Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rose Mallett, Simply A Great Jazz Singer!

Rose Mallett

Rose Mallett has had a full schedule of performances this winter, but I had not seen her until Thursday night when I went to Escena Lounge and Grill inside the beautiful Escena Golf Club. The Escena Lounge and Grill is a wonderful place to enjoy great food and listen to some of the wonderful sounds of Jazz provided by Rose and fellow musicians, Barry McClure and Danny Flahive.  Rose Mallett has a wonderful Sarah Vaughn-like lush voice that when combined with her 3 1/2 octave range, puts even the most casual Jazz listener in outer space. In my opinion in the short period has been singing in the Desert she has become one of our best Jazz singers.  She approaches her songs without fear and applies her own Jazz interpretation bringing new life to the many great standards she sings.  Rose is a perfectionist and it's no surprise that she has chosen two of the best side-men in the Valley to support her performance.  Barney McClure has taken the Desert Jazz scene by storm this winter playing gigs almost every night. Barney is a wonderful personality and a great pianist. I was surprised to learn that he is self-taught on the keyboard and did not start playing keyboard until he was seventeen. Any singer would love to have him playing for them! On stand-up Bass is everyone's favorite Bass player, Danny Flahive. Just like Barney, Danny is in great demand and performs almost every night. Danny has his own unique approach to playing Bass, and his solos are well constructed and beautifully played. When you combine these three mega-talents together, the resulting sounds are a beautiful thing to hear.

Rose performs at Escena on most Thursdays but you should call first to make sure she is performing. She also is performing at many other venues including Woody's in Palm Springs.  She is scheduled to appear at Woody's on Fridays, March 7, 14 and 21. You might also check out her site to see her full schedule. 

Barry McClure, Rose Mallett and Danny Flahive

Barney McClure

Danny Flahive

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