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Espresso members share their expertise in:

  • song interpretation
  • songwriting
  • arranging
  • accompanying singers
  • finding & selecting repertoire
  • putting a show together
  • the business of music business
  • A few words about the foursome
    (and sometimes our fifth and sixth)



    Elizabeth Doyle
    Claudia Hommel
    Bob Moreen
    John Eskola
    KT McCammond
    George Howe

    Pianist and singer BOB MOREEN been featured in virtually every type of entertainment venue as a soloist, accompanist and ensemble member. Recipient of the Chicago Cabaret Lifetime Achievement Award, he has worked with such name entertainers as Dorothy Collins, Gisele McKenzie, the Incomparable Hildegarde, Shirley Jones, Greta Keller, Denise LeBrun and Peter Palmer. He created many shows and an original recording of Broadway tunes with long-time partner vocalist Kari Howard. The Chicago Sun-Times calls him, "A special, eclectic piano player." In the Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich describes him as, "An impressive singer in his own right…the complete entertainer". Bob's theatrical credits include work with Goodman Theatre (Pal Joey; Guys and Dolls) and the Body Politic (The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen through the Eyes of Cole Porter). Bob performs and music directs an array of Chicago's favorite cabaret singers and works regularly with the Stanley Paul Orchestra. You can hear him on his co-produced album Paris in the Jazz Age

    A favorite from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Musée de Montmartre in Paris, actor/singer CLAUDIA HOMMEL best known for her cabaret concerts of French and American songs celebrating Paris. Not limited to the role of French chanteuse, her repertoire encompasses French chanson, American standards, 19th and 20th century art songs and theatre music. Her clear and beautiful voice, ranging from lyrical to gutsy, adds to her considerable appeal. Born in Paris, raised in Detroit, seasoned in New York City and calling Chicago home, Claudia leads an active career as a theatrical singer in clubs, recital halls, museums, libraries and theatres from New York City to California. More about Claudia can be found at cabaret-paree.com.

    Singer/pianist, ELIZABETH DOYLE was the magnet for many years to Chicago's famed Pump Room, the Metropole at the Fairmont, Catch 35, the Swiss Grand, Convito Italiano, and the Drake Hotel's Coq d'Or (alternating with Bob Moreen). Whether solo piano, piano and vocals, or in ensemble settings, she has been in demand at the finest clubs and public venues throughout the Chicago area. She has performed her French program for the Bureau of French Tourism, Air France, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and the Montreal Bureau of Tourism. As singer, Elizabeth was a participant at the 1999 Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Symposium and the Sundance/Johnny Mercer Weekend August 2004. As a composer, she is an ASCAP Plus Award winner in 2003, 2004 and 2005, with songs featured in the Chicago Humanities Festival 2003 and the New York MAC/ASCAP new music showcase 2001 and 2005. Her full-length musicals "Fat Tuesday," "Alice In Analysis", "The Virginian" and "Sleepy Hollow" have been produced in Illinois, California, Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota. www.elizabethdoylemusic.com

    Pianist and singer GEORGE HOWE is a multiple award winning songwriter and cabaret artist. His musical Queen Lucia won a Best New Musical 2006 Jeff Award. He was written many musicals for Lifeline Theatre's Kidseries including Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes, Brave Potatoes and most recently Dooby Dooby Moo. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type premiered at Lifeline in 2003 and has been produced all across the country and embarked on a national tour in 2010 with Dallas Children's Theater. He received an After Dark Award for Outstanding Score for Griffin Theatre's production of Sleeping Ugly. George has been a musical director/accompanist for many cabaret shows in Chicago and created the arrangements for This One's For You: The Music of Barry Manilow performed by 3 Girls 3 at the Skokie Theater. As an actor, his favorite roles include Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Beadle in Sweeney Todd, Frankie in Forever Plaid, Charlie Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and an incredulous safe-cracker in Sherlock Holmes with Christopher Lloyd. George can be seen most nights playing piano and belting out pop, rock and showtunes at Davenport's.

    Singer JOHN ESKOLA has entertained Chicagoland audiences since the mid-1970s in cabaret, theatre, musical revue, church, synagogue and Christmas caroling to name but a few venues. In the musical theatre, John has performed at Goodman Theatre, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Oakbrook and a 2 1/2 year national tour of Evita. Since the late 1970s, John and Patricia Rusk have successfully collaborated on the cabaret stage, private parties and for many organizations. For many years John has been a member of Holy Name Cathedral Choir, singing weddings, funerals, and various functions. John can be heard on Musical Theatre Classics and Contemporary Theatre Classics produced by Hal Leonard.

    Singer KT McCAMMOND is the recipient of the 2005 Chicago After Dark Award for "Outstanding Cabaret Artist ". She has appeared to acclaim at some of the city's premier venues including Maxim's, Davenport's, The Cultural Center, The Peninsula Hotel, the Royal George Theater, and the Park West and has lent her vocal talents to many corporate affairs She is a member of Actor's Equity. KT is a 2004 graduate of the Cabaret Conference at Yale. She recently performed Some Like It Hot, a Marilyn Monroe tribute with Elizabeth Doyle and Bob Moreen at Maxim's. Ms McCammond's latest solo show, Brahminology— Ode to the Boston Bluebloods, received a grand review from the Chicago Tribune, who called her "genuinely, wickedly funny". KT often sings with Bob Moreen at Cornelia's and at the East Bank Club with Bob Solone.

    We are proud to be members of Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

     
    For booking information:
    Claudia Hommel at Maison Clobert:
    773-509-9360
    Email: clobert@cabaret-paree.com

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