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Barb Junger, Jane Scheckter, and Annie Ross Among Those To Appear At The Metropolitan Room This September

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Barb Junger, Jane Scheckter, and Annie Ross Among Those To Appear At The Metropolitan Room This September

The Metropolitan Room recently announced its September events. They are as follows:

Join them every Friday and Saturday from 11PM-2AM for their piano lounge. No cover, no minimum!

9/1

7PM 

Jane Scheckter “Play A Simple Melody” is a tribute to Irving Berlin.  “The title”, says Jane, “is totally misleading, because nothing about the man or his music was simple. As Jerome Kern wrote, ‘Berlin has no place in American music; he is American music’.”Jane has performed with her trio at the Iridium as well as Danny’s, the FireBird CafÈ, and The Ballroom in New York, and jazz clubs and solo concerts in L.A., Paris, and on the French Riviera. She performed with Peter Cincotti in "Our Sinatra"and was guest soloist with the Springfield (MA) Symphony’s pops orchestra, with Mike Renzi and Chip Jackson backing her in a jazz concert. She headlined regularly at the July "Jazz Nights" series at the Hotel Majestic in Cannes. Early in her career she sang backup on Barry Manilow’s first album, and appeared at the legendary Reno Sweeny’s and Grand Finale. In 1978, she toured as one-third of Tuxedo Junction, the group that had the number one disco album in the U.S.A., and appeared on every music program from American Bandstand to Midnight Special. Returning to New York, she spent ten years in the studios singing jingles for products ranging from Crest toothpaste to Lee Jeans.Jane won a Bistro Award in 1996 as Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist and has been nominated three times for MAC awards for Outstanding Female Vocalist.She has recorded three CDs -- "I’ve Got My Standards" in 1987 for DRG and "Double Standards" with Mike Renzi, her accompanist of 13 years, Jay Leonhart and Grady Tate. Her 2003 CD "In Times Like These" features Tedd Firth, Jay Leonhart, Joe Cocuzzo and Scott Kreitzer. Her web site is Singjanesing.com.

Tickets cost $20.

9:30PM 

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.

Tickets cost $25.

9/2    

7:30PM 

Jane Scheckter “Play A Simple Melody”

Tickets cost $20.

9/3    

7:30PM 

Meg Flather “More View Points” Meg Flather, known to millions as one of home shopping television’s most popular on-air personalities, who has appeared on QVC, Shop NBC, HSN, TVSN (Australia ), and The Shopping Channel ( Canada ) as one of TV’s most successful cosmetic salespersons,has enjoyed a life-long parallel career as a singer and songwriter.  With more than two decades writing and performing, Flather boasts five albums, all of which are commercially available via www.amazon.com and www.theorchard.com.  A member of ASCAP, her original compositions are published by Margaret Hall Music. “More View Points” is an expression of the outspoken Flather’s personality.  Laced together with humorous snippets of her life story, including a childhood spent in the Philippines where her father was a director for the US Peace Corps during the Kennedy Administration, “More Viewpoints” celebrates the women who inspired Flather to write and perform music – Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Annie Lenox, and Suzanne Vega – together with many of her own compositions.  Her show blends the genres of folk, pop, jazz, and the music hall with an ongoing commentary heavy on punchlines. Years after returning from the Philippines, Flather studied at New York ’s famous High School of Music and Art in Harlem. As a singer and songwriter, Flather is a two-time Backstage Bistro Award-winner. Her original music is heard in the soundtracks of theatrical films, including one that bowed at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as the Off-Broadway play, “Acts of Love,” and “A secret Better Not Kept,” a multi-media project to prevent teen suicide.  She has also performed as a special guest at the Tribeca and Vermont Film Festivals.  As a comedic actress Flather has been seen on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the syndicated “Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

Tickets cost $20.

9/4    

10PM 

Metrojam Join host Jenna Esposito for our monthly open mic! Sit back and enjoy the music, or sign up and sing with some of New York’s hottest musicians.

Tickets cost $10.

9/5    

9:45PM 

Nicole Henry Her latest CD "The Very Thought of You," just reached #7 on U.S. Billboard's Top Jazz Chart. With three international TOP 10-selling CDs in the last five years, and a list of international performances, young Nicole Henry’s pure and soulful voice continues to inspire and touch hearts worldwide. Her live concerts are captivating, combining elegance and conversational, intelligent wit that not only leaves you truly entertained, but connected to something of greater beauty. Performing the Great American Songbook, love songs, and originals, Henry’s voice adds new life and richer meaning to the lyrics she sings. Nicole Henry is simply one of the finest vocalists to emerge this decade.

Tickets cost $25.

9/6    

7PM 

Daryl Glenn

9:30PM  Darren Williams “Not the boy next door the Peter Allen Songbook Australian Variety Entertainer of the Year recipient Darren Williams returns to the Metropolitan Room, celebrating the life and music of the man who inspired The Boy From Oz musical. From Arthur's Theme to I Honestly Love You, Don't Cry Out Loud to I Go to Rio, Darren explores the songbook of fellow Aussie entertainer Peter Allen, but very much in his own award winning style.

Tickets cost $20.

