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"The Line Up" with Susie Mosher at Birdland


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"The Line Up" with Susie Mosher at Birdland

Sep 3, 2019

"The Line Up" with Susie Mosher
Birdland
315 W 44th Street, (212) 581-3080
Tuesdays, going forward

The “variety show” is the latest format that’s coming to all the major clubs like Birdland, Feinstein’s / 54 Below, and the Green Room; as the title suggests, it aggregates a variety of performers, mostly singers (and mostly Broadway-oriented), but also more than a few jazz artists and / or comedians. What distinguishes the variety show idea from the more familiar “open mic” format (of which Jim Caruso’s “Cast Party” at Birdland remains the gold standard) is that all the acts are curated by the host / producer in advance, which still means some pleasant surprises for the audience but, hopefully. no disappointments for anybody. Hosted by comedian and singer Susie Mosher (rhymes with “kosher”), who might be described as the emminently-likable Lesbian love child of Carol Burnett and Jackie Hoffman, “The Line-Up,” holds forth on Tuesdays in the late-ish slot (10 PM) at Birdland. It represents the younger and more LGBT-centric side of Birdland; the patrons at the line-up often seem like the nieces and nephews of those of us veteran Birdlanders digging bebop upstairs. So far I’ve only been once, and I was impressed by the general high quality of the performances, and especially by Ms. Mosher herself, she seems to have launched a vogue for multiple-threat artists who can sing and simultaneously improvise spontaneous comedy routines in verse. (With musical director Brad Simmons.) Highly recommended.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)