the Metropolitan with the new show WHAT YOU NEED, on
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM and Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM.
 
COME SHARE an evening of renewed interpretations of standards and jazz that you “just can’t live without.”

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Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207913
<![CDATA[Kyoko Saegusa]]> "Pieces Of Dreams" - the musical magic of Michel Legrand

KYOKO SAEGUSA (vocals)
KEITH INGHAM (piano)
TIM GIVENS (bass)
 
Keith Ingham/ three time Grammy Award nominee
Kyoko Saegusa/ working with Keith Ingham since 2009. Bobby Porcelli(alto), John Eckert (tpt),Arnold Wise(d) and Taro Okamoto(d) are also her collaborators. 
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Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206122
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172945
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188826 <![CDATA[Children's Cabaret]]>

Join us once a month for our very special Children's Cabaret - it's never the same thing twice! Once a month on a Saturday morning, you'll meet a unique lineup of storytellers, puppeteers, magicians, musicians and other skilled entertainers who can't wait to share their talents with you and your family. It's a show for kids that adults love too - the best of both worlds!





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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196929
<![CDATA[Joey Infante]]>

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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205426
<![CDATA[Jillian Laurain]]> “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”

Opera Singer/Musical Theatre and Concert Stage artist brings her award winning vocal talents back to the Metropolitan Room in her new show “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”
 
Having won the 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist for her highly successful tribute show, “My Broadway – 100 Years Of The Great White Way” Jillian sings songs by our great composers and lyricists Leonard Bernstein, John Kander & Fred Ebb, “Yip” Harburg & Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields, Duke Ellington…
Jillian brings not just her voice but her acting abilities to the songs that best fit “the rhythms of her life”
 
Don Rebic on piano
Tom Hubbard on bass
Sean Harkness on guitar
Ed Ornowski on drums
Emedin Rivera on percussion
Directed by Nikki Saed


*(This Video includes Barry Levitt on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ed Ornowski on drums and Rob Thomas on violin)
 
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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=161913
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]>
Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207860
<![CDATA[Nancy Harms]]>


“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” On February 25th, vocalist Nancy Harms will offer a stunning new hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. 
 
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
 
The singer, Nancy Harms, possesses a voice and style that “has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long” (Dave Sumner, eMUSIC). …..“She engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward and yet, somehow, hold something back at the same time….She’s the kind of a singer who, after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal). In this new show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist-composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
 
Elegant Ellington…. Elegant Harms. “Ellington At Night”. 
 
Presentation created and produced by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel

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In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family or education. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz.
 
Though this discovery would change her life, Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a jazz-performing career after college. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years; a move that was more along the lines of what was expected of a girl from Clara City. Nancy ultimately became disillusioned and discontented, however, and within her grew the conviction that another kind of musical life was awaiting her. She followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2006.
 
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2007, people in the community were taking notice. In the most positive sense, no one had ever seen or heard anyone quite like Nancy before: She possessed a stateliness that was unmistakable, yet she was totally unpretentious in manner. She sang ballads with a folk-like, delicate, ethereal quality and a marvelous way of digging deep into the layers of lyrical meaning. Initially, her most noteworthy attribute from a jazz perspective was her sense of time: She clearly possessed a natural gift for phrasing and an innate sense of swing. Of no small importance to her growing popularity as well was the fact that she was uniquely beautiful, in both sound and appearance.
 
Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades. In 2009 she released “IN THE INDIGO”, her first CD, and Minnesota’s most popular and highly acclaimed jazz vocal release of that year.
 
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the “Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, with classy accompaniment by former Minnesotan Michael O’Brien on bass and NY guitar legend Paul Bollenback. Observable at this or any other engagement since is Harms’ highly original physical presence; always in motion, yet always in service of the music and telling the story. The beautiful face is animated, but not overly so. There is mystery there, with abundant smiles and good humor, but the occasional flash of something untold; a sudden downward tightening of the mouth and far-away focus of the eyes… She seems to draw upon a passing sense-memory to more effectively convey the feeling of the lyric. Often, it’s a sense of hurt, or the pain of long ago; artfully intermingling with the good humor and inviting warmth of Nancy’s overall persona.
 
Nancy’s dedication to jazz is complete. She is abundantly gifted, and her interpretations reveal her to be a fine actor as well, as she possesses a natural ability to movingly express the meaning of any song. A gifted jazz specialist and an intuitively brilliant interpretive artist.
 
Her first CD “In The Indigo” put her on 140 radio and cable outlets in dozens of markets, and top sales on the CDBaby Jazz vocal chart. The CD received national airplay on “PRI’s “JAZZ AFTER HOURS”, NPR, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO NETWORK, and MUSIC CHOICE via satellite, cable and internet. Nancy’s follow-up disc, “Dreams In Apartments”, was even more successful, airing on the above (and other) sources, including Jonathan Schwartz’s broadcasts, and on the PopJazzRadio.com channel which placed one of Nancy’s original songs, “Weight Of The World”, in the #1 position on two separate occasions with over 44,000 votes from fans. Nancy went on to celebrate the release of “Dreams In Apartments” at New York City’s venerable BIRDLAND, as well as to share the album’s success with audiences in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Paris.
 
Nancy Harms: Beautiful, unique, and exquisitely talented. A truly charismatic, one-of-a-kind performer.
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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197279
<![CDATA[David Auxier]]> David Auxier - "The EnGAYgement: A Manly Tale"   – with Seph Stanek
 
"David Auxier is a triple-threat - no, make that a triple-TREAT - well, maybe both. He's a singer, an actor and a song-writer; plus he's nice, attractive and a totally engaging performer."  - Jan Wallman (www.cabaretexchange.com)
 
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN ME? is an original musical adventure through the joys and tribulations of two men in New York City; the thrall of the first date, the bliss and the challenges of domestic partnership, and the victories of marriage. With music and lyrics by David Auxier-Loyola and musical arrangements by Mark York, you will take delight in the storytelling, both poignant and hilarious, through a wealth of classic musical theater style with a modern sensibility.
 
The Artists:
 
David Auxier is a 2007 MAC Award Nominee for Special Musical Material and is the creator of the 2009 Bistro Award winning Gilbert & Sullivan cabaret I've Got a Little Twist, which continues to tour the country.  Outside of cabaret, David is a principle performer with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, as well as the company's choreographer and co-director.  He can regularly be seen playing the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, and Pish-Tush in The Mikado. David also choreograph's  and performs with The Ziegfeld Society. www.davidauxier.com
 
It's about time Seph Stanek made his Metropolitan Room debut! Hailed by the New York Times as "lovable and very charming," Seph's musical career runs the gamut from pop to grand opera. Recent performances include a solo concert at San Francisco City Hall, I am Harvey Milk (with Kristin Chenoweth) at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and a production of The Pirates of Penzance at Wolf Trap with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Every weekend you can find him on 42nd Street starring in Off-Broadway's Naked Boys Singing! Seph looks forward to originating the role of the Scribe in Akhenaten the Musical, which is slated for Broadway in 2016. AEA. @SephStanek www.SephStanek.com
 
Mark York (Musical Director/Arranger) has been David Auxier's personal pianist since 1992.  Mark is currently the pianist and co-arranger for Just Jim Dale, which recently completed an Off-Broadway run at the Roundabout, and now London's West End. He’s the Executive Producer for The Ziegfeld Society, Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman and was Cy Coleman’s Music Assistant. New York credits:Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate, Busker Alley starring Jim Dale/Glenn Close, director - Tony Walton, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2007, 2008 and 2010 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays, Anita Gillette and Sarah Rice. Composer/lyricist: Galveston!-The Vegas Before Vegas, Rest In Peace directed/choreographed by Baayork Lee; A Midsummer Night, The Porker Sisters and 11 children’s musicals. Mark’s a native New Yorker from Oklahoma.  
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Sun, 20 Sep 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198163
<![CDATA[Forte]]> Formerly known as Broadway 4, FORTE is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic men - Thomas Dieter, Johnny Hager, Skie Ocasio and Michael Osso - who each bring a wide range of skills and experiences to their performances. The group showcases a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan. Conceived  by veteran actor Skie Ocasio, FORTE is known for its ability to connect with audiences, telling enthralling stories through song. Watching a show by FORTE is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. Funny, exhilarating and riveting are just some of the words that have been used to describe their performances. Whether they are performing in an intimate setting or on a major stage, the gentlemen of FORTE create powerful connections with one another and every member of the audience. Talented musicians and expert interpreters of songs, they allow you to hear the piece as if for the first time and come away from the experience invigorated, joyful and moved.]]> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200114 <![CDATA[Janine Gilbert-Carter]]>


Janine Gilbert-Carter Vocals - www.janinecarter.com
Eric B. Byrd - Piano  www.ericbyrd.com
Wes Biles - Bass
Jeff Neal - Drums www.jeffnealdrum.com
Marshall Keys - Sax  www.marshallkeys.com

Jazzy, Soulfully Yours!  This will be an intimate evening of Jazz and Blues standards paying tribute to many of our Jazz legends. Be prepared to go on an amazing musical journey.  You will not be disappointed!

The MC for the evening will be New York native Carol May Tyson, the daughter of world renowned and one of the most prodigious and prolific bassists of the postwar era, the late Earl May.  Mrs. Tyson is the producer at Robyn's Place hosted by another New York native Robyn Holden at WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC
 
"Her poignantly warm, rich, soulful voice lovingly and profoundly penetrates the soul of all who are blessed to hear her. From the first note, the listener becomes spellbound. Not only her voice, but her delivery captivates." - Dr. Diane Brenda Williams
 
 
Janine Carter was introduced to gospel, Jazz and blues at a very early age by her parents and grandmother. This Pennsylvania native cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her very existence. She began her musical journey like so many contemporary artists as a member of the choir at her church in Aliquippa, PA. She also had the opportunity to expand on her solo performances as a member of the Bach Choir of PA which performed some of Broadways most exciting musicals. Janine continued to use the gift she was given to perform at various functions and special events until she relocated to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area in the summer of 1988. During the summer of 1996 Janine performed her debut concert in the DC area at New Genesis Baptist Church; this celestial songbird has been flying ever since. 
 
Audiences have been delighted with her performances at leading DC jazz venues such as: The Mandarin Oriental, Kaufmann's, Laporta's, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The U Street Jazz series, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival  and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz festival and the legendary Washington DC supper Club Blues Alley in addition to several prestigious White House Events.  She has also completed four international tours to Italy, Russia and Israel
Janine has shared the stage with area-wide jazz musicians; pianist Aaron Grave, Vince Smith, Eric Byrd, Allyn Johnson, Glenn Douglas, Chris Grasso and Ron Elliston; bassist Wes Biles, James King, Saxophonists Paul Carr, Brian Settles and Marshall Keys and percussionist Nasar Abadey Jeff Neal and the late Ricky Loza and Mike Smith. 
 
In 2006 Janine join the cast of "Sistas Can Sang, A Tribute to Female Jazz Legends" where she portrays the legendary Dinah Washington. 
 
With the Release of "At Last" this will mark Janine's seventh exploration. She has released six previous CD's in two different genres; (Jazz) In the Moment, A Song For You, Inside A Silent Tear and Sailing (Gospel) God Spoke To Me and Janine Gilbert-Carter & Friends Live at the FMJS quarterly gospel concert. 
 
Janine's “prayer is to have a positive effect on all that hear her music and to exude the feeling of warmth and love through her music”. 
Tours:
 
Oct /Nov  2009 Torino Italy: 19th Edition Blues Al Femminiel Centro Jazz Torino 10 City 10 Concert Tour,
2010 Russia
2011 Russia 
2013 Russia 
2013 Israel 
 
Honors and Awards: 
2013 - Inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall of Fame receiving the Henry Mancini Award 
2006 - 2008 - Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
2006 - Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "A Song For You" 
2006- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance 
2005- Quarter Finalist- Americas Traditions vocal competition Savannah, GA 
2004- Finalist - Baltimore MD Mayor's Billie Holiday competition 
2003 - Finalist - FMJS East Coast Jazz competition 
2002 - Winner of The Absolute Jazz competition Wash. D.C.
2014 Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
2014 Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "At Last"
 
“...smooth, soulful and affectionate sound!...experienced songstress!...straight ahead delivery!...” 
- Vanguard Jazz Society, Vanguard Jazz Society (Apr 17, 2010) 
 
. Gilbert-Carter just swings and could teach a few new divas a thing or two about how to sell a song...” 
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
 
 “When it comes to singers like Gilbert-Carter, you can't help but just smile and go along for the voyage she wants to take you on, because not only will it be entertaining, but it can be soothing and fun.” 
- John Book, Music for America Review 
 
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Sun, 20 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159841
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173067 <![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]>
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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200123
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189530
<![CDATA[The Highland Divas]]> THE HIGHLAND DIVAS | MUSICAL CROSSROADS
Georgia Johnson, Margaret Kelly, and Marla Kavanaugh are a long way from home. Although these talented young women are enjoying careers that landed them in New York, they all hail from well outside of the Big Apple.

A MUSICAL CROSSROADS
Georgia, Margaret, and Marla are The Highland Divas: three women from different parts of the world, with diverse musical backgrounds and a common heritage. These uniquely talented artists will take you on a musical journey that spans the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand, and culminates in the soaring heights of Rock Opera. It is a journey from the most achingly spare Celtic ballads, to the most thrilling, harmonized interpretations of popular and classical music.
 
Georgia Johnson is an alumni of Glasgow’s prestigious Musical Theatre Course at Knightswood Secondary School, as well as a Scottish actress, singer, and dancer who moved to the US in 2004 when she was accepted with scholarship into The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating in 2006, she successfully landed the role of Orange Girl, in the 2007 national tour of Shout! The Mod Musical. Following that, she was offered the role of Sharon in the funny and successful off Broadway show Girls Night The Musical. A jack-of-all-trades in the performing industry, this well trained singer, dancer, and actress has been branded a “true triple threat” by some of Broadway and television’s top producers. In 2008, Georgia served as the first non-American USO girl for two years, performing for productions such as Dick Clarks’ New Years Rockin’ Eve Show. Performing to over 22.6 million viewers, she also sang the national anthem at New York’s City Field and various other patriotic events across the US. In 2012 she sang the national anthem for the NASDAQ ringing of the bell. Georgia is beyond delighted to be tuning back into her roots and joining the Highland Divas, singing the songs most true to her heart - the songs she was born to sing.

Margaret Kelly has wowed audiences in her native Scotland and in the United States with her stirring powerhouse voice that has been described as "cathartic." She received a scholarship to the prestigious AMDA in New York and established herself immediately in performing the role of Grizabella in three productions of Cats - The Musical, including the Broadway 25th Anniversary Tour, and procuring a Green card based on exceptional musical ability. After establishing herself as an artist to watch in Scotland, and recording and starring in multiple musicals, she sang the national anthem at the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 in New York. Most recently, Margaret is proud to have performed on Broadway in The Minskoff Theatre 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
 
Marla Kavanaugh has captivated worldwide audiences with her angelic soprano. Originally from New Zealand, she is a critically acclaimed leading lady in opera and musical theatre. Marla sang in the Los Angeles Opera Gala welcoming Placido Domingo as Artistic Director. She starred in the post Broadway West Coast premiers of Terence MacNally's Masterclass and Paul Gordon's Jane Eyre. She has been a guest soloist with symphonies in New Zealand, The US, Japan, and The Netherlands. In 2004, she was humbled to be the soprano soloist in New York’s Central Park to commemorate the victims of 9/11. As a recording artist, she has been a guest on three albums with international tenor, Daniel Rodriguez, and her debut album “Songbirds”, with identical twin sister Marissa, is available worldwide. Marla is currently touring the US with the show Boy Meets Girl alongside Daniel Rodriguez.
 
 
 

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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=178315
<![CDATA[Layla Angulo Latin Band]]>



Sizzling hot live salsa performance led by Seattle-based sax player and vocalist Layla Angulo... A totally  unexpected surprise... One of the best live performances we have come across in a while.  - Editor's Pick, Descarga
 
Angulo's band's version [of "Things to Come"] aims for what Dizzy and Co. were doing a half century ago, which is make smart dance music that moves the mind and behind. - Christopher DeLaurenti, The Stranger
 
Her performance reveals depth in both jazz and Latin idioms, allowing her to make a strong statement. - Chip Boaz, The Latin Jazz Corner
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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189206
<![CDATA[Nicholas Levin]]>
SOMEWHERE IN THIS SONG
The Music and Lyrics of Nicholas Levin
a new revue starring
Marissa Mulder
Mick Bleyer
Kristin Maloney
and Adam B. Shapiro, 
 
Director:  Peter Napolitano
Musical Director: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson
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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206372
<![CDATA[David Vernon]]> LOVE…The Concert starring David Vernon
 
In anticipation of the forthcoming album titled LOVE, witness the true and intimate story of a love triangle come full circle as told through the compositions of the world’s most sensitive love songs. Alex Leonard is Music Directing this concert and it will include material from my forthcoming album "LOVE". The LOVE album is a collection of favorite love songs rearranged and given a contemporary and cutting edge vibe. This concert at the Metropolitan Room will include many of these pieces in an acoustic and intimate setting. The album and concert are 2 thirds in the LOVE trilogy project that we're launching this year. The project will culminate to Beloved which is a musical theatre piece. I hope that you'll come along for the ride through our examination and expansion of LOVE.
 
"I was taken by Vernon's distinctive voice, If it were not such a cliché, I would say he casts a spell."- Roy Sander, Backstage
 
"He sings for all the lost souls who don't have an easy time fitting in and could well be their president. And maybe even their hero. "- Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway
 
"Vernon is a fascinating performer, definitely someone to keep an eye on"- Barbara and Scott Siegel, 
 
"The Divine David Vernon ... WOW! This is a singer like no one else I have ever heard. He is just so totally "in" his music. To me he's "other worldly" and a very special talent. "
- Sue Matsuki, Stu Hamstra's Cabaret Hotline
 
Music Director Alex Leonard:  All Music Guide calls Alex Leonard, “an important mainstay of the Big Apple” and Show Business writes, “superb piano playing… a class act”. Recently featured in the 25th Annual Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center he has been featured in venues from Manhattan to Europe and Japan.  A two time MAC Award nominee he has performed in the Cabaret Series at the National Arts Club hosted by Donald Smith. He has been a featured guest on many programs including Bloomberg Radio’s The Business of Show Business.
 




David Vernon is a "natural talent" and his interpretations and delivery of song come from the center of his soul. Born in the Midwest but living on the east coast David Vernon has always followed his own direction. He has created and produced many of his own conceptual concerts and has been given rise to lauded performances at The Algonquin Hotel, Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama, the Laurie Beechman Theater and many other swell spots in New York City. Whether performing pop,art songs, showtunes, jazz or the great American songbook David embodies a genre of musical interpretation and casts his spell on a wide diversity of listeners. Called “other worldly” by his critics, David has produced an extensive recording collection and he holds a keen sense of focus and deliberation in his work.David has been featured in theatre, clubs and on Radio and Television. But to truly capture his full essence one must experience him live. David pays close attention to the integrity and meaning of a song and weaves a spell through each piece he approaches.
 
David has appeared at clubs in NYC over the last 10 years. His performances have been lauded at Iguana NYC, Don't Tell Mama's, The Vesta Lounge and The Laurie Beechman Theater.
 
David's performances have been described as magical experiences. From the time David hits his first note the audience knows this is something special. His attention to detail in both material and staging is impeccable. There is only one word to describe David Vernon "Incomparable". Once you've seen David in person you will agree.
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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209449
<![CDATA[Robyn Spangler]]> RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN

 
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Nelson Riddle / Linda Ronstadt collaboration of the Great American Songbook Broadway World Award Winner ROBYN SPANGLER sings selections from the three platinum certified albums: “What’s New”, “Lush Life” and “For Sentimental Reasons” at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Ms. Spangler will be joined by her Musical Director and fellow Broadway World Winner Todd Schroeder.
 
When Linda Ronstadt decided she wanted to do an album of American standards, she wanted the moon. She wanted Nelson Riddle to do the arrangements. It turned out to be an exceptional pairing and some of the last arrangements of Riddle’s career. “I can think of no better way to honor the 30th anniversary of this music” says Spangler.
 
Robyn grew up on the ‘Nelson Riddle Sound’ although she didn’t think of it that way as a child. Linda Ronstandt’s dominance in pop music was added to her musical psyche in middle school and the two have been writing on the musical slate of who she is ever since.
 
