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9 Jason Emanuel Britton: The longtime bay Area actor, singer and cabaret performer has a show at Oakland's historic Bellevue Club on Lake Merritt, with guest Sarah Kathleen Farrell, star of the long-running S.F. musical comedy "Insignificant Others."

Details: 7:30 tonight; $15; 510-451-1000, www.bellevueclub.com. - Oakland Tribune


Jason Emanuel Britton is a born showman. His obvious connection and love of the lyric is evident from the moment he comes before his audience to sing the words of an old standard or a contemporary tune that has touched him. He is eager to SHARE that love with his assembled salon. He interprets each song with an eagerness and appreciation that is artful, skillful and contagious. Before too long, you are right there "with" him, truly "getting" what those beautiful words actually mean, hearing them for the "first time". He brings a new yet, very traditional feel of the CABARET experience. To say that he is the consummate performer could be a cliche, but it is truly the case! Don't miss experiencing his wonderfully generous spirit!
~Richelle Lieberman, Chairman of Programs and Events, Bellevue Club
- Bellevue Banner


Quotes about Jason Emanuel Britton

‘Jason is a multidimensional performer. He's not just a singer; he's an entertainer. This guy sings, dances and just thrills his audience with surprises, charisma and charm.’

~Nancy Tierney, Founder
www.unconditionalconfidence.com


‘Jason was a delight to work with. He is very professional, had everything in place and was a tireless worker. He is an true cabaret entertainer. I like this guy.’

Daniel Patrick, Booking Agent
www.murphyproductions.com


‘As a jazz educator and professional jazz musician for over 20 years,
I've had the opportunity to work with many outstanding talents.
Jason Emanuel Britton's voice is one of the tops on my list. It's a voice that's
rich, elegant, and confident with great dynamic range and the ability
to project many emotions. His youth, warmth and humor combined with a
generosity of spirit, predict that he'll be a talent worth watching for
a long time to come.’

~Maye Cavallaro, Jazzschool Faculty
www.redheadmusic.com
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Jason is one of the three best male singers in San Francisco these days.’

~Christopher Copeland Productions
jazcabaret@earthlink.net
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Quotes about Jason as a coach and choreographer…


‘Jason conducted a mini-master class at Thick Tuesdays, a monthly cabaret performance workshop produced and hosted by The Kitchenettes, Lua Hadar & Linda Kosut.
Jason is more than a choreographer and dancer and singer. He is a director and coach of the finest order. His insight, precision, and ability to see into the core of a performer’s work, is refreshing. He cuts to the quick in a straightforward and compassionate way.
I would recommend him highly as a performance coach.’

~Linda Kosut, The Kitchenettes
www.thekitchenettes.com
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‘Jason's work speaks many languages. His dance and choreographic talent is imbued with depth, integrity, passion and a clear definition of intent, no matter the style or genre. I truly admire his ability to utilize an array of thematic material from the humorous to the serious, from the tangible to the abstract and my imagination always takes a wonderful journey. I applaud his talents both as a dancer and choreographer.’

~Donnette Heath, Founder and Director
Dance Repertory San Francisco
www.dancerepertory.org

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- various sources


By L. PIERCE CARSON
Register Staff Writer
Cabaret artist Jason Emanuel Britton will debut his new show, “Listen to Your Heart,” at Silo’s Jazz Club in Napa on Saturday, July 18.

Special guest at the performance will be Kellie Fuller, best known as sunrise deejay weekdays on KVYN’s “Kellie in the Morning.”
Britton performs regularly throughout the Bay Area.

His latest show had its Bay Area debut recently at the historic Bellevue Club on Oakland’s Lake Merritt. At the end of July, the Bay Area baritone will take it to the world-famous Don't Tell Mama nightclub off Times Square in New York City.
His performances offer lush, intimate arrangements of classic and contemporary American songs by many famous and lesser-known composers including Alec Wilder and William Engvick, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Rome, ‘Yip’ Harburg, Amanda McBroom, Stephen Sondheim, Ricky Ian Gordon, Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Duke Ellington.

His show “A step beyond the rain ...” premiered at Martuni’s in San Francisco to enthusiastic audiences and played the Berkeley City Club and the Metropolitan Club in San Francisco’s Union Square.
Britton was a lead performer in “Pins and Needles,” a musical review by Harold Rome from the 1930s, performed at La Pena Cultural Center and the San Francisco Music Center.

