Jason Brock was dubbed "Mr. Entertainment" and a "songwriter's best friend" by L.A. Reid (CEO of Sony/Epic Records). He was seen in homes all over the world as a finalist on TV’s X-Factor singing songs like "New York State of Mind." Jason also starred in the film, "Love is Not Enough," which has been screened at world-wide film festivals, including the LGBT Film Festivals in SF and Melbourne. Jason starred in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at the Boxcar Theatre, Taylor Mac's "The Lily's Revenge" at Magic Theatre and “Rocky Horror” with Peaches Christ. He has also donated many performances to charity. Jason began his SF career singing at Martuni's Piano Bar. jasonbrock.com
Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in “A Grand Night For Singing”, “Falsettos”, “Stardust”, “Snoopy!”, “Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?”. Off- Broadway shows include “Forever Plaid”, “Olympus on My Mind”, “All in the Timing”, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical)” and many more. Jason made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as the male vocalist in Twyla Tharp’s “Everlast” with American Ballet Theatre. Jason has performed his one man show all over the country from Rainbow and Stars and Birdland in NYC to Feinstein’s and the Plush Room in L.A. and San Francisco, winning 4 Bistro Awards and a N.Y Nightlife Award, also making TimeOut NY’s Top Cabaret shows of the year. His critically acclaimed show with Faith Prince, “The Prince and the Showboy” played at 54 Below and the pair won a 2nd Nightlife Award for Best Duo. In Los Angeles, Jason won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award – the Joel Hirschorn Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. Jason originated the role of “Houdini” in the L.A. production of “Ragtime” at the Shubert Theatre and won an Ovation Award for “Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA!”. At the Hollywood Bowl, he played Benny Southstreet in “Guys and Dolls'” and Marcellus in “The Music Man”. With the 42nd Street Moon Theatre Co. in San Francisco, he played the 7 Sid Caesar roles in “Little Me” and most recently played Scrooge in the world premiere of “Scrooge in Love”, receiving a S.F. Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. On television, Jason has appeared on many shows including “Six Feet Under”, “Rude Awakening”, “Friends”, “Frasier”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Living Single”, “Caroline in the City”, “Providence”, etc. On PBS, he was a guest soloist twice with the Boston Pops and once with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony on “Holiday for the Troops at The Kennedy Center” and in “Words and Music by Jerry Herman”. Movie appearances include the title role in “Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms” (2008 Toronto and London Film Festivals), Disney’s “Home on the Range”, “On Edge”, “Gepetto”, “The Dukes of Hazzard in Hollywood”, and “Awakening of Spring” . He has been heard on many cartoons and for 5 and 1/2 years he was the voice of “Lucky, the Leprechaun” for Lucky Charms Cereal, a balanced part of your complete breakfast. He made his Los Angeles Opera debut as “Njegus” in “The Merry Widow”, repeating the role with Dallas , New Orleans, Houston Grand Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre (Oscar Wilde Award nomination). Also with L.A. Opera he was featured as “Offenbach” in “The Grand Duchess” , directed by Garry Marshall. He has played “Frosch” in “Die Fledermaus” with the Washington National and San Francisco Operas, the Manhattan School of Music, and most recently with Houston Grand Opera. Jason has recorded over 45 CDs, including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and his 3 solo CDs, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile – Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse”, and “Jason Graae LIVE at The Cinegrill” (Fynsworth Alley), and “Perfect Hermany-the songs of Jerry Herman.”
Sam Harris, the Tony nominated, multi-million selling recording artist, playwright, composer, director and best selling author, first burst onto the scene as the premiere winner of Ed McMahon’s Star Search. Before American Idol, before The Voice, 25 million viewers tuned in every week to watch Sam beat back the competition and triumph each time. Sam became the first singer since Judy Garland to claim “Over the Rainbow” as his own, and his performance of that song has become legendary, and which Jimmy Fallon called, “One of the best musical performances I’ve ever seen ever aired on television ever!” Harris went on to tour the country, selling out prestigious engagements at Carnegie Hall and with The Boston Pops, among many others. Broadway called and Sam answered. He starred in Cy Coleman’s The Life (Tony nomination), the smash hit The Producers, and the revival of Grease and has also starred as Jesus, Emcee, Pippin, Joseph and Jolson. He has appeared on talk shows from Leno to Fallon to Oprah – the last, on her historical “Music to Heal Our Hearts” show right after 9/11. Oprah said, “Sam could make Jesus walk through the door!” Sam returned to New York and co-wrote Liza’s at the Palace, which received a Tony Award for best special theatrical event. Sam co-produced the PBS special Love Letter to New York and was a musical supervisor on the Michael Jackson’s 30 Year Anniversary Special at Madison Square Garden. He has written several musicals, created a television sitcom, and has toured the globe in concert. He has nine studio cds to his credit – gold records included. Sam is listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 greatest singers of all time.“ Sam Harris is a national treasure. Harris is married to businessman Danny Jacobsen and they are the proud parents of eight-year-old Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen.
