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WEDNESDAY - APRIL 16th

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NYC: BERNARD DOTSON RETURNS AFTER SOLD-OUT DEBUT

In an encore performance of his SOLD OUT solo debut, Broadway song and dance man Bernard Dotson returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm. He will be singing songs by great composers of Broadway, Film, and a few Surprises from the Pop World. Directed by Bob E. Gasper and under the musical direction of Tracy Stark, the show will feature David Silliman on Drums, Skip Ward on Bass, Peter Calo on Guitar, and Jeanne Montano and Tanya Holt on backup vocals. On Broadway, Bernard was featured in Finian's Rainbow, (First Gospeleer, Original Revival Cast), Chicago, (Billy Flynn), Imaginary Friends, (Leo, Original Cast), Sweet Smell Of Success, (Club Zanzibar Singer, Original Cast), Jesus Christ Superstar, (Original Revival Cast), and the Tony Award Musical Ragtime, (Original Cast). Concerts and recordings: She Loves Me, Boys Night Out, Celebration of the Rat Pack, New York Philharmonic, the music of Frank Loesser, Dreamgirls for the Actors Fund, (Recording), Broadway On 22nd Street, Encores Broadway Bash at City Center, and several cast recordings including the newly released Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ERIKA SMITH WITH "MARILYN AND FRIENDS" AT THE MET

New York based Marilyn Monroe tribute star Erika Smith will be performing her show "Marilyn and Friends" at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, April 16th at 9:30 pm; Monday, May 19th at 9:30 pm; Thursday, June 26th at 7:00 pm; and Saturday, July 26th at 7:00 pm. "Marilyn and Friends" is a fun hour romp through the mind of one of the world's most famous icons of our time, Marilyn Monroe. Erika Smith sings the classic songs Marilyn is known for, as well as a few unexpected tunes, interacts and improvises with the audience. She invites other beloved "celebrities" to duet and dance with her. There are some serious and heartfelt moments, but mostly this fun show celebrates and pays loving tribute to the sexiness and artistry of the incomparable Miss Marilyn Monroe. Based in New York City, Erika has traveled the world bringing the songs, the laughs and the charisma of Marilyn back to life. She has entertained at countless private events, concerts, celebrity parties and corporate events and has portrayed Monroe in films, television and theater. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: PAT CANDARAS AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Stand-Up Comedy favorite Pat Candaras returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) for one night only on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm. One of the funniest ladies in Stand-Up, this "wonder-grandma" will have you writing down the one-liners so you can tell your friends at work tomorrow. Not for the faint at heart - over 21 please. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: THE BEST IS YET TO COME - ENCORE! WITH RORY POTTRUCK

Singer Rory Pottruck returns to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm for One Night Only in an Encore performance of his sold out show 'The Best is Yet to Come', once again featuring his BIG voice, BIG smile, and other large assets in song and stories. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JOAN RIVERS: LIVE IN TIMES SQUARE!

Comedy legend Joan Rivers returns with her her live stand-up act to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday, April 16th at 8:00 pm. Rivers presents an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashions. Rivers delivers a raunchy, politically incorrect evening of stand-up comedy. A full dinner menu and bar are available, and pianist Will Hall plays from the time doors open until Joan takes the stage. Net proceeds going to Joan Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. A full dinner menu and bar are available. Tickets are $45 and should be purchased at http://www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. There is a $15 per person food/drink minimum.


NYC: SIBLING REVELRY; LIZ & ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY

The dynamic sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway are teaming up together again to bring Sibling Revelry back to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday through Thursday, April 15th through 17th at 7:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, April 18th & 19th at 8:00 pm. The award-winning show made its way back to New York for the first time in over 15 years for a sold out engagement last summer and received rave reviews. There is a $55-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MARC KUDISCH & JEFFRY DENMAN AT 54 BELOW

Broadway stalwarts Marc Kudisch (three-time Tony Award nominee for 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Jeffry Denman (White Christmas, The Producers) return to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, April 16th at 9:30 pm. The pair first teamed together for their successful off-Broadway holiday show The Holiday Guys, infusing traditional holiday standards with their unique folk/pop point of view. They now look to expand that style to standards-from Broadway to contemporary music and beyond. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: SCOTT SIEGEL'S BROADWAY BALLYHOO WEDNESDAYS

The Broadway Ballyhoo returns this Wednesday at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) in an open-ended run that will play every Wednesday night at 10:30 pm. The Ballyhoo features a different musical revue, with new stars and different great show tunes, every single week! Scott Siegel hosts. Ian Herman is the Musical Director. The lineup this week stars TBA. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG CENTENNIAL BAND

The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band aka David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band performs at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band (also known as the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band) breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Now in its 12th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/ vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more! There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: PAT MARTINO ORGAN TRIO AT BIRDLAND

The Pat Martino Organ Trio with Pat Bianchi (organ) Carmen Intorre Jr. (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino got his start on the "chitlin' circuit" in the 1960s with organ groups led by Richard "Groove" Holmes, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts and Charles Earland. Having made a full and remarkable recovery from a life-threatening illness in the 1980's that caused him to forget how to play the guitar, Martino relearned by listening to his own early recordings and has re-emerged as a veteran presence on the jazz scene. Today Martino lives in his native Philadelphia and his playing is as fiery and technically brilliant as ever. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SAVION GLOVER AT THE BLUE NOTE

Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Thursday, April 15th through 17th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts, and before he was a teenager, he made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. Early in his career, Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed "freestyle hard core." The Tony Award-winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in shows like Jelly's Last Jam, a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. As a choreographer, Glover's work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. In 1996, he choreographed and debuted in the starring role in the Broadway musical Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. The musical brought Glover a Tony for Best Choreographer. He later expanded his appeal to younger generations with recurring appearances on Sesame Street, and he holds the credits for the choreography and the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film Happy Feet (2006). There is a $30-$45 cover.


NYC: CLARENCE PENN: "MONK"- THE LOST FILES

Clarence Penn presents "Monk"- The Lost Files at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Wednesday, April 15th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. He is joined by Makoto Ozone, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; and Chad Leftkowitz-Brown, saxophone. Clarence Penn is the leader of multiple bands, a composer, a prolific producer, and an educator. Since he arrived in New York City in 1991, Penn has become a fixture in the jazz capital, performing with a staggering array of A-list artists, including Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Stanley Clarke, Steps Ahead, and Makoto Ozone. His explorations in a broad spectrum of jazz expression have led to an impressive discography of several hundred studio albums, including the GRAMMY Award-winning 34th and Lex by Randy Brecker, as well as Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue by Maria Schneider. Get ready for an evening of explosive, yet nuanced jazz with Penn and his quartet in their performance of "Monk, the Lost Files," a fresh re-imagining of the music of Thelonious Monk. There is a $30 cover.


BOSTON: BENNY GREEN AT SCULLERS

Benny Green performs at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Wednesday, April 16th at 8:00 pm. Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it's no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Green's historic Sunnyside release Magic Beans in 2013 marks Benny's first self-produced trio recording of all original compositions in a career that spans decades: notably as a star sideman with Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown and culminating in over 20 years as a leader himself. Dinner/Show: $70 Show only: $30.


