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Midtown Jazz at Midday—A Find!

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
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Founded by Edmond Anderson, a diehard jazz aficionado who wrote the lyrics for his friend, Duke Ellington’s 1941 hit, Flamingo, Midtown Jazz at Midday has

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Winter Sunshine Courtesy of the Johnny Rodgers Band

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
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Sunday night, the buoyant Johnny Rodgers Band rocked the roof off Iridium on West 51st Street. From jazzy Johnny Mercer standards with which his voice

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There Are Nights Like This

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
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Les Paul’s arrangements of Avalon, All of Me, and Brazil, played by his extant group, evoke old black and white movies and fox trotting in

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Paula West: She Doesn’t Vocalize?!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
by on Woman Around Town

Paula West is a natural. That’s easy to write, but difficult to write truthfully. She may have had a total of a year’s vocal training

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Paula West—A Natural at Feinstein’s

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
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Go girl, seek happy nights to happy days. William Shakespeare Paula West plants herself on the stage with indisputable aplomb and six inch platform heels.

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The New Americana: The Johnny Rodgers Band—
Too Marvelous for Words at the Oak Room

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
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There’s something very American about sitting back in the Algonquin Hotel’s legendary Oak Room listening to the music of a new American classic: Johnny Rodgers

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Jane Monheit—Hitting the Right Notes at the Blue Note

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
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Somewhere in the middle of Jane Monheit’s show at the Blue Note, we experience an “ah-ha” moment. It happens when she sings “Something Cool,” from

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