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THE MAGIC OF DORIS DAY

5/17/19

Man, oh man, do I love Doris Day’s singing. It’s elegant but earthy, with her rich creamy voice that burrows deep into the chords and finds the perfect place to nestle, cozying up against the accompaniment and swinging along with it. I’ve heard people say she’s chilly, she’s bland, but she’s neither of those things; what’s remarkable about her singing is how warm it is, how authentic, how close to the bone. There’s not a lot of grit in the sound, but there’s plenty of grit in the emotion. She doesn’t sing like someone who had it easy – toRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST: UMPHRESS AT LAST! 4/22/19

4/26/19

Let’s be honest: some people sing better than others. And some people sing better than pretty much anyone. And one of those people is Alysha Umphress. I’ve been waiting for the chance to sing with Alysha for years now, and we finally found a night when she could come to SubCulture and get her groove on with my boys. Three minutes into the sound check, every single musician looked at me and said the same thing, “Her pitch!” I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a singer who lands that squarely in the center of the pitch every time, andRead More »

SETLIST: KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON DC (American College Theatre Festival), 4/18/19

4/26/19

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the American College Theater Festival, and I was honored to be asked to be the keynote entertainer at the Kennedy Center (in the same theater where I conducted the tour of The Bridges of Madison County). I knew I needed to bring along some major firepower for an event like this, so I asked my glorious Tony Award-winning friend Lindsay Mendez if she would come and sing some songs with me and the band. There is no performer in the world who communicates more directly and generously than Lindsay, and she can sing literallyRead More »

SETLIST: THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET, LONDON 3/31/19

4/3/19

There is truly nothing more thrilling more me than stepping on to the stage of a historic theater and getting to add my own music to all the glorious sounds that preceded me. As I’ve now done for the past several years, I got to spend spring break in London, working with some incredible musicians and singers, and this time I was honored to present my show at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, a magical building that’s been hosting legends of the British theatre world since 1821. Any trip to London is an opportunity to sing with the sensational Rachel Tucker,Read More »

SET LIST: THE GRANDEL, ST. LOUIS MO 3/15/19

3/24/19

A wonderful return to St. Louis after four years, to play at the beautiful Grandel in front of an amazing audience (including Broadway legend and STL native Ken Page!) – and featuring a great opening act courtesy of the St. Louis Cabaret Conference, three sensational young singers: Haley Driver, Isaac Williams and London Kimble (with Carol Schmidt killing it on the keys). Thanks to Colin O’Brien and Tim Schall for putting together a great night. I can’t wait to come back again soon! (Also, big ups to M. J. Pack for telling me to go to Fountain on Locus forRead More »

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