BOSTON: SARA GAZAREK & PETER ELDRIDGE DUO DOUBLE BILL

The Sara Gazarek Duo (Sara Gazarek, vocals & Josh Nelson, piano) and the Peter Eldridge Duo (Peter Eldridge, vocals & Matt Aronoff, bass) will perform in a double feature jazz show at THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757) on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:30 pm. The piano is the most versatile of all instruments. It can become a suit of armor or a bouquet of flowers. It can keep time and it can stop time. When paired with the human voice, the possibilities are limitless but the outcome is unpredictable. Vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have aligned their musical spirits in a way that would make any artistic duo envious. Gazarek's top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson's supple command and they have transfixed audiences from New York to Tokyo. They have a telepathic understanding that has come about through more than a decade of friendship, not just hundreds of hours on the bandstand and it blankets any audience lucky enough to hear their swinging high-wire act of trust and commitment. and raised in Southern California, Josh Nelson is a first-call jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At 35 years old, he has already performed and worked with some of the most respected names in music. 'Foolish Hearts' is a relatively new duo featuring vocalist/ pianist/ composer Peter Eldridge (grammy-winning New York Voices, MOSS) and upright bassist/composer Matt Aronoff. Having joined forces a little more than a year ago, Foolish Hearts presents its own originals and arrangements of favorite jazz and pop tunes with an organic sensibility combining voices, piano, bass and percussion. The duo has toured the west coast and Europe, including a week in Latvia last Spring, and performs regularly in NYC. Peter and Matt just released the duo's first studio project, an EP entitled 'New Definition'. Peter recently released his fourth solo album called 'Mad Heaven' on the Palmetto label, which Jazz Review said "showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction'. Matt is an up and coming sideman on the New York music scene. You can also hear him as a member of the electro-pop band Xylos. There is a $25 cover.

TORONTO: LATIN JAZZ NIGHT: KALABASH CARIBBEAN JAZZ QUINTET

The Kalabash Caribbean Jazz Quintet performs at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Wednesday, April 16th at 8:00 pm as part of the club's Latin Jazz Night series. Kalabash (Colleen Allen - Saxes, Flute, Clarinet; Andrew Stewart - Electric bass; Michael Shand - Keyboards, Vocals; Joaquin Nunez-Hidalgo - Drums; Anthony Pierre - Percussion; Gareth Burgess - Steel Drums) is a contemporary jazz sextet, unique in its use of the steel drum as a lead voice in a jazz ensemble. The group explores the layering of rich jazz harmonies over the folk and popular rhythms of the Caribbean, and combining the exotic sound to the steel drum with the more traditional sounds of sax, flute and clarinet. The result of this fusion is a scintillating blend of North American and Caribbean contemporary jazz expression. There is a $12 cover.


WASHINGTON, DC: STEVE FIDYCK "CD RELEASE PARTY"

Steve Fidyck will celebrate with a "CD Release Party" at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, April 16th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Known for his touch, versatility and musical approach, jazz drummer Steve Fidyk has earned national and international acclaim as an artist, author and columnist. Fidyk's newest album, Heads Up! (Posi-Tone, 2014) is a quintet date that features his original arrangements and compositions, along with some covers and two compositions by guitarist Shawn Purcell. Joining Fidyk and Purcell in the band are Terell Stafford on trumpet and Regan Brough on bass. Call for cover/minimum information.


BETHESDA, MD: JAZZFUNK UNITED AT BETHESDA BLUES

'JazzFink United' is the joining of JazzFink bands 76 Degrees West & Plunky and Oneness in performances at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) on Wednesday, April 15th at7:30 pm. 76Degrees West Band made a name for themselves over the years as one of the "go to" bands for many singers and smooth jazz stars. But the band turned heads back in 2009 with there self-titled debut album, with its remake of "School Boy Crush" ( Average White Band). They are finally back with a new CD featuring soul/r&b star Raheem DeVaughn. Plunky & Oneness, the critically acclaimed funk jazz group led by saxophonist- producer, J. Plunky Branch, is known for their eclectic, message-filled recordings and dynamic live performances. The group is currently celebrating the release of their latest album, Never Too Late, an ambitious 16-song collection of nu-jazz, neo-soul, go-go funk and hip-hop. Based in Richmond, VA, Plunky & Oneness has a decades-long history of performing in the DMV and touring internationally.They have shared stages with some of the biggest names in Black music, including: Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Yellow Jackets, and Frankie Beverly & Maze, and many others. There is a $30 cover.


FLORIDA: BILL CHARLAP & SANDY STEWART AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th at 8:30 pm. Jazz pianist Bill Charlap comes from a strong musical background. His mother and frequent performing partner Sandy Stewart is a popular singer who had a hit in 1962 with "My Coloring Book." He has recorded seven albums as a leader or co-leader for the Blue Note label, including two Grammy-nominated CDs, and appears at least twice a year for lengthy runs at some of the world's major jazz clubs, including the Village Vanguard. This is Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart's first engagement at The Colony Hotel Royal Room since 2005. COVER: $60 Show only or $120 Dinner & Show.

SAN FRANCISCO: CURTIS MAYFIELD SUPERFLY TRIBUTE SHOW

This Pre-Easter weekend, Yoshi's will pay tribute to one of the worlds greatest Composers, Song Writers & Recording Artist of all times, CURTIS MAYFIELD; Taking you on a 70's style Hip Trip back to a time when the Vibe was Strong, Black Power was Right On, and Love was the Universal Song. The show is set for Wednesday, April 16th at 8:00 pm at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600). Hosted by Bay Area blues legend Fillmore Slim, featuring percussionist Rene Escovedo, and The Superfly Band directed by music producer James Earley, with special guest vocalist Codany Holiday performing selections from the Classic "SUPERFLY" soundtrack and more. Fillmore Slim will also be performing songs from his New CD. Curtis Mayfield was born on June 3, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. He met singer Jerry Butler while performing in a church choir in 1956 and joined Butler's band, the Impressions. In 1970, Mayfield embarked on a solo career, with his most memorable project credited as the classic 1972 soundtrack to Superfly. Mayfield was paralyzed during a 1990 stage accident in Brooklyn, New York, but continued to record until his death in 1999. In his four decades in the music business, Mayfield helped bring a unique racial consciousness to popular music and introduced an innovative sound that greatly influenced following generations of musicians. Dinner/Show: $58 Show only: $20.

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LONDON: CLAIRE MARTIN AND JOE STILGOE AT CRAZY COQS

Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe return to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th with their new show APRIL IN PARIS, celebrating the most romantic city in the world. From Gershwin to Cole Porter, Charles Trenet to Maurice Chevalier, with detours to Joni Mitchell, Jacques Brel and Bernie Taupin, this Parisian programme will be a whirl of French glitz, glamour and Gauloises. Claire Martin needs little introduction. To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene, gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards six times. Claire has toured extensively throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Russia and China, appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and her world-class trio. She has been awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz. Joe Stilgoe is one of the world's finest singer-pianists, touring constantly with his band and as a solo act, having appeared at jazz clubs and festivals around the world. Last summer he made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe where his show One Hour! was a sell-out and critically acclaimed. His 2013 single Abracadabra shot to the top of the Jazz Charts.

LONDON: ZEETEAH AT THE PHEASANTRY

Zeeteah is one of the most exciting singers in London today. She will be performing at THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017) on Wednesday, April 16th at 8:30 pm with her band made up of Rick Laughlin (piano/ md), Sophie Alloway (drums), Steve Pearce (double bass), Matt Holland (trumpet/ flugelhorn), Simon Bates (saxophone/ flute). Her unique sound now fuses jazz, blues, ragga, soca and rock in a sexy, soulful style that's all her own. She has sung with Tom Jones, Sting and Robbie Williams, and her incredible voice and mesmerizing presence set the stage on fire. Call for cover/minimum information.

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FLORIDA: CHRIS BARRETT WITH POST THEATRE CONCERTS - CLOSING WEEKEND

Chris Barrett will be performing at THE WICK THEATRE (7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL - 561-995-2333) on Thursday through Saturday. Chris' show, 'Barrett's Broadway', will commence after the final curtain call of the evening's production, approximately 10:00 pm. At that time, the lobby will have been transformed into an intimate cabaret / piano bar. He will be performing until midnight. Cocktails will be served. The shows are open to the public.

