Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Doorman’s Diary: 3.9.12

Pretty impressive to see a duo play all night. A piano and a voice. No others. They were on the mark from note one to the last “oh, yeahhhhh.” I had seen them play at the club before and was impressed with the singer’s voice range. Maybe in a singer’s world it’s no big deal, but to me… hearing her hold notes from gut’s bottom to breaking the o-zone seems remarkable. I think I’ve mentioned this singer before as being a quirky delight. She can sing a soul-wrenching Billie Holiday song with enough passion to lick the envelope of a suicide note and then be exuding her obviously fun-loving goofy personality between songs. Her husband sings as well and has a strong, honey-coated voice that could send Al Jarreau to the back of the choir stand. He was called up occasionally to join her. Their voices intertwined in a loving embrace as they sang Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” to commemorate their wedding anniversary (he announced the number of years but it defies visual logic, since they both don’t look old enough to be married that long, unless they tied the knot at birth). There was a group of four guys at the bar that could have emptied a box of Kleenex. I made sure to ask the lone wolfette who last week I had made her pinky-swear to show up tonight, whether it was worthwhile (I know… a cheap shot). With the incredible piano accompanist, she belted out “Smooth Operator,” better than Sade, “Stormy Weather,” every bit as good as Billie, and challenged Dinah Washington’s supremacy on “Sunny Side of the Street.” 

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