9/7    

7PM 

Michael Harrison “That’s Unfortunate” Fresh off of 'Sister Act 3: Black in the Habit' entertaining tens of people, Mike Harrison has written a cabaret that highlights all of his life's biggest tragedies (including his last cabaret)...that have entertained audiences for years.  Be prepared to laugh, cry, and cringe as you witness an honest, raw, and hilarious look at how and why Mike Harrison has been molded into the performer that he is today.

Tickets cost $10.
         
9/8    

7PM 

Jane Scheckter “Play A Simple Melody”

$20

9:30PM 

Annie Ross

Tickets cost $25.

9/9    

7:30PM 

Craig Pomeranz Craig sings from his new CD "More Than a Seasonal Thing..."

Tickets cost $20.

9:45PM 

Steven Fales “Mormon American Princess” Steven Fales sings his outrageous story with Broadway medleys, parodies, and original songs! "God has seen me through excommunication, divorce, prostitution and drugs. Now we're working on narcissism. And it's not going well!"

Tickets cost $20.

9/10  

7:30PM 

Joelle Lurie Joelle Lurie is delighted to be returning to The Metropolitan Room with her show, "This Time Tomorrow" after 2 sold out shows this past spring.  This song by The Kinks will begin a night of songs from the past and present exploring how dreams shift, expectations change, and that love and living in the moment is what we all need to remember.  Songs will include standards
from the Great American Songbook, as well as Sondheim, re-imagined pop tunes, and originals. She was most recently seen playing the role of Shawntel/Eve in 'Jerry Springer the Opera' in Boston, her hometown.  Please join her with her trio, led by Music Director Matt Van Brink, for a night of jazz standards with a splash of pop and a pop of sass.  Directed by Amy Rogers.

Tickets cost $10.

9:45PM 

Gena McGuire

9/11  

7:30PM 

Jaron Vesley “Swingers and Standards” Jaron Vesely briefly steps away from his boy band duties with the wildly popular, Bistro Award-winning (and hilarious!) Fabulous Pink Flamingos to front a hot jazz combo and luxuriate in a “provocative” song list ranging from the Great American Songbook to contemporary pop - delivered in a swinging jazz setting. Featuring an exciting assortment of music from songwriters and artists including: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Lerner & Loewe, Joni Mitchell, Thelonious Monk, Rodgers & Hart, Three Dog Night, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Steven Tyler and (yes) Pink! Jazz pianist wunderkind Scott Bradlee is collaborating on the thrilling arrangements and will serve as Musical Director for a jazz ensemble that is at once nostalgic and edgy.

Tickets cost $15.

9:45PM 

Gianni Russo

9/12  

5PM 

Joelle Lurie “This Time Tomorrow”

Tickets cost $10.

7:30PM 

Gianni Russo

9:45PM 

Phil Celia “Celia Sings Sinatra”

Tickets cost $15.

9/13  

7PM 

Jane Scheckter “Play A Simple Melody”

Tickets cost $20.

9:30PM 

Darren Williams “Not the Boy Next Door”

Tickets cost $20.

9/14  

7PM 

Tom Rocco “My Big Fat Prop 8 Wedding” This  evening of songs (some familiar, some lesser-known) and light-hearted anecdotes  follows Broadway vet Tom Rocco’s unconventional path to wedded bliss. And by the  end of the night you’ll likely ask yourself: “Is it really all that  unconventional? It sounds just like my (fill in with the adjective/expletive of  your choice) marriage.”

Tickets cost $15.

9/15  

7PM 

Gay Marshall “Piaf, Queen of Heart” Gay Marshall is bringing her sensational Piaf concert back to the Metropolitan Room for a 5 show run – the last three Tuesdays in Sept at 7:00 and the first two Thursdays in Oct at 7:30 - with the same masterful musicians as last fall : Eric Svejcar on piano, Steve Gilewski on bass, Deni Bonet on violin, Bill Schimmel on accordion, and Peter Lewy on Cello. Although she’s had a blues and jazz band, done many American musicals and loves singing almost every style of music, this material along with the songs of Jacques Brel has remained her favorite. The show features the usual suspects a la "Vie En Rose" to "No Regrets", but also includes some lesser known gems like "The Right to Love" and "Avec Ce Soleil". To heighten their availability to an English speaking audience, she will be performing an original mix of French and English in many of the numbers that incorporates existing translations plus her own adaptations. The joy and heartbreak of these timeless tunes is an emotional roller coaster guaranteed to go straight to your heart. Gay Marshall made her Broadway debut as Diana Morales in A Chorus Line.Her one woman show "Piaf : La Vie l’Amour" played in the States and took her to Paris where she played Grizabella in the original French production of "Cats". Living in Europe inspired her to write "If I Were Me", a comedy that she performed in Paris and took to the Edinburgh Festival where it was voted #2 on the Fringe. Most recently here in the States, she did "Jacques Brel" at Capital Rep, Denise in both Goodspeed, the York Theater and Paper Mill’s productions of "The Baker’s Wife" and the Off Broadway production of "Jacques Brel" during which she received a nomination for the Drama League’s "Distinguished Performance Award", and named a "Top Ten Divas" by Playbill.

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