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Great American Songbook

Breathing New Life -- and Variety -- Into Primetime TV

Josh Getlin | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment
Josh Getlin

He's been called the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, but Michael Feinstein--an internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist, archivist and historian--now has a new title: Television Pioneer.

Manhattan's "Metropolitan Room" Hosts the 2014 Hot House NYC Jazz Decision

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

"Hot House" jazz magazine has started a tradition of honoring a group of new and established musicians, recently offering a varied and compelling awards show last week at the Metropolitan Room.

Field Notes From a Music Biz Life (Part 3)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My father, the songwriter Carl Sigman, was a rational man and his anti-rock screeds had their own internal logic: "It's noise," therefore "it's not music." Ipso facto, "they should call it something else." QED.

First Nighter: Eric Comstock, Gabrielle Stravelli Light Up Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Cabaret is alive and not quite yet reduced to gasping for breath in New York City.

Move Over Sam! Play It Again, Richard Glazier!

Peter Mac | Posted 05.30.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Mac

I was nonplussed watching much of the 86th Annual Academy Awards celebration on CBS earlier this month. Perhaps I went in with too high of expectation...

Sy Smith: Just the Thought of You

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Hands down, it was the most dazzling performance by a female vocalist during the Symphony's 2013 Season.

New on CD: As Long As There Are Songs by Stephanie Blythe

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

As a fan of non-amplified solo recitals, the sound environment of this recording is like sitting in down-center Orchestra in a world class concert hall and having eye-to-eye contact with an artist whose big guns vocals penetrate clear to the soul.

First Nighter: 'After Midnight' Is a Revue You Absolutely Mustn't Miss

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Why go on about the spectacular After Midnight, other than to say that for pure entertainment it comes as near being worth every penny charged as anything does in this gold-plated ticket era of ours?

Tony Bennett Keeps the Music Playing

Graham Milne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Graham Milne

To hear Tony Bennett sing in person is to be transported; to be connected with a golden era of music that dances ever further from reach with each passing year. They don't write songs like that anymore, and they don't make folks like Tony Bennett to sing them, either.

Marilyn Maye Takes Five - Singin' and Swingin' at the Iridium on Broadway

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

When I decided to take in the late set of Marilyn Maye's recent New York City appearance, I assumed that I could slip in and out quickly and call it a night. Boy, was I surprised upon arrival to see the swelling crowd on Broadway, milling around the door of the Iridium Jazz Club.

Debby Boone Lights Up Cafe Carlyle

Josh Getlin | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Josh Getlin

How did Debby Boone travel such a road to top billing in one of Manhattan's classiest cabaret rooms -- and with material that, at first glance, would seem to be at odds with the bulk of her musical career?

At Age 97, The Last Of The Great Cocktail Pianists Looks Back On His Life & Career

Tony Sachs | Posted 12.16.2012 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

At age 97, more than eight decades into his remarkable career, Irving Fields is the last of the original generation of cocktail pianists who tickled the ivories in Manhattan's swankiest nightspots in the 1930s and '40s.

Mostly Mozart

Howard Kissel | Posted 10.03.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

We owe Lincoln Center's annual festival focusing on the works of Mozart in part to Sinatra. It all goes back over 40 years to a time when Philharmonic Hall (as it was then called) was new and prestigious.

The Story of a Lost Broadway Classic

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 08.21.2011 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

Due to there being no Broadway cast album and no movie release of the completed film, Where's Charley? has largely become obscure in the annals of musicals.

Sondheim's Lyrics: Rhymes, Reasons and Religion

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Sigman

Though I grew up in an agnostic household, I was rarely in doubt that a spiritual force was afoot. Music, specifically what's come to be called "The Great American Songbook," was our religion.

Save Rod Stewart!

Tim Mohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mohr

On October 26th, Rod Stewart will drive another stake into the hearts of long-suffering true believers.

The (Lounge) Lizard King: Happy Birthday, Buddy Greco

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Buddy Greco's been counted out more times than a punch-drunk boxer, and he bounces back every time. And even in 2008, he's still one of the best jazz pianists around, and a hell of a singer, too.