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JIM SPEAKE

Actor/ Singer/ Recording Artist

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Photo credit: Steve Bustamante

 

Jim Speake lives in Key West, Florida.


Before that, the Alabama native lived in NYC for 20 years where he performed in numerous Off Off Broadway and Cabaret Shows.

During that time he won an award for Best Recording for "Sweet Life" (The LaMott Friedman Award) from MAC, Manhattan Association of Cabarets And Clubs. He was nominated as Best Male Vocalist twice and also as Best Musical Comedy Performer by MAC.


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SONGS FROM JIM'S AWARD WINNING RECORDING,



"SWEET LIFE"


Musical Direction: Steven Ray Watkins

Artistic Direction: Lennie Watts


AVAILABLE on iTunes, Amazon

or stream on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube



About the recording, “Sweet Life”

From: John Hoglund, Cabaret Scenes Magazine

“It all comes from the heart. Based on that alone, this album ranks with some of the better to come along in a while……In terms of honesty and musical production, this is a well-crafted album.

 

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"SWEET LIFE" SLIDE SHOW

 

"JIM SPEAKE SINGS MY GENERATION" RECORDING

Songs from the 1960's and 1970's made popular by Neil Sedaka, Carly Simon, The Beatles and others. 

Musical Direction: Steven Ray Watkins

Artistic Direction: Lennie Watts

Available on iTunes, Amazon

or stream on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube


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Upcoming Events

  • "All Is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914" Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL
    Dec 08, 8:00 PM – Dec 25, 8:00 PM
    Key West, 407 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
    ALL IS CALM The Western Front, Christmas 1914. Out of the violence a silence. Then a song. A German soldier steps into no man's land singing "Stille Nacht". Thus began an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
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QUOTES ABOUT JIM


Jim Speake sings Cy Coleman,  “I’m A Brass Band”


“His persona is kind of like Mister Rogers with an easy southern drawl….. his simple, honest delivery brought a lump to the throat….…..Jim Speake’s heart is clearly in the right place and we came to appreciate the songs in his more understated style. And that is the point of cabaret—bigger isn’t always better.” 

Kevin Scott Hall of the Bistro Awards


“ When I saw Jim Speake’s cabaret show “I’m A Brass Band”, I had sort of a revelation. It realizes the three “C”s of the genre: connection to song, connection to self, connection to audience. Mr Speake is a natural for cabaret.”  Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline Online, 23 April 2007


"Jim Speake Sings 'Til the Cows Come Home"


“ If charm counts for a lot, the soft-spoken Alabama transplant wins extra points for aw-shucks amiable personality and entrenched Southern gentleman manner that bring a refreshing modesty.” Rob Lester - Cabaret Scenes


“Jim Speake invites you to join him for an hour of true bliss and entertainment... Entertain he does, in spades, in this gem of a show that will play games with your emotions - comic to serious.” Stu Hamstra - Cabaret Hotline

“...dapper and poised... optimistic and smooth...Jim Speake truly did sing “’til the cows came home”

...communicating his joy with every number…Joel Benjamin- TheaterScene.net

 

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Show Posters and CD Covers

Show to celebrate 60th birthday
Show to celebrate 60th birthday

card design: Shane Breaux

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Duplex show.
Duplex show.

card design: Shane Breaux

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Jim Speake Sings Cy Coleman, "I'm A Brass Band"
Jim Speake Sings Cy Coleman, "I'm A Brass Band"

card design: Shane Breaux

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"Jim Speake Sings My Generation" post card featuring my Phi Delta Theta pledge class
"Jim Speake Sings My Generation" post card featuring my Phi Delta Theta pledge class

card design: Shane Breaux

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My Generation CD Cover
My Generation CD Cover

Cover design: Hector Coris

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My Generation song list
My Generation song list

Design: Hector Coris

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Kim and Jim Show, "Letters to Santa"
Kim and Jim Show, "Letters to Santa"

Card design: Richard Becker

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"Jim Speake Sings Til the Cows Come Home" post card
"Jim Speake Sings Til the Cows Come Home" post card

Card design: Richard Becker

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"I'm A Brass Band" 2nd time around
"I'm A Brass Band" 2nd time around

Card design: Richard Becker

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First "Sweet Life the Show" post card
First "Sweet Life the Show" post card

Card design: Richard Becker

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"Sweet Life" CD cover
"Sweet Life" CD cover

Cover design: Richard Becker

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"Sweet Life"Cd promotion
"Sweet Life"Cd promotion

Card design: Richard Becker

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Grace show post card.jpg
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PHOTOS FROM SHOWS

Jim as Catfish- Opening Ceremonies 1996 Olympic Games

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Jim as Catfish- Opening Ceremonies 1996 Olympic Games

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Cherry Grove Show, Fire Island NY

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Cherry Grove "Smiles, Laughter and Surprises

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Ten Nights in A Bar Room, play NYC

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Sydney Myer, special guest for "Jim Speake Sings Til the Cows Come Home"i

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Cherry Grove USO Show Fire Island.jpg
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Lortel show.NYC

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Jim as Governor in "Best Little Whore House in Texas", Pines, Fire Island, NY

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Key West Pride Follies Key West Theater

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