Showing posts with label MARCUS GOLDHABER. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MARCUS GOLDHABER. Show all posts

Friday, June 19, 2015



Story By:: G. H. HARDING
James Taylor

TAYLOR RETURNS --- Forty-five years after debuting on the Billboard 200 chart, James Taylor is set for his first No. 1 album. Industry prognosticators suggest the singer/songwriter’s new studio effort, Before This World (his first in thirteen years), could sell around 75,000 units in the week ending June 21. The album is his first studio set since 2002’s October Road.

The new Billboard 200’s Top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, June 24.

Taylor has previously logged eleven Top 10 albums, including seven Top Five efforts. His highest charting set to date has been 1971’s Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (Taylor’s third album), which then spent a month stalled in the No. 2 slot behind Carole King‘s break-out second solo album, Tapestry. (Taylor and King would later collaborate for the 2010 set Live at the Troubadour, which reached No. 4 in the album charts.)

We saw Taylor on NBC’s Today–with his current eleven-piece band, featuring our friend Steve Gadd—and thought he was great. Though we have tried to secure a copy of the album for review purposes from his new label, Concord Music (Joel Amsterdam and Phoebe Wilson) . . . it still hasn't arrived.

The 67-year-old Taylor sounded great, looked lean and mean, and—with an overflowing crowd there in the Today Show Plaza—was overall superb. He performed two songs off the new album, “Today Today Today” and “Shed a Little Light,” which is vintage Taylor. He also did “Your Smiling Face,” which the crowd loved.

Taylor’s reemergence, and clear success, presents an interesting dynamic. He’s an artist, writer, and terrifically underestimated live performer. Quite frankly, that’s not what seems to be in vogue right now. Perhaps the tide is turning? I, for one, certainly hope so.

Marcus Goldhaber

MOSTLY MARCUS --- Following a recent sold-out debut at Bar Thalia, Symphony Space's newest home for Jazz, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber returns to launch Mostly Marcus, a Sunday-night Jazz Duo summer residency, in which Goldhaber will be backed by a top jazz guitarist only and joined each week by a different guest artist. The rotating group of jazz guitarists includes: Hendrik Helmer (Wyclef Jean, Carly Simon, Duncan Sheik); John Hart (Jimmy Smith, James Moody); Ron Affif (Al Martino, Roger Williams); and Sean Harkness (Eileen Ivers, Julie Budd).

Opening June 21 with guest vocalist Alexis Cole and continuing through August 30, Mostly Marcus is designed to underscore Goldhaber‘s intimate approach to “The Great American Songbook,” a mode of performance here that Jazz Weekly has called "lyrical and swingin'." Meanwhile, All About Jazz says that Goldhaber’s performances are delivered "like a plate full of comfort food!" As Jonathan Schwartz (WNYC) says, “he is filled with ideas!"

Show times for each engagement are 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM. Bar Thalia @ Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 95th St.), New York City.

For additional information, call 646.597.7340 or go to

Additionally, Goldhaber will be making his debut at “Broadway’s Supper Club,” the elegant 54 Below, where he’ll premiere a special show, “Free and Easy: Livin’ on Swing Street,” on Saturday, July 25.

Clint Eastwood

“SULLY” AND HANKS --- Clint Eastwood has found his “Sully.” Eastwood is negotiating with Tom Hanks to play Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who became an instant American hero in 2009 when he engineered a miraculous emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a flock of geese hit the plane just after it took off from La Guardia Airport. His courage under fire saved the lives of all 155 people aboard the plane, who famously crowded the wings awaiting rescue.

When Eastwood recently declared his intention to make that film at Warner Bros — where his last American-hero pic, American Sniper, grossed $543.4M worldwide — many wondered whether there was anybody but Eastwood who should play “Sully,” the nickname by which the veteran pilot became known. Well, seriously, the only other guy would be Hanks, who, from Apollo 13 to Forrest Gump to Captain Phillips, has been Hollywood’s other go-to guy for hero turns.