LONDON: OPEN MIC NIGHT RETURNS IN LONDON WITH HAROLD SANDITEN

Open Mic with host Harold Sanditen returns on Thursday, September 12th and every Thursday thereafter at London's THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). This is a unique open mic in the West End, having an acoustic baby grand piano and a bass player. Michael Roulston and Jonty Fisher will be regular musicians - and both are versed at both jazz and more theatrical songs. Aimed at both the jazz and theatrical communities, The Crazy Coqs Open Mic Night welcomes all singers, composers and musicians, up & coming and established, who want to do a turn, performing new material or old favourites. For the audience, come and catch that proverbial 'rising star' (or possibly a famous West End name) in the intimate, "jewel-box" surroundings of The Crazy Coqs. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: SETH'S CHATTERBOX: BROADWAY INTERVIEW SHOW GUESTS: CANCELLED THIS WEEK
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Seth Rudetsky's BROADWAY CHATTERBOX returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Thursdays at 5:00 pm. This week's show has been cancelled. Seth's weekly interview show always features stars, soon-to-be stars and folks behind the scenes of the musical theater stage - for just a $10 cover - 2-drink minimum. Best of all, all proceeds from the cover go to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (http://www.bcefa.org )!

NYC: BOOKENDS: A MASCIANGELO SISTER ACT

The Masciangelo twins are back at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Saturday, April 12th at 4:30 pm & Thursday, April 17th at 7:00 pm. Double the trouble! Twin sisters Kara and Daniela Masciangelo are celebrating a particularly special birthday. Both of them! How 'bout them apples?!!! Come celebrate with these beautiful rockin' ladies this April at the Duplex. They return to ring in their birthday the only way they know how: with tales and tunes from yesteryear and today. The show features a special guest appearance by Brady Galan. Directed by Gretchen Reinhagen with Musical Direction by Tracy Stark. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: RON DABNEY: BROADWAY, MY WAY

Ron Dabney presents 'Broadway, My Way' at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, April 17th at 7:00pm. No taps, No white tie and tails. Simply the words and melodies of the Great White Way With a rich, smokey baritone-bass and a flair for sophistication and humor, Ron Dabney weaves stories of life and personal experiences through a jazz vernacular. Accompanied by the Barry Levitt Quartet, Broadway, My Way is an evening of tunes that include selections from shows such as The Nervous Set, Cotton Club Parades, Showboat, Mack and Mabel, Chorus Line, Let It Be and others. Combined, this is certain to be an exceptional evening of musical entertainment. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BILLY ROGAN WITH PRETZELS - FINGERSTYLE GUITAR

Billy Rogan presents PRETZELS - Fingerstyle Guitar, at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, April 17th at 9:30 pm. Rogan is a well-versed guitarist known mostly for his instrumental acoustic work whose influences include the styles and techniques of similar prominent guitarists such as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Keller Williams and Kaki King. His shifting rhythms and melodies reflect a soulful and fiery connection conjured out through his battle hardened guitar in an all-encompassing execution of dramatic fingerstyle tap guitar and other aggressive hand techniques described by Grammy nominated Americana forefather and Fender Telecaster guitar god, Bill Kirchen as, "Fearsome." Rogan's music has been featured on NPR, PBS, Sirius Radio as well as chosen for The American Society of Composers and Publishing (ASCAP) main web page for their highly-acclaimed "Audio Portrait" series, which gives listeners unique insight into the creative process, as told by the writers themselves. His solo acoustic technique has led him to work alongside acclaimed artists in the music industry, opening for Grammy nominated musicians such as jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and most recently with Bill Kirchen. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: SHANA FARR WITH "IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT"

Shana Farr brings her new show 'In The Still of The Night' to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday, March 26th, at 7:00 pm. Additional scheduled performance dates are Thursday, April 17th; and Saturday, May 31st, all shows at 7:30pm. She is joined on stage by award-winning music director, Jon Weber and cellist, Adam Fisher. 'In The Still Of The Night' takes the audience on a musical and poetical journey through the music, lyrics & verse of two of the 20th century's greatest and most prolific songwriters - Noel Coward and Cole Porter. An evening of wit and flamboyance, chic and cheek, urbanity and elegance. Songs such as "Zigeuner", "Begin The Beguine", "Love For Sale", and "Just One Of Those Things" along with other favorites such as "What Is This Thing Called Love?", "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", "Never Again", and "If Love Were All" help tell a story both sung and spoken with words by these two great men. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BROADWAY SESSIONS THURSDAYS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN

"Every Thursday night, as the curtains fall on Broadway, Host Ben Cameron (from Broadway's Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and his crew of amazingly talented folks welcome a new Broadway star to perform at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) at 10:30 pm in this fun and zany musical theater variety show. Get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest as the stars bare their souls, interact with the crowd and celebrate all things BROADWAY. There is a $5 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: SIBLING REVELRY; LIZ & ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY

The dynamic sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway are teaming up together again to bring Sibling Revelry back to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday through Thursday, April 15th through 17th at 7:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, April 18th & 19th at 8:00 pm. The award-winning show made its way back to New York for the first time in over 15 years for a sold out engagement last summer and received rave reviews. There is a $55-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE WILD PARTY SWINGS: ANDREW LIPPA MEETS CHARLIE ROSEN'S BROADWAY BIG BAND

Andrew Lippa's iconic musical The Wild Party is back and bigger than ever. With the help of Charlie Rosen and his 17-piece jazz band, hear your favorite hits like never before at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Thursday, April 16th at 9:30 & 11:30 pm. Join award-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa and some of Broadway's best as they reimagine and rediscover the score that started it all. Featuring: Andrew Lippa, Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, "Smash"), Lea DeLaria ("Orange is the New Black," The Rocky Horror Show), Caissie Levy [11:30 ONLY] (Les Misérables, Ghost), Ciara Renée [9:30 ONLY] (Big Fish), Stark Sands (Kinky Boots, American Idiot) and other guests to be announced. There is a $50-$60 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: PAT MARTINO ORGAN TRIO AT BIRDLAND

The Pat Martino Organ Trio with Pat Bianchi (organ) Carmen Intorre Jr. (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino got his start on the "chitlin' circuit" in the 1960s with organ groups led by Richard "Groove" Holmes, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts and Charles Earland. Having made a full and remarkable recovery from a life-threatening illness in the 1980's that caused him to forget how to play the guitar, Martino relearned by listening to his own early recordings and has re-emerged as a veteran presence on the jazz scene. Today Martino lives in his native Philadelphia and his playing is as fiery and technically brilliant as ever. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SAVION GLOVER AT THE BLUE NOTE

Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Thursday, April 15th through 17th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts, and before he was a teenager, he made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. Early in his career, Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed "freestyle hard core." The Tony Award-winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in shows like Jelly's Last Jam, a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. As a choreographer, Glover's work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. In 1996, he choreographed and debuted in the starring role in the Broadway musical Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. The musical brought Glover a Tony for Best Choreographer. He later expanded his appeal to younger generations with recurring appearances on Sesame Street, and he holds the credits for the choreography and the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film Happy Feet (2006). There is a $30-$45 cover.


NYC: THE VICTOR GOINES QUARTET AT DIZZY'S

The Victor Goines Quartet with Victor Goines, saxophones, clarinet; Aaron Diehl (4/17, 4/18, 4/20) and Chris Pattishall (4/19), piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; and Ulysses Owens, drums, will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Thursday through Sunday, April 17th through 20th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. A protege of Ellis Marsalis, clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator, Victor Goines is one of the most respected musicians in jazz today. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, Goines is also a gifted composer and an acclaimed solo artist and bandleader with eight recordings to his credit. As an educator, Goines has conducted clinics and workshops around the world and served as a faculty member at top universities. For this show at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Goines will be joined by rising stars in the jazz world: pianists Aaron Diehl (April 17, 18, and 20) and Chris Pattishall (April 19), bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Ulysses Owens. There is a $35-$45 cover.

