2020-2021 SCHEDULE

Still the 2nd Saturday of the month

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. VIDEO

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. VIDEO

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 Ferguson, 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. Guests are vocalist Nicolas King and writer/radio host Mia Berman. Producer- Jerry Osterberg. VIDEO

Show business tour de force and seven time Tony Award winning producer Jamie deRoy, brings her star packed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show to us. It will be directed by Barry Kleinbort, her long-time director. The Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret series has been attracting New York audiences for nearly 30 years. This time performers who light up the marquees of cabaret, theater music and comedy will light up our screen at home as we join together for a fun filled afternoon during these unprecedented times. The program will be presented on ZOOM, utilizing previously taped videos from various clubs, with a chance to interact with the guests after the fact on ZOOM. Guests booked are: Christina Bianco, Charles Busch, David Buskin, Paula Dione Ingram, Karen Mason, and Mauricio Martinez See Bios.

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.'

Woven around the rich catalogue of Mercer songs, are Nancy McGraw’s personal reflections and enlightening Mercer biography and quotations. At the piano is the show’s Director and Musical Director, the multi award winning Mark Nadler. He joins McGraw singing several duets. Nadler’s arrangements and McGraw’s interpretations give these treasured songs a new life. “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “The Days of Wine and Roses,” “Moon River,” and “Blues in the Night” are among the many classics included in this celebration of Johnny Mercer’s contributions to the Great American Songbook.

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.

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.

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!