His solo cabaret show “Stairway to the Stars,” premiered at the Larkspur Café Theatre in 2006 featuring notable American tunes from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s with musical direction by Frank Johnson.

In 2005, his solo cabaret show, “Putting It Together!,” was presented at Kelly’s of Alameda and at Martuni’s in San Francisco. Later that year, Britton performed his show “Finding Home” at the Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley and at The White Barn in St. Helena.

His original song and dance shows — “All Jazzed Up!” and “My Visions of the Valley” — have been seen at The Napa Valley Museum, Western Sky in Berkeley and at the Metro Theatre in Oakland.

Britton received his Masters from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a Masters in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University.

Britton has taught yoga and dance at UC Berkeley since 1998.

Frank Johnson, music director, earned degrees in performance and composition at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

He has composed, arranged, written, produced, performed, conducted and stage-directed opera, musical theater, orchestral concerts, chamber music and recitals, avant garde, jazz and cabaret, rock, modern dance, concert series, festivals and many public and private events.

In the Bay Area, he has worked with Theatreworks, American Conservatory Theatre, Marin Theatre, Woodminster, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Pocket Opera and many others, and served as assistant conductor for “Beach Blanket Babylon.”

Britton’s first CD is in production and is expected to be released come fall.

Guest soloist Fuller is the popular morning personality on the “Kellie in the Morning” program on 1440 KVON and 99.3, the VINE.

She has been singing professionally for many years, and features a soulful voice with a tremendous range in both her vocals and styling.

Having returned to the stage after a brief hiatus while raising her two young children, Kellie made her debut with Mike Greensill recently at Silo’s Jazz Club to great acclaim, and the two of them performed on a “West Coast Live” broadcast from Napa.

Guest flutist for the Silo’s show will be Diane Grubbe.

She freelances in the Bay Area, performing with Pocket Opera, Napa Valley Symphony, Golden Gate Opera, Lamplighters, Lyric Opera and others. As a member of Quinteto Latino, she performs in the San Francisco Symphony’s “Adventures in Music” program.

Jason Britton

Cover charge for the July 18 performance of “Listen to Your Heart” is $10. Silo’s Jazz Club is at the Napa Mill, on the Napa River at the southern end of Main Street. For reservations, visit www.silosjazzclub.org. - Napa Valley Register


By Judith Prieve
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 05/12/2010 01:39:37 PM PDT
Updated: 05/13/2010 10:44:28 AM PDT

Where can you see an 82-year-old tap dancer, disco dancer and a Follies Bergere singer dressed in full-feathered regalia all on one stage?

Maybe the same place you'd see a 1950s doo-wop a cappella group, a high-stepping dance ensemble and patriotic show tune singers? Yep, Vagabond Players has it all in its newest fundraiser revue, "Fabulous Follies," which opened last weekend at El Campanil Theatre and continues through Sunday.

Any number of performers in this dazzling song-and-dance show, directed by Sharon Redman, would be worth the $20 (adult) admission price. There's Rhonda Taylor, who recently recovered from surgery, but still did a bang-up job performing a sizzling "Follies Bergere" with her red-hot feathered headdress and sexy French accent. And there's the fabulous Anna-Lisa Muroaka in "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," Hello Young Lovers" and "Popular," and the steamy Ella Wolfe with "Cheek to Cheek," "Come on Strong" and "At Last."

Other standouts include Jason Emanuel Britton with "If I Loved You" and "The Lady is a Tramp"; Terry D'Emidio with "Everyone's Girl" and "Adelaide's Lament"; and Norm Gilbert with "New York, New York" and "My Way."

If that weren't enough, the Bay Area-based a cappella group House Blend nearly takes down the house with its four-part harmonies and doo-wop medleys, all performed with an abundance of rhythm, humor and energy.

The dancers were not to be outdone either, performing everything from jazz, to disco to ballet moves all
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under the able direction of choreographer Jennifer Hughes, who also dances in the show.

With some 50 area singers, dancers and performers and 400 costumes changes, there's something for everyone in this fun production.

The show continues at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Reserved seating tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors (62 and up), and $10 for youths under 17. Group rates are available. Visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com or call 757-9500.

THERE'S MORE FUN DOWN THE ROAD: Pittsburg Community Theatre continues the fun with its highly entertaining "Gaslight Girl" melodrama Friday and Saturday at a temporary new location, the Pittsburg Historical Society Museum, 515 Railroad Ave.

