Monday, September 27, 2021

The Salon Wrap-Up for September 26, 2021: "Morning, Evening, Noon & Night"



Danny Bacher. Photo: John Abbott


"Morning, Evening, Noon & Night" with Co-Host Danny Bacher


Singer/Songwriter/Saxophonist, international Jazz singer/writer/player Danny Bacher was our illustrious Co-Host for the evening. A Margaret Whiting Award winner,  he was named in the top 3 best vocalists in the United States in a 2019 National Jazz Times reader’s poll. As Co-Host, he worked the crowd with witty New Jersey-esque humor and jokes, and made sure to get some good banter from all the performers in between numbers. He whipped the theme into action at the top of the evening with a spicy rendition of "Early in the Morning" (by Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman, and Louis Jordan), switching between smooth and dexterous bari-tenor vocals and sax instrumental breaks. 

Stepping into the "noontime hour"-themed mid-set section, Danny played "Cloudy" and "Nuages" (= Clouds) by Django Reinhardt. He whipped out and gloriously played his soprano saxophone in this wonderful instrumental piece, first playing one melody, and then the other. The sax sang in an expertly smooth tone, like a cloud bouncing and bobbing above Mark's grounded piano. The songs came together in the second half of the piece so wonderfully, a musical rainbow made of water and sun. 

For the last number, Danny sang from the album he created as a tribute to three Louis - a combination of "Just a Gigolo" (composed by Leonello Casucci with lyrics by Julius Brammer adapted by Irving Caesar into English) and "I Ain't Got Nobody" (Roger A. Graham on lyrics, composed by Spencer Williams). He expertly swung vocals and sax equally and got us singing out choruses and in a glorious call and response at the end!

Catch Danny in many of his events throughout the Fall of 2021 and into 2022, and head next door to neighbor Swing 46 on Thursday, September 30th to watch him play from 5:30pm-8:30pm with The Early Set Jazz Quartet. 

Mark Janas/Classical Corner 


Before starting the Classical Corner, Mark made sure to honor one of the greats of Broadway and the American Songbook by having us all sing "Happy Birthday" to George Gershwin, who would have been a s'wonderful 123 years old. HBDGG!

During the Pandemic, Mark knew that he had to keep his hands moving, so he made sure to pull and practice classical pieces that were basically workouts for the hands. Two that he felt were required works to use were by Chopin; The Black Etude - a workout for the right hand, which plays only black keys, and  the "Fantasy Impromptu," which is sort of an etude with left hand playing in 3 and the right hand playing in 4. He also wanted to work on Chopin's famous piece, the 1831 "Revolutionary Etude," which works the left hand almost completely through in 16th notes. Mark also spoke of the need for Classical instrumentalists to find a way through the interpretation of a classical piece without the use of lyrics. Musicians, rather than singers, have to create own their subtext as anchors for their performances, especially when the subtext isn't spelled out by the composer. Chopin wrote this while his homeplace of Poland was full of uprisings, during a time full of uncertainty. Those left-handed 16th notes reflected this uncertainty and unrest. During the last year, Mark would hear the strife and powerful agitation from the Black Lives Movement as they literally marched outside his window, and while he practiced the sounds and rhythm of these marches melded with his private rehearsal. The piece has a gorgeous melody (played simply it has a regal and proud presence, passion and yearning) and to Mark it evoked feelings of struggle and reaching for a new reality. Hairpins of crescendos and decrescendos and swells are emotional feelings, plus the three-beat pulse of the words "Black Lives Matter" helped Mark set his interpretation of Chopin's music into a modern march of protest. He then played the number so we could hear those consistent and agitating 16th notes mixed with that beautiful melody and pulsing notes.

Mark is bringing "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" back to Don't Tell Mama as a full show October 4th, November 8th, and December 6th, and is excited to introduce Robert Schwartz (concert pianist from San Francisco) who will join to perform some of the hardest work of Ravel's (amongst other pieces) to the October 4th performance.

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 Danny Bacher
Graeme Lister
Bob Brady
Charlotte Libov
Johnathan Kuhn
Alicia Terry
Bob Simonello
Richie Eisenberg (self on piano)
Annie Lebeaux (self on piano)
Maureen Taylor
Classical Corner
Co-Host Danny Bacher
Goldie Dver
Michael Colby
Scott Mayfield (self on piano)
Sara Laursen
Co-Host Danny Bacher

Special thanks to Mark Janas, and pianists Annie Lebeaux, Scott Mayfield, and Richard Eisenberg. 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, the amazing Steve Bustamante

