New York, New York December 29, 2004-Jazz artists Mark Murphy, Bill Charlap, Joe Lovano Quartet, Allan Harris, Andy Bey, and Paula West will be part of the 2005 Nightlife Awards.
The Nightlife Awards is the only broad-based critics award show honoring NYC's great nightlife, and it's the only award show in the world that is PURE ENTERTAINMENT! There will be more than twenty live cabaret, comedy and jazz performances on the stage of New York's famed Town Hall, performed by the most talented club performers in New York (and, therefore, the world)!
More than twenty critics and experts vote on the best performances of the year in New York City's cabaret, comedy, and jazz clubs. The winners, rather than make acceptance speeches, will perform to show why they are being honored as the best of NYC's nightlife performers. Celebrity introductions and special guest performances to honor the winners mark this event as the most entertaining awards show of the year.
Critics called last year's Nightlife Awards show "An avalanche of entertainment!" (William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide) and "An epic night of grand entertainment" (Andy Propst, American Theatre Web). This year's show promises to be even grander with such stars as Joy Behar, Andy Bey, Tony Danza, Bruce Vilanch, Ute Lemper, Julie Halston, Jim Caruso, Mark Murphy and Allan Harris (winner of the 2004 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist) and many others presenting the winners and performing in their honor.
The 2005 Nightlife Awards is conceived and produced by Author/Critic Scott Siegel, who also created Town Hall's popular and critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year series (going into its fifth season), and the smash hit Broadway Unplugged concert in September.
And the winners are:
Outstanding Jazz Soloist - BILL CHARLAP
Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance - JOE LOVANO
Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist - PAULA WEST
Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist - JACKIE PARIS (posthumous)
Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist in a Major Engagement - (tie) KAREN AKERS and KEELY SMITH
Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist in a Major Engagement - CY COLEMAN (posthumous)
Outstanding Duo/Group Cabaret Performance in a Major Engagement - LIZ & ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY
Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist - CAROLYN MONTGOMERY
Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist - PHILLIP OFFICER
Outstanding Cabaret Musical Comedy/Characterization Performance - PETER YAWITZ
Outstanding Cabaret Piano Bar Performer - LESLIE ANDERSON
Unique Cabaret Event - "UNDER THE COVERS" (at Mama Rose's)
Outstanding Female Standup Comedian - LAURIE KILMARTIN
Outstanding Male Standup Comedian - PATRICE O'NEAL
Outstanding Group Comedy Performance - INVITE THEM UP (EUGENE MIRMAN & BOBBY TISDALE)
Unique Comedy Performance - DAVE GORMAN'S GOOGLEWHACK ADVENTURE
Performances honoring the late Cy Coleman and the late Jackie Paris will be among the more than 20 performances that will take place on the Town Hall stage, including the Legends of Jazz, Cabaret, and Comedy, who will be announced at a later date.
The 2005 Nightlife Awards is sponsored, in part, by ASCAP, TheaterMania.com, Edythe Kenner, Peter & Barbara Leavy, Thoroughbred Records, Edith & Ervin Drake, and Trattoria Dopo Teatro.
2005 NIGHTLIFE AWARDS JUDGES
KIRSTEN AMES -- HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival
MICHAEL ANTHONY -- WHPC - 90.3 FM, Jazz Journalist JANE BORDEN -- Time Out NY
ANGELA BOWERS -U.S. Comedy Arts Festival
ADAM FELDMAN, Time Out NY
DAVID FINKLE, Village Voice
WILL FRIEDWALD -- New York Sun/Village Voice
STEVE FUTTERMAN - The New Yorker
AMELIE GILLETTE -- The Onion A.V. Club
IRA GITLER -- Jazz Times and Downbeat
CELIA IPIOTIS - Eye on the Arts
PETER LEAVY -- Cabaret Scenes
BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON -- Cititour.com
WARD MOREHOUSE III -- AM NY
DAVID NOH, Gay City News
DAVID PEROZZI - ABC-TV
REX REED, The New York Observer
ROY SANDER -- formerly Back Stage and CitySearch
BARBARA SIEGEL -- TheaterMania.com and Siegel Entertainment Syndicate
SCOTT SIEGEL -- TheaterMania.com and Siegel Entertainment Syndicate
NAOMI STEINBERG -- Comedy Central
JONATHAN WARMAN - HX Magazine
K.LEANDER WILLIAMS -- Time Out NY