Our Musical Directors
John O'Neil, Boston
O'Neil, ‘one of New England’s finest cabaret actors’
(Niagara Falls Gazette), has also been called a
“cabaret sensation” by Boston Magazine. WOMR radio
said this about John O'Neil - "Take a jigger of Noel
Coward, add a twist of Fred Astaire and the bitters
of Danny Kaye. Shake, don't stir.”
John made his New York debut at Danny's Skylight
Room with Ida Zecco and Ernie Lijoi in 'Being Earnest':
The Songs of Ernie Lijoi' and has toured nationally with
his show ‘So Kaye: The Songs of Danny Kaye'.
John recently appeared in Revolution Theatre
Company’s production of 'Titanic: The Musical' in the
role of Captain E.J. Smith.
Additional theater credits include Steve Martin’s
'The Underpants', 'And the World Goes ‘Round', '
It’s a Wonderful Life' and the title role of 'Miss Gulch
Returns' and thispast fall, O’Neil played a lead in
Stoughton Theater’s production of “Auntie Mame” to rave reviews. John's musical arrangements have been sung by the Boston Gay Men's Chorus in concert halls across the country including Boston's own Symphony Hall and John appears with
them on their recording "Freedom, Merriment and Joy". John also appears in the
Award Winning Musical Documentary, “This Moment in Time – The Songs of Alan
Bernstein & Friends,” produced by Richie Sarno and Black Arrow Entertainment.
John’s newest CD 'John O’Neil and Jim Rice Live' in the Napoleon Room were
released in March of 2016.
Brian Patton, Boston
Patton is a charming singer, performer and pianist extraordinaire . He has appeared at every CabaretFest since the original in 2000. Patton has been a music teacher and will bring that knowledge of working with students directly to the Performance Workshops at CabaretFest 2019.
He has accompanied many of the top cabaret artists in Boston, Including the Broadway bound Mary Callanan Callanan and Patton appeared at one of Provincetown's busy restuarants for many summers after being 'spotted' at a CabaretFest in the town. Patton is also an accomplished performer in his own right. Patton shows his many skills as Musical Director for numerous cabaret shows over the weekend and with his Brian Patton Trio, featuring Alan Clinger and Ron Ormsby, 'With A Little Help From My Friends' at the finale show. Look for him during CabaretFest as pianist for the Celebrity Master Classes, a teacher at workshops and panelist at the Q&A, and pianist for 'The Playboy Club with Patricia Fitzpatrick at the White Wind Inn Saturday, June 1st .
Welcome back Brian! We couldn't do this festival without you!
Tom La Mark - Boston's own
Welcome back, Tom La Mark!
CabaretFest is pleased to welcome Tom LaMark back to Provincetown, as one of our small team of top class Musical Directors. Pianist /Arranger / Conductor Tom LaMark is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a degree in arranging and composition. After playing his first professional “gig” at age 13, Tom has made the music business his livelihood.
In the 70’s, Tom lived and worked in New York City doing everything there was to do in the business, from Broadway to the Rainbow Room. He has accompanied show business greats: Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, Anthony Newley, The Smothers Brothers and many, many more.
Tom has performed professionally with jazz greats: Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Johnny Hartman and a host of others.
Tom served as music director on seven consecutive world cruises of the prestigious Holland America and Royal Viking cruise lines rehearsing and conducting shows of an amazingly varied nature on a daily basis.
In October of 2007, Tom had the pleasure of playing at Carnegie Hall with soprano Karyn Levitt. He is now very active in the Boston area Cabaret community acting as musical director, arranger and CD producer for our region’s best professional and aspiring performers. LaMark has worked with all the top performers in Boston. "He can swing with the best of them', says Carol O'Shaunghnessy. Tom has the extensive jazz background that makes it wonderful for a singer to work with him.
He is frequently the pianist of popular choice at 'Amazing Things', Sculler's Jazz Room, Boston's Club Cafe and theatrical productions in New England.
This is Tom's second appearance at our CabaretFest and we are fortunate he was able to find the time to join us again. A Master of the craft of making a singer feel comfortable and safe in his capable hands!
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Ron Ormsby, Cape Cod
Ormsby is considered one of the best bass players in the Western Hemisphere.
He plays annually at the Rio De Janerio Jazz Festival in Brazil and has also been featured with many South American artists.
He was the owner of the Columns Restaurant, where he played for the well known pianist, Marie Marcus, and many other jazz greats.
Ron owns and operates the REO Studios in Centreville, MA. Many of our performers have worked with him or recorded their CD albums at his studio. He is frequently seen all around the Cape working with the Bart Weisman Trio.
A master sound engineer, bassist and performer- our multi-lingual musician is back to support our Sunday Brunch artists.
Ormsby has performed at CabaretFest in previous years and is happy to be returning as a part of the Festival again this year.
Alan Clinger, Cape Cod
Clinger's instrument is Jazz Guitar and he performs as a soloist and in groups that range in size from a duo to a sixteen piece stage band.
The style of music played is referred to as “mainstream jazz”, which is jazz. based on American Standards including songs from Ragtime and Dixieland to Swing, Bebop and beyond. This music is very accessible to the audience and suitable for ambience, listening, and dancing.
The Cape is blessed with many great jazz musicians and he has had the opportunity to perform with all of them. He has given performances at festivals and guitar shows here, New York and California. Most of his group’s performances are at local restaurants, clubs, resorts, and for private functions, or concerts.