Last Friday night I stopped by Grape & Vine the restaurant/lounge in The Jade Hotel. The joint was jumpin' and packed. Why? The incredibly talented and dapper jazz musician Brian Newman was kicking off The Red Room Revue. Along with his amazing band, he had a few hot performers joining in on the fun. There were sizzling burlesque performances Dangrrr Doll, Julie Atlas Muz, Francine and a performance by Brian's new wife, the incredible Angie Pontani. Also on hand to perform "Ain't Misbehavin" was the stylish gifted jazz singer Dandy Wellington. Brian's playlist was that of a jazz lover's dream. He played songs that can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime on his album "Live From New York City". His unique brand of swingin' sound moved the burlesque beauties across the floor, intimately teased and titillated the entranced crowd as they nibbled on delicious fare. At a certain point after taking it all in I couldn't help but feel tempted to dance...so I did and it was good. With the atmosphere, music, burlesque, food, maybe a cocktail or two, it was impossible not to melt from the heat of The Red Room Revue. It was a very special New York kind of good time. There will be another Friday, June 28th. Thank you, Brian Newman.
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