"The most important male cabaret performer since Michael Feinstein" - Stephen Holden THE NEW YORK TIMES
WINNER OF THE 2012 NOEL COWARD FOUNDATION CABARET AWARD
Jeff Harnar is an Award-winning New York cabaret and recording artist who is known for his critically acclaimed engagements at The Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room; Feinstein's at The Regency; The Metropolitan Room and most recently at Birdland and Iridium. His Carnegie Hall appearances include both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas. He appeared at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in a sold-out solo concert, and "A TALENT TO AMUSE" hosted by Sheridan Morely. Most recently he was Michael Feinstein's special guest in his Jule Styne tribute at Carnegie's Zankel Hall.
His television appearances include CBS THIS MORNING; "THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK" (PBS) and as the singing narrator of "GERSHWIN ON ICE" starring Dorothy Hamill (A&E). Jeff began his career at the age of 10 as a television jingle-singer for national commercial spots such as Mattel, Nestle and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Jeff is perhaps best recognized for his signature "theme" shows. In collaboration with Director Sara Louise Lazarus and Musical Director Alex Rybeck, he created "THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK," "BECAUSE OF YOU: 50'S GOLD," "A COLLECTIVE CY: Jeff Harnar sings CY COLEMAN," "CARRIED AWAY: Jeff Harnar sings COMDEN & GREEN," "THE WARNER BROTHERS SONGBOOK," "DANCING IN THE DARK: VINCENTE MINNELLI'S HOLLYWOOD," "GERSHWIN'S HOLLYWOOD," and with Director Barry Kleinbort, "Sammy Cahn All The Way." Jeff has brought these shows to major rooms for his New York appearances and Performing Arts Centers across the nation, as well as to London, Paris and Oslo.
Jeff has appeared in The Mabel Mercer Foundation's Annual Cabaret Convention 21 times at both The Town Hall and Lincoln Center's Rose Hall. At the 2012 Convention Jeff and Andrea Marcovicci were Artistic Directors and co-hosts of the Cole Porter night. Jeff has also appeared 14 times in the prestigious "Lyrics & Lyricists" concerts at The 92nd Street Y. Jeff has appeared in three concerts at The Town Hall with "Fifties Gold," "I GOT RHYTHM: MICKEY & JUDY'S HOLLYWOOD," and most recently co-starring with Andrea Marcovicci in a birthday celebration to Cole Porter