A moving and deeply personal story of faux vaginas, flummoxed bankers, irritated policemen and financial catastrophe, The Gift of the Vagi is a tale of woe & naughty bits.  Join us for laughs, cocktails, and the songs of Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Cy Coleman, Clifford Brown, Bob Dorough, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Bill Zeffiro & more. Because bad decisions make good stories.

"Out comes this pretty lady with a martini dry wit and delivery to match..."
John Yohalem, www.cafeteriarusticana.com

"...moving effortlessly through ... an eclectic set of standards, the singer and her trio were clearly having enormous fun telling the story in words and... sparkling arrangements of songs like “Love, You Didn’t Do Right by Me” (Berlin), “Just One of Those Things” (Porter), and “There Will Never Be Another You” (Warren & Gordon).”   (Jerry Osterberg, American Popular Song Society) ...see more reviews


Next performance:


46th street, between 8th & 9th aves., New York City
Thursday, May 4, at 7pm (seating from 6:30pm)
$20 Cover, 2 drink minimum
MAC Members: $15 Cover, 2 drink minimum
Reserve: 212-757-0788


Frank Ponzio, Piano; Music Director. ("An artist of top quality” - J. d'Amboise, National Dance Institute) Frank is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher. He has performed and collaborated with a variety of well-known artists, including Ben Vereen, David Amram, Phil Donahue, Jacques d’Amboise, Joe Beck, Nancy LaMott, Baby Jane Dexter, Bob McGrath of Sesame Street, Rosemary Loar, and Aisha Morris (Stevie Wonder's daughter).  He performs solo concerts and leads his own bands at the legendary Birdland, the Metropolitan Room, The Museum of Modern Art, Trinity Church, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Town Hall. As a music director, composer, and arranger, Frank has worked on numerous productions, including shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden.


Hayes Greenfield, Sax. ("An Inspired, risk taking improviser with a pungent tone and a penchant for melody…” – Jazz Times) Hates is a producer, composer, saxophonist, filmmaker, bandleader, and educator – has been active on the New York City jazz scene since the late ‘70s. As sideman, he has built enduring associations with such notable artists as Jaki Byard, Rashied Ali, Paul Bley, Barry Altschul, and Richie Havens. As bandleader, Hayes has recorded and produced a number of critically acclaimed CDs and played throughout the U.S. and Canada, headlining in such popular New York City clubs as the Blue Note, Birdland, the Knitting Factory, and CBGB’s. European tours have taken him and his bands to Vienna, the Aalen Jazz Festival in Germany, Brighton Jazz Festival in the U.K., the Albi, Coutances, Bordeaux, Amiens, Hyeres, and Avignon Jazz Festivals in France, and the Aarhus Jazz Festival in Denmark.


Tom Hubbard, Bass (“Intriguing solos… lyrical and swinging.”- Jazz Review.com)  Tom is a bassist, composer and arranger who lives and works in New York City. His teachers have included Arthur Gold and George Stahl of the Minnesota Orchestra and renowned jazz bassists Richard Davis and Dave Holland. He has performed with instrumentalists Kenny Barron, Jay McShann, Charlie Rouse, Dewey Redman, Beaver Harris, Dannie Richmond and Ron Affif among others. Tom has accompanied a long list of singers including Joe Williams, Mose Allison, Freddy Cole, Chris Connor, Sheila Jordan, Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Billy Stritch, Stacey Kent, Marilyn Maye and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Mr. Hubbard performed on and wrote arrangements for seven of Freddy Cole’s CDs and contributed arrangements for recordings by Grover Washington, Jr., George Mraz, Archie Shepp and the Milestone All-Stars. He has performed in some of the top venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Philadelphia ’s Academy of Music, Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, Tokyo ’s NHK Hall and Frankfurt ’s Alte Oper. His website is tomhubbardbass.com