Have a song to sing? We provide a terrific pianist (and piano!)–you hand him your sheet music and the key you want to sing in, and voila! We also welcome poets, musicians and dancers–a true Cabaret for all ages! We gather the second Wednesday of every month. Leslie Holmes is our monthly host. (Please join our mailing list to get reminders of the monthly featured performer).
This month’s feature: Melinda Stanford
Melinda Stanford, a graduate of Yale University, has been working professionally as a singer, songwriter, pianist, and vocal coach for over 25 years. Melinda has performed in New York’s Rainbow Room, coached one of Japan’s top recording stars, and was a soloist in the film A Wake in Providence. She was selected as a composer for the BMI Theatre Workshop and as a singer in the first Eugene O’Neill Theatre Cabaret Symposium. She has performed both her own music and cabaret in many venues both in the Boston area and in New York, and has performed in NOMTI showcases and festivals, including “Boston Sings Tesori.”
Melinda has performed in a broad range of venues in New York, from the Rainbow Room to downtown clubs such as the Knitting Factory, the Duplex, and Cafe Sin-é. She also wrote, produced, and performed in a one-woman show called “Where Do the Mermaids Stand?” at Eighty-Eight’s. Melinda has won audiences throughout the East Coast, from John and Peter’s in New Hope to the Wintertide on Martha’s Vineyard, where she was featured in the New Artists Showcase and performed at Christine Lavin’s Annual Singer/Songwriter Retreat. In addition, Melinda has performed in Japan, where she toured in Tokyo as well as Osaka, performing in many formats – pop, jazz, country, classical – and working with some of the top musicians in Tokyo. Two of her songs were featured on a popular radio program broadcast on one of Japan’s major radio stations (FM Yokohama). She was also hired by Yamaha Publishing to coach one of Japan’s top recording stars, Miho Morikawa.
Melinda has been in the Boston area for the past twenty years, where she has performed individually and with bands, such as Winker Orchestras, writes and acts, and is a vocal coach. She was a finalist for Cyndi Lauper’s 1999 US tour, and has been nominated for an Outer Critics award for her cabaret performance in Boston. Melinda was a guest artist with Boston’s comedy troupe, Little City Co and starred in the critically acclaimed cabaret series “Boston Sings Boston” since its inception, recording a CD for the series. Melinda has recorded two of her own albums. Tread On My Dreams features her own settings of favorite poems, spanning pop and jazz styles, and Off The Cuff offers her interpretations of jazz standards, with a stripped-down arrangement of piano and voice.
Melinda is a well-regarded vocal coach as well as life/executive coach. She lives near Boston with her husband and two children.
Tom LaMark is our pianist for the evening.
Tickets available at the door: $9 for members of Amazing Things and BACA; $10.00 for non-members. $5.00 for students with IDs.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashland, Holliston, & Hopkinton Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency