Carole J. Bufford ~ speak easy.
2 Beverage Minimum
34 W 22nd St, Between 5th & 6th Ave New York, NY 10010
A celebration of the music made famous during America’s Prohibition (1920-1933) featuring Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks(the Grammy-winning Jazz Age band of Boardwalk Empire fame) backing award-winning vocalist Carole J. Bufford who has been hailed by critics as “a major musical talent today with the taste and looks to rise into the stratosphere.”
Featuring classics from the Great American songbook made famous by the likes of Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Helen Kane, Annette Hanshaw, and more, this musical extravaganza features arrangements and musical direction by Larry Lees. Come join Carole as she travels back to a time where flappers, vamps and sheiks were shimmying in gin joints as a whirl of great social and political change happened all around them.
“Not much bigger than a minute and sporting a helmet of black hair over pert features, Bufford sang as if she was damned if she'd be limited by her petite appearance…She was as brazen as would please the toughest Jazz Age critic.” -Huffington Post
With her expressive face, wide eyes and rich voice, she presents an innocent savvy with red-hot dash. Her rangy voice has compelling passion and subdued honesty. -Cabaret Scenes
“For sheer talent matched with a gutsy go-for-broke bravado, give us Carole Bufford. Slightly built, boyishly beautiful, but possessing a powerhouse voice that belies her fragile appearance, she is a find if ever there was one." -Talkin’ Broadway.com
Carole J. Bufford made her entrance on the New York cabaret stage in the Metropolitan Room’s MetroStar Talent Challenge. Immediately following, she was asked to perform at the 2009 Cabaret Convention at Jazz@Lincoln Center presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation where she received specific praise by Stephen Holden in The New York Times. In addition, Carole has been featured in numerous Broadway By The Year concerts, both at The Town Hall and in California. She has also performed in All Singin’, All Dancin’ as well as the recent Tribute to Judy Garland and The Art of American Dance at The Town Hall where she shared the stage with Lorna Luft and Susan Stroman in an all-star cast. In all she has been singled out for specific praise in numerous reviews.
Carole recently starred in Scott Siegel’s weekly 11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock at Feinstein’s at The Loew’s Regency which enjoyed a nine month run. As for Carole’s solo cabarets, both Carole J. Bufford sings Randy Newman at Don’t Tell Mama and intro at the Metropolitan Room received rave reviews and return engagements. Carole has also been seen at the 2010 Cabaret Convention, the National Arts Club’s “Cabaret on Mondays” series, Upright Cabaret in L.A., Simply Streisand at The Laurie Beechman, and The Tudor City Greens Concerts. Carole received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. New York theatre credits include Junie B. Jones (Lucille Lortel), A Christmas Carol (Lucille Lortel), and Trouble in Shameland (NY Fringe Festival.) Carole originally hails from Lincolnton, GA. For more about Carole, visit www.carolejbufford.com
In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. His dynamic band has been booked for black tie galas at the New York Public Library, the Waldorf Astoria, the Rainbow Room and many private events for the patrons of the NY Pops, NYC Opera, NYC Ballet and countless charitable organizations. Vince has also performed at the Smithsonian Institute, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Jazz Festivals around the world. Early appearances with Leon Redbone and A Prairie Home Companion and then lending his musical and acting talents to Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Cotton Club, led to working with Dick Hyman’s Orchestra in half a dozen Woody Allen soundtracks, then acting as a bass player, most notably in Sean Penn’s band in Woody’s Sweet And Lowdown. He and the band have been both onscreen and in the studio for Gus Van Sant’s film Finding Forrester; in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator; and Sam Mendes’ film Revolutionary Road. Other recording projects include soundtracks for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World; Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages; Robert DeNiro’s film, The Good Shepherd; Sam Mendes’ Away We Go; Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, along with HBO’s – Grey Gardens and Todd Haynes’ HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce.
Most recently, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks won a 2012 GRAMMY: Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for their work on BOARDWALK EMPIRE Volume 1 – Music from the HBO Original Series CD.