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A Wish – Karen Oberlin and Sean Harkness Illuminate Love

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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Karen Oberlin and Sean Harkness create the kind of kismet collaboration worthy of becoming classic.Titled for the deft, relatively unknown “A Wish”: Though there’ll be

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After Midnight – About As Entertaining As It Gets

Monday, November 4th, 2013
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“Midnight. Harlem. Once it was true Harlem’s heartbeat was a drumbeat…” De facto guide Dule Hill speaks from beneath a single streetlamp. His words are

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Karen Oberlin: A Daring Dame at Feinstein’s

Friday, July 27th, 2012
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There are things we’ve learned to expect of a Karen Oberlin show: that she be genteel, sincere and a sensitive balladeer. The vocalist’s current program

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Judy Carmichael: Listening for Life—
Jazz in a Hallowed Hall

Friday, June 15th, 2012
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The beautiful Steinway Hall, a two-story rotunda with high domed, hand painted ceiling, extensive marble appointments and portraits of legendary musical artists, was host on

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Cy Coleman: Bringing Jazz to Broadway

Friday, May 18th, 2012
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The multifaceted Cy Coleman “lived a life of musical adventure, always looking for something fresh and new to address.” (Michael Feinstein). Before he achieved the

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Ethel Waters—Blues, Broadway, And Jazz

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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Ethel Waters, the American blues, jazz, and gospel vocalist and actress, opened doors firmly shut before her. She rose from a nightmare childhood through the

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Woman Around Town: Jennifer Sheehan Has a Calling

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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The little brown-haired daughter born to Jan and Diane Sheehan almost arrived performing. At 2 ½ she could credibly manage “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” “in

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He Did What? Where? Gregory Charles Plays the Carlyle

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
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Gregory Charles, musician, singer, songwriter, actor, author, radio host, and concert organizer (whew!), is briefly ensconced at the otherwise sophisticated Café Carlyle with a self

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