MARY FOSTER CONKLIN Wednesday, March 7 @ 8pm and 9:30pm 22 East 38th Street (at Madison Avenue) (212) 802 0600 in the Whaler Bar located in the Lobby.
Complimentary antipasti served by Ristorante Cinque Terre $15. cover charge, 1 drink min. Sets are at 8pm and 9.30pm
Praised by the New York Times as a highly creative singer whose style blends cabaret and jazz so thoroughly as to defy any easy categorization," and an original in her own way with her unique approach to lyricism, phrasing, timbre, rhythms, et al" (ejazznews.com) Mary Foster Conklin makes her debut appearance at Enzo's Jazz Room on Wednesday, March 7 with sets at 8pm and 9:30pm. She will be joined by pianist/arranger John diMartino, with bassist Scott Lee and Ron Vincent on drums. There is a $15 cover charge and a one drink minimum, with complimentary antipasti served by Ristorante Cinque Terre. Enzo's is located in the Jolly Hotel Madison Towers at 22 East 38th Street at Madison Avenue. For reservations, please call (212) 802-0600.
Mary's choice of material has always been an eclectic mix of contemporary songs and lesser known standards. Scratch her witty tough-girl from Jersey patter, and you'll find a sensitive artist (but not frail) with a wide-ranging boldly colored voice and an open ear for off-beat material" wrote Terry Teachout in The Washington Post. Her latest recording, BLUES FOR BREAKFAST - REMEMBERING MATT DENNIS (Rhombus Records) is a collection of songs by the late Matt Dennis, best known for his hits Angel Eyes" and Violets for your Furs". The album is a culmination of three years research which began at the Library of Congress and has since been performed on both coasts, to critical acclaim. The CD has been hailed by the press as delightfully dramatic" (Harvey Siders, Jazz Times) a work of art and heart" (Scott Johnson, www.powerlineblog.com), and an overdue reminder of the honored place of Matt Dennis in American music" (George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon).
Conklin has appeared in theatres, jazz clubs and cabarets throughout the United States, including The Blue Note, The Iridium and Sweet Rhythm in New York, The Jazz Bakery and The Vic in Los Angeles, and The Cultural Center and Park West in Chicago. She is a vocalist with drummer/composer Art Lillard's 15-piece Heavenly Band and can be heard on his latest recording REASONS TO BE THANKFUL on Summit Records. She recently presented a lecture/performance at Connecticut College this past September, highlighting the theatre songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, made famous by Peggy Lee on the cult favorite MIRRORS recording.