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2020-2021 SCHEDULE

Still the 2nd Saturday of the month

"MICHAEL & ARTHUR: THE SINGER AND THE COMPOSER"
Join singer/musical director and sheet music archivist Michael Lavine on October 10th for a program honoring the Broadway composer and cabaret artist Arthur Siegel. Arthur wrote the music for many of the songs in the NEW FACES Broadway shows of 1952, 1956, 1962 and 1968. He mainly collaborated with June Carroll, but in later years, Arthur wrote with other lyricists. He musically directed most of Ben Bagley’s Revisited cd’s over the years, providing arrangements and also singing on them! Michael will be joined by a number of Broadway and Cabaret artists, who will be presenting songs by Arthur. Michael will also tell some stories of his friendship with Arthur. Performers lined up to entertain: Steven Brinberg, Fay DeWitt, Natalie Douglas, Jay Aubrey Jones, Jon Peterson, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Ross, Sandy Stewart, KT Sullivan, and Sara Zahn.

"LEW SPENCE"
Board members Michael Lavine and Tom Toce will be producing a concert to celebrate the 100th birthday of songwriter Lew Spence. Lew’s song "Nice ‘n’ Easy" was made famous by Frank Sinatra; "That Face" was introduced by Fred Astaire and later recorded by Rosemary Clooney and Barbra Streisand, among others. Lew left a legacy of standards, originally recorded by Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, and many others. The concert will feature interviews and performances by some of Lew’s friends. Besides Michael and Tom, there will be performances by Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Roger Schore, Cynthia Crane, Lew’s goddaughter Oliviana Halus-Griep, Evelyn Halus, and some cabaret and Broadway favorites.

"JON WEBER:
NICE TO HAVE HIM BACK
Longtime members will recall that Jon Weber has appeared before us countless times, although usually as a musical director. Within and beyond the environs of APSS venues, Jon has backed Shana Farr, Melissa Mulder, both KT and Stacy Sullivan, and performed with Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheney, Buddy Rich, Stanley Turrentine, Maynard Fergesun, Freddie Hubbard, and Dick Hyman. He’s known for playing jazz, post-bop, fusion, and stride. Jon also writes songs, many of which were featured on his critically acclaimed album Simple Complex. Besides additional recordings of his own, Jon has appeared with numerous other artists, most notably Marian McPartland, ultimately succeeding her as host of NPR’s broadcast Piano Jazz.

"MARK WILLIAM:
HAMMERSTEIN BEFORE RODGERS"

"JAMES GAVIN / PEGGY LEE"
The APSS gets the jump on the centennial of a great American artist, the legendary MISS PEGGY LEE. Be there when JAMES GAVIN, the author of the definitive biography IS THAT ALL THERE IS: THE STRANGE LIFE OF PEGGY LEE, speaks with the APSS's Will Friedwald. This promises to be a fun-filled afternoon, packed with vintage anecdotage and classic clips of the great lady in action!

"SONGWRITER SERIES I"
The 16th Annual Songwriter Series, produced by Sandi Durell, features songwriters who keep the American Songbook alive in the spirit of the sounds of the great American songwriters along with new, contemporary writers who will continue to bring American music to Broadway and beyond in the future.

"JAZZ MONTH with DANNY BACHER"
Co-producers Marilyn Lester and Danny Bacher celebrate International Jazz Month with a tip of the centenary hat to conga master Candido Camero, pianists Billy Taylor and Erroll Garner, bassist Aaron Bell and singer Jon Hendricks, plus much more––with special guests and a lot of swing.

"SONGWRITER SERIES II"
The 16th Annual Songwriter Series, produced by Sandi Durell, features songwriters who keep the American Songbook alive in the spirit of the sounds of the great American songwriters along with new, contemporary writers who will continue to bring American music to Broadway and beyond in the future.

"NAT KING COLE & WILL FREIDWALD'S BOOK"
Will Friedwald presents NAT KING COLE: The author of the new biography, STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF NAT KING COLE, presents a video-centric retrospective of the career of the great popular vocalist and jazz pianist. "Mr. Friedwald knows everything there is to know about his subject and presents it in a readable fashion, and his biography will be the last word about Nat King Cole for many years to come." (Terry Teachout, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL) Includes rare performance of footage of Nat King Cole singing all of his iconic hits, including 'Nature Boy,' 'Mona Lisa' and 'Unforgettable.'