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  • John Mercer

  • Date Of Birth:
    November 18, 1909
    Date Of Death:
    June 25, 1976 (66)
    Birth Place:
    Savannah, GA, USA
    Gender:
    Male
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    BWW Reviews: Janine Gilbert Carter Smoothly Mixes Jazz, Blues, and Gospel Vocal Styles In Solid Performance at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Reviews: Janine Gilbert Carter Smoothly Mixes Jazz, Blues, and Gospel Vocal Styles In Solid Performance at the Metropolitan Room
    by Alix Cohen - Dec 22, 2014

    Janine Gilbert Carter and her estimable trio personify classical traditions. Jazz, Blues, and Gospel are handled with ease and authority. Nothing gets insistently loud, experimentally unmelodic, or lyrically updated. Musicians take solos in turn. Embellishment is deft, textural, and, in my opinion, thankfully within the mood parameters of each song. There's appeal in familiarity when backed by solid talent. This is head-bobbing, shoulder-swaying entertainment. (more...)

    Cellist Ruslan Biryukov To Appear as Soloist with Cal State LA Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Orchestra, 1/11Cellist Ruslan Biryukov To Appear as Soloist with Cal State LA Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Orchestra, 1/11
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2014

    Ruslan Biryukov, renowned cellist, mentor and pedagogue will appear as the Cello Soloist in the World Premiere Performance of composer Masatoshi Mitsumoto's 2nd Cello Concerto, Jan. 11, which will be the centerpiece of a program presented by the Cal State LA Department of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Olympia Philharmonic Society in a concert entitled, "FROM BEETHOVEN TO MITSUMOTO," featuring the CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Orchestra performing together in concert under the baton of Fung Ho, Music Director and Conductor. (more...)

    UK's JERRY'S GIRLS to Open at St. James Studio in 2015UK's JERRY'S GIRLS to Open at St. James Studio in 2015
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

    30 years after it opened on Broadway, musical revue Jerry's Girls will be revived in a limited two-week run at the St. James Studio, it was announced today. On sale now. Featuring songs from classic musicals including Hello Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry's Girls brings together an all-female cast to celebrate Jerry's special gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of the great American musical, honouring the legacy of the multi Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of some of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: In Entertaining Individual Shows, Anna Marie Sell and Kim Sutton Explore the Military Life Through MusicBWW Reviews: In Entertaining Individual Shows, Anna Marie Sell and Kim Sutton Explore the Military Life Through Music
    by Billie Roe - Dec 17, 2014

    The month of December has always been an emotional time of the year, especially for our military families; a period to deeply reflect on family and country. Over the past few months in New York cabaret, a few performers have offered up musical testimony on wars, patriotism, and US military veterans. Recently, two singers fairly new to the cabaret scene--Anna Marie Sell and Kim Sutton--staged shows saluting the brave men and women who serve our country now and in the past. (more...)

    Tony DeSare Set for Residency at Bemelmans Bar in The CarlyleTony DeSare Set for Residency at Bemelmans Bar in The Carlyle
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

    The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, is pleased to welcome Tony DeSare, originator of the Sunday Night Bemelmans series, back to Bemelmans Bar for an extended Sunday night residency. Named a 'Rising Star' male vocalist in Downtown magazine's recent Critics' Poll, DeSare has lived up to the distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his performances throughout the US and across the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard Jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR and the Today Show. His music was recently posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei. Tony DeSare (piano/vocals) will be accompanied by Ed Decker (guitar) and Steve Doyle (bass) as a trio throughout the residency. They'll bring their fresh take on old school classics to Bemelmans Sunday nights, January 4-25; February 8 and 15; March 1 and 8. (more...)

    Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION to Open Off-Broadway this WinterBenjamin Scheuer's THE LION to Open Off-Broadway this Winter
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

    Producer Eva Price announced today that The Lion, the gripping, autobiographical solo show written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, will play an extended engagement Off-Broadway this winter, following an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sold-out productions at the Manhattan Theatre Club and London's St. James Theatre. The Lion, directed by Sean Daniels, begins previews at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street) on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, with an official opening night set for Sunday, February 8, 2015. The show is set to run through March 29, 2015. (more...)

