Cynthia Sayer, the banjo virtuoso, engaging singer and pianist, has been busy of late working on a variety of projects. And that busy-ness has meant that she hasn’t taken as many gigs in New York City as she might . . . but that is about to be rectified in a most swinging way.
Cynthia and the delightful pianist Mark Shane — justly celebrated in this blog — will be performing on June 12 and 13 (Friday and Saturday) at the Knickerbocker Bar and Grill, 33 University Place at Ninth Street. (212.228.8490, or www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com., you choose.) The practical details? The cover charge is modest (the last time Cynthia performed there, it was $5.) The music will begin at 9:45.
“Surprise guest players” have often stopped by to sit in for some tunes in the past. Anything is possible!
Knickerbocker gigs offer me the very rare opportunity to play duos with pianists. I know that the whole banjo/piano duo concept is an old cliche so maybe it seems sort of funny how unusual it is for me, but it’s true. (Please visit my January 2009 YouTube clips from Smalls to get an idea of a typical line-up for me.) I’m enjoying the change, not to mention working with various wonderful pianists. My repertoire will include popular ’20s – ’40s tunes and some lesser known gems that I like, plus of course some features from Mark. Some tunes I like are, of course, “Them There Eyes,” “You Always Hurt The One You Love,” “Over The Rainbow,” “What’ll I Do,” “Doin’ The New Low Down,” “The Glory Of Love,, “There Aint No Sweet Man (That’s Worth the Salt Of My Tears),” “El Choclo,” “Shakin’ The Blues Away,” and “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Love.”
I don’t see why anyone should need more information before marking their calendars, but if anyone does, why not visit Cynthia’s website, www.cynthiasayer.com. (Incidentally, the portrait comes from the cover of her newest CD, ATTRACTIONS, which lives up to its name.) This gig is something to look forward to!