Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Salon Wrap-Up for February 23, 2020: Showbiz!

The excitement was palpable Sunday evening, as two powerhouse women took the stage /took over at Salon. Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi, a pair of belty, brassy broads, have teamed up in a show they call, oddly enough, "Show Broads," and they gave us a taste of their wares tonight. The show is returning on March 8th, at Birdland Jazz Club.

Leanne started us off with the obvious choice, "There's No Business Like Show Business," but was almost immediately interrupted by Marta, who rushed to the stage--late--because "she was in the bathroom." A small spat about professionalism ensued, and then the girls got down to business, segueing into "Use What You Got" (Cy Coleman), which they most certainly did. They also used mics, but it wasn't really necessary; they were probably heard all the way to 42nd Street.
After Classical Corner, Marta returned to the stage to give us some background on her impressive showbiz trajectory, which led into a rousing rendition of Sondheim's "Broadway Baby." Then big-hearted, bicoastal Leanne (she's from California, you know) returned to advise us all to "Lighten Up," a welcome reminder these days. The ladies closed the evening with the full version of "There's No Business...".

Mark Janas/Classical Corner 

Tonight, Mark discussed Robert Schumann's beautiful song "Widmung," which will be featured, sung by Dawn Derow, in the new full-length Classical Corner, on February 24th, at Don't Tell Mama. Widmung (German for "Dedication"), was Schumann's love letter to his future wife, Clara Wieck. Later, Franz Liszt wrote an elaborate transcription of the tune for piano. However, Clara, who served as her husband's editor, wasn't pleased with all the extra runs and arpeggios Liszt added, so she asked him to write a simpler version. Both versions still exist, but, as pianist Matthew Martin Ward put it, why would you want to play the simpler version? And with that, he played us the full-on Liszt fantasy, beautifully.


Roster of Performers for the Evening (in order of appearance): 


Click the link to visit the performer’s website or other links, as available. 

All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.
Bruce Clough
Graeme Lister
Ann Kittredge (Alex Rybeck accompanying)
Gina D'Accario (Alex Rybeck accompanying)
J. Michael Reeds (Marc McBarron Kessler accompanying)
Marc McBarron Kessler (accompanying self)
Johnny Victor (accompanying himself on guitar)
Frank Boesch (accompanying himself on guitar)
Roy Bailey (accompanying self)
Janice Hall (Matthew Martin Ward accompanying)

Classical Corner (Mark & Matthew)

(This set: All piano accompaniment by Matthew Martin Ward, unless otherwise noted.)

Marta Sanders & Leanne Borghesi (Mark Janas accompanying)
Matthew Martin Ward (accompanying himself)
Alex Marchesani
Richard Eisenberg
Bob Simonello
Frances O'Flynn
Deborah Stone & Josephine Sanges (John Cook accompanying)
Ira Lee Collings (John Cook accompanying)
Marcia Roney
Phillip Kuan
Joshua Bennett 


Special thanks to Mark Janas, and pianists Alex Rybeck, John Cook, Marc McBarron Kessler, and Matthew Martin Ward. Thanks also to Erik Strebig on lights and sound, and to the wonderful waitstaff and thoughtful management at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, a big thank you to our videographer for the evening, Rubin Olvera.


Upcoming Shows

Ongoing

Tuesdays 2020 (6-7pm): Join Sarah Rice, Janice Hall and others for "Peaceable Hour," a beautiful, relaxing hour of music to soothe the soul. St. Clements Church, 423 W 46th St, NYC. (www.peaceablehour.com for schedule updates)

Upcoming:

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 (9:30 pm): Marta Sanders, Leanne Borghesi, and Ira Lee Collings will be a part of Susie Mosher's Lineup at Birdland, 315 W 44th, NYC 


Friday, February 28th, 2020 (9:30 pm): Deborah Stone and Josephine Sanges team up in "Our Time," at the Beach Cafe, John M. Cook accompanying. Corner E 70th and Second Ave., NYC

 

Friday, February 28th, 2020 (7 pm): Tanya Moberly is featured in this installment of "Ricky Ritzel's Broadway," at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th, NYC.

 

Saturday, February 29th, 2020 (8 pm): Bob Simonello brings his show "Rollin' a 7," to the Magnolia Room in Norwalk, CT.

