Cabaret Hotspot welcomes this NEW VENUE to the NYC cabaret scene. Check it out this stage while tables are still available.


Sunday, February 6 at 2:00 PM (BADASS BRUNCH SERIES)
Gotham Kings is a high energy immersive jazz experience led by two-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter Alphonso Horne. The all-star band that weaves the sound of New Orleans, funk, jazz, and hip-hop to bring a celebratory spirit that uplifts every room they play. Gotham Kings uses the virtuosity of the young Louis Armstrong and innovative genius of King Oliver to take you on a journey of sound that encompasses the history of the trumpet and the story of jazz through rags, stomps, and shouts. The band has played in venues including Newport, Aspen, and Caramoor Jazz Festivals, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many more. Members of the group have collaborated with top artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and others.

Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 PM
Steph Amoroso will deliver an unforgettable acoustic and electric set, featuring recently released singles “Keep Me in the Dark,” “You and Me,” as well as her summer hit “Electric Light,” featured in People, Good Housekeeping, and other major media. An old soul with a gravity beyond her years, Amoroso is a New York City-based, New Jersey-bred singer, songwriter, musician, and actor who boasts a soulful voice and magnetic presence. She was in cast of Punchdrunk’s Off Broadway hit Sleep No More, where she sang with the jazz band as her alter ego, Lola. Drawing inspiration from Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna, Steph’s sense of freedom, passion for storytelling and theatrical flair, is threaded within the layers of her music.

Sunday, February 20
Black Tie Brass is a horn-driven jazz and funk band from NYC that combines the presence of New Orleans brass with the soul of a funk band to create a musically invigorating experience. The ensemble draws from many genres such as jazz, pop, funk, R&B, and hip-hop.

Saturday, February 26 at 7:00 PM
Anaïs Reno, a 18-year old Drama major at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in NYC, was born in Geneva, Switzerland. Despite her young age, Anaïs has been involved in the performing arts since age 8. After winning the 2016 Forte International Competition’s Platinum Award at Carnegie Hall, Anaïs won Second Place at Michael Feinstein’s Great American Song Book Academy competition in Carmel, Indiana in the summer of 2018, and First Place at the Mabel Mercer Foundation competition. Anaïs made her Rose Hall debut in Lincoln Center in the Cabaret Convention, sang at NJPAC, has had three solo shows at Feinstein’s 54 Below with Billy Stritch and Tedd Firth, and performed several times at Carnegie Hall. Anaïs’s new album celebrates the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, accompanied by the Emmet Cohen Trio.

Saturday, February 26 at 9:30 PM
Composer, conductor, and musician Randy Edelman will celebrate the soundscape of his career through a dazzling piano concert. He transports his audience with arrangements of his movie scores from Last of the Mohicans to My Cousin Vinny, and beyond. Randy will also be sharing his hit songs that have been recorded by popular artists including Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle, Olivia Newton-John, Nelly, and others. Edelman has composed over 100 popular films including Gettysburg, 27 Dresses, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop, Twins, among others. He also created musical themes for the Olympics, ESPN, and NASA. He has shared stages with The Carpenters, Frank Zappa, Anthrax, Sister Sledge, and others. He has also written songs for Barry Manilow (“Weekend in New England), Patti LaBelle (“Isn’t it A Shame”), Blood Sweat and Tears (“Blue Street”), Kool & the Gang (“Amore, Amore”), Nelly (“My Place”), and more.

Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 PM (BADASS BRUNCH SERIES)
“Funk Shui NYC represents the future of big-band jazz,” says All About Jazz. Funk Shui NYC is a thirteen-member, horn heavy jazz collective playing unique arrangements of unlikely funk, rock, pop and soul tunes, and original compositions by the players. Founded and organized by Rob Susman and Dave Morgan, Funk Shui NYC features some of NYC’s wildest jazz soloists in dynamic, irreverent settings. Their debut album is on Zoho Records.