Maureen McGovern, celebrated as "The Stradivarius Voice," marked the 40th anniversary of the release of her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure, which garnered her a Grammy Nomination in 1973 for "Best New Artist." Maureen received her second Grammy Nomination in 1998 for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal" for her solo piano/voice album, "The Pleasure of His Company," with Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, Mike Renzi. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers. Other hits include, "Can You Read My Mind" from Superman, the Oscar-winning "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno and "Different Worlds" from the TV series Angie. Her many critically acclaimed recordings include tributes to George Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers. Her current PS Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road has been praised by The New York Times as "A captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960's to the early 70's. Ms. McGovern's vocal technique is second to none." In 2005, Ms. McGovern was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as 'Marmee' in Little Women, The Musical on Broadway. In 1981, she made her Broadway debut as 'Mabel' in The Pirates of Penzance, then went on to star as 'Luisa' in Nine with Raul Julia and as 'Polly Peachum' in 3 Penny Opera with Sting. Maureen reprised her role as 'Marmee' in the 1st National Tour of Little Women, The Musical and starred as 'Mrs. Anna' in the Broadway revival National Tour of The King & I. Regionally, she has starred in Elegies, Dear World, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Lion in Winter, Letters from 'Nam and Of Thee I Sing-Let 'Em Eat Cake, among others. She is currently performing her IRNE Award-winning "Best Solo Performance" one-woman musical memoir "Carry It On" (co-written and created with director, Philip Himberg). Her feature films include the role of 'Sr. Angelina' the guitar-strumming nun in the classic comedy Airplane and Airplane II, The Sequel. Maureen also played the nightclub singer in The Towering Inferno and the role of 'Rachel' in Dreamworks' animated video/DVD Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck. For 34 years, Ms. McGovern has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as volunteer, performer, Board Member, Vice President, Chairperson of the record breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and NYC Telethon Co-Host for 6 years. Maureen supports music therapy and has been an Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001.
Sharon McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in "Starmites", creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony award nomination as "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre Worlds Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut". New York magazine's John Simon said "Sharon McNight is a winner" and Al Hirschfeld did a caricature of her. The singer/comedienne's regional credits include Amanda McBroom's "Heartbeats" at the Pasadena Playhouse, and an award winning Dolly in "Hello, Dolly" at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera (a role she repeated in her hometown, Modesto). Sharon was Sister Hubert in "Nunsense" in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award for "Best Performance in a Musical". She is the narrator of the documentary, "There That Night," the story of the Provincetown, Massachusetts fire, and was featured in the A & E documentary, "It's Burlesque", for her research on Mae West and Sophie Tucker.
McNight began her career is San Francisco where she received her Master of Arts degree in directing from San Francisco State. She taught a City College of S.F.. has been a master teacher at the Eugene O'Neill Center and is currently on the faculty of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. She was recently chosen as one of the 50 most influential people in cabaret for 2010: - "A tireless performer who will drop everything to perform in any benefit with a cause, the Tony-nominated McNight can sing anything and make it her own" - NiteLifeExchange.com.
She has played from Moose Hall to Carnegie Hall and anywhere the check doesn't bounce. She has won six San Francisco Cabaret Gold awards, 3 Cable Car awards, a MAC award, a Bistro award, and received a Nightlife award from New York's critics for her Best Musical Comedy show, "Ladies, Compose Yourselves!", featuring songs by "living" female composers. Other songs include "Betty, Betty, Bette", celebrating the screen legends Grable, Hutton & Davis; "Songs To Offend Almost Everyone", a throwback to the party records of the 50's mixed with political and social satire; "Gone, But Not Forgotten", a tribute to the late ladies of stage & screen - Merman, Martha Raye, Madeline Kahn, Patsy Cline, & Judy Garland. In contrast is "The Sophie Tucker Songbook" which contains the music of the one-woman show based on the show business legend. The "Songbook" debuted at New York's Rainbow & Stars as past of the ASCAP Sunday night showcase. Since then, she developed it into a one-woman musical, "Red Hot Mama", which was workshopped at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Lucille Lortell's White Barn Theatre, and finished a successful three month run Off-Broadway at the York Theatre. She has six solo recordings to her credit. Her eclectic repertory ranges from blues to country (yes, she yodels) to good old-fashioned entertainment. The Los Angeles Times call her "one of the great wonders of the musical stage". She is most noted for her movie reenactment of The Wizard of OZ and for being one of the few real women to impersonate Bette Davis.