 

Thursday, March 5, 2020 (7:30 pm): Ann Kittredge and Alex Rybeck bring their Ahrens and Flaherty show, "Fancy Meeting You Here," to The Green Room 42, 570 Tenth Ave, NYC. 

 

Friday, March 6, 2020: Andrea Axelrod in “Sondheim at 90” in  Williamstown, MA.

 

Sunday, March 8, 2020 (5:30 pm): Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi bring their raucous show, "Show Broads," to Birdland Jazz Club, 315 W 44th, NYC.

 

Monday, March 9, 2020: Sue Matsuki and her long time pianist/collaborator, Gregory Toroian, will be honored at the Bistro Awards ceremony, at the Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W 23rd, NYC.

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 (7pm): Tanya Moberly sings Amy Winehouse, Ani Di Franco, Rickie Lee Jones, and Joni Mitchell with Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020 (7 pm): Bruce Clough opens "From Out of the Blue," at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (7pm): Deborah Stone reprises her show, "Here I Am," at Pangea,      178 Second Ave, NYC

 

Saturday, March 28, 2020: Frances O'Flynn performs with Matthew Martin Ward at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd St, NYC.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward is the music director of "Everybody Rise: A Resistance Cabaret" with host Joe Keenan at Birdland Theater, 315 W. 44th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 10, 2020: David Ballard sings and plays flute for Julie Reyburn's show (MD: Mark Janas) in "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 17, 2020 (7pm): Tanya Moberly sings Amy Winehouse, Ani Di Franco, Rickie Lee Jones, and Joni Mitchell with Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 20, 2020 (7pm): Marnie Klar, with Tanya Moberly Directing, performs "A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 (3:30pm): Susan Hodgdon in “So in Love With Cole” CD release party (Director Sally Darling and MD Daryl Kojak) at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, May 8, 2020 (7pm): Marnie Klar, with Tanya Moberly Directing, performs "A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, May 15th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Led Zeppelin and The Beatles” with Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, May 16th, 2020 (9:30 pm): Sue Matsuki debuts a new show, "This Broad's Way," at The Beach Cafe, E 70th at Second Ave, NYC.

Sunday, May 17, 2020 (4pm): Marnie Klar, with Tanya Moberly Directing, performs "A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, May 29, 2020: David Ballard sings and plays flute for Julie Reyburn's show (MD: Mark Janas) in "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, June 19th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Led Zeppelin and The Beatles” with Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, July 17th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz” with Mark Janas at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, August 21st, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz” with Mark Janas at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 12, 2020: David Ballard sings and plays flute for Julie Reyburn's show (MD: Mark Janas) in "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, September 18th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Pat Benetar, Chrissie Hynde, and Annie Lennox” with Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 10, 2020: David Ballard sings and plays flute for Julie Reyburn's show (MD: Mark Janas) in "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 16th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Pat Benetar, Chrissie Hynde, and Annie Lennox” with Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 20th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman” with Jon Weber at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 18th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman” with Jon Weber at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Our next Salon: 

Salon returns on Sunday, March 15th, with "Morning, Evening, Noon, and Night," with co-host Danny Bacher.  
There will be no Salon March 1, 2020 or March 8, 2020. 

Janice Hall
Blogette for The Salon
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Monday, February 17, 2020

The Salon Wrap-Up for February 16, 2020: The Gypsy in My Soul

Last night's theme was about the longing to travel, to move, to escape, to hang hats and call it home, and especially about those who roam the land and create art wherever they go. Our Co-Host was the Bistro and two-time MAC Award songstress, Dawn Derow! She - who can sing everything from opera to jazz, to rock and musical theater - has produced shows like "1941," "Legit," and "The House that Built Me," is presenting a night of Eydie Gormé; thus, the theme of the evening was "The Gypsy in My Soul." Dawn started the evening out with this title song, with smooth and powerful jazz vocals, dexterous on the blue notes, and looking amazing in a dark red wrap dress and classic 1940s hairdo. After a costume change (see the Classical Corner notes below), Dawn sat at a stool at the piano and sang the sultry and honestly simple "I Don’t Want to Walk Without You," a gorgeous song by Jule Styne and Frank Loesser. To end the evening, and to include the title of the evening in the first lyric, she performed the rock ballad "You’re My Home" by Billy Joel, which also included a powerhouse belt at the end and a bit of lyric editing to add a nod to The Salon: no matter where she roams, this open mic is her home.

