If you’ve spent any time in New York City after 9:00 p.m. in the last two decades, chances are you’re already familiar with Michael Garin. You may have heard him playing piano and singing in such legendary boîtes as The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room, Café Feenjon, the notorious VIP Room at Limelight, and Elaine’s.
With his on- and off-stage partner, the singer-comedienne Mardie Millit, Michael performed weekly at Elaine’s for the last three years of the restaurant’s life. Satirical, witty, acerbically intelligent, Michael has a number of specialty songs that he’s known for. His repertoire is massive and eclectic: everything from Middle Eastern and Yiddish to standards to music from classic and obscure cult films to early rock and R&B. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal calls him “perhaps the most extreme polymath I’ve ever encountered.”