ROBYN SPANGLER is a fourth generation professional performer who has appeared in prestigious rooms internationally and across the US including Royce Hall in Los Angeles, The Lyceum Theatre in San Diego, Carnegie Hall in New York and The Pheasantry in London. 
 
Robyn is frequently seen singing convention dates, benefits and private events. Robyn is also a songwriter and has charted #1 on ReverbNation with her song “Second Wind” co-penned with collaborator and friend Todd Schroeder. She has two solo albums “On A Liquid Afternoon” and “Why I Love Linda Ronstadt” both of which are receiving play on Delta Airlines inflight Hello Music Channel and available on Amazon and iTunes.
 
“Leaving the audience wanting more is the sign of a truly great artist and Robyn Spangler fills the bill.” Don Grigware -Broadway World. 
 
 
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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196539
<![CDATA[Sacha Boutros]]>


Recognized by music critics, peers, celebrities, and musical legends, Sacha is one of the top jazz artists today. Introduced by the great American entertainer Frankie Laine as his “ingénue,” and as Protege of the Legendary Red Holloway Sacha has opened for and performed with Patti Austin, James Moody, Karrin Allyson, Julio Iglesias, Marvin Hamlisch, Chubby Checker, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Page, Kay Starr, and so many others.
 
San Diego native, Sacha, has gone from gigging at a few San Diego clubs and U.S. festivals to touring the world and back, to having her recordings hit the top of the charts in Japan and on e-music, to even receiving a Grammy nod for best jazz and Latin jazz album in 2008 and 2013.
 
Growing up in San Diego, Boutros had music coursing through her veins. Her grandparents instilled a love of music and a facility for composition and harmonies at an early age. Her mother once marveled, “She has been singing from the time she was two.” At four, she’d sit on a pillow for her first piano lessons. She sang in church with her grandfather, who taught her how to play with lyrics and harmonies. And, she learned fast, adding songwriting to her piano and vocal skills. 
 
Unbelievably, she didn’t pursue singing as a career until the last year of her studies at the University of San Diego, there on a sports and academic scholarship. “I finished My business and marketing degree and flipped over to music,” she explained. “I always felt like I was born in the wrong time. Growing up, I loved Sinatra, the ‘20s, ‘30s and the whole golden age of Hollywood. I always fantasized about the music and living in those times.” 
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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205262
<![CDATA[Basia Moore & Friends]]>
Featuring India Czajkowska, singer and pianist


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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201269
<![CDATA[Marcus Goldhaber]]>


MARCUS GOLDHABER has been called “wonderfully imaginative” (JazzTimes) and “exciting and fresh” (Jazziz) as he quickly gains a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting and intimate approach to straight-ahead jazz. His first two albums garnered tremendous critical acclaim, with PEOPLE Magazine, in a four-star review of his most recent, saying the New Yorker “will have you giddy one moment and melancholy the next and loving every note.” 
 
On his third CD, ALMOST LOVE (Fallen Apple), Marcus will have you thinking about love in ways you may not have considered, and others which bear reminding. He’s written 13 new songs and each introduces a unique perspective toward love, a different journey through love or a moment inside love. 
 
“Some of these songs have been inspired by moments in my life, but I also wanted to write from a place that is equal parts conviction and uncertainty,” says Marcus.  “This album explores the paths from possibility to bliss … heartbreak to acceptance ... anxiety to anticipation ... and denial to rediscovery.  Each tune tells its own story and sets its mood.”
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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191249
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170108 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182402
<![CDATA[Sandra Bargman]]> Sandra Bargman in THE EDGE of EVERYDAY
“An enchanting mosaic of cabaret, performance art, and ritual”.




 
Sacred Stages LLC presents The Edge of Everyday, which explores our fear of change and ultimately, our acceptance of the dichotomies of Life. “The Edge” is where our resistance, our reluctance to embrace the diversity of life, collides with the inevitability of change in all the corners of our lives. Sandra considers the tension between these seeming paradoxes with poignancy and comedy, and with music ranging from David Bowie and Eric Clapton to Georgia Stitt and David Cantor, the show is a rowdy ride!
 
“Bargman ….providing some genuine musical thrills.”- Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway
“A very different kind of cabaret show…her voice has great power, most commanding on her golden alto notes. Memorable” - Bistro Awards
 
Sandra Bargman has appeared in the Madison Square Garden's Broadway National tour of CINDERELLA starring Eartha Kitt. She has appeared Off-Broadway, has played leading roles in regional theaters and summer stock productions across the country, and has sung in many of the cabaret rooms of NYC. She holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mello University. Her distinct voice can be heard in numerous radio and television commercials. Member AEA, SAG/AFTRA
 
Sandra is a seminary trained Ordained Interfaith Minister and is the founder of Sacred Stages, LLC, an organization that combines her performing background and ministry. (Or as she likes to say, “Sacred Stages combines my desire to serve and lead in a spiritual capacity and to shake my booty on stage.”) Sacred Stages is dedicated to encouraging everyone to explore our big questions about life and to re-discover timeless universal truths through the venue of live theater, music, media and workshops.
 
For more information visit:
 
www.SacredStages.org
 
Sandra Bargman in THE EDGE OF EVERYDAY is directed by multi MAC Award and Bistro Backstage Award winner Shawn Moninger.  Musical Director, Ian Herman will accompany Sandra at the piano. Dave Silliman is on percussion and Jerry DeVore is on bass.  Sandra and Ian debut their original tune, “Who’s To Say?” and Sandra debuts her original rap “beat poet” tune, “Lean In Edgy Ones
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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209377
<![CDATA[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194208 <![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183070
<![CDATA[Michael Garin]]>


 
If you've spent any time in New York City after 9:00 p.m. in the last two decades, chances are you're already familiar with Michael Garin. You may have heard him playing piano and singing in such legendary boîtes as The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room, Café Feenjon, the notorious VIP Room at Limelight (where he performed for and with such luminaries as Frank Zappa, James Chance, David Lee Roth, and Kool & the Gang), and Elaine's. He has been hailed in the press as "a virtuoso musical wit" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times) who "presides over the best party in town" (David Finkle, The Village Voice).
 
With his on- and off-stage partner, the singer-comedienne Mardie Millit, Michael performed weekly at Elaine's for the last three years of the restaurant's life. Satirical, witty, acerbically intelligent, Michael has a number of specialty songs that he's known for. His repertoire is massive and eclectic: everything from Middle Eastern and Yiddish to standards to music from classic and obscure cult films to early rock and R&B. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal calls him "perhaps the most extreme polymath I've ever encountered."
 
Michael's other credits include running the cabaret and writing original music for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he accompanied Elaine Stritch, Jane Krakowski, and Nathan Lane, to name a few). His two CDs, "The Song of the Alpha Male" and "Tulsa is Just a Slut Spelled Backwards," are available on iTunes and at cdbaby.com. He co-wrote and co-starred in the hit Off-Broadway musical SONG OF SINGAPORE, for which he won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.
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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202695
<![CDATA[MAC Roving Open Mic]]> MAC ROVING OPEN MIC
 
A NEW monthly open mic for MAC members!!
 
SINGERS
Come try new material, plug your upcoming show,
or just sing your favorite song!
 
SONGWRITERS
This is a great way to get your music out to a room full of SINGERS!
 
Hosted by Lennie Watts, with Ricky Ritzel at the piano.
 
Each month, a different MAC Award-winning artist is spotlighted.
 
FREE for MAC members
Non-MAC members may watch for $10.00
(Each club's minimum applies)
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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196840
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189531
<![CDATA[Donna Hayes]]> Donna Hayes returns to the Metropolitan Room with her newest show "Ordinary Miracles" directed by Gretchen Reinhagen with musical direction by Justin Stoney.  Added to the mix for this show are Tom Hubbard on bass and Donna Kelly on drums.


 
 
Donna shares her stories through songs ranging from brand new R&B, classic rock, show tunes, oldies to reggae -- by artists and songwriters such as Carole King, John Legend, Stephanie Mills, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Tracy Chapman, Kander & Ebb, Phillip Phillips, and more.  These are Donna's personal accounts, and the songs that remind her that the world around us is not so ordinary after all.
 
“Donna Hayes is a forceful performer in many areas. She can captivate with her soulful interpretation of ballads and her acting skills.” -- Edie Stokes, Times Square Chronicles
 
“Donna is very funny, a really good actress and sings with a commitment to her lyric.” -- Sue Matsuki, Cabaret Hotline Online

 
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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191656
<![CDATA[Eric Yves Garcia]]>

Eric Yves Garcia up in Red Bank, NJ, started playing piano when I was 7, need to visit the beach year-round but basically live there in summer, I'm a Virgo on the cusp with Leo (if you can make sense of such things), I'm a snob about booze and would sooner not drink than drink cheap so if you offer me a glass while I'm performing vodka and whiskey are my friends (specific labels, I'll tell you one on one, no endorsements), and I sing sentimental love songs late at night for a living.
 
For the rest, I trained as an actor at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and am fortunate enough to perform consistently in a variety of film projects (independent features, commercials, web/corporate), which genuinely fascinate me, and have treated me pretty damn well.
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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199238
<![CDATA[Luiz Simas]]>

Rio-born Brazilian jazz composer/singer/pianist Luiz Simas is a genuine Carioca! A New Yorker since ‘89, he has led original groups in jazz festivals and clubs in the US, in Europe and in Brazil. Luiz' voice and music have warmed major venues including Birdland, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Bargemusic. His CDs include Cafune, Impromptu, Luiz Simas Live in NYC, New Chorinhos from Brazil, Recipe for Rhythm and Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite.
 
The repertoire includes Luiz's infectious original tunes as well as beloved Brazilian music standards by Jobim, Caetano Veloso and others.
 
"Luiz Simas is not only a wonderful musician, singer and composer, he is an engaging performer who draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world. Simas epitomizes the fantasies we non-Brazilians have about that wonderful country, and with him, we all get to be Brazilian, at least for the a couple hours!" - Judy Carmichael, pianist
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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191882
<![CDATA[Ann Dawson]]>
Ann Dawson ~ TRAVELING SOLO
 
ANN DAWSON returns to the Metropolitan Room in her terrific new show Traveling Solo.  Directed by Barry Kleinbort and with music direction by Don Rebic, it is comprised of humorous and poignant tales and tunes celebrating life on and off the road.  Roy Sander, reviewer for BistroAwards.com, wrote, “Polished and charming, Ann Dawson knows her way around a song, a stage and an audience.  Traveling Solo is an entertaining and thoroughly satisfying show.”
 
As a singer Ann has performed internationally in leading supper clubs and hotels winning critical acclaim in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, South America and Australia where the Prime Minister was so impressed with her act, he requested to meet her.  She has also appeared Off Broadway in Literary Disruption, Mamaleh! and Dorothy Parker: A Montage and in regional/stock productions of Follies, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Zorba, My Fat Friend, Fiddler on the Roof and her favorite, Funny Girl.  Playing Fanny inspired her to write her one-woman show, The Ladies with Talent, Taste & Chutzpah, A Tribute to Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Molly Picon and Sophie Tucker, which she has performed to enthralled audiences in theatres and concert halls all across the country.  Other credits include television appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (where one of her performances moved Richard Rodgers to write a fan letter), Last of the Ninth (HBO Pilot/David Milch) and Ryan’s Hope as well as the feature film Sordid Things. 
 
Now she once again joins New York’s cabaret scene.  From the moment she steps on stage and hits her first notes, Ann invariably reveals why one critic observed, “…she belts out big songs from a diminutive frame and just captures your heart.”
 

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203139
<![CDATA[Kristine Mills]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188756 <![CDATA[Cynthia Farrell]]>
Cynthia Farrell

 
Cynthia has been a recording artist and musical theater singer since the age of seven after being chosen for the final call back for the starring role in the movie Annie. She has lived in Manhattan since receiving her BFA at NYU and has made a career out of performing off-broadway and in Europe and Mexico City with such notables as Hal Prince’s Director’s Co., and James Hammerstein III. Cynthia has gone back and forth from theater to the music business to work with artists such as Stevie Nicks and the record producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan).
 
She has built a strong career in commercial voiceovers in English and Spanish and is well known for her role of “Catalina”, the Puerto Rican gangster in Grand Theft Auto 3 and San Andreas, for any gamers out there!
 
Cynthia debuted her show “Cynthia Farrell, For Real” at the legendary club Don’t Tell Mama in July 2013, and received a rave full page review by Mark Dundas Wood of Bistro Awards: http://www.bistroawards.com/reviews/404-cynthia-farrell.html
 
“Cynthia Farrell, For Real” and next up in 2013, “ Cynthia Farrell, For Real...2.0”, musically directed by Fran Minarik and directed and co-written by James Horvath, is a one hour show of new arrangements of musical theater material, pop, folk and a latin song which create an autobiographical storyline that take audiences on an emotional journey that people have been saying leave them deeply moved and inspired. Cynthia looks forward to having you there to hear the tale....
 
She is currently working on an album of original music and is also recording an EP of some of the songs from her show that will be for sale at performances. Cynthia was born in Mexico City and is part Mexican on her mother’s side; Her father is Robert Farrell, recently the conductor and keyboard player for The Temptations; Cynthia grew up recording in his studio in her hometown of LA.
http://CynthiaFarrellNYC.Com

Stephen Sorokoff's review of Cynthia Farrell's show at the Metropolitan Room on December 7th:
 
http://www.t2conline.com/my-view-stephen-sorokoff-cynthia-farrell-a-voice-to-be-heard/


 

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207796
<![CDATA[Saxophonist Dee Lucas - The Smooth Factor Tour]]>
Contemporary jazz saxophonist Dee Lucas's journey continues with the release of The Smooth Factor. An acclaimed wizard on the soprano sax, he has been steadily growing his brand and base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late legend George Howard. Continuing steady showcase of style and technique with his sophomore release Something to Ride 2, 2010's Standing Room Only, and the 2012's compilation of the Rebirth of the Smooth. His latest release, The Smooth Factor, is a refreshing interjection into the competitive genre of smooth jazz.  It has been released on his recently-formed label Smooth Soul Music Group.

 
As as runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for a plethora of artists such as Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nneena Freelon, Hugh Masakela, Greg Karukas, and Michael Franks just name a few. He has performed at several jazz festivals such as The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Festival, and The Atlanta Jazz Festival.
 
In 1997, Lucas got his start as a musician playing as a sideman in a local band, Between 9&7. The band recorded a CD, which was a moderate regional hit. Although he got performances, both rhythm and solos, Lucas felt it was time to develop his own by ensemble to demand more challenges within himself as both a musician and entrepreneur. So, on New Year's Eve of 1999, Lucas formed his own contemporary jazz trio, Xpressions. They produced and recorded a CD titled Footprints, which gained notoriety in regional markets. The record contained the classic hit People Make the World Go Round. All of the compositions were produced and arranged by friend and keyboardist Karey Davis and assisted by the saxman himself.
 
In 2004, Dee Lucas's entrepreneur skills had surfaced, and his newly-formed record label, Mo Better Recordings, was conceived. His debut solo CD, Remembrance, was released and independently distributed in 2005. 
 
Adding consistency to his young but surprising start, Dee released his sophomore CD, Something to Ride 2, in 2007, which peaked at #10 on the Smoothjazz.com's Top 50 Indie Charts. With this record, the saxman wanted to further develop his own distinctive sound as a solo artist. His style, from a horn perspective, is different from that of many traditional smooth jazz artists in terms of melodic phrasing. Lucas mentioned, "I like taking off on an uncharted path in music and Something to Ride 2 is a representation of the journey that I take each time I pick up the sax." 
 
In 2010, Dee Lucas released Standing Room Only which was composed and produced by several talented producers including Grammy winner Phil Davis. The CD peaked at #26 on the Smoothjazz.com's Top 50 Indie Charts and #29 on the Billboard jazz charts. 
 
In 2012, Rebirth of the Smooth was released as a compilation of Dee's first 3 solo recordings to celebrate what he has accomplished in his steadily rising career, as well as his direction in contemporary jazz. It offers a wide array of styles coming from various producers pushing the envelope in this already competitive genre of jazz. 
 
With his current disc, The Smooth Factor, Lucas continues to season his contemporary jazz with R&B, and features the work of such producing heavyweights as LA-based Lew Laing, Jr., and Atlanta-based and Grammy-Award winning Phil Davis.  Already garnering great reviews across the contemporary jazz circles, it has maintained steady chart positioning on the Smoothjazz.com Indie charts.  
 
Recording artist/saxophonist Dee Lucas is courtesy of Smooth Soul Music Group, a division of Lucas Global Enterprises, Inc.
 

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205082
<![CDATA[Robbi Kumalo]]>
Robbi Kumalo's a performing artist with an electrifying smile and engaging personality!  She's honed her stage chops singing background for Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Arif Mardin, Ashoford & Simpson, Deepak Chopra, Patti Austin, Rod Stewart, Eileen Ivers, and Harry Belafonte among others.   For over 30 years, she's been motivating audiences thru music, but this time around, she's backed by a dynamic trio fronted by her hubby, Bakithi Kumalo (long time bassist of Paul Simon) performing original music, classics with soulful grooves, and melodies in many languages, sharing stories thru songs with heartfelt vocals and witty, ribald humor.  An interesting one woman show indeed!  www.RobbiKumalo.com
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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200138
<![CDATA[Wren Marie Harrington]]> Wren Marie Harrington is that relatively rare breed of musical performer, equally adept in opera, musical theatre and more recently Latin jazz/world beat.   In her new recording, Light Travels, she explores the riches of popular Latin American, Brazilian, Italian and American classics from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s with the subtle blending of diverse musical elements.  The result is a virtual tapestry of song gems, unconfined by idiom or country.
 
Wren was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Starting –as so many did—as a teenager in a church choir, she studied opera, both in college and then in postgraduate opera training in Germany, Italy and Austria. Professionally, she sang leading soprano roles throughout the US and Europe, including roles in La Boheme, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, Der Rosenkavalier, A Chekhov Trilogy (NY premiere), as well as lighter opera and musical theatre works such as The Merry Widow, Kiss Me Kate, Showboat, The Fantastiks, No No, Nanette, and Man of La Mancha. Several years after establishing herself in New York City, Wren landed a role in the ensemble in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera and sang as a frequent understudy for the tempestuous opera diva role, Carlotta. Here she roosted for a decade, before deciding to branch out into the musical sounds that drifted past her window from the busy street below. Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian melodies haunted her and she developed a style of singing that fused her elegant classical vocal phrasing with the infectious rhythms of Latin jazz. She soon became a frequent invited guest artist of Mexican and Italian music festivals and recorded with jazz pianist and composer Toto Torquati.
 
Ms. Harrington stays busy in popular world music venues, is a frequent guest artist in Mexico and Italy, and has just completed a recording of Latin tinged world standards, Wren Marie Harrington/Light Travels, singing in five languages and drawing on a wide range of world music influences.  At the helm is arranger/producer/jazz pianist Art Bailey, a wunderkind on the improvised and world scene.   Mr. Bailey has skillfully fused a variety of musical genres into a well-woven tapestry which explodes with color and light. Joining Mr. Bailey is a well seasoned group of notable New York based jazz/world musicians and guest artists from New York's thriving global music scene.
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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198027
<![CDATA[The Mantini Sisters]]>


"…a class act… they delivered a stellar performance that can only be topped by a return…The Mantini Sisters will guarantee you an event to remember….we were proud to have them as part of our annual series and endorse them as one of the best.”  - Elizabeth Detlor, President & Artistic Director, Niagara Concerts Association
 
"The Mantini Sisters are an incredibly gifted group of singers and this is the perfect vehicle to showcase a marvellous trio of beautifully blended voices." - Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director, Drayton Entertainment


 

Everywhere The Mantini Sisters go, rave reviews and standing ovations follow. Described as “Canada’s contribution to the great female trios”, Sandra, Barbara and Ann have been captivating audiences across North America with their powerful voices, humour, musical versatility and style.
 
With a career spanning nearly three decades, The Mantini Sisters continue to win the hearts of music lovers of all ages. Their concerts feature popular songs from Swing-Jazz to Broadway and from Folk to Country. Their smooth harmonious sound brings freshness to the popular songbooks and pays tribute to the great artists of our time.
 
As independent artists, The Mantini Sisters have co-written and produced their critically acclaimed productions of “Moments to Remember”, “The Ladies of Broadway”, “Home For the Holidays”, “The Mantini Sisters - Christmas!” and most recently, “The Mantini Sisters - Pretty World”. And if that weren’t enough, they have co-produced three CD recordings on their own label, Trio Music. “Moments to Remember”, released in 1997, was recorded at the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto; followed by “The Mantini Sisters – Christmas”, released in 2004; and most recently, “Pretty World”, released in 2012.
 