BOSTON: LYNDA DAMOUR AT THE CLUB CAFE

Lynda DAmour will perform at THE NAPOLIAN ROOM AT CLUB CAFE (209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA - 617-536-0966) on Thursday, April 17th from 8:00 to 11:00 pm with Bill Duffy on piano. Lynda's work has been showcased in NYC as well as many of Boston's major venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, North Shore Music Theater, Club Cafe, Ryles Jazz Club, Lyric Stage as well as the renowned Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, MA. She grew up listening to an eclectic assortment of music, virtually anything she could get her hands, or ears, on and it shows in her varied selection of material and her delivery of a song. In any given minute you might hear a hint of jazz, pop, rock, R&B, or show tune. Lynda began her professional career in music working as lead vocalist in various Top-40 bands throughout the Northeast and in Original Rock bands locally in the Boston area. Call for cover/minimum information.

BOSTON: JOSE JAMES AT SCULLERS

Jose James will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Thursday & Friday, April 17th & 18th at 8:00 pm. (Kris Bowers - Piano, opening act) James has established himself as a trailblazer for his intoxicating blend of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and electronica. His 2008 debut The Dreamer and its 2010 follow-up, BlackMagic - both produced by the world-renowned DJ Gilles Peterson - transformed the Minneapolis-born, New York-based singer into an underground sensation in both the modern jazz and DJ culture scenes. His musical path follows its own rhyme and reason. James is a musical omnivore, an artist that resists being pigeonholed, equally at ease on stage with jazz legend McCoy Tyner as he is in the studio with rapper Oh No or electronica pioneer Flying Lotus. Dinner/Show: $70 Show only: $20.

BOSTON: RIVERSIDE: DOUGLAS DOXAS SWALLOW

Douglas Doxas Swallow presents 'Riverside' at THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757) on Thursday, April 17th at 7:30 pm. Anyone who has followed the career of trumpeter Dave Douglas, knows that he has been strongly influenced by and paid his own tributes to a wide range of music - from Lester Bowie to Mary Lou Williams to Joni Mitchell to Booker Little to Don Cherry and Wayne Shorter. However, few to date know of his admiration for the late clarinetist and erstwhile saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre. Douglas, like Giuffre, constantly reinvents himself, never allowing himself to be defined by one project or association. Similarly, Douglas' main collaborator in Riverside, Canadian saxophonist Chet Doxas, has led a career of great variety - from touring with Canadian pop and folk singers Sam Roberts and Rufus Wainwright to leading bands with Canada's leading jazz players such as Oliver Jones and Guido Basso as well as stints with American jazz stars Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, and Bill Stewart. The quartet, co-led by Douglas, on trumpet, and Doxas, on clarinet and tenor saxophone, has a rhythm section comprised of Steve Swallow (a former member of the Jimmy Giuffre 3) on electric bass and Jim Doxas (Chet's brother and frequent collaborator) on drums. Riverside blends a love for improvised music, bluegrass, sacred hymns and Appalachian music to create an aesthetic rooted in both Americana and jazz. There is a $30 cover.

TORONTO: LENNY SOLOMON QUARTET AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

The LENNY SOLOMON QUARTET (Lenny Solomon - violin; Bernie Senensky - piano; Steve Wallace - bass; Brian Barlow - drums) will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, April 17th through 19th at 9:00 pm. Over three decades and on five continents, Lenny Solomon has built a strong reputation as one of the world's most skilled and innovative jazz violinists. His three jazz violin CD releases, After You've Gone, The Gershwin Sessions, and Transparency have received critical acclaim. He has toured extensively in the United States, Canada, and Japan with The Lenny Solomon Trio and was a three-time winner of the annual Violinist Of The Year Award presented by The National Jazz Awards and has appeared as featured guest jazz soloist with many prestigious orchestras. As a member of the pop duo Myles And Lenny in the 1970s, he recorded two albums for Columbia Records, toured widely, and won a Juno Award. Lenny went on to found the pop string quintet, Quintessence, collaborating with Bill Bridges, and established himself as a versatile and much sought after studio musician. Lenny also put together a very unique ensemble, The Galaxy Trio combining classical and jazz styles on the violin. There is a $15-$20 cover.


TORONTO: YOUNG ARTIST SERIES: FELIX WONG returns

Toronto based jazz pianist Felix Wong returns to THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Tuesday, April 15th and Thursday through Saturday, April 17th through 19th at 6:00 pm as part of the club's Young Artist Series. Felix began playing the piano at the age of 4. He is a self-taught jazz musician. His many musical influences include Bill Evans, Esperanza Spalding, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Jaco Pastorius and more. He is a former member of the Toronto All-Star Big Band, where he has performed with the legendary Doc Severinsen and Jackie Richardson. He has travelled with the band, performing venues such as Casa Loma, Old Mill Inn, the Beaches International Jazz Festival and more. He is currently a member of the Jazz FM 91.1 Big Band, where he has had the opportunity to perform with Joey Defrancesco. Felix was chosen to be a part of the 2013 Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band under the direction of Alex Dean, feautring some of the most outstanding young jazz players in Canada. Recently, he also performed in the TD Young Jazz Showcase in Port Hope, under the direction of Denny Christianson, where he opened for the All-Canadian Legends Renee Rosnes, P.J. Perry, Terry Clarke, and Neil Swainson. There is no cover charge.

WASHINGTON, DC: THE TRIUMPHANT TRUMPETS AT BLUES ALLEY

The Triumphant Trumpets, featuring Jon Faddis, Terrell Stafford & Lew Solov (Trumpets) will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday & Fridaym April 17th & 18th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician - conductor, composer, and educator. As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the near impossible seem effortless. Terell Stafford has been hailed as "one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player" by piano legend McCoy Tyner. A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, Lew Soloff's career is filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. Call for cover/minimum information.


BETHESDA, MD: CONIECE WASHINGTON WITH GUEST VOCALIST GALE SMITH

Coniece Washington with Guest Vocalist Gale Smith perform at BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD - 240-330-4500) on Thursday, April 17th at 7:30 pm. Coniece Washington is a nationally recognized Jazz Vocalist who captivates her audience with her distinctive Sultry Sweet stylings, comparable to none. Her influences are Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and numerous gospel artists. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Coniece developed her love for music at an early age, singing at her Grandmother's Church. As a young adult, she served in the US Army and continued expressing her talent and passion for music by performing at various night clubs here in the states abroad. She is a trained vocalist and can be seen performing at various venues in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, including ,Twins Jazz and the Carlyle Club. She has also performed at the historic Blues Alley. There is a $15 cover.


FLORIDA: BILL CHARLAP & SANDY STEWART AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th at 8:30 pm. Jazz pianist Bill Charlap comes from a strong musical background. His mother and frequent performing partner Sandy Stewart is a popular singer who had a hit in 1962 with "My Coloring Book." He has recorded seven albums as a leader or co-leader for the Blue Note label, including two Grammy-nominated CDs, and appears at least twice a year for lengthy runs at some of the world's major jazz clubs, including the Village Vanguard. This is Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart's first engagement at The Colony Hotel Royal Room since 2005. COVER: $60 Show only or $120 Dinner & Show.

LOS ANGELES: OAK STREET BLUES AT THE GARDENIA

Oak Street Blues will perform at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Thursday, April 17th at 9:00 pm. An Alternative Folk/Country band based in L.A., whose influences include Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket, Oak Street Blues was founded by lead singer/guitarist Chris Hall, a 15-year veteran of several bands spanning genres as diverse as Gangsta Rap and Rocakabilly. With bass player Jenny Arias, keyboardist Stephanie Sheer, and drummer Alejandra Arellano, the sound of Oak Street Blues "captures the feeling of what makes a man crazy about women, heartbreak, and '55 Buicks." Energetic and unpredictable, their shows feature a mix of original tunes and eclectic covers. Call for cover/minimum information.


