"Strippers and Satchmo and guys who sing gospel" sounds like a bastardized Rodgers and Hart lyric, but it helps explain the variety of talent that showed up for Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland on Monday evening. David Phelps, the award-winning tenor best known for his work with the Gaither Vocal Band absolutely thrilled the crowd with "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Nessun Dorma" (a Birdland first). Jeremy Giraud Abram is currently portraying jazz legend Louis Armstrong at Theater 3 in Manhattan, and impressed everyone with his "Wonderful World." Jaymes and James, Chippendales dancers from Las Vegas currently heating up small screens on "The Amazing Race," charmed the room and gained even more fans! Adan Canto, starring in the new Fox thriller, "The Following," is not just another good looking TV star…he's a first-rate singer. Australian bff's Matthew Newton and Matt Baker performed a gorgeous standard together. Dawn Derow showed off her musical stuff, and promoted her upcoming cabaret act. William Blake sang the blues, like he will at his upcoming Sidewalk Café gig. The Cast Party Symphony Orchestra (Tedd Firth, Steve Doyle & Daniel Glass) accompanied the extraordinary talent into the wee hours, as they do every single Monday night.
Jim Caruso's Cast Party, the 'extreme' open mic, has been running at Birdland (315 West 44 Street in NYC) for almost ten years. Superstars and up-and-comers all take turns at the mic, entertaining each other at the grand piano from 9:30pm to 1am every Monday night.
Photo Credit: Seth Walters
Cast Party Symphony Orchestra
Jaymes and James
Jeremy Giraud Abram
Jeremy Giraud Abram, Jim Caruso
Matthew Newton, Matt Baker