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Scatting and Bebopping Through Life

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
by on Playing Around

“There’s Ella and then there’s the rest of us.” Frank Sinatra For two hours at MetroStage, Freda Payne became Ella Fitzgerald, taking the audience on

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Freda Payne as Ella: First Lady of Song

Friday, January 24th, 2014
by on Woman Around Town

Freda Payne remembers the first time she met Ella Fitzgerald. “It was the late 60s in New York,” she says. “Ella was appearing in a

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Beat The Drum For These Marvelous Books About Music

Monday, December 16th, 2013
by on Reading Around

There are people who just breathe music. Even when they’re standing still, they seem to be moving to some secret inner rhythm. For many of

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Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life:
An Evening With an American Treasure

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
by on Playing Around

I love this step…it’s so sexy! Maurice Hines is months from his seventieth birthday but when seeing his moves for his new show, directed by

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An Intimate Evening with the Satin Doll Trio

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
by on Playing Around

For 90 minutes on a recent Sunday, the Metropolitan Room was transported back in time when singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and, yes, Julie

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The Satin Doll Trio’s Tribute to Julie London

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
by on Playing Around

No musician is an island. Even the greatest draw inspiration from those who came before. For the Satin Doll Trio, that influence was Julie London,

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The Petrel Sisters – Living Their Musical Dream

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
by on Playing Around

The Petrel home on Long Island was always filled with music. “Our dad is a really awesome sax player and he plays every instrument as

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Scrapbook 2.0 – The Memorable Natalie Douglas

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
by on Playing Around

Natalie Douglas floors it into a propulsive, word-thick (crisply enunciated) “I’m Gonna Leave You” before even greeting the buzzed, sold-out house. Usually Douglas saves a

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