Singer Shepley Metcalf Brings New Jazz Songbook to Chicago on August 27


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New tunes by lyricist of “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" get Chicago debut at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret

Boston-based chanteuse Shepley Metcalf brings her tantalizing interpretations of a new songbook by legendary jazz scribe Fran Landesman to Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret on August 27. Metcalf will perform with her musical partner and pianist Ron Roy.

Landesman's 1955 standard “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" sealed her fame as poet laureate of lovers and losers. Her latest songbook does not disappoint: it's being hailed as “sly, ironic, witty, hip and humorous," “sharp as razors," “cry-in-your-martini saloon songs."

The song titles say it all: “In a New York Minute," “It's Cool to be Cool," “Did We Have Any Fun?" and “Music Reaches Places."

Metcalf debuted her Landesman show at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston this spring, and is booked in New York and San Francisco in the coming months. The first U.S. musician to record this new songbook, she recently released her CD, Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace.

Metcalf has appeared in Boston area clubs, Danny's Sky Bar in New York, and live on Ron Della Chiesa's WGBH radio program Music America. Roy, a faculty member at the Boston Conservatory of Music, has performed in theater, cabaret, and opera throughout the United States and Europe.

Metcalf and Roy will perform at 8 pm on Friday, August 27th at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1353 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. $15.00 cover and two-drink minimum. Reservations at 773-278-1830.

..."A meeting at New York's Cafe Carlyle, a handover of a freshly minted copy, and the result is this rather fine, exquisitely programmed 15-song collection, Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace. From the most heartfelt balladry ('Save the Photographs') to the breeziest of up-tempo songs ('In A New York Minute') to the sly humour of 'Hyde Side Blues' and 'Did We Have Any Fun?,' these witty, urbane and touching songs exert a powerful hold. Metcalf's central triptych of 'Down,' 'Scars' and the salutary caught-with-your-pants-down tale of 'Feet Do Your Stuff' ...is outstanding." — Jazzwise Magazine, 4-star CD rating & review

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