Dawn has a number of performances coming up:

You can see her NOW in the brand new music video of Brandi Carlile's song "Every Time I Hear That Song" on YouTube! Performed by Dawn Derow, Suzanne Fiore, and Jason Reiff, with guitar by Sean Harkness, guitar/mandolin/sound mix by Peter Calo. Camera work by Perry Quaranta.

On Friday, February 21, 2020 (7pm), she will be a part of the stellar lineup of "Green Room 42 Swings Sinatra," hosted by Will Friedwald, at The Green Room 42, 570 10th Avenue, NYC.

"Gypsy in My Soul: The Songs of Eydie Gormé" will perform with music director Ian Herman at 9:30pm at The Beach Cafe (1326 2nd Avenue, NYC) on Saturday, March 14th, 2020, 9:30pm. Small seating capacity, and tickets only sold online, so advance tickets highly recommended!


Mark Janas/Classical Corner 

With the theme of "Gypsy," most classical minds immediately think of the diva-gypsy herself, Carmen by Georges Bizet. Maureen Taylor, who performed the piece with the Chicago Lyric Opera amongst stars as Placido Domingo, talked a bit about the character of Carmen, and how the song "Seguidilla" in Act I sets up the wandering attitude of the title character to roam. A seguidilla is a traditional folk dance, so it's no wonder Carmen (who seductively dances her way out of captivity) would be treated to the flamenco-style of music. We then were prompted by Mark to sing "Happy Birthday" to Maureen, and he added an appropriately Bizet-esque operatic ending on the piano.

We then had our Co-Host Dawn Derow appear before us after a costume change, switching her dark red for a sparkling onesie and dazzling rhinestone jewelry. Thus attired, she sang "Glitter and Be Gay" from Leonard Bernstein's Candide. As a woman who travels her way from lover to lover to get to the top (with and without guilt), Dawn added dance steps to match her high notes and high sparkle, with the right over the top drama to make her Cunégonde memorable!

If you love the Classical Corner section each Salon, a reminder that Mark is doing a Classical Corner Series at Don’t Tell Mama; the next is Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7pm at Don't Tell Mama on the theme of "Follow the Lieder", focusing on art songs and the cultivation of the lyrics. Tickets can be reserved here.


Roster of Performers for the Evening (in order of appearance): 
Click the link to visit the performer’s website or other links, as available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.

Co-Host Dawn Derow
Jackie Theoharis (with Nathan Patrick Nelson on piano)
Ryan Bauer-Walsh
Susan Hodgdon
Gerrilyn Sohn
Goldie Dver
Bobbie Horowitz (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Marcia Roney (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Andrea Axelrod (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
J. Michael Reeds (with Marc Kessler on piano)
Marc Kessler (self on piano)
Sierra Rein
Marnie Klar
Mark Janas’ Classical Corner with Maureen Taylor and Dawn Derow
Co-Host Dawn Derow
Tanya Moberly
Rian Keating
Richard Eisenberg
Maureen Taylor
Frances O’Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Stew Fremer (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Janice Hall (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self on piano)
Ben Boecker (self on piano) with Lauren Gismondi and Arielle Gonzalez
Angela Leone
Father Jeffrey Hamblin
David Ballard
Joshua Bennett
Co-Host Dawn Derow

Special thanks to Mark Janas, and pianists Marc Kessler, Ben Boecker, Nathan Patrick Nelson, and Matthew Martin Ward. Thanks also to David Ballard on lights and sound, and to the wonderful waitstaff and thoughtful management at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, a big thank you to our videographer for the evening, Rubin Olivera.


Upcoming Shows


Ongoing


Tuesdays 2020 (6-7pm): Join Sarah Rice, Janice Hall and others for "Peaceable Hour," a beautiful, relaxing hour of music to sooth the soul. St. Clements Church, 423 W 46th St, NYC. (www.peaceablehour.com for schedule updates)

Upcoming:

