Monday, December 5, 2016

The Salon Wrap- Up for December 4, 2016 - "Mother Nature"

Nature, the gentlest mother,
Impatient of no child,
The feeblest or the waywardest, —
Her admonition mild
In forest and the hill
By traveller is heard,
Restraining rampant squirrel
Or too impetuous bird.
How fair her conversation,
A summer afternoon, —
Her household, her assembly;
And when the sun goes down
Her voice among the aisles
Incites the timid prayer
Of the minutest cricket,
The most unworthy flower.
When all the children sleep
She turns as long away
As will suffice to light her lamps;
Then, bending from the sky
With infinite affection
And infiniter care,
Her golden finger on her lip,
Wills silence everywhere.
- Emily Dickinson
It may have been cold and crisp outdoors, but it was nothing but warmth and love indoors.  What a wonderful evening.  Our co-host for this week was the incredible Barb Jungr!  This dame comes all the way from Britain, and she's left nothing behind -- she brings everything she has on stage with her, and charms everyone from her first step on.  Barb began the night with a darker "Wichita Lineman" by Bob Dylan (who happens to be a Nobel Prize-winner for literature).
She sang her opening of the second set, "Beautiful Life," as if it were her personal anthem -- with such conviction and sentimentality.  Bob Dylan's "Man in The Long Black Coat" followed, and she then showed off her story-telling skills with her next song (also by Dylan -- a song to his then wife),"Sarah."  She told a very funny story about Jimmy Webb and her next song -- all Webb hears in the second verse is "an imperfect rhyme." The meaning of the song to others is basically lost on him, because all he hears is the imperfect rhyme.  And that's a song-writer. ;)  But Barb sang the imperfect rhyme with complete perfection and brought down the house.  Finally, she brought it home with "Feeling Good" by Newley and Bricusse.
Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
Our resident brilliant genius, Mark Janas, played the first movement of Bach's Italian concerto, first having broken down the tonic and dominant chord structure and also speaking about the cycle of fifths.  Mark explained that harmony is in the very nature of sound -- we hear overtones with any sound we here, even if it's a clanking hammer.   He also told us that Bach was really who balanced the system between the chromatic and the diatonic scale.
Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):
Click link to visit the performer’s website or other links, when available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas unless otherwise noted.
Ira Lee Collings
Richard Eisenberg
Jerome Weinstein
Joe Regan, Jr.
Susan Neuffer
Dr. Lauren Martinez
Janice Hall
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (on piano)
Steve Bustamante (also on guitar)
Joseph Mulholland
Candice Oden
Marnie Klar
Classical Corner
Tanya Moberly
Miguel Braganza
Dawn Derow and Marcus Goldhaber
Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Matthew Martin Ward, and Steve Bustamante.

And thank you to Jared Gilmore on lights and sound, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style.
Ongoing Shows: 
Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shangai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC. www.shanghaimongnyc.com

Upcoming Shows:

December 1-11, 2016: Many Salon singers (including Janice Hall and Matthew Martin Ward) are appearing in the Winter Rhythms Concert Series - the full schedule can be found on their website www.urbanstages.org at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (7pm): Marnie Klar is bringing back her show "Tuned In" (directed by Tanya Moberly) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (7pm): Janice Hall is performing in "According To Kurt Weill."
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (7pm): Dawn Drew performs "Songs for a Winter's Night" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, NYC.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings "Tanya Moberly Sings Loggins with Watkins" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

December 8 - 22, 2016 (various times): Candice Oden is appearing in "Macbeth" with The Seeing Place Theater at the Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th St, NYC.

Friday, December 9, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings "Tanya Moberly Sings Loggins with Watkins" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 9, 2016 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward is presenting a revival of his musical, "The Lady in Penthouse B", starring Erin Cronican and Adam B Shapiro, at Urban Stages' Winter Rhythms Festival, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Friday, December 9, 2016 (9:30pm): Janice Hall performs in The Music of Bill Zeffiro.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 (7pm): Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert ~ From All Of Us To All Of You: Seasonal Songs & Disney Too! Come hear Salon friends at this great concert series lasting from December 1-11th. Winter Rhythms Concert Series information can be found on their website www.urbanstages.org at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Sally Darling is appearing in "Totally Noel [with a bit of Sally]", with music director Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016: Matthew Martin Ward is playing with Christine Pedi at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC.
Friday, December 23, 2016: Loren A. Martinez is performing at Perlas, 69-09 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, NY. 
March 2017: Susan Neuffer is bring her show, Apocalypse Wow, back!
The Salon will be back next week, December 11, with the theme "Losing Control" with your Co-Host, Mary Liz McNamara.
We look forward to seeing you then! :)
Candice Oden
Guest Blogette for The Salon

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Salon Wrap-Up for November 13, 2016 - "Twisted Broadway"

I know that for many of us, the events of the past week (Election 2016) have resonated in painful and numbing ways, so it was wonderful having a bunch of friends in the same room making music.

