CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE CABARET PICK FOR TODAY IN NYC: KEN GREVES AT CAFE NOCTAMBULO AT PANGEA
Ken Greves, a passionate interpreter of the Great American Songbook and a specialist in the music of Harold Arlen, performs at CAFE NOCTAMBULO AT PANGEA (178 Second Avenue, NYC - 212-995-0900) on Wednesday, March 23rd, at 8:00 pm. Another important influence on Ken, in addition to Arlen, was the voice of Judy Garland. Ken grew up in Nassau County, on the south shore of Long Island, NY. Neither of his parents were musicians, but they noted early on their son's fascination with music, theater, and dance. Classically trained as a dancer and actor as well as a singer, Ken performed in a national tour of Singing in the Rain, played Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, appeared as Luther Billis in South Pacific, and played opposite Nancy Kulp in an English murder mystery comedy. He sang with the Barry Levitt Trio at Iridium and at Birdland with Jim Caruso's Cast Party. Ken Greves made his solo debut as a vocalist in April 2000 at Don't Tell Mama with his program, Who the Hell Is Harold Arlen?! Shortly thereafter, he encountered Trudi Mann and her open jazz mic - really an artists' salon - and immersed himself in the world of jazz. In April 2006, Ken launched a new Arlen program, Last Night When We Were Young - Aspects of Arlen, at Danny's Skylight Room in New York City. Accompanied by the Tedd Firth quartet, this popular show comprises songs both well-known and rare, from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley, and explores the many facets of Arlen's extraordinary contribution to the Great American Songbook. In addition to jazz clubs, nightclubs, and cabarets, Ken Greves performs at a wide range of venues, including: private parties and corporate events, colleges and universities, hotels and resorts, art galleries, embassies, and outdoor festivals. His repertoire spans the Great American Songbook, including songs by such legendary composers as Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern,Irving Berlin,Harry Warren, Cole Porter, Vernon Duke, and Richard Rodgers. He also performs favorites by contemporary jazz and popular composers such as Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Stephen Sondheim, Dave Frishberg, Sammy Cahn, Tommy Wolf, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Alec Wilder. There is a $20 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.
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