HIGHLIGHTS in JAZZ
New York's Longest Running Jazz Concert Series
Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8 P.M.
Voices of Jazz
New York, NY -- Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights in Jazz," New York's longest running jazz series, is pleased to present Voices of Jazz Blossom Dearie And Kevin Mahogany.
Blossom Dearie (b. 28 April 1928 East Durham, New York) is a singer, pianist and songwriter, with a wispy, little-girlish" voice, and is regarded as one of the great supper club singers. She began her career in the 1940s with early influences by Art Tatum, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Martha Tilton, who sang with the Benny Goodman band. After stints with the Blue Flames, a vocal group within the Woody Herman big band, and the Blue Reys, a similar formation in the Alvino Rey band she sang at the legendary Chantilly Club in Greenwich Village where she met Nicole Barclay who owned Barclay Records. She had a hit in France and the USA with one of their first recordings, a French version of Lullaby Of Birdland". While in Paris, Dearie met impresario and record producer Norman Granz, who signed her to Verve Records, for whom she eventually made six solo albums, including the highly regarded My Gentleman Friend. Her solo career included appearances on US television with Jack Paar, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson. In the 1970s she started her own company, Daffodil Records. In 1981 she appeared with Dave Frishberg for three weeks at Michael's Pub in Manhattan. Frishberg, besides being a songwriter, also sang and played the piano, and Dearie who frequently performed his songs, such as Peel Me A Grape", I'm Hip" and My Attorney Bernie" also collaborated with Dave writing the song Long Daddy Green". Her own compositions include I Like You, You're Nice", I'm Shadowing You" and Hey John". From 1983, she performed regularly for six months a year at the Ballroom, a nightclub in Manhattan, and in 1985 was the first recipient of the Mabel Mercer Foundation Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding supper-club performer.
New York Times critic Stephen Holden had this to say about Blossom Dearie. Ms. Dearie has impeccable taste in material and is no slouch as a songwriter either." No cabaret performer illustrates the concept that less can be more as satisfyingly as Blossom Dearie."
Vocalist Kevin Mahogany (b. 1958) blends jazz, pop and R&B styles effortlessly into an accessible mix that is both commercial and musical. The Kansas City native received his greatest recognition as an actor portraying a singer patterned after Big Joe Turner in Robert Altman's film Kansas City, but he was ready for the exposure after recording several impressive albums for Enja., Warner Bros. and Telarc.
The Los Angeles Times called him one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years." And the esteemed writer Whitney Balliet declared in The New Yorker, there is little Mahogany cannot do."
All concerts will take place at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (Borough of Manhattan Community College), 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich and West Street).
The tickets are $30.00 and $27.50, for students. They can be purchased at the theater box office or by calling (212) 220-1460.