Our Co-Hosts were the amazing BLUE JUPITER - Diana Preisler, Marty Gasper, Jonathan Minkoff & Jeff Washburn! I cannot even begin to tell you how exciting it was having this group with us. Let's start with some of their press: This world-touring a cappella quartet has been described as “The real deal,” by rock legend, Gene Simmons; "Simply terrific" by Scott Conant of Food Network, “Incredible!” by Jane Pauly from NBC; “Nothing short of magic,” by the Sands Casino Entertainment Department, and “Simply the best music act we’ve ever had at our schools,” by the Connecticut Public Schools Board.

They kicked off the show with a medley of pop songs "Dynamite" and "Sweet Dreams" with incredible vocals, backups and beat-boxing. For their mid-show set they killed it with two classic Broadway tunes presented in a whole new way: "All That Jazz" from Chicago and "Whatever Lola Wants" from Damn Yankees. They closed the evening with an incredibly inspiring and powerful, "Defying Gravity" form Wicked. These guys were worth the price of admission alone and put on a great show.

Blue Jupiter will be taking up residency at Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport during the holiday season. Don't let your travels wear you down! Stop by Terminal B and take in one of Blue Jupiter's holiday sets 11am - 3pm December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd. For more information: www.bluejupiter.com

Our Co-Hosts BLUE JUPITER

Our Salon Spotlight featured MAC & Bistro Award Winner Ritt Henn! Ritt is known for playing bass & ukulele as well as writing songs and performing. He has played for numerous cabaret performers in NYC, including Corinna Sowers Adler, Pamela Lewis, Tanya Moberly & Amy Beth Williams, as well as Tom Jones, Chuck Berry, Martha Reeves & Buddy Rich.

He started his set with his bass guitar strapped to his back, giving us the fun and inspiring, "Happy." He then picked up his ukelele and sang a charming, "Fish Fry and Guava Pie," asking for the audience to join in for the final choruses. This was proof positive that his song was catchy, because the words and music were written by him and most of us had not had the benefit of hearing it before! Incidentally, the song - with its audience participation, and pure & simple performance - reminded me of how healing art can be in a trying time. He finished his set by grabbing his bass guitar one more time to give us a groovy and rather sexy version of his, "House in the Country."

His solo show ORIGINAL SONGS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN RITT BOOK will be at Don’t Tell Mama – 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036 – November 19th at 7pm. For more information: www.ritthenn.com / www.donttellmamanyc.com

Our Salon Spotlight, Ritt Henn!

Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

The theme is twisted so Mark Janas, our illustrious founder, said he wanted to focus on ways to twist classical music. He told us a few stories about things that he and his friends would do in college to mash-up familiar themes. He also talked about the socio-political importance of parodies and introduced us to the work of Peter Shickele and his fictitious alter-ego PDQ Bach (the 21st son of Bach.) Mark grabbed 3 sheets of paper and began to prepare us for a hilarious presentation of a classical parody. In this preparation, he defined a bunch of classical terms to give us a backdrop for appreciating the parody. He them positioned the microphone near a set of iPhone speakers, and shared an amazing parody detailing how hard it is to appreciate classical music without help from outside support. Without spoiling the joke, here is the parody in its entirety:





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


Blue Jupiter
Rian Keating
Rob Davis
Jerome Weinstein
Lea McKenna-Garcia
Barbara Malley (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
David Ballard
Erin Cronican
Dawn Derow
Tanya Moberly (with Ritt Henn on bass guitar)
Ritt Henn (also on bass guitar and ukelele)
Classical Corner
Blue Jupiter
Ira Lee Collings
Zach Wobensmith
Jared Gilmore (also on piano)
Blair Alexis Brown
Sarah Rydell (with Richie Eisenberg on piano)
Richard Eisenberg

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas, Ritt Henn, Matthew Martin Ward, Jared Gilmore, Blair Alexis Brown, and Richie Eisenberg.

And thank you to Jared Gilmore on lights and sound, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style.


Ongoing Shows: 
Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shangai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC. www.shanghaimongnyc.com

Monday & Wednesday nights (8pm): Bill Zeffiro performs weekly at La Rivista, 313 West 46th St, NYC.

