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Renzi was musical director for Peggy Lee and Mel Torme for over 25 years. He also worked on Sesame Street as the music director for seasons 31 through 40 and recorded Our First Christmas with singer Cynthia Crane and leads the Mike Renzi Trio.

After living and working in and around Providence, he graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1973 and Berklee College Of Music the following year, working with local bands and as accompanist to visiting artists. Among these was Sylvia Sims and it was as a direct result of this engagement that he was hired to work with Mel Tormé. In 1976 he moved to New York City and from the late 70s onwards through the next two decades and into the early years of the twenty-first century, he appeared on scores of albums, sometimes only as pianist but most often also as arranger.

He served as musical director for legends including Ruth Brown, Laverne Butler, Ann Hampton Callaway, Diahann Carroll, Freddy Cole, Cynthia Crane, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Blossom Dearie, Scott Hamilton, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Jack Jones, Eartha Kitt, Steve Laspina, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Jay Leonhart, Gloria Lynne, Maureen McGovern, Liza Minnelli, Gerry Mulligan, Mark Murphy, Houston Person, John Pizzarelli, Annie Ross, George Shearing, an eight-week tour with Frank Sinatra, Carol Sloane, Grady Tate and, most recently, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

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Nicolas King to Present TIME CHANGES at The Green Room 42 in June

Nicolas King will return to THE GREEN ROOM 42 with his new show 'TIME CHANGES' featuring Billy Stritch on piano in June.
Nicolas King to Present New Show WINTER IN NEW YORK at Chelsea Table + Stage

NICOLAS KING, celebrated pop and jazz vocalist, returns to CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE in the new show 'WINTER IN NEW YORK'. Learn how to purchase tickets!
Photos: The Gasp Collection

After four years at Broadway World Cabaret, quite a collection of photos has been amassed. These are the gasp-worthy pics.
Feature: The Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Twenty-Six - The Man

Today, we return to last year's Days Of Cabaret Gratitude with THE MAN.
Songbook Sundays At Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club To Present A LITTLE TIME WITH CY COLEMAN

Celebrate the music of Cy Coleman at Jazz at Lincoln Center with two shows on Sunday, November 19. Enjoy Songbook Sundays at Dizzy's Club.
Interview: Dorian Woodruff of THE LYRICS OF ALAN AND MARILYN BERGMAN at Pangea

The renowned singer and musician will return with his Bergman tribute show October 24th and December 9th.
Nicolas King to Present SHAKING THE BLUES AWAY! at Chelsea Table + Stage in June

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE will present Nicolas King, the celebrated pop and jazz vocalist, on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00 PM.
George Abud and Katrina Lenk to Present Encore Performance of SWUNG at Birdland Theater in March

BIRDLAND THEATER will present George Abud and Katrina Lenk – who starred together in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Band’s Visit – in “Abud & Lenk: Swung” on Monday, March 6 at 7:00 PM.
Melissa Errico to Perform Nine-Show Valentine's Engagement at Birdland

BIRDLAND THEATER will present Melissa Errico for a special Valentine’s week engagement of “A Noir Romance” with nine shows from Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14. Performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM, Monday at 8:30 PM, and Tuesday at 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM.
Nicolas King to Perform at Birdland Theater in February

BIRDLAND THEATER will present Nicolas King – the celebrated pop and jazz vocalist on Thursday, February 9 at 8:30 PM.
Julie Benko, Amanda Green & More to Perform at Birdland in February

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this February with a full slate of nightly performances! See Julie Benko, Amanda Green, and many more.
Rickie Lee Jones to Present PIECES OF TREASURE in Six-Show Engagement at Birdland

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present an exclusive six-show engagement from Rickie Lee Jones to preview her upcoming album Pieces of Treasure from Thursday, April 6 to Saturday, April 8 with shows at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM.
Julie Benko to Return to Birdland Jazz Club in February

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the return of Julie Benko – direct from Broadway’s smash hit revival of Funny Girl – with her band “Euphonic Gumbo” on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 PM.
Interview: Nicolas King & Seth Sikes of THE NEW BELTERS at The Green Room 42

Usually on the stage in the solos spot, Seth Sikes and Nicolas King are trying their hands at a duo show and they are bringing all their brassy, belty boy best to the stage.
SONGBOOK SUNDAYS Returns To Dizzy's Club With IN AN ELLINGTON MOOD On September 11th

Deborah Grace Winer has curated another great night of standards and talent.
Photos: Go Inside Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook Gala

In a time when the people that live on our planet can’t seem to agree on anything, being in a room where everyone was on the same page celebrating the importance and brilliance of American Popular Music and honoring some of it’s most talented artists was truly a joy.  
Betsy Wolfe, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney & More at The Green Room 42 in May

The Green Room 42 has announced their May line-up for in-person performances. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest and most spacious cabaret club.
10 Videos Announcing That LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER With Nicolas King At The Green Room 42

LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER Brings Nicolas King back to The Green Room 42, and Broadway World Cabaret is counting the days and the videos.
BWW Album Review: CAROL SLOANE LIVE AT BIRDLAND Captures A Historic Entertainer In Blissful Beautiful Action

Recorded live in 2019, Carol Sloane's Birdland concert is captured wonderfully on this Club 44 Records release.
BWW Review: MAC AWARDS CEREMONY at Symphony Space Featuring The Photography of Helane Blumfield

The thirty-sixth annual MAC Awards were presented on Tuesday night in a ceremony that was widely remarked upon for the length of its duration.

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