Reviews

Club Review: Carolyn German—Unsolicited Advice About Life, Love, &  Practical Shoes

Club Review: Carolyn German—Unsolicited Advice About Life, Love, & Practical Shoes

September 13, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

I approached Don’t Tell Mama to see Unsolicited Advice About Life, Love, & Practical Shoes with a sense of anticipation because singer/songwriter Carolyn German had been previously recommended to me by friends who had seen her at open mics around town and suggested I should check her out. I can understand their enthusiasm since they […]

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Club Review: The Royal Bopsters

Club Review: The Royal Bopsters

September 13, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

A lucky few who braved torrential rain got to hear The Royal Bopsters’ second set on Wednesday, September 1. The Pangea stage was challenged to make room for four singers and their rhythm section: their close harmonies were echoed in the tight spacing. A legitimate heir to the vocalese tradition—especially Lambert, Hendricks & Ross—these four […]

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Club Review: Sierra Boggess

Club Review: Sierra Boggess

September 13, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

The elegant Feinstein’s/54 Below, nestled in the heart of the Broadway theatre district, advertises itself as “Broadway’s supper club,” presenting shows by Broadway performers designed to appeal to Broadway audiences.  Yet while many of the artists it features bring cabaret acts filled with pop tunes and standards, the room really lived up to its Great […]

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CD Review: Lauren White and the Quinn Johnson Trio’s  “Ever Since the World Ended”

CD Review: Lauren White and the Quinn Johnson Trio’s “Ever Since the World Ended”

August 29, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

It is a singular pleasure to come across a new jazz release that honors the style and class of an old school album while offering a fresh and exhilarating selection of songs and a personal point of view.  That is exactly what Ever Since the World Ended from Lauren White and The Quinn Johnson Trio offers a […]

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Club Review: The Boy Band Project

Club Review: The Boy Band Project

August 29, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Just the name, The Boy Band Project, conjures so many possibilities ranging from tongue-in-cheek parody to soaring harmonies, from impossibly romantic ballads to irresistible dance rhythms.  In their debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the four talented performers (Kevin John Murray, Travis Nesbitt, Christopher Brasfield, Jesse JP Johnson) tried to hit all these buttons and succeeded in […]

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CD Review: The Chris Saunders Band’s “Dancing with the Widow St. James”

CD Review: The Chris Saunders Band’s “Dancing with the Widow St. James”

August 16, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

Multi-hyphenates are not uncommon on the cabaret scene.  Yet while singer-songwriters who also play piano or guitar are easily found, a multi-gifted artist like Chris Saunders is unusual.  Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, he’s an exquisite trumpeter who also sings and composes in blues, soul, and Latin jazz styles.  His band’s latest CD, […]

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CD Review: Wilma Baan’s “So Nice”

CD Review: Wilma Baan’s “So Nice”

August 16, 2021 | By | 1 Comment

Wilma Baan’s new CD, So Nice, arrives just in time to combat the dog days of summer.  This tasteful grouping of standards from the vocal jazz repertoire is a low-key, savvy, delightful refreshment, almost able to conjure breezes where there are none.  The singer is assured and comfortable in her surroundings—nothing to prove, nothing to […]

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Club Review: Amber Iman

Club Review: Amber Iman

August 16, 2021 | By | 1 Comment

Her strong, range-y voice and statuesque looks make it no surprise that actress/singer Amber Iman is an award-nominated performer with a burgeoning career in theatre, including Broadway’s Soul Doctor (as Nina Simone), the National Tour of Hamilton, and various off-Broadway and regional productions.  She has also contributed background vocals for several well-known stars.  But none […]

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Club Review: Daryl Sherman Trio

Club Review: Daryl Sherman Trio

August 8, 2021 | By | 1 Comment

Start with the tastiest collection of songs to be heard in NYC, add three brilliant musicians at the top of their game, mix in the warm, inviting vocals of an icon of the city’s music scene, add one of New York’s most cozily elegant rooms, and top it all off with a 1,000-watt smile, and […]

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Club Review: Alex Leonard  and The Sutton Place Trio

Club Review: Alex Leonard and The Sutton Place Trio

August 9, 2021 | By | Add a Comment

“What Is This Thing Called Love?” is a deceptively simple 1929 Cole Porter tune that alternates major and minor chords, and is a perennial favorite of jazz musicians. Pianist and singer Alex Leonard set it up as a ballad, sliding in on lead vocals for the first verse, then switched it up with a tempo […]

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