SANDY STEWART & BILL CHARLAP RETURN TO THE OAK ROOM NOVEMBER 1-12 IN A LIMITED TWO-WEEK ENGAGEMENT. Not To Be Missed!

Sandy&Bill

Sandy Stewart, celebrated for her sensual voice and impeccable phrasing, and acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap, join forces at he Oak Room for two weeks only in a new show, “The Best Thing for You.”

The pair—who happen also to be mother and son— provide seasoned New Yorkers, as well as savvy out-of-town guests, with the definitive cabaret experience. While nothing old fashioned need apply, here is one of the few chances to enjoy the golden age of cabaret with two world class performers. Stewart is poised and elegant in  stunning black, embellished with a single  piece of jewelry. Opening with an immaculately phrased version of Rodgers and Hart’s “Where or When,” the audience is under her magnetic spell from that moment on. No need for patter, histrionics and (thankfully)  lessons in history. Her mellow voice travels the road from sultry throatiness to muted chest and gentle head tones with an admirable ease .

Charlap is better than ever, a bit more subtle than usual, and takes command of the room in his expected solo stint, which on our visit included an outstanding rendition of Cole Porter’s “Easy To Love.”

Other Stewart standouts offered  a haunting “I Don’t Stand A Ghost of a Chance,” a heart-wrenching rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Solitude” and the unlikely choice of closing with “When You Wish Upon a Star”, so exquisitely performed that a standing ovation would not have been out of order.” (Bill Charlap’s piano interludes feature different songs each show. )

For those who crave the real thing and will settle for nothing less that a sophisticated evening of “classic cab”, shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:00.   There is a $60 cover charge per person plus either a $30 minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner. Make Reservations ASAP: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.

Disclosure

Sandy Stewart is best known for the Grammy-nominated song, ”My Coloring Book” (losing to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mack the Knife”).  She began performing at 15 in her native Philadelphia and soon moved to New York for TV gigs with Dick Van Dyke and Merv Griffin, and as a regular on the Perry Como show while also touring with Benny Goodman.    She resumed her career after the loss of her husband, Broadway composer Moose Charlap (Peter Pan, Whoop-Up, Kelly, etc.).  Sandy’s most recent CD

with Bill is “Love Is Here To Stay” for Blue Note.

Bill Charlap began playing piano at three, displayed an early interest in jazz and later worked with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter and Tony Bennett, among others.
With Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums), he has recorded six albums as a leader for Blue Note, including two Grammy-nominated CDs: “Somewhere,” featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, and “The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard.”  He is Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s “Jazz in July” series, and recently toured worldwide on behalf of Blue Note’s 70th anniversary.

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OAK ROOM SUPPER CLUB

ALGONQUIN HOTEL

SANDY STEWART & BILL CHARLAP

January 5-16, 2010

SONGLIST  (Subject To Change)

“SOMEBODY LOVES ME”

Lyics: B. G. DeSylva & Ballard Macdonald

Music: George Gershwin

“I’M OLD FASHIONED”

Lyrics: Johnny Mercer – Music: Jerome Kern

“AUTUMN IN NEW YORK”

Lyrics/Music: Vernon Duke

“HOW ABOUT YOU”

“Lyrics: Ralph Freed – Music: Burton Lane

“ISN’T IT A PITY”

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin – Music: George Gershwin

“’S WONDERFUL”

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin – Music: George Gershwin

“SAY IT ISN’T SO”

Lyrics/Music: Irving Berlin

BILL CHARLAP SOLOS

“IN LOVE IN VAIN”

Lyrics: Leo Robin – Music: Jerome Kern

“THAT OLD FEELING”

Lyrics: Lew Brown – Music: Sammy Fain

“ALL IN FUN”

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II – Music: Jerome Kern

“THE MORE I SEE YOU”
Lyrics: Mack Gordon – Music: Harry Warren

“WHO CARES”

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin – Music: George Gershwin

“TWO FOR THE ROAD”

Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse – Music: Henry Mancini

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