Sue’s Views

A Blog by Sue Matsuki

Welcome to Sue’s Views!

by | Jun 7, 2021 | Sue's Views | 0 comments


I am thrilled to kick off my new Sue’s Views column here on David Sabella’s Cabaret Hot Spot! I have previously written columns for both Nightline Exchange and on the late Stu Hamstra’s Cabaret Hotline so many of these earlier postings will be re-posts of some of the more successful columns.

As a Reviewer, Writer, Producer, Multi-Award-Winning Singer and now an Author who sees a lot of shows every week and who has been performing, teaching and producing for over 35 years, I feel that I have specific insights and that I have earned the right to offer opinions on all things Cabaret. My intent is to offer advice to the novice singer just starting out while also using amazing shows that I have seen to speak about how to succeed in this crazy genre called Cabaret and Night Club Singing. Please also take a look at our CabU Classes on this website for all the classes and tutorials that we are offering.

How this column will work…when faced with things that I think are not working for the performer in a  show I have seen, I may discuss them in the column but in a general manner with no names used or specific shows mentioned…only the issue that I wish to discuss. This allows me to be constructively “critical” on an issue but not on the person and, hopefully, help others to avoid that issue if they see themselves in what I have written.

Questions to me are always welcome on any topic relating to performing, PR, shows, clubs, open mics, how to pick a team…whatever! Your questions could help generate ideas for future columns.

I’m really looking forward to doing this. I hope you all will enjoy reading my column and that it will be helpful to you in your singing pursuits.

Sue Matsuki
Dream it, Believe it, DO IT!

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Sue Matsuki

Sue Matsuki

Co-Editor & Instructor, Cabaret HotSpot and Cab U

Sue Matsuki is the co-author, along with David Sabella, of So You Want To Sing Cabaret (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2020). Sue is the Managing Partner, Co-Editor, Reviewer, Vloger and a Columnist (Sue’s Views) for an on-line entertainment magazine: www.Cabaret She taught Cabaret classes at: The Ridgefield Theater Barn and UCONN in CT, MAC-to-School and Cabaret Hotspot in NY and for the Canadian School of Performing Arts. She has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs). She, along with Gregory Toroian, her long time Music Director, now host a monthly Jazz Brunch Open Mic at Pangea. Matsuki also produces benefits and corporate events and is the Producing Manager for Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms series where she also hosts a Vlog called Urban Stages’ Artists Chat.

Matsuki’s most cherished awards come from winning the 2020 Bistro Award for Outstanding Collaboration celebrating her 25th year of working with Music Director, Gregory Toroian; getting her poster up on Don’t Tell Mama’s “Wall of Fame” for her show How’s That for Openers? celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of singing at the club and being selected personally by the late Julie Wilson as the very first 2004 Julie Wilson Award Recipient, given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

Matsuki is an 11-time MAC Award Nominee and a 3-time Winner (in seven different categories), mostly recently she was nominated for Major Female Vocalist. Her MAC history includes: 2002 MAC Award Winner for Female Jazz/Pop/R&B Vocalist; 2002 Nominee for Best Female Recording for her first Jazz CD, A New Take; 2004 Nominee for Duo/Group (with Marcus Simeone); 2006 MAC Award Winner for Special Productions for her sold out 7 week run of 10 Years in the Making with her Musical Director Gregory Toroian; 2007 & 2010 Nominee for Female Vocalist; 2008, 2011 & 2012 Nominee for Duo/Group (with Edd Clark); the 2008 MAC Award Winner for Specialty Song (“One Stop Shopping” by Page/Matsuki/Toroian); and the 2020 Nominee for Major Female Vocalist.

This Jazz/Cabaret/Comedy veteran has played every NYC Cabaret room including: Feinstein’s at the Regency, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Arci’s Place, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, Pangea, The Algonquin, The Beach Café, The Laurie Beechman Theater, 88’s, and has even played Carnegie Hall along with several legendary Jazz Clubs including: The Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium and Sweet Rhythm. She has performed in Alaska, Los Angeles, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Nyack, Maine, Fire Island, Florida, Providence and Las Vegas!

Her jazz CD, A New Take, was nominated for the 2002 MAC Award for Best Recording and her Christmas CD, Sue & Edds FABULOUS Christmas both receive air play across the country and internationally. She is also featured on folk singing legend Christine Lavin’s original music Christmas compilation CD, Just One Angel with a song that she co-wrote with Paul Stephan called “Christmas Angel”.

Matsuki was a Super and “Diva Double” at the Metropolitan Opera where she has been featured in Moses und Aaron; Tristan und Isolde; Norma; and Il Travatore.

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