Monday, February 17, 2020 (7pm): Ryan Bower-Walsh performs as part of Prospect Theater Company's "Move Meant" at The Ailey Citigroup Theater/The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 West 55th St., NYC.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (7pm): Ryan Bower-Walsh performs as part of Prospect Theater Company's "Move Meant" at The Ailey Citigroup Theater/The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 West 55th St., NYC.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (7pm): Maureen Taylor repeats an encore of “Cosmic Connections” of Michael Colby’s Music at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 (7pm): Gerrilyn Sohn returns with “Something Cool” at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 21, 2020 (7pm): Tanya Moberly sings “Seals and Crofts: Cat Stevens, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young” with Sean Harkness at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 21, 2020 (7pm), Dawn Derow will be a part of "Green Room 42 Swings Sinatra," hosted by Will Friedwald, at The Green Room 42, 570 10th Avenue, NYC.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 (7pm): Sierra Rein and Marquee Five sing at "Sondheim Unplugged" at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, Cellar, NYC.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (7pm): Rian Keating returns with "In this Traveling Heart," directed by Tanya Moberly, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 6, 2020: Andrea Axelrod in “Sondheim at 90” in  Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (4pm): Stew Frimer asks "Who Says You Need to Have a Theme?" with Musical Director Matthew Martin Ward and Director Peter Napolitano, plus guest Debbie May, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 20, 2020 (7pm): Tanya Moberly sings Amy Winehouse, Ani Di Franco, Rickie Lee Jones, and Joni Mitchell with Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 20, 2020 (8pm): David Ballard performs in "Divas! Divas! Divas!" with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl, NYC.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 (8pm): David Ballard performs in "Divas! Divas! Divas!" with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl, NYC.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 (8pm): Jackie Theoharis with Nathan Patrick Nelson as MD, performs "Quarter Life Crisis" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 (3pm): David Ballard performs in "Divas! Divas! Divas!" with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl, NYC.

Friday, March 27, 2020: Ricky Ritzel's Broadway performs with Goldie Dver at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, March 28, 2020: Frances O'Flynn performs with Matthew Martin Ward at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd St, NYC.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward is the music director of "Everybody Rise: A Resistance Cabaret" with host Joe Keenan at Birdland Theater, 315 W. 44th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 10, 2020: David Ballard sings and plays flute for Julie Reyburn's show (MD: Mark Janas) in "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 17, 2020 (7pm): Tanya Moberly sings Amy Winehouse, Ani Di Franco, Rickie Lee Jones, and Joni Mitchell with Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, April 20, 2020 (7pm): Marnie Klar, with Tanya Moberly Directing, performs "A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 (3:30pm): Susan Hodgdon in “So in Love With Cole” CD release party (Director Sally Darling and MD Daryl Kojak) at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, May 8, 2020 (7pm): Marnie Klar, with Tanya Moberly Directing, performs "A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, May 15th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Led Zeppelin and The Beatles” with Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, May 17, 2020 (4pm): Marnie Klar, with Tanya Moberly Directing, performs "A Woman's Prerogative" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, May 29, 2020: David Ballard sings and plays flute for Julie Reyburn's show (MD: Mark Janas) in "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, June 19th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Led Zeppelin and The Beatles” with Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, July 17th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz” with Mark Janas at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, August 21st, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz” with Mark Janas at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 12, 2020: David Ballard sings and plays flute for Julie Reyburn's show (MD: Mark Janas) in "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, September 18th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Pat Benetar, Chrissie Hynde, and Annie Lennox” with Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 10, 2020: David Ballard sings and plays flute for Julie Reyburn's show (MD: Mark Janas) in "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 16th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Pat Benetar, Chrissie Hynde, and Annie Lennox” with Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 20th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman” with Jon Weber at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 18th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman” with Jon Weber at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Our next Salon will be next Sunday, February 23, 2020 with the theme "Show Biz"! (You all know what that is, right people?!?!) Our Co-Hosts will be a duo: the Boisterious Broads of the Biz, none other than Leanne Borghesi and Marta Sanders!

REMINDER: THERE WILL BE NO SALON March 1, 2020 or March 8, 2020

Sierra Rein
Blogette for The Salon
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Salon Wrap-Up for January 19, 2020: Breaking Resolutions

“It’s January 19th and I’m already exhausted” - thus opened our wryly funny co-host of the evening, MAC President, Singnasium Artistic Director/CEO, and Director of countless Cabaret shows throughout New York, Lennie Watts! His theme of “Breaking Resolutions” brought a up lot of personal goals destroyed on the rocks of well intentions, and Lennie was quick on the mic to guide us all through our guilt and pain. After getting a hand count of the majority of us who already broke our 2020 New Year’s Resolutions, he started singing “One Rock N’ Roll Too Many” from Starlight Express. As a high tenor, Lennie gave us his honest and blunt rendition of this Andrew Lloyd Webber song, in a way we’d never heard before. Midway through the evening, he sang a smooth jazz version of the Beatles’ “Hard Day’s Night,” which was admittedly stolen from a student who once quit his Arrangement Experience too early. To complete the night’s antics, he showed off his own arrangement brilliance with a sly combination of  “That’s Life” and “Bowl of Cherries.”

