33rd Bistro Awards: Photos!

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33rd Bistro Awards

March 12, 2018

Gotham Comedy Club, NYC

Photos by Maryann Lopinto

Producer Sherry Eaker presented the 33rd Bistro Awards for the 12th year at NYC’s Gotham Comedy Club. Once again directed by Shellen Lubin, the ceremony honored the 2018 recipients in cabaret, jazz, blues, and swing.

André De Shields was presented the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award by his friend, famed choreographer George Faison, and then proceeded to bring down the house with his rousing closing set. He was backed by music director Larry Spivak and singers Marléne Danielle and Freida Williams, with an impromptu assist from Peter & Will Anderson. The evening began with jazz great Sheila Jordan, who was honored for her outstanding contributions to jazz.

Recipients in all categories presented selections from the shows for which they were being honored.

For the revue It Helps to Sing About It: Songs of Ben Schaechter and Dan Kael, Joshua Lance Dixon and Celia Berk each sang a number by the songwriters. Jeff Harnar, who was honored for his direction of a number of performers, chose Dawn Derow to represent his work on her My Ship: Songs of 1941.

The Bistro Award Committee—Gerry Geddes, Roy Sander (also Associate Producer), Robert Windeler, and Mark Dundas Woods—also served as presenters. Wendy Lane Bailey served as Assistant Producer. The house band was Daryl Kojak (MD/piano), Rex Benincasa (percussion), and Ritt Henn (bass).

Producer Sherry Eaker
Sheila Jordan:
Outstanding Contributions to the Art of jazz
George Faison & André De Shields
André De Shields:
Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award
Sherry Eaker & André De Shields
(L-R) Rex Benincasa, Marléne Danielle, Ritt Henn, Sherry Eaker, André De Shields, Daryl Kojak, Freida Williams, Larry Spivak
Marta Sanders: Consummate Cabaret Artistry
Shemekia Copeland: Producers Award
Peter & Will Anderson: Instrumentalists
Salty Brine: Creative Artistry
Mary Sue Daniels:
Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award
Rachelle Garniez: Singer-Instrumentalist
Jeff Harnar: Director
Dawn Derow
Ben Schaechter & Dan Kael: ASCAP Award for Outstanding Revue
(It Helps to Sing About It: Songs of Ben Schaechter & Dan Kael)
Celia Berk
Joshua Lance Dixon
Katie McGrath: New York Debut
Dan Ruth: Solo Show (A Life Behind Bars)
(L-R) Sarah Rice & Carole Demas: Tribute Show (Thank You for Your Love: Our Celebration of Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt)
Amy Beth Williams: Theme Show
(Carried Away)
Lisa Yaeger” Vocalist
Roy Sander (Bistro Award Committee; Associate Producer)
Gerry Geddes (Bistro Award Committee)
Robert Windeler (Bistro Award Committee)
Mark Dundas Wood (Bistro Award Committee)
Jonny Mercado (Lighting) &
Sidney Myer (Announcer)