Jill’s Jottings — Beverly in Toronto

October 27, 2010

The lovely Jill Leger gives an update on her activities in Toronto and the visit of Beverly Cosham…

My Favorite Week

DC cabaret veteran Beverly Cosham is visiting Toronto as I type this, and I doubt that October in Canada has ever been cooler.

I’ve gotten to see Bev twice this week—last night at a weekly open mic called “Curtains Down” (more on that in a moment) and last Thursday, when Bev was my first DC guest at Jill’s Living Room, a monthly open mic I set up this summer.

First, a word about Jill’s Living Room. It doesn’t take place in my actual living room, but in a rehearsal space at the Second City Training Center in downtown Toronto (which means that sometimes we get the room decorated with huge portrait of John Candy). I designed JLR to be a “safe place” to sing, where people could feel comfortable trying out new material, or even singing a piece twice if the first time wasn’t quite right. For myself, I wanted a safe place to test drive my new songs, as well as a place to where I could get more comfortable actually singing. The jewels in the crown of JLR are the pianists we’ve been able to attract. We’ve had five JLR’s so far and four different pianists, all considered among Toronto’s best. Their experience and warmth go miles toward making anyone who steps up feel in safe hands.

Bev Cosham doesn’t need a safe place to sing, and she’s so good, she probably makes any accompanist feel safe and secure, not the other way around. But she graced my little shindig with her honey voice anyway, bringing her Toronto pal Edie along for good measure. I got to introduce her to musical director and pianist extraordinaire Michael Barber, and together, they made magic out of Michelle Brourman and Karen Gottlieb’s “My Favorite Year,” as well as “Old Love” and “Whoever You Are.”

Now let’s just say the turn-out wasn’t great. Afterward, we went out for drinks, and it was suggested that Bev also hit “Curtains Down,” a public open mic hosted by the gracious and beautiful Jenni Burke. Currently taking place every Monday night in the martini bar at the Pantages Hotel, the night regularly attracts the cream of Canada’s musical-theater crop. It was a perfect opportunity for more people to hear Bev sing. Natch, Lady Cosham was game.

And of course, she dazzled. Jenni gave me the mic to introduce her, and I kind of stammered something about an amazing singer who’s been around and done it all while remaining down-to-earth, genuine, giving and warm. Jenni later put it better when she called Bev “the real deal.”
Bev sang “My Favorite Year,” “Skylark” and an impromptu duet with Jenni of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” People tend to chat and visit a lot at the Pantages, but they quieted down when Beverly was singing. And many came up to her afterward to pay their respects. I felt pretty proud, and I think Edie did too.

Thanks to Beverly for enhancing my week, for supporting my “living room” and my music, and for making me look good to all my new performer friends up here in Canada.  And thanks to my dearest Robert for always being there and for taking the photos.

Top photo: Jill, Bev and Michael Barber pose with John Candy at the October Jill’s Living Room

Middle: Bev casts a spell on the crowd (and mistress of ceremonies Jenni Burke) at “Curtains Down,” the only place to be in Toronto on a Monday night


Beverly Cosham on Bob Smith’s Blogcast

September 7, 2010

OK, I’ve long said that Bob Smith’s audio blog is more than a blog, but has become an Internet radio show.  Not only do he and son/audio engineer Ed Smith each feature a recording of interest, but sidekick Maureen Trigg is always there for color commentary.

So Bob has wisely renamed his blog, In Tune.  And one of the newest features is the occasional interview. The one with local cabaret legend Beverly Cosham on the 9/1 edition is particularly good.


Beverly Cosham at Blues Alley

October 13, 2009

cosham2It was a cabaret double header for me last night.  I managed to catch Beverly Cosham’s late show at Blues Alley, and boy am I glad I did!

The show was officially a release party for her new CD, How Do You Keep the Music Playing.  And not only did Beverly contribute to the party with terrific vocals, but she brought a six piece band (violin, bass, cello, piano, drum reeeds) providing Blues Alley with an amazing orchestral sound.

I’ll link to my official review when it’s posted on the Cabaret Scenes site.