Upcoming Shows:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams is bringing her show "Carried Away" (directed by Tanya Moberly) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 18, 2016 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams is bringing her show "Carried Away" (directed by Tanya Moberly) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (7-11pm): Dawn Derow is celebrating her birthday with "The Dawn Derow Birthday Show" at 157 Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker St, NYC.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (7:30pm): Rob Davis is performing in "Grateful For..." at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (6:30pm): Rian Keating is bringing his show, "As All the Seasons Fall: Songs of Sentimental Melancholia" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

December 1-11, 2016: Many Salon singers are appearing in the Winter Rhythms Concert Series - the full schedule can be found on their website www.urbanstages.org at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (7pm): Marnie Klar is bringing back her show "Tuned In" (directed by Tanya Moberly) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Dawn Derow is appearing in "Songs for a Winter's Night" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (7:30pm): Rob Davis is performing in "Grateful For..." at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings "Tanya Moberly Sings Loggins with Watkins" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

December 8 - 22, 2016 (various times): Erin Cronican is appearing as Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth" with The Seeing Place Theater at the Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th St, NYC.

Friday, December 9, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings "Tanya Moberly Sings Loggins with Watkins" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 9, 2016 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward is presenting a revival of his musical, "The Lady in Penthouse B", starring Erin Cronican and Adam B Shapiro, at Urban Stages' Winter Rhythms Festival, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 (6:30pm): Rian Keating is bringing his show, "As All the Seasons Fall: Songs of Sentimental Melancholia" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 (7pm): Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert ~ From All Of Us To All Of You: Seasonal Songs & Disney Too! Come hear Salon friends at this great concert series lasting from December 1-11th. Winter Rhythms Concert Series information can be found on their website www.urbanstages.org at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Sally Darling is appearing in "Totally Noel [with a bit of Sally]", with music director Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016: Matthew Martin Ward is playing with Christine Pedi at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC.


The Salon is taking the next two Sundays off - we will NOT be here November 20 or 27. We will be back December 4 with the theme- "Mother Nature" with your Co-Host, Barb Jungr. 

See you then!

Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon

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Monday, October 31, 2016

The Salon Wrap-Up for October 30, 2016 - "Dreams, Nightmares & Fantasies" 

It was a spooky, fun-filled evening of fright at this year's Halloween Salon!  Even the torrential down pouring of rain could not keep the scary guests from gathering on All Hallow's Eve ~ Donald Trump & his Dominatrix, Dracula, Annie, Batman, a kooky Skeleton, a Black Cat, a Hunchback, Cruella de Vil and Cinderella were just some of the characters in attendance.  Co-Hosted for the third year in a row by Janice Hall & Adam Shapiro, Salon-goers have come to expect great, creative holiday songs and dramatic costume changes!  Mark Janas was tinkling away on the ivories, teaching us about tritones and playing Camille Saint-Saens DANSE MACABRE to set the mood for our ghostly guests.

Our horrifying political climate this year seemed to be enough to scare people, and the show opened with Donald Trump (looking a bit orange after hitting the tanning booth), who made several appearances throughout the evening.


Highlights of the night included Kit's version of the Rogers & Hart classic from Pal Joey, "Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered" complete with the updated lyrics, "She's a Ghoul and don't I know it...", Keni Fine's "Ballad of Donnie Trump", a take-off of the Ballad of Sweeney Todd, with beautifully sung backups by Sarah Rice, where Donnie is the "Demon Grabber of Easy Street", and Richard Eisenberg's "Pagan Rites" which got everyone in a tizzy, wanting to go back to the good 'ol days of terror.  Bill Zeffiro (or shall I call him Batman?), recently had his mother pass away, and paid a lovely tribute to her by singing her most requested song from his repertoire, "Nina."  Our producer Tanya Moberly, featured in the November/December issue of Cabaret Scenes Magazine, did an amazing version of "The Miller's Son."  A great night was had by all!

Adam Shapiro makes all of his own costumes every year, which could rival professional costume designer's pieces on Broadway.  This year he played Cinderella, transforming from the run-down, tattered cleaning girl, into the beautiful bearded princess.  Like Wonder Woman, with one spin - he is TRANSFORMED!





Eerie Classical Corner

Mark Janas, our Salon host, set the stage for spooky by bringing in Matthew Martin Ward on piano & Sarah Rice on the theremin to this weeks Classical Corner.  This eerie instrument creates sounds similar to the human voice and works with hand movements between two antennas that use electromagnetic frequency to create sound.  Featured on many science fiction movie scores, this wacky instrument can bend the pitch to make a ghostly sound.  


