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SET LIST: JRB at the ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON 5/26/15

5/27/15

I am profoundly grateful for the music-making I’ve been able to do in the past six months: the SubCulture concerts, the Parade concert at Avery Fisher Hall in Feburary, the Trumpet of the Swan performances in Germany in March, and of course the run of Honeymoon In Vegas on Broadway earlier this year. Last night at the Royal Festival Hall felt like a wonderful culmination of this amazing period of time. I haven’t been back to London since the NYMT production of 13 in the West End in 2012. In the years since, I’ve had two shows open on Broadway,Read More »

JRB RESIDENCY SET LIST 5/15: BEAN, JACKSON, KARR & THE GANG

5/16/15

For some of these SubCulture concerts, I start off with a Big Idea (like doing a two-piano concert with Tom Kitt), but I didn’t have a particularly Big Idea for this month’s concert, just some wonderful singers I love making music with. Shoshana Bean is almost never in New York, so I grabbed the opportunity to get her to SubCulture now before her UK tour or her starring role in Beaches in Chicago this summer. I’ve been singing with Shoshana for years now, and there has never been a time when she hasn’t blown me away with her talent –Read More »

SET LIST: ROSCH RECITAL HALL, SUNY FREDONIA 5/4/15

5/5/15

Hail! Hail Fredonia! A great night in the beautiful Rosch Recital Hall at SUNY Fredonia.  Thanks to Ethos New Music Group, SOTA and especially Rob Deemer, head of the composition faculty, for making this happen.  I did a masterclass and lecture yesterday and then the concert tonight, all with wonderfully engaged, seriously talented students. L to R: Mark Montondo, Alanna Rose Henriquez, JRB, Sarah Mullen & Alex Kosmowski It All Fades Away (from The Bridges of Madison County) I Love Betsy (from Honeymoon In Vegas) Long Long Road (from Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes) I’m Not Afraid of Anything (from SongsRead More »

JRB RESIDENCY SET LIST: 4/20 W TOM KITT, LINDSAY MENDEZ, KYLE DEAN MASSEY & TODD REYNOLDS

4/21/15

Oh, it was a good one last night.  Tom Kitt and I have known each other for more than a decade, and we’ve been making music together since he covered me on Urban Cowboy The Musical. But last night was the first time we’ve performed onstage together, and it was a fantastic party. Two pianos, two fantastic guest singers, an outstanding band featuring the otherworldly Todd Reynolds, and twelve songs from two guys who love making music and love making musical theater. That’s How Texas Was Born (from Urban Cowboy) Vocal: JRB & Tom Melinda Vocal: JRB I Am TheRead More »

JRB RESIDENCY SET LIST: 3/13 w NORBERT LEO BUTZ, CAISSIE LEVY & REBECCA FAULKENBERRY

3/14/15

If every concert of my SubCulture residency is going to be like this one, then I’m going to have a fantastic year. Three incredible singers, an extraordinary violinist, the monstrous and affable Caucasian Rhythm Kings (featuring a new drummer, Zac Coe, from the original band of 13!), fifteen songs, including two brand-new world premieres, and a sold-out house. That’s the way to do it! Photo by James Hartnett Nothing In Common (Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes) Melinda (untitled new project) There With You – Caissie Levy Another Life (The Bridges of Madison County) – Caissie Levy Wondering (The Bridges of MadisonRead More »