CNY Jazz Central's March 10 Cabaret features the talents of 3 Central New YorkersPosted: February 27, 2013
(Syracuse, NY, Feb. 25, 2013) — On March 10, 2013, the third in CNY Jazz Central’s 2012-13 cabaret series in the Sheraton Syracuse University will feature three Central New Yorkers and celebrate the 100th birthday of Jimmy Van Heusen, the songwriting genius born Jan. 26, 1913, in Syracuse as Edward Chester Babcock. New York City singer and Syracuse native Marissa Mulder, who performed Van Heusen’s songs at a CNY Jazz event last year, will return with a whole new show. Up-and-coming cabaret singer Nick Ziobro, a Fayetteville-Manlius High School junior and winner of Michael Feinstein’s 2012 Great American Songbook Vocal Competition who has appeared with Feinstein in New York City and Los Angeles, will also sing. Doors open at 4 p.m., Ziobro will take the stage at 5 p.m. and Mulder’s one-hour show begins at 6 p.m. The Van Heusen family will attend and award Ziobro a $500 scholarship.
Marissa Mulder, who grew up in Syracuse and sang at St. Ann’s Church, graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2007 with a major in musical theater. She won the 2011 Metro Star Challenge at New York City’s Metropolitan Room and is a regular performer in the Big Apple. In addition to her all-star tribute to Van Heusen, she frequently performs the songs of Mickey Leonard. For more information about Mulder, visit marissamulder.com.
Nick Ziobro is in his junior year at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. He began performing in local theatre at a very young age, and has performed with the Syracuse Opera Company, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and CNY Jazz Orchestra. He was the winner of the National 2012 Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook High School Vocal Academy and Competition. Ziobro opened for Feinstein in his “Gershwin Holiday” show at Lowe’s Regency in New York City from Nov. 27 to Dec. 22, 2012. For information about Ziobro, link to nick-ziobro.com.
Van Heusen graduated from Nottingham High School, attended Cazenovia Seminary and Syracuse University. During his early years, he worked as a disc jockey under the name Chester Babcock for a local radio station and would invite people to send in lyrics. For a trifling $10, he would compose a complete piano part to go along with the lyrics. A friend helped Babcock come up with his stage name around 1928, picking Van Heusen as a last name after spotting a billboard for the famous shirt manufacturer and James as a first name from the friend’s favorite cousin.
Van Heusen was an accomplished songwriter who wrote more songs that were recorded by his friend, Frank Sinatra, than any other composer, including “Come Fly with Me,” “Only the Lonely,” and “All the Way.” Too long over-looked in his hometown, he also composed songs for Bing Crosby, another friend, and won four Oscars and one Emmy for his music. Other titles in his catalog include “Swinging on a Star,” “High Hopes,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Love and Marriage.”
“With this latest Jimmy Van Heusen Cabaret, CNY Jazz continues to build a living, breathing Van Heusen legacy for Central New York,” says Larry Luttinger, Executive Director of CNY Jazz Central. “And what better way to celebrate Chet’s considerable catalog than to invite two rising cabaret stars with local roots back home to perform songs that have become part of America’s—no, the world’s—musical heritage.”
People who buy advance $25 admission at cnyjazz.org/subscribe or by calling (315) 479-5299 will receive a CNY Jazz Club Discount Card good for 10 percent off food and drink for this cabaret and all remaining events of the CNY Jazz 2012-2013 Season. Tickets are $30 at the door, and student admission is $10 with I.D. Sheraton SU will offer a cash bar and menu themed for the occasion at affordable buffet stations. All attendees will receive validated parking in the Sheraton SU garage.
More information about the CNY Jazz 2012-2013 Cabaret Series, the “JAZZ@SITRUS” club series, and all other CNY Jazz and Jazz Central programs can be found at www.cnyjazz.org or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.