Kathryn Allyn
Kathryn Allyn
jazz singer & cautionary tale, on the island of misfit toys


Kathryn appears regularly at NYC's Tomi Jazz (next October 27). She's also been seen at The Cutting Room, The Underground, The West End Lounge, Somethin' Jazz and Stage72, NYC's cabaret institution, Don't Tell Mama, Café Noctambulo, and The Triad.

Upcoming dates include an evening of Jazz & Cocktails at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia (November 11), a reprise of her one-woman comedy, "The Gift of the Vagi: Bad Decisions Make Good Stories at NYC's newest comedy and cabaret venue, 53 Above Broadway (November 7 and 14).

In her former life as a classical singer, Kathryn appeared in leading roles at New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Symphony, Florida Grand, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Orchestra New York and others; Kaye's roles ran the gamut from Carmen (Carmen), Madama Butterfly (Suzuki) and Mahler’s Symphony Nr. 2 (Alto Soloist), to Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Noel Coward's Bitter Sweet (Manon) and Gilbert & Sullivan's Utopia, Limited (that gal who's name I forget who was funny and had a nice duet).  

Kaye is a political junkie, an avocational writer, a smart aleck and a cautionary tale. She's a native of the great state of Kansas, and makes her home on The Island of Misfit Toys with tenor Sam Kinsey and very naughty cat, Beatrix Cattenborough.



A tale of woe & naughty bits, The Gift of the Vagi is an, um, deeply moving story of poor choices; a sexy thief, a flummoxed banker, an irritated policeman and financial catastrophe. Tragedy + Time = Comedy, so join us for laughs, cocktails, and sparkling arrangements of the songs of Berlin, the Bros. Gershwin, Porter, Coleman, Dorough, Willie, JT, Randy, Zeff & more. Because bad decisions make good stories.  

November 7 & 14, 2018, 7:00pm

53 Above Broadway
318 West 53rd Street
$20 Cover / 2 drink minimum

Frank Ponzio, piano
Hayes Greenfield, sax
Tom Hubbard, bass

$20 Cover, 2 drink minimum



vIrving Berlin is impossible. There’s too much to say, and far too much to sing. He wrote 1500 songs, 18 musicals, and 19 movie scores in his 65-year career. So I’ll make you a guarantee right now:  there is something you will leave the house to hear - you'll find pants and parking - for something I’m not going to sing.  George Gershwin called him the greatest songwriter in our history.  Jerome Kern said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music; he is American music.”  Sammy Cahn said, “If a man can point to six songs that are immediately identifiable, he’s achieved something. Irving Berlin has 60."  Sammy says, "You couldn't have a holiday without his permission.” The biggest challenge was choosing...The set list includes hits like "Blue Skies", Cheek to Cheek", "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and others, plus a few favored targets for instrumentalists' creativity, including "How Deep is the Ocean".  We have lovely arrangements of tunes from "White Christmas" and "Annie Get Your Gun" on offer, and a handful of rarities, including "Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil" and "You'd Be Surprised." 

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7pm

1886 Front Street, East Meadow, New York

With Frank Ponzio, piano
Ed MacEachen, guitar
Tom Hubbard, bass

516-794-2570 | No cover, no minimum


In 1942, Robert Vincent was assigned to the Army’s Morale Branch, Radio Section. A pioneer in sound recording,  he established Armed Forces Radio and later served as a sound engineer on the Nürnberg Trials.  The Army had been sending entertainment to overseas personnel since the establishment of the Morale Branch in 1940, but in 1942, two major musicians unions engaged in a strike against all four U.S. record companies, and imposed a recording ban that was to last until 1944.  In  short order, the supply of music available to send to the soldiers dried up.  Our hero, Lt. Vincent, visited the Pentagon asking approval to turn the US Army into an ad hoc record company; the Army would produce and press its own records for military personnel. Permission granted, he brokered a compromise among the two unions, the four record companies and the US government and, in the end, eight million records were shipped in monthly care packages to every corner of the world. It's a great story, and the tale's soundtrack is the music of, and by, the Greatest Generation - a set of WWII-era swing and jazz that includes  standards we love, and with a handful of rarities awaiting excavation.

Friday, August 10, 7pm

With Rick Smith, guitar

2121 Meadowlark Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502  
Phone: (785) 537-4610
No cover, no minimum


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