WBAI Live from the Metropolitan Room!


David Kenney



by: Sandi Durell







Host-producer David Kenney has been championing the Great American Songbook on WBAI (99.5 FM) for a long, long time on favorite Sunday program “Everything Old Is New Again.”  Last night at the Metropolitan Room it went Live! for the annual benefit and will now become a monthly series, in tandem with Cabaret Scenes, the first Sunday of every month.





Frank Dain


Opening the evening’s entertainment was the close-harmonied Duchess featuring Melissa, Hilary and Amy (Michael Cabe on piano) reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters – three gals who are in the “they’ve got IT” category with swingin’ and jivin’ tunes like “A Little Jive is Good for You,” “Brooklyn Love Story” and something for the shiksa and latter-day Woody Allen type couples (ala Hilary Gardner) “Christmas Compromise.” The mellow tones of Frank Dain followed with a song from his Johnny Mathis show “A Certain Smile” with Rick Jensen on piano who followed with an original tune, “You Better Say Yes (to this mess that is Christmas).”




Marcus Goldhaber


Barbara Fasano, Eric Comstock

Marcus Goldhaber (accompanied by Matt Baker) sang two self-penned songs “When I’m Singing a Song” and “I Can’t Wait for Christmas.”



The caviar and champagne of cabaret, a real class act, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano were next on the bill; Barbara offering up “I Got Lost in His Arms” and some memories of what it was like being Calabrese during the Christmas season growing up. Eric, more of a mayo-type guy, says he, played and sang “Great Come & Get It Day.”





Mark Nadler


And then it was time for the entertainer’s entertainer to take the stage . . . there’s only one Mark Nadler who nailed it, as he always does, this time with Larry Kerchner’s “A Jewish Christmas” that he says has every cliche imaginable and is – – uproariously funny and clever!!!


Throughout the evening David Kenney and his guests were choosing raffles as audience members won a variety of top CDs as prizes.




Julie Budd

The evening came to a close with everybody’s favorite Julie Budd and her band (Herb Bernstein at the piano – since she’s 12 years old) with a nod to Ole Blue Eyes on his 100th Birthday with “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “All the Way.”


A grand night for singing, WBAI and David Kenney!

Photos: Maryann Lopinto