Lee Lessack is convinced that cabarets those small clubs where singers perform lyric-driven tunes to an intimate audience will soon be making a comeback in the U.S.
Cabarets have been out of style since the disco era but they never actually died. Theyre still popular in Europe and cultural meccas like San Francisco or New York.
Lessack figures the kids who patronized swing clubs in the mid-1990s are ready to sit down for cabaret singers like himself, Nellie McKay or Sandra Bernhard.
He says theres been a morphing between jazz and cabaret artists which he says is perfect for people who like intensely personal song and stories.
No one can predict whether cabarets will become as trendy as martini bars but Lessack figures his new CD, In Good Company, is a good starting point because, in his words, Its like Im having a romantic conversation 17 times.
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