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Friday, March 4, 2016



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The 31st Annual Bistro Awards gala will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 pm at GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB (208 West 23rd Street, NYC - 212-367-9000). As is the Bistro Awards tradition, the evening will feature performances by the winners. Jazz Greats Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, and Janis Siegel are among the winners to be honored at the event. Favorites Christine Andreas, Sharon McNight, Jarrod Spector, Kelli Barrett, KT Sullivan, and Jeff Harnar will also be recognized. Hosting this year's 31st annual show is Jason Graae, whose varied career spans Broadway, Off Broadway, opera, television, and film. He is a four-time Bistro Award recipient for his various one-man shows which have toured all over the country and for his special musical material. This will be the fourth year in a row that the Bistro Awards show will be under the directorial helm of Shellen Lubin. A director, songwriter, performer, and vocal and acting coach, she has been in the forefront of attaining parity for women in the arts.

Mr. Hendricks is receiving the ASCAP Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award. He co-founded the pioneering vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross in the '50s. Together with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross, he mastered the art of vocalese - that of adding lyrics to instrumental compositions and instrumental solos, as well as complex vocal treatments for the Big Band arrangements of the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Their work influenced countless well-known singers, including Van Morrison, Al Jarreau, and Bobby McFerrin. As a solo vocalist, he has recorded several albums, made frequent television appearances, and toured extensively internationally, and he has served multiple times on the Kennedy Center Honors committee. Being honored with a Bistro Award for her Outstanding Contributions to the World of Jazz, Ms. Ross was part of the famed Lambert, Hendricks & Ross trio for six years. After leaving the group, she ran a jazz club in London and has enjoyed a long career in film and theatre. She has been a celebrated solo jazz vocalist for many years. Ms. Siegel has been a member of Manhattan Transfer since 1973 and is also an acclaimed solo jazz vocalist; she is being recognized for Sustained Excellence in Jazz Performance and Recording,

Four of the top cabaret greats are in the Bistro spotlight this year. Being honored with a Bistro Award for Ongoing Artistry in Cabaret and Concert Performance is Christine Andreas who has maintained an international career in theatre, television, concert halls, and clubs. Sharon McNight, the powerhouse cabaret and theatre star, is being recognized for her Commanding Cabaret Artistry, while KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar, along with director Sondra Lee, are being singled out for their extraordinary talents that were on view in "Another Hundred People," the Bistro Awards' pick for Outstanding Musical Revue. Jarrod Spector, who received a 2015 Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Barry Mann in the Carole King musical Beautiful, will share the Bistro honor for Major Engagement with his wife, Kelli Barrett, for their appearance at Feinstein's/54 Below.

This year's Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award - given to an outstanding performer on the rise and named after Back Stage's co-founder, co-publisher, and first nightclub critic - goes to Australian transplant, jazz pianist, arranger, music director, and composer Matt Baker, who has received increasing attention and acclaim since arriving here a few years ago.

Molly Pope, a strikingly original performer and personality, is being feted as Creative Cabaret Artist. In the Entertainer category, Charlie Johnson is being recognized for his talents as a singer, storyteller, and showman. Aaron Morishita is being honored for his CD "Singing Sondheim," which makes even familiar Sondheim songs seem fresh and new.

A number of outstanding vocalists caught the Awards Committee's attention this year: In her entertaining show "Traveling Solo," Ann Dawson told of her career and life with pluck, humor, and musical savvy. Rob Sutton's offering, "Not the Boy Next Door," was deeply personal and charming, and filled with splendid singing. And Dawn Derow impressed with her glorious voice and character-rich interpretations in "Legit," her program of operatic arias.

The Bistro Awards honors Urban Stages' ambitious "Winter Rhythms" series, produced by Peter Napolitano as a benefit for Frances Hill's Urban Stages' Outreach Program, which for several years has presented a varied mix of shows from the worlds of cabaret, jazz, and theatre.

The Bistro Awards is sponsored by ASCAP. Premium Tickets are $120.00; General Admission tickets are $70.00. Ticket-buyers in both categories are invited to the "After-Bistros" party as guests of the Bistros. For details about the various ticket categories and early purchase prices, visit For additional information, call 917-239-5467.


Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association with special funding by Brian Silkworth & Bill Colter and in cooperation with EGAN'S IN BALLARD JAMHOUSE (1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA - 206-789-1621) presents Seattle's March is Cabaret Month 2016 festival with events every Friday & Saturday in March! Presented by drag chanteuse Arnaldo!, the Seattle festival debuted in 2008 at Julia's On Broadway. In 2011, the Seattle festival expanded into its current venue at Egan's Ballard Jam House, where it ran in 2015 every weekend in March, featuring an exhilarating variety of West Coast performers. Sponsored by local arts patrons Brian Silkworth & Bill Colter, Seattle's March Is Cabaret Month 2016 promises to build on last year's success. Seattle's March Is Cabaret Month Festival is produced by the PNWCA (Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association - ) a coalition of performers and producers who seek to promote the cabaret performers and cabaret venues of the Pacific Northwest by cultivating an appreciation of cabaret and expanding its audience. PNWCA was founded in 2006 by Arnaldo!, who credits the inspiration to his 2005 attendance at The International Cabaret Workshop & Conference at Yale University, where he met then artistic director Erv Raible and came under Raible's mentorship. Performers scheduled to take part include Angie Louise, Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse, Arwen Dewey, Carolyn Magoon, Charles Crowley, Delilah Beaucoup, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Helene Smart, Jerome Elliott, Joanne Klein, Kate Loitz, Kim Maguire, Miz LaWanda Dupree, Linda Kosut, Nora Michaels, The Sirens Of Swing, and Victor Janusz. As with all live entertainment events, cast subject to change without notice. Click HERE for full festival schedule - every Friday and Saturday in March !!!


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