Anne Cochran is back at Nighttown sharing the cabaret stage with Abe LaMarca, before starting a fall/winter U.S. tour with Jim Brickman.
WHO: Anne Cochran & Abe LaMarca
WHAT: A Rare Cabaret Appearance
WHEN: Wednesday, October 23 @ 7 p.m.
WHERE: Nighttown on Cedar Hill
ADMISSION: $20 for Preferred Seating
WITH: Music Cleveland! at our VIP Table
Wednesday, October 23 - Abe LaMarca / Anne Cochran 7 p.m. $20.
Because this is a rare Nighttown appearance for Anne Cochran, the show will be a sell-out and we are unable to arrange a discount admission. In lieu of a reduced rate, we will have our traditional table right up front. Believe me that will be a big deal when we go to SRO.
Plus, Anne promised me that she will meet with members and stay for photos! We have also limited seats at our VIP table to just 10, so an early RSVP is recommended. There will be a waiting list. Also, please bring cash for the $20 admission tonight.
The first 10 members posting a RSVP will be added to the VIP List for our reserved table right up front. Our VIP list will be held at the door. When you RSVP you will be asked to provide a phone number and email just in the event that we need to communicate with you quickly. Then your name will be added to the VIP list!
Once we reach the 10 maximum, there will be a waiting list available. As time gets close to the show date, we always have some cancellations so worry not.
Dinner: Nighttown, before, during or after show.
Time: Arrival anytime before 7 p.m. or around 5 p.m. for an early dinner.
Location: Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights,[masked]
Dinner: Prime Rib, Dublin Lawyer or maybe a Bloom's Burger smothered in mushrooms!
I'll be there for an early dinner around 5 p.m.
Vocalists Abe LaMarca & Anne Cochran and group combine for a showcase night at Nighttown!
Anne Cochran was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has stated she started singing around the same age she learned to talk, and at a young age her mother introduced her to singers such asDoris Day, Ella and Peggy Lee. Her older sister also introduced her to groups such as The Beatles, The Kinks, Paul Simon, and Motown. She soon started gaining stage experience as the lead in school musicals, and from her teens was successively the lead vocalist of a trio of Cleveland rock bands: Hash Brown Band, Timmy and the Tuxedos, and Nitebridge.
While attending Shaker Heights High School she became good friends with musician Jim Brickman, and they formed a band together. Together they won the You Light Up My Life radio contest, though they couldn't attend the attached cocktail lounge gigs because they were under 18.
Cochran earned a degree in theater and voice from Case Western Reserve University, and continued to perform in the Cleveland area after graduating. She met her husband soon after launching her self-titled debut album under the Fishhead label. The next nine years were largely devoted to raising their two sons, which put band life on hold. During this time, however, she pursued a career as a studio vocalist, singing in over 500 commercials.
Work with Jim Brickman
In 1995, Jim Brickman had established a career as a successful songwriter and pianist in the genre of Adult Contemporary. He asked Cochran to be his female vocalist on the Asian tour following the release of his album By Heart. Their first major concert in the US took place at Lincoln Center, where they displayed the rapport that became their trademark. According to Brickman, “Onstage, trust seems to be the glue. Anne knows me well enough that if I go off on a (piano) tangent, there’s a reason for it.”
"After All These Years" (1998)
In 1998 Brickman released the album Visions of Love, which featured Cochran as the vocalist on the single "After All These Years". The single, released by Windham Hill, proved to be Cochran's break into the mainstream when it became a top five hit on the radio.
Cochran became a regular fixture as touring lead  vocalist with Cochran as well, and performed with him in such venues as Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall.
She sang "After All these Years" to accompany Olympic Medalist Rosalind Sumner's final skating performances with "Stars On Ice" in venues as Madison Square Garden, Gund Arena and also on NBC'sA Golden Moment.
She appears on all four of the Brickman and Friends PBS specials, and often co-hosts Brickman's syndicated radio show. She also performs on Brickman's annual Brickman Cruise. Her solo vocals are featured on Brickman's 2011 Christmas CD All Is Calm.
As of 2012, she continues to tour as lead vocalist with Brickman and his live band.
Cochran has written and released a number of solo albums, starting with Thinking of You in 1998. She released the solo album Lucky Girl in 2000. The review AllMusic noted her "smooth voice and gentle style." Cover Girl followed in 2005, and the album All My Best: A Collection was released that year as well. In 2005, she also released the Christmas album This is the Season. Her single from the album, "Someone is Missing at Christmas," peaked at 11 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. In 2008, she released an all original cd, Close To Me and in 2010, Christmas Wish.
Close to Me
In 2009 she launched her solo album Close to Me to a standing room only audience at Cleveland's Nighttown. The album include several tracks written by Cochran, a duet with Jim Brickman, and three original tracks by Tracy Silverman, who also produced and recorded the album in Nashville. According to Fanfix, "it's an amazing album and a must have for any true music lover." According to the same review, "Hearing Anne sing for the first time is breathtaking. It's like stepping into a church and watching the light catch a beautiful piece of stained glass. It bring that same kind of peace and joy to me."
Anne Cochran, Jim Brickman and Tracy Silverman "The Gift"
A LITTLE BACKGROUND MUSIC
Lead vocalist in a trio of Cleveland rock bands in her teens, Anne Cochran was putting down demos and jingles before making everything official with a degree in Theater and Voice from Case Western Reserve University. She and her friend, Jim Brickman, had won the You Light Up My Life radio contest they joke about now before they were 18, making it impossible to honor the attached cocktail lounge play dates, being under age minors!