Recognized for their showmanship, they were recipients of the Niagara Music Awards for Best Theatrical Performance, and have had the opportunity to work and share the stage with some of Canada’s best artists, musicians and symphony orchestras.
 
This dynamic trio along with their cohort of phenomenal musicians, continue to perform for concert-series, out-door music festivals, private, corporate and special events, including performances at Bryant Park in New York City at the invitation of Ontario Tourism and the City of Niagara Falls. Most recently, they were featured in Drayton Entertainment‘s smash-hit, Big Band Legends and in December, have been invited back with their “Mantini Sisters Christmas” and encore performances in Big Band Legends for their 2013 season.
 
Learn what thousands of people already know, The Mantini Sisters are a polished and professional act that sing with beauty, power, humour and theatrical drama. You are sure enjoy an extraordinary evening of musical entertainment and laughter as only presented by the charismatic, Mantini Sisters.
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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195791
<![CDATA[Jason Graae]]>
The New York Times recently said, “Nowadays, probably no other performer could infuse (that song) with the manic mischief that Jason Graae, a frisky clown with a real tenor, pumped into it…”
 
Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in “A Grand Night For Singing”, “Falsettos”, “Stardust”, “Snoopy!”, “Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?”. Off- Broadway shows include “Forever Plaid”, “Olympus on My Mind”, “All in the Timing”, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical)” and many more.
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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203819
<![CDATA[Joanna Morton Gary]]>
Joanna Morton Gary has enjoyed a very eclectic career. Joanna is one of the last performers standing in what was formerly known as the Catskills. Many years ago, lured by fresh mountain air, and a steady income, she came (for the summer) to the Nevele Hotel, which was her home for many years. There she had an unbelievable wealth of creative opportunities, and was privileged to open for and, perform with many of the people she grew up watching on “The Tonight Show”.
 
She began her career with a traveling children’s theater troupe, playing “Nana” the sheepdog in “Peter Pan. She’s sung jazz and blues at Casey’s Red Pheasant in Billings Montana. She’s brought her “Country Honky Tonk Experience” to dude ranches as well as five star resorts. Her musical lecture series “Music through the Ages” has been well received by audiences young and old. She’s had a blast bringing back the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to car shows up and down the east coast. She’s sailed the world with her one woman show. She’s done shotgun mystery dinner theater where she played a virgin, a detective, Mother Goose, and a Man. She performed with the USO, where later Joanna and her beaded gown served as a as a substitute beauty queen. She’s appeared on the bill with luminaries such as Robert Kline, Shecky Greene, Mal Z. Lawrence, Freddie Roman, Sue Matsuki, Sarah Rice, and the late great Red Buttons.
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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204647
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: Stephen Hanks  
Owner/Producer at Cabaret Life Productions, writer BroadwayWorld.com
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201298
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189532
<![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
Gretchen Reinhagen is a multi-award winning artist, receiving the coveted TRIPLE CROWN of cabaret awards in 2010 - the Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award - for her show “Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard” directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Director David Gaines. Gretchen has worked with some of the biggest names in cabaret including Steve Ross and Karen Mason. Her shows cover a broad range of material from Musical Comedy to Blues and Rock. Former Back Stage and Citysearch critic Roy Sander said, “Gretchen Reinhagen's shows are marked by intelligence, warmth, a lovely spirit of benevolence, and fine vocals. It is always a pleasure to spend an hour in her company.”
 
As both a singer and an actress, she's performed in a broad range of theaters and concert halls from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland. A few of her favorite professional theater credits include Janis Joplin in Beehive, Louise Segar in Always Patsy Cline, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the lead role of the therapist in the premiere of Mother Me Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and the Queen Mother in the European premiere of Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
 
Equally at home as a teacher, Gretchen maintains a private voice studio in New York and is also available for master classes. She is managed by RNM Representation.
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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202484
<![CDATA[Karen Wyman]]>
KAREN WYMAN 


 
A national sensation for a short time in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s Karen Wyman is electrifying the music world.  Her thrilling comeback took off here in October in a show that sold out weeks before.  Now you can witness this phenomenon yourself, but you must act quickly…
 
Wyman was just 16 when she astonished Dean Martin and his national television audience. In short order she made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on shows hosted by Carol Burnett, Jim Nabors, Glen Campbell, Dick Cavett, David Frost, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas.  She performed in nightclubs and recorded two albums and several singles for Decca Records, and had another on the way.  Then circumstances changed.  Karen began to raise a family, performing infrequently.  Her last full show was a one-off in Atlantic City in 1989.
 
Now 24 years later, Wyman -- with John Oddo on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, and Eddie Caccavale on drums --  is back for more and back to stay.
 
“It feels different than when I broke in,” the Bronx native points out.  “I was a kid, I was intuitive, but now I know what the songs are really about.  I’ve lived.  I’m not a kid, I’m a woman!”  And luckily she can still sing!

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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=195049
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!



"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197488
<![CDATA[Private Event]]> The Metropolitan Room is a unique space that offers the perfect spot for creating unforgettable events, from a fashion photo shoot to a product launching ceremony, from a different kind of board meeting to a special sort of party. We have a great location in the Flatiron district, within walking distance to Madison Square Park, Madison Square Garden, Chelsea, and the Flatiron Building. This unassuming space transforms into a jazz club by night, and would be the perfect place to host your upscale corporate event or gala. The room can comfortably hold 115 people for an intimate gathering. There is a stage as well as a baby grand piano available for use, which adds charisma to the elegantly decorated interior.   There is also a lounge in the downstairs area with its own bar that can comfortably host a party of 20-25 people.
 
workshops
lectures
poetry readings
fundraisers
community meetings
corporate functions
receptions
private parties
 
Surround your guests with an exceptionally beautiful ambiance in our stylish and sophisticated venue and create an extraordinary experience that will be talked about for months to come.
 
For information about rental rates and requirements, please email our rental manager joanne@metropolitanroom.com



 
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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190630
<![CDATA[Gerard Esposito]]>


Gerard Esposito was born and raised in Newark, N.J. Gerard began his entertainment career during the early 1980's. He has developed a loyal following that catapulted his career and reaffirmed his ability as a vocalist. What began as 'singing to the waiters' quickly became 'reservations recommended'.
Gerard enjoys a loyal following and his dedication to his fans is evident, as he "works the room" in between sets, as well as, acknowledges the person(s) who walk in during a performance.
 
Gerard is considered among his peers as a "singers singer"
Since 1998, Gerard has over 4,000 performances under his microphone. Gerard performs songs of Great Artists, such as, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Englebert Humperdinck, Bobby Darin,
Barry Manilow, Frankie Valli the Four Seasons, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, along with many other great artists. But don't let these crooner's fool you, Gerard pleases the ear of each fan, performing songs from Vegas to Broadway,as well as what have now become his signature songs, placing an ageless presence.
 
He has performed throughout the Metropolitan area including the most recent legendary Jilly's in New York City, where he then became known as the house favorite, also including Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, Bermuda, St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands and throughout the Palm Beach area, where he enjoys an enthusiastic following, in addtion to Norwegain Cruise Line.
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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189821
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170110 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182403
<![CDATA[Francesca Amari]]>
A musical biography of Gilda Radner... her loves, life and brave battle with cancer told through song and Gilda's own words!
 
​“Francesca Amari has accomplished something truly remarkable with her "Love Song to Gilda Radner". Because of her sunny disposition, her clear, strong voice and her thoughtful spot-on song selections, this heartfelt loving tribute will surprise you, delight you, and leave you laughing and crying at the same time.”  Andrea Marcovicci, “Queen of Cabaret” 
 

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Sun, 11 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190615
<![CDATA[Todd Murray]]>


During an era when there is a shortage of significant male jazz and cabaret singers, Todd Murray has emerged as a notable interpreter of standards, newer material, and his own originals. Blessed with a deep baritone voice, Todd is an intimate performer who excels on romantic ballads, swings at every tempo, and does justice to the lyrics that he sings. His 2010 recording, Stardust & Swing, is filled with his subtle creativity and sincere emotions. The repertoire ranges from such vintage tunes as “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” and “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” to his own “Patricia” and “The Girl From Waco.”
 
Born in a small farming community in Pennsylvania, Murray sang as a child in church, chorus, and school plays. He listened to the pop music and light rock of the time. As a junior in high school, he learned many older standards from his aunt who played stride piano. Driven to succeed and determined to raise money for his college education, Todd auditioned successfully for the group Re-Creation.
 
"We traveled around the nation singing at fairs, concerts, VA hospitals and a wide variety of venues,” remembers Todd. “We performed 300 times a year and the shows were fully choreographed with costumes, scenery and sound. We had a sacred show for churches that included contemporary Christian and gospel music, and a secular one of American pop music and country. It was a great education for me.”
 
While attending a private university in central Pennsylvania  Todd learned a great deal about the music business. After graduating, he worked as a singer and actor in many different settings. Todd performed regularly at Opryland USA, spent six months singing at Disneyland in Tokyo, and did summer stock theatre in Pennsylvania. He moved to New York, performed many roles at Paper Mill Playhouse including the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS, and was in the first Broadway touring company of THE SECRET GARDEN. Todd also was a lead singer on the luxury cruise line Royal Viking, sang backup for many Nashville singers and had his own country act. After moving to Los Angeles, he owned his own successful bread bakery. 
After selling his business and returning to music on a fulltime basis, Todd Murray has gained a strong reputation in the musical theatre, jazz, and cabaret world.
 
“I did a production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING that was set in the 1920s. They wanted me to sing in a Bing Crosby style, and it gave me the opportunity to perform many older standards. It was there that I met Dennis McCarthy, who arranged and conducted the music for my two CDs.” Todd’s first cabaret show, “Let’s Face the Music,” was followed by “When I Sing Low: Romance In A Different Key.”
 
His debut solo CD, also titled When I Sing Low, features Murray’s baritone accompanied by an orchestra that is essentially a big band with strings. McCarthy and Tom Ranier (who contributed three charts) wrote the arrangements and most of the songs are timeless standards.  Sue Raney interacts happily with Todd on a vocal duet version of “Just In Time.” “Where Or When” is given a particularly inventive and beautiful arrangement by McCarthy. The catchy “Could ‘Ja,” which has Todd joined by three background singers, is one of his favorite numbers on the set. He is only the third vocalist to perform the superior obscurity, following Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Another highlight is Todd’s original “When I Sing Low.” “Since I have a baritone voice and the tenor became king during the past couple of decades, there are not a lot of roles in new productions for me because so many are geared for high voices. It led to me writing ‘When I Sing Low.’” The witty piece sums up the virtue of baritone singers.
 
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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207737
<![CDATA[Michael Garin]]>


 
If you've spent any time in New York City after 9:00 p.m. in the last two decades, chances are you're already familiar with Michael Garin. You may have heard him playing piano and singing in such legendary boîtes as The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room, Café Feenjon, the notorious VIP Room at Limelight (where he performed for and with such luminaries as Frank Zappa, James Chance, David Lee Roth, and Kool & the Gang), and Elaine's. He has been hailed in the press as "a virtuoso musical wit" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times) who "presides over the best party in town" (David Finkle, The Village Voice).
 
With his on- and off-stage partner, the singer-comedienne Mardie Millit, Michael performed weekly at Elaine's for the last three years of the restaurant's life. Satirical, witty, acerbically intelligent, Michael has a number of specialty songs that he's known for. His repertoire is massive and eclectic: everything from Middle Eastern and Yiddish to standards to music from classic and obscure cult films to early rock and R&B. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal calls him "perhaps the most extreme polymath I've ever encountered."
 
Michael's other credits include running the cabaret and writing original music for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he accompanied Elaine Stritch, Jane Krakowski, and Nathan Lane, to name a few). His two CDs, "The Song of the Alpha Male" and "Tulsa is Just a Slut Spelled Backwards," are available on iTunes and at cdbaby.com. He co-wrote and co-starred in the hit Off-Broadway musical SONG OF SINGAPORE, for which he won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.
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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202696
<![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192792 <![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189533
<![CDATA[Joey Infante]]>

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205415
<![CDATA[Todd Murray]]>


During an era when there is a shortage of significant male jazz and cabaret singers, Todd Murray has emerged as a notable interpreter of standards, newer material, and his own originals. Blessed with a deep baritone voice, Todd is an intimate performer who excels on romantic ballads, swings at every tempo, and does justice to the lyrics that he sings. His 2010 recording, Stardust & Swing, is filled with his subtle creativity and sincere emotions. The repertoire ranges from such vintage tunes as “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” and “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” to his own “Patricia” and “The Girl From Waco.”
 
Born in a small farming community in Pennsylvania, Murray sang as a child in church, chorus, and school plays. He listened to the pop music and light rock of the time. As a junior in high school, he learned many older standards from his aunt who played stride piano. Driven to succeed and determined to raise money for his college education, Todd auditioned successfully for the group Re-Creation.
 
"We traveled around the nation singing at fairs, concerts, VA hospitals and a wide variety of venues,” remembers Todd. “We performed 300 times a year and the shows were fully choreographed with costumes, scenery and sound. We had a sacred show for churches that included contemporary Christian and gospel music, and a secular one of American pop music and country. It was a great education for me.”
 
While attending a private university in central Pennsylvania  Todd learned a great deal about the music business. After graduating, he worked as a singer and actor in many different settings. Todd performed regularly at Opryland USA, spent six months singing at Disneyland in Tokyo, and did summer stock theatre in Pennsylvania. He moved to New York, performed many roles at Paper Mill Playhouse including the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS, and was in the first Broadway touring company of THE SECRET GARDEN. Todd also was a lead singer on the luxury cruise line Royal Viking, sang backup for many Nashville singers and had his own country act. After moving to Los Angeles, he owned his own successful bread bakery. 
After selling his business and returning to music on a fulltime basis, Todd Murray has gained a strong reputation in the musical theatre, jazz, and cabaret world.
 
“I did a production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING that was set in the 1920s. They wanted me to sing in a Bing Crosby style, and it gave me the opportunity to perform many older standards. It was there that I met Dennis McCarthy, who arranged and conducted the music for my two CDs.” Todd’s first cabaret show, “Let’s Face the Music,” was followed by “When I Sing Low: Romance In A Different Key.”
 
His debut solo CD, also titled When I Sing Low, features Murray’s baritone accompanied by an orchestra that is essentially a big band with strings. McCarthy and Tom Ranier (who contributed three charts) wrote the arrangements and most of the songs are timeless standards.  Sue Raney interacts happily with Todd on a vocal duet version of “Just In Time.” “Where Or When” is given a particularly inventive and beautiful arrangement by McCarthy. The catchy “Could ‘Ja,” which has Todd joined by three background singers, is one of his favorite numbers on the set. He is only the third vocalist to perform the superior obscurity, following Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Another highlight is Todd’s original “When I Sing Low.” “Since I have a baritone voice and the tenor became king during the past couple of decades, there are not a lot of roles in new productions for me because so many are geared for high voices. It led to me writing ‘When I Sing Low.’” The witty piece sums up the virtue of baritone singers.
 
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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207738
<![CDATA[Jonathan Karrant]]>


Jonathan Karrant was born in the heart of America at the foothills of the Ozarks in the old western town of Fort Smith, Arkansas east of the Arkansas River. 
 
The joyous home in which Jonathan grew up was filled with art, music, and dance. He spent a lot of time at his grandfather Bill and grandmother Goldia’s home where there was always much comedy and performance appreciation. His mother, Nancy, danced and taught for a local ballet company. She is an artist, writer, teacher, and an avid music lover. As a college student in Memphis, Tennessee, she sang with a girl’s band in the 1960’s. Jonathan’s father, John, is a business man and a broker who has a passion for farming and gardening, and owns a ranch just southwest of Fort Smith. While growing up, Jonathan spent many hours helping on the farm, enjoying the outdoors, the livestock and wildlife. Jonathan’s sister, Indra, studied dance from an early age and later excelled as a dancer/ choreographer. 
 
His mother says Jonathan began singing from the time he was born! One day when he was eight months old and swinging in his wind-up mechanical swing while listening to music with huge earphones on his little ears, his mother noticed that his eyes were closed and he was turning his head from side to side in that recognizable musician’s horizontal nod. She gasped, “A Musician!” To her, that was a good thing, and she was not at all surprised as time went on and he continued to show musical ability and love of music. 
 
Jonathan sang for hours every day, honing-in on his own type of music and style. When he was seven he began singing publicly. His first solo was at his church with Nancy Vernon, musical director and organist, directing and accompanying him. Then, that summer in Eureka Springs, he walked into a nightclub, made his way to the stage, and asked the band to accompany him while he sang “Stormy Monday”. The band agreed, and he was a big hit with the audience, as well as with the band. 
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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=198337
<![CDATA[Jerome Kern Tribute]]>
Bill Zeffiro & Marissa Mulder

Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr., Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg.]]>
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202461
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172946
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively evening of Jazz, Blues, Funk and R&B. “Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202641
<![CDATA[Children's Cabaret]]>

Join us once a month for our very special Children's Cabaret - it's never the same thing twice! Once a month on a Saturday morning, you'll meet a unique lineup of storytellers, puppeteers, magicians, musicians and other skilled entertainers who can't wait to share their talents with you and your family. It's a show for kids that adults love too - the best of both worlds!





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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=196930
<![CDATA[Johnny Hager]]> Johnny Hager ~ Revealed

Johnny Hager loves singing a variety of styles. In addition to his performance of Broadway tunes, standards and pop, Johnny has sung several operatic roles: Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, among others. Operetta includes Nanki Poo in The Mikado, and Ralph Hackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore. Currently, Johnny also performs with the singing quartet Forte, which had its debut show last year at the Metropolitan Room. Forte will return to the Metropolitan Room in June 2015. For Johnny's 2012 sold-out debut show “The Way I See it”, Stuart Hamstra for Cabaret Hotline wrote: “Mr. Hager is a truly interesting and entertaining performer, and his debut solo cabaret show was simple, honest and fun. One could detect classical vocal training, but not the "show-offy and off-putting" type . . . there were times when the sound was truly magical.”  Daniele Miceli for the Time Square Chronicle wrote: “Some songs Hager sang with a straight face which really helped the audience focus on the beauty of his sound.  However, he is a formidable actor and knew how to express the meaning of the lyrics in all of the numbers presented.  His cool look and lovely and versatile voice make this show a winner.” In addition to being a performer, Johnny teaches Spanish and Theater at St. Bernard's in New York City. His upcoming solo cabaret show, "Revealed",  will feature various styles ranging from standards to pop, and explore the singer's personal journey in pursuit of happiness.
 
Reviews:
 
http://www.cabarethotlineonline.com/REVSTU/RevStu121013.shtml
 
Scroll down to read Mr. Hamstra's review of my show.
 
 
http://t2conline.com/johnny-hager-the-way-i-see-it/
 
Ms. Miceli review of the same show
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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203120
<![CDATA[Francesca Amari]]>
A musical biography of Gilda Radner... her loves, life and brave battle with cancer told through song and Gilda's own words!
 
​“Francesca Amari has accomplished something truly remarkable with her "Love Song to Gilda Radner". Because of her sunny disposition, her clear, strong voice and her thoughtful spot-on song selections, this heartfelt loving tribute will surprise you, delight you, and leave you laughing and crying at the same time.”  Andrea Marcovicci, “Queen of Cabaret” 
 

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190616
<![CDATA[The Michele Vallone Show]]>
 
"Nothin' But Attitude"
A New Comedy Show
starring MICHELE VALLONE
 
Menopause. Entitled teenagers. The elderly.
 
Her gynecologist's receptionist. The crossing guard on the street where she lives. Lesbians with bad hair. Her neighbor's Chihuahua. Her family.  People who drive in
both lanes. Her spiritual advisor. Her therapist. Her life coach.
 
Her massage guru. Her bookie....she is on a unregulated hormonal rant about all of them and more...you don't want to miss thisnight of non-stop laughter!

