Mr. Steve Ross
‘Crown Prince of New York Cabaret’
(& Buckingham Place!)
Steve Ross has been a fixture of the cabaret community in Manhattan for over forty years. He was born “forty-five minutes from Broadway” in New Rochelle, NY, and was raised in Washington, DC with an opera-loving father and a mother who played on the piano the songs of Gershwin, Porter and Irving Berlin.
In 1981 he re-opened the legendary Oak Room at Manhattan’s famed Hotel Algonquin where he held forth off and on, for more than 15 years. He has appeared on Broadway in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter and off-Broadway in his tribute to Fred Astaire entitled I Won’t Dance. Internationally, he has performed in London, Paris, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne and Sydney as well as cabarets and theatres across America and on the high seas. He’s hosted programs on the BBC and American public radio and was on the lecture/performance roster at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for eight years. His last show at the Algonquin, Puttin’ on the Ritz – the Songs of Fred Astaire, prompted Stephen Holden of the New York Times to describe Steve as “the personification of the bygone dream world that his music summons.”
“I’ve sat in awe at Steve’s magical performances several times, including a premiering of his ‘Rhythm & Romance’ concert at New York’s legendary jazz club, Birdland. On 15/03 whilst wintering in Sri Lanka Steve melted the hearts of 60 lucky souls – with his intimate, note perfect, mesmerizing set of more than 2 hours – humbling us all at 79. Steve’s second night out at Oceanfront took us back to his own era, when entertainers earned their standing ovation, or as in Steve’s case all four of them!
Hats off and thanks again Mr. Ross You’re (still) the Tops!”