The photos of Tin Pan Alley…

February 9, 2009


Here are photo’s from HERE’S TO THE LADIES! The Women of Tin Pan Alley

Attributions: Joanne Schmoll, Carl Randolph, Desire DuBose
Photo by Bruce Ward

Thursday through Sunday from now to March 1.

The Kern Project

November 18, 2008
All the Things You Are … The Musical Artistry of Jerome Kern
Sunday, November 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
With Joanne Schmoll, Gia Mora, Jackie Lamptey, Stephawn Stephens and Jason McCool

All the Things You Are, They Didn’t Believe Me, Old Man River, Pick Yourself Up and many more …
This two-hour concert will feature the glorious music of Jerome Kern.  Widely considered the Father of the American Songbook, Kern was a bridge between the European operetta style of song into a distinctly American style of music.  He was mentor and inspiration for people like George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin and countless others.  Known for lyric lines and lush harmonies, Kern’s music has not only survived but thrived throughout the years, inspiring musicians and vocalists of all styles even today.  There’s just no one like him.
Direction by Joanne Schmoll
Music Direction by Mary Sugar
Church of the Annunciation
3810 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Admission by Donation (Please be generous!!!!)

Report: Arts on Foot

September 16, 2008

I scared the child.

It seems that the sight of a large 40-something man writhing on the floor, screaming “It Must Be Him” into a microphone will indeed frighten a 4 year old enough to make her cling to her father and start to cry.  I wish I could express greater contrition about the situation, but I’ll accept strong audience reaction to my work whereever I can get it.

At the DC Cabaret Network concert at the Warehouse Theater Saturday afternoon there were a lot of terrific performances* all with the terific support of Mary Sugar at the keys:

  • The Tale of the Oyster — David McMullin
  • We Can Be Kind — David McMullen
  • I’ll Remember April — Kathy Reilly
  • Yellow Days — Kathy Reilly
  • Sway — Ron Squeri
  • One More Walk Around the Garden — Ron Squeri
  • A Wonderful Guy — Joanne Schmoll
  • Lazy Afternoon — Joanne Schmoll
  • I Had a Dream About You — Michael Miyazaki
  • It Must Be Him — Michael Miyazaki
  • There Will Be a Miracle — Emily Lethea Everson
  • I Want Them Bald — Emily Lethea Everson
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find — Lonny Smith, Alicia Steffman, Elizabeth Keyes
  • 100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man — Elizabeth Keyes
  • Lonely Town — Lonny Smith
  • You Go To My Head — Alicia Steffman
  • Marry the Man Today — Alicia Steffman and Elizabeth Keyes
  • From Time to Time — Terri Allen
  • What the World Needs Now — Terri Allen

*although none inspired the strong reaction from the 4 year old that mine did.

Photos — Top Row — Terri Allen; Ron Squeri; Elizabeth Keyes, Alicia Steffman & Lonny Smith

Bottom Row — Kathy Reilly; David McMullen; Mary Sugar

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Report: Joanne Schmoll and Joe Peck at INDIGO

December 3, 2007

Ron and I had the pleasure of catching a double-header at INDIGO last night*:

Joanne Schmoll presented a jazz concert of holiday-related songs, with amazing piano work from John Ozment and stunning bass licks from Pepe Gonzalez.  Her songs, beautifully sung, covered a seasonal array of moods with a heartfelt Mama a Rainbow and medley of Snowfall and Snowbound as special highlights. 

Here’s her set:

  • Christmas Time is Here / The Man With the Bag
  • That’s What I Want for Christmas
  • If I Were a Bell
  • Snowfall / Snowbound
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Warm in December
  • But Not for Me (Instrumental)
  • Mama a Rainbow
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Pretty Little Dolly
  • Away in a Manger / A Child is Born
  • I Wonder as I Wander
  • I Pray on Christmas
  • Encore:  I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Joe Peck reprised his show That’s The Way I Remember It.  Although he claimed to be under the weather, he sounded his usual amazing self.  He presented a cabaret program of charming reminisces and a varied program of music. My personal favorite moment of the program was his description of his father waking up the children of the household to Wabash Cannonball.  Tosia Shall dueted beautifully with Joe on two numbers, and Alex Tang provided his usual, solid piano work.

Here’s Joe’s set:

  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Whitfield & Strong)
  • Yesterday Once More (Carpenter / Bettis)
  • Hard-Hearted Hannah (Yellen, Agen, Bigelow, & Bates)
  • Wabash Cannonball (Carter)
  • What Is This Feeling? (Schwartz)
  • Smile (Chaplin / Turner & Parsons)
  • A Foggy Day… (Gershwin / Gershwin)
  • ME (Cole)
  • Desperado (Henley & Frey)
  • Night and Day (Porter)
  • Until You Come Back To Me (Wonder, Broadnax, & Paul)
  • The Very Thought of You (Noble)
  • That’s the Way I Remember It (Sims / Arata)
  • Encore: You’ll Think of Me (Brown, Lacy & Matkosky)

*I was told that the service during my show on Friday night was good and I had a chance to experience it myself on Saturday.  Shirl and Sandy did an amazingly efficient job of combining excellent attentive service and unobtrusiveness that enhances the cabaret experice wonderfully for both the performers and audience.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Joanne Schmoll at Indigo, December 1st

November 21, 2007

Joanne Schmoll
December Song

December 1, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

Welcome the Holiday Season with an evening of great music, jazz guy Jon Ozment at the piano, Pepe Gonzalez on bass, and vocals by Joanne Schmoll.  Music ranging from the Classic – Winter Wonderland, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – to Romantic – That’s What I Want For Christmas, and Warm in December – to a few gems you might not know – The Pretty Little Dolly and Snowbound, and lots of others.  Whatever the tune, they conjure a lovely beginning to the holiday season.

Enjoy a drink, a light snack and terrific music!  It will be lovely to see you there.

(Michael’s note:  I believe Indigo is offering a combined cover for Joanne Schmoll and Joe Peck on Dec 1st.  Check with the box office for details.)

INDIGO — Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC

For Tickets:  202-399-7993 or go to their website at