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BWW Reviews: With His Smooth, Swinging Style, MARCUS GOLDHABER Is a Resonant Delight at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: With His Smooth, Swinging Style, MARCUS GOLDHABER Is a Resonant Delight at 54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Jul 27, 2015

Marcus Goldhaber wears his mantle lightly. Emulating such as Chet Baker, Hoagy Carmichael, and Fred Astaire—those artists who most often sounded nonchalant, yet polished-- the vocalist offers pared down (not simplistic) interpretations of American Songbook/jazz numbers with emotional translucence, as well as authoring his own fine contributions to the oeuvre. I dare you to distinguish those from songs originating in the 1940s and 1950s. With Free and Easy: Livin' on Swing Street at 54 Below (July 25), Goldhaber takes us on a personal walking tour of musical influence. Material is varied yet sustains a distinct style. The vocalist is unhurried (even when up-tempo), mindful of lyrics, and elegantly restrained. He seems comfortable on stage and refreshingly sincere. (more...)

Jimmy Ferraro's STUDIO THEATRE to Present TO ROSIE & MEL, WITH LOVE, 7/24-26Jimmy Ferraro's STUDIO THEATRE to Present TO ROSIE & MEL, WITH LOVE, 7/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Jimmy Ferraro's STUDIO THEATRE (5732 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL) presents, 'To ROSIE & MEL, WITH LOVE', a musical tribute to ROSEMARY CLOONEY and MEL TORME' concert event, for a limited THREE performance engagement July 24th, 25th and 26th. The two-act musical stars huisband and wife team, MICHELE JAMES and DAVID PRUYN. (more...)

THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW Box Set Featuring Musicals, Broadway Stars & More Available To Pre-Order, Out 8/10THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW Box Set Featuring Musicals, Broadway Stars & More Available To Pre-Order, Out 8/10
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2015

A treasure trove of classic TV! (more...)

The Nash Sets Jazz Offerings for JulyThe Nash Sets Jazz Offerings for July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

July is a packed month at The Nash, kicking off with a 4th of July bash with the Bad Cactus Brass Band. The month also marks the beginning of the Catch A Rising Star Series, comprised of Arizona musicians ages 18 to 24, who have been specially selected by The Nash,. The Series provides a platform for these emerging artists to gain prominence in the jazz community. (more...)

City Lights Orchestra, Ukulele Player Jake Shimabukuro to Join Forces at the Auditorium Theatre, 6/24City Lights Orchestra, Ukulele Player Jake Shimabukuro to Join Forces at the Auditorium Theatre, 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

?Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, described by Rolling Stone as a music "hero," makes his Auditorium Theatre debut with The City Lights Orchestra, conducted by Rich Daniels, Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m., concluding the Auditorium's inaugural "Made in Chicago" performance series. (more...)

Special Guests Set for Evan Solot Salute at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 6/12Special Guests Set for Evan Solot Salute at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

On Friday, June 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., The Jost Project will perform at Chris' Jazz Cafe and salute a legend in Philadelphia - Composer Evan Solot. As Solot ends his final semester at the University of the Arts, where he taught for nearly 50 years, The Jost Project will perform their highly respected jazz renditions of classic rock and invite special guests to the stage who were all influenced by the great Evan Solot. (more...)

The Jost Project to Salute Composer Evan Solot at Chris' Jazz Cafe', 6/12The Jost Project to Salute Composer Evan Solot at Chris' Jazz Cafe', 6/12
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

On Friday, June 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., The Jost Project will perform at Chris' Jazz Cafe and salute a legend in Philadelphia -- Composer Evan Solot. (more...)

Tenorman/Clarinetist Frank Griffith to Perform at Ware Center , 4/17-18Tenorman/Clarinetist Frank Griffith to Perform at Ware Center , 4/17-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

Accomplished jazz clarinetist and tenorman, Frank Griffith travels from England to Lancaster to perform two unique concerts on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. His performance on April 17 is promised to wrap up the Ware Center's season of the Jazz in the Sky performances on a high note. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at the Ware Center located at 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster. On Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm, Frank Griffith will join the 10th Annual Single Reed Symposium and finish the evening as a guest artist in the Jazz & Java concert on campus at Gordinier Hall located at 40 S. George Street, Millersville. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS, NEWSIES & More Set for Omaha Performing Arts' 10th Anniversary SeasonKINKY BOOTS, NEWSIES & More Set for Omaha Performing Arts' 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Omaha Performing Arts' 2015/2016 Season will include a celebration of the organization's 10th anniversary, Celebrate 10. Details on the festivities as well as the 15/16 Season were announced during a subscriber and patron event at the Holland Performing Arts Center on March 23. Special performances by cast members of Disney's NEWSIES and Celia Hottenstein and Eric Ruiz, who star as Christina and Raoul in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, were part of the announcement. The dance troupe BANDALOOP opened the event with an awe-inspiring aerial performance. (more...)