SAN FRANCISCO: SLICK RICK THE RULER AT YOSHI'S

Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) presents 'Slick Rick The Ruler' on Thursday, April 17th at 8:30 pm. Born to Jamaican parents in South Wimbledon, London, on January 14, 1965, Slick Rick, born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, who has always been considered ahead of his time, is the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Brilliant word play, the effort-less ability to bring life to the stories he rhymed about, dead on pop-culture references and hilarious one-liners make him the wittiest rapper of all time. There's nothing like the Slick Rick Experience. Every album is a parallel universe where old-time radio and urban culture collide. Aural theater merges with ghetto fantasy. Rick becomes a character actor with voice-throwing chops a ventriloquist would envy and narrative powers greater than Stephen King. In theory, it all seems preposterous - impossible to pull off. But because Rick has such a genuine gift on the mic - dexterity, cleverness, wit, articulation, fluidity - it works like gangbusters. Open Dance Floor. Dinner/Show: $73 Show only: $35.


SAN FRANCISCO: BROADWAY & WEST END STAR SIERRA BOGGESS AT FEINSTEIN'S

After a sold-out engagement in January 2014, Broadway and West End star, Sierra Boggess, returns to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) for three performances only: Thursday & Friday, April 17th & 18th at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, April 19th at 7:00 pm. Broadway knows her as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera and as aspiring opera star Sharon Graham in Master Class. London knows her for her Olivier Award-nominated performance in Love Never Dies and as Fantine in Les Miserables. Now, San Francisco audiences will, once again, see a brand new side of this Drama Desk and Olivier Award-nominated actress as she brings back her acclaimed one-woman show, Awakening. One of Broadway's most promising new talents, audiences can expect a range of tunes from songwriters both new and old, and vocals that stretch from the sublime to the divine. Boggess will be joined on-stage by Summer Boggess on cello and Brian Hertz (Musical Director) on piano. An album of Awakening - recorded in August 2013 at 54 Below in New York City - will be available for purchase that evening. There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.


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LONDON: CLAIRE MARTIN AND JOE STILGOE AT CRAZY COQS

Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe return to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th with their new show APRIL IN PARIS, celebrating the most romantic city in the world. From Gershwin to Cole Porter, Charles Trenet to Maurice Chevalier, with detours to Joni Mitchell, Jacques Brel and Bernie Taupin, this Parisian programme will be a whirl of French glitz, glamour and Gauloises. Claire Martin needs little introduction. To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene, gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards six times. Claire has toured extensively throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Russia and China, appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and her world-class trio. She has been awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz. Joe Stilgoe is one of the world's finest singer-pianists, touring constantly with his band and as a solo act, having appeared at jazz clubs and festivals around the world. Last summer he made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe where his show One Hour! was a sell-out and critically acclaimed. His 2013 single Abracadabra shot to the top of the Jazz Charts.

LONDON: CABARET CONFIDENTIAL WITH JAMIE ANDERSON

The hugely popular showcase, Cabaret Confidential, now in its 8th year, returns to THE PHEASANTRY (152-154 King's Road, London SW3 4UT - 08456 027 017) on Thursday, April 17th at 8:30 pm. Host Jamie Anderson introduces a monthly line-up of rising stars from the musical theatre and cabaret scene in this sumptuous art-deco venue. Guests for this show are Howard Jenkins, Carly Thoms, Lucy Parsons & Lilly Tello, and Jen De Ness. Pianist is Simona Budd. Adult material - parental discretion advised. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: BABY JANE DEXTER - ENCORE! ENCORE!

Baby Jane Dexter returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with her acclaimed show, "More Rules of the Road," on Fridays, April 18th & 25th at 7:00 pm. More Rules of the Road is the latest emotionally empowering and highly-charged show from this influential and beloved cabaret artist who never disappoints. Her shows are filled with memorable anecdotes from life and a brilliant performing career as well as totally unforgettable song choices that have helped make her the local legend she remains today. This show includes compelling songs by Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and George Gershwin, as well as something by Mike Scott from the Waterboys and a song written by Randy Newman and introduced by Baby Jane. She also does a new blues written by Vivien Wolsk suggested by KT Sullivan, and songs by greats like Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke, Rufus Wainwright and Abbey Lincoln. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


FLORIDA: CHRIS BARRETT WITH POST THEATRE CONCERTS

Chris Barrett will be performing at THE WICK THEATRE (7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL - 561-995-2333) on Thursday through Saturday. Chris' show, 'Barrett's Broadway', will commence after the final curtain call of the evening's production, approximately 10:00 pm. At that time, the lobby will have been transformed into an intimate cabaret / piano bar. He will be performing until midnight. Cocktails will be served. The shows are open to the public.

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NYC: FRINGE HIT 'GAY CAMP' RETURNS TO THE DUPLEX

Following last summer's hit run at the New York International Fringe Festival, the award winning "Best Ensemble" of Christian Mansfield, Philip Mutz, and Ken Urso are back for another summer of GAY CAMP at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Fridays, April 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th at 9:30 pm. 'Confused' campers Josh and Anton are shipped off to Camp Acceptance where they encounter an evil headmaster, electrified fences, disco balls, Michelle Bachmann, and more innuendos than you can shake a dildo at! It's gay. It's camp. It's GAY CAMP! There is a $7 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DISTORTED DIZNEE / BROADWAY / HOLLYWOOD

Dallas DuBois and her merry band of drag stars put a bawdy twist on some of your favorite pop culture icons in a series of cult hit pop culture revues whicj run on alternate Fridays at 10:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). The group presents the Magic Kindom themed DISTORTED DIZNEE, the Great White Way tribute DISTORTED BROADWAY and the new Silver Screen inspired DISTORTED HOLLYWOOD. This trio of Las Vegas-style drag extravaganzas feature drag stars Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Brenda Dharling, Dallas DuBois and more. For the holidays, they will present DISTORTED KRISTMESS, all of your holiday favorites are run past a dirty funhouse mirror. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Tickets available at 212-352-3101 or https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/495

NYC: SIBLING REVELRY; LIZ & ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY

The dynamic sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway are teaming up together again to bring Sibling Revelry back to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday through Thursday, April 15th through 17th at 7:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, April 18th & 19th at 8:00 pm. The award-winning show made its way back to New York for the first time in over 15 years for a sold out engagement last summer and received rave reviews. There is a $55-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SUSAN EGAN AT 54 BELOW

Tony nominee Susan Egan brings her critically-acclaimed concert to NYC and 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday, April 15th at 9:30 pm and Friday, April 18th at 11:00 pm. The show will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Broadway debut in Disney's Beauty and the Beast ... and a few other shows! With her award-winning acting chops, riotous humor and a voice, the evening combines hilarious personal anecdotes with magnificent music by Broadway's best writers! There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: ELAYNE BOOSLER AT STAGE 72 - COMEDY WITH A CAUSE!

Comic Elayne Boosler will make two rare NYC Performances at STAGE 72 (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Saturday, March 29th at 9:00 pm & Friday, April 18th at 9:00 pm in COMEDY WITH A CAUSE! Comedian Elayne Boosler, always at the forefront of standup comedy, is simply at the top of her game in her fortieth year of performing. Coming back to New York, where it all started for her and her incredible group of peers in the early '70s, she is the one true keeper of the hilarious stories of those days. All featured in her upcoming book, "Big Fun", they are the funniest of adventures, featuring Andy Kaufman, Richard Belzer, Freddie Prinze, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Larry David, Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Rodney Dangerfield, and so many more. Her show is of course the best of up to the minute, smart, political, thoughtful and hilarious standup comedy, but she does sprinkle in some of the funniest stories never before told. Her career spans so much, from performing for President Clinton's White House Press Correspondent's Dinner, to the Queen of England's Command Performance at the London Palladium, to hosting the Democrats Debate for NOW on C-Span, to concerts, clubs, Las Vegas, theaters, and years of tv. Her life's work now is animal rescue. She founded her "Tails of Joy" (http://www.tailsofjoy.net ) in 2001, and now, every show she performs serves to rescue animals in the city in which she is appearing. All after show merchandise is sold 100% for the benefit of local rescue organizations. Come laugh, then meet some of your best local rescuers after the show, maybe even buy something wonderful, and save a life! For Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/602560

NYC: THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND DIRECTED BY TOMMY IGOE