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=191863
<![CDATA[The Flatiron Follies]]> METROPOLITAN ROOM'S FLATIRON FOLLIES

Longing for the golden age of Manhattan nightlife?  Put on your glad rags, polish those wingtips and step out in style for some fabulous (but flirty) old fashioned entertainment, curated by two good-time gals and darlings of the NYC nightlife scene, Grace Gotham and Bettina May.  This all-singing, all-dancing duo brings you those glamorous, sequin-spangled production numbers from the 1920s-1950s.  And how!   Showcasing the best of jazz, opera, showtunes and more, The Flatiron Follies feature a roster of the city's most spectacular singers and dazzling dancers - ranging from tap to cirque to burlesque.  Delight in dirty jazz ditties that will make even the saltiest sailor blush!  Be beguiled by the bumps and grinds of classic burlesque!  Join the cast in a rousing singalong with familiar favorites from the great American songbook!  Why, the Flatiron district hasn't been this fun since it was called the Toy district! 
 
Enjoy all of this while luxuriating in the charming cabaret club that is The Metropolitan Room: seating for every guest, waiter service, delectable small plates, a variety of classic cocktails as well as a full bar, and even the option of being seated in a special VIP section for those dukes or debutantes who love to pull out all the stops.  

 
Bettina May
Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer, originally from the west coast of Canada. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever burlesque-based "genius" green card from the USA for her outstanding abilities. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more.  She just published her first book, Everyday Bombshell, sharing her vintage style secrets, and teaches aspiring bombshells around the world with her touring Pin-Up Class. You can find out more about her at Bettina.ca.
 
 
Grace Gotham
Grace Gotham is a burlesque performer and chanteuse who has been described as “the half-Brazilian straight from a Texas cotillion, with a body worth a million.”  She has appeared in the pages of Marie Claire and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen as an avid cook.  Her popular food blog, TasseltoTable.com, features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about her at http://www.gracegotham.com
 

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197274
<![CDATA[Dorian Woodruff]]> Standard Time
Dorian Woodruff, Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer
 
Classic, Contemporary & New Standards.  Enjoy "Classics" from the American Songbook intertwined with 'Contemporary' and 'New' Standards





 


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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201685
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]>
Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202290
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183071
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189534
<![CDATA[Julie Budd]]> Julie Budd ~ They Wrote The Songs

Media Contact:  Richard Skipper    www.richardskipper.com
 
JULIE BUDD .. sings;
“ They Wrote The Songs “
The Music Of Our Lives
 
CD on Amazon, Itunes, and CD Baby
WINNER  of  “The Broadway World Award  “ Best Show!
 
Do You Remember When That Special Song was first played for us?  It meant so much & still does.
That meaningful song took you back to a special time & a  place.  When hearing those lyrics & the caressing melodies transported you to a place where only music can take you to.
 
“ They Wrote The Songs “ … the music of our lives…  compilation of the greatest songs , from the most celebrated writers , are now sung by a truly beloved entertainer.
 
Songs that are the heart of our generation and the music soundtrack of our lives.  Julie Budd sings selections from, Elton John , Burt Bacharach & Hal David , Andrew Lloyd Weber , Anthony Newly , Paul Anka , Ann Hampton Callaway & More!
 
Along with  some great American Classic Composers & Classic selections from great shows as well.  These memories are lasting forever and so is this music.
 
Julie Budd shares her memories with you as she explores the grand talents behind the music.  The Nationally-loved Julie Budd ,  hailed by  “The New York Times “  …”The Consummate Performer “  gives a warm & Touching interpretation  on... Julie Budd Sings  “They Wrote The Songs “ The music of our lives.
 
JULIE BUDD
Celebrity Artist In Resident
Metropolitan Room Concert Dates For 2015
MAY 14
SEPT. 10
OCT. 21
DEC 10
 
JULIE BUDD .... The CD  ‘ They Wrote The Songs “
Is now in it’s Fourth Pressing & Is available for Download on all on line retail sites.
 
Julie Budd on YOUTUBE  





JULIE BUDD CD Reviews 
 
ABOUT JULIE BUDD
Julie Budd Has Been entertaining since the Tender age of 12.  After Meeting Merv Griffin at a recording studio in NYC, Merv immediately took Julie under his wing, and put her on his show, where Julie appeared over 100 times.
 
From there, this Mini Girl With The Maxi Voice went on to perform on every major TV show, and began to perform with Orchestras  all over the country.
Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today, and enjoys a multi- faceted  career on the concert stage, in films & on Television.
 
Julie Budd has appeared at;
Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center , The London Palladium & in venues & Symphony Orchestras,  all over the world.
 
You Can Follow Julie On Her Website  www.juliebudd.com
And Visit Her On FACE BOOK as well
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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197036
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197556 <![CDATA[Barbara Lusch]]>



Barbara Lusch has a unique and compelling way with a song that goes straight to your heart. Her new recording, "Rock Me Sweet" (Slim Style Records), is a surprising and magnetic reinterpretation of some of the best loved rock anthems of the 80's. Well-known hits of male rock icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Bono have been transformed by Barbara into sophisticated, sexy, and soulful songs. You can hear "Dancin' in the Dark" sparkling with seductive style and U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" becoming a cry of despair that evolves into a statement of triumph.
 
"I wanted to do these songs my way, and bring out the vulnerability and emotional depth of the lyrics", Barbara explains. She is an interpreter of both jazz and pop, as well as a producer, actress and model with a gorgeous vocal instrument that recalls singers such as Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Eva Cassidy, Doris Day, Julie London. There is smoke, there is fire, there is honey. "Lusch isn’t one to settle for ordinary; she sings with a deeply sensual vibrancy that gets right to the heart of the matter. One listen and you may feel as if you’ve known Barbara Lusch all your life." (Jim Santella, All About Jazz). 
 
 Barbara's major influence was her grandmother, Alice Warren, a member of the Warren Sisters Quartet who performed and recorded during the 20's and 30's. "When Grandma Warren taught me to harmonize, I was hooked. I would practice with her and with my sisters whenever I could," recalls Barbara. "Often we were accompanied by my grandfather playing accordion and my father playing harmonica." Later, this experience would lead her to Los Angeles and New York where she worked as a petite model, appeared in commercials, and acted in television shows such as Coach and The Trials Of Rosie O'Neil. In addition to these pursuits, Barbara also worked in musicals, memorably playing opposite Theodore Bikel in Fiddler On The Roof during its Atlantic City run. 
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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209282
<![CDATA[Eric Yves Garcia]]>

Eric Yves Garcia up in Red Bank, NJ, started playing piano when I was 7, need to visit the beach year-round but basically live there in summer, I'm a Virgo on the cusp with Leo (if you can make sense of such things), I'm a snob about booze and would sooner not drink than drink cheap so if you offer me a glass while I'm performing vodka and whiskey are my friends (specific labels, I'll tell you one on one, no endorsements), and I sing sentimental love songs late at night for a living.
 
For the rest, I trained as an actor at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and am fortunate enough to perform consistently in a variety of film projects (independent features, commercials, web/corporate), which genuinely fascinate me, and have treated me pretty damn well.
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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199239
<![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]>
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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200124
<![CDATA[Tracey O'Farrell]]>



Tracey O’Farrell 
Bless The Broken Road Synopsys
 
Tracey O’Farrell is thrilled to be making her NYC solo debut at the world renowned Metropolitan Room.  After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Hartt School in the mid 90s and spending several years performing professionally, life threw Tracey some hard and fast curve balls, resulting in a decade long break from the stage.  Her new Cabaret Show, titled, “Bless The Broken Road,” tells the story of Tracey’s journey through unimaginable tragedy and loss, her triumphant return to performing, and a love story that rivals box office blockbusters.   
 
A musical mix of pop, country, Broadway and standards are combined with Tracey’s unforgettable delivery of a modern day, grown up fairy tale. Under the brilliant guidance of legendary composer and director David Friedman, “Bless the Broken Road” will have you crying, laughing and believing in happy endings!
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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200135
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194747 <![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170112 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182404
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188827 <![CDATA[The Lisa Jason Show]]>

Boston's Lisa Jason can't wait to bring her new cabaret show to New York's Metropolitan Room. Earning rave reviews from Provincetown to New York to the Caribbean, Lisa has worked with the likes of Denny Dias from Steely Dan, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, John Morelle from Cyndi Lauper's band Blue Angel, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Dinky Dawson and more. She has opened for the original cast of The Jersey Boys, Huey Lewis and the News, KC and The Sunshine Band, Otis Day, The Bonnie Raitt band, John Cafferty, The Hooters, Molly Hatchett and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch. She has performed as a guest with the No Rules Theater Company at the Signature Theater in Washington DC.  Her original show "Meeting Judy", a tribute to Judy Garland, was performed to sold out audiences. Her one woman 2013 Cabaret Show, “Hotflash" is a spirited tribute to the legendary women of song, including her mentor and friend, Ellie Greenwich, as well as songs written for her by originator of the band Steely Dan, Denny Dias. She is a favorite at the annual CabaretFest in Provincetown, MA and the Cape Cod Jazz Festival. A multi-faceted artist/songwriter, Lisa has also been a featured singer with the Cape Cod Symphony and performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park.]]>
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199236
<![CDATA[Dianne Fraser]]>


Following spectacular performances at Los Angeles’ Rockwell Table and Stage, Upstairs at Vitello's, The Catalina Jazz Club and the El Caballero Country Club, Fraser Entertainment Group comes to The Metropolitan Room with the critically-acclaimed AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY. This show welcomes a new cast of superb singers from Broadway, television and film with each new appearance of the concert series.  If you love show tunes, you will relish Fraser Entertainment Group’s dazzling evening of songs from landmark musicals. You’ll get goose-bumped and teary-eyed hearing dynamic renditions of your favorite numbers from classic shows, as well as classics from smaller/lesser-known Broadway musicals - always peppered with fun and laughs! 
 
The evening will be musically directed by Michael Lavine, who has worked as a musical director, pianist, vocal coach and singer all over the world. He gives master classes on auditioning in New York, Los Angeles, Australia, Martha's Vineyard and other locations and has worked several times at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  He works regularly with Heather MacRae on her show about her father, Gordon and has accompanied Broadway and television star Bryan Batt in New Orleans, at 54 Below, Feinstein's and the Metropolitan Room.  He musically directed Bryan's show BATT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia, touring subsequently to Melbourne and Sydney.  He regularly plays for the Outer Critics Circle Awards and musically directed the Broadway Cares Teddy Bear Auction for its entire 15-year run.  Michael has conducted orchestras in Wichita, Kansas, Traverse City, Michigan, and Beverly, Mass., among other cities.  He co-produced and musically directed the American premiere recording of HONK!  At the York Theatre, Michael served as musical director for the Comden & Green musical BILLION DOLLAR BABY starring Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch and Debbie Gravitte and the Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner musical CARMELINA.  He shared the stage with Mimi Hines and Peter Howard (his mentor) at the Kennedy Center in a Rodgers & Hart revue, THIS FUNNY WORLD. Michael is known for owning one of the largest privately held sheet music collections in the world.
 
Other shows presented by Fraser Entertainment Group include Starr Quality, Actors Fund Benefit and Tribute to Rick Starr, and Gifts of Love: the Words and Music of Stephen Schwartz, both at the Catalina Jazz Club, as well as the 4-night, 4-venue Actors Fund benefit concert event, CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES directed by David Galligan, which will return for a second engagement this fall. The Metropolitan Room presentation will mark the ninth installment of AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY.
 
BWW Review: An Evening of Classic Broadway Features Performers Who Can REALLY Sing!!! on www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles at:
http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Reviews-An-Evening-of-Classic-Broadway-Features-Performers-Who-Can-REALLY-Sing-20150317
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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194738
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189535
<![CDATA[Ann Dawson]]>
Ann Dawson ~ TRAVELING SOLO
 
ANN DAWSON returns to the Metropolitan Room in her terrific new show Traveling Solo.  Directed by Barry Kleinbort and with music direction by Don Rebic, it is comprised of humorous and poignant tales and tunes celebrating life on and off the road.  Roy Sander, reviewer for BistroAwards.com, wrote, “Polished and charming, Ann Dawson knows her way around a song, a stage and an audience.  Traveling Solo is an entertaining and thoroughly satisfying show.”
 
As a singer Ann has performed internationally in leading supper clubs and hotels winning critical acclaim in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, South America and Australia where the Prime Minister was so impressed with her act, he requested to meet her.  She has also appeared Off Broadway in Literary Disruption, Mamaleh! and Dorothy Parker: A Montage and in regional/stock productions of Follies, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Zorba, My Fat Friend, Fiddler on the Roof and her favorite, Funny Girl.  Playing Fanny inspired her to write her one-woman show, The Ladies with Talent, Taste & Chutzpah, A Tribute to Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Molly Picon and Sophie Tucker, which she has performed to enthralled audiences in theatres and concert halls all across the country.  Other credits include television appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (where one of her performances moved Richard Rodgers to write a fan letter), Last of the Ninth (HBO Pilot/David Milch) and Ryan’s Hope as well as the feature film Sordid Things. 
 
Now she once again joins New York’s cabaret scene.  From the moment she steps on stage and hits her first notes, Ann invariably reveals why one critic observed, “…she belts out big songs from a diminutive frame and just captures your heart.”
 

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203140
<![CDATA[Barbara Lusch]]>



Barbara Lusch has a unique and compelling way with a song that goes straight to your heart. Her new recording, "Rock Me Sweet" (Slim Style Records), is a surprising and magnetic reinterpretation of some of the best loved rock anthems of the 80's. Well-known hits of male rock icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Bono have been transformed by Barbara into sophisticated, sexy, and soulful songs. You can hear "Dancin' in the Dark" sparkling with seductive style and U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" becoming a cry of despair that evolves into a statement of triumph.
 
"I wanted to do these songs my way, and bring out the vulnerability and emotional depth of the lyrics", Barbara explains. She is an interpreter of both jazz and pop, as well as a producer, actress and model with a gorgeous vocal instrument that recalls singers such as Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Eva Cassidy, Doris Day, Julie London. There is smoke, there is fire, there is honey. "Lusch isn’t one to settle for ordinary; she sings with a deeply sensual vibrancy that gets right to the heart of the matter. One listen and you may feel as if you’ve known Barbara Lusch all your life." (Jim Santella, All About Jazz). 
 
 Barbara's major influence was her grandmother, Alice Warren, a member of the Warren Sisters Quartet who performed and recorded during the 20's and 30's. "When Grandma Warren taught me to harmonize, I was hooked. I would practice with her and with my sisters whenever I could," recalls Barbara. "Often we were accompanied by my grandfather playing accordion and my father playing harmonica." Later, this experience would lead her to Los Angeles and New York where she worked as a petite model, appeared in commercials, and acted in television shows such as Coach and The Trials Of Rosie O'Neil. In addition to these pursuits, Barbara also worked in musicals, memorably playing opposite Theodore Bikel in Fiddler On The Roof during its Atlantic City run. 
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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209283
<![CDATA[Teresa Eggertsen Cooke]]>

This show is dedicated to our dear departed friend Pete Barquin, who passed away from  ALS (Lou Gehrig ’s disease).  Any support to the ALS Association is welcome. Thank you.
 
Back in April, 2014, April 23rd to be exact, Teresa Eggertsen Cooke made her New York City debut at our very own Metropolitan Room. She sang a combination of tunes dating from Irving Berlin’s 1924 classic “What’ll I Do?” to Carol King’s pensive “It’s Too Late”. Both are standards from distant eras, crossing decades. When the venue asked Teresa back this coming fall, Teresa thought, “I’ll do this again. These are the songs I love, the songs my audience loves.  When I see how happy my music makes people and the emotion that ensues, I am so humbled.”
And so, “Decades of Song” is coming to the Metropolitan Room, Saturday, September 20th at 7 PM.
 
And songs they are! “My Baby Just Cares for Me” penned in 1930 is one of the ditties Teresa will be singing. Another will be “Your Song” the very first hit from Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The songs will cross eras, moods and genres. From the 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, 1970s; up-tempo tunes and soft rock ballads and how they translate into a jazz motif, including “The Rose” and “Songs of Life” from Neil Diamond’s 1978 film “The Jazz Singer”. Teresa will include tunes written in the earliest days of popular song. Teresa remembers her father singing these songs to her to her, and this is what taught her to appreciate singing and performing.
 
Possessing a versatile vocal range and piano skills, Teresa Eggertsen makes each and every song her own.
 
Although new to New York City, Teresa is not new to performing. She currently resides with her family in Park City, Utah. She has been performing in Park City and in the surrounding area for many years. In 2013 she performed at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago and The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. She began playing piano and singing at a very young age and continued for many years until she took a break to become an internationally ranked Mountain Bike racer. She then retired from racing in 2003 and came back to music. “It really is one of two of my FAVORITE things to do, the other is riding my mountain bike!”
 
And what about coming back to New York? Teresa says, “I can’t wait to come back! The Metropolitan Room took a chance on someone from Utah whom they had never met or seen perform. It has given me a lot of confidence. They are wonderful!”
 
Taking influences from jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style. She will be joined by Ben Lepley on trombone and Lou Vito, guitar.
 
Here’s what’s being said about Teresa Eggertsen Cooke:
 
“Teresa Eggertsen Cooke has the unique ability to present and perform  songs they you may have heard over the years and make one feel as if they are hearing them for the very first time in your life. The combination of her beautiful voice and style of musical presentation set her apart from the rest of the crowd.  She stands alone in this field. Just an outstanding performer with amazing talent and charisma.  One of the very best I have ever heard”
—Alissa Grimaldi, New York City, NY
 
“Taking influences from Jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style.”  “Teresa’s voice is liquid velvet and her soothing piano arrangements bring new life to a repertoire of hundreds of songs across many genres”
—Dr. Isaac Hurtado, Utah Vocal Arts Academy
 
“Teresa’s gentle intention possesses that touch of magic which carries many of us to tears by the sheer beauty of her message and her warmth.”
— Debra Cook, Utah Conservatory
 

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190492
<![CDATA[Caroline Nin]]>
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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203845
<![CDATA[Melba Moore's Birthday Celebration]]>


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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188099
<![CDATA[Caroline Nin]]>
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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203846
<![CDATA[Tom Pappas]]> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=209400 <![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]> Sun, 01 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197557 <![CDATA[Joey Infante]]>

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205416
<![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192725 <![CDATA[Todd Murray]]>


During an era when there is a shortage of significant male jazz and cabaret singers, Todd Murray has emerged as a notable interpreter of standards, newer material, and his own originals. Blessed with a deep baritone voice, Todd is an intimate performer who excels on romantic ballads, swings at every tempo, and does justice to the lyrics that he sings. His 2010 recording, Stardust & Swing, is filled with his subtle creativity and sincere emotions. The repertoire ranges from such vintage tunes as “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” and “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” to his own “Patricia” and “The Girl From Waco.”
 
Born in a small farming community in Pennsylvania, Murray sang as a child in church, chorus, and school plays. He listened to the pop music and light rock of the time. As a junior in high school, he learned many older standards from his aunt who played stride piano. Driven to succeed and determined to raise money for his college education, Todd auditioned successfully for the group Re-Creation.
 
"We traveled around the nation singing at fairs, concerts, VA hospitals and a wide variety of venues,” remembers Todd. “We performed 300 times a year and the shows were fully choreographed with costumes, scenery and sound. We had a sacred show for churches that included contemporary Christian and gospel music, and a secular one of American pop music and country. It was a great education for me.”
 
While attending a private university in central Pennsylvania  Todd learned a great deal about the music business. After graduating, he worked as a singer and actor in many different settings. Todd performed regularly at Opryland USA, spent six months singing at Disneyland in Tokyo, and did summer stock theatre in Pennsylvania. He moved to New York, performed many roles at Paper Mill Playhouse including the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS, and was in the first Broadway touring company of THE SECRET GARDEN. Todd also was a lead singer on the luxury cruise line Royal Viking, sang backup for many Nashville singers and had his own country act. After moving to Los Angeles, he owned his own successful bread bakery. 
After selling his business and returning to music on a fulltime basis, Todd Murray has gained a strong reputation in the musical theatre, jazz, and cabaret world.
 
“I did a production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING that was set in the 1920s. They wanted me to sing in a Bing Crosby style, and it gave me the opportunity to perform many older standards. It was there that I met Dennis McCarthy, who arranged and conducted the music for my two CDs.” Todd’s first cabaret show, “Let’s Face the Music,” was followed by “When I Sing Low: Romance In A Different Key.”
 
His debut solo CD, also titled When I Sing Low, features Murray’s baritone accompanied by an orchestra that is essentially a big band with strings. McCarthy and Tom Ranier (who contributed three charts) wrote the arrangements and most of the songs are timeless standards.  Sue Raney interacts happily with Todd on a vocal duet version of “Just In Time.” “Where Or When” is given a particularly inventive and beautiful arrangement by McCarthy. The catchy “Could ‘Ja,” which has Todd joined by three background singers, is one of his favorite numbers on the set. He is only the third vocalist to perform the superior obscurity, following Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Another highlight is Todd’s original “When I Sing Low.” “Since I have a baritone voice and the tenor became king during the past couple of decades, there are not a lot of roles in new productions for me because so many are geared for high voices. It led to me writing ‘When I Sing Low.’” The witty piece sums up the virtue of baritone singers.
 
