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Celebrate the Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Monday, April 21st, 2014
by on Woman Around Town

Not many fans know by name the songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. But begin to list their many songs—-”Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand

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Master Class: “The More I Learn, The Less I Know” –
George Harrison’s Best Songs with The Beatles

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
by on Playing Around

Last week marked the occasion of what would have been George Harrison’s 71st birthday. In commemoration, I have compiled two lists of his greatest songs

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American Cool – From Jazz to Jobs, McQueen to Prince

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
by on Playing Around

Americans are cool. We’re not just talking about the Sochi Olympics. Long before snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg coined phrases like “shreddin’ the gnar” and “stoked,” Americans

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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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Tessa Souter at Blues Alley

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
by on Playing Around

Blues Alley is an intimate setting for a jazz quartet and the singer, Tessa Souter, made it even more so on Monday evening, October 21,

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In a Crowded World, How to Be Alone

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
by on Reading Around

How can you say something new about being alone, Tell somebody you’re a loner? Right away they think you’re lonely, It’s not the same thing,

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Finding Strength in Playing Sinatra

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
by on Playing Around

“Playing Sinatra means you can walk out of yourself; you can fly to the stars and dream you’re as loved and happy as you want.”

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Independence Day in New York

Saturday, June 29th, 2013
by on Living Around

Looking for ways to celebrate the July 4th holiday in New York? Here are some ideas. Macy’s Fireworks This year Macy’s has teamed up with

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