This old-fashioned John Jakes melodrama musical blends 19th-century melodrama and 20th-century musical theater in a 21st-century venue. The show is right up Director Betty Brown's alley, the kind of silly romp she delights in sharing with others. Where else can you see a former Antioch citizen of the year winner (Wayne Steffen) play a drunk and a felon? Or an insurance man (Tim Biglow) play a bum and a barkeeper? The talented -- and always humorous -- Kevin Burns and amusing Gioia Stark (Amelia Van Dorp) add to the delight as does the fabulous singer Mandi Diehl (Mary Goodhue).

The play is sold out, but theatergoers can show up to any given performance to see if there are cancellations.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Michelle Brown directs the music and Nancy Logaburn performs on piano.

Call 925-439-PLAY for more information or go to pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org.

ART ON TOUR: The Lynn House Gallery is hosting a sneak preview and group exhibit of the upcoming Artists' Open Studio Tour (May 22-23).

The exhibited artwork includes paintings, ceramics, textiles, drawings, sculptures, glass, jewelry, printmaking, photography and mixed media.

The preview is a representation of all the artists' work, and offers art lovers a chance to plan which studios to visit. A full-color tour guide with illustrations of the tour artists' work and maps to the studio locations are free and available at the Lynn House Gallery, Chambers of Commerce, Aaron Brothers, 110 Magazine and at locations throughout East Contra Costa County.

A special feature on the tour is an exhibit of work at the Student Art Show, sponsored by the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Unified School District. The exhibit will continue through May 23.

For more on the Open Studios Tour, go to www.artistsopenstudiotour.com. For information on the Lynn House Gallery, go to www.art4antioch.org or call 925-325- 9897.

The Lynn House Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. during exhibits. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 23-24 during the Artists' Open Studio Tour.

Reach Judith Prieve at 925-779-7178 or jprieve@bayareanewsgroup.com. - Contra Costa Times


The Vagabond Players are staging in Antioch what they call their “Fabulous Follies”. While it is described by the literature as a “musical review”, it is much more than that as the show includes a lot of dancing and dancing skits, sometimes even a dance routine that is nothing more than an excuse to move props on or off stage. Generally, when I think of a “musical review”, I think of the songs by a particular writer (Gershwin) or composer or of a particular genre (Jazz) or a particular time period (1940’s and 1950’s). This show has no particular genre, just some terrific entertainers that include singers, both solo artists and singing groups and a variety of dancers that do a mixture of song and dances. The musical variety includes turn of the century barbershop, show tunes from musicals, single hits and solo artists (ie: Frank Sinatra), comedy song routines, acapella/doowop and barbershop harmony, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, mo-town favorites and even country hits.


The Vagabond Players Theatrical Company has set its sights on entertaining the senior audience and often includes productions that are geared specifically to encourage senior actors to be an active and an integral part of their productions. This production is a gathering of everyone who probably has ever acted in or wanted to get up on stage and try their wings. While there are a number of truly professional performers or previously full time professional performers in this show, director Sharon Redman and her co-director, Jennifer Hughes, a professional dance choreographer, have obviously issued an open invitation to all comers, professional and non-professional alike.


There are some sterling performances from song stylists such as, Jason Emanuel Britton, Ella Wolfe, Terry D’Emidio, Rhonda Taylor and Anna-Lisa Muroaka and an acapella group who call themselves “House Blend”. There are some excellent dance routines both serious and comedic by such talented people as Jennifer Hughes, Jennifer Peabody and Terry D’Emidio. There are a number of guys who I would not classify as dancers, but they are terrifically entertaining as members of dance routines, including Shawn Bonnington, Bill Dietz, Charlie Pitak, Josh Thorpe and Norm Gilbert who add significantly to the overall levity of the evening. While I don’t have space to give adequate kudos to all who deserve them, the show provided a very full evening of diverse entertainment.

On the other hand, directors Redmond and Hughes are like the gal in Oklahoma who “Jes’ Cain’t Say No!” and should have said no to a number of the numbers to cut the show down to a reasonable size, as it ran from a little after 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. before it was over. Much too, too long!

This fun filled "Fabulous Follies" evening of entertainment continues next weekend in the El Campanil, located at 602 West 2nd street in old downtown Antioch, Saturday, May 15th at 2 pm and 8 p.m., then again on Sunday the 16th for a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, and $10 for youth, 17 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office next door to the theater, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or again up to one hour before show time, or by phone at 757-9500. It you have never been to the El Campanil then I highly suggest you do so. This gorgeous old theatre has been recently restored to its early grandeur and is an absolute gem of a theater. Please go on line and check out this theater at http://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/ . They provide many opportunities for excellent entertainment. - Charles Jarrett (reviewer)


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Jason Emanuel Britton in concert at
Martuni's piano bar in San Francisco.

