Matsuki & Gregory Toroian in "Jam N' Toasts" at ARCI'S PLACE
Matsuki and musical director Gregory Toroian, who recently released
a triumphant debut CD called "A New Take," along with Jay Leonhart
on bass, will present "Jam n' Toasts," their Sunday Jazz
Brunches at ARCI'S PLACE (450 Park Avenue South, NYC - 212-532-4370
on Sundays, February 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th at 3:00 pm (The show
on February 10th is at 2:00 pm). Creative director is Carolyn Montgomery.
Sue & Gregory recently
teamed up in "Team Work," at JUDY'S CHELSEA (169 Eighth Avenue, NYC
- 212-929-5410 - http://www.judyschelsea.com/),
which highlighted the often overlooked point of any cabaret performer's
ultimate experience, "JOY." In their Jazz Brunch series, "Jam
'n Toasts," they continue the theme, celebrating the joy in collaborationl,
joy in risk and joy in performance.
Sue Matsuki is a cabaret
veteran and an enthusiastic and courageous explorer of the genre.
During the last 15 years, she has appeared in Manhattan at Arci's
Place, The Village Gate, Danny's Skylight Room, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's
Chelsea, The Duplex, Jan Wallman's, Rose's Turn, Kelly's, Eighty-Eight's,
and at the Gardenia in Los Angeles. Matsuki has collaborated with
a number of directors and musicians and has explored a wide range
of themes and musical styles all as an exercise in growth. Critics
agree that Matsuki's hard work and obvious devotion to cabaret provide
her with a wisdom and polish that only performers who are willing
to "put in the miles" acquire.
Gregory Toroian produced
and musically directed the revue "How Do You Keep the Music Playing,"
the music of Michel Legrand, that toured nationally and in Canada.
He has also toured and musically directed Jane Oliver. He has served
as pianist for Jon Hendricks, Cab Calloway, Donna Summer, Tony Bennett
and Katy Corick, including her cabaret singer "Dream Job"
segment on NBC-TV's TODAY show.
Since each show contains
entirely different song set, newcomers to cabaret would be well served
to attend all performances of "Jam 'n Toasts," to witness
Matsuki's poise, generosity of spirit, dynamic vocals and to see the
"new take" she will give to her stories each week. The 4th week of
the series will feature the highlights of the previous three weeks.
For more information,
check out http://www.suematsuki.com/.
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