Jazz Around Town by Scott Yanow
Craig Pomranz, a fine cabaret singer with a high tenor voice, performed at The Gardenia with solid and witty backing by pianist Steve Bocchino. The one-hour cabaret show moved fast and featured concise interpretations of 28 songs, ranging from "You Stepped Out Of A Dream" and Cole Porter's "Throwing A Ball Tonight" to four songs dealing with flowers, violets and roses. Filled with topical jokes and humor, the show was quite entertaining and found Craig Pomranz stretching himself into the Jazz World.
Saloon Sensation by Patrick Newley
One of New York's brightest saloon singers Craig Pomranz will be performing in London at Pizza on the Park from August 3 for three nights only. Noted for his three-octave alto-tenor voice, the critically acclaimed cabaret star's repertoire often includes everything from rock standards to songs from old and new Broadway musicals. He numbers among his many influences such artists as Barbra Streisand, Kay Thompson, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Doris Day and even George Michael.
Tenor of the Times
Presently hitting high notes at hot spots around Manhattan... is tenor Craig Pomranz. Under Leslie Lipton's exceptional musical direction, the sensitive singer delivers a potpourri of old and new songs, among them an uproarious version of Jule Styne's 'People' with original lyrics, a nostalgic handling of Irving Berlin's 'Count Your Blessings' and a sleek, sexy rendition of Robert Freedman's 'Do You Wanna Dance?'... Pomranz is almost effortlessly shivering timbres on high C's.
What is cabaret to me?
Essentially, it's the chance to communicate, really communicate, with an audience, intimately and emotionally. Nothing's needed except the singer, the song, of course a musician or two, and the give and take of the audience. You have the rare opportunity to express your own self with lyrics that mean something and music that shapes those lyrics indelibly. You can explore a vast treasury of great songs that are sometimes lost and yet found again and can be retold in a new way.
It's all about Entertainment! by Rob Lester
So the new year is a few days old. Have you broken your New Year's Resolution yet? Or is it breaking you? Hopefully, it's making your life better and richer. The replies were a mix of the serious and tongue-in-cheek and some were uplifting and upbeat. It's a nice balance, just like a cabaret show with a nice mix of serious songs, and some tongue-in-cheek ones, and some uplifting, upbeat numbers. There is no cover and no minimum to read this column. But you might be interested in getting to know a little of what these cabaret folks have on their minds as you keep track of whose show you might want to note in your brand-new 2009 desk calendar: