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The Songs That Mabel Sang—
A Birthday Anniversary Concert Celebrating Mabel Mercer

Monday, February 6th, 2012
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No one could put a song across like the great Mabel Mercer. The likes of Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Peggy Lee attributed her with teaching

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Mark Nadler: Contemporary Vaudevillian and Happy Guy

Monday, September 26th, 2011
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Mark Nadler and I are the only diners in the otherwise closed second floor at Sardi’s this quiet, weekday afternoon. Greeting manager and waiters by

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Jo Thompson, Still Swinging

Sunday, November 28th, 2010
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In 1947, nineteen year old Jo Thompson sang Slender, Tender and Tall on Amateur Night at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. She accompanied herself

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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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Tessa Souter—Soulful, Intimate Jazz

Sunday, July 18th, 2010
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For jazz lovers, it just doesn’t get any better than this—55 Christopher Street, a hole in the wall that appears to be stuck in a

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