    BWW Interviews: Lorna Luft Comes Home for Christmas with 54 Below DebutBWW Interviews: Lorna Luft Comes Home for Christmas with 54 Below Debut
    by Sally Henry - Dec 8, 2014

    If home is where the heart is, then Lorna Luft's 54 Below debut is her homecoming performance. Luft recently took the time out of her busy touring schedule to discuss the things she loves best: cabarets, Christmas in New York, and of course her lovely mother, Judy Garland. (more...)

    The Duplex Cabaret Theatre Presents Patrick Dwyer in THIRTYWHATEVER 12/16The Duplex Cabaret Theatre Presents Patrick Dwyer in THIRTYWHATEVER 12/16
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

    Three-time MAC-Award nominated songwriter Patrick Dwyer returns to the Duplex with his critically-acclaimed one-man show THIRTYWHATEVER on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7pm. (more...)

    LOVE, NOEL with Harry Groener and Sharon Lawrence Play The Wallis, Now thru 12/21LOVE, NOEL with Harry Groener and Sharon Lawrence Play The Wallis, Now thru 12/21
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

    Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (aka 'The Wallis') presents the return engagement of Love, Noel: The Letters and Songs of Noel Coward, devised and written by Coward authority Barry Day, and directed by Jeanie Hackett. Love, Noel transforms the Lovelace Studio Theater into an intimate lounge for cocktails, comedy and Coward. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Winter Rhythms' Opening Night Tribute to Iconic Bing Crosby Doesn't Quite Swing On a StarBWW Reviews: Winter Rhythms' Opening Night Tribute to Iconic Bing Crosby Doesn't Quite Swing On a Star
    by Alix Cohen - Dec 3, 2014

    Harry Lillis 'Bing' Crosby, Jr., who died in 1977 at age 74, was one of the most popular American singers and actors of the first half of the 20th-century, garnering millions of fans with recordings, radio, film, and live performance. The artist used his microphone as a route to intimacy, rather than volume, and was known for phrasing shaped to lyrical intention. Crosby's seemingly casual, bass/baritone style has often been imitated but never duplicated. On the same night that PBS was premiering a new American Masters documentary on the iconic singer, Bing Crosby Rediscovered, the venerable Urban Stages opened its 6th Annual and widely varied Winter Rhythms series with A Tribute to Bing Crosby, curated, hosted, and mostly performed by Musical Director Bill Zeffiro. (more...)

    Photo Flash: First Look at MetroStage's A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at MetroStage's A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

    A Broadway Christmas Carol, created by Kathy Feininger, returns to MetroStage for the holidays through Dec. 28 for a fifth season . It has been the holiday show for the past four seasons and has become a holiday tradition here at MetroStage. Prior to 2009, it had played to sold out houses at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, for seven consecutive years ending in 2004. (more...)

    Signature Theatre's Holiday Season to Feature Christine Pedi & HOLIDAY FOLLIESSignature Theatre's Holiday Season to Feature Christine Pedi & HOLIDAY FOLLIES
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

    This December, Signature Theatre invites you and the family to ring in the holiday season with two limited-run shows. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Annaleigh Ashford's LOST IN THE STARS is Effervescent, Bubbly Fun at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: Annaleigh Ashford's LOST IN THE STARS is Effervescent, Bubbly Fun at 54 Below
    by David Clarke - Dec 2, 2014