When you think about it for a moment, this picture will indeed be an unbeatable combination! And I think Hanks would do a terrific job. I remember going in to see Captain Phillips a bit less enthusiastically than I would have preferred . . . and then it turned out that I loved it. Hanks did an incredible job!

And while we're on the subject, his performance in director Robert Zemekis’ picture Cast Away (2000) was equally superb.

Eastwood will direct the biopic from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, and it has been based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

CLOSING NOTES --- Wenner Media laid off twenty key people this week, including David Fricke at Rolling Stone. After a thunderous outroar, they hastily explained that David would continue . . . but in a freelance capacity. Fricke has been a fixture at the magazine for more than 20 years. PR pasha David Salidor said that when he worked at Good Times magazine in the ‘80s, his editors were Kurt Loder and Fricke. “Terminating Fricke is right up there with USA Today jettisoning Edna Gudnersen and the Village Voice laying off Michael Musto. Consumers bought those magazines because of the writers. But they get expensive, and with dwindling sales . . . it’s a tough call. Honestly, I miss them all. Without them, the magazines are totally different.”

As we predicted, Brian Williams is back; but this time, he’s been banished to MSBNC, NBC‘s bastard-stepchild. I don't know what the reaction will be; as I've said here before, he's damaged goods by now. His interview with good friend Matt Lauer this morning on Today, in my opinion, did little to change things--but it was a start. Lauer was admirably intense … and, Williams more than once, had a hard time answering his black box box-of errors. Several pundits in the last few days have suggested that Lauer was the worst person to get the first interview, being that they're friends and colleagues; but, kid-Matt did good. Again, I well remember spending some time with Williams at a post-show dinner—and boy, did he love the sound of his own voice. My advice to Mr. Williams: go easy, not sleazy, and try not to bleed because the sharks are in the tank . . . and they're already circling you, just waiting for that first red trickle of blood in the water . . .

Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Elizabeth Moss

Time Zones --- Mad Men’s final-split season kicked off this past weekend with an episode that certainly ranked among its best ever. Don’s still out at SC&P, but still collecting a paycheck; but, he’s feeding his brilliant wares, this time through ex-employee Freddy Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld opens, and galvanizes the show, with the words "Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of something." Ironically, the pitch he gives is to Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) and it’s typically Draper-brilliant, as Peggy replies, “It’s a home run.”

MM-creator Matthew Weiner wrote the show and delivers some of his best moments ever. The best Mad Men-episodes have always been slow, nuanced performances and this one , which brings all of the characters back into focus, couldn't have been better.

There are two brilliant-moments from Weiner using some terrific music; the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm A Man," which is played as Don travels through some unnamed L.A. airport and is just sensational ... and, the ending, where Vanilla Fudge's brilliant "You Keep Me Hanging On," wherein Don sits on his freezing ledge contemplating what exactly his future could be. It's a terrific moment too.

One fact that many media-pundits seemed to have missed is the fact that legendary producer Robert Towne is now a producer on the show and this was his first episode. Towne, (Chinatown; Days of Thunder; Love Affair; Tequila Sunrise) from the 70's, is a wild-card for the show so far; but, in my opinion, this episode was spot-on brilliant. I've got to give some credit to his vision on this episode.

Don’s on the mend. Sort of. He might be a “broken vessel,” but he does seem fixable. We're ready and we're paying attention, Don. Show us what you've got.

Antoinette Lee With Marcus Goldhaber

BLUE NOTE MARCUS --- Singer-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber sold out the Blue Note this past weekend and was joined by singer Antoinette Lee on the song “Teach Me Tonight.” Antoinette originally appeared with Marcus in “The Wonderful Wizard of Song” Off-Broadway, but left the show to pursue other opportunities, including her upcoming solo album produced by Christian McBride.

Marcus will be kicking off his Come Home America New York Celebration over Memorial Day Weekend at the Cutting Room on Friday May 23 and the new music video for “Come Home America” will soon be making its world premiere on the USO’s web site,

GOLD BRICK ELTON – There’s no question that Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road –now 40 years old- is a brilliant conceived and executed of work. It propelled him to the heights of super stardom and has remained an amazingly cohesive piece of work. The 40th re-mastered version reminds yet again what a compelling piece of work it is. For me, I always loved the tracks “Grey Seal,” “The Ballad Of Danny Bailey” and the great-track “Harmony.” Hearing them re-worked makes them that much more powerful.