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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207739
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189536
<![CDATA[Rochelle & Paul Chamlin]]>
All at Sea: Songs on the Theme of Water explores the vast repertoire of music inspired by oceans, rivers, boats, ships, and our relationship to the aqueous world around us. From soul-searing torch songs to timeless folk ballads and more contemporary selections, Rochelle and Paul will cover a wide range of musical styles and traditions.
 
About Rochelle Breyer Chamlin and Paul Chamlin
 
Rochelle and Paul met several years ago at a gig and went on to form a romantic relationship that has evolved into an inspired musical partnership. Their delightful, informative shows feature an eclectic mix of Songbook and musical theater standards along with more rarified material and under-appreciated gems. Paul has been a vital part of the New York-area cabaret scene for years, serving as Musical Director and pianist for hundreds of cabaret shows and concerts, as well as several full-stage musicals. Cabaret-world legend Jan Wallman has praised Pauland Rochelle’s “beautifully blended voices” and noted that “you would do well to discover their artistry,” and columnist and critic Roy Sander called From Hollywood to Hay market "Tuneful, witty, charming, and very entertaining—with a delightful dose of rarely performed material."
 
For demos and more go to www.paulchamlin.com
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Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208304
<![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
Gretchen Reinhagen is a multi-award winning artist, receiving the coveted TRIPLE CROWN of cabaret awards in 2010 - the Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award - for her show “Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard” directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Director David Gaines. Gretchen has worked with some of the biggest names in cabaret including Steve Ross and Karen Mason. Her shows cover a broad range of material from Musical Comedy to Blues and Rock. Former Back Stage and Citysearch critic Roy Sander said, “Gretchen Reinhagen's shows are marked by intelligence, warmth, a lovely spirit of benevolence, and fine vocals. It is always a pleasure to spend an hour in her company.”
 
As both a singer and an actress, she's performed in a broad range of theaters and concert halls from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland. A few of her favorite professional theater credits include Janis Joplin in Beehive, Louise Segar in Always Patsy Cline, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the lead role of the therapist in the premiere of Mother Me Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and the Queen Mother in the European premiere of Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
 
Equally at home as a teacher, Gretchen maintains a private voice studio in New York and is also available for master classes. She is managed by RNM Representation.
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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202486
<![CDATA[Eric Yves Garcia]]>

Eric Yves Garcia up in Red Bank, NJ, started playing piano when I was 7, need to visit the beach year-round but basically live there in summer, I'm a Virgo on the cusp with Leo (if you can make sense of such things), I'm a snob about booze and would sooner not drink than drink cheap so if you offer me a glass while I'm performing vodka and whiskey are my friends (specific labels, I'll tell you one on one, no endorsements), and I sing sentimental love songs late at night for a living.
 
For the rest, I trained as an actor at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and am fortunate enough to perform consistently in a variety of film projects (independent features, commercials, web/corporate), which genuinely fascinate me, and have treated me pretty damn well.
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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199240
<![CDATA[Louis Vanaria & Lucy Caracappa]]>


New York City’s cabaret duo, The L-Train is coming to Metropolitan Room!
The L-Train, featuring vocalists Louis Vanaria and Lucy Caracappa, will be performing toe tapping renditions of some of your favorite duets and heartwarming pop and theater solos from a range of artists such as Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Streisand, Buble, Cher, Sinatra and much, much  more! 
 
Louis Vanaria is a television/movie actor/vocalist whose credits include A Bronx Tale (role of Crazy Mario), recurring roles on TV’s Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire and a role in the upcoming film Friends and Romans starring Michael Rispoli and Annabella Sciora.  Louis has performed cabaret at Foxwoods Casino with Jay Leno and Connie Francis and at the 4 Triple 5 Café in Niagara Falls.  
 
Lucy Caracappa is an accomplished vocalist who performs with club date acts such as The Tony T Orchestra and has graced numerous stages including New York’s Empire City Casino and Florida’s Empire Stage.  She is also a comedic actress and improve performer with Murder Mystery Manhattan and has performed in many musical theater productions such as THE KING AND I as Tuptim and in KISMET as Lalume.
 
The L-Train will perform with the live musicians of The Tony T. Orchestra with Tony Traina himself on the drums, a seasoned Broadway musician.
 
The L-Train will leave you wanting more!  You will walk away humming your favorite tunes and will fall in love with songs you never heard before!  A magical night of music and memories you won't soon forget!
 
 
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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=174215
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!



"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197489
<![CDATA[Baby Jane Dexter]]> Baby Jane Dexter ~ More Rules of the Road
 
"A performance by the cabaret singer Baby Jane Dexter is like a revival meeting without Jesus!"    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 26, 2012

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194254
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170114 <![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182405
<![CDATA[Maria Guida Quartet]]> Maria Guida Swings the Standards 

A very appealing singer with a warm voice and the ability to express the hidden beauty found in superior lyrics, Maria Guida recently recorded her debut CD, Soul Eyes.  Throughout this impressive and highly enjoyable set, the beauty of Maria’s voice is equaled by her understanding of the words and the creative spirit of her musicians.  In fact, there was such an immediate communication between all of the participants that Soul Eyes was recorded in its entirety in one day.
 
“I was blessed with some of the best musicians around,” recalls Maria, “and they made it easy, fun and relaxed.  I love pianist James Weidman’s playing.  He’s very lyrical, his harmonic sense is beautiful, and he plays wonderful ideas that inspire and support my singing.  I’ve known bassist Dean Johnson for 20 years, and this is the first time we’ve ever played together.  I love his full, rich tone – and his solos are always beautiful and often capture a spirit of fun. Drummer Tony Moreno and I did a couple of gigs together over the years, and I’ve always loved his tasteful playing. He puts a lot of fire and excitement into the music and, at the same time, his drumming is very sensitive with singers.  Ron Horton is a phenomenal trumpeter and flugelhorn player.  I love his soulful sound, his musical ideas, and his emotional intensity.  I am so thrilled that they are all on this CD.”
 


While most of the standards on Soul Eyes are familiar, these versions are unique. “It was very important to include a bit of myself and my take on the world, because so many people have recorded standards.  I wanted to create a CD that brings these beautiful tunes to life in a way that was a bit different from the way other people have done them, with my point of view.”  Certainly this version of the opening “How Little We Know” differs from previous renditions. It is given a gentle interpretation as Maria sings about the mystery of love, and it becomes quite touching near its end when the tempo slows down.
“The thing I love about ‘Inside A Silent Tear’, a beautiful song written by Blossom Dearie, is how it allows the message to shine.  Love can be tearful and love can be sad.  We sometimes make wrong choices in love, but the feeling behind this tune keeps it from being depressing.  It’s a very truthful song.”  Maria digs so deep into the lyrics that eventually the words are not even necessary to express her feelings and she sings wordlessly for a chorus.  Ron Horton’s flugelhorn blends beautifully with her in several spots.
 
The next two songs pay tribute to John Coltrane.  On “Bessie’s Blues”, Maria sings Coltrane’s memorable solo in addition to the melody.  The most famous version of Mal Waldron’s “Soul Eyes” was recorded by Coltrane in 1962. “I have always been very moved by the beauty of this song. I was surprised to discover that, in addition to the gorgeous melody, Mal Waldron also wrote the lyrics.”
 
“Let’s Get Lost” is closely identified with Chet Baker and is given a joyful, swinging and carefree rendition. “I really love Chet Baker and I used to memorize a lot of his solos.  This song always brings a smile to my face.” Also quite happy is “East Of The Sun”, which is described by Maria as “a beautiful picture of an ideal situation.”
On “Spring Is Here”, Maria perfectly balances the sadness of not being loved with the happiness generated by the arrival of spring.  In addition to its opening theme, “The Way You Look Tonight” was given a new set of lyrics and a fresh melody composed by Maria that fits in with the vintage piece’s original plot.  “Jay Clayton suggested that I sing ‘The Night We Called It a Day’.   I love its play on words and the way that it expresses feelings through visions of nature.”   This heartfelt version really shows off the beauty of Maria’s voice.
The singer’s playful side is displayed on “No Moon At All”, which (with its sly wit) hints at what could happen in the darkness of the night when no moon is shining. Maria sings Miles Davis’ solo with Jon Hendricks’ lyrics on “Four”.  A quietly emotional version of Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing”, taken as a duet with Weidman’s piano, serves as a perfect close for Soul Eyes.
 
Maria Guida grew up on Long Island.  As a child, she heard her parents’ opera, pop, and musical theater records and her mother singing American popular songs around the house. Growing up, Maria played violin for eleven years with a string quartet and all-state orchestra and sang solos in a chorus.  She then chose a career in the theater and trained as an actor (with Olympia Dukakis as one of her mentors/teachers).  Over a fifteen year period,  Maria acted on Broadway and television, was featured in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov and Tennessee Williams, worked in new productions, had roles in soap operas, and did TV commercials. “I was fortunate to work on stage with many wonderful actors, including Kevin Kline and Estelle Parsons, and to be directed by James Earl Jones and Tom O'Horgan.”  She was also cast by Joseph Papp for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park.
 
The turning point of her professional life occurred when she saw pianist Bill Evans play live. “Once I got hooked on jazz, I became passionate about singing this music.  I started listening to Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Lester Young, and Charlie Mingus.”  Very important in Maria’s career were the lessons that she received from singers Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, and Janet Lawson.  “Jay Clayton, who is a real innovator and was my first teacher, gave me the courage to be as inventive as I can be.  She’s helped me to see that there are no sounds that are off limits.  And it is impossible to overemphasize the impact that Sheila Jordan had on my singing.  She opened my ears and helped me get in touch with how to bring myself to any given song.  Honesty is first and foremost; music and lyrics are a way into the soul.  And Janet Lawson was another generous teacher who helped me with harmony and other aspects of singing this music.”
Over the years, Maria has sung in many clubs with such top musicians as pianists Bruce Barth, Kenny Werner, and Pete Malinverni; bassists Essiet Essiet, Cameron Brown and Ed Schuller; drummers Ron Vincent and Tom Rainey -- as well as the musicians featured on Soul Eyes.  She has also performed on stage with acclaimed singers, including Linda Ronstadt and Maureen McGovern.
 
Maria Guida looks forward to the future with enthusiasm. “I have been expanding my repertoire and my sound, becoming a more explorative singer, and searching for the core meaning of each song.  I am very interested in the musical interplay between the instrumentalists and myself, and want to keep expanding as a singer.  I love the songs that I’ve recorded and hope that listeners will have as much joy when they hear these songs as I have when I sing them.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to sing this music.”
The release of Soul Eyes promises to raise the visibility of Maria Guida in the jazz world, making it possible for many new fans to discover the beauty, sincerity, and joy of her singing.
 

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199198
<![CDATA[Celia Berk]]>
A special reprise of CELIA BERK's critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut. Join the 2015 Bistro and MAC Winner as she celebrates her first album YOU CAN'T RUSH SPRING and previews what's coming next.
 
Directed by Jeff Harnar, with Musical Direction by Alex Rybeck, featuring what Celia calls her "hidden gems: lesser-known songs from great songwriters."  With Sean Harkness on Guitar.  Jered Egan on Bass.  Come discover what AMANDA McBROOM calls Celia’s "velvet intelligence."
 
“Charm, sophistication, good taste and a titanic talent are all rare gifts in cabaret…Ms. Berk displays them all, setting the bar very high indeed for every girl singer who follows...Intimate, exquisite, understated, her facial expressions are as exciting to watch as her lyrics are to hear…Where has she been all my life?”  Rex Reed, New York Observer



 
"Beautiful sound, style and taste in song choices."  MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
 
"Grace, imagination, a sense of humor and TALENT. This is a terrific show."  ALIX COHEN, TheaterPizzazz.com
 
"Lovely, understated elegance."  ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY
 
"Celia Berk proved that one's "second act" can be most satisfying, that singing was her destiny."  MELODY BREYER-GRELL, Cabaret Scenes
 
"It's not every day that a cabaret artist emerges for her first solo show with a critically lauded album in tow. Then again...why not enter with a bang?"  KEVIN SCOTT HALL, Edge Media Network
 
GramercyNightingale.com
Facebook.com/CeliaBerkMusic
Twitter.com/CeliaBerkMusic

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202787
<![CDATA[Brad Simmons]]> Brad Simmons - "In The Company of Strangers".  Brad brings the iconic music of Paul Simon to the Metropolitan Room. Along with percussionist Mike Lunoe and director Barb Jungr, Brad will take us on a groovy journey through the Simon & Garfunkel years!  
 
Brad Simmons is a singer/pianist seen in the cult film Camp, Broadway's Lysistrata Jones and the late night show Backstage at 54 Below with Susie Mosher, where NPR named Brad "The Man".  He has shared the stage with Tonya Pinkins, Alice Ripley, Carolee Carmello, Christina Bianco and The B-52's Kate Pierson. thebradsimmons.com 

 
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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208313
<![CDATA[Broadway on 22nd Street]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=173068 <![CDATA[Brad Simmons]]> Brad Simmons - "In The Company of Strangers".  Brad brings the iconic music of Paul Simon to the Metropolitan Room. Along with percussionist Mike Lunoe and director Barb Jungr, Brad will take us on a groovy journey through the Simon & Garfunkel years!  
 
Brad Simmons is a singer/pianist seen in the cult film Camp, Broadway's Lysistrata Jones and the late night show Backstage at 54 Below with Susie Mosher, where NPR named Brad "The Man".  He has shared the stage with Tonya Pinkins, Alice Ripley, Carolee Carmello, Christina Bianco and The B-52's Kate Pierson. thebradsimmons.com 

 
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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208314
<![CDATA[Rob Davis]]> The Rob Davis Big Birthday Cabaret Show 

Celebrating Rob’s 70th and Frank & Billie’s 100th Bdays with talented guest artists and Incredible music to represent all three
 
$5 discount for MAC Members at the door
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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204086
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189537
<![CDATA[Kevin Dozier]]>
MAC and Backstage Bistro Award-winning vocalist, Kevin Dozier, returns to The Metropolitan Room to celebrate a life-long love affair with New York City in “A NEW YORK ROMANCE”. Featuring standards, Broadway, jazz, and pop songs from Kevin's studio recordings, "Love-Wise" and "Love's Never Lost", as well as new arrangements set for Kevin by the incomparable Marilyn Maye, Alex Rybeck, and Tedd Firth. You will be taken on a journey exploring love and the passage of time in New York City.  Hear the singer The Huffington Post described as "immensely likable...he brings to his crooning a tone remarkable for its simultaneous vulnerability and power. One of those romantic outings that might in an earlier times have been described as songs for swinging lovers."
 
Kevin will be joined by Award-Winning Musical Director, Alex Rybeck, recently awarded BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best Musical Director” Award for his work with Broadway and Cabaret performers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Akers, Roslyn Kind, Celia Berk, Jason Graae, and Faith Prince.  Also joining Kevin are award-winning guitarist, Sean Harkness, on guitar, and Jered Egan on bass, and John Redsecker on drums.
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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204648
<![CDATA[Coby Koehl]]>
Downton favorite, singer/songwriter Coby Koehl makes a special, one-night only appearance.

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207741
<![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: 
 
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205400
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172947
<![CDATA[The Swingaroos]]> The Swingaroos Territory Band

 
The Swingaroos are NYC's underground jazz band. With a suitcase full of original 1940's-inspired songs and Hit Parade covers from the '20s to the 2010s, the 'Roos continue the tradition of the swing-era Territory Bands. Fronted by award-winning vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/lyricist, Kimberly Hawkey, and pianist/arranger, Assaf Gleizner, this sextet of swingin' hot noise has been heard all over the Empire City and beyond; from the seediest roadhouses to the stateliest of music halls.
 
The Swingaroos' debut album, "All Aboard!", features the same great original tunes heard at their live shows and is available now at www.theswingaroos.bandcamp.com. Visit them on the web at www.theswingaroos.com, or keep track of their travels on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@theswingaroos).
 
A little kitschy, a little classy and a lotta fun: The Swingaroos are NYC's Midwestern-Born, New Orleans-bound, Hollywood-exploited 1940s Territory Band. ALL ABOARD!
 
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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182598
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]>
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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197558
<![CDATA[Stacy Sullivan]]>
Stacy Sullivan ~  Since You've Asked

Stacy Sullivan, one of the top working singers in Cabaret, will challenge preconceptions with her new show, “Since You’ve Asked.” Whether you’re a fan of The Great American Songbook or VH1, you’ll find something to love within this eclectic evening of music and story. With musical director Troy Fannin, Sullivan has created her most personal, thought-provoking evening to date. #Randy Newman #Nina Simone #Ray LaMontagne #Hoagy Carmichael #Judy Collins #Ed Sheeran #Woodie Guthrie #Stevie Nicks #Cole Porter #George Harrison #Noel Coward #David Hajdu #Fred Hersch #Jonsi #Stephen Schwartz

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192315
<![CDATA[John Minnock]]>

An energetic and entertaining evening of Jazz and Blues. John Minnock gained popularity as a successful singer in Boston, and is now a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Room. Combining great musicality and showmanship, John presents a lively evening of Jazz, Blues, Funk and R&B. “Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick” (–Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review). “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained in his chosen field of study” with “stellar chops”. 
Rapidly building a large New York following, and with a voice that recalls B.B. King, Billy Eckstein, and George Benson, John often branches out to jazz improvisation and scat singing, with interesting facts and history about the songs. “Blues really seems to be his ace in the hole“; “one of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard” (-Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards Review).

With his trio, accomplished musicians from both Boston and New York, John is as at-ease with the complexities of music as he is with working with the band, with the audience, and everything involved in putting on a highly entertaining show. John is joined by his trio pianist Bill Duffy, bassist Carlos Mena, and drummer Pablo Eluchans.
John Minnock performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge for two years, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in the Boston area. The show has been chosen as a “Featured Event” by the Boston Globe a number of times during its run. John also performed in the group “Feed the Meter”, and in performances at Acton Jazz Café.]]>
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202642
<![CDATA[Nora Davis & Carlos Knauth]]>
Carlos Knauth and Nora Davis tell the story of two strangers in the big apple looking for love in all the wrong places. With lots of laughter along the way, their unique friendship develops after they discover that the love they have been searching for has been there all along. Through their avid belief in one another they find the strength to believe in themselves. Join us for an evening of love, longing, and self-discovery that celebrates the journey we all face in staying true to ourselves!
 
Nora Davis is a native of Los Angeles, California.  She is a proud graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied theater, music, and psychology.  She went on to study abroad in London at British American Drama Academy where she had the time of her life! Favorite roles include Hope Cladwell in “Urinetown,” The Witch in “Into the Woods,” Sally DeBanis in “Reefer Madness, and Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof" with Calos Knauth as Perchik of course!

- "Anything you do let it come from you then it will be new. Give us more to see..."   ~ Stephen Sondheim
 
Accompanist: James Horan 




Carlos Knauth has performed in numerous cabarets in NYC Area since his graduation from SUNY New Paltz, where he earned his B.A. in Fine Arts in Theatre. He is proud to be have attended the prestigious International Cabaret Conference at Yale. Favorite roles include: The Mikado, Charlie Brown, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, etc. ]]>
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 01:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=208998
<![CDATA[Forte]]> Formerly known as Broadway 4, FORTE is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic men - Thomas Dieter, Johnny Hager, Skie Ocasio and Michael Osso - who each bring a wide range of skills and experiences to their performances. The group showcases a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan. Conceived  by veteran actor Skie Ocasio, FORTE is known for its ability to connect with audiences, telling enthralling stories through song. Watching a show by FORTE is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. Funny, exhilarating and riveting are just some of the words that have been used to describe their performances. Whether they are performing in an intimate setting or on a major stage, the gentlemen of FORTE create powerful connections with one another and every member of the audience. Talented musicians and expert interpreters of songs, they allow you to hear the piece as if for the first time and come away from the experience invigorated, joyful and moved.]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200115 <![CDATA[Kristoffer Lowe]]>
More information about this show TBA.  Stay tuned.]]>
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200125
<![CDATA[Doreen Montalvo]]>
Doreen celebrates her Birthday and CD Release in one amazing show. 

