Frank Sinatra with Connie Haines. the Pied Pipers and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, with a Joe Bushkin classic song that became Sinatra’s first big hit, “Oh, Look At Me Now.” Enjoy!
Thursday is the day of the week when McElrath Cabaret will feature some of our favorite cabaret blogs, websites or performers. Today’s cabaret website that we are pleased to bring to your attention is for phenomental pianist, composer arranger and vocalist Joe Bushkin. (By way of comparison, listen to Bushkin’s performance of the song above, which is located on his home page. I can’t decide which I like best, because I love them both!) The website was designed to be a tribute to Bushkin’s life and music Mr. Bushkin passed away in 2004, but those who are new to his music will be delighted to discover that he has an extensive online presence on You Tube, and also Facebook, as well as a brief Wikipedia entry.
Bushkin’s tribute website contains a biography, partial album listing as well as music samples, a photo gallery, articles and videos. The article is from the February 21, 1983 edition of The New Yorker magazine, and gives a good overview of Bushkin’s performance life, as well as several fun quotes. The video on the website is not to be missed for Bushkin fans, because he talks about his life, and you get to see him in action playing and singing with Judy Garland and Bing Crosby–it’s quite wonderful!
He played with some of the top jazz musicians in the country, including Bunny Berigan, Gene Krupa, Eddie Condon, Benny Goodman, and wrote songs that were performed by singing legends Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and many others. His talent also extended to acting; he performed on Broadway in Garson Kanin’s The Rat Race, and later acted in the film version of the same.
He was a well-known entertainer in his own right. He performed as a solo artist and with his own small combos in the nightclubs of New York in the 1940s and 50s. You should definitely watch the You Tube videos, because you can see his easy style, humor and immense talent in action.
From his website we learn that:
“Judy Garland called Joe Bushkin, “a musician’s musician,” and
Frank Sinatra said, “One of the things I missed most about leaving Tommy Dorsey’s band was the piano playing of Joe Bushkin.”
Some of his albums include:
- After Hours With Joe Bushkin
- Midnight Rhapsody
- Skylight Rhapsody
- Joe Bushkin, Marty Paich–Night Sounds San Francisco
- Play It Again, Joe
- A Fellow Needs A Girl
Joe Bushkin is a performer that you, if you are young, might not have heard of before, butis well worth looking into. The cabaret entertainer can learn from his performance style as evidenced in his You Tube videos as well as the many recordings that are available, and you can study his music for songs to include in your next cabaret performance. I recommend that you visit Joe Bushkin’s tribute website!
Here is a great You Tube that shows Joe Bushkin playing and singing:
Is there a cabaret blog, website or performer that you would like to see featured on McElrath Cabaret? Leave us a note in the comments below—we always love to hear from our readers!
ps–The Cabaret Soiree Link Party will continue next week–you can visit anytime to click on the links and see what others have posted, or you can share your own recent cabaret blog or now website link every week from Monday through Thursday. Link is below.
Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time