Their set list included:

"Dreamcatcher" - by Niki Matheson & Rolf Lovland
"Vocalise" - by W. Kilar, from the movie The 9th Gate, starring Johnny Depp
"She Moved Through The Fair" - a Traditional song (Anonymous)

Ironically, Matthew Martin Ward came dressed this year as the highly well-known song composer...ANONYMOUS!  :)

The Co-Hosts ended the night by accidentally wearing the SAME DRESS!  Oh well, not everything can be perfect...and as I'm sure the audience was taking votes on who wore it better, the two belted out their final number, and totally KILLED IT!  Bwahhhh Hahhhhh Hahhhh Hahhhhhhhhh.............................!




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


Adam Shapiro
Kit
Todd Monroe
Keni Fine
Richard Eisenberg
Mark Watson
David Ballard
Edie Stokes
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
Classical Corner - Sarah Rice (with Matthew Martin Ward on Piano)
Angela Leone
Mary Lahti

Special thanks to tonight’s musicians: Mark Janas,  Matthew Martin Ward, Sarah Rice and J.Q. Whitcomb.

And thank you to Gil Alexandre on lights and sound, our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style, and Steve Bustamante who is providing video footage for people interested in that service!


Ongoing Shows: 

Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shangai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC. www.shanghaimongnyc.com

Monday & Wednesday nights (8pm): Bill Zeffiro performs weekly at La Rivista, 313 West 46th St, NYC.


Upcoming Shows:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings "Tanya Moberly Sings Loggins with Watkins" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 4, 2016 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams is bringing her show "Carried Away" (directed by Tanya Moberly) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 (12:30-2:30pm):  David Kenney's Radio Show, "Everything Old is New Again" featuring Tanya Moberly, David Hajdu, Karen Oberlin, and Jacob Storms.  http://www.oldisnew.org

Monday, November 7, 2016 (8pm): David Ballard is performing with the NY Gay Men's Chorus, in an evening headlined by guest performer Chita Rivera, at Carnegie Hall, NYC.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (7pm): Angela Leone is bringing back her show, "All My Tomorrows"  to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 (7pm): Paul Kaplan is debuting his show "Teacher Traveler Artist Singer" (directed by Tanya Moberly) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 11, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings "Tanya Moberly Sings Loggins with Watkins" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, November 14, 2016 (7pm): Bobbie Horowitz's hosts the newest version of "It's Only A Number" the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams is bringing her show "Carried Away" (directed by Tanya Moberly) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 18, 2016 (7pm): Amy Beth Williams is bringing her show "Carried Away" (directed by Tanya Moberly) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 18, 2016 (7pm): Marcus Simeone's CD Release Party: Together - A Celebration of Music, Friends, & the Miranda Family.  Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St, NYC.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 (4pm): Lynda Rodolitz is bringing her show "Lynda Rodolitz Is Off Her Rocker" (music directed by Steven Ray Watkins) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (7pm): Lynda Rodolitz is bringing her show "Lynda Rodolitz Is Off Her Rocker" (music directed by Steven Ray Watkins) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 4th, 2016 (7pm):  A Miranda Holiday ~ Kitty Skrobela releases her long awaited Christmas CD: A New York Holiday, featuring her family of artists & friends.  At the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (7pm): Marnie Klar is bringing back her show "Tuned In" (directed by Tanya Moberly) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings "Tanya Moberly Sings Loggins with Watkins" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.
Friday, December 9, 2016 (7pm): Tanya Moberly brings "Tanya Moberly Sings Loggins with Watkins" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 9, 2016 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward is presenting a revival of his musical, "The Lady in Penthouse B", starring Erin Cronican and Adam B Shapiro, at Urban Stages' Winter Rhythms Festival, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 (7pm):  Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Concert ~ From All Of Us To All Of  You: Seasonal Songs & Disney Too!  Come hear Salon friends at this great concert series lasting from December 1-11th.  Winter Rhythms Concert Series information can be found on their website www.urbanstages.org at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St, NYC.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Sally Darling is appearing in "Totally Noel [with a bit of Sally]", with music director Matthew Martin Ward, at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016: Matthew Martin Ward is playing with Christine Pedi at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC.


November 6th there is NO SALON, however, we will return Sunday, November 13th with the theme ~ Twisted Broadway, with Co-Hosts BLUE JUPITER (Diana Preisler, Marty Gasper, Jonathan Minkoff & Jeff Washburn), and with Salon Spotlight:  Ritt Henn.

See you then!

Kathleen France
~ your sometimes Blogette!  :)