Success comes to those who dare to get it! As those of you who follow my blogs know, this week I'm focusing on the recipients of the 26th annual Bistro Awards taking place next Tuesday night at The Gotham Comedy Club. I hope you have your tickets. Over the past two days, I've written about Liz Larken Brown, Nate Buccieri, Carol Channing, Tyne Daly, Michael Feinstein,and Dionne Warwick...all recipients! Today, I'm going to focus on Carole J. Bufford, Anthony Cochran, and Kevin Dozier.The BISTRO AWARD was established by Bob Harrington in 1985 in his “Bistro Bits” column in the trade weekly Back Stage, then under the editorship of Sherry Eaker. For the first few years, the awards were merely listed in Harrington’s column as notable performances he had seen during the calendar year.
The first formal presentation of the awards was held in 1990 at Eighty Eight’s, a popular cabaret venue in the West Village. From there, the show moved on to The Ballroom in Chelsea, and then relocated to the Supper Club in the Broadway District, where it remained for many years. This year marks the fourth year at Gotham Comedy Club. Here is the post card design for this year's Bistro Award:The guidelines that Harrington set up for himself to determine the first winners have become the basic philosophy behind the Bistro Awards, which recognize achievement in a wide variety of categories — from outstanding performances to outstanding contributions by members of the cabaret community. The object is not to choose the “best” of anything of the year, but to recognize and congratulate the accomplishments of those who have done something special. Accordingly, categories can easily be created from year to year as they best fit the year’s distinguished work.Here are is a video montage thanks to Russ Weatherford from the 2009 Bistro Awards
The first recipient that I am writing about today is Carole J. Bufford. I'm excited as I get to know Carole. I really wasn't very familiar with Carole's work before her Bistro win. She is receiving this award as a vocalist for her shows in the past year at DON'T TELL MAMA and THE METROPOLITAN ROOM. What's Next?
11 O'Clock Numbers at 11 O'Clock
Appearing weekly at Feinstein's
Next Show- 4/21 at 11:00PM
Carole J. Bufford made her entrance on the New York cabaret stage in the Metropolitan Room’s MetroStar Talent Challenge. Immediately following, she was asked to perform at the 2009 Cabaret Convention presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation where she received specific praise by Stephen Holden in The New York Times. In addition, Carole was featured in Broadway By The Year, Musicals of 1927 and Musicals of 1966 at Town Hall where she was singled out for praise in numerous reviews.Carole recently debuted her cabaret Carole J. Bufford sings Randy Newman at Don’t Tell Mama which received rave reviews. She also enjoyed a run of her cabaret intro at the Metropolitan Room. Roy Sander of Bistro Awards said, “The small "i" in the title of her show, "intro," is the only thing lower-case about Carole J. Bufford. She can deliver a song with more force and drive than a speeding locomotive…Combine that with a voice that is both powerful and attractive and you get a performance that can thrill an audience.”
Regarding her appearance in Broadway by the Year, Musicals of 1966, Carole received the following review:
“A last-minute addition to the show was the young cabaret singer Carole J. Bufford, making her second Broadway By The Year appearance to sing "What Makes It Happen?" While still at an early stage of her career, Bufford is a captivating song interpreter whose confident vocals are matched with strong story-telling skills and interesting lyrical shadings.”
–Michael Dale, Broadway World.com
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Again, Carole, congratulations on your Bistro Award!
I first became familiar with Anthony Cochran when Daryl Glenn brought him to The Iguana to sing in WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA. I promptly became a fan! Anthony Cochran is probably one of the unlikeliest looking guys to be singing a mix of gospel, country/western, blues and Dolly Parton that you are ever to come across. Slightly bearded, black shirt sleeves rolled up and wearing a vest he comes across as that real nice guy next door. He has a pleasantness and calmness about him that is contagious. A confiding, soft spoken husky voice that transforms a lyric into a thing of beauty as his voice strengthens and then lifts into a clear and easy falsetto. I guess you could say I was impressed.
Anthony is receiving his Bistro Award for Theme Show/"Elvis Lives"
Earlier this past year, I went to see Kevin Dozier at Feinstein's with Alex Rybeck. I predicted a MAC Award and a Bistro Award for that show. He is receiving The Bistro Award for his shows at Laurie Beechman Theatre, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, Don't Tell Mama. I also predict a MAC Award! 2011 Bistro Award winner for Outstanding Vocalist and 2011 MAC Award Nominee for Male Vocalist, Kevin Dozier, had a wonderful 2010 year, as he made his critically acclaimed Feinstein's debut, and had sold-out runs at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Don't Tell Mama's under the musical direction of Alex Rybeck with direction by Lennie Watts. 2010 also brought his second feature appearance at The Mabel Mercer Foundation's Annual Cabaret Convention at Rose Hall in Lincoln Center and he was featured in 2 editions of the Bistro Award winning, Phil Bond production of "Sondheim Unplugged". In addition he was chosen as a contestant for the 1st Annual Cabaret Competition held by The Noel Coward Society and was honored to be a featured performer with Steve Ross at The Noel Coward Society Annual Luncheon.Kevin Dozier's "Love-Wise" is a lovely, lovely, love-filled listen. Projecting a gentle soul, even a butterfly-fragile one, and with a rhapsodically romantic spirit, his voice is an exceptionally pretty one, and very musical...Kevin projects thoughtful intelligence as he and Marlowe set and sustain a mood, knowing the value of a pause. This album is worth the pause in any day to relish the honeyed and wise Love-Wise." ~ Rob Lester, Talkin' Broadway
You truly are Wonderful, Wonderful Kevin and I am looking forward to seeing you perform at The Bistro Awards NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT!
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Richard Skipper, Associate producer of the 26th annual Bistro Awards , Richard@RichardSkipper.com