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Sue Matsuki & Gregory Toroian in "Jam N' Toasts" at ARCI'S PLACE

Sue 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 -, 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.

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