KT Sullivan, artistic director of the Foundation, will host the Gala Opening Night Oct. 7, the birthday of the late founder of the Foundation, Donald Smith. Performers are scheduled to include Emily Bergl, Carole Bufford, Charles Busch, Barbara Carroll, Gregg Edelman, Eric Yves Garcia, Karen Kohler, Rebekah Lowin, Karen Oberlin, T. Oliver Reid, Spider Saloff, KT Sullivan and Aaron Weinstein. The evening will also feature the presentation of the Donald Smith Award to Karen Oberlin.
Come Fly with Me: The Songs of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen is the theme of the Oct. 8 performance and will be hosted by Bill Boggs and curated by jazz writer Will Friedwald. Celebrating this legendary songwriting team’s centennial will be Eric Comstock, Tony DeSare, Natalie Douglas, Shana Farr, Barbara Fasano, Terese Genecco, Sigali Hamberger, Alan Harris, Jack Jones, Rebecca Kilgore, Nicolas King, Marilyn Maye, Nellie McKay, Marissa Mulder, Molly Pope, Jennifer Sheehan, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan, Nick Ziobro, with Sammy Miller & The Congregation. Jack Jones will receive this year's Mabel Mercer Award.
Andrea Marcovicci and Jeff Harnar will co-host Falling in Love with Love: The Songs of Rodgers & Hart Oct. 9. Scheduled to perform are Karen Akers, Christine Andreas, Joyce Breach, Anna Bergman, Liz Callaway, Lauren Fox, Eric Michael Gillett, Clint Holmes, Todd Murray, Steve Ross and Iris Williams.
The evenings at Rose Hall conclude Oct. 10 with Before the Parade Passes By hosted by Klea Blackhurst. Performers will include Corinna Sowers Adler, Raissa Katona Bennett, William Blake, Kevin Dozier, Liam Forde, John Forster, Gregory Generet, Tanya Holt, Eva Kantor, Stearns Matthews, Sally Mayes, Colleen McHugh, Marissa Mulder, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Georga Osborne and Nick Ziobro. In addition to the performances, Marissa Mulder will receive the Noël Coward Foundation’s Award and the Julie Wilson Award from Wilson herself.
All performances begin at 6 PM at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre, Broadway at 60th Street. Advance tickets priced at $100, $50 and $25 are available through the Mabel Mercer Foundation; $500 premium patron tickets (limited to 50 seats per concert) are also on sale and include an invitation to a post-performance cocktail reception with that evening's artists. Tickets are available at Jazz at Lincoln Center's box office, located at Broadway at 60th Street, online at www.jalc.org and CenterCharge (212) 721-6500. Tickets may also be ordered through the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
Two events relating to the convention, but held at other venues, follow:
Oct. 11 at 8:30 PM: Cutting Edge at The Cutting Room, hosted by KT Sullivan; performances by Mauricio Bustamante, Baby Jane Dexter, Terese Geneco, Daniel Isengart, Ray Jessel, Helen Klass, Phoebe Legere, Hedda Lettuce, Rosemary Loar, Shaynee Rainbolt, Ben Rimalower, Kim Smith and Cookie Stark. Visit cuttingroomnyc.com.
Oct. 12 at 1 PM: Cabaret: Past, Present & Future at 54 Below, hosted by KT Sullivan; with Barbara Carroll, David Finkle, Adam Feldman, Will Friedwald, Liam Forde, David Hajdu, Stephen Holden and Marissa Mulder. Reservations can be made at (646) 476-3551 and 54below.com.