The following night, I returned to Feinstein's to see another fantastic show - this time it was Jarrod Spector, star of Broadway's Jersey Boys, in his show "Minor Fall, Major Lift." Suave, charming, and one of the best pop vocalists I've ever heard - what's not to like?! From top to bottom, this was a simply phenomenal show. Filled with excellent song selections from the '50s through the present, the show was nonstop fun from the moment Mr. Spector stepped onstage. To the best of my knowledge, I've never heard Led Zeppelin covered in a cabaret show. And if I have, it most certainly was not sandwiched between covers of the Beatles and Barry Manilow! Yet, there it was, "Rock & Roll" on the stage at Feinstein's, preceded by "Oh! Darling!" and followed by "Even Now." And Mr. Spector sounded incredible on all three of them! And that little snippet of the show is just the tip of the iceberg - everything from Neil Sedaka to Leonard Cohen to Hall & Oates was included. In between the songs, Mr. Spector shared entertaining personal anecdotes, giving the audience a glimpse into the life of one of Broadway's hottest young stars. From singing Bobby Darin songs on Star Search as a 6-year old, to dropping out of Princeton, to moving to New York and auditioning for Jersey Boys, the stories were interesting and enjoyable, and delivered in a casual, candid way, creating a very nice rapport between performer and audience. Top-notch accompaniment was provided throughout the evening by Musical Director Adam Ben-David on piano, Jake Schwartz on guitar, Mat Fieldes on Bass, Dan Willis on horns, Damien Bassman on drums, and Teresa Gattison and Rachel Stern on backup vocals. It was, from start to finish, a spectacular show - full of interesting, unexpected song choices, first-rate musicianship, and amazing vocals. Here's hoping that Mr. Spector makes a return to the nightclub stage very soon!
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Pictured: Michael Feinstein and Alex Getlin