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Gelber & Manning Goes Public

by Gelber & Manning

A new vaudevillian troupe combining hot traditional jazz and musical comedy.
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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1. Hello! Ma Baby
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2. Oh You Beautiful Doll
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3. There'll Be Some Changes Made
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4. Runnin' Wild
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5. Poor Butterfly
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6. I'm Just Wild About Harry
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7. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
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8. Margie
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9. I Ain't Got Nobody
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10. Tiger Rag
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11. My Melancholy Baby
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12. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
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13. Toot Toot Tootsie
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14. Do It Again
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15. Sidewalks of New York
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Album Notes
This past year, Jesse Gelber & Kate Manning met, fell in love, and like so many young couples, started their own vaudeville act. Billed as “the latest musical gaiety” and “a musical cocktail of fizz, fun and frolic,” the troupe has since been performing at venues throughout New York City and Brooklyn, including The Triad, Café Steinhof, Banjo Jim’s, The Reprise Room at Dillon’s and Rodeo Bar. Jesse, a formidable stride pianist in New York’s traditional jazz scene and Kate, a veteran of Broadway and national touring musical comedies allied themselves where their two worlds met – in “raggy time.” The result is an act that combines musical improvisation with theatricality and showmanship. Traveling back to the vaudeville era in search of material, Jesse and Kate became the feuding lovers Gelber & Manning: the cantankerous barroom ivory tickler and the sweet singer who dotes persistently on her beau. Along for the ride are Charlie Caranicas on cornet and Kevin Dorn on drums, jazz musicians at the top of their field who just want to play some good music.

"Gelber and Manning have a quality that is rare in performers who mine the treasurable songs from that glorious period of the teens and early Twenties: that quality is authenticity. The songs they've chosen are early classics from the American Songbook - they seem to have been with us forever but we mustn't forget that they were the popular hits of the day and Jesse and Kate bring them buoyantly to life. The former's swinging accuracy is absolutely in the style of the great ragtime and stride artistes of the day such as James P. Johnson and Eubie Blake while Kate is a powerhouse of energy and tenderness whose vocalism recalls Sophie Tucker, Judy Garland and yes, Al Jolson but whose musicality and heart shine through every note she sings."

--Steve Ross

“Energetic, often riotous! The four members of this troupe were so versatile and so musical that the presentation was over too soon. There were vaudeville jokes so ancient that they were new. Manning has a huge, beautifully-modulated voice. She can shout, mug, and belt with energy and swing. Gelber, a percussive wit, likes rapid-fire right hand keyboard patterns and left hand stomps. Drummer Kevin Dorn swings hard, and his solos are exuberant yet melodic. Trumpeter Charlie Caranicas goes from lovely obligatos to being a whole trumpet section. I hope that Gelber and Manning get to go (or goes?) public again and soon.”

--Michael Steinman, Jazz Improv



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Karen Esposito

Gelber and Manning
This CD energizes you with catchy and infectious tunes. The piano playing is impressive and is accompanied by a talented drummer and trumpet player. Manning has a beautiful singing voice and conveys great emotion in the lyrics of all the songs. The spirited repartee between Gelber and Manning is very entertaining. The music is uplifting and leaves you with a happy glow! I would love to see these musicians in a live concert!

Ryan Roe

I saw Gelber & Manning at New York\'s River2River Festival and dug every minute of their set. I was happy to find that the feeling of their live act is so accurately captured on this CD. It\'s smile-inducing from start to finish, and the whole band does a great job with these old songs, although if they ever do another one I might like to hear something newer, like the Coney Island songs they do in the live shows.

Julie Gadzinski

Gelber and Manning
Goes Public is a wonderful CD. The instruments are great and Kate Manning's voice gives me the chills. Keep the hits coming!!



I have been a fan of Gelber and Manning from shows in NY and think they are fantastic. They have introduced me to a genre of music I had not previously been familiar with in a new, innovative, exciting way. Kate Manning's voice is beautiful, and versatile and Jesse Gelber's piano playing is energetic and invigorating. I love this CD!

Gretel G.

Gelber & Thank God....Manning Goes Public
I have to say, I have been waiting for this Cd to come out for a while now. I was fortune enough to see Gelber & Manning perform live in New York City, and found it to be a most engaging and comical show! Kate Manning has such a lovely and unique voice, and Jesse Gelber is quite the pianist. The two of them really had great performance chemistry and it really came through on their CD!

Thom Anders

This is really great music. They kick it old school, but the feeling is nearly as raucous as a punk show. It's like they were teleported from the Orpheum circuit and plunked down in Brooklyn, via Chicago speakeasies and the saloons of the Wild West. Do they do a lot of live shows? Does anyone know?