Upcoming Shows


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (7pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021 (4pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, October 4, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 8, 2021 (7pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021 (8pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021 (8pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, October 11, 2021 (7pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Stephanie Trudeau in "Becoming Chavela: Songs & Stories of Chavela Vargas" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 15, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 17, 2021 (3pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Friday, October 22, 2021 (9:30pm) - Scott Mayfield is Music Director for "Feelin Myself: A Musical Journey with Cheyenne Walent" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 24, 2021 (4pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021 (7pm) - Sara Laursen Produces and Directs "The Comeback Cabaret" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, October 25, 2021 - Graeme Lister with Music Director David Pearl performs "Femmes Fatales and Other Distractions" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 29, 2021 (7pm) - Goldie Dver will be a part of "Ricky Ritzel's Broadway" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 (2pm & 7pm) - See Michael Colby's show "Mrs McThing", a benefit for TADA Theater, 15 W 28th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 - Sierra Rein and Julie Reyburn are appearing in "Sondheim Unplugged," 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Thursday, November 4, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Monday, November 8, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Amy Beth Williams in "A Thousand Beautiful Things" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Friday, November 19, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 20, 2021 (8pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Sierra Rein and Julie Reyburn are appearing in "Sondheim Unplugged", 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC. 

Monday, December 6, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, December 6, 2021 - Michael Colby will present as part of "Winter Rhythms."

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - Bob Brady performs "Wonderful, If You Insist" in Naples, FL. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - Michael Colby's musical, "Ludlow Ladd," will be performed at Winter Rhythms at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 17, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 18, 2021 (5pm) - Tanya Moberly Directs Rian Keating (musical direction by Woody Regan) in "time stamps: life fragments in story and song" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. 

Next Up at The Salon

We will return on Sunday, October 31st, 2021, with our favorite Halloween costume-a-thon Co-Hosting duo, Adam Shapiro and Janice Hall on the theme, "It’s A Jungle Out There – Halloween With The Animals."

We'll see you then!

-Sierra Rein
Blogette for The Salon
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Monday, August 23, 2021

The Salon Wrap-Up for August 22, 2021: Welcome Back! Salon’s Sweet Sixteen & Bernstein at 103

 

Co Host: Julie Reyburn




To kick off our special return to live performance, Mark Janas introduced the 3 major reasons for tonight's very special event. Not only are we back after a 16 month pandemic hiatus, and not only are we celebrating Leonard Bernstein's 103rd birthday, but The Salon turned 16 this year! (We can finally drive!) 

The show began with our illustrious co-host, Julie Reyburn, singing Sondheim's "Putting It Together" from "Sunday in the Park with George", with Mark Janas on piano and David Ballard on flute (and both on very capable backing vocals!) It was so refreshing to hear Julie's glorious mezzo, with some fun lyric changes to reflect the place that cabaret holds in our artistic community. 

For her mid show set, Julie started with "Move On" from Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George." Julie got very emotional as she introduced the song. She dedicated it to her daughter, Laila, who was born the same year that Salon was - 16 years ago (on the same day as Mark's birthday!) Again, Julie was supported by Mark Janas on piano and David Ballard on backing vocals and flute. 

She then invited Tanya Moberly to join her to sing "A Boy Like That" from Bernstein/Sondheim's, "West Side Story." Their voices blended seamlessly and thrilled the audience with their drama and power.

To close out the evening, Julie brought us two more lovely songs. First, she sang "Anywhere We Are" the title song from her upcoming show - a touching reminder of the beauty of life. The song then segued to Bernstein's "Some Other Time" from "On the Town" with added vocals by Sierra Rein, Adam Shapiro and Mark Janas. 

You can hear Julie (and Mark Janas and David Ballard) again on September 25, 2021 (8pm) in her show "Anywhere We Are" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Mark Janas/Classical Corner 

I cannot say how excited I was to find out that Mark would be treating us to his fantastic interpretation of Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" - but before he did, he told us a story about his mentor, Leonard Bernstein. 

One day Mark was listening to Mr Bernstein play "Rhapsody In Blue", and Mark heard something unfamiliar. He knew his mentor appreciated precision, as he had witnessed Mr Bernstein tell his own mentor when something sounded off. So Mark said, "Did you know that you've added a note that isn't in the score?" Mr Bernstein sternly, in his famously deep voice, asked, "Where??" Mark went on to demonstrate  the passage with us - what was on the page, and what Mr Bernstein had played. In telling this story, Mark brought up the concept of allowing for artistic interpretation. But, he said, it needs to make sense. 

Mark says that for years he's played his own interpretation of the song, but during the pandemic he went back to the original piano score to see what was there that he might be missing, much like his mentor, Mr. Bernstein. And tonight, he performed a brand new interpretation than in previous performances, "with more of the notes on the page." And, he said, he hopes that this is just the beginning and that you'll hear an all new interpretation next time and he continues to think about his contribution to the song. 


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 Julie Reyburn (with David Ballard on flute)
Sierra Rein
Michael Colby (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
Annie Lebeaux (also on piano)
Liora Michelle
Classical Corner
Co-Host Julie Reyburn (with David Ballard on backing vocals)
Tanya Moberly and Julie Reyburn
David Ballard
Steve Bustamante
Annie Lebeaux (also on piano)
Matthew Martin Ward (also on piano)
Co-Host Julie Reyburn (with Sierra Rein and Adam Shapiro on additional vocals, with Mark Janas on piano and backing vocals)


Special thanks to Mark Janas, and our guest pianists Annie Lebeaux 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, the amazing Steve Bustamante

Upcoming Shows


Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (7pm) - Amy Beth Williams will be performing "Beautiful Mystery: The Songs of Leonard Cohen" (directed by Tanya Moberly) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 4, 2021 (8:30pm) - Adam Shapiro's brand new album, "Let Love In"" is being released with an accompanying release concert, streaming from Easton Mountain. Visit www.eastonmountain.org for tickets.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - Sierra Rein is appearing in Susie Mosher's "The Lineup" at Birdland, 315 West 44th St, NYC.

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - Matthew Martin Ward will be performing with Christine Pedi in Provincetown, MA.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 (7pm) - Scott Raneri is appearing in "Extra Extra" at the Triad, 158 West 72nd St, NYC.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 (8pm) - Julie Reyburn is bringing back her show (shut down due to the pandemic), "Anywhere We Are" (with Mark Janas and David Ballard) to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, October 4, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 15, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 - Sierra Rein and Julie Reyburn are appearing in "Sondheim Unplugged," 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC. 

Late October - See Michael Colby's show "Mrs McThing", a benefit for TADA Theater, 15 W 28th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 (3pm) - Scott Raneri is appearing in "Extra Extra" at the Triad, 158 West 72nd St, NYC.

Monday, November 8, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 19, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Sierra Rein and Julie Reyburn are appearing in "Sondheim Unplugged", 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, NYC. 

Monday, December 6, 2021 (7pm) - Mark Janas brings his event, "Mark Janas' Classical Corner" to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - Michael Colby's musical, Ludlow Ladd, will be performed at Winter Rhythms at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 17, 2021 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly is appearing in "I Love NY Songwriters: Part II" (including a song by Annie LeBeaux) at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC.


Next Up at The Salon

We will return on Sunday, September 26, 2021, with the theme, "MORNING, EVENING, NOON, AND NIGHT" with our Co-Host Danny Bacher.


We'll see you then!


Submitted by Erin Cronican
Blogette for The Salon
Email me with any additions or corrections.


Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Salon Open Mic is Back! Return to Don't Tell Mama on August 22nd



SALON – New York’s Most Award-Winning Open Mic, Hosted by Mark Janas & Produced by Tanya Moberly returns to DON’T TELL MAMA – 343 WEST 46TH ST, NYC 10036 - on Sunday, August 22nd from 7-9:30PM. (Sign-Up Begins at 6:30pm.)
 
RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: 
August 22, 2021
Theme: Welcome Back!
Salon’s Sweet Sixteen & Bernstein at 103
Co-Host: Julie Reyburn
September 26, 2021
Theme: Morning, Evening, Noon & Night
Co-Host: Danny Bacher
October 31, 2021
Theme: It’s A Jungle Out There – Halloween With The Animals
Co-Hosts: Janice Hall & Adam Shapiro
November 21, 2021
Theme: Favorite Carols
Co-Host: Deborah Zecher
December 12, 2021
Theme: Stoned For The Holidays
Co-Hosts: Stone & Stone
Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon.

SALON’S VIDEO SERVICE
We have an in-house videographer offering professional, website & YouTube ready video clips for anyone who is interested. The cost is $20 in cash per song – payable in advance at sign-up. If you wish to participate, just let one of The Mamettes know. This service is completely optional.

Salon is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. There is a $10 cash cover ($5 for students with I.D.) collected at the door and a 2-drink minimum (cash or credit) per person.


Doors open and sign up begins at 6:30pm. The evening runs 7-9:30pm without a break. If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening's 'Mamettes' to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you'd like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible. 

ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including introductions). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Flash photography is not allowed. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.

Visit our website at 
www.markjanasthesalon.com and look for us on Facebook

Thank you to our sponsors 
Dr. Garrett Bennett & Father Jeffrey Hamblin, MD!

Looking forward to seeing you at Don’t Tell Mama Sunday, August 22nd!

Thanks,

Tanya Moberly
Salon Producer