THE MABEL MERCER FOUNDATION’S NEW YORK CABARET CONVENTION This year’s 29th annual event opens Oct. 9 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater with “Cabaret Today!” — hosted by foundation artistic director KT Sullivan and featuring other noted artists, from Carol Woods (receiving the Mabel Mercer Award) to Bill Charlap, as well as fledgling talent from the foundation’s outreach program for teenagers. “The Night and the Music” on Oct. 10 will honor late greats Rosemary Clooney, Julie Wilson and Barbara Cook, with a roster including Marilyn Maye, La Tanya Hall, Karrin Allyson, James Naughton, Darius de Haas and musical theater soprano Rebecca Luker, a carrier of Cook’s gleaming torch. Tributes to Jerry Herman and Alan Jay Lerner follow on Oct. 11 and 12.
ROBERT FAIRCHILD WITH BILLY STRITCH A former New York City Ballet star and fledgling choreographer, Robert Fairchild also proved himself a nimble song-and-dance man in a 2015 Broadway production of “An American in Paris.” For his New York solo concert debut at Birdland Jazz Club’s newly constructed Birdland Theater, he’ll pay homage to sources of inspiration such as original “Paris” screen star Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dick Van Dyke. Multifaceted musician and showman Billy Stritch will join him as pianist and musical director Oct. 17-20, with special guests to be announced. Also on tap at Birdland: the downtown diva-turned-Instagram and YouTube darling Miss Coco Peru (Sept. 26-29), Anita Gillette singing Irving Berlin (Oct. 3-6) and the second-generation lyricist and performer Amanda Green continuing her residency (Sept. 23 and Nov. 18). (Gardner)
MAX VERNON A rising composer/lyricist/librettist and performer with an ear for joyful melody and an eye for all the quirks of pop and queer culture (by no means mutually exclusive realms), Max Vernon drew raves for last year’s Off Broadway hits “KPOP” and “The View UpStairs.” He’ll perform songs from those shows and his latest, “The Tattooed Lady,” and other new material, in “Existential Life Crisis Lullaby,” a series of concerts each featuring different directors, set lists and guest stars — including Charles Busch, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” composer Stephen Trask and the cabaret/performance artist Erin Markey — as well as a total of roughly 300 costumes, many created by the multitasking Mr. Vernon himself. The show arrives Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Nov. 27 at Joe’s Pub, where the fall schedule also includes the downtown king of comedy Murray Hill offering a more intimate look at his life, albeit with showgirls and original music, in “About to Break” (Sept. 20-22 and 27-29); Ryan Rafferty’s “Black Swan”-inspired “The Obsession of Calvin Klein” (various dates between Oct. 28 and Nov. 17); and Nona Hendryx in a new collaborative piece, with music and elements of theater and dance, called “Refrigerated Dreams” (Oct. 26-27). (Gardner)
BLIND DATE PROJECT The actress Bojana Novakovic appears as Anna, a woman whose desperate search for love has brought her to a karaoke bar where she awaits a date — i.e., a guest performer — whose identity is unknown to her until the moment he or she appears. The two then create dialogue on the spot, with direction sent to them via text messages and phone calls. Guests, always a surprise, have included Joel Edgerton, Margot Robbie, Jason Alexander, Laverne Cox, Pablo Schreiber, Leighton Meester, Reggie Watts, John Cho and Alan Cumming — Ms. Novakovic’s co-star on the CBS series “Instinct” and the founder and co-proprietor of Club Cumming, where this theater/karaoke piece will take place Oct. 6 and 13. Also on the East Village night spot’s schedule: Musto Duets!, with various artists joining veteran columnist Michael Musto in song (Oct. 6) and “Club Cumming in the Garden,” an outdoor show with the “Cabaret” and now cabaret M.C. hosting an assortment of performers, and opening band Los Chupacabras (Sept. 23). (Gardner)
DIANE SCHUUR As Diane Schuur approaches her 65th birthday, her singing remains bold, clear and fluid, capable of expressing both mischief and tremulous vulnerability. The 1987 live album “Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra” was a showcase for her prowess, as both a vocalist and pianist, at its most expansive and exuberant; Ms. Schuur will revisit tunes from that recording Nov. 2-3 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room in “Diane Schuur Sings Basie,” with the Riley Mulherkar Big Band playing the original Basie Orchestra parts. Other offerings at Jazz at Lincoln Center include “Nat King Cole at 100 With Sachal Vasandani,” also in the Appel Room (Dec. 14-15); Steve Miller’s “Music From Appalachia,” with Marty Stuart (Dec. 7-8); and Charles Lloyd & the Marvels commemorate the jazz veteran Lloyd’s own 80th birthday, with Bill Frisell and special guest Lucinda Williams (Dec. 14-15), both in the Rose Theater. (Gardner)
JANE MONHEIT Jane Monheit, who will launch a 20th-anniversary tour next year, emerged on the jazz and cabaret circuits as a sexy ingénue, her lush beauty mirrored by a limpid vocal tone and often languorous phrasing. Nearly two decades later, the seductive power of those qualities has not diminished, but they’re now tempered and enhanced by experience, which she’ll bring to holiday fare in a show combining songs from her 2005 album “This Season” with other favorites. Ms. Monheit will appear at the Iridium Dec. 13-16, following engagements by prog rock/jazz vets Soft Machine, on their 50th anniversary tour (Oct. 12-14); Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Carl Palmer (Oct. 21-23),the guitarist Richie Kotzen (Nov. 2-4) and the Brazilian jazz singer/pianist Eliane Elias (Nov. 15-18). (Gardner)
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/arts/music/fall-pop-jazz-calendar.html931