Dave Stahl Big Band to Return to EPAC Next MonthDave Stahl Big Band to Return to EPAC Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

EPAC is proud to once again present the Dave Stahl Big Band on April 9th, at 7:30 at EPAC's Sharadin Bigler Theater! Dave Stahl draws some of the finest musicians in the world for these concert events, and this concert will be sure to satisfy any big band enthusiast. (more...)

Corky Hale, Freda Payne Set for Billie Holiday 100th Birthday Celebration at Catalina Jazz Club, 4/6Corky Hale, Freda Payne Set for Billie Holiday 100th Birthday Celebration at Catalina Jazz Club, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Acclaimed Jazz harpist-pianist-vocalist Corky Hale will present a 100th Birthday Show honoring Billie Holiday on Monday, April 6 at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Special guests will include singers Freda Payne, Eloise Laws and Tricia Tahara, with Hale on piano and harp, Lyman Medeiros on bass, John Chiodini on Guitar and Christopher Jones on drums. Holiday, who was born on April 7, 1915 and died in 1959, was one of the most important and influential jazz legends of all time. (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning TonightBrandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only tonight, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Jon Stewart, Martha Redbone, Ryan Raftery and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 2/22Jon Stewart, Martha Redbone, Ryan Raftery and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 2/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

Joe's Pub has announced its nightly performances from February 11-21, 2015. Details below! (more...)

Jason Alexander, Pink Martini, Lea Salonga and More Set for Cincinnati Pops' 2015-16 SeasonJason Alexander, Pink Martini, Lea Salonga and More Set for Cincinnati Pops' 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

?The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Conductor John Morris Russell are delighted to announce the Pops' 2015-2016 season at Cincinnati Music Hall, the fifth under the direction of Mr. Russell. The season, presented by PNC along with the Pops Artist Series Sponsor, The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, features exciting guest artist debuts, alongside the return of the best genres and artists that have built the Pops into an American icon. (more...)

Grammy Nominee Barbara Morrison to Perform in Grosse Pointe, 2/13-14Grammy Nominee Barbara Morrison to Perform in Grosse Pointe, 2/13-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

Renowned singer Barbara Morrison, a Michigan native who has been nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015, will perform with the Sean Dobbins Trio at the Dirty Dog Jazz Club in Grosse Pointe on Feb. 13-14. (more...)

Marlene VerPlanck Announces 2015 UK Touring ScheduleMarlene VerPlanck Announces 2015 UK Touring Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Marlene VerPlanck has announced her 2015 UK live touring schedule, showcasing tunes from her new CD I GIVE UP, I'M IN LOVE. Details below! (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More to Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELSBrandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More to Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: So... What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 30+ Amazing Versions Of The Seasonal ClassicFLASH SPECIAL: So... What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 30+ Amazing Versions Of The Seasonal Classic
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 31, 2014

Today we are celebrating a wow-worthy selection of performances of Frank Loesser's classic seasonal offering 'What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?' in honor of tonight's hallowed year-end holiday. (more...)

Recession Launches Recording Career: 'Nu-Vintage' Vocalist Laura Ainsworth Takes Unusual Road to AcclaimRecession Launches Recording Career: 'Nu-Vintage' Vocalist Laura Ainsworth Takes Unusual Road to Acclaim
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

DALLAS, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ As a girl, Dallas-based singer Laura Ainsworth watched starry-eyed as her dad, big band sax/clarinet master Billy Ainsworth, accompanied such lounge/jazz idols as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme. She dreamed of following in their footsteps, not realizing she was witnessing the end of an era. She never imagined she would one day help bring it back to life, earning worldwide airplay, acclaim from critics and Grammy-nominated artists, and a concert tour of India and Dubai. Or that it would all start thanks to the 2008 recession. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Gleeful Judy Garland ChristmasTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Gleeful Judy Garland Christmas
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 25, 2014

Today we revisit one of the most memorable holiday specials ever created in honor of Christmas. (more...)

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