McGovern and Ross Receive 2004 Nightlife Awards; Complete Winners List Announced

By Andrew Gans
22 Dec 2003

Winners of the 2004 Nightlife Awards — which celebrate the best in New York cabaret, jazz and comedy — were announced by producer Scott Siegel Dec. 22.



Two cabaret veterans, Maureen McGovern and Steve Ross, were named Outstanding Cabaret Female/Male Vocalist in a Major Engagement. Jeanne McDonald and Side Show's Phillip Officer will receive the Outstanding Cabaret Female/Male Vocalist award. The complete list of recipients — selected by more than 20 judges who cover the arts for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Daily News, Newsday, New York Post, Time Out NY and The Village Voice — follows:

Cabaret:
Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist in a Major Engagement:
Maureen McGovern
Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist in a Major Engagement:
Steve Ross
Outstanding Duo/Group Cabaret Performance in a Major Engagement:
The Pizzarelli Family
Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist:
Jeanne MacDonald
Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist:
Phillip Officer
Outstanding Cabaret Musical Comedy Performance:
Sharon McNight
Outstanding Cabaret Musical Revue/Group/Variety Performance:
KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler
Outstanding Cabaret Piano Bar Performer:
Jenifer Kruskamp
Unique Cabaret Performance:
Jim Caruso

Comedy:
Outstanding Female Standup Comedian:
Judy Gold
Outstanding Male Standup Comedian:
Greg Giraldo
Outstanding Group Comedy Performance: (3-way tie)
Dannah Feinglass and Paul Scheer (Automatic Vaudeville’s Hilly and Gavin Army Souchet)
Eating It At Luna Lounge
Stella
Unique Comedy Performance:
Demetri Martin

Jazz:
Outstanding Jazz Soloist:
Ornette Coleman
Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance:
Ornette Coleman Quartet
Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist: (tie)
Dianne Reeves
Paula West
Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist:
Allan Harris
Unique Jazz Performance:
Gerald Wilson

The awards will be presented Jan. 12, 2004, at New York's Town Hall. The award winners have been invited to appear at the ceremony, which will be hosted by cabaret star Andrea Marcovicci. Among those who will perform or present awards include Betty Buckley and her musical director Kenny Werner, this year's Legend of Cabaret winners; Legend of Jazz winner Annie Ross; Nightlife Hall of Fame Inductee Margaret Whiting as well as Christine Andreas, David Brown, Helen Gurley Brown, Lea DeLaria, Sandy Duncan, Tovah Feldshuh, Tammy Grimes, Jackie Hoffman, Ute Lemper, Seth Rudetsky and John Selya.

In a statement last season, critic Scott Siegel said, "It is our particular intention to give New York City's nightlife — its clubs and performers — the same importance in the public mindset as Broadway. This is an award that will have immediate credibility and importance because it will be given by the broadest possible spectrum of this city's most influential authorities on cabaret, jazz, and comedy from those who see acts in the big rooms to those who cover the nightlife waterfront."

Tickets for the Nightlife Awards are priced at $25, $50 and $75 and are available by calling Ticket Master at (212) 307-4100. Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 23rd Street.