After college, Anne continued to play the band circuit in and around town, brought out a self-titled debut album, followed by Fishhead label's "Thinking of You", and wed her favorite fan and attorney. Once she began growing her little family, the gigs pretty much came to a halt, but Anne continued to pursue a successful career as the familiar voice of hundreds of well-known television and radio commercials. Had you only known…
Jim Brickman was taking big strides out west at that time, but the pair had a forever friendship that would bridge the distance. The turning point came when he asked Anne to be his vocalist on an Asian tour in the wake of "By Heart "success. Jim was convinced his fans would love Anne's voice and her radiant persona. Their duo worked its magic and soon the pair had a first big date at Lincoln Center, fine-tuning their playful banter and polishing their sound: "Jim lured me back on stage and into the mainstream. After my 'big amp' experiences in rock, it was simply amazing to hear my own voice again!"
ON THE ROAD...
Today, most of the year is devoted to touring with Jim and crew. A six-week, +30-stop Holiday Tour has been the jubilant yearly climax of their collaboration for more than a decade. Since 1995, Anne has shared memorable duets with the likes of Collin Raye, Donny Osmond, Dave Koz, Tracy Silverman, Jeff Timmons, Kristy Starling, Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, Michael Feinstein, Broadway's Mike Eldred, Wayne Brady, Michael Bolton, Linda Edder, Orlagh Fallon, Richie McDonald, … Her most recent and perhaps favorite tour sidekick of all, is Canadian Mark Masri "because we play off each other so well". "Each new talent and personality I work with brings out a different facet of my own capabilities, keeping my job fresh, never ho-hum," says Anne. "I'm so lucky to be doing exactly what I love to do!"
Some of her most cherished performances have been enriched by "joint ventures" with the symphony and pops orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Louisville, Kansas City, Hartford, Cincinnati, Nashville, Columbus…and their eminent conductors. The first Brickman show at Carnegie Hall, with Jim and Tracy Silverman, and an electric Anne in perfect pitch, will always be a precious milestone.
"AFTER ALL THESE YEARS"
In 1999, Anne hit the Top 5 with her now classic single "After All These Years". Triggering stage and TV performances, including NBC's A Golden Moment, as well as Stars On Ice at Madison Square Garden and Gund Arena, the song was sung by Anne to accompany Olympic medalist and dear friend Rosalynn Sumners' farewell to ice... It seemed only natural to repeat the performance at Roz's fairytale Palm Springs wedding in 2004. Guest appearances on all four Brickman & Friends PBS specials, (Anne's personal favorite being "Beautiful World", taped live in Niagara Falls in 2009), gala evenings such as Hollywood's CAMIE Awards and solo concerts on Jim's famed escape cruises continue to open new vistas for the sparkling chanteuse. She has sung The National Anthem for many of Cleveland's sport's teams and stirred the crowd with a crystalline rendering of ESPN"s broadcast of The Star Spangled Banner at the NCAA's Women Basketball Championship Final 2008 playoff.
IN HER OWN RIGHT
In her own right, Anne carves out the time to co-write original material and put her musical stamp on classic favorites from the American songbook. She has released a wonderful series of CDs in the past decade, with evocative titles like "Lucky Girl", "This is the Season", "All my Best" (sold out), Cover Girl", and her exciting and very latest opus, "Close To Me"... See Discography, for full details.
Apart from her solo Cain Park performances and standing room only launch concerts for "Close To Me" CD at Cleveland's Nighttown in 2009, Anne has experienced personal success with popular hits "After All These Years" and "Someone Is Missing at Christmas". She also co-hosted a gala fund-raiser with comedian Bob Newhart, and is a frequent flyer at NYC's Birdland's Cast Party, She is currently preparing her set as a featured artist at Jim's 2010 Summer Music Fest in Cleveland. A word to the wise!
She loves co-hosting Brickman's syndicated radio show on occasion, and also enjoys guest emceeing NBC's "Good Company Today" morning talk show, filling in for one of the usual hosts, and gravitating from interviews to hands-on cooking segments: all with equal aplomb. Is there anything this girl can't do?
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
As much as she enjoys performing across the country, Anne clearly cherishes family time at home in her native Cleveland. On one of the first Christmas Tours, and before "The Bus", her eldest son came along for a live geography lesson in the air. On long stretches like these, the Cochran's make a point of regrouping at regular intervals to catch up with their favorite star on tour. The loving support of Anne's family, her unique organizational skills, yoga classes and unmatched VIM status (very involved mom) are the stabilizing factors that enable her to enjoy the best of two worlds.
Northern soul music has been the driving and motivating musical force behind this dynamic vocalist since he was a teenager in Cleveland in the late 60’s. He has recently returned back home after living in Las Vegas where he was privileged to work with some very talented people including “America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm.
Abe LaMarca is also a proud member of the highly respected stable of singers and musicians often referred to as the “Crown Jewel” of Las Vegas,
There will be valet parking and plenty of spots on nearby side streets. There is a municipal parking lot just west and behind the tavern with a driveway entrance on Cedar. It is metered parking (well enforced) so bring plenty of quarters.
Nighttown Jazz Club
12387 Cedar Road (top of Cedar Hill)
Cleveland Heights, OH
Nighttown is named after the Dublin Red-Light district in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. It offers the ambiance of Irish pubs and turn-of-the-century New York bars and the food is great.
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