Featuring the finest musicians in New York! The Birdland Big Band roars into action at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) every Friday, playing the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world's best arrangers. After work or before a show, drinks or a great dinner, come hear one of the world's best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York. Experience why the BBB is fast becoming the must-see weekly jazz event in New York and kick off your weekend with what critics are calling "the best live music bargain in all of NYC!" There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: PAT MARTINO ORGAN TRIO AT BIRDLAND

The Pat Martino Organ Trio with Pat Bianchi (organ) Carmen Intorre Jr. (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino got his start on the "chitlin' circuit" in the 1960s with organ groups led by Richard "Groove" Holmes, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts and Charles Earland. Having made a full and remarkable recovery from a life-threatening illness in the 1980's that caused him to forget how to play the guitar, Martino relearned by listening to his own early recordings and has re-emerged as a veteran presence on the jazz scene. Today Martino lives in his native Philadelphia and his playing is as fiery and technically brilliant as ever. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE VICTOR GOINES QUARTET AT DIZZY'S

The Victor Goines Quartet with Victor Goines, saxophones, clarinet; Aaron Diehl (4/17, 4/18, 4/20) and Chris Pattishall (4/19), piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; and Ulysses Owens, drums, will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Thursday through Sunday, April 17th through 20th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. A protege of Ellis Marsalis, clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator, Victor Goines is one of the most respected musicians in jazz today. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, Goines is also a gifted composer and an acclaimed solo artist and bandleader with eight recordings to his credit. As an educator, Goines has conducted clinics and workshops around the world and served as a faculty member at top universities. For this show at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Goines will be joined by rising stars in the jazz world: pianists Aaron Diehl (April 17, 18, and 20) and Chris Pattishall (April 19), bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Ulysses Owens. There is a $35-$45 cover.

BOSTON: JOSE JAMES AT SCULLERS

Jose James will perform at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Thursday & Friday, April 17th & 18th at 8:00 pm. (Kris Bowers - Piano, opening act) James has established himself as a trailblazer for his intoxicating blend of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and electronica. His 2008 debut The Dreamer and its 2010 follow-up, BlackMagic - both produced by the world-renowned DJ Gilles Peterson - transformed the Minneapolis-born, New York-based singer into an underground sensation in both the modern jazz and DJ culture scenes. His musical path follows its own rhyme and reason. James is a musical omnivore, an artist that resists being pigeonholed, equally at ease on stage with jazz legend McCoy Tyner as he is in the studio with rapper Oh No or electronica pioneer Flying Lotus. Dinner/Show: $70 Show only: $20.

TORONTO: LENNY SOLOMON QUARTET AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

The LENNY SOLOMON QUARTET (Lenny Solomon - violin; Bernie Senensky - piano; Steve Wallace - bass; Brian Barlow - drums) will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, April 17th through 19th at 9:00 pm. Over three decades and on five continents, Lenny Solomon has built a strong reputation as one of the world's most skilled and innovative jazz violinists. His three jazz violin CD releases, After You've Gone, The Gershwin Sessions, and Transparency have received critical acclaim. He has toured extensively in the United States, Canada, and Japan with The Lenny Solomon Trio and was a three-time winner of the annual Violinist Of The Year Award presented by The National Jazz Awards and has appeared as featured guest jazz soloist with many prestigious orchestras. As a member of the pop duo Myles And Lenny in the 1970s, he recorded two albums for Columbia Records, toured widely, and won a Juno Award. Lenny went on to found the pop string quintet, Quintessence, collaborating with Bill Bridges, and established himself as a versatile and much sought after studio musician. Lenny also put together a very unique ensemble, The Galaxy Trio combining classical and jazz styles on the violin. There is a $15-$20 cover.

TORONTO: YOUNG ARTIST SERIES: FELIX WONG returns

Toronto based jazz pianist Felix Wong returns to THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Tuesday, April 15th and Thursday through Saturday, April 17th through 19th at 6:00 pm as part of the club's Young Artist Series. Felix began playing the piano at the age of 4. He is a self-taught jazz musician. His many musical influences include Bill Evans, Esperanza Spalding, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Jaco Pastorius and more. He is a former member of the Toronto All-Star Big Band, where he has performed with the legendary Doc Severinsen and Jackie Richardson. He has travelled with the band, performing venues such as Casa Loma, Old Mill Inn, the Beaches International Jazz Festival and more. He is currently a member of the Jazz FM 91.1 Big Band, where he has had the opportunity to perform with Joey Defrancesco. Felix was chosen to be a part of the 2013 Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band under the direction of Alex Dean, feautring some of the most outstanding young jazz players in Canada. Recently, he also performed in the TD Young Jazz Showcase in Port Hope, under the direction of Denny Christianson, where he opened for the All-Canadian Legends Renee Rosnes, P.J. Perry, Terry Clarke, and Neil Swainson. There is no cover charge.

FLORIDA: BILL CHARLAP & SANDY STEWART AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th at 8:30 pm. Jazz pianist Bill Charlap comes from a strong musical background. His mother and frequent performing partner Sandy Stewart is a popular singer who had a hit in 1962 with "My Coloring Book." He has recorded seven albums as a leader or co-leader for the Blue Note label, including two Grammy-nominated CDs, and appears at least twice a year for lengthy runs at some of the world's major jazz clubs, including the Village Vanguard. This is Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart's first engagement at The Colony Hotel Royal Room since 2005. COVER: $60 Show only or $120 Dinner & Show.

LOS ANGELES: THE GARDENIA PRESENTS JODY JARESS

Jody Jaress will appear at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Friday, April 18th at 9:00 pm. Jody Jaress has made hundreds of appearances on stage, film, and television, along the way garnering Best Actress Awards for her theatrical roles in Veronica's Room, Equus, and The Gingerbread Lady. She has had roles in the films Charlie Wilson's War, Hollywoodland, and Chinaman's Chance, and in the new indie film Chain Link, which was accorded "Best Picture" designation at the Monaco Film Festival. As a singer and dancer at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, she opened for some of the great headliners of all time, including Harry Belafonte, The Ink Spots, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Dinah Shore, and Melissa Manchester. She is a featured singer with "More Souls of Jazz." Her sultry charisma combines with a keen jazz sense to produce a sophisticated cabaret show for grownups, and she is fast becoming a Gardenia favorite. Call for cover/minimum information.


SAN FRANCISCO: MEG MACKAY & BILLY PHILADELPHIA AT SOCIETY CABARET

"Two Of A Kind" starring Meg Mackay and Billy Philadelphia will be presented at SOCIETY CABARET AT THE HOTEL REX (562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 - 800-982-2787) on Friday & Saturday, April 18th & 19th at 8:00 pm. Meg Mackay and Billy Philadelphia have been making music together for 25 years. Bay Area audiences have loved Meg's sultry contralto voice and Billy's lively piano playing. "Two of a Kind" includes songs from Broadway (Some People, I'm Still Here), film (The Tender Trap, Two For The Road) and the Great American Songbook (When I Fall In Love, All The Way). Several unexpected, seldom-heard tunes and some dry humor are also always a part of a Meg and Billy show. Call for cover/minimum information.


SAN FRANCISCO: BROADWAY & WEST END STAR SIERRA BOGGESS AT FEINSTEIN'S

After a sold-out engagement in January 2014, Broadway and West End star, Sierra Boggess, returns to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) for three performances only: Thursday & Friday, April 17th & 18th at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, April 19th at 7:00 pm. Broadway knows her as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera and as aspiring opera star Sharon Graham in Master Class. London knows her for her Olivier Award-nominated performance in Love Never Dies and as Fantine in Les Miserables. Now, San Francisco audiences will, once again, see a brand new side of this Drama Desk and Olivier Award-nominated actress as she brings back her acclaimed one-woman show, Awakening. One of Broadway's most promising new talents, audiences can expect a range of tunes from songwriters both new and old, and vocals that stretch from the sublime to the divine. Boggess will be joined on-stage by Summer Boggess on cello and Brian Hertz (Musical Director) on piano. An album of Awakening - recorded in August 2013 at 54 Below in New York City - will be available for purchase that evening. There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.


