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JRB RESIDENCY SET LIST 8/15: BENANTI & THE CRK!

8/24/15

A cornucopia of wonderfulness at SubCulture, as the Glorious Laur-ius joined the Caucasian Rhythm Kings and our special guest Mairi D-P on the Big Violin. Laura sang virtually every note she sang in the Avery Fisher Hall concert of Parade earlier this year as well as a song cut from Bridges during previews, Mairi did a gorgeous arrangement of “Someone To Fall Back On,” we brought our usual destructive tendencies to one of Paul Simon’s greatest songs (with Eblen getting his Gadd on big-time), and I premiered another song from the show that I haven’t admitted I’m working on yet.Read More »

SETLIST: ST. LOUIS CABARET FESTIVAL, ST. LOUIS, MO. 7/23/15

7/25/15

A real honor to be featured at this year’s St. Louis Cabaret Festival, alongside such amazing performers as the incredible Marilyn Maye and the truly magnificent Christine Ebersole. Not only were we all performing, but we also were part of the teaching faculty (along with some rather distinguished company like Faith Prince, Don Rebic, Alex Rybeck, Peisha McPhee and others), working with a group of remarkably gifted performers, all in the service of the Art of the Song, a thing in which I fervently believe. And to top it all off, what a gorgeous joint to do a gig –Read More »

JRB RESIDENCY SET LIST 7/6: VOSK, NAGER, ROSEN & THE CRK

7/7/15

Musical fireworks last night at SubCulture, with an amazing group of musicians, all bringing exceptional new colors to my work and all of us pushing each other to new and sometimes really weird places. When Gary, Randy and I started playing trio shows together in 2002, those shows were heavily reliant on a lot of soloing and stretching out; we don’t usually do that kind of work anymore, but I thought last night would be a good time to go “back to basics”, so we revived our original arrangement of “She Cries” (you can hear us playing it in oneRead More »

THE ROLLING TIDE OF HISTORY (SETLIST: HUNTSVILLE, AL, 6/25/15)

6/28/15

I could not have known when I scheduled this week’s concert in Huntsville, Alabama, that we would be in the middle of a roller-coaster ride through ten historic days in this nation’s history, starting with the unspeakable horror of last week’s shooting in Charleston and ending, in what would have been unimaginable even five years ago, with the exhilarating affirmation from the Supreme Court that gay marriage is legal across the entire United States. But that triumphant ending was yet to come when I did my concert at the Von Braun Center on Thursday night, and what was most onRead More »

SET LIST: PORTLAND, OR. 6/14/15

6/17/15

This weekend marked my third trip to Portland, Oregon to visit the fantastic folks at Staged!PDX. I first came to town in June 2010 when they did a wonderful production of Songs for a New World at the Milagro Theater, and then Shoshana Bean and I returned in January 2012 for a sensational night at the First Congregational Church (and I got to watch a rehearsal of their great production of 13). So now, after three and a half years, I’m back again, and delighted to see the company on such solid footing, and doing all kinds of exciting workRead More »