Lennie and vocalist Kim Grogg will be performing February 1st, 7pm with “Hometown Heroes” with Musical Director Steven Ray Watkins and Bassist Matt Scharfglass at The Laurie Beechman Theater!

Kim Grogg and Lennie Watts in "Hometown Heroes"

Mark Janas/Classical Corner 

Continuing with the birthday boy of the month, Mozart, Mark Janas wished to bring up the musical concept of “Resolution,” which in composing refers to the movement from a dissonant chord to another, more consonant chord. That feeling of suspension before returning to a comfortable ‘at home’ chord is what we’re talking about, and Mark pointed out that Mozart was very good at giving us normal, recognizable resolutions, especially chords that are easy to our Western ears. “Broken” resolutions, on the other hand, deal with atonality. For example, Mark talked about Richard Wagner, who did not adhere to the rules of chord progressions and resolutions. Instead, he added chords and unruly resolutions, with constant suspensions on the 4ths to move to the 3rd, constantly changing keys and cadences where one chord would constantly resolve to another in unexpected ways. Mark then played from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, on a solo piano transcription by Frank Liszt. Entitled “Prelude and Liebestod,” it sounded like someone walking on jagged cobblestone; the chord progressions tripped their way up and down, flowing upper passages with low bass trembles below the current, never quite landing until the very end of the piece! After all the broken resolutions, it was great to be back home!

If you love the Classical Corner section each Salon, a reminder that Mark is doing a Classical Corner Series at Don’t Tell Mama; the next is January 27, 2020 at 7pm. Tickets can be reserved here.


Roster of Performers for the Evening (in order of appearance): 
Click the link to visit the performer’s website or other links, as available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.

Co-Host Lennie Watts
Deborah Zecher
Sean Patrick Murtagh
Bobbie Horowitz (Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Sally Darling (Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Teresa Morrison (Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Al Ro (Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Andrea Axelrod (Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Marcia Roney (Matthew Martin Ward at piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (self on piano)
Bruno Giraldi
Lynda Kennedy
Becca Kidwell 
Karen Mack
Katie McGrath
Mardie Millet (Bill Zeffiro at piano)
Nicole Spano
Lynda Rodolitz
Maureen Taylor
Sierra Rein
Zach Wobensmith
Co-Host Lennie Watts
Mark Janas’ Classical Corner
Tanya Moberly
Goldie Dver (Bill Zeffiro at piano)
Angela Leone (Bill Zeffiro at piano)
Liora Michelle (Bill Zeffiro at piano)
Ira Lee Collings (Bill Zeffiro at piano)
Kimberly Neuwirth (Bill Zeffiro at piano)
Abby Hase (Bill Zeffiro at piano)
Johnathan Kuhn
Michele Herman
J. Michael Reeds (Marc Kessler at piano)
Marc Kessler (self at piano)
Richard Eisenberg (self at piano)
Michael Colby
Gerrilyn Sohn
Graeme Lister
Barbara Malley
Joanne Halev
Bruce Clough
Natasha Castillo
Sue Horowitz
Steve Bustamante
David Ballard
Joshua Bennett
Co-Host Lennie Watts

Special thanks to Mark Janas, and pianists Marc Kessler, Bill Zeffiro and Matthew Martin Ward. Thanks also to David Ballard on lights and sound, and to the wonderful waitstaff and thoughtful management at Don't Tell Mama. Finally, a big thank you to our videographer for the evening, Steve Bustamante.

Upcoming Shows

Ongoing

Tuesdays 2020 (6-7pm): Join Sarah Rice, Erin Cronican and others for "Peaceable Hour," a beautiful, relaxing hour of music to sooth the soul. St. Clements Church, 423 W 46th St, NYC. (www.peaceablehour.com for schedule updates)

Upcoming:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (7pm): Bruno Giraldi will be in “This is Bruno” and is offering no cover for MAC Members at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (8:30pm): Al Ro will perform at the Broadway Comedy Club in Times Square, 318 W. 53rd Street, NYC.