Here’s her set list:

  • At Last
  • When Love Grows Up
  • When the Meadow Was Blooming
  • Rhode Island is Famous for You
  • My Favorite Year
  • Once Upon a Summertime
  • A Day in the Life of a Fool
  • In His Hands
  • Putting Things Away
  • How Do You Keep the Music Playing ?
  • On My Way to You

Beverly Cosham at Blues Alley, October 12

October 7, 2009

The amazing Beverly Cosham is at Blues Alley, this  Monday, October 12, 2009 – Two Shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m 

Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Cover $18

Reservations/Information: 202-337-4141


Beverly Cosham at Germano’s Friday Night

April 22, 2009

BEVERLY COSHAM will appear at GERMANO’S in Baltimore’s Little Italy at  300 S. High St, Baltimore, MD  on Friday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m.  Ms. COSHAM will perform songs from the Great American Songbook as well as music from some new composers who are destined to one day be included.  This concert will also feature material from Ms. COSHAM’s latest CD, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

BEVERLY has always admired the effect JOHNNY MATHIS has on an audience.  For this concert she will focus on songs of love and passion meant to touch the heart.  So, if you are in the mood or want to get in the mood, come join Ms. COSHAM accompanied by the fantastic MARY SUGAR on piano.  Come and share this evening with someone you love.

For more information, directions, and reservations call GERMANO”S, at 410-752-4515.


Beverly Cosham & Charles Williams at Lorton

October 18, 2008

I saw Beverly Cosham and Charles Williams do their show The Best of Friends — Singing Songs of a Lifetime at the new Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton last night with music direction by George Fulginiti-Shakar.  The event offered me two pleasant surprises.

The first surprise was seeing the new arts center.  The space itself, in the facilities of the former prison, is stunning.  There is a fascinating gallery chock-full of terrific art.  And the performance space was open and airy with great sightlines, a good piano, and terrific sound.  Plus there were free wine and munchies!

The second pleasant surprise was seeing the show again.  The team originally did the show 5 years ago, and it still is very effective.  The performers, of course, are the tops, but combined they become even more.  Charles Williams’s boyish energy still plays effectively against Beverly Cosham’s deadpan reserve.  A musical sequence in the middle of the show that uses a string of songs to explore approaches to love felt like a Carol Burnett show production number (in a good way).  And a sequence about parenting that concluded with The Hardest Part of Love from Children of Eden had much of the audience misting up.

The team repeat the show tonight (Saturday) and tickets are still available.


Still “The Best of Friends” — even in prison!!!*

October 10, 2008

The wonderful Beverly Cosham and Charles Williams reteam (with George Fulginiti-Shakar as music director) to present popular music and Broadway favorites spanning six decades in The Best of Friends -Singing Songs of a Lifetime at the new Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. 

October 17 & 18, 2008

6PM reception, 7PM concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Reserve tickets at tickets@lortonarts.org  or call 703-495-0001.

*OK, I know the prison joke is getting old, but I’m still getting a kick out of it.  Please bear with me.


Beverly Cosham at Germano’s

September 26, 2008

Cabaret Scenes has posted my review of Beverly Cosham at the Cabaret at Germano’s.

Here’s her set lists:

Set 1

  • I Wish You Love
  • Jesse
  • My Resistance Is Low
  • At Last
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • All the Things You Are
  • Unchained Melody

Set 2

  • Putting Things Away
  • Something New In My Life
  • The Way He Makes Me Feel
  • My Favorite Year
  • Rhode Island Is Famous For You
  • Old Friend
  • Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye

Mark your calendars — Andrea Marcovicci & Beverly Cosham in Reston

September 16, 2008

The Reston Community Center has posted their season, and tickets are available.

Of special note: the great Andrea Marcovicci brings her terrific Fred Astaire show on Saturday, 31 January.  This show is a perfect example of how to blend a theme with great music and how to combine the intimacy of cabaret with a strong theatrical point of view.  And of course, friend-of-this-blog and amazing interpreter Shelly Markham provides music direction.  Plus, the $30 ticket fee is a great bargain, especially considering the fact that catching Marcovicci in New York’s Oak Room easily runs five times more.  (Yes, that includes dinner and drinks, but still…)

Also, the great Beverly Cosham is scheduled for March 28th.


Beverly Cosham Keeps Busy!

July 1, 2008

Beverly Cosham has two upcoming events…

(1)  NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY Celebrates GERSHWIN

Sunday, July 6th at 4 p.m. and Monday, July 7th at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling 202-633-8520

(2)  GERMANO’S TRATTORIA in Little Italy

300 South High St., Baltimore, MD21202

Thursday, July 10th at 7:30 p.m.

1-410-752-4515 Reservations

$10 Cabaret and $15 food and drink minimum