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Doors open at 4pm
Show at 4:30 pm
Cover Charge $10
Venue location is 4 Valencia, SF 94103-1102
Question? email brittonorona@earthlink.net

Reaction to Jason's shows:

The audience sat spellbound throughout, responding to each number with cheers and applause. The main purpose of cabaret is to entertain, and that certainly was accomplished.
~ Cabaret Hotline, New York

"Jason has a wonderful variety of songs, awesome tonal quality and range, and emotive power to fill one's evening with a most memorable musical experience."
~Tom Fernandez, audience member

"Jason's voice expresses the warmth and open-heartedness of his personality. It is as though he is saying with every number, "Isn't this a beautiful song? I just had to share it with you." With so many other singers, they open their mouths and you wonder "where is that voice coming from?" With Jason, the sound, the song and the feeling come straight from the heart."
~Steve Savage, www.savagephoto.com

"Jason Emanuel Britton is a born showman. His obvious connection and love of the lyric is evident from the moment he comes before his audience to sing the words of an old standard or a contemporary tune that has touched him.
He is eager to SHARE that love with his assembled salon. He interprets each song with an eagerness and appreciation that is artful, skillful and contagious. Before too long, you are right there "with" him, truly "getting" what those beautiful words actually mean, hearing them for the "first time". He brings a new yet, very traditional feel of the CABARET experience. To say that he is the consummate performer could be a cliche, but it is truly the case! Don't miss experiencing his wonderfully generous spirit!"
~Richelle Lieberman, Chairman of Programs and Events, Bellevue Club www.bellevueclub.org

Baritone Jason Emanuel Britton performs lush and yet intimate arrangements of both classic and contemporary American songs by many famous and lesser known composers including Alec Wilder and William Engvick, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Rome, Yip Harburg, Amanda McBroom, Stephen Sondheim, Ricky Ian Gordon, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and Duke Ellington, among others.

In 2004, his cabaret career began when he was selected to perform at the legendary Purple Onion nightclub as a part of the New Stars series developed by Kitchenette Productions
founders Lua Hadar and Linda Kosut.

Since that time Jason Emanuel Britton has performed regularly throughout the Bay Area. In 2010, he headlined to sold out crowds at the historic El Campanil Theatre in 'The Fabulous Follies' with the Vagabond Players (see press clips).

His shows 'Love Can End The Madness' (2009) and 'Listen To Your Heart' (2008) have toured the Bay Area and beyond. 'Listen' debuted at Oakland's elegant and historic Bellevue Club on Lake Merritt and toured to Silo's Jazz Club on the Napa River and then on to world famous 'Don't Tell Mama' nightclub near Times Square in New York City.

His 2007 show 'A step beyond the rain...' premiered at Martuni's in San Francisco to enthusiastic audiences and played the Berkeley City Club and the Metropolitan Club in Union Square, San Francisco.

Mr. Britton has been a featured vocalist in several unique theatrical projects: He is on the demonstration recording of 'Allegience', a musical in development by Jay Kuo that features
the legendary actor George Takei. Jason was also a featured singer in San Francisco workshop performances of 'Homeland' by Mr. Kuo. In addition, Mr. Britton was a lead performer in 'Pins and Needles,' a musical review by Harold Rome from the 1930's produced by Marcus Duskin and performed at La Pena Cultural Center and the SF Music Center for 'Laborfest'.

Mr. Britton was a featured singer, dancer and choreographer in 'It's About Time, Already!' starring Lua Hadar, which played the Empire Plush Room, Kelly's of Alameda, and The Larkspur Cafe Theatre to rave reviews in 2005 and 2006.

Jason Emanuel Britton received his MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State Univeristy. Jason holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University. Mr. Britton has taught yoga, dance at UC Berkeley since 1998.

Biographies of Artists:

Frank Johnson, Music Director

Frank Johnson earned degrees in performance and composition at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. He has composed, arranged, written, produced, performed, conducted and stage directed opera, musical theater, orchestral concerts, chamber music and recitals, avant garde, jazz and cabaret, rock, modern dance, concert series, festivals and many public and private events. Among positions he has held are Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Philharmonia, Executive Director of Music at Gretna, and General Director of Missis