The Beloved and I had a wonderful time at our October 2011 visit to Feinstein’s at the Regency for Harry Allen’s Monday Night Jazz — a monthly series featuring the finest jazz musicians, sponsored by Arbors Records. The music was splendid; the room was comfortable and the atmosphere warm; the drinks huge (for those who need to know such things).
Feinstein’s (at the Loew’s Regency Hotel) is located at 540 Park Avenue — at 61st Street, New York City. You may dine and dance from 7 to 8 PM; the concert will continue from 8-10 PM. The music charge is $20 and there is a one-drink minimum. For reservations, telephone 212-339-4095
December 5: Hooray for Christmas show with Bob Wilber and John Sheridan, Rebecca Kilgore, Jon- Erik Kellso, Randy Sandke, John Allred, Tom Artin, Dan Block, Scott Robinson, James Chirillo, with The Harry Allen Quartet
And the good news is that the series has been extended into 2012 — as they used to say, “by popular demand,” which is a nice way of saying that the room was filled. (So don’t wait to reserve!) I hope to see you there!
A footnote. I wouldn’t recommend an ordinary Christmas show to my readers — because I am an aesthetic Scrooge about the music that starts everywhere even before Christmas. So much of it is frankly hackneyed that it gets by on pure sentiment rather than virtue — at least to my ears. But Sheridan’s HOORAY FOR CHRISTMAS project is the very opposite of hackneyed. Rudolph takes a nap, and Velcro keeps those infernal bells from jingling. Based on Sheridan’s Dream Band of the same name, the repertoire is full of surprises — lonely love ballads, growly blues, pretty heartfelt songs by Harry Warren and Irving Berlin (but not the one you’d expect from the latter genius) — a whole bagful of variety. If there is no way you are going to make it to Feinstein’s, you might want to investigate the CD — it’s a present that won’t end up in the closet: