Saturday, November 27, 2010

The New York Vagabonds King for a Day



This amazing vocal group will enhance Monday's King for a Day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks


“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.”
~Nathaniel Brandon


Important people for King for a Day

Hair: Patrick Donovan of Platinum Salon
Art and Design: Michael Halliday and Steve Morrison

Special Thanks: Matthew and Alecia Walton, Scott Reading of Graphic Communications, and Tony DeCicco of The Duplex

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lovin' Mighty Kate

"When Katy Pfaffl became Mighty Kate, it was presumably to skirt the trouble of repeating her consonant-heavy name to everyone she met. But heroic connotations of her pseudonym are no accident -- there is something genuinely superhuman in her constant swapping between violin, piano and guitar, not to mention the towers of sound she builds in her songs” [Daoud Tyler-Ameen, WNYC ] Mighty Kate is known for dazzling audiences with her engaging and endearing performances where she switches back and forth between piano, guitar and violin. Her accessibility and appeal rest in her great ability to mix classic and contemporary styles. With a voice that can both comfort and command, she captivates her audience with extraordinarily well-crafted songs. A firm supporter of Lifebeat’s Heart & Voices program, the backbone of which continues to be drawn from New York City’s hardworking grass roots music scene. The willingness of this diverse pool of performers to generously give of their time and talent is what makes this program possible. It was a natural progression for Mighty Kate to offer her time and talent to this night.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Love out Loud for James Horan

James (Jimmy) Horan is all about the music. He has served as musical director, conductor, pianist, and arranger in New York (Meet Me in St. Louis, The Producers) and New Jersey theater venues (Paper Mill Playhouse) for over three decades. Jim has composed music and lyrics for three original theater pieces, most notably Chopin and Sand about the love affair between the great composer and the notorious writer. Holiday is based on the award winning Philip Barry play, which starred Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn on film. Jim is currently developing the book and score for Esquires, a satirical dark comedy based on his decade of experiences as a practicing attorney. Jim has performed as a singer and accompanist at leading New York City venues such as Danny's Skylight, The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama, Rose's Turn, and The Stonewall. His vocal and instrumental arrangements have been featured on critically acclaimed solo artist recordings, choral gospel and pop concerts on both the East and West coast, and by the Washington DC gay men's chorus. Jim is thrilled to be involved in supporting this important cause, while, at the same time, celebrating one of his idols of American popular music, Carole King. He is fond of his Italian heritage; he is, therefore, our musical maestro from whom all creativity flows.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lovin' Jillian


We are honored that Jillian Schochet is joining an already multi-talented team. Jillian has been performing in the tri state area as well as around the country and world since the age of 6. She has performed in such prestigious venues as The Papermill Playhouse, Madison Square Garden, The Seven Angels Theater and most recently appeared this summer as the vocal swing for 80's pop star Deborah Gibson in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the MGM Grand Casino. Other favorite theater credits include Into The Woods, Brigadoon, Flashback: A Trip Through the 60's, Jane Eyre, and Smokey Joe's Café. In addition Jillian has participated in many recordings, voiceovers, cabarets, and anually performs the National Anthem for the NY Knicks. Jillian was also given the honor of "Most Promising Actress of NJ" by theater critic Peter Filicia of the Star Ledger. This important cause moves forward with the addition of youth and exuberance in the person of this talented young lady.

Lovin' Michael Kevin Walsh Out Loud

Michael Kevin Walsh, (pianist, singer, actor, recording engineer, coach), is the creator and proprietor of The Smooth Spot digital recording studio in New York City and leads The Smooth Spot Jazz Trio. He enjoys hosting musical soirees, as well as providing musical entertainment for private functions, benefit concerts, night clubs, cruise ships and resorts. In the musical theatre, Michael has performed numerous leading roles including Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate, and Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises. Currently, he can be seen tinkling the ivories, singing and harmonizing with the staff and guest singers weekly at Sam’s Restaurant, the oldest theatre bar in NYC. Michael has entertained at upscale venues throughout the country and Europe including The Grandhotel Giessbach in Switzerland and The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. In NYC, he has performed at The 21 Club, The Firebird Café, The Carnegie Club, Swing 46, Blue Fin, Chicago Blues, The Bitter End, The Triad and Merchant’s. For more information, log onto www.thesmoothspot.com. We are thrilled to have this handsome, talented man for Ms. King’s tribute and Lifebeat fundraiser. He didn’t miss a beat when asked to be a par t of this grand ensemble.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The New York Vagabonds Love Out Loud



This fantastic vocal group will be performing at King for a Day, the World AIDS Day Carole King tribute. Get your tickets here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Love Out Loud for Missy Keene


Missy Keene is no stranger to the cabaret scene, having inaugurated Feinstein’s at Loews Regency’s popular Monday night series with her sold-out show Timeless. Trained at The Juilliard School, Missy’s other cabaret shows include appearances at Don’t Tell Mama’s, Backstage at Dopo Teatro, among many others. Missy Keane brings an innocent, but provocative, style to some of the great music of the past. Missy's style, looks and voice are reminescent of a very young Doris Day, especially her purring rendition of "Teach Me Tonight".Her take on "What'll I do", sung a capella, is an audience favorite. She is a dazzler, curvy, young and fresh, an incredible reminder of what Doris must have been like in her early live performances. but with a much saucier sexy style. Missy is particularly proud of her musical participation in numerous events commemorating the heroes and victims of 9/11. In her daytime hours, she is Director, Market Strategy for KPMG, LLP, one of the largest global professional services firms. When she's not singing or working, Missy can be found skiing with her family or sailing competitively in National Championship Regattas. Her first CD, Christmas Wishes, was released in December 2009 with proceeds going to The Wounded Warriors Project. She is currently working with her musical director, Ken Lundie, on a new CD to be released in conjunction with Missy’s return performance at Feinstein’s early 2011. We are proud to have Missy as part of the terrific line up for King For A Day. Get your tickets here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lovin' Ann Hampton Callaway--Out Loud

Ann Hampton Callaway is an insatiable creative spirit. Ann fondly remembers the first song she made up at the age of three. But it wasn't until she first heard Carole King's Tapestry that she decided to devote herself to songwriting. As a champion of the great American Songbook, she has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. A born entertainer, her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer and rhe only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll to name a few. Callaway's live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics and originals. Ann has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show Sibling Revelry and has performed twice in Berlin's famed Philharmonie Hall by special invitation.It is only natural that Ann become part of this sure-to-be grand tribute to Carole King for Lifebeat.

Lovin' Liz Callaway

Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Liz Callaway is one of the top singer-actresses appearing on Broadway today. Audiences have seen her on Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along, Baby, Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, The Look of Love, and Cats, where she played the role of Grizabella for five years. She has also starred in numerous off-Broadway shows,as well as the internationally acclaimed Sibling Revelry with her sister, Ann Hampton Callaway.

Her numerous film and television credits include the singing voice of Anastasia in the award-winning animated film, Princess Jasmine, Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Liz is also an accomplished studio singer, and can be heard on more than 35 recordings, including her three solo albums. Her extensive concert career includes appearances at New York ’s Carnegie Hall, in London, China, France, Iceland, Estonia, and just about every major city in the United States. Visit the Liz Callaway Website. King for A Day enjoys the extremely good fortune of having her perform on this World AIDS Day tribute.