by: Sandi Durell
Sunday, January 3 was a bustling day in the world of New York’s busiest cabaret club, The Metropolitan Room. On the heels of finishing up an Annual 24 Hour non-stop Marathon of singers, poets, and other variety entertainers, WBAI’s “Everything Old Is New Again,” debuted its new monthly live radio broadcast with long-time host David Kenney for a two hour slot, featuring some of cabaret’s finest, to a full house at the club.
On the bill were Craig Pomranz with his unique interpretation of “Auld Lang Syne,” along with “Let It Snow” (Michael Roberts on piano); Lina Koutrakos blew the roof off with “When in Rome” (Rick Jensen on piano); Jazzbird Celia Berk sang a song written by Tex Arnold (on piano) and Lew Spence that was a catchy laugh a minute tune entitled “Mamaroneck.”
Husband and wife – David Hajdu (editor and journalist, turned songwriter) and the lovely lilting Karen Oberlin, joined by Michael Winther on vocals (Tedd Firth on piano) sang several songs from Mr. Hajdu’s new CD Waiting for the Angel (including the title song), along with sad but beautiful ballad (Karen Oberlin) “Good Things Happen Slowly.”
Special guest Marilyn Maye was joined by Billy Stritch on piano for the “Secret O’ Life/Here’s to Life” (on which Ms. Maye has written volumes in her long successful career) followed by Billy’s solos including “The Coffee Song.” Look for Ms. Maye in Marilyn By Request at the Metropolitan Room opened January 3 and continuing January 7,8,9 and 10.
Daryl Sherman on vocals and piano scored with “You Turned the Tables on Me” while the subtle delicate sounds of Barbara Fasano (Johnny di Martino on piano) kept the audience well engaged on “How Little We Know” and “Hurry on Down.”
Guests had a chance to chat with Mr. Kenney, talk about their CDs, upcoming engagements along with backstage gossip and some also participated in picking winners for the many CDs given out as prizes.
The next live broadcast is scheduled for Sunday, February 7th, 12:30 pm
www.metropolitanroom.com 212 206-0440
Photos: Maryann Lopinto