Friday, March 11 at 9:30 PM
AUDREY HAYES – “It Takes Four to Tango”
“It Takes Four to Tango” features the versatile violinist, vocalist, and arranger Audrey Hayes with her piano trio. From Argentine tangos to Hungarian csárdás to American folk to Celtic fantasies, this strictly musical performance showcases a dazzling array of works inspired by International folkloric dances that will make you long for your dancing shoes. Hayes is a sought-after concert performer known for her “pure and shimmering tone,” “fiery playing,” and “soulful musicianship.” As a violinist, she has made solo guest appearances with the Island Symphony Orchestra, Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, and the New Tide Orquestra. Based in NYC, she has toured with classical ensembles such as Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Shattered Glass, Montclair Symphony, Contemporaneous, and has performed extensively with a variety of artists at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre, Steinway Hall and the Met Gala. She is also an in-demand studio musician featured on the albums of Vulfpeck, Al Verdine of the Beach Boys, and hip-hop artist Sir the Baptist, to name a few. As a vocalist, Ms. Hayes sings and writes her own music, has a performance duo with singer-songwriter, Gracie Terzian, and is a member of the acapella group, The New York Belles.

Friday, March 18 at 9:30 PM
EMELINE MICHEL – “Strings + Soul”
Haiti’s eminent singer/songwriter Emeline Michel presents an evening of original compositions accompanied by a stellar band featuring Yayoi Ikawa on piano, Rigaud Simon on bass, Gashford Guillaume on drums, and Dominic James on guitar. Known for her fusion of traditional Haitian rhythms (kompa, rasyn, and twoubadou) with other musical genres (pop, jazz, and blues), Michel created a sound which appeals to both traditional and contemporary listeners. Her album Tout Mon Temps created a global sensation when the single “A.K.I.K.O” charted in countries, including Belgium, French Guiana, Chile, Japan, and Canada. Michel has appeared at Carnegie Hall, United Nations, the Clinton Global Initiative, Montreal International Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, and the Teatro del Silencio, where she performed with Andrea Bocelli. Michel’s performance on the MTV benefit “Hope for Haiti Now” led Ben Sisario of The New York Times to declare Michel a “diplomat of music,” and a “dancing ambassador with a voice as serene and warm like the breeze.”

Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 PM (BADASS BRUNCH SERIES)
Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra, led by trumpeter and composer Bill Warfield is “a mixture of adventurous modernistic pieces, jazz-tinged salsa, and post-bop hipness” according to Jazz Times. Warfield is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where he won the Maynard Ferguson Scholarship, the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz/Commercial Music and the Carmine Caruso Award for Outstanding Trumpet Performance. He has performed with such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Mel Torme, Sheila Jordan, David Liebman, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, Don Braden, Randy Brecker, and Sonny Stitt. As a bandleader he has recorded New York City Jazz for Interplay Records, The City Never Sleeps for Seabreeze Records, Nomad(with Dave Stryker) for Steeplechase Records, Le Jazz Hot (with Dave Liebman), “Trumpet Story” (with Randy Brecker), and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” with the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra on BluJazz. Bill is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather, and in the Biographical Jazz listings by Lewis Porter.

Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM
CHARU SURI – “Raga Jazz”
Join award-winning pianist and composer Charu Suri, who became the first Indian jazz artist to premiere an evening of work at Carnegie Hall, in an evening of her music that draws from her native Indian rhythms and ragas (modal scales), in an enthralling, energetic and soulful musical experience unlike anything you’ve heard, with glorious Sufi singing on top of it all. Lyrics or ghazals sung by Falsa, and percussion by Jesse Gerbasi. Her ground-breaking albums include The Book of Ragas, and its sequel, The Book of Ragas, Volume 2. Her raga compositions have garnered her an Hollywood Music in Media nomination, an International Singer Songwriters Association gold record, and Global Music Awards. Charu has performed at Lincoln Center and other prestigious concert halls around the world, including St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.