As an only child, her parents kept her busy with all kinds of lessons: ballet, tap, hula, social dancing, flute and piano. She is single and lives in Hollywood. She has been the forefront in the fight against AIDS since the early eighties, and was featured in Randy Shilt's book "And The Band Played On". She was chosen twice as the honorary chair of the San Francisco AIDS Emergency Fund, and was one of two heterosexual women chosen as the Grand Marshall of San Francisco's Gay Parade. Sharon says the greatest day of her life was the day she quit smoking.
From San Francisco to Palm Springs to NYC, Carly Ozard has been singing at people’s faces in Musical Theatre and Cabaret since 2005. The Winner of The SF Cabaret Competition of 2009, Carly has continued to create a variety of custom-designed shows including “Shift Happens” “Somebody to Love: My Musical Tribute to Freddie Mercury” and “Midler on the Roof!” In SF, Ms. Ozard had a residency at the Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko in SF for five years, as well as the Eureka Theatre, Martuni’s Piano Bar, and The Octavia Lounge. She debuted at Blame it On Midnight in Palm Springs, CA in 2011. She made her NYC debut in 2011 with her tribute to Freddie Mercury at Don’t Tell Mama and later was reprised in 2013 at the Iridium. Ozard has had solo shows at the Laurie Beechman and the Duplex. In Oct. 2014, Carly brought "Midler on the Roof" to SF and made her debut at Feinstein's at the Nikko debut.. Since then she has joined Shawn Ryan in "Merry Little Xmas" and with Russ Lorenson and the Kelly Park Big Band in Christmas In San Francisco, to packed houses both at the Nikko. Recently, Ms. Ozard proudly produced and co-hosted her first benefit on the East Coast for the Callen-Lorde LGBT Health Clinic. It was a night to remember at 54 Below, featuring many talents of Broadway, TV, and Cabaret, including David Friedman, John Bucchino, and Adam Shapiro. Carly performs and volunteers for crucial issues such as Animal Rights, Marriage Equality, and HIV/AIDS Awareness. Carly is ecstatic to be back singing for REAF. carlyozard.com
With a voice acclaimed for its many shades of soulfulness, Paula West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known for her distinctive repertoire—she believes the American Songbook includes such writers as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Jimmy Webb, and Leonard Cohen—Ms. West adds her own depth and drama to American favorites. Born into a Marine Corps family, Ms. West grew up in San Diego. Moving to San Francisco, she attended singing classes and jan sessions, where she was drawn to songs with interesting harmonies and literate lyrics. Since then, she has performed at venues like Yoshi’s San Francisco, and the Empire Plush Room, she has given annual shows at the Herbst Theatre, and she now holds the record for consecutive weeks at The Rrazz Room. In New York, she has performed at Feinstein’s at the Regency, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Blue Note, The Iridium, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. She has been a featured soloist with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Among her national engagements, Ms. West has appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Boston’s Scullers, Jazz Aspen and major art festivals like Spoleto USA. Internationally she has performed in Europe, Japan, and Israel. She has shared the bill with luminaries such as Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Scott, Oscar Brown, Jr., Freddy Cole, Mose Allison, Mavis Staples, and Dave Frishberg and she performed at The White House in a salute to American writers. Ms. West has worked with such jazz greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Charlap, Mulgrew Miller, Frank Wess, Victor Lewis, Peter Washington, Regina Carter, Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, and Bruce Barth. For several years, Ms. West performed consistently with The George Mesterhazy Quartet until. Mr. Mesterhazy died suddenly. The CD, “Paula West Live At Jazz Standard with The George Mesterhazy Quartet,” has was released on Hi-Horse Records. Ms West is grateful to have known George Mesterhazy, and to have recorded this project.
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