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200174
<![CDATA[Michael Garin]]>


 
If you've spent any time in New York City after 9:00 p.m. in the last two decades, chances are you're already familiar with Michael Garin. You may have heard him playing piano and singing in such legendary boîtes as The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room, Café Feenjon, the notorious VIP Room at Limelight (where he performed for and with such luminaries as Frank Zappa, James Chance, David Lee Roth, and Kool & the Gang), and Elaine's. He has been hailed in the press as "a virtuoso musical wit" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times) who "presides over the best party in town" (David Finkle, The Village Voice).
 
With his on- and off-stage partner, the singer-comedienne Mardie Millit, Michael performed weekly at Elaine's for the last three years of the restaurant's life. Satirical, witty, acerbically intelligent, Michael has a number of specialty songs that he's known for. His repertoire is massive and eclectic: everything from Middle Eastern and Yiddish to standards to music from classic and obscure cult films to early rock and R&B. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal calls him "perhaps the most extreme polymath I've ever encountered."
 
Michael's other credits include running the cabaret and writing original music for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he accompanied Elaine Stritch, Jane Krakowski, and Nathan Lane, to name a few). His two CDs, "The Song of the Alpha Male" and "Tulsa is Just a Slut Spelled Backwards," are available on iTunes and at cdbaby.com. He co-wrote and co-starred in the hit Off-Broadway musical SONG OF SINGAPORE, for which he won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.
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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202697
<![CDATA[Nathan Lee Graham]]>


The multi-talented Nathan Lee Graham of stage, screen and film is very excited to debut his songbooks at Metropolitan Room!  PERFECTLY PORTER! Mr. Graham explores the clever and classy music of Cole Porter. The effervescent, the bon vivant, the timeless. We invite you too come do hear the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom when the jungle shadows fall! 

Nathan’s New York credits include the Broadway productions of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert  and The Wild Party.  Off-Broadway he was recently seen in Hit The Wall (Barrow Street Theatre) and Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre- Drama League nomination).  National Tours include Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat.  Regionally Nathan has just recently done a star turn as the “Emcee” in Cabaret (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis& Cincinnatti Playhouse in The Park), he has made appearances in The Wild Party (Blank Theatre- LADCC Award, Ovation nomination)  Gift of the Magi (Capital Rep), Once On This Island (O’Keefe Center), The Rabbit Foot (Illinois Theatre Co), Riverview The Musical (Goodman Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Helen Hayes PAC), Division Street (Minnesota Rep) Henry IV: Part I (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).  On television he has been seen as a recurring role on HBO’s.  “The Comeback” with guest star roles on “Absolutely Fabulous”, “It’s All Relative”, “Scrubs”, “Quintuplets” and “Law & Order SVU”.  Nathan is fondly remembered for his film appearances in Zoolander, Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch.  Other films include: 818. Trophy Kids and Migraine.  Nathan was a featured soloist on the 2005 Grammy Award winning “Best Classical Album” of William Bolcom’s Song of Innocence and of Experience.   Nathan is a consummate cabaret artist and a proud graduate of the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.  
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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=175854
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189538
<![CDATA[Bernie's Sing Your Heart Out Talent Showcase]]>
If you'd like to see up-and-comining talent from the NYC area, this is the show to see.  Hear some of the hottest performers sing their heart out at our New Talent Showcase.   This show is videotaped and watched by several music industry professionals looking to find the next BIG STAR.  Be part of history and maybe one day you'll say, "I knew them when..."




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If you'd like more information about auditioning and performing, or if you're a booker, manager, agent or producer and are interested in reviewing our talent, please contact joanne@metropolitanroom.com]]>
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202640
<![CDATA[Kevin Dozier]]>
MAC and Backstage Bistro Award-winning vocalist, Kevin Dozier, returns to The Metropolitan Room to celebrate a life-long love affair with New York City in “A NEW YORK ROMANCE”. Featuring standards, Broadway, jazz, and pop songs from Kevin's studio recordings, "Love-Wise" and "Love's Never Lost", as well as new arrangements set for Kevin by the incomparable Marilyn Maye, Alex Rybeck, and Tedd Firth. You will be taken on a journey exploring love and the passage of time in New York City.  Hear the singer The Huffington Post described as "immensely likable...he brings to his crooning a tone remarkable for its simultaneous vulnerability and power. One of those romantic outings that might in an earlier times have been described as songs for swinging lovers."
 
Kevin will be joined by Award-Winning Musical Director, Alex Rybeck, recently awarded BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best Musical Director” Award for his work with Broadway and Cabaret performers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Akers, Roslyn Kind, Celia Berk, Jason Graae, and Faith Prince.  Also joining Kevin are award-winning guitarist, Sean Harkness, on guitar, and Jered Egan on bass, and John Redsecker on drums.
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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204649
<![CDATA[Tish Rabe]]>
 

Tish Rabe and Friends is a jazz quartet headlined by Tish Rabe, a graduate of Ithaca College School of Music with a degree in Vocal Performance, who sings classic and contemporary jazz favorites by Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Michael Buble. The band recently performed to a sell-out crowd at The Side Door Jazz Club  www.thesidedoorjazz.com and Ms. Rabe sings as a guest artist at local jazz festivals. To learn more go to:
 

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199801
<![CDATA[Pamela Lewis]]>
After performing two sold-out shows in mid-January and another one in March that garnered rave reviews from New York cabaret critics, singer/songwriter Pamela Lewis (a.k.a. Champagne Pam), again brings her unique interpretation of Long Island icon Billy Joel’s songbook to the Metropolitan Room!
 
In "New York State of Mind: The Songs of Billy Joel," you'll hear the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award Winner for "Best Female Vocalist" deliver unique and stirring interpretations of classic Joel songs.
 
Pamela considers the songs of Billy Joel to be the soundtrack of her life and has been dreaming about performing them since she was a little girl growing up on Long Island. Pamela’s understanding of Joel’s Long Island roots, and passion for American popular song make her an ideal performer of this material. 
 
Lewis' show is directed by well-known British cabaret star Barb Jungr. With Musical Director Bill Heller on piano, Lewis’ husband John Hurley on guitar, bass player Ritt Henn, and Marcus Parsley on trumpet, you’ll hear Pamela transform the classic songs of Billy Joel into a sound all her own....
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Here’s what the critics have to say about her new show:
 
“Pamela Lewis offered new, vibrant, self-created arrangements of 15 Joel compositions, performing them in her own self-confident style . . . If you care at all about the art of cabaret and its ability to illuminate a life we beg you not to miss it . . . “ – BistroAwards.com
 
“A zestful romp through the early catalogue of one of New York's most prolific songwriting native sons . . . It's cool when a woman sings an entire show of songs written by a man and puts her own spin on them by changing the feel, the tempo, and the arrangements. Lewis does all that with verve and then some in this show . . . Lewis is an entertainer, as she gestured with her hands in a way that one audience member told me afterward, “Cast a spell.” . . . – BroadwayWorld.com
 
“Lewis delves into the passion and pain that infuses [Billy Joel’s] work. It’s a touch of the new, a bit of the old and a lot of soul. She has a rich voice with the touch of a twang that is equally effective in Billy Joel’s rock/pop style.” – TheaterPizzazz.com
 
For more information on Pamela Lewis, go to: www.champagnepam.com/about 
 
Along with paying homage to Billy Joel, she recently released her original song "DREAMS COME TRUE" 
 
check out the video below! to purchase the single "Dreams Come True" on iTunes http://tinyurl.com/o2zlnl9

 

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=169675
<![CDATA[Eric Yves Garcia]]>

Eric Yves Garcia up in Red Bank, NJ, started playing piano when I was 7, need to visit the beach year-round but basically live there in summer, I'm a Virgo on the cusp with Leo (if you can make sense of such things), I'm a snob about booze and would sooner not drink than drink cheap so if you offer me a glass while I'm performing vodka and whiskey are my friends (specific labels, I'll tell you one on one, no endorsements), and I sing sentimental love songs late at night for a living.
 
For the rest, I trained as an actor at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and am fortunate enough to perform consistently in a variety of film projects (independent features, commercials, web/corporate), which genuinely fascinate me, and have treated me pretty damn well.
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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=199241
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194748 <![CDATA[Baby Jane Dexter]]> Baby Jane Dexter ~ More Rules of the Road
 
"A performance by the cabaret singer Baby Jane Dexter is like a revival meeting without Jesus!"    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 26, 2012

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194255
<![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170116 <![CDATA[The Flatiron Follies]]> METROPOLITAN ROOM'S FLATIRON FOLLIES

Longing for the golden age of Manhattan nightlife?  Put on your glad rags, polish those wingtips and step out in style for some fabulous (but flirty) old fashioned entertainment, curated by two good-time gals and darlings of the NYC nightlife scene, Grace Gotham and Bettina May.  This all-singing, all-dancing duo brings you those glamorous, sequin-spangled production numbers from the 1920s-1950s.  And how!   Showcasing the best of jazz, opera, showtunes and more, The Flatiron Follies feature a roster of the city's most spectacular singers and dazzling dancers - ranging from tap to cirque to burlesque.  Delight in dirty jazz ditties that will make even the saltiest sailor blush!  Be beguiled by the bumps and grinds of classic burlesque!  Join the cast in a rousing singalong with familiar favorites from the great American songbook!  Why, the Flatiron district hasn't been this fun since it was called the Toy district! 
 
Enjoy all of this while luxuriating in the charming cabaret club that is The Metropolitan Room: seating for every guest, waiter service, delectable small plates, a variety of classic cocktails as well as a full bar, and even the option of being seated in a special VIP section for those dukes or debutantes who love to pull out all the stops.  

 
Bettina May
Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer, originally from the west coast of Canada. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever burlesque-based "genius" green card from the USA for her outstanding abilities. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more.  She just published her first book, Everyday Bombshell, sharing her vintage style secrets, and teaches aspiring bombshells around the world with her touring Pin-Up Class. You can find out more about her at Bettina.ca.
 
 
Grace Gotham
Grace Gotham is a burlesque performer and chanteuse who has been described as “the half-Brazilian straight from a Texas cotillion, with a body worth a million.”  She has appeared in the pages of Marie Claire and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen as an avid cook.  Her popular food blog, TasseltoTable.com, features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about her at http://www.gracegotham.com
 

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197275
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182406
<![CDATA[Charles Baran]]>

Charles Baran is a rising actor and performer who in 2013 left a successful career in Design Management to become a full time actor. His career thus far has been marked with many successes in many prestigious roles, among which have been Larry Foreman in The Cradle Will Rock at Theater 80 St. Marks in NYC, Geoffrey in the new comedy Geoffrey and Jeffrey in the Thespis Festival at Cabrini Rep in NYC, (nominated for 2013 Best Actor Award), a featured role in Harold Rome's Pins and Needles at Theatre 80 St. Marks and LaMama in NYC, The Kingdom at Mabou Mines, Walkabout Yeolha at Columbia Stages, Clyde Tolson in The File on J. Edgar Hoover in the 2013 Fresh Fruit Festival, Emmet Watson in Juan and Emmet and his favorite role to date Burke Kendall in 2013's revival of Stand Up Tragedy. On February 14, 2014 Charles debuted his first club act - Charles Baran's Saint Valentine's Day Massacred! at Sophie's on West 53rd Street, NYC. His film credits include A Foreign Heart of Hope and the independent short Perspective. His upcoming projects include Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly at the Interlakes Theater in Meredith, New Hampshire, Artie in the new play The Home, and Sam Male in the webseries Watercooler Madness. Follow Charles on Twitter @chuckieNY www.charlesbaran.com]]>
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205974
<![CDATA[Broadway Artists Connection]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194209 <![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183072
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202629 <![CDATA[Joey Infante]]>

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205445
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189539
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192336 <![CDATA[Marissa Mulder]]> Marissa Mulder returns with an exciting new show called " Instincts". 
From Sara Baraeilles to Stephen Sondheim
Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys. 

Musical Director: Nate Buccieri 

" Ms. Mulder has given us a virtual definition of what cabaret is all about, the projection of ones own soul through the lens of songs written by someone else." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal 
 
" Ms. Mulder sang as if the song were torn from inside of her and reduced the room to a hushed silence. " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 
 
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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=160068
<![CDATA[Baby Jane Dexter]]> Baby Jane Dexter ~ More Rules of the Road
 
"A performance by the cabaret singer Baby Jane Dexter is like a revival meeting without Jesus!"    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 26, 2012

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194256
<![CDATA[Eddie Sarfaty]]>
Eddie Sarfaty is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, Logo’s Wisecrack and is a subject of the documentary, Laughing Matters.  He is the author of Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of humorous essays.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207861
<![CDATA[Allan Sherman Turns 91]]>
Elli The King of Broadway will be singing Allan's songs.

Allan Sherman was an American comedy writer and television producer who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His first album, My Son, the Folk Singer, became the fastest-selling record album up to that time.


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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188111
<![CDATA[We Can Be Kind]]> We Can Be Kind 
A Celebration Of World AIDS Day
 
Joseph Macchia Cabaret producer brings you this very special evening of song. We have come so far in the fight against HIV and AIDS. And we have so far to go. Tonight we remember those we have lost and those we are fighting for. This evening will feature some of the most talented Broadway and Cabaret performers. 
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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190759
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189540
<![CDATA[Gretchen Reinhagen]]>
Gretchen Reinhagen is a multi-award winning artist, receiving the coveted TRIPLE CROWN of cabaret awards in 2010 - the Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and MAC Award - for her show “Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard” directed by Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Director David Gaines. Gretchen has worked with some of the biggest names in cabaret including Steve Ross and Karen Mason. Her shows cover a broad range of material from Musical Comedy to Blues and Rock. Former Back Stage and Citysearch critic Roy Sander said, “Gretchen Reinhagen's shows are marked by intelligence, warmth, a lovely spirit of benevolence, and fine vocals. It is always a pleasure to spend an hour in her company.”
 
As both a singer and an actress, she's performed in a broad range of theaters and concert halls from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland. A few of her favorite professional theater credits include Janis Joplin in Beehive, Louise Segar in Always Patsy Cline, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the lead role of the therapist in the premiere of Mother Me Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and the Queen Mother in the European premiere of Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
 
Equally at home as a teacher, Gretchen maintains a private voice studio in New York and is also available for master classes. She is managed by RNM Representation.
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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=202487
<![CDATA[Kevin Dozier]]>
MAC and Backstage Bistro Award-winning vocalist, Kevin Dozier, returns to The Metropolitan Room to celebrate a life-long love affair with New York City in “A NEW YORK ROMANCE”. Featuring standards, Broadway, jazz, and pop songs from Kevin's studio recordings, "Love-Wise" and "Love's Never Lost", as well as new arrangements set for Kevin by the incomparable Marilyn Maye, Alex Rybeck, and Tedd Firth. You will be taken on a journey exploring love and the passage of time in New York City.  Hear the singer The Huffington Post described as "immensely likable...he brings to his crooning a tone remarkable for its simultaneous vulnerability and power. One of those romantic outings that might in an earlier times have been described as songs for swinging lovers."
 
Kevin will be joined by Award-Winning Musical Director, Alex Rybeck, recently awarded BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best Musical Director” Award for his work with Broadway and Cabaret performers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Akers, Roslyn Kind, Celia Berk, Jason Graae, and Faith Prince.  Also joining Kevin are award-winning guitarist, Sean Harkness, on guitar, and Jered Egan on bass, and John Redsecker on drums.
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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204650
<![CDATA[Harold Sanditen]]> Harold Sanditen

 
"Sanditen’s honey-toned vocals, along with Roulston’s stunning arrangements, make this world trip a joy!"   Cabaret Scenes
 
London-based Sanditen is delighted to return to the Metropolitan Room on the WORLD TOUR of his exciting show, FLYIN’ HIGH, seen at the Metropolitan Room last October. 
 
An intrepid traveller, having visited every continent except Antarctica, Harold finds the humour amongst it all, from Albuquerque to the Zambezi, with songs ranging from Bacharach and The Beatles to Jobim and Weill. 
This is a 65-stop world tour, packed with laughs, great music and exciting new jazz-infused arrangements.  You’ll probably even shed a tear or two.  Come find out who asked Harold “Bloody hell, mate!  Aren’tcha gonna take me back to the tent and take advantage of me?!!!”
 
For 20 years Sanditen was a London-based theatre producer, and since bursting onto the cabaret scene in 2008, has created and performed six shows in as many years, which have played to sell-out houses from London to LA.  
He is probably best known at the host of the hugely popular Open Mic Night now in its third year, at London's hottest music venue, The Crazy Coqs.
 
“Plenty of treasures… a dreamlike rendition of 'Up On The Roof', an amusing 'Crazy', a yearning 'The Look of Love', a refreshingly different 'I Got the Sun in the Morning', an honest and poignant 'Waters of March' and my favourite Lennon/McCartney song, 'In My Life.'" Musical Theatre Review
 
"a better match than Harold Sanditen, his music his vocals and his elegant panache would be hard to find anywhere."  LA Talk Radio
 
 More info:  haroldsanditen.com     Follow Harold:  @haroldsanditen

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194579
<![CDATA[Baby Jane Dexter]]> Baby Jane Dexter ~ More Rules of the Road
 
"A performance by the cabaret singer Baby Jane Dexter is like a revival meeting without Jesus!"    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 26, 2012

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194257
<![CDATA[Dorothy Bishop]]> The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop

NOMINATED BY BROADWAY WORLD FOR BEST NYC MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET SHOW 2013!!!



"12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele.  This show never disappoints!"

Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! 
 
"Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST 

MADONNA




SARA PALIN




RENEE FLEMING



 
 
The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. 
 
Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! 
 
Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! 
 
She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway National Tours, and at Lincoln Center. She is completely interactive with your audience and does full costume changes with beautiful classy tasteful costumes and wigs from the best designers in New York. 
 
"Dorothy Bishop has New York in Stitches" --New York Post "Dorothy Bishop is a triple threat! Part singer, part entertainer, part vocalist, she has the rare gift of holding an audience spell bound as she morphs her voice and persona into some of the worlds most iconic singers." 
 
Dorothy Bishop has been a top headline act all over the world with her Pop Opera show - Viva La Diva! She headlined with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian, and most recently Princess World Cruises 2012. She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, and co-starred in the Broadway National Tour of Master Class Starring Faye Dunaway. 
 
Dorothy's finely trained vocals and years of professional experience will provide your event with unforgettable world class entertainment. 
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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197490
<![CDATA[Tracy Stark & Marcus Simeone]]> Sat, 05 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194749 <![CDATA[Andy Engel's Comedy Night Show]]> Sat, 05 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=170118 <![CDATA[Lina Orfanos]]>
Lina Orfanos ~ Gypsy Romance




Bring together three internationally acclaimed performing and recording artists and one great Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, and you create a special evening of song and music populated by the shadows of lovers, children dreaming, insomniac women on high balconies, and dark Andalusians galloping through moon-bathed olive groves. 
 
The fiery guitar of Hernan Romero with Latin and flamenco strains, the elegant guitar of Spiros Exaras with Mediterranean and New York jazz traditions, and the passionate voice of Lina Orfanos with her Greek, Spanish, and Middle Eastern musicality all combine to create thrilling interpretations foe some of the deep love porn of Federico Garcia Lorca and other poets from Latin America and the West. Join us for an evening of lyrical exuberance that will make you tremble. 

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Lyric soprano Lina Orfanos was born in New York City and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. She is an international star who sings in various languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish. She sings in classical, contemporary and jazz styles. 
 
In September 2013, Lina released her first Spanish CD – Ay Amor (www.CDBaby.com). She has two critically acclaimed Greek recordings Songs for Romantics and Realists and Enchanted Night. She has toured throughout the United States and Greece, and has performed in Israel and Spain. Her shows range from tributes to the Broadway songbook, Ella Fitzgerald, and the legendary Greek composers like Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. 
 
In Greece, Lina is a regular guest star with the orchestra of Mikis Theodorakis. The great Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri says that Lina is not only an “artist” but she has the “tragic element in both the high ranges and the low ranges.” Theodorakis, who has coached Lina, finds her performances “thrilling” and her interpretations “perfect... mature and sensational!” Recently, composer Dimitris Maramis created Spanish songs specifically with her voice in mind. The song cycle Ay Amor bridges the Mediterranean with Latin America and highlights Lina’s lyricism, passion and musicality.
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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194577
<![CDATA[Janine Gilbert-Carter]]>


Janine Gilbert-Carter Vocals - www.janinecarter.com
Eric B. Byrd - Piano  www.ericbyrd.com
Wes Biles - Bass
Jeff Neal - Drums www.jeffnealdrum.com
Marshall Keys - Sax  www.marshallkeys.com

Jazzy, Soulfully Yours!  This will be an intimate evening of Jazz and Blues standards paying tribute to many of our Jazz legends. Be prepared to go on an amazing musical journey.  You will not be disappointed!

