I was fortunate enough to get an invite to attend the 102nd birthday celebration of iconic composer, Bernie Berman, whose star-studded gathering was held at The Knickerbocker Bar & Grill in Greenwich Village, New York. Bernie performed his original compositions on piano with new lyrics he'd written just for the occassion. There were a stream of singers and musicians paying tribute to Bernie and his numerous compositions as Bernie sat at the front table and soaked it all in. I had a particularly wonderful time this year because we were seated between Don Dellair, a singer and manager/friend of The Incomparable Hildegarde, and walking encyclopedia of information about the performers this website is dedicated to ... and Acadamy Award winner Celeste Holm, who when introduced, inspiried a roar from the crowd in attendance (as she does every year). And only a few seats behind us was cabaret icon, Julie Wilson, who was looking great and couldn't be more polite.
Well, it went on to be a fantastic evening of entertainment and fun ... and if Bernie keeps going like this, I'm going to have to invest in a decent camera with a better zoom that can take pictures in the dark. Here's the shots I got and I'm hoping I have all the performers in attendence listed. As I've said in the past, singers make a lot of scrunchy faces when they sing, so if I didn't get a favorable shot of them, I leave them out. If you have a better shot from the event that you would like to submit, feel free to send it to me.