Friday, January 24, 2020 (7pm): Mardie Millet and Michael Garin perform “Michael and Mardie and Other Delights” at Birdland Jazz Club, 315 W. 44th Street, NYC.

Friday, January 24, 2020 (9:45pm): Mardie Millet performs with the Habibi Kings at Birdland Jazz Club, 315 W. 44th Street, NYC.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 (7pm): Sierra Rein will sing as part of “Sondheim Unplugged” at 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, Cellar, NYC.

Monday, January 27, 2020: Marissa Mulder and Kimberly Neuwirth join Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista Restaurant, 313 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 (7pm): Sean Patrick Murtagh in “Mario! A Salute to the Great Lanza” Jan 30 7pm at The Green Room 42, 570 10th Avenue, NYC.

Friday, January 31, 2020: Lynda Rodolitz and more will perform at “Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway.”

Friday, January 31, 2020: Karen Mack and ”Those Girls sing The Boys Vol 1” at The Laurie Beechman Theatre - use code “girlsten” for a $10 cover - 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC.

Monday, February 3, 2020 (7pm): David Ballard is appearing in Julie Reyburn's show at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Liora Michelle is “The Greedy Soprano“ with Director Lennie Watts Music Director Bill Zeffiro at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 26th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 7, 2020 (7pm): David Ballard is appearing in Julie Reyburn's show at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 (4:30pm): Maureen Taylor repeats an encore of “Cosmic Connections” of Michael Colby’s Music at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

February 9, 2020 (5pm): Michele Herman will have a literary reading at Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020: Goldie Dver returns with “Back in Mama’s Arms” at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (7pm): Welcome another edition in Bobbie Horowitz's series (music directed by Matthew Martin Ward), "It's Just A Number" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, February 13, 2020: Barb Malley is the Featured Singer at Parnells, 350 E 53rd St, NYC.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 (4:30pm): Angela Leone is bringing her show, "Mathis and More" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (7pm): Maureen Taylor repeats an encore of “Cosmic Connections” of Michael Colby’s Music at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 (7pm): Gerrilyn Sohn returns with “Something Cool” at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, February 21, 2020 (7pm): Tanya Moberly sings “Seals and Crofts: Cat Stevens, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young” with Sean Harkness at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 (4pm): Johnathan Kuhn and Michele Herman will be “Groovin’ on a Sunday” at 53 Above, 315 W. 53rd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (9:30pm): Ira Lee Collings will be a part of Susie Mosher’s “The Lineup” at the Birdland Theater, 315 West 44th Street, NYC.

Friday, March 6, 2020: Andrea Axelrod in “Sondheim at 90” in  Williamstown, MA.

Friday, March 20, 2020 (7pm): Tanya Moberly sings Amy Winehouse, Ani Di Franco, Rickie Lee Jones, and Joni Mitchell with Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, April 11, 2020 (4pm): Becca Kidwell in “Maybe World with Mary Chaplin Carpenter.”

Friday, April 17, 2020 (7pm): Tanya Moberly sings Amy Winehouse, Ani Di Franco, Rickie Lee Jones, and Joni Mitchell with Ritt Henn at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 (7pm): Lynda Kennedy at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, NYC.

May, 2020: Deborah Zecher will perform “Jewish Caroling: The Music of Carole King, Carole Bayer-Sager and Carolyn Leigh.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (7pm): Becca Kidwell in “Maybe World with Mary Chaplin Carpenter.”

Friday, May 15th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Led Zeppelin and The Beatles” with Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, June 19th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Led Zeppelin and The Beatles” with Ian Herman at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, July 17th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz” with Mark Janas at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, August 21st, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz” with Mark Janas at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, September 18th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Pat Benetar, Chrissie Hynde, and Annie Lennox” with Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 16th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Pat Benetar, Chrissie Hynde, and Annie Lennox” with Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 20th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman” with Jon Weber at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 18th, 2020 (7pm): “Tanya Moberly sings Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman” with Jon Weber at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, NYC.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO SALON FROM January 26, 2020 – February 9, 2020

We will return on Sunday, February 16, 2020 with the Theme "The Gypsy In My Soul" - our Co-Host will be Dawn Derow!

Sierra Rein
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