    Annaleigh Ashford opened her solo cabaret Lost In The Stars at 54 BELOW last night. With a deft sense of humor, a glowing smile, a big spoon, and indefatigable pizazz, Ashford brought the 70s back to life with her inspired takes on disco classics and other pop anthems that we all know by heart. Ashford's Lost In The Stars gives audiences perfectly offers audiences a performance that ranges from mild to wild but never fails to impress. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Stacy Sullivan Honors Piano Jazz Legend Marian McPartland With Enchanting and Enlightening Performance at Don't Tell MamaBWW Reviews: Stacy Sullivan Honors Piano Jazz Legend Marian McPartland With Enchanting and Enlightening Performance at Don't Tell Mama
    by Billie Roe - Nov 30, 2014

    Stacy Sullivan tells the audience she became interested in Marian McPartland when she was asked to sing at her memorial in 2013. With her show last Saturday night at Don't Tell Mama, On The Air: Songs for Marian McPartland (which enjoyed a late September run of four shows at the York Theatre), the multi MAC-award winning Sullivan has created a beautifully crafted, biographically-driven show featuring the original music, the history, and the life of a jazz icon, who was best known for hosting Piano Jazz on National Public Radio from 1978-2011. Now Stacy Sullivan has made us all interested in the amazing Marian McPartland. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Magos & Limón Croon to the SoulBWW Reviews: Magos & Limón Croon to the Soul
    by David Clarke - Nov 25, 2014

    Last week, New York based jazz duo Magos & Limon took the stage at Joe's Pub. Jazz vocalist Magos Herrera hails from Mexico City and has garnered great attention for her singing abilities. Javier Limon, who plays minimalist Flamenco on guitar, is originally from Madrid. Together the duo bridges the gap between their home countries and creates a unique and intriguing sound that lures the audience into the performance and croons to the soul. (more...)

    MetroStage Presents A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL, Now thru 12/28MetroStage Presents A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL, Now thru 12/28
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

    Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin has announced A Broadway Christmas Carol, created by Kathy Feininger, will return to MetroStage for the holidays today, Nov. 25-Dec. 28 for a fifth season. (more...)

    Pittsburgh CLO to Welcome Brandon Lambert & John Wascavage to Cast of MURDER FOR TWOPittsburgh CLO to Welcome Brandon Lambert & John Wascavage to Cast of MURDER FOR TWO
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

    Pittsburgh CLO will welcome the newest members of the cast of Murder For Two to the CLO Cabaret, November 26 - January 18. Point Park University alums Brandon Lambert and John Wascavage will debut as 'Marcus' and 'The Suspects' this Wednesday evening, and continue their run through January 18. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Young Singers Peddie, Dirksen, Block and Lowe Are No Longer Waiting to Join the Shining New Lights of CabaretBWW Reviews: Young Singers Peddie, Dirksen, Block and Lowe Are No Longer Waiting to Join the Shining New Lights of Cabaret
    by Billie Roe - Nov 22, 2014

    Every year, despite a litany of warnings they come to the Big Apple with big dreams. Warnings like: “You have to pay your dues.” “It's a tough business, kid.” “How are you going to survive?” There's no such thing as an overnight success, yet still they come to be at “the top of the heap,” as Kander and Ebb so eloquently put it. The four young performers featured here haven't yet vaulted to the top of the cabaret heap, but they've certainly made their marks with excellent shows during 2014, while exhibiting the potential to get there. The spotlight is already shining on Chrysten Peddie, Angela Dirksen, Rembert Block, and Kristoffer Lowe. (more...)

    MetroStage to Present A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL, 11/25-12/28MetroStage to Present A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL, 11/25-12/28
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

    Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin has announced A Broadway Christmas Carol, created by Kathy Feininger, will return to MetroStage for the holidays Nov. 25-Dec. 28 for a fifth season . It has been the holiday show for the past four seasons and has become a holiday tradition here at MetroStage. Prior to 2009, it had played to sold out houses at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, for seven consecutive years ending in 2004. (more...)

    Billy Joel Honored With 2014 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song; Concert to Air 1/2 on PBSBilly Joel Honored With 2014 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song; Concert to Air 1/2 on PBS
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

    The Library of Congress is celebrating Billy Joel's 50-year career and his selection as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the nation's capital with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight. (more...)

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