TERESE GENECCO'S 'Longest Running Nightclub Act on Broadway' To Celebrate Hitting 100th Show Mark at Iridium, 5/20
It isn't called "The Longest Running Nightclub Act on Broadway" for nothing. Terese Genecco (left in photo) and her eight-piece "Little Big Band" are back at The Iridium (1650 Broadway at 51st Street) to celebrate their 99th and 100th performances at the venue on Tuesday, May 20th (shows at 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm.) The multi-award-winning singer/bandleader/comedian continues to light up Times Square with her unique brand of 50's-era Rat Pack-inspired musical mayhem.
The New York Times proclaimed, "The wild party continues..." and dubbed Genecco the "Maestro of Campy Nostalgia" and "a gregarious cheerleader for the brassy '50s and '60s Las Vegas lounge music she adores." As Genecco likes to quip about her hard-driving, up-tempo shows, "There's a two-drink minimum and a two-ballad maximum." Among Genecco's highly-acclaimed octet are Barry Levitt on piano, Sean Harkness on guitar, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Tony DeAugustine on drums. The Wall Street Journal's Will Friedwald has said that Genecco "and her three horns and five rhythm put on an unstoppable juggernaut of a set."
A four-time MAC Award winner (for Show of the Year and Major Artist in 2012, Best Female Vocalist in 2009, and Best CD/Recording in 2008), Genecco has also been nominated in two MAC Award categories in 2013 (for Major Artist and another Best CD/Recording) and in 2014 for Major Artist and Ensemble Instrumentalist. She also served as the Host/MC of the 28th Annual MAC Awards Show this past March at B.B. King's Blues Club in Times Square. Genecco's 2005 acclaimed tribute to nightclub entertainer Frances Faye, Drunk With Love, led to her permanent move from San Francisco's then Rrazz Room to New York City's Iridium Jazz Club in 2009. The show, which she recorded live for her debut recording, was a Time Out New York Top 10 pick in 2006. Her Drunk with Love: The Sequel played at The Metropolitan Room, earning another Top Ten nod from Time Out New York in 2007, and her first of two NYC Bistro Awards.
Genecco often features special guest stars in her shows, most memorably Broadway/TV/Film/Jazz star Lea DeLaria; nightclub icon Marilyn Maye; cabaret divas KT Sullivan, Karen Oberlin, and Marissa Mulder; jazz vocalist and platinum-selling lyricist Mark Winkler; America's Got Talent's Paul Safy, Jr.; the Broadway-bound Klea Blackhurst; Broadway Stars Karen Mason and Luba Mason; and the legendary comedian/recording artist Steve Rossi (of the '50s-'60s comedy duo Martin & Rossi.) Genecco and co-star/partner Shaynee Rainbolt recently toured internationally with their award-winning tribute to composer/arranger Russell Garcia in celebration of his 95th birthday. The tour culminated in a sold-out show at The Iridium in NYC just two weeks before Garcia succumbed to prostate cancer in his adopted home of New Zealand.
Since March of '09, Genecco and her "Little Big Band" will have clocked one hundreed performances at The Iridium, co-produced by ScoBar Entertainment and BUG:OUT:MUSIC. The latest CD, "Terese Genecco and Her Little Big Band: Live From The Iridium," was released in March, 2012 and is available on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and other online music retailers and at the venue during and after live performances.
Terese Genecco continues with her eight-piece "Little Big Band" at The Iridium, 1650 Broadway (at 51st Street) New York City. The music charge is $25 with a $15 food/drink minimum. For reservations call 212/582-2121. For more information or to order online visit www.theiridium.com. For more about the artist visit www.TereseGenecco.com.