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LONDON: CLAIRE MARTIN AND JOE STILGOE AT CRAZY COQS

Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe return to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th with their new show APRIL IN PARIS, celebrating the most romantic city in the world. From Gershwin to Cole Porter, Charles Trenet to Maurice Chevalier, with detours to Joni Mitchell, Jacques Brel and Bernie Taupin, this Parisian programme will be a whirl of French glitz, glamour and Gauloises. Claire Martin needs little introduction. To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene, gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards six times. Claire has toured extensively throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Russia and China, appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and her world-class trio. She has been awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz. Joe Stilgoe is one of the world's finest singer-pianists, touring constantly with his band and as a solo act, having appeared at jazz clubs and festivals around the world. Last summer he made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe where his show One Hour! was a sell-out and critically acclaimed. His 2013 single Abracadabra shot to the top of the Jazz Charts.

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FLORIDA: CHRIS BARRETT WITH POST THEATRE CONCERTS

Chris Barrett will be performing at THE WICK THEATRE (7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL - 561-995-2333) on Thursday through Saturday. Chris' show, 'Barrett's Broadway', will commence after the final curtain call of the evening's production, approximately 10:00 pm. At that time, the lobby will have been transformed into an intimate cabaret / piano bar. He will be performing until midnight. Cocktails will be served. The shows are open to the public.

CHICAGO: BECKIE MENZIE & TOM MICHAEL IN "MUSIC - •AS SEEN ON TV"

Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael bring their brand new show "Music - As Seen on TV" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Saturday, April 5th, 12th 19th & 26th at 8:00 pm. Menzie & Michael explore how television brought some of the most memorable musical moments right into our homes. From variety & talk shows, celebrity TV specials, American Bandstand to American Idol and much more, it'll be "a really big show!" There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, April 19th & 26th at 8:00 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

MANHATTAN: LE SCANDAL CABARET CONTINUES AT THE BEECHMAN

NYC's longest running burlesque variety show, LE SCANDAL CABARET, continues on Saturdays, at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). In its ninth year, Le Scandal features variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. New performers every week! Expect sword swallowers, belly dancers, rope trick cowboys, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra. For tickets, visit Smarttix at http://www.smarttix.com/ or 212-484-4444. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: EEEK! A MOUSICAL! AT STAGE 72

EEEK! A MOUSICAL! will be presented at STAGE 72 (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) on Saturdays in April and May at 11:00 am. This musical fable is brought up to date in a fun & lively show for all ages. Bara, our City Mom (Julia Menn) is finding the hectic pace of life a little bit frustrating, with all the new technology and longs for an escape to the Country to visit her sister, Clarisa (Vicki Oceguera) and her family. A few hours proves to be all the Peace & Quite this gang can take! And, when the country mice go to the city they find the throngs of people and honking horns are a little too frightening! Does each family realize their Happiness, may not be everyone's Happiness? Does this fable make the point that each of us is different and we should love and respect our differences? Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: SIBLING REVELRY; LIZ & ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY

The dynamic sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway are teaming up together again to bring Sibling Revelry back to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday through Thursday, April 15th through 17th at 7:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, April 18th & 19th at 8:00 pm. The award-winning show made its way back to New York for the first time in over 15 years for a sold out engagement last summer and received rave reviews. There is a $55-$65 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: JAY LEONHART DUO AT BIRDLAND

The Jay Leonhart Duo will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Saturdays, in April at 6:00 pm. Combining the skills of an old school entertainer and virtuoso jazz man, bassist, vocalist and composer Jay Leonhart has been a fixture of the New York scene for over forty years. When Jay was fourteen he started playing the bass in The Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band in Baltimore and never looked back. After studying at The Peabody Institute, Jay attended The Berklee School of Music and The Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto, before leaving school to start touring with the traveling big bands of the late 50's and early 60's. Upon moving to New York, Jay eventually began playing for many of the great jazz musicians, big bands, and singers who were to be found in New York - artists like Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Tony Bennett, Marian McPartland, and Jim Hall. Jay became a very busy studio musician in New York City, visiting every musical genre from James Taylor to Ozzy Osbourne and Queen Latifah. Between 1975 and 1995 he was named The Most Valuable Bassist in the recording industry three times by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. Jay has now recorded 15 solo albums. His first one-man show "The Bass Lesson" is being received warmly by critics and audiences. Jay's next show "Nukular Tulips" is in the works. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: PAT MARTINO ORGAN TRIO AT BIRDLAND

The Pat Martino Organ Trio with Pat Bianchi (organ) Carmen Intorre Jr. (drums) will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino got his start on the "chitlin' circuit" in the 1960s with organ groups led by Richard "Groove" Holmes, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts and Charles Earland. Having made a full and remarkable recovery from a life-threatening illness in the 1980's that caused him to forget how to play the guitar, Martino relearned by listening to his own early recordings and has re-emerged as a veteran presence on the jazz scene. Today Martino lives in his native Philadelphia and his playing is as fiery and technically brilliant as ever. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: THE VICTOR GOINES QUARTET AT DIZZY'S

The Victor Goines Quartet with Victor Goines, saxophones, clarinet; Aaron Diehl (4/17, 4/18, 4/20) and Chris Pattishall (4/19), piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; and Ulysses Owens, drums, will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Thursday through Sunday, April 17th through 20th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. A protege of Ellis Marsalis, clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator, Victor Goines is one of the most respected musicians in jazz today. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, Goines is also a gifted composer and an acclaimed solo artist and bandleader with eight recordings to his credit. As an educator, Goines has conducted clinics and workshops around the world and served as a faculty member at top universities. For this show at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Goines will be joined by rising stars in the jazz world: pianists Aaron Diehl (April 17, 18, and 20) and Chris Pattishall (April 19), bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Ulysses Owens. There is a $35-$45 cover.

TORONTO: LENNY SOLOMON QUARTET AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

The LENNY SOLOMON QUARTET (Lenny Solomon - violin; Bernie Senensky - piano; Steve Wallace - bass; Brian Barlow - drums) will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, April 17th through 19th at 9:00 pm. Over three decades and on five continents, Lenny Solomon has built a strong reputation as one of the world's most skilled and innovative jazz violinists. His three jazz violin CD releases, After You've Gone, The Gershwin Sessions, and Transparency have received critical acclaim. He has toured extensively in the United States, Canada, and Japan with The Lenny Solomon Trio and was a three-time winner of the annual Violinist Of The Year Award presented by The National Jazz Awards and has appeared as featured guest jazz soloist with many prestigious orchestras. As a member of the pop duo Myles And Lenny in the 1970s, he recorded two albums for Columbia Records, toured widely, and won a Juno Award. Lenny went on to found the pop string quintet, Quintessence, collaborating with Bill Bridges, and established himself as a versatile and much sought after studio musician. Lenny also put together a very unique ensemble, The Galaxy Trio combining classical and jazz styles on the violin. There is a $15-$20 cover.

TORONTO: YOUNG ARTIST SERIES: FELIX WONG returns

Toronto based jazz pianist Felix Wong returns to THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Tuesday, April 15th and Thursday through Saturday, April 17th through 19th at 6:00 pm as part of the club's Young Artist Series. Felix began playing the piano at the age of 4. He is a self-taught jazz musician. His many musical influences include Bill Evans, Esperanza Spalding, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Jaco Pastorius and more. He is a former member of the Toronto All-Star Big Band, where he has performed with the legendary Doc Severinsen and Jackie Richardson. He has travelled with the band, performing venues such as Casa Loma, Old Mill Inn, the Beaches International Jazz Festival and more. He is currently a member of the Jazz FM 91.1 Big Band, where he has had the opportunity to perform with Joey Defrancesco. Felix was chosen to be a part of the 2013 Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band under the direction of Alex Dean, feautring some of the most outstanding young jazz players in Canada. Recently, he also performed in the TD Young Jazz Showcase in Port Hope, under the direction of Denny Christianson, where he opened for the All-Canadian Legends Renee Rosnes, P.J. Perry, Terry Clarke, and Neil Swainson. There is no cover charge.

