Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Outstanding Singing from Lola Rossi at The Escena Lounge & Grill Enhanced With Smooth Jazz Singing and Sax From Reggie Alxander


Friday Night, April 15, 2011, I had the pleasure of hearing Lola Rossi sing at The Escena Lounge & Grill. Many live music fans had told me that Lola was a terrific singer but this was the first time that I had the opportunity to judge for myself.  As I arrived at the Escena Lounge & Grill, I was caught off-guard by a beautiful clubhouse building with its Palm Springs mid century design and the glorious views of the Nicklaus designed golf course that is visible from anywhere inside the building.  When I arrived, Lola was already singing. The first song heard was the great standard, "At Last". Lola sang this blues classic so well I thought that the blues may be where she lives.  But as the night went on, it became clear to me that it's not possible to put Lola into one musical Jenre.  She does it all! Broadway, with two stunning Barbara Streisand arrangements: "Memories" from the musical "Cats" and "His Is The Only Music That Makes Me Dance" from "Funny Girl". By the time her show was over, Lola covered: Broadway, The Blues, Country, and music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.  She had a strong but smooth voice with remarkable range that she uses to showcase some classic  but difficult songs effortlessly. There is no doubt that Lola is one of the best singers performing in the desert today.

But Lola was not my only surprise this night.  Lola was joined by a wonderful singer and sax player, Reggie Alexander.  I went to Escena Lounge and Grill to see and hear Lola but having Reggie sing and play along side her was a double treat.  Reggie plays alto and tenor and can cover both standards and jazz equally well.  He performed a rendition of the jazz standard, "Europa" that I thought was great.  His sax sound is smooth and warm even when he went off on some well thought out jazz solos.  His singing style and voice were also smooth and warm.  He handled some wonderful vocal signature songs from Lou Rauls, Nat King Cole, and Sinatra with great ease.

The sounds from this partnership were just terrific entertainment.  Lola and Reggie will be performing every Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 through April and then will also stay during the month of May but may be moving to Saturday night. If you like live jazz and who doesn't,  put Friday night at Escena Lounge & Grill on your entertainment "To Do" list!



2 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful! Great job posting this! Great singer!...Daniel

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  2. Hey Daniel, thanks for the kind words. By the way, I did get some positive feedback when I posted your picture from some of my followers who know you! You must be doing something right! Thanks you for following my site.

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