American Weirdness: Bringing It All Back Home – Indiana

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
by on Living Around

My child-hood home I see again, And gladden with the view; And still as mem’ries crowd my brain, There’s sadness in it too– O memory!


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A Tribute to Bobby Short

Friday, May 17th, 2013
by on Playing Around

“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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Slender, Tender and Tall: An Evening with the
Fabulous Ms. Jo Thompson
– Style and Sass

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
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Sixty-six years after nineteen year-old Jo Thompson was discovered on Amateur night at the legendary Apollo Theater, she’s the featured late night performer at Cafe Carlyle.


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Fododo-de-yacka saki- Fish Platters

Saturday, July 28th, 2012
by on Shopping Around

I like oysters, lobsters too/I like my tasty butter fish, fooo/ When I come home late at night/ I get my favorite dish, fish… Hold


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

Friday, June 15th, 2012
by on Playing Around

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


Billy Stritch & Tom Gamblin

Leading Cabaret Venue Celebrates Its Own

Sunday, December 11th, 2011
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Thursday night, December 8, one of the city’s leading, newly spiffed up cabaret venues threw its first annual Artist Appreciation Holiday Party honoring performers and


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Woman Around Town: Introducing Emily Bergl

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
by on Woman Around Town

Sitting with Emily Bergl in the Oak Room Supper Club at The Algonquin Hotel where she’ll open September 30, I look around at the tables



Catherine Russell—A Red Hot Virtuoso

Thursday, May 12th, 2011
by on Playing Around

Catherine Russell is a throwback to the era of iconic jazz. She’s strong and vulnerable, sophisticated and deep-fried, a hundred percent lady and a low


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