CLIFFORD BELL, MICHAEL LAVINE and FRIENDS
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8pm
Acclaimed Los Angeles Based Cabaret and Concert Producer/Director Clifford Bell and Celebrated New York Based Musical Director/Performance Coach/Sheet Music Archivist Michael Lavine host an evening featuring local San Diego Favorites.
GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST
CLIFFORD BELL, known affectionately as “Lawrence of Cabarabia”, is one of the leading producer/directors in the fields of Cabaret, Concerts, and One Person Shows. As a thirty year veteran of the Los Angeles nightclub scene, Clifford has been most identified in the past with the legendary Cinegrill at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and currently at the popular MBar in Hollywood, and the prestigious Catalina Jazz Club.
Aside from his work in Los Angeles and New York, Clifford has collaborated on concert tours with several acclaimed artists, most recently Katey Sagal and Peter Gallagher. Clifford also co-created the successful touring show “Direct From Broadway” starring Tony Award Winners Debbie Gravitte (“Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”) and Michael Maguire (“Les Miserables”), with his frequent collaborator Lara Teeter (“On Your Toes”).
In venues large and small, Clifford has written and directed variety performances featuring icons like Bill Cosby, Colin Powell, and Michael Eisner at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, or long running plays like “Shattered Secrets”, Libbe S. HaLevy’s powerful look at the lives of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
In addition to producing, directing, and booking live performances, Clifford has also produced several popular cabaret CDs including Betsy Ann Faiella’s breakthrough “Can I Be Frank?”, Lee Lessack’s eponymous debut CD, and Eileen Barnett’s “Live At The Cinegrill”. Recently the Senior Vice President of Artists & Repertoire for the prestigious Broadway oriented label Fynsworth Alley, Clifford is most proud of discovering young Judy Butterfield, the seventeen year old San Francisco sensation and producing her debut CD “Judy Sings Judy: Live From The Empire Plush Room” and her first studio recorded CD “How Long Has This Been Going On?”
As one of the most prolific presenters in the genre of cabaret, Clifford has either directed, produced, or booked the leading names in the genre including Billy Barnes, Susie Mosher, Jason Graae, Lindy Robbins, John Bucchino, Jim Caruso, Todd Murray, Kathryn Crosby, Shelly Markham, Maureen McGovern, Anne Kerry Ford, Lee Lessack, Ana Gasteyer, Mary Jo Mundy, Eileen Barnett, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, Roslyn Kind, Wesla Whitfield, Gregg Marx, Brian Lane Green, Sharon McNight, Jan and Mickey Rooney, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, John Boswell, Johnny Rodgers, Susan Werner, Babbie Green, Michele Brourman, Bonnie Franklin, Brad Ellis and Eydie Allyson, Michael Kostroff and Eric Leviton, Keri Kelsey, and Dana Meller.
Aside from the nightclub scene, Clifford has directed several one person shows in theatrical settings. Beth Lapides, (of “UnCabaret” fame) looked ahead to the end of the Mayan Calendar in “100% Happy 88% Of The Time”. Joan Hotchkis celebrated aging and sexuality in the long running “Elements of Flesh: Or Screwing Saved My Ass”. Deborah Pearl brought to life an array of interconnected female vocalists in the smash hit “Chick Singers”. Comedian, phone psychic and “976-STUD”, Paul Jacek shared intimate memories in the critically acclaimed “Secrets Of A Beverly Hills Shampoo Boy”. Juliette Marshall’s hilarious and touching “Shift Happens:A (Piece Of) Work In Progress”, has just completed a series of performances throughout Southern California at The Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, Edgemar Center Of The Arts, Highways Performance Space, and The Santa Monica Playhouse.
Born into a musical family, Clifford’s father was a symphony conductor and his mother was a concert cellist. His brother, Bryan, is an accomplished techno-wizard with over thirty years of working with the most respected names in the music business. Hanging out in Bryan’s shadow has allowed Clifford to look over the shoulder of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, David Foster, Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Santana, and Neil Young, to name a few.
Always seeking new ways to discover, develop and present new talent, Clifford has created the popular showcases “The Cabarabia Spotlight”, “In With The New: An Evening Of Up And Coming Singer/Songwriters”, “Mundy On Tuesdays”, the venerable open mic at Tom Rolla’s Gardenia, “The Alley Sessions”, a series of private performances being filmed for documentary release, and, as of February 2012, Open Mic Mondays at The MBar in Hollywood.
Clifford recently began a new program called “AP Cabarabia” which is a performance workshop designed for teens.