|Trish & Barney|
|Trish & Barney|
| Trish, Barney and Lenny Kaye|
Something really special is happening at Woody's on Monday nights. Beautiful Trish Hatley is superbly singing some of the greatest songs out of the "Great American Songbook" and is paired with fabulous Keyboard player, Barney McClure. I saw this duo last year but they surprised me tonight by singing duets that included wonderful harmonies. Trish and Barney have been performing together for several months and they have merged their personalities into a powerhouse entertainment machine. Trish has a quick, sharp mind and Barney plays the perfect straight man role for her comments. They capture their audience from the very start of their performance and never let them go.
Trish is singing as good as any Jazz singer today and Barney is playing outstanding keyboard in a manner unlike any of the other keyboard playing today. Together they put on a wonderful musical show. This is a show you must see, and I guarantee you will enjoy every minute. Trish and Barney perform at Woody's every Monday starting at 6:00 PM.
At tonight's performance, Trish asked Lenny Kaye who was in the audience to sit in and sing a couple of songs with Barney on Keyboard and Trish playing drums with brushes. Lenny is a very talented and professional singer with a beautiful rich voice that is perfect for the Standards he sings. Tonight, he did an especially good job singing the "Nearness of You".
I found a "YouTube" of Trish Hatley singing "Attitude of Gratitude" so you can hear her wonderful voice and singing style.
I found a "Youtube" video from a couple of years ago of Rose singing "It's Impossible" that I know you will enjoy hearing.
|Danny Flahive and Carolyn Martinez|
|Danny Flahive, Carolyn Martinez and Bob Corwin|
|Danny Flahive and Bob Corwin|
|Ken Steele & Carolyn|
|Don Fraizer, Ron Kalina and Carolyn|
|Jack Pena, Don Fraser, Shelly Yoelin, Danny Flahive and Bob Corwin|
Carolyn Martinez continues to impress large audiences on Tuesday nights at Vickys in Indian Wells, CA. Carolyn has been performing on Tuesday nights for the past couple of years. When she first started at Vickys, her audiences were small because not many music fans were familiar with her voice, but it did not take long for the word to get out. Now she draws large crowds that always include some of the finest musicians performing in the Desert, a sure sign of their respect for her singing ability. I first heard Carolyn sing 3 years ago, and I became a fan immediately. Carolyn has a strong, pure voice that when combined with her deep emotional feel for lyrics, makes a powerful performing statement. I think Carolyn is at her very best when singing Brailizan tunes. But that's not where her talent ends, she is a terrific Jazz singer and she handles great standards with the skill of a seasoned pro. If you have not heard Carolyn recently, you need to be at Vickys on Tuesday nights, and I personally guarantee you will love her singing.
Carolyn also is very careful about the quality of supporting musicians she brings with her to her gigs. She only asks the most experienced pros to work with her. Tonight was no exception with the marvelous Bob Corwin on Piano and Danny Flahive one of the best Bassists in the West on Bass. These two seasoned pros could make any singer advance their singing to a higher level. This duo with Carolyn's beautiful voice was just about perfect!
During tonight's performance, quite a few musicians came by to support Carolyn and sit in with the Trio. First up was Ken Steele, an extremely multi-talented singer/composer/arranger and producer. I would love to see Ken have the opportunity to sing on an evening of his own. He has a beautiful mellow deep voice and his phrasing especially on Standards like " The Nearness of You" are dead center perfect. In the meantime, I will be happy to hear him sing in almost every place there is live music. The fact that all the top musicians always ask Ken to sit in and sing a couple of songs is a tribute to his wonderful singing talents.
Also sitting in tonight was Tenor Sax great, Shelly Yoelin, Don Fraser on Drums and Jack Pena on bongos.
|Beverly Jensen & Eric Lindstrom|
|Francesca Amari & Eric Lindstrom|
In case you have not heard, AJ's on the Green located inside Date Palm Country Club in Cathedral City now has live music 7 nights per week. Eric Lindstrom , known to many as a terrific Trombone player gets to perform on Keyboard and Vocals. AJ's has turned into a Jazz supper club and owner/chef Art Herrera and co-owner John Farrow are also serving excellent food. Eric show is part of the Monday series called "Acoustic Stew" Mondays which includes his playing and singing and also allows for lots of Valley entertainers to sit in during the evening. The club has a really low key vibe and the line-up of various musicians performing during the evening provides a lot of relaxed fun.
Tonight among the many performers on hand, I was especially impressed by Beverly Jensen and Francesca Amari who sang beautifully with accompaniment from Eric.
In addition to playing wonderful Trombone in several groups here in the Desert, Eric Lindstrom also turns out to be a wonderful keyboard player and vocalist. Eric is universally liked by all of the musicians in the Valley and is considered one of the "Good Guys" of the Valley music scene. Eric will be back at AJ's on Sunday from 11:30 to 2:30 and on Monday, March 2 from 7 to 10.
|Jay Lewis, Kelly Corbin and Linda Peterson|
|Kelly Corbin and Linda Peterson|
|Jay Lewis and Kelly Corbin|
|Carole Hampton Singing And Having Fun|
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