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    December 29, 2023
    5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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The Cabaret Career: Singing Like an Angel (But Thinking Like a Producer)
Friday 12/29  at 5pm ET

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In the room: Sue Matsuki, author (So You Want to Sing Cabaret), columnist (Sue's Views), award-winning singing veteran who has played every major (and minor) club in New York from Birdland to Feinstein’s to the Iridium, as well as Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera. Over the course of her career she has evolved beyond a self-producing cabaret artist, tapping into her management and business background to become a producer of cabaret, variety, open mics and fundraisers including the current music series Winter Rhythms for Urban Stages here in NYC. What are the secrets of a successful and lasting career in cabaret? How does focusing on the business side of things affect her as an artist? What attracted Sue to producing, and how does she now divide her time between her own shows and helping to bring others to the stage? And from a broader view: how is the cabaret scene different now from when she first started out?

    is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has played every club in New York as well as Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera! Ms. Matsuki has 100 shows ready to perform and over 400 songs in her repertoire including jazz, blues, show tunes, country and American Songbook. She is the first recipient of the Julie Wilson Award chosen by Julie personally and a Bistro Award Winner for Outstanding Collaboration with her long-time Music Director, Gregory Toroian. She has received MAC Awards for Jazz Vocalist, Original Song and Jazz Duo. She is lovingly referred to as “The Godmother of Cabaret” by the community. With an extensive background in management and producing, she also brings a high level of professionalism and an impressive work ethic when hired to perform, produce or teach. She publishes a popular performer’s advice blog called, “Sue’s Views”. (This column is now a featured blog on her website.) Ms. Matsuki is the co-author of “So You Want to Sing Cabaret” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Her book and two CDs (New Take (jazz) and Sue & Edd’s Fabulous Christmas) are available on www.Amazon.com