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I Love a Piano: Celebrating the Great Tradition of the Singing Piano

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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The 25th Annual Cabaret Convention-Opening Night Jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein is a curious choice to host an evening saluting vocalists who accompany themselves on piano.

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Mabel’s Back in Town (Well Almost)

Monday, June 30th, 2014
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“Grab your coat and get your hat/Leave your worries on the doorstep/Just direct your feet…* to The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 25th Annual Cabaret Convention: Four

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The 24th New York Cabaret Convention Gala Opening Night

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
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Wednesday, October 9 and  Thursday, October 10, at Rose Hall; Friday, October 11, Event at The Cutting Room; Saturday, October 12, Symposium at 54Below So

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A Swinging Birdland Christmas 2012

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
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The three swinging elves are at it again. Bringing freshness to even the most familiar seasonal songs (and some decidedly eclectic), Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso

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Colleen McHugh Sings Cole Porter: C’est Si Bon

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
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Colleen McHugh would’ve been a natural jazz baby. Prêt-à-Porter, her celebration of Cole Porter is predominantly up-tempo, insouciant, eager and, at last, a touch melancholy.

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Encore! Encore! Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Returns to Town Hall for an Actor’s Fund Benefit

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
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Last year, Jim Caruso brought his Cast Party, an open mike night held weekly at BIrdland, to a larger venue, Town Hall, as a benefit

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Stringing Along With Love – A Classy, Artisanal Evening

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
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Karen Oberlin swings gracefully into “I’ll String Along With You” (Harry Warren/Al Dubin) side by side with Sean Harkness and Aaron Weinstein. Her musicians don’t

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A Swinging Birdland Christmas: Infectiously Jolly

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
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Seal those roasted chestnuts in Tupperware, toss the pile of receipts in a drawer, turn off the tree lights; avoid second thinking your menu and

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