Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series got off to a great start, with performances by Lea Salonga, Valerie Simpson, Karen Akers and Cécile McLorin Salvant (pictured). Of Ms. Salvant’s knockout performance, The New York Times said: “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three — Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald — it is this 23-year-old virtuoso.”

Of the series, the Times says: A diversity of genres and artistic temperaments in pop music and jazz is what the American Songbook series, now in its 15th season, is all about. It allows audiences to explore music they might otherwise not encounter, in a glamorous setting (the Allen Room, at Jazz at Lincoln Center) at reasonable hours, in concerts with perfect acoustics and sensible running times (usually less than 90 minutes).

Learn more about the series and the stellar upcoming events

(Photo: Kevin Yatarola)

 

JUST RELEASED: Lincoln Center announces the American Songbook 2013 season! The series expands to the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for the first time ever.In The Allen Room:Kristin Chenoweth, Lea Salonga, and Karen Akers; composer and lyricist spotlights on Kander & Ebb with Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley plus Chita Rivera & Joel Grey; and Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey with Brian d’Arcy James & Alice Ripley & Idina Menzel; legendary songwriter/performer Valerie Simpson and country star Kathy MatteaIn The Kaplan Penthouse: Once star Cristin Milioti and downtown sensation Meow Meow  
(Read the entire press release here.)
 

JUST RELEASED: Lincoln Center announces the American Songbook 2013 season! The series expands to the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for the first time ever.

In The Allen Room:
Kristin Chenoweth, Lea Salonga, and Karen Akers; composer and lyricist spotlights on Kander & Ebb with Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley plus Chita Rivera & Joel Grey; and Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey with Brian d’Arcy James & Alice Ripley & Idina Menzel; legendary songwriter/performer Valerie Simpson and country star Kathy Mattea

In The Kaplan Penthouse:
Once star Cristin Milioti and downtown sensation Meow Meow  

(Read the entire press release here.)

 

Oprah is spending some time with her friend, Valerie Simpson! Simpson was recently featured on an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. 
Valerie performs a tribute to her late husband Nick Ashford at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival tonight at 7:00 p.m.!
 

Oprah is spending some time with her friend, Valerie Simpson! Simpson was recently featured on an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Valerie performs a tribute to her late husband Nick Ashford at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival tonight at 7:00 p.m.!

 

(Photo by Maurizio Bacci Babaldi)
JUST RELEASED: Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2012 adds updated programming to schedule, including Valerie Simpson and Friends: Tribute to Nick Ashford on Friday, August 10.
Other updates…- Melissa Manchester, Kate Ferber, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and Toni Wine join the lineup for The Triple Goddess Twilight Revue – Celebrating The Music of Laura Nyro (8/11)- Stax-volt singer/songwriter William Bell joins Soulful Songwriters Circle (8/11)- Pioneering jazz-rock guitarist Larry Coryell added to Dr. L. Subramanian’s “Global Fusion” evening (8/8)- LaFrae Sci named as Music Director for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls All-stars (8/11)- Feet of Rhythm added to “Heritage Sunday’s” Ayiti Rasanble! (8/5)- List of story contributors added to Phil Kline’s dreamcitynine includes Bill T. Jones- Times set for Polyglot Theater’s audience-created, family-theater installation Tangle (7/26-7/29)
(Read the entire press release here.)
 

(Photo by Maurizio Bacci Babaldi)

JUST RELEASED: Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2012 adds updated programming to schedule, including Valerie Simpson and Friends: Tribute to Nick Ashford on Friday, August 10.

Other updates…

- Melissa Manchester, Kate Ferber, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and Toni Wine join the lineup for The Triple Goddess Twilight Revue – Celebrating The Music of Laura Nyro (8/11)

- Stax-volt singer/songwriter William Bell joins Soulful Songwriters Circle (8/11)

- Pioneering jazz-rock guitarist Larry Coryell added to Dr. L. Subramanian’s “Global Fusion” evening (8/8)

- LaFrae Sci named as Music Director for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls All-stars (8/11)

- Feet of Rhythm added to “Heritage Sunday’s” Ayiti Rasanble! (8/5)

- List of story contributors added to Phil Kline’s dreamcitynine includes Bill T. Jones

- Times set for Polyglot Theater’s audience-created, family-theater installation Tangle (7/26-7/29)

(Read the entire press release here.)