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

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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