Aaron Weinstein News

Ramsey Lewis, Neil Berg's 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY, Lydia Johnson Dance and More Set for SOPAC's 2014-15 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) has announced its 2014-15 performance schedule through February 2015. (more...)

Mabel Mercer Foundation Announces 25th Anniversary New York Cabaret Convention FOUR MAGICAL NIGHTS, 10/20 - 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

After more than two decades of exciting contribution to the New York musical scene, The Mabel Mercer Foundation hits a new high this autumn by producing its 25th annual New York Cabaret Convention for four evenings, October 20th-23rd. All performances begin at 6 o'clock at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Frederick P. Rose Hall at Broadway and 60th Street. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Linda Lavin Plays Helsinki Hudson with Billy Stritch
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 20, 2014

Linda Lavin had a triumphant return engagement at Helsinki on Broadway last night. With her music director Billy Stritch, Linda played to a sold out Helsinki Hudson crowd. Joining Linda was husband Steve Bakunas on drums, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ron Afif on guitar and special guest, Jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. Jim Caruso was Linda's special surprise for the Hudson audience. BroadwayWorld was there for this special one night only concert. (more...)

Photo Flash: Linda Lavin Proves EVERY TIME'S THE FIRST TIME at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Check out a look back at Lavin's concert at Birdland, featuring appearances by Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge, and more, below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Justin Sayre, Austin Scarlett, Alison Fraser, Jackie Hoffman and More at 4th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The fourth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' -- presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre -- welcomed stars including Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Austin Scarlett ('Project Runway'), Karen Wyman (celebrated 60s pop singer), Alison Fraser (two-time Tony Award nominee), Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray) and Aaron Weinstein (acclaimed jazz violinist), as well as Jane Monheit (Grammy Award nominated jazz star), Sarah Dash (R&B/Disco legend of LaBelle), Rory O'Malley (Tony Award nominee, The Book of Mormon,) Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Erin McKeown (folk-rock singer/songwriter) and Gabrielle Stravelli (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

The Jazz Scene Updates
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2014

Next Show: THE (pre) FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL - CLASSIC AMERICANA (more...)

Sierra Boggess, Jackie Hoffman, Alison Fraser & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Lineup, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

The fourth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - has announced a new round of stars, including Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Austin Scarlett ('Project Runway'), Karen Wyman (celebrated 60s pop singer), Alison Fraser (two-time Tony Award nominee), Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray) and Aaron Weinstein (acclaimed jazz violinist). (more...)

Tony Winner Christine Ebersole Will Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 6/14-15
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

After a sold-out engagement last September, two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street) returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her newest concert, 'Strings Attached," for two performances only - Saturday, June 14 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, June 15 (7 p.m.). Joined by The Aaron Weinstein Trio, Ebersole will celebrate the release of her recent CD, 'Strings Attached.' The evening will include classic standards from the '20s, '30s and '40s, featuring songs by such legends as Fats Waller ("Jitterbug Waltz"), Cole Porter ("Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"), Johnny Mercer ("This Time the Dream's on Me") and George Gershwin ("Shall We Dance") to name a few. Tickets for Christine Ebersole range in price from $60 - $85 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Cabaret Life NYC: KAREN OBERLIN Performing the Songs of Doris Day Is One of Cabaret's Most Ideal Matches of Singer to Subject
by Stephen Hanks - May 07, 2014

I was just a little more than a year into my new side career as a cabaret show reviewer when I first saw a Karen Oberlin show. It was Valentine's Day night 2012 and Oberlin—with guitarist Sean Harkness and guest violinist Aaron Weinstein—would be performing her romance-laced set, Stringing Along With Love, at the Metropolitan Room. At the time, all I knew about Oberlin was that she was considered among New York's best female cabaret singers, and I hadn't researched her performing history pre-show. About a third of the way into her set I leaned over to my wife (it was Valentine's Day after all) and whispered, “You know, she has a real Doris Day quality in her voice and in the way she delivers some lyrics.” This immediately ratcheted up my appreciation for Oberlin since there are four passions I inherited from my Dad—baseball, reading the morning papers, sports writing and Doris Day (well, also Sophia Loren, but that's for another column). Since Dad had grown up during the prime of the Big Band Era of the 1940s, I heard the sultry sounds of a young Doris Day singing songs like “Sentimental Journey” on the family stereo more than a few times. Once I saw Day's strikingly adorable blondness on a record cover and her rocking body in one of her films, I knew what Dad was talking about. As popular, famous, and near iconic as Doris Day became, in my book, as a singer and screen beauty she's always been vastly underrated. Little did I know that Karen Oberlin had been doing a Doris Day tribute show so since 2001 at places like Firebird, Iridium, and the late Danny's Skylight Room, and produced a CD, Secret Love: The Music of Doris Day, in 2002. Karen Oberlin had instantly become my secret love. (more...)

Photo Coverage: WALL to WALL CABARET at Symphony Space, Featuring Andrea McArdle, Karen Wyman, and More!
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 04, 2014

Symphony Space's free signature event, Wall to Wall, took up the theme with Wall to Wall Cabaret on Saturday, May 3. The lineup of nearly 50 performers was a veritable roll call of cabaret icons and rising stars, including Kate Baldwin,Klea Blackhurst, Barbara Carroll, Bill Charlap + Sandy Stewart, Barbara Cook, Judy Gold, Julie Halston, Ute Lemper, Lypsinka, Taylor Mac, Andrea Marcovicci, Marilyn Maye,Andrea McArdle, Jane Monheit, Steve Ross, Billy Stritch, and many more. James Naughton served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. The distinguished house band for the evening was Russ Kassoff on piano, John Arbo on bass, and John Redsecker on drums. (more...)