The MC for the evening will be New York native Carol May Tyson, the daughter of world renowned and one of the most prodigious and prolific bassists of the postwar era, the late Earl May.  Mrs. Tyson is the producer at Robyn's Place hosted by another New York native Robyn Holden at WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC
 
"Her poignantly warm, rich, soulful voice lovingly and profoundly penetrates the soul of all who are blessed to hear her. From the first note, the listener becomes spellbound. Not only her voice, but her delivery captivates." - Dr. Diane Brenda Williams
 
 
Janine Carter was introduced to gospel, Jazz and blues at a very early age by her parents and grandmother. This Pennsylvania native cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her very existence. She began her musical journey like so many contemporary artists as a member of the choir at her church in Aliquippa, PA. She also had the opportunity to expand on her solo performances as a member of the Bach Choir of PA which performed some of Broadways most exciting musicals. Janine continued to use the gift she was given to perform at various functions and special events until she relocated to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area in the summer of 1988. During the summer of 1996 Janine performed her debut concert in the DC area at New Genesis Baptist Church; this celestial songbird has been flying ever since. 
 
Audiences have been delighted with her performances at leading DC jazz venues such as: The Mandarin Oriental, Kaufmann's, Laporta's, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The U Street Jazz series, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival  and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz festival and the legendary Washington DC supper Club Blues Alley in addition to several prestigious White House Events.  She has also completed four international tours to Italy, Russia and Israel
Janine has shared the stage with area-wide jazz musicians; pianist Aaron Grave, Vince Smith, Eric Byrd, Allyn Johnson, Glenn Douglas, Chris Grasso and Ron Elliston; bassist Wes Biles, James King, Saxophonists Paul Carr, Brian Settles and Marshall Keys and percussionist Nasar Abadey Jeff Neal and the late Ricky Loza and Mike Smith. 
 
In 2006 Janine join the cast of "Sistas Can Sang, A Tribute to Female Jazz Legends" where she portrays the legendary Dinah Washington. 
 
With the Release of "At Last" this will mark Janine's seventh exploration. She has released six previous CD's in two different genres; (Jazz) In the Moment, A Song For You, Inside A Silent Tear and Sailing (Gospel) God Spoke To Me and Janine Gilbert-Carter & Friends Live at the FMJS quarterly gospel concert. 
 
Janine's “prayer is to have a positive effect on all that hear her music and to exude the feeling of warmth and love through her music”. 
Tours:
 
Oct /Nov  2009 Torino Italy: 19th Edition Blues Al Femminiel Centro Jazz Torino 10 City 10 Concert Tour,
2010 Russia
2011 Russia 
2013 Russia 
2013 Israel 
 
Honors and Awards: 
2013 - Inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall of Fame receiving the Henry Mancini Award 
2006 - 2008 - Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
2006 - Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "A Song For You" 
2006- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance 
2005- Quarter Finalist- Americas Traditions vocal competition Savannah, GA 
2004- Finalist - Baltimore MD Mayor's Billie Holiday competition 
2003 - Finalist - FMJS East Coast Jazz competition 
2002 - Winner of The Absolute Jazz competition Wash. D.C.
2014 Wammie Award Nominee for Best jazz Vocalist 
2014 Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "At Last"
 
“...smooth, soulful and affectionate sound!...experienced songstress!...straight ahead delivery!...” 
- Vanguard Jazz Society, Vanguard Jazz Society (Apr 17, 2010) 
 
. Gilbert-Carter just swings and could teach a few new divas a thing or two about how to sell a song...” 
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
 
 “When it comes to singers like Gilbert-Carter, you can't help but just smile and go along for the voyage she wants to take you on, because not only will it be entertaining, but it can be soothing and fun.” 
- John Book, Music for America Review 
 
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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159842
<![CDATA[Lauren White & The Quinn Johnson Trio]]>
LAUREN WHITE & THE QUINN JOHNSON TRIO "EXPERIMENT: Inspired By The Recordings of IRENE KRAL"
 
Lauren is a popular Los Angeles vocallist, who has performed extensively in venues throughout the city such as Catalina Jazz Club, Upstairs At Vitello's, Feinstein's At The Cinegrill and the Legendary Cinegrill at The Hollywood Roosevelt. "Experiment" is the second collaboration for Lauren with Quinn Johnson producing. Their previous cd, "Meant To Be", is highly regarded for it's adventurous spirit and exquisite arrangements and received considerable airplay.
 
Quinn Johnson is the longtime Musical Director for Steve Tyrell and frequently appears in the Clare Fischer Band, playing the Claire Fischer parts in their various incarnations, for which they won a recent Latin Grammy for best album. 


 
 
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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207863
<![CDATA[Elli the King of Broadway]]>

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187111
<![CDATA[Elli the King of Broadway]]> Elli the King of Broadway & Friends celebrate Chanukah at the Metropolitan Room


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Tue, 08 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187112
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189541
<![CDATA[Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show]]> She’s a multi-MAC Award winner and he’s a Bistro Award winner; together Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark are three time MAC Award Nominees for this show! They are ringing in the holiday season in JULY! This special event is being taped for promotional purposes so, if you feel like hearing some songs that are traditional, non-traditional and some that are a little naughty but nice, come join us for Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas in JULY!
 
Music Director Paul Stephan has created all the highly acclaimed arrangements.
 
“Like old friends hanging around the tree, singing favorites . . . these two genial singers would be welcome presences at any party or show celebrating the season.” – Rob Lester, Talkin Broadway
 
“Sue and Edd held the room in the palms of their hands from the very beginning. What a tremendous show! If you think Suzy’s an ordinary snowflake, - it’s a Sweeney Todd Christmas! Pure theatre-lovers delight, especially when Sue becomes a Mrs. Lovett-like comic foil –attend the tale of Edd and Sue! The final group of songs showcased the range and power of both vocalists with Edd taking the lead with “The Little Road to Bethlehem.” His classical voice and training made the flow and phrasing breathtaking. Sue then took the helm with another Stephan arrangement, this time of “Mary, Did You Know.” The minor key and pathos of this Lowry and Greene song cut through the fun and frolic of the earlier parts of the show with another strong reminder of the purpose, for Christians, of the season. The passion in Sue’s voice and the delicacy and dynamic range in such an intimate space, made the show feel more like an impromptu living room concert.- Sherri Rase, Qonstage.com
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Wed, 09 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193702
<![CDATA[Julie Budd]]> Julie Budd ~ They Wrote The Songs

Media Contact:  Richard Skipper    www.richardskipper.com
 
JULIE BUDD .. sings;
“ They Wrote The Songs “
The Music Of Our Lives
 
CD on Amazon, Itunes, and CD Baby
WINNER  of  “The Broadway World Award  “ Best Show!
 
Do You Remember When That Special Song was first played for us?  It meant so much & still does.
That meaningful song took you back to a special time & a  place.  When hearing those lyrics & the caressing melodies transported you to a place where only music can take you to.
 
“ They Wrote The Songs “ … the music of our lives…  compilation of the greatest songs , from the most celebrated writers , are now sung by a truly beloved entertainer.
 
Songs that are the heart of our generation and the music soundtrack of our lives.  Julie Budd sings selections from, Elton John , Burt Bacharach & Hal David , Andrew Lloyd Weber , Anthony Newly , Paul Anka , Ann Hampton Callaway & More!
 
Along with  some great American Classic Composers & Classic selections from great shows as well.  These memories are lasting forever and so is this music.
 
Julie Budd shares her memories with you as she explores the grand talents behind the music.  The Nationally-loved Julie Budd ,  hailed by  “The New York Times “  …”The Consummate Performer “  gives a warm & Touching interpretation  on... Julie Budd Sings  “They Wrote The Songs “ The music of our lives.
 
JULIE BUDD
Celebrity Artist In Resident
Metropolitan Room Concert Dates For 2015
MAY 14
SEPT. 10
OCT. 21
DEC 10
 
JULIE BUDD .... The CD  ‘ They Wrote The Songs “
Is now in it’s Fourth Pressing & Is available for Download on all on line retail sites.
 
Julie Budd on YOUTUBE  





JULIE BUDD CD Reviews 
 
ABOUT JULIE BUDD
Julie Budd Has Been entertaining since the Tender age of 12.  After Meeting Merv Griffin at a recording studio in NYC, Merv immediately took Julie under his wing, and put her on his show, where Julie appeared over 100 times.
 
From there, this Mini Girl With The Maxi Voice went on to perform on every major TV show, and began to perform with Orchestras  all over the country.
Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today, and enjoys a multi- faceted  career on the concert stage, in films & on Television.
 
Julie Budd has appeared at;
Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center , The London Palladium & in venues & Symphony Orchestras,  all over the world.
 
You Can Follow Julie On Her Website  www.juliebudd.com
And Visit Her On FACE BOOK as well
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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=159916
<![CDATA[Steven Chera]]> STEVEN CHERA ~ A Vintage Style All His Own

From the Standards to Early Rock 'n Roll




Steven Chera is a singer/song stylist of traditional pop, jazz, & easy listening. Over his life-long career as a singer he has developed an eclectic range of shows featuring music from the 1930s/1940s jazz standards, 1950s rock, to the swinging hits of the 1960s & 70s.

Singing since the age of 12, his first public performance was his own rendition 
of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" sung at a community event that gave the audience chills.
The Brooklyn born Chera spent his early years listening and studying music legends like 
Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin,Frank Sinatra and of course Elvis Presley. Even though he has 
responsibilities of working in the family retail business he never stopped pursuing music.
His friends jokingly refer to him as "Elvis."

Lately Steven has been working on his NEW album "Smile".  He will be debuting "Smile" on this lovely evening from New York's #1 Caberat Room The Metropolitan Room.

The title song "Smile" is a classic composed by Charlie Chalpin and made famous by the great Nat King Cole. Steven also does Mr. Cole's "Mona Lisa", another all time classic. He will also be performing "All The Way" and "Birth of The Blues" both made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles's "Georgia on My Mind", and "Hallelujah I Just Love Here So".  You will hear many other classic tunes at the show from his new album    


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Steven’s new arrangements of mostly early Beatle hits add a jazzy tone and somewhat different sound to songs that are known by all. From his opening number I Saw Her Standing There to his very moving closing number Imagine, Chera’s very pleasant baritone provides a somewhat different sound to these classic songs. His up-tempo swinging version of Something and his performances of Yesterday and In My Life were among the evening’s highlights. A swinging trio, led by pianist and musical director Bob Kaye, backed Mr.Chera for the evening of Beatlemania.

Written by Ron Forman for Broadwayshowbiz.com


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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200922
<![CDATA[Cabaret Cares]]> Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York CabaretCommunity.  ]]> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=188829 <![CDATA[Marieann Meringolo]]>
MARIEANN MERINGOLO 

Annual Holiday Show "In The Spirit"




"Covering an eclectic mix of music from Cole Porter to Sara Bareilles, Michel Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Marsha Malamet and more."

For More Info: www.MarieannMeringolo.com

Rave Reviews...

"If you want to see and hear a truly great vocalist, see Marieann Meringolo's show, for sure!"
 - Danielle Miceli's New York Cabaret Today
 
"Meringolo has one of the best voices in cabaret. The vocalist can be hairs-standing-up-on-your-neck thrilling. – Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town
 
"Marieann Meringolo impressed me so much that from now on I’m calling her MM2 because I feel she is to singing what Marilyn Monroe was to sex." – Myra Chanin, Times Square Chronicles
 
“Marieann has one of THE most beautiful voices in the business. – Sue Matsuki, Cabaret Hotline Online
 
"She proves again that she can thrill listeners as few others do, even some who’ve attained greater prominence.”                                             - Elizabeth Ahlfors, Bistro Awards

"Ms. Meringolo draws you in and her voice holds you captive till she’s through.” – Sherri Rase, Q onStage
 
"Powerhouse Interpretation.”                                                                                 
- Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
 
Meringolo’s vocals are as lovely and powerful as ever.
-Stephen Hanks, Broadwayworld.com         
 
"Cabaret PICK OF THE WEEK."
- Rob Lester, nitelifeexchange.com
                              
 

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207491
<![CDATA[Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show]]> She’s a multi-MAC Award winner and he’s a Bistro Award winner; together Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark are three time MAC Award Nominees for this show! They are ringing in the holiday season in JULY! This special event is being taped for promotional purposes so, if you feel like hearing some songs that are traditional, non-traditional and some that are a little naughty but nice, come join us for Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas in JULY!
 
Music Director Paul Stephan has created all the highly acclaimed arrangements.
 
“Like old friends hanging around the tree, singing favorites . . . these two genial singers would be welcome presences at any party or show celebrating the season.” – Rob Lester, Talkin Broadway
 
“Sue and Edd held the room in the palms of their hands from the very beginning. What a tremendous show! If you think Suzy’s an ordinary snowflake, - it’s a Sweeney Todd Christmas! Pure theatre-lovers delight, especially when Sue becomes a Mrs. Lovett-like comic foil –attend the tale of Edd and Sue! The final group of songs showcased the range and power of both vocalists with Edd taking the lead with “The Little Road to Bethlehem.” His classical voice and training made the flow and phrasing breathtaking. Sue then took the helm with another Stephan arrangement, this time of “Mary, Did You Know.” The minor key and pathos of this Lowry and Greene song cut through the fun and frolic of the earlier parts of the show with another strong reminder of the purpose, for Christians, of the season. The passion in Sue’s voice and the delicacy and dynamic range in such an intimate space, made the show feel more like an impromptu living room concert.- Sherri Rase, Qonstage.com
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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=193703
<![CDATA[Teresa Eggertsen Cooke]]>

This show is dedicated to our dear departed friend Pete Barquin, who passed away from  ALS (Lou Gehrig ’s disease).  Any support to the ALS Association is welcome. Thank you.
 
Back in April, 2014, April 23rd to be exact, Teresa Eggertsen Cooke made her New York City debut at our very own Metropolitan Room. She sang a combination of tunes dating from Irving Berlin’s 1924 classic “What’ll I Do?” to Carol King’s pensive “It’s Too Late”. Both are standards from distant eras, crossing decades. When the venue asked Teresa back this coming fall, Teresa thought, “I’ll do this again. These are the songs I love, the songs my audience loves.  When I see how happy my music makes people and the emotion that ensues, I am so humbled.”
And so, “Decades of Song” is coming to the Metropolitan Room, Saturday, September 20th at 7 PM.
 
And songs they are! “My Baby Just Cares for Me” penned in 1930 is one of the ditties Teresa will be singing. Another will be “Your Song” the very first hit from Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The songs will cross eras, moods and genres. From the 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, 1970s; up-tempo tunes and soft rock ballads and how they translate into a jazz motif, including “The Rose” and “Songs of Life” from Neil Diamond’s 1978 film “The Jazz Singer”. Teresa will include tunes written in the earliest days of popular song. Teresa remembers her father singing these songs to her to her, and this is what taught her to appreciate singing and performing.
 
Possessing a versatile vocal range and piano skills, Teresa Eggertsen makes each and every song her own.
 
Although new to New York City, Teresa is not new to performing. She currently resides with her family in Park City, Utah. She has been performing in Park City and in the surrounding area for many years. In 2013 she performed at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago and The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. She began playing piano and singing at a very young age and continued for many years until she took a break to become an internationally ranked Mountain Bike racer. She then retired from racing in 2003 and came back to music. “It really is one of two of my FAVORITE things to do, the other is riding my mountain bike!”
 
And what about coming back to New York? Teresa says, “I can’t wait to come back! The Metropolitan Room took a chance on someone from Utah whom they had never met or seen perform. It has given me a lot of confidence. They are wonderful!”
 
Taking influences from jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style. She will be joined by Ben Lepley on trombone and Lou Vito, guitar.
 
Here’s what’s being said about Teresa Eggertsen Cooke:
 
“Teresa Eggertsen Cooke has the unique ability to present and perform  songs they you may have heard over the years and make one feel as if they are hearing them for the very first time in your life. The combination of her beautiful voice and style of musical presentation set her apart from the rest of the crowd.  She stands alone in this field. Just an outstanding performer with amazing talent and charisma.  One of the very best I have ever heard”
—Alissa Grimaldi, New York City, NY
 
“Taking influences from Jazz standards, to rock ballads spanning many decades, Teresa has created her own interpretive style.”  “Teresa’s voice is liquid velvet and her soothing piano arrangements bring new life to a repertoire of hundreds of songs across many genres”
—Dr. Isaac Hurtado, Utah Vocal Arts Academy
 
“Teresa’s gentle intention possesses that touch of magic which carries many of us to tears by the sheer beauty of her message and her warmth.”
— Debra Cook, Utah Conservatory
 

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190493
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187213
<![CDATA[The Flatiron Follies]]> METROPOLITAN ROOM'S FLATIRON FOLLIES

Longing for the golden age of Manhattan nightlife?  Put on your glad rags, polish those wingtips and step out in style for some fabulous (but flirty) old fashioned entertainment, curated by two good-time gals and darlings of the NYC nightlife scene, Grace Gotham and Bettina May.  This all-singing, all-dancing duo brings you those glamorous, sequin-spangled production numbers from the 1920s-1950s.  And how!   Showcasing the best of jazz, opera, showtunes and more, The Flatiron Follies feature a roster of the city's most spectacular singers and dazzling dancers - ranging from tap to cirque to burlesque.  Delight in dirty jazz ditties that will make even the saltiest sailor blush!  Be beguiled by the bumps and grinds of classic burlesque!  Join the cast in a rousing singalong with familiar favorites from the great American songbook!  Why, the Flatiron district hasn't been this fun since it was called the Toy district! 
 
Enjoy all of this while luxuriating in the charming cabaret club that is The Metropolitan Room: seating for every guest, waiter service, delectable small plates, a variety of classic cocktails as well as a full bar, and even the option of being seated in a special VIP section for those dukes or debutantes who love to pull out all the stops.  

 
Bettina May
Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer, originally from the west coast of Canada. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever burlesque-based "genius" green card from the USA for her outstanding abilities. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more.  She just published her first book, Everyday Bombshell, sharing her vintage style secrets, and teaches aspiring bombshells around the world with her touring Pin-Up Class. You can find out more about her at Bettina.ca.
 
 
Grace Gotham
Grace Gotham is a burlesque performer and chanteuse who has been described as “the half-Brazilian straight from a Texas cotillion, with a body worth a million.”  She has appeared in the pages of Marie Claire and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Cosmo TV, The Sartorialist for AOL series, and as on Oprah radio. In addition to turning up the heat on stage, Grace also does so in the kitchen as an avid cook.  Her popular food blog, TasseltoTable.com, features “sexy and simple meals from a burlesque showgirl to your table.” Learn more about her at http://www.gracegotham.com
 

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197276
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182407
<![CDATA[Charles Baran]]>

Charles Baran is a rising actor and performer who in 2013 left a successful career in Design Management to become a full time actor. His career thus far has been marked with many successes in many prestigious roles, among which have been Larry Foreman in The Cradle Will Rock at Theater 80 St. Marks in NYC, Geoffrey in the new comedy Geoffrey and Jeffrey in the Thespis Festival at Cabrini Rep in NYC, (nominated for 2013 Best Actor Award), a featured role in Harold Rome's Pins and Needles at Theatre 80 St. Marks and LaMama in NYC, The Kingdom at Mabou Mines, Walkabout Yeolha at Columbia Stages, Clyde Tolson in The File on J. Edgar Hoover in the 2013 Fresh Fruit Festival, Emmet Watson in Juan and Emmet and his favorite role to date Burke Kendall in 2013's revival of Stand Up Tragedy. On February 14, 2014 Charles debuted his first club act - Charles Baran's Saint Valentine's Day Massacred! at Sophie's on West 53rd Street, NYC. His film credits include A Foreign Heart of Hope and the independent short Perspective. His upcoming projects include Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly at the Interlakes Theater in Meredith, New Hampshire, Artie in the new play The Home, and Sam Male in the webseries Watercooler Madness. Follow Charles on Twitter @chuckieNY www.charlesbaran.com]]>
Sun, 13 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=207565
<![CDATA[Lina Orfanos]]>
Lina Orfanos ~ Gypsy Romance




Bring together three internationally acclaimed performing and recording artists and one great Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, and you create a special evening of song and music populated by the shadows of lovers, children dreaming, insomniac women on high balconies, and dark Andalusians galloping through moon-bathed olive groves. 
 
