Cynthia Crane, "A Saloon Singer of the old school"
A fixture in New York's performing world in clubs here and gone, (Tavern-On-The-Green, Eighty-Eights, Don't Tell Mama, Danny's Skylight Room, Barney's Mad 61, JanWallman's, Royal Roost, Palsson's, the Fives, Panache etc.), she returned to a singing career in the 80's after 10 years and 100 shows as founder/ producer of the Impossible Ragtime Theatre (IRT). Crane has performed Cabaret Concerts in French at the American Embassy on the Place de la Concorde and the Musée de Montmartre in Paris, played Helen Morgan at the Russian Tea Room, sung for the Dutch Treat Club, the National Arts Club, the Players and the Friars.
Eric Myers of Time Out NY said:
"Cynthia Crane deserves to be better known. Her style is real, heartfelt and deeply affecting."
Her 5 CDs have had popular and critical success, garnering such accolades as
"in this world of ordinary singers, extraordinary singers, I'm glad there is Cynthia Crane."
from Chuck Berg JAZZTIMES (*see Recordings) Cynthia's In Love, Blue Rendezvous, Smoky Bar Songs for the No-Smoking Section, and Our First Christmas, all with arranger/pianist MIKE RENZI. using Grady Tate, Jay Leonhart and a variety of fabulous jazz musicians recording on the LOOKOUTJAZZ label. Cynthia Crane - The Secret Life of a W.A.S.P., her first solo album, is on ORIGINAL CAST, also the distributor for LOOKOUTJAZZ
Nominee for the Mabel Mercer Foundation's first Mabel Mercer Award, Crane performed at the very first Cabaret Convention at Manhattan's Town Hall and at three of the subsequent Conventions. She is recipient of BackStage's Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist
A native New Yorker, she kicked off her performing career working in nightclubs and cabaret rooms up and down the east coast, appearing with the last of New England's "big bands" as well as performing in stock, off-Broadway and for the USO abroad. With Ted Story, George Ferencz and Pam Mitchell, she co-founded and co-produced The Impossible Ragtime Theatre (IRT), which came to be regarded as one of New York's most acclaimed Off-Off Broadway theatres, producing over one hundred plays, a cabaret series entitled "In One" and building four different stages.
Past Secretary of the Board of Directors of MAC (Manhattan Society of Cabarets and Clubs) for seven years, currently a Friar, a member of the Society of Singers, International Women in Jazz, MAC, NARAS and Women in Music. Crane Co-Chairs the Mulry Angle/W.11th St. Block Association as well as the Committee which brought voice back to the 2 ton ancient bell, Ol' Jeff, hanging in the tower of the Venetian Gothic Jefferson Market Library, belongs to the committe that restored the Yorkville Clock and a long list of governmental and community groups; (*see: Civic Projects ) among them Greenpeace, the Municipal Arts Society, Save the Village, Save America's Clocks, the Federation to Preserve the Greenwich Village Waterfront and Greatport and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
She is grateful that the scourge of AIDS has diminished in her world of Greenwich Village, but misses the spiritual rewards of delivering meals to shut-in AIDS patients for God's Love We Deliver and the weekly bedside singing on the AIDS Ward of St. Vincent's Hospital, which she credits with helping to improve her "contact" with larger audiences.
Cynthia is a self-confessed "black-sheep W.A.S.P. " (ergo the title of her first album) from a three-generation native New Yorker family. Her father's family founded the Crane Oxygen and Ambulance Service (the first in New York) which, as part of it's business, used to service the Ziegfeld Follies with Oxygen to snort backstage (a legal and "hip" thing to do in those days.) They even administered Oxygen to Gargantua, the famous gorilla, when he was injured. (*see: family tree)