Marcus Goldhaber's "Mostly Marcus" Jazz Brunch - Will's New York Nite Life

Marcus Goldhaber, "Mostly Marcus" Jazz Brunch at the West End Cafe
Marcus Goldhaber, "Mostly Marcus" Jazz Brunch at the West End Cafe
Marcus Goldhaber, "Mostly Marcus" Jazz Brunch at the West End Cafe
Marcus Goldhaber, "Mostly Marcus" Jazz Brunch at the West End Cafe

Marcus Goldhaber, "Mostly Marcus" Jazz Brunch at the West End Cafe

Marcus Goldhaber, “Mostly Marcus” Jazz Brunch at the West End Café / The Laurie Beechman Theatre

407 W. 42nd Street, (212) 695-6909

Sundays

Marcus Goldhaber has just launched a series of brunch performances at the Beechman, and his is the perfect voice – fine and mellow - that you want to hear along with your eggs and mimosas. An accomplished storyteller who seems to know a thousand songs, Mr. Goldhaber splits the difference between crooner and jazz singer. Likewise, his sets contain many of the best elements of the more traditional cabarets shows customarily presented at the Beechman: there’s a theme (last Sunday it was songs of 1944) and some backstory, but he uses it to sweeten the presentation, like syrup on Belgian waffles; thankfully, we’re never drowning in anecdotage. Perhaps the most savory ingredient is the presence of Mr. Goldhaber’s estimable rhythm team, pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Paul Gill, who keep the beat going even as the café’s waiters keep the liquor and coffee flowing.

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 reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight 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, October 2017)

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