The fiery guitar of Hernan Romero with Latin and flamenco strains, the elegant guitar of Spiros Exaras with Mediterranean and New York jazz traditions, and the passionate voice of Lina Orfanos with her Greek, Spanish, and Middle Eastern musicality all combine to create thrilling interpretations foe some of the deep love porn of Federico Garcia Lorca and other poets from Latin America and the West. Join us for an evening of lyrical exuberance that will make you tremble. 

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Lyric soprano Lina Orfanos was born in New York City and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. She is an international star who sings in various languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish. She sings in classical, contemporary and jazz styles. 
 
In September 2013, Lina released her first Spanish CD – Ay Amor (www.CDBaby.com). She has two critically acclaimed Greek recordings Songs for Romantics and Realists and Enchanted Night. She has toured throughout the United States and Greece, and has performed in Israel and Spain. Her shows range from tributes to the Broadway songbook, Ella Fitzgerald, and the legendary Greek composers like Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. 
 
In Greece, Lina is a regular guest star with the orchestra of Mikis Theodorakis. The great Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri says that Lina is not only an “artist” but she has the “tragic element in both the high ranges and the low ranges.” Theodorakis, who has coached Lina, finds her performances “thrilling” and her interpretations “perfect... mature and sensational!” Recently, composer Dimitris Maramis created Spanish songs specifically with her voice in mind. The song cycle Ay Amor bridges the Mediterranean with Latin America and highlights Lina’s lyricism, passion and musicality.
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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194578
<![CDATA[Cabaret's Greatest Hits]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192726 <![CDATA[It's Just a Number with Bobbie Horowitz]]> “It’s Just a Number”

HONOREE: 
 
 
This series at The Metropolitan Room, hosted by songwriter, performer, producer, Bobbie Horowitz, intends to open America’s eyes to the fact that every age can be filled with vitality. People over age 50 are still cookin’! Teens,  20, 30 & 40 year olds  come on in to see great performers & learn you don't have to fear getting older. It's just a number!
 
In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond who has begun a new career, pick up an old career they gave up on, took on a new undertaking, gone back to school to learn a new skill, etc.
 
In 2015, those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population – and the number will continue to grow! Many seniors and Boomers can and want to do more than merely order Health Alerts and we’re showing them they can! 
 
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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=205401
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189542
<![CDATA[Kevin Dozier]]>
MAC and Backstage Bistro Award-winning vocalist, Kevin Dozier, returns to The Metropolitan Room to celebrate a life-long love affair with New York City in “A NEW YORK ROMANCE”. Featuring standards, Broadway, jazz, and pop songs from Kevin's studio recordings, "Love-Wise" and "Love's Never Lost", as well as new arrangements set for Kevin by the incomparable Marilyn Maye, Alex Rybeck, and Tedd Firth. You will be taken on a journey exploring love and the passage of time in New York City.  Hear the singer The Huffington Post described as "immensely likable...he brings to his crooning a tone remarkable for its simultaneous vulnerability and power. One of those romantic outings that might in an earlier times have been described as songs for swinging lovers."
 
Kevin will be joined by Award-Winning Musical Director, Alex Rybeck, recently awarded BroadwayWorld.com’s “Best Musical Director” Award for his work with Broadway and Cabaret performers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Akers, Roslyn Kind, Celia Berk, Jason Graae, and Faith Prince.  Also joining Kevin are award-winning guitarist, Sean Harkness, on guitar, and Jered Egan on bass, and John Redsecker on drums.
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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=204651
<![CDATA[The Highland Divas]]> THE HIGHLAND DIVAS | MUSICAL CROSSROADS
Georgia Johnson, Margaret Kelly, and Marla Kavanaugh are a long way from home. Although these talented young women are enjoying careers that landed them in New York, they all hail from well outside of the Big Apple.

A MUSICAL CROSSROADS
Georgia, Margaret, and Marla are The Highland Divas: three women from different parts of the world, with diverse musical backgrounds and a common heritage. These uniquely talented artists will take you on a musical journey that spans the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand, and culminates in the soaring heights of Rock Opera. It is a journey from the most achingly spare Celtic ballads, to the most thrilling, harmonized interpretations of popular and classical music.
 
Georgia Johnson is an alumni of Glasgow’s prestigious Musical Theatre Course at Knightswood Secondary School, as well as a Scottish actress, singer, and dancer who moved to the US in 2004 when she was accepted with scholarship into The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating in 2006, she successfully landed the role of Orange Girl, in the 2007 national tour of Shout! The Mod Musical. Following that, she was offered the role of Sharon in the funny and successful off Broadway show Girls Night The Musical. A jack-of-all-trades in the performing industry, this well trained singer, dancer, and actress has been branded a “true triple threat” by some of Broadway and television’s top producers. In 2008, Georgia served as the first non-American USO girl for two years, performing for productions such as Dick Clarks’ New Years Rockin’ Eve Show. Performing to over 22.6 million viewers, she also sang the national anthem at New York’s City Field and various other patriotic events across the US. In 2012 she sang the national anthem for the NASDAQ ringing of the bell. Georgia is beyond delighted to be tuning back into her roots and joining the Highland Divas, singing the songs most true to her heart - the songs she was born to sing.

Margaret Kelly has wowed audiences in her native Scotland and in the United States with her stirring powerhouse voice that has been described as "cathartic." She received a scholarship to the prestigious AMDA in New York and established herself immediately in performing the role of Grizabella in three productions of Cats - The Musical, including the Broadway 25th Anniversary Tour, and procuring a Green card based on exceptional musical ability. After establishing herself as an artist to watch in Scotland, and recording and starring in multiple musicals, she sang the national anthem at the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 in New York. Most recently, Margaret is proud to have performed on Broadway in The Minskoff Theatre 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
 
Marla Kavanaugh has captivated worldwide audiences with her angelic soprano. Originally from New Zealand, she is a critically acclaimed leading lady in opera and musical theatre. Marla sang in the Los Angeles Opera Gala welcoming Placido Domingo as Artistic Director. She starred in the post Broadway West Coast premiers of Terence MacNally's Masterclass and Paul Gordon's Jane Eyre. She has been a guest soloist with symphonies in New Zealand, The US, Japan, and The Netherlands. In 2004, she was humbled to be the soprano soloist in New York’s Central Park to commemorate the victims of 9/11. As a recording artist, she has been a guest on three albums with international tenor, Daniel Rodriguez, and her debut album “Songbirds”, with identical twin sister Marissa, is available worldwide. Marla is currently touring the US with the show Boy Meets Girl alongside Daniel Rodriguez.
 
 
 

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=178316
<![CDATA[Skie Ocasio]]>
Skie Ocasio was last seen at the Metropolitan Room in 2009 in At Last an evening of song, since than he has been working as the VP of Operations at Luxury Attaché.  He is a producer, director and creator of Broadway4 and Forte. His recent endeavors include a partnership with Joseph Macchia and Rival Productions.  As a performer Skie found his love of performing at the Lower East Side Boys Club of New York, making his debut as the lead in Pinocchio at 11. That part lead to other roles (including the lead in Oliver!) and the opportunity to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts on a full academic scholarship. After high school, Skie studied musical theater at Syracuse University followed by a career as a ‘theme park/cruise line’ entertainer. Skie joined the National tours of Jekyll & Hyde, South Pacific starring Robert Goulet and Bombay Dreams; as well as singing offstage during performances of both Gypsy of the Year and The Easter Bonnet Competition. In Dallas he performed the roles of Frankie in Forever Plaid, Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Black in The Wild Party, The American in Chess and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. He understudied Paolo Montalban as Prince Charming in the Papermill Playhouse production of Cinderella, where he performed the role opening weekend. As a Director Ocasio has staged 2 concerts for the NYCGMC as well as several cabaret shows, he studied the Art of Cabaret with artists Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Lenny Watts and Christopher Denny.  This show marks his birthday and come back to performing.]]>
Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=201847
<![CDATA[Dana Lorge's Variety Show]]> DANA LORGE ~ MULTI MAC AWARD WINNER 
 
THE DANA LORGE VARIETY SHOW
 
with
 
Bistro Award winning Musical Director
 
Maestro Barry Levitt on piano
 
Jon Burr on bass

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=172948
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187054
<![CDATA[Corinna Sowers Adler]]>
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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=197559
<![CDATA[Jillian Laurain]]> “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”

Opera Singer/Musical Theatre and Concert Stage artist brings her award winning vocal talents back to the Metropolitan Room in her new show “An Evening With Jillian Laurain - The Rhythms Of My Life”
 
Having won the 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist for her highly successful tribute show, “My Broadway – 100 Years Of The Great White Way” Jillian sings songs by our great composers and lyricists Leonard Bernstein, John Kander & Fred Ebb, “Yip” Harburg & Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields, Duke Ellington…
Jillian brings not just her voice but her acting abilities to the songs that best fit “the rhythms of her life”
 
Don Rebic on piano
Tom Hubbard on bass
Sean Harkness on guitar
Ed Ornowski on drums
Emedin Rivera on percussion
Directed by Nikki Saed


*(This Video includes Barry Levitt on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ed Ornowski on drums and Rob Thomas on violin)
 
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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=161914
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187055
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187056
<![CDATA[Forte]]> Formerly known as Broadway 4, FORTE is a singing quartet made up of four dynamic men - Thomas Dieter, Johnny Hager, Skie Ocasio and Michael Osso - who each bring a wide range of skills and experiences to their performances. The group showcases a mix of Broadway, pop and contemporary music with innovative, rousing arrangements by James Horan. Conceived  by veteran actor Skie Ocasio, FORTE is known for its ability to connect with audiences, telling enthralling stories through song. Watching a show by FORTE is like spending an evening being entertained by friends. Funny, exhilarating and riveting are just some of the words that have been used to describe their performances. Whether they are performing in an intimate setting or on a major stage, the gentlemen of FORTE create powerful connections with one another and every member of the audience. Talented musicians and expert interpreters of songs, they allow you to hear the piece as if for the first time and come away from the experience invigorated, joyful and moved.]]> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=200116 <![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189543
<![CDATA[Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special]]> Hedda Lettuce ~ Christmas Special

The Holidays are upon us, now that Lettuce Rejoice 2012 is around the corner. Playing at the famed cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room, in Chelsea I ask you, “how can a girl go wrong?”

Hedda’s crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, ‘Here Comes Tranny Clause’, the classic song, ‘Sleigh Ride’, in Hedda’shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and ‘Do You Hear What IHear’ is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperatelyseeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic MissLettuce.



Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays.  Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. Every night,Hedda will be giving away a basket filled with Boy Butter Lubricant to onelucky patron. I am moist like a Little Debbie Snack Treat just thinking aboutit! The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano (heplayed on the Scissor Sisters first album). Tickets sell out fast so make yourreservations today

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Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187214
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS]]> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192335 <![CDATA[Steve D'Agostino]]> Steve D'Agostino,


Steve D'Agostino has been performing the songs from the "Great American Songbook" for over 30 years. His journey to a commitment of "expression" through the music and lyrics made popular in the United States and around the world by vocalist such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash took root a long time ago.
 
At the age of 8, Steve responded enthusiastically to the opportunity of attending weekly guitar lessons. Playing the guitar and listening to classic vocal performances of standard tunes with his dad at a young age provided Steve with the essential experience and exposure that began to mold his understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm. 
 
At the age of 14, while attending St. Joseph's high school in Trumbull, Steve began to study guitar with Tony Purrone and Sal Salvador at the University of Bridgeport. During his course of study with these university professors, Steve secured a position playing guitar with the University of Bridgeport Big Band under the direction of Gary Riggerio. 
 
In the early 80's, Steve started playing guitar and singing "live" with his first band "Finesse". The band experienced quite a following and established themselves as a successful GB (general business) group in Connecticut performing an average of 100 engagements a year. As Steve continued to evolve, his voice began to be an essential skill that his band began to rely on. As a result of his vocal development, in the the late 80's, Steve began to dedicate himself more on the development of his singing skills.
 
Today, Steve's 30 plus years of experience are evident with every performance as he tenderly delivers melodies on ballads or relaxes the placement of a lyric on any "medium" to "up-tempo" swing tune. This vocal artistry has taken Steve from "coast to coast" and through the dedication of he and his live band, Steve has become "the standard" of this genre of music on the local scene. 
 
In addition to regular engagements at some of the finest restaurants and night clubs in Connecticut, Steve's performing credits include appearances in Las Vegas at The Paris Casino Hotel, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, The Pequot Room at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT and the MGM Grand Theatre. 
 
Steve continues to honor and maintain the tradition of the Great American Songbook today by humbly interpreting the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Every time he stands in front of an audience, his interpretations of these great american songs reminds his audience about the skill and importance of the "art and craft" of songwriting and public performance.
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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=176234
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182408
<![CDATA[Annie Ross]]> Annie Ross: "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others.

(Photo Credit: Sánta István Csaba)

A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.



As a child, Annie Ross entered a talent show on the radio accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, which resulted an a six-month contract with MGM. She went to Hollywood at age eight where she appeared in "The Little Rascals" singing a jazz version of "Loch Lomond." At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in "Presenting Lily Mars." At age 14 she composed the song "Let's Fly", which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford. In Paris in the late 40’s, she met up with musicians involved in modern jazz, including James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and displayed an unerring ear and savvy sense of harmony, which was much appreciated. At 19, she recorded “Le Vent Vert” with Moody. Back in the U.S. at age 21 she recorded for Savoy, along with Clarke, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath. She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater.

The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio. Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.. Annie Ross 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MAC AWARD WINNER!
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Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=189544
<![CDATA[CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S DAY]]> Fri, 01 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=192337 <![CDATA[The Annual Cabaret 24 Hr. Marathon Extravaganza]]> Cabaret 24 Hr. Marathon Extravaganza]]> Sat, 02 Jan 2016 02:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=187955 <![CDATA[Witti Repartee]]> Witti Repartee's Broads, Bawds and Bachelorettes; an evening of song, story and striptease!
 
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, GO TO  http://wittireparteebroads.brownpapertickets.com
 
An evening of song, story and striptease to benefit Iris House: a Center for Women with HIV
 
Following on the heels of her radically successful third annual 39th Birthday Party and last winter's Dowager's Bachelorette Party, Witti Repartee is back with some of her dearest broads, bawds and bachelorettes to thrill, tickle, titillate and tease you through an evening of live singing, story and striptease!  Join Witti and her friends from the worlds of cabaret, burlesque and leather including Robusta Capp, Natasha Jewel Dennis Carrington, MargOH! Channing, Dandy Darkly, La Diva, Iris Explosion, Robin Kradles, Ermine Muff, Mr. Eagle 2015 Boy Laney and more to be announced!
 
Proceeds benefit Iris House and their support services for women and families living with HIV.
 
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, GO TO http://icny.org/
 


TO PURCHASE TICKETS, GO TO http://icny.org/]]>
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 09:30:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=203772
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

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THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182409
<![CDATA[This is Your Night!]]> HONOREE: 

This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry.  It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc.
 
The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.
 
A portion of the revenue will be given to the Guest of Honor's Charity of Choice.
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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=183073
<![CDATA[OPEN MIC @THE MET]]>
Open Mic @ The Met
Drop in for A Bagel & A Song

Second & Fourth Sundays 12noon-2:30pm (sign-up 11:30am)
 
Metropolitan Room has a long history of providing a stage for new performers who go on to become some of the region's most loved artists. Its also known for providing thousands of talented singers and entertainers a stage  to keep the arts alive and growing for all to enjoy.  Presented and hosted by well-known artists and producers, Susan Winter and Deb Berman, the "OPEN MIC @THE MET" is an important part of this tradition. 

"OPEN MIC @THE MET" is not your average Open Mic! The iconic stage, amazing acoustics, high-end equipment, and experienced sound engineer create a concert-like experience in Metropolitan Room's friendly, warm and sexy environment.  Come to sing or just to watch and listen!  Each Open Mic offers different pianists to accompany your performance. 
 
NOTE: No advance registration by phone is permitted.  If you can’t come in time for registration the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
 
Cover is $15 (cash at the door)

..................................................................................................................
 
THREE CHOICES OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

1)  $10 Beverage Minimum, or
 
2)  $15 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or
 
3)  $20 Breakfast Spread - includes bagels with spreads, one choice of an alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) 
 
À la carte
Coffee / Tea / Soda / Juice - $5
Bloody Mary / Mimosa - $10
 
 
 

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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=182410
<![CDATA[It's Only Love ~ An Evening of Broadway Love Songs]]> Celebrate Valentines Day with some of your favorite Broadway Love Songs. Joseph Macchia cabaret producer brings back this successful evening of cabaret for a third year. And what better way to celebrate Valentines Day with Broadway and Love. 
 
Broadways Brandi Massey(Wicked) Liz Mckendry(The Producers) Dave August(Naked Boys Singing,Broadway Bares), Will Perez Beau Howard Sly Young Suzanne Dressler Tracy Stark musical directs the evening.
 
$20 Cover if reservations are made before Feb 1st $25 after plus a two bev minimum. 
Doors open at 6:15 PM Showtime is 7:00 PM

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=194053
<![CDATA[NY's Next Top Drag Queen Contest]]> Twelve NYC Drag Queens to fight it out on stage to be crowned THE NEXT NY'S TOP DRAG QUEEN
 
The sparkles are already flying as ten hard-working cross-dressers are going stiletto to stiletto in the 2nd annual “New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest.”  The six-week juried affair, hosted by the Metropolitan Room begins on Monday 30 March. Through sheer talent and hopefully not a  cat fight, NY’s Top Drag Queen will be crowned on the finale show on May 4 when the series will come to its ultimate climax. 
 
To host the series for a second year is one of NYC’s most famous Drag Queen’s Holly Dae . Holly Dae has been performing in NYC for the past seven years. She started her career back in boston, and has since gone on to travel all over the US and European countries. Her quick tongue and witty comments have made her audiences laugh and cackle for years now. Holly has won such awards as Entertainer of the year on Fire Island, Best Drag Queen by Get Out Magazine, Queen to watch out for in 2013 by Next Magazine, Best Drag show by The 2015 Glam Awards, First Runner Up at the National Miss'd America Pageant, and many more.
 
Holly will keep these twelve vigorously pre-screened Drag Queens under control whilst they are judged by not only looks but by how well they sing and entertain. It will be a seemingly unending parade of new outfits, special guests, surprise guest judges and a mystery judge whose identity will only be revealed at the contests over-the-top finale.
 
“New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest” is produced by the Metropolitan Room and Joseph Macchia.  The contests permanent judges include Arsenio Amadas (Mr Eagle 2013) ,Frankie C. (columnist for Odyssey Magazine), and Macchia, the MAC and Bistro award-winning cabaret producer of “Cabaret Cares,” “Broadway on 22nd Street” and “Boys Night Out.” The mystery judge will remain “closeted” until the very end. 
 
 
The elimination rounds are as follows: 
March 30 and April 6 (8 first-round contestants perform two new songs each week); April 13 (6 semifinalists present mini sets, offering a glimpse of what a full show will be); 
April 20 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song); 
April 27 (4 finalists sing a new song, a repeat song and a theme song);
May 4 finale (the 4 finialists sing a new song and make a heartfelt appeal for why they deserve to wear the crown; the finale features several special guests). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 07:00:00 PST http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=206512
<![CDATA[NY's Next Top Drag Queen Contest]]> Twelve NYC Drag Queens to fight it out on stage to be crowned THE NEXT NY'S TOP DRAG QUEEN
 
The sparkles are already flying as ten hard-working cross-dressers are going stiletto to stiletto in the 2nd annual “New York’s Next Top Drag Queen Contest.”  The six-week juried affair, hosted by the Metropolitan Room begins on Monday 30 March. Through sheer talent and hopefully not a  cat fight, NY’s Top Drag Queen will be crowned on the finale show on May 4 when the series will come to its ultimate climax. 
 
To host the series for a second year is one of NYC’s most famous Drag Queen’s Holly Dae . Holly Dae has been performing in NYC for the past seven years. She started her career back in boston, and has since gone on to travel all over the US and European countries. Her quick tongue and witty comments have made her audiences laugh and cackle for years now. Holly has won such awards as Entertainer of the year on Fire Island, Best Drag Queen by Get Out Magazine, Queen to watch out for in 2013 by Next Magazine, Best Drag show by The 2015 Glam Awards, First Runner