Press Quotes:

“WORKING IN HARMONY- Acclaimed pianist KATHLEEN LANDIS, who has headlined at New York's classiest clubs, tickles the ivories at Nino's Tuscany. She's joined by FRANK DAIN, who croons top tunes from the American Songbook.

    New York Daily News, Weekend Selects 9/2011


“(Landis)...includes a mini-history of the music she performs—a recent Gershwin program filled listeners in on each song’s origin—her spotlight on Tango is just as elucidating and entertaining...Landis has a way of bringing the room to life.”

    The New Yorker


“As much a singing institution at the Café Pierre as Bobby Short is at the Café Carlyle.”
    Stages, National Theatre Magazine

“The piano playing-singing attraction at the Café Pierre in that posh Fifth Ave. hotel, Kathleen Landis deserves this appellation—Pierrenial.”
    Cabaret Scenes

“Romance is the rule for Miss Landis...with standards by Gershwin and Porter. She creates a special atmosphere…this is class, this is elegance.”
    New York Times

“Kathleen’s poignant variations of "Someone to Watch Over Me" brought many a tear to the eyes of her audience…”
    Cabaret Scenes

“Interpretative balladeer accompanies herself with knockout piano playing... Kathleen Landis is a concerto of contrasts.”
    InTheatre Magazine    

“(Café Pierre)...music from Kathleen Landis is the crowning touch...”
    Zagat Guide

“Landis’ tribute to George Gershwin wound up celebrating the moods and innuendoes in Kathleen Landis’ own musicianship, artistry and passions.”
    Cabaret Scenes Carnegie Hall Review

“...classics of the ‘20s to ‘50s delivered in a jazz-tinged style with classical underpinnings...her arrangements are intricate and imaginative.”
    New York Law Journal

 

RECENT REVIEWS:

Kathleen Landis & guest vocalist Frank Dain

Nino's Tuscany

New York City, October 22nd 2011

Review By: Elizabeth Ahlfors


How do a first-rate pianist/singer and talented crooner entertain in a hurly-burly restaurant? 

 

At Nino’s Tuscany in midtown New York, Kathleen Landis and Frank Dain show you how it’s done.  Nino’s is a popular eatery with an active bar, a piano placed awkwardly between the reservation desk and the coat check, and waiters weaving around the performers to fill orders. All together, you could call this a tempest “in brood.”

 

The challenge is handled with musicality, poise and a sense of humor.  At one point, as the decibel level reached its apex, Dain wryly began the soft opening lines of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" (English lyrics by Gene Lees) with its droll, “…floating on the silence that surrounds us.”  He was backed by Landis’s sexy bossa nova piano rhythms.  While many appreciated the tongue-in-cheek, one couple was so overwhelmed by the song’s sensuality that they stood up to slow-dance against the wall. During Dain’s “Summer Wind,” a waiter parked his food cart a few feet away and began whisking up a zabaglione. As the whisking reached frenzy level, Dain smoothly stepped back, letting Landis’s piano take over. Only in New York, folks—the fun of a ballad and a brouhaha.

 

Dain has a charismatic smile, charm, and understands the heart of his songs.  His mellow delivery is never melodramatic.  A warm vibrato accents the nostalgia in ballads like “Autumn Leaves.”  Reminiscent of Johnny Matthis, he delivers several Matthis classics adding a tangible sensitivity. “Moon River” reflects thoughtful meditation and “Wild Is the Wind” is outstanding, controlled with a soft urgency reaching for the release of passion. The subtlety and emotion make this a rendition that stands on its own. 

 

Landis reigned as popular pianist and singer at the Café Pierre for over 20 years.  A five-star pianist, she melts unique expressive harmonies of jazz and classical.  She colors her accompaniments with creative arrangements, shown in the Erroll Garner-style addendum to “Misty.” “Hello, Young Lovers” Hello, Young Lovers”is sprightly in jazz waltz time, and special treats are the Argentine tangos that Landis performs with rhythm and ardor.

 

Both are fine musicians on their own and a matched pair together.  Nino’s Tuscany is pure New York reminiscent of a 1940’s film noir—noisy, busy, popular.  Add Kathleen Landis and Frank Dain and you have a classic night on the town.

 


Kathleen Landis & Evan Stern

Let's Misbehave! A Jazz Era Romp


Metropolitan Room

New York City, March 27th 2007

Review By: Elizabeth Ahlfors


Let's Misbehave! A Jazz Era Romp - copasetic and spirited.

 

Don't, however, dismiss its feel-good sparkle as mere fluff. The show reflects great care and love for the songs and era, indicating the meticulous musicality and personality of both pianist/singer, Kathleen Landis, host of the posh Cafe Pierre, and 25-year-old Evan Stern, with vocals as smooth as post-Prohibition Scotch. With crisp anecdotes and a solid selection of flapper age tunes, they carried us from the 18th amendment into the collapse of Wall Street.

 

Talk about behind-the-scenes! This duo pulled up to the Metropolitan Room in a vintage Rolls Royce, dressed in their 1920's glad rags. They remained in character and never left, from their pairing of "Take Me Back to Manhattan" with "Manhattan Madness" through every convoluted perfect phrase of "Anything Goes!" Consider:

 

"When Missus Ned McLean (God bless her)
Can get Russian reds to 'yes' her,
Then I suppose/ Anything goes."

 

Landis, an accomplished pianist who flavors her renditions with jazz, classical, Latin, and pop, showed off her nimble finger work with "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and "Rialto Ripples." She saluted Fats Waller's stride with "This Joint is Jumpin'" and "Handful of Keys." Stern relayed the political desperation of "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" and aptly touched into the pathos of "What'll I Do?," a song Irving Berlin wrote in his darkest moments.

 

As Landis commented, the 1920's was certainly not Stern's era, nor was it her era, but "music brings us back to any era." One of their song selections asks, "How Are You Going to Wet Your Whistle?" The answer -- wiggle on down to the Metropolitan Room and order up some hooch. Let's Misbehave with Kathleen Landis and Evan Stern, is the real McCoy.

Let's Misbehave! A Jazz Era Romp will continue at the Metropolitan Room on April 2 and April 11. Both shows are at 9:30 pm.