FLORIDA: BILL CHARLAP & SANDY STEWART AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart will appear at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th at 8:30 pm. Jazz pianist Bill Charlap comes from a strong musical background. His mother and frequent performing partner Sandy Stewart is a popular singer who had a hit in 1962 with "My Coloring Book." He has recorded seven albums as a leader or co-leader for the Blue Note label, including two Grammy-nominated CDs, and appears at least twice a year for lengthy runs at some of the world's major jazz clubs, including the Village Vanguard. This is Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart's first engagement at The Colony Hotel Royal Room since 2005. COVER: $60 Show only or $120 Dinner & Show.

SAN FRANCISCO: MEG MACKAY & BILLY PHILADELPHIA AT SOCIETY CABARET

"Two Of A Kind" starring Meg Mackay and Billy Philadelphia will be presented at SOCIETY CABARET AT THE HOTEL REX (562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 - 800-982-2787) on Friday & Saturday, April 18th & 19th at 8:00 pm. Meg Mackay and Billy Philadelphia have been making music together for 25 years. Bay Area audiences have loved Meg's sultry contralto voice and Billy's lively piano playing. "Two of a Kind" includes songs from Broadway (Some People, I'm Still Here), film (The Tender Trap, Two For The Road) and the Great American Songbook (When I Fall In Love, All The Way). Several unexpected, seldom-heard tunes and some dry humor are also always a part of a Meg and Billy show. Call for cover/minimum information.


SAN FRANCISCO: BROADWAY & WEST END STAR SIERRA BOGGESS AT FEINSTEIN'S

After a sold-out engagement in January 2014, Broadway and West End star, Sierra Boggess, returns to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) for three performances only: Thursday & Friday, April 17th & 18th at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, April 19th at 7:00 pm. Broadway knows her as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera and as aspiring opera star Sharon Graham in Master Class. London knows her for her Olivier Award-nominated performance in Love Never Dies and as Fantine in Les Miserables. Now, San Francisco audiences will, once again, see a brand new side of this Drama Desk and Olivier Award-nominated actress as she brings back her acclaimed one-woman show, Awakening. One of Broadway's most promising new talents, audiences can expect a range of tunes from songwriters both new and old, and vocals that stretch from the sublime to the divine. Boggess will be joined on-stage by Summer Boggess on cello and Brian Hertz (Musical Director) on piano. An album of Awakening - recorded in August 2013 at 54 Below in New York City - will be available for purchase that evening. There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.


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LONDON: CLAIRE MARTIN AND JOE STILGOE AT CRAZY COQS

Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe return to THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) on Tuesday through Saturday, April 15th through 19th with their new show APRIL IN PARIS, celebrating the most romantic city in the world. From Gershwin to Cole Porter, Charles Trenet to Maurice Chevalier, with detours to Joni Mitchell, Jacques Brel and Bernie Taupin, this Parisian programme will be a whirl of French glitz, glamour and Gauloises. Claire Martin needs little introduction. To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene, gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards six times. Claire has toured extensively throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Russia and China, appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and her world-class trio. She has been awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz. Joe Stilgoe is one of the world's finest singer-pianists, touring constantly with his band and as a solo act, having appeared at jazz clubs and festivals around the world. Last summer he made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe where his show One Hour! was a sell-out and critically acclaimed. His 2013 single Abracadabra shot to the top of the Jazz Charts.

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PALM SPRINGS: JORDAN MILLER IN "THE BROADWAY LEADING MAN"

Les Michaels Life Is A Cabaret Sundays In Summer Series brings back singer and actor Jordan Miller with his one-man cabaret concert "The Broadway Leading Man" to THE ARTHUR NEWMAN THEATRE at the JOSLYN CENTER (73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA - TKTS: 760-325-2731) on Sunday, April 20th at 2:00 pm. He is joined by pianist Charlie Creasy. The show features songs made famous by such leading men as Howard Keel, John Raitt, Robert Goulet, and Mario Lanza, along with some Broadway and Hollywood history and stories from Miller's own theatrical career. Born in Huntsville, Texas, Mr. Miller is a classically trained baritone who studied at Houston State University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous musicals and operettas, with leads in "Oklahoma", "Anything Goes", and "Annie Get Your Gun" as few of his favorites and spent three seasons as a principal singer with Holland-American Cruise Lines. But he admits he had the most fun as The Grinch in Dr. Suess' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at San Diego's Old Globe Theater, as the title role in "Jerry Springer: The Opera" at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and best role of all-new dad with wife, actress Jessica Couto. There is an $11 cover.

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NYC: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH GABRIELLE STRAVELLI

Bistro Award winning vocalist, Gabrielle Stravelli, returns with her Sunday Jazz Brunch on August 11th at LE PESCADEUX (90 Thompson Street, NYC - 212-966-0021), a French restaurant in the heart of Soho. They will play three sets from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. She will be joined by Saul Rubin on guitar and Pat O'Leary on bass in this charming boite that offers a great, well-priced menu and cozy atmosphere. Award-winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her unique take on material from the new American songbook as well as classic standards by artists as varied as Pink Floyd and Duke Ellington, Dolly Parton and Johnny Mercer. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric. Gabrielle has performed on stages from Amsterdam to New York including Carnegie Hall, Iridium Jazz Club, Birdland, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Reservations are strongly suggested. No cover, no minimum.

NYC: DESMOND'S "JAZZ BRUNCH" WITH JERRY COSTANZO & HIS TRIO

DESMOND'S STEAKHOUSE (513 Seventh Avenue, NYC - 212-391-6900) presents 'Jazz Brunch' every Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm with Jerry Costanzo & His Trio, with special guests weekly. Dine on their very special and affordable brunch menu while enjoying the best of jazz, swing and "The Great American Song Book". Combining the liveliness of Time Square with a resplendent dining experience, Desmond's Steakhouse has proudly become New York City's premiere steakhouse with a contemporary twist. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: JIM CARUSO & BILLY STRITCH RETURN TO BEMELMANS BAR

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch return to BEMELMAN'S BAR at the CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) with their evening of swinging standards running every Sunday in April and May, from 9:00 pm to midnight. The two performers, who have performed extensively on their own, gained national exposure together as the host and musical director of the wildly popular open mic, Cast Party, which celebrates talent every Monday at Birdland in NYC, and tours nationally. During their 2013 debut runs at Bemelmans, the duo received critical acclaim, and made news when showbiz heavy-hitters like Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein joined them in impromptu performances. In their upcoming Carlyle run, Caruso and Stritch will be joined by bassist Steve Doyle. There is a $15-$25 cover.

NYC: ARTURO O'FARRILL AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA SUNDAYS

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill brings his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Sundays at 9:00 & 11:00pm. Called the leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz", O'Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE VICTOR GOINES QUARTET AT DIZZY'S

The Victor Goines Quartet with Victor Goines, saxophones, clarinet; Aaron Diehl (4/17, 4/18, 4/20) and Chris Pattishall (4/19), piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; and Ulysses Owens, drums, will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Thursday through Sunday, April 17th through 20th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. A protege of Ellis Marsalis, clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator, Victor Goines is one of the most respected musicians in jazz today. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, Goines is also a gifted composer and an acclaimed solo artist and bandleader with eight recordings to his credit. As an educator, Goines has conducted clinics and workshops around the world and served as a faculty member at top universities. For this show at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Goines will be joined by rising stars in the jazz world: pianists Aaron Diehl (April 17, 18, and 20) and Chris Pattishall (April 19), bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Ulysses Owens. There is a $35-$45 cover.


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