Karen Mason — OMG

June 12, 2011

OK, this has been up a year, but wow! Karen Mason singing This Nearly Was Mine in one of those amazing orchestrations that the late, great Brian Lasser crafted for her. (And just today, someone asked me if woman could get away singing a song where the character is a man.)

Matt Howe’s Fabulous Cabaret Site

December 3, 2010

Matt Howe has added to his already-terrific DC cabaret calendar and now has all sorts of other goodies, including a great essay on cabaret, links to resources, and Websites of DC performers.

Get to it at http://dccabaret.info/

(Yes, I really need to update my blogroll)

Finding your key…

July 15, 2010

A great discussion of finding your key by that extraordinary jazzman, Robert Vetter: “There are lots of misconceptions and misplaced embarrassment on this matter. I believe I can explain the process in a way that some of you might find helpful. There will not be a test at the end. I will teach you some basic music theory in order to give you the right perspective and then give a little practical advice at the end…”

Not (just) because I’m quoted…

July 11, 2010

Barbara Pappendorp has a great new video resume on her site that does a great job of featuring her work, her credits, and review quotes.

It was produced by friend-of-this-blog Jill Leger, who I am sure looks forward to the opportunity to do more.

Rehearsal Tracks from Katy Stephan

June 27, 2010

I recently wrote about Katy Stephan expanding her musical services

I just got a couple of rehearsal tacks from her, and I’ve got to say that she provided them very quickly and very reasonably.  Also, she does this great thing of having the melody line with an oboe-ish sound against the piano background.

Here are samples of her tracks:

email or call Katy Stephan katyann7@yahoo.com 310-529-6702 .  www.katystephan.com

Radio Pizzarelli

June 12, 2010

OK, I’m really late to this party, but I’ve started listening to John Pizzarelli’s radio show, and I think it’s really terrific! 

It’s a great line-up of music, the anecdotes are terrific, and you really feel like a guest in his and Jessica Molaskey’s living room.  Plus, listening to it on the Internet provides access to both the song list for the show and the ability to forward or repeat at will.

Link to show

Katy Stephan — For All Your Musical Needs

June 12, 2010

One of my favorite musical people, Katy Stephan, is now offering a range of musical consulting services.  Long a mainstay of Martuni’s in San Francisco, she’s a terrific music director, songwriter, and awesome performer in her own right (not to mention being absolutely lovely).  Oh, you lucky San Franciscans !!!!

Want to sing a Lady Gaga song at an audition?   Want to sing Defying Gravity in a lower key?
Want sheet music for a song, but it hasn’t been published or is out of print?

I can help!  I can provide:
>  Piano accompaniment for any song in any key – on CD or mp3
>  Audition prep – for you and for your sheet music!
>  Coaching and teaching
>  All styles of music and all voice types welcome

I can help you find your key for any song, and make sure your sheet music matches! I can also help you master that pesky high note or tricky passage that sometimes saps your confidence.
With the help of the right musical preparation and a little practice, you really can sing anything you want to.  You can take a song that feels “too high” for your voice and transpose it down. You can take a song usually performed by a different voice type or gender, and make it your own.  You can add a few new songs to your repertoire – why limit yourself?

All voice types and skill levels are welcome.  My rates are reasonable and my studio is in Emeryville.

email or call Katy Stephan katyann7@yahoo.com 310-529-6702 .  www.katystephan.com

Taking the Veil

May 20, 2010

While roaming around YouTube I found this song by David Evans and Stephen Cole, sung by the incomparable Klea Blackhurst.  It would be a great addition to a theater talent’s cabaret act.

Good Eats on H Street

May 14, 2010

I just got back from seeing Public Enemy by Scena Theatre at the H Street Playhouse. (Great performances by Rena Cherry Brown and John C. Bailey!)

But the real news is a couple of amazing food options on H Street, NE — especially notable for anyone going to the DC Cabaret Network open mic on Monday.  I’m addicted to the fried risotto balls at Taylor Gourmet (1116 H St NE) not to mention their amazing subs. 

I finally got a chance to sample the pies at Dangerous Pies, (1339 H st NE — on the same block as the Atlas Theatre), the first outpost of the notable Baltimore establishment.  Wow and yum !

Better late…

May 6, 2010

Matt Howe was the guest commentator on the DC Cabaret Network’s blog for April and I think he did a stunning job !

Read his posts