SANDY STEWART & BILL CHARLAP RETURN TO THE OAK ROOM

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IN LIMITED TWO WEEK ENGAGEMENT JANUARY 5-16

The Oak Rood of the fabled Algonguin Hotel gets our award as the best cabaret room in New York and the nonpareil duo of vocalist Sandy Stewart and jazz pianist Bill Charlap are certain to chase the post-holiday blues away with their new Oak Room show, “Somebody Loves Me,” in a limited two week run January 5-16. The pair–who happen also to be mother and son–will perform “Little Girl Blue,” “I’m Old Fashioned,” “In Love in Vain,” “Isn’t It A Pity,” “Who Cares,” “Autumn in New York” and other gems from the Great American Songbook. Bill’s solos will be different for each show. Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11. There is a $60 cover charge per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe menu. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

Sandy Stewart is best known for the Grammy-nominated song, “My Coloring Book” (she lost to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mack the Knife”). She began her performing career at 15 in her native Philadelphia and soon moved to New York for a variety of television gigs with Merv Griffin, Dick Van Dyke, and as a regular with the Perry Como show while also touring with Benny Goodman. After marrying Broadway composer Moose Charlap, she retired to rear sons Bill and Tom. Later, she resumed singing in clubs and on recordings and voiceovers. Sandy’s recent CD with Bill, “Love Is Here to Stay,” for Blue Note, was greeted with universal acclaim.

Bill Charlap began playing piano at age three. He later studied classical music but remained most interested in jazz, and worked with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter and Tony Bennett, among others. In a crowded field Bill is considered one of the world’s best jazz pianists. With Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums) he has recorded six albums as a leader for the Blue Note label, 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 “Jazz in July” series, and in 2008 toured worldwide on behalf of Blue Note’s 70th anniversary.

Super cocktails and food that has improved dramatically over the years, service is some of the most benevolent in town. This Mom-Son team is a dynamite duo and gets  a Walman rave. Don’t miss this one!

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