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Tony Kadleck Big Band at Birdland Score 96%

Tony Kadleck Big Band at Birdland

Swinging big band music was hot in Manhattan this week! From the moment the Tony Kadleck Big Band began their set at the Birdland Jazz Club, we tapped our toes and jumped to a tasteful, tight, polished sound, solid rhythm section, cats burnin’ solos, and sophisticated superb arrangements by trumpeter and band leader Kadleck.

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Piaf! The Show (2023 world tour) Score 90%

Piaf! The Show (2023 world tour)

In this solo concert, Nathalie Lermitte personifies Edith Piaf without doing an impression or imitation.  Rather, Lermotte has internalized the spirit of Piaf’s specialty, the chanson réaliste – music rooted in simple, real human emotion (which, of course, is never actually simple), and made it her own. Sensitive piano and the woody sound of xylophone locate us in the smoky cabarets, but it is the accordion, alternately wistful and boisterous, that whisks us off to Mont Martre and la vie Bohème. 

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American Symphony Orchestra at St. Bartholomew’s Church Score 97%

American Symphony Orchestra at St. Bartholomew’s Church

The American Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by the powerful sound of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ, the voices of Anya Matanovic, Eve Gigliotti, Joshua Blue and Adam Lau, with the Bard Festival Chorale, brought the music of Camille Saint-Saens and Dame Ethel Smyth down from heaven to mortals from all over the world who entered through the famous Stanford White Portal for an evening not soon forgotten.

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Colin Quinn: Small Talk Score 75%

Colin Quinn: Small Talk

With “Small Talk,” there is no obvious trajectory as there was in Quinn’s previous shows

Perhaps it is because the very notion of small talk becomes like a snake eating its own tail.  Small talk begets small talk, which is, by its is nature, small.

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