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Barb Jungr and John McDaniel at 54 Below

Whenever I mention a singer I love in the world of cabaret, the question I get thrown at me a lot is, “Who is she like?” But Barb Jungr isn’t remotely like anyone else. On January 16, 2018 the amazing Jungr performed a one-night only show at Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below with her music director, […]


Bolcom & Morris at the Metropolitan Room

When I was a freshman at Oregon State University, I encountered the husband-and-wife piano/vocal duo William Bolcom and Joan Morris for the first time. I had wandered into a record store and bought a copy of their LP, George Gershwin: Piano Music & Songs. (Remember the hands-on excitement of rummaging through record bins and never […]


Linda Purl

In the 1970s, when I spent a good share of my time planted in front of the television set, Linda Purl was a frequent guest-starring presence on popular series such as Medical Center and The Waltons. She also acted in a number of highly praised TV-movies. I remember the striking intelligence she brought to many […]


Nancy with the Laughing Face

At Nancy Dussault’s one-night-only cabaret show at 54 Below on September 27, it was hard to take in the singer’s admission that she is eighty. Apart from the depth of her talent, there is nothing about her that seems to indicate a woman of advanced years. Her quicksilver timing and reflexes, her warmth and wit […]


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