John M. Cook
John M. Cook has composed music for That Jones Boy!, a musical based on Henry Fielding’s novel TOM JONES; music and lyrics for The Canterville Ghost, and Infants of the Spring, based on Wallace Thurman’s novel of the same name, as well as numerous concert works. Active as a soloist and arranger, he has music directed and appeared with Josephine Sanges at Lincoln Center (2016) and Town Hall (2015) for the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention.
In February 2017, he appeared with Andrea Axelrod in her one-woman show, The Lads Who Will Never Be Old, at Butler University. Most recently he has music directed MAC/ Hanson Award winner Ira lee Collings in Life is a Song…So Why Not Sing It?
A 2017 MAC award nominee for female vocalist and a 2015 Metro Star runner-up,
Josephine made her foray into the world of cabaret in 2014 with her solo debut at the Metropolitan Room, and has since gone on to be a featured artist at events sponsored by the Mabel Mercer Foundation performing at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Lincoln Center.
Most recently, Rob Lester in NiteLife Exchange commented, "When a vocalist comes along with a strikingly rich and radiant voice with real, as they say, 'chops' PLUS can do the connecting with the listener and personalizing the material, that’s when you have…well, someone like Josephine Sanges."
Having two recordings to her name, In Endless Song, andColor Me Blue, (available on Amazon and iTunes) her upcoming CD Finding Beauty based on her recent show
"To Ann, With Love," will be released in September. After seeing the show Ann Hampton Callaway herself said, "Josephine has crafted a ‘perfect night of music’ with beautifully sung and fresh arrangements of so many signature songs of my life.”