Guests artists Ed Sheeran (“Candle In The Wind”), Miguel (“Bennie And The Jets”), The Band Perry (“Grey Seal”) and Emeli Sande (“All The Girls Love Alice”) add dimension to their chosen tracks. “Alice” has always been another big favorite and Sande delivers impressively on the track. John still performs it today to mass hysteria ... its really a great, great track.

The album marked a turning point in his public image, going from the studious-looking virtuoso with seemingly classical leanings to the poster boy for glitter rock, with his outrageous eye wear, platform boots and ambiguous sexuality.

Miraculously, the album was completed in only 17 days, including mixing, at Château d’Hérouville, a studio near Paris that John had dubbed Honky Château from his album of the year before, according to the essay written by Alexis Petridus in the box-set’s hard-cover booklet.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road would mark the eighth album that John would churn out in under four years, a flowering of creativity unimaginable today, and yet he was only 23 at the time. His partnership with his bandmates, lyricist Bernie Taupin and producer Gus Dudgeon had much to do with the quality of his output, but still, he and Taupin were much more advanced at this stage in their careers than such songwriter teams as Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards and even Bacharach/David were in theirs.

As impressive as ever! Tremendous work.

CLOSING NOTES --- Did you happen to catch Donny Osmond on Dancing with The Stars this week? The child-star now looks like an adult. He helped vote off Australian-teen pop-sensation Cody Simpson, who has some 3 million Twitter-followers. His reaction: “Now 3 million Cody Simpson fans know who Donny Osmond is.” Funny …

Micky Dolenz dining at Cecconi’s in L. A. this past weekend; readying his 18-date tour with The Monkees starting next month …

Having spent the weekend in L. A., I have to say that local-radio station KROQ is as impressive as ever. I have always felt that radio out there, led the way. Where else can you enjoy such brilliant artists as Cage The Elephant; The Neighbourhood; Fitz & the Tantrums; and, Mumford & Sons and Radiohead. I kept listening … and, loved it ...

How about that new song from Fitz & the Tantrums, "The Walker." Amazing! Formed in 2008, the song, with its whistle-break is just totally infectious ...

The man who brought the music of Journey, Def Leppard, Foreigner and more to the Broadway stage with Rock of Ages has his eyes on the music that made Soul Train great.

Matthew Weaver has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show from Soul Train Holdings whose chairman, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, said "Soul Train has made a significant impact on American music and pop culture and its legacy and appeal continue to resonate around the world. Creating a live theatrical interpretation of this iconic franchise is an opportunity that could not be missed.”

Photos By: RD/Dziekan/Retna & Goldhaber Courtesy Of Richard Puttkammer

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The Metropolitan Room

34 West 22nd St.
New York, NY 10010

Marcus Goldhaber

Critically acclaimed jazz-pop singer-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER has decided to dedicate his performance tonight at the Metropolitan Room in New York City to raising funds and collecting non-perishables for the American Red Cross to help his fellow New Yorkers and the rest of the tri-state area victimized by Hurricane Sandy.

The "wonderfully imaginative" (JazzTimes) artist, whose acclaimed new CD of all original standards, ALMOST LOVE, is getting radio airplay in a number of major markets around the country, including WBAI in New York, is donating a portion of proceeds from ticket sales and all CD sales at the event to the American Red Cross. He also will be collecting non-perishables: coats, gloves, scarfs, toothbrushes/toothpaste, canned food, plastic bins, backpacks, batteries, flashlights, and the like.

"After a crisis, our immediate response is crucial,," says Goldhaber, whose show, "When You're Smiling: The Songs of 1928," will salute such songwriters as Fats Waller, Richard Rogers and Larry Shay. "But it is equally if not more important to sustain our relief efforts in the weeks and months that follow.We can't afford to let the news cycle dictate what is worthy of our attention, especially when it comes to taking care of those in need."

Photo Courtesy Of: Randex PR