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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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It Might As Well Be Spring: A Celebration in Song of the Incomparable Life of Margaret Whiting – Memorable

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
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“The way I teach people to sing… I have them talk the lyric out until it sounds like something they really believe, like an actor

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Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Goes to the Movies,
With Billy Stritch – Style Lives!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
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Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch have become standard bearers for the kind of intimate panache found more often in the boites and supper clubs of

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Billy Stritch, Sally Mayes, Sharon Montgomery photo courtesy of Pin Lim

Montgomery, Mayes and Stritch – Grade A, Unhomogenized Bonhomie

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
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When Sharon Montgomery, Sally Mayes, and Billy Stritch launch into Stritch’s ebullient 1940’s arrangement of “I Get a Kick Out of You” it’s immediately evident

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Steve Doyle, Billy Stritch, Jim Caruso

Brio is Back: Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso
On Sundays at Bemelman’s Bar

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
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Stuck in the city this weekend? Showing visitors around? Need a lift from the pendulum swing of humidity and flooding? Allow me to recommend buoyant

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A Tribute to Bobby Short

Friday, May 17th, 2013
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“Let’s get this party started!” urges Billy Stritch launching into Bessie Smith’s “Gimme a Pigfoot” with decided brio, left foot on a piano pedal, right

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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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Andrea Marcovicci, Jeff Harnar

The 23rd New York Cabaret Convention
Salute to Cole Porter: Swellegant!

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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Andrea Marcovicci and Jeff Harnar (photo, above) arguably two of Donald Smith’s favorite people, opened last night’s show jauntily singing “Let’s Fall in Love.” Phrasing

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