Jazz Vocalists Shirley Crabbe and Dexter Porter to Perform Live at the Metropolitan Room, February 5th, 2010


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Jazz Vocalists Shirley Crabbe and Dexter Porter to perform live at the Metropolitan Room, February 5th, 2010

New York, NY - Jazz vocalists Shirley Crabbe and Dexter Porter are joining forces in February to bring a night of unique jazz sounds to the Metropolitan Room. Long-time friends and no strangers to the New York jazz scene, their mutual love for standards have inspired Shirley and Dexter to team up and bring their favorite sounds to the stage. The performers originally met at their church, a congregation that supports a large fellowship of talented musicians, actors and artists.

Accompanists will be Jim West and Donald Vega.

Friday, February 5th, 2010
7:30 PM
Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd Street NY, NY 10010 metropolitanroom.com

$20 online (plus 2-drink minimum)
$25 at door (plus 2-drink minimum)
Metropolitan Room: 212-206-0440

About Shirley Crabbe

Jazz vocalist Shirley Crabbe sings music that appeals to the heart, performing jazz classics that transcend time and place. Trained as an opera singer, Shirley's technical prowess in classical music combines with her natural instincts for jazz and hip interpretation of contemporary music to create a unique jazz sound that is liquid and rich with a sonorous vocal timbre.

Placing 3rd in the American Traditions Competition at the Savannah International Music Festival (Georgia) and winning the 2009 Arts Council of Rockland Performing Artist Award has helped make the last two years very exciting for Shirley. Currently performing at various venues in New York City, she has entertained audiences at some of the City's finest cabarets and jazz clubs, most recently appearing in two showcases at the world-famous jazz club Birdland. She has performed at Madison Square Garden and the prestigious Paramount Theater, opened for the jazz icon Abby Lincoln, and performed alongside well-known jazz-fusion artists Marion Meadows and Bob Baldwin. The legendary pianist Harold Mabern, and bassist Jamil Nasser have been members of her back-up band. A versatile performer, Shirley has also appeared in various theatrical productions, including Ain't Misbehavin' at the Elmwood Theater, where she performed the role of Armelia. She is also a featured soloist on the CD recording Africa by Mystic Pilgrims. www.shirleycrabbe.com

About Dexter Porter

Dexter Porter is a jazz standards vocalist who has performed his repertoire of standards at such notable venues as Nell's, Birdland Jazz Club, The Triad, Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar Restaurant and Lounge, and the much missed Windows on the World. Porter has performed privately for Barbara Walters, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Liz Smith, Regis Philbin, Starr Jones, and many other celebrities. Most recently, in collaboration with El Salvador's US Embassy, Dexter performed with the National Youth Orchestra of El Salvador in their first jazz show.

Dexter participated in the Savannah Music Festival in Savannah, Georgia and plans to continue performing jazz wherever he can. Most recently, Porter has performed Jazz Tuesdays at Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar Restaurant and Lounge. Dexter is from Eatonton, Georgia and is presently resides in Weehawken, New Jersey.

His debut CD Crazy She Calls Me is available for purchase at iTunes.com. More information about Dexter can be found at MySpace.com/DexterPorter.

About the Metropolitan Room A great place for cabaret and jazz, in the space formerly known as Gotham Comedy Club. Age Restriction: 21 and over unless otherwise noted. Address: 34 West 22nd Street NY, NY 10010. www.metropolitanroom.com


Shirley Crabbe
“As Time Goes By" - Kozma
“Autumn Leaves" - Mercer
“Skylark" - Mercer
“Mood Indigo" (Blues) - Ellington
“Detour Ahead" - Carter, Ellis and Frigo
“So Far Away" - King
“If You Cant Sing It You Have to Swing It" (AKA “Mr. Paganini") - Coslow
“You Taught My Heart To Sing" - Tyner
“Summertime" - Gershwin

Dexter Porter
“S'wonderful" - Gershwin
“The Song is You" - Porter
“You Go to My Head" - Gillespie and Coots
“Route 66" - Troupe
“This Will Make You Laugh" - Higginbotham
“Don't Be on the Outside" - Kelly, Watts and Wyche
“Mister Rodger's Neighborhood" - Rodgers
“Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You" - Segal and Fisher

Duet: “Orange Colored Sky" - Delugg and Stein

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