Billy Strayhorn News

CABARET LIFE NYC: KAREN OBERLIN and SEAN HARKNESS Concoct Romantic Musical Chemistry at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 14, 2014

Cabaret performers thinking about launching duo shows could certainly take a lesson in chemistry from watching and listening to singer Karen Oberlin and guitarist Sean Harkness in their current show, A Wish, which is based on their superb recently released CD of the same title, launched with two shows at Kitano on February 1 (to celebrate the CD release), and has taken up a once a month residency until late August at the Metropolitan Room (the next show is on June 25 at 9:30 pm). While theirs is not a romantic off-stage chemistry (both are happily quite happily married, thank you), on stage and in the recording studio Oberlin and Harkness have concocted a delicious musical interaction that conjures up romance to the nth degree. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Deborah Grace Winer on Music and Shakespeare
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 29, 2014

Something Old, Something New: Sing For Your Shakespeare Launches in Westport (more...)

Dianne Reeves Coming to Harris Center, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Four-time Grammy winner and preeminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves recently released her first album in five years, Beautiful Life, to rave reviews. Beautiful Life, which made its debut in February of this year, is an emotionally charged volcanic journey covering the spectrum from jazz to soul. Ms. Reeves will share her passion for this album in her one-night performance at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom June 16. (more...)

Mercedes Ellington to be Honored Guest and Featured Speaker at Duke Ellington Study Group Conference in Amsterdam, 5/14-18
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2014

Mercedes Ellington, the renowned dancer/director-choreographer and founder and artistic director of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts in New York City, will be an Honored Guest and one of the featured speakers at the 22nd International Duke Ellington Study Group Conference, which will be held May 14- May 18,2014 in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Ms. Ellington, granddaughter of the legendary American composer and musician whose more than 3,000 musical compositions make him the 20th century's most prolific composer, will discuss her relationship with 'The Duke,' as well as his growing popularity today, 40 years after his passing on May 24, 1974. (more...)

Spider Saloff Performs BERLIN IN SWINGTIME at Logan Center Performance Penthouse Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 05, 2014

Tonight, April 5, 2014 at 8pm, celebrated chanteuse Spider Saloff will present Berlin In Swingtime, a rare performance that explores the life and songs of Irving Berling, with Chicago's Jeremy Kahn at the piano. The performance is presented in partnership with KMP Artists and UChicago Arts at Logan Center's Performance Penthouse. (more...)

Spider Saloff to Perform BERLIN IN SWINGTIME at Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

On April 5, 2014 at 8pm, celebrated chanteuse Spider Saloff will present Berlin In Swingtime, a rare performance that explores the life and songs of Irving Berling, with Chicago's Jeremy Kahn at the piano. The performance is presented in partnership with KMP Artists and UChicago Arts at Logan Center's Performance Penthouse. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Playhouse on Park's HIGGINS IN HARLEM Takes Shaw Uptown
by Jacques Lamarre - Mar 08, 2014

Yoouuuuu can taaaake the A-Train, yooooou can take it all the way to Haaarlem. (more...)

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to Perform A TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD at Brooklyn Center, 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2013-14 season with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra's A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, featuring vocalist Deloris King Williams,on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at BrooklynCenterOnline.org. (more...)

Richmond Symphony Presents An Evening of Jazz with Rex Richardson Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 08, 2014

Join the Richmond Symphony tonight, February 8 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage for An Evening of Jazz with Rex Richardson. (more...)

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to Perform Ella Fitzgerald Tribute, 2/26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 2014

'The best jazz repertory band in the country' (The New Yorker) honors The First Lady of Song-Ella Fitzgerald-by seizing a special moment in American history. Pulling original, little played arrangements done for Ella in the '40s and '50s-charts penned by superstar arrangers such as Billy May, Count Basie, Billy Strayhorn and Benny Carter- Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the ever-elegant Kim Nazarian will join together in an evening at Harris Center for the Arts of 'fascinating rarities...each played with as much skill as authenticity' (Chicago Tribune). (more...)

Richmond Symphony Presents An Evening of Jazz with Rex Richardson, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

Join the Richmond Symphony on February 8 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage for An Evening of Jazz with Rex Richardson. (more...)

Nellie McKay and Turtle Island Quartet Perform Tonight at Eccles Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 04, 2014

Singer, songwriter, ukulele player, pianist, mimic, comedienne and actor Nellie McKay joins forces with two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet for a jazzy jaunt back in time. The program, 'A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,' fills The Eccles Center with the tunes of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, Doris Day and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s (plus some present-day originals). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Nellie McKay and Turtle Island Quartet to Perform 1/4 at Eccles Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Singer, songwriter, ukulele player, pianist, mimic, comedienne and actor Nellie McKay joins forces with two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet for a jazzy jaunt back in time. The program, "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing," fills The Eccles Center with the tunes of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, Doris Day and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s (plus some present-day originals). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - PLAYWRIGHT: FROM PAGE TO STAGE on PBS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2013

A rare and intimate glimpse into the dynamic process of creating and launching new plays, Playwright: From Page to Stage follows two outstanding young playwrights through the writing, development, staging, rehearsal, and public performance of their plays. (more...)

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Receives NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Grant
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support their April 27, 2014 presentation of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra's A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. (more...)

Savion Glover and Lizz Wright Star in THE ELLINGTON NUTCRACKER Today at NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 08, 2013

NJPAC will welcome Newark's own virtuosic tap dancer Savion Glover for a special holiday presentation featuring the music of Duke Ellington today, December 8 at 4 pm in Prudential Hall. Glover, who holds the unofficial title of Newark's tap master, will be joined by singers Lizz Wright and Priscilla Baskerville, the David Berger Jazz Orchestra, and Dance Theater of Harlem students. Adding to this magical afternoon -- 48 students from the Arts High Advanced Choir will perform David Berger's arrangement of Ellington's 'Sing Out'. (more...)

Spider Saloff Brings THE MEMORY OF ALL THAT and More to the West Coast, Now thru Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2013

Among her 6 concert offerings, Spider Saloff's, 'The Memory of All That' is one of the rare, officially sanctioned acts of the Gershwin Centennial. Her other shows also celebrate many of the writers of the American songbook and some original material. (more...)

Savion Glover and Lizz Wright to Star in THE ELLINGTON NUTCRACKER 12/8 at NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2013

NJPAC will welcome Newark's own virtuosic tap dancer Savion Glover for a special holiday presentation featuring the music of Duke Ellington on Sunday, December 8 at 4 pm in Prudential Hall. Glover, who holds the unofficial title of Newark's tap master, will be joined by singers Lizz Wright and Priscilla Baskerville, the David Berger Jazz Orchestra, and Dance Theater of Harlem students. Adding to this magical afternoon -- 48 students from the Arts High Advanced Choir will perform David Berger's arrangement of Ellington's "Sing Out". (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - PLAYWRIGHT: FROM PAGE TO STAGE on PBS
by TV News Desk - Nov 12, 2013

A rare and intimate glimpse into the dynamic process of creating and launching new plays, Playwright: From Page to Stage follows two outstanding young playwrights through the writing, development, staging, rehearsal, and public performance of their plays. (more...)

Spider Saloff to Bring THE MEMORY OF ALL THAT and More to the West Coast, Nov-Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

Among her 6 concert offerings, Spider Saloff's, "The Memory of All That" is one of the rare, officially sanctioned acts of the Gershwin Centennial. Her other shows also celebrate many of the writers of the American songbook and some original material. (more...)

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