Barbara Cook and More Set for Symphony Space's WALL TO WALL Cabaret Today
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2014

Symphony Space's annual Spring Festival has become one of the season's most keenly awaited events. This year's installment, Sleeping Around: The Cultural Lives of New York's Hotels, may be the most provocative yet. Running from April 26 to May 21, the monthlong festival celebrates New York's landmark hotels, their occupants, and the lengendary boites that nurtured and sustained the evergreen songs and performers of cabaret. Sleeping Around also credits New York's hotels as incubators for film, classical music, and literature, with programs devoted to Andy Warhol, Virgil Thomson, and Dorothy Parker. (more...)

Barbara Cook and More Set for Symphony Space's WALL TO WALL Cabaret, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Symphony Space's annual Spring Festival has become one of the season's most keenly awaited events. This year's installment, Sleeping Around: The Cultural Lives of New York's Hotels, may be the most provocative yet. Running from April 26 to May 21, the monthlong festival celebrates New York's landmark hotels, their occupants, and the lengendary boites that nurtured and sustained the evergreen songs and performers of cabaret. Sleeping Around also credits New York's hotels as incubators for film, classical music, and literature, with programs devoted to Andy Warhol, Virgil Thomson, and Dorothy Parker. (more...)

Patti Boulaye, Cantabile - The London Quartet and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Now thru April 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

January and February have seen sell-out performances at the Crazy Coqs and March and April look set to continue the trend. (more...)

Photo Flash: LiveWire Theatre's ASSISTANCE, Now Playing Through 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

LiveWire Chicago Theatre, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, kicks off its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the decidedly 21st century comedy ASSISTANCE, by Leslye Headland, directed by LiveWire Executive Director Joshua Aaron Weinstein, playing through March 16, 2014 at The DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St. in Chicago. The production features Brian E. Crawford, Krista D'Agostino*, Lauren Fisher, Matthew Nerber, John Taflan* and Hilary Williams*. Tickets for ASSISTANCE are available at nickandnora.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (312) 533-4666. (more...)

Photo Flash: LiveWire Theatre's ASSISTANCE, Now Playing Through 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

LiveWire Chicago Theatre, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, kicks off its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the decidedly 21st century comedy ASSISTANCE, by Leslye Headland, directed by LiveWire Executive Director Joshua Aaron Weinstein, playing through March 16, 2014 at The DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St. in Chicago. The production features Brian E. Crawford, Krista D'Agostino*, Lauren Fisher, Matthew Nerber, John Taflan* and Hilary Williams*. Tickets for ASSISTANCE are available at nickandnora.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (312) 533-4666. The press performance is Friday, February 14 at 7:30 pm. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Patti Boulaye, Cantabile - The London Quartet and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, March-April 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

January and February have seen sell-out performances at the Crazy Coqs and March and April look set to continue the trend. (more...)

LiveWire Chicago Theatre to Present at DCASE Storefront Theater, 2/9-3/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 09, 2014

LiveWire Chicago Theatre, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, kicks off its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the decidedly 21st century comedy ASSISTANCE, by Leslye Headland, directed by LiveWire Executive Director Joshua Aaron Weinstein, playing February 9 - March 16, 2014 at The DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St. in Chicago. The production features Brian Crawford, Krista D'Agostino*, Lauren Fisher, David Seeber, John Taflan* and Hilary Williams*. Tickets for ASSISTANCE are available at nickandnora.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (312) 533-4666. The press performance is Friday, February 14 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania 2013, Part Deux! 'Best & Most' Honorable Mention Performances of the Year
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 29, 2013

Last December, after I posted my list of the Best Cabaret Performers of 2012, I followed up my original 'listmania' with a column that served as a way to include some 'honorable mentions,' basically a recognition of other memorable shows and performances of songs that were striking, unique, and/or original that year. The column received a positive response so I thought I'd wheel it out again this year. So as the hours tick away on 2013 and we anticipate the coming of a new year, here is an addendum to the 2013 New York Cabaret Performers of the Year--a totally random list of 30 Honorable Mentions of the 'Best' and 'Most' in Cabaret for 2013 . . . mainly because I can and it's fun. Enjoy and Happy New Year! (more...)

LiveWire Chicago to Present ASSISTANCE, 2/9-3/16 at DCASE Storefront Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

LiveWire Chicago Theatre, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, kicks off its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the decidedly 21st century comedy ASSISTANCE, by Leslye Headland, directed by LiveWire Executive Director Joshua Aaron Weinstein, playing February 9 - March 16, 2014 at The DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St. in Chicago. The production features Brian Crawford, Krista D'Agostino*, Lauren Fisher, David Seeber, John Taflan* and Hilary Williams*. Tickets for ASSISTANCE are available at nickandnora.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (312) 533-4666. The press performance is Friday, February 14 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS Album Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Dec 04, 2013

BIRDLAND RECORDS has announced the release of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas" CD. The CD was recorded live in winter 2012 during a performance of this annual holiday show at historic Birdland Jazz Club in Midtown Manhattan. "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," stars Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch with special guest jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch perform swinging arrangements by Billy Stritch of Kay Thompson's classics "It's The Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," among other favorites. The record also features Billy Stritch on piano, John Hart on guitar, Paul Gill on bass, Carmen Intorre on drums. The album is executive produced by Birdland's Gianni Valenti. (more...)

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