Shepley Metcalf Sings Laura Nyro At New York's Metropolitan Room


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Boston’s acclaimed cabaret and jazz singer Shepley Metcalf brings her new show “Can You Surry? The Songs of Laura Nyro" to New York's Metropolitan Room for two nights in November. Known for her spirited and thoughtful delivery, Metcalf will explore the Nyro songbook from the mega hits (Stoned Soul Picnic, And When I Die, Wedding Bell Blues) to the rarely-covered gems (Billy’s Blues, Luckie, Emmie).

Metcalf debuted her Nyro show in May to a sold-out room at Boston’s top jazz club, Scullers. At the Metropolitan Room her band will be New York talents Janice Friedman on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and Willard Dyson on drums.

The Boston Globe describes Metcalf as an “excellent cabaret/jazz singer who is foremost a sensitive interpreter of lyrics." A longtime Nyro fan, she is taking a detour from her American Songbook repertoire to spotlight Nyro's work. The Bronx-born songwriter Nyro penned hits for some of the music industry’s biggest names, including the Fifth Dimension (Save the Country, Sweet Blindness); Barbra Streisand (Stoney End); Three Dog Night (Eli’s Coming); and Peter, Paul, and Mary (And When I Die). Called “one of the most important singer/songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s” by Rolling Stone, Nyro (1947-1997) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

Metcalf’s 2010 album, Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace, earned a four-star/excellent review from Jazzwise, the UK’s noted jazz magazine. Her show of this new songbook by Landesman (“Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most”) ran in Chicago, Boston, Provincetown, and San Francisco, and for five evenings at the Metropolitan Room.

Shepley Metcalf sings Can You Surry? The Songs of Laura Nyro on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm and on Saturday, November 10 at 9:30 pm at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY. $20 cover + 2-drink minimum. Reservations at metropolitanroom.com or 212-206-0440.

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