Liz Mikel at Opening Bell Coffee, Southside on Lamar in Dallas. (Photo by Ron Thompson.)Before I started recording my conversation with Liz Mikel, we talked about her late friend, pianist Buddy Shanahan. His memory brought with it emotion. I asked if it upset her to talk about him. She looked at me flatly and responded with her eyes still flooded, “I’m talking about him, aren’t I?” And in that moment, I knew Liz Mikel doesn’t say anything she doesn’t mean.
Sheran Goodspeed Keyton in her natural environment — the driver’s seat. (Photo by Ron Thompson.)
What an honor to be a part of Chef & Song!
When Denise Lee wanted to perform more cabaret but found fewer and fewer places to do so, she didn’t sit on her hands. She started her own cabaret arts production company, started an advocacy network, wrote new shows for herself, booked shows for other artists, and test drove different venues to pave the way for other artists like her. And she says she’s only just getting started.