Friday, April 25, 2014

Sharon Sills Stars At Woody's Burgers and Beer Jazz Club in Palm Springs


Sharon Sills

James Nation, Sharon Sills, Shelley Yoelin and David Ring

James Nation, Shelley Yoelin and David Ring

On Friday, April 18,  Sharon Sills made her second appearance at Woody's Burgers and Beer in Palm Springs.  Sharon has her own unique style that fits the Palm Springs scene perfectly.  She has a remarkable voice that is strong and clear and when combined with her wonderful stage presence makes her one of the best entertainers in the Desert.  Sharon sits in from time to time at several entertainment venues in the Valley, but I believe this is the first time she was the featured singer.
Tonight Sharon sang many great songs from the 80's including an outstanding performance on two Melissa Manchester gems, "Come In From the Rain" and "Don't Cry Out Loud".  Sharon loves Rock & Roll and  Rhythm and Blues but also sings ballads beautifully!

Backing up Sharon tonight were three highly talented musicians.  David Ring is the leader of the group and is one of the best pianist in the Desert.  Several singers I spoke to rated David as their favorite piano player.  David also is a great Jazz pianist and loves to experiment with some of the great Jazz charts he covers.  Joining David were Shelley Yoelin on Sax, Flute and Clarinet.  I love Shelley's "take no prisoners" approach to playing Sax but tonight he impressed everyone with playing his Clarinet playing which was a perfect background for several ballads Sharon sang. On Drums was Jame Nation who provided a perfect beat and tempo for the group.

All in all, tonight's show at Woody's had a cabaret feel to it.  I look forward to hearing Sharon again in the near future. 

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