Though Eder has filled theaters and concert halls around the country for several years now, she is no stranger to small venues. "Years ago, I started out in nightclubs." Recently, she finished a lengthy engagement at Feinstein's at the Regency, a new cabaret venue opened last fall by Michael Feinstein. About the contrast between concert hall and cabaret club, Eder remarks, "I like the intimacy. I'm personable. I always interact with the audience in my shows. I'm always interested in the audience, and what they're thinking. It does conflict a little with the shy thing. At Feinstein's they are right there--two feet away. It's exciting and frightening at the same time." Even so, Eder does not feel that what she does, even in a small space, would be considered cabaret. "Cabaret shows can be performed in any kind of space, large or small. It's an attitude. Cabaret shows have through-lines, and structures, with certain themes or tones. I don't do cabaret. I'm really a concert performer."
In her upcoming appearance at Scullers Jazz Club, Eder will do very little to tailor her concert hall show for the small stage, other than perhaps reduce her combo from eight pieces to six. Armed with big band-style arrangements by Kim Scharnberg, Eder will be accompanied by longtime musical director Jeremy Roberts on piano, with guitar, bass, drums, woodwinds and horns rounding out the band. Her show will likely consist of Wildhorn songs from "It's No Secret Anymore," possibly including the lullaby "Anything Can Happen" from Wildhorn's in-process musical Alice, which Eder sings for Jake Ryan, their seven-month old son.
Later this year, Eder will perform again in the Boston area, this time teaming up with Feinstein himself at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts. "We have done split shows together before, my half and his half, back to back. Michael and I have sung duets on each other's albums as well, including the song 'Someone' on my second album, So Much More." At the North Shore Music Theater show, Eder is considering a change in the structure, where they would instead each walk into each other's sets to share a duet. "He's really fun to perform with," Eder confides. "I'm looking forward to our shows together."
Linda Eder performs at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, April 13 (sold out), and at the Copley Theater, Clarendon Street, Boston, Friday April 14 at 8pm. Tickets are $45-$40, and are on sale at Bostix, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (617/508) 931-2000. Linda Eder will also be performing with Michael Feinstein at the North Shore Music Theater, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, August 16, at 8pm. For reservations call (978) 232-7200.