Martin McQuade Presents “I’ve Got The World On A String“

New York City-based vocalist and American Songbook archivist Martin McQuade will be performing a musical travlogue of American standards ranging from the 1920’s thru the 1940’s for a special show presented at Greenhouse Café in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Accompanying McQuade will be pianist Elliot Sneider who steps in place of McQuade’s regular pianist Jesse Gelber.

McQuade tells, “Elliot has been ‘pinch-hitting’ for Jesse on a number of occasions. Elliot is an extraordinary ‘sight-reader”. Together, we did a tribute to George and Ira Gershwin and Harry Warren as well as a Christmas show. All I need to do is put a sheet of music in front of him and no matter how obscure or intricate, he can pick it up immediately and transpose it perfectly to adjust to my range.”

McQuade has previously performed concerts throughout Brooklyn paying tribute to such phenomenal American composers as Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern, and most recently Cole Porter. McQuade’s repertoire for Sunday evening’s show will feature a selection of popular showtunes like Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s island bliss “Bali Hai” from South Pacific, Vernon Duke and E.Y. Harburg’s melody “April In Paris” originally scored for the 1932 Broadway production of Walk A Little Faster, and Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Meyer‘s perky little ditty “California, Here I Come“ initially launced in Al Jolson’s 1921 Broadway musical Bombo.

Some of the other songs on McQuade’s setlist are affectionately remembered from films including Johnny Burke’s “Road To Morocco” featured in the film by that appellation which starred Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, George and Ira Gershwin‘s “A Foggy Day” from Fred Astaire’s motion picture A Damsel In Distress, and “Lullaby Of Broadway” which was introduced in Wini Shaw’s musical Gold Diggers in 1935. Rounding out the set will be jazz standards such as Bobby Troup’s “Route 66”, Frank Loesser’s “(I’d Like To Get You On) A Slow Boat To China”, and Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz’s serenade “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square”.

The theme of McQuade’s repertoire, as readers may have gathered, is to take his audience on an expedition of geographical locations by means of American standards. Going counter clockwise, the songs roam from the shores of California to the Pacific Islands of Japan, then travel to France, Spain, and England by means of China and Morocco, moving across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City and traversing the United States while stopping off in Georgia, Tennessee’s Chattanooga, and back to California where Hollywood beckons. McQuade’s musical travelogue pays homage to the vision of the great American composers who believed there was more out there worth seeing.

*Martin McQuade will be performing with pianist Jesse Gelber on July 24, 2011 and August 21, 2011 at Greenhouse Cafe in Brooklyn. He also has several live performance dates set at Schnitzel Haus in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. (

(From Martin McQuade’s Bio)
Martin McQuade is a graduate from New York University with a degree in Cinema Studies. His radio series, Going Hollywood, appeared on WNYE-FM in New York City for a number of years. In 2002, McQuade served as guest curator for Hofstra University’s conference Bing! And American Culture. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Kathryn Crosby’s special events coordinator, assisting her with the organization of several tributes and retrospectives honoring he husband Bing Crosby, most significantly the 2004 New York Public Library series entitled Celebrating the Crosbys, and the 2005 Film Society of Lincoln Center 14-film review, What A Swell Party. In addition to regular singing cabaret throughout Brooklyn, New York, Martin in currently a consultant for Bing Crosby Enterprises. He has written liner notes and served as production assistant for many of the company’s recent CD and DVD releases. Martin is also an American correspondent for Bing Magazine, published by the International Club Crosby.

(From Elliot Sneider’s Bio)
Elliot Sneider has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition from the New England Conservatory, and a Master of Arts in Music Performance and Composition from New York University. He has taken master classes with trumpeters Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis, bassist Ron Carter, pianists Danilo Perez and Paul Bley, and saxophonist Jackie McLean to name a few who have mentored him. From 2000 to 2002, Sneider worked as a Music Technology Classroom Specialist at NEC, which led him to becoming a Music Theory Assistant at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education from 2002 to 2004. He honed his chops as a music producer/composer at G&E Music for the Production House in New York City from 2003 to 2006, and sharpened his skills by being the Music Director/pianist for The Talent Company in Syracuse, New York. Presently, he is the Music Director for the Brooklyn jazz ensemble, The Rhapsody Players, and is a Project Manager/producer at Sony Music Entertainment. Sneider intends on moving to Arizona in August 2011 to supplement his studies and work experience.

Martin McQuade’s I’ve Got The World On A String
Sunday, June 26, 2011
6pm to 9pm
7717 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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