KT Sullivan rings in the New Year at Cornelia St. Cafe

Oh, where to go on New Year’s Eve – that special night that mixes reflections of times remembered with hope and anticipation for those memories yet to come? 

It is a dangerous knife-edge of time…one slip and it’s a plunge into the depths of self-examination found at the bottom of one-too-many champagne glasses…instead of floating on the bubbles into the happiness that waits with all the NEW…

No better way to appreciate the past, yet still embrace the future, than with KT Sullivan and her carefully spun ambiance in the intimate basement boite below the Cornelia St. Cafe….

Here are a few snaps to share some highpoints of her lovely, impressive performance, highlighted by her legendary “29 songs from 1929” medley! Wow, what sophisticated song-making, what a reverie spun with such elegance and style…

And so, here’s to 2014!

And to you,

Tom By Nite.

For background, this courtesy Cornelia St. Cafe’s site about that evening.

KT SULLIVAN starred annually at the Oak Room of New York’s Algonquin Hotel, and also at the Neue Galerie’s Cafe; Sabarsky on Fifth Avenue. She appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with Brian Stokes Mitchell in “Broadway Today”; and London’s newest cabaret The Crazy Coqs where she and Jed Distler performed for two weeks this past fall. KT has headlined at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and The Caramoor Festival. She has also performed at The Spoleto Festival, The New York Historical Society, La Nouvelle Eve in Paris, The Chichester Festival in the U.K. and at The Adelaide Festival in Australia. She was a guest star on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. KT has seven albums on the DRG label, including Crazy World (voted #1 in the vocals category of Tower Records’s Pulse Magazine) and Live from Rainbow and Stars: The Songs of Bart Howard, which won Back Stage magazine’s Bistro Award. Her CD of the songs of Cole Porter with Mark Nadler was recorded during an extended engagement at the Hal Prince Theatre in Philadelphia. She and Mark have also recorded Always: The Love Story of Irving Berlin, which won the Nightlife Award for best musical revue. Her latest is Timeless Tunes with Jon Weber and is available through CD BABY. KT was twice named one of the top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America magazine. On that note, KT is proud to be married to outstanding Irish-American Steve Downey, President of the New York Browning Society. In March 2012, she became Artistic Director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, producer of the annual Cabaret Convention.

JED DISTLER has been called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” by Michael Redmond in the Newark Star Ledger, “the Downtown Keyboard Magus” in the New Yorker and “a witty, genial and adventurous pianist and composer” in the New York Times. His new music recitals and solo program devoted to Thelonious Monk’s complete works in one evening have taken him across the United States and Europe from Italian festivals in Ravello, Sorrento, Piemonte and Erculano to New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. The list of musicians, spoken word performers, visual artists and choreographers with whom Jed has collaborated is a veritable Who’s Who of the New York arts scene in late 20th-century New York. A recent original composition for 175 keyboards helped break the Guinness Book record for world’s largest keyboard ensemble outdoors on Cornelia Stree in June 2013. His work can be found on the Musical Concepts, CRI, New World, Spectra, Decca, Nonesuch, Bridge Fin Alley Arts, Strange Music, Laserlight and Coney Island labels. Jed contributes regularly to Gramophone and Classicstoday.com, and is the author of numerous booklet annotations for major label CD reissue projects respectively devoted to Van Cliburn, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Horowitz, Claudio Arrau, PIeere-Laurent Aimard and Leon Fleisher. Jed is a former MacDowell Colony fellow, a 2013 recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, the longtime Artistic Director of ComposersCollaborative, inc. and an official Yamaha Artist.

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