LIFE IS A CABARET



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April 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. 
Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall 

Cabaret show & fundraiser in honor of the 90th birthdays of Andy Anselmo, NYC’s “voice coach to the stars,” & Community Music School of Buffalo

1920s & cabaret-inspired costumes are welcome!

General Admission $40
VIP $100 includes premier seating & speakeasy after-party with performers
Purchase tickets HERE or visit CMS at 415 Elmwood Avenue

Featuring NYC’s most celebrated nightclub entertainers:

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

 Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world’s most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners – they were honored with the 2013 MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year – are regular performers at New York’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel’s legendary Oak Room Supper Club. Their fast-paced and swinging exploration of the Big Apple HELLUVA TOWN: A NEW YORK SOUNDTRACK (“Exhilarating” – The New York Times) has had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast.

Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones is a NYC-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Classically trained by Andy Anselmo, founder of New York’s Singer’s Forum, Jones’ musical background consists of training in the Bel Canto operatic technique, as well as study of the American songbook, cabaret, and Broadway styles. Under the management of Tommy Mottola, Jones began recording her original songs in New York City and Nashville as a student at the Professional Children’s School. Jones has performed at the Triad Theater, the Highline Ballroom, the National Underground, The Bitter End, the Living Room, Feinstein’s at the Loew’s Regency, and other famous NYC venues. Recent showcases include the Millenium Music Conference, the Singer/Songwriter of Cape May Music Festival, Seaside Music Festival, Wanderlust Festival, and the New Jersey Folk Festival. She has also shared bills with artists such as Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, the Wailers, Ani DiFranco, Ziggy Marley, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Patti Smith.

 Michael Civisca

Born in upstate New York, Michael Civisca still makes that part of the Empire State his residence and performing base. Possessing a full ranged baritone which he uses with finesse and discretion to fit the mood, tone and tempo of the song he’s singing, Civisca is equally at home working with small groups and big bands. He has 4 CDs, including Live with the Trio and his latest, a 2002 release, Love Is…Like a Breeze. He consistently demonstrates that he is at home with those hardiest perennials of American Popular Song, as well as with newer and traditional pop material. Civisca began working as a professional in 1995, inspired by the records of Herb Alpert, Chuck Mangione, and Louis Armstrong.  He was also guided by other singers representing a wide variety of styles, from Dinah Shore to Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel and Sting. In addition to his albums and appearances at local supper clubs and jazz venues in and around Buffalo, he has appeared on the soundtrack of the Mel Gibson 1999 film Payback, has been featured in concert specials on PBS, and was in the Las Vegas cast of the Rat Pack is Back.

Kristen Luzi

Kristen Luzi is a senior majoring in musical theater at NYU Tisch’s New Studio On Broadway and will be graduating this May. She will be appearing in productions of Rent and Hamlet in Provincetown MA this summer.

& special guest Carmen Intorre

Born in Buffalo, NY, Carmen Intorre developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age five. A CMS alumnus and graduate of The Institute for Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School, he has performed and recorded with numerous preeminent musicians, such as George Benson, Larry Coryell, Wynton Marsalis, Monty Alexander, George Coleman, Eric Alexander, George Cables, Benny Golson, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, Lew Tabackin, Bobby Watson, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Watson, and many others. A 2011 GRAMMY® nominee for his performance on the critically acclaimed album by Joey DeFrancesco, entitled Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson, Intorre also performed alongside DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith on the PBS show Legends of Jazz, hosted by Ramsey Lewis. Currently, Intorre performs with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, touring extensively throughout the world with the guitarist’s organ trio.