2023 Broadway Series: Carole J. Bufford in Concert
With fresh takes on classic multi-generational songs, expect an evening of powerhouse vocals, stories behind the music, and Bufford’s inimitable delivery of songs you love and perhaps a few new discoveries. The show features music made famous by Judy Garland, Sophie Tucker, Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, The Animals, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sting, Tina Turner, Prince and more.
BroadwayWorld's Vocalist of the Year | Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Vocal Competition
Concert Time: 60-70 minutes, no intermission
Carole J. Bufford is one of the most sought after performers on the American vintage pop and cabaret scene. Her shows, including “speak easy.” (featuring the Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks), “Come Together,” and “You Don’t Own Me,” earned her rave reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Times (UK). She currently tours with her solo shows as well as with symphonies all over the country. Carole is also the recipient of BroadwayWorld’s Vocalist of the Year and the recent Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Vocal Competition.
Recently, Carole performed with Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook series at Jazz @ Lincoln Center. She has been spotlighted in numerous “Broadway By The Year” concerts, both at The Town Hall and in California. Carole starred in Scott Siegel’s “11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock” at Feinstein’s at The Loew’s Regency along with Christina Bianco and Scott Coulter, which ran every Thursday and enjoyed an eight-month run, one of the longest in Feinstein’s history.
Carole J. Bufford originally hails from Lincolnton, GA where she grew up on healthy doses of Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Dinah Washington, & Bessie Smith. She attended Ithaca College where she majored in Musical Theater. She is a firm believer in honoring, celebrating, & teaching the Great American Songbook, both material written yesterday and today. She’d also like someone playing a nasty slide trombone to follow her around punctuating her daily activities.
“If an award for “most likely to succeed” was up for grabs among the younger generation of New York cabaret performers, Carole J. Bufford would be high on the list of contenders. A doll-faced latter-day flapper with a broad sense of humor, Ms. Bufford radiates the unflappable (excuse the pun) confidence of a woman comfortable exerting power.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“The difference between enjoying a good nightclub singer and being completely enthralled by an exceptional cabaret artist can easily be recognized as Carole J. Bufford displays the interpretive skills, stage savvy and snazzy audience rapport that stirs buzz and excitement…”
– Michael Dale, BroadwayWorld.com
“Here’s a performer who’s focused, confident and bold…she’s powerful and polished. Some who are polished do shine. She’s one.”
– Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
“Despite decades of repeated admonitions to the contrary, it turns out that the great Sophie Tucker was not, in fact, the last of the Red Hot Mamas. That title now can be claimed by the young Ms. Carole Bufford, who, more than any other singer of the last 90 years, digs down into the meat and the substance of the Prohibition Era.”
– Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal