Thursday, February 7, 2019

Trish Hatley And Mark Kahny Create A Special Happy Hour At The Purple Room In Palm Springs CA



The Southern California area is blessed to be the home of some of the most talented singers in the country.  And at the top of the list of outstanding vocalists you will find Trish Hatley's name.  Trish has the ability to sing standards as good as anyone I have heard, and she also can sing popular tunes  just a well.  Trish is currently performing every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00PM at Michael Holmes' Purple Room in Palm Springs, California.  Trish is joined by Mark Kahny on Piano and Vocals.  The results of putting these two superstars together is some great duets of classic American songs.

Trish Hatley has one of the purest and clear voices you will ever hear and she has recorded some of the best songs in the "Great American songbook".  Her sense of lyric is perfect as is her feel for musical phrasing.  If you love to listen to standards,  you will just love Trish.

Vocalist and Piano master Mark Kahny is sought after by many singers here in the Coachella Valley because as an experienced singer himself, he understands the need to give singers room and at the same time knows when to fill when they need it.  He is a Pro in all aspects of performing.  When he does duets with Trish he has no trouble keeping up to her vocally and that's no easy task considering Trish's strong clear voice.  They make wonderful music together, and I guarantee you will enjoy every minute of their performance.   The Purple Room, former home to the Sinatra "Rat Pack", is the perfect setting to enjoy hearing Trish and Mark sing the standards that made Sinatra a legend!

I was not able to get a clear recording of Trish and Mark performing but I did find a "YouTube" of Trish singing "Shiny Stockings" from fabulous Standards CD "Trish Hatley, I Remember".   I also found a "YouTube" of Mark playing and singing at his home,  the Billy Joel classic, "Piano Man". I know you will enjoy both of these great musicians!





Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Unique and Wonderful Yve Evans Appears At Woody's Palm House Every Tuesday




Yve Evans is a unique musical treasure who continues to bring joy to her thousands of music fans in the  Coachella Valley Area.  Yve, first and foremost is a wonderful, loving and caring person.  She is always the first one to offer help and aid to anyone in need without hesitation  She also has an understated sense of humor that never gets old!  But what really sets Yve Evans apart from her musical group is her magical voice.  Listening to Yve brings back memories of the greatest singers in Jazz history starting with Ella and moving on to "Sassy" Sarah, Lina Horn, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.  She has performed with every major singing star in the Valley and if you mention her name to any of them, their response will be "great singer and wonderful person".  Yve likes to laugh and she mixes humor into her performances to the delight of her audience.  But don't be fooled by Yve's comedy. Yve Evans is a superb singer with a range that most singers would die for.  I have been fortunate to be at enough of her performances to catch her when she is immersed into a medley and lyric and it's heaven to hear.

Yve is performing every Tuesday at Woody's Palm House in Palm Springs with the legendary, John Bolivar sitting in with her.  John has been taking it easy recently due to some medical issues but he enjoys playing his Woodwinds and Flute especially with his long-time friend, Yve Evans.  Be sure to call for reservations (760-230-0188)  in advance because Yve always fills the house.

I found a "YouTube" that recorded Yve playing and singing one of her famous medleys in 2017 at the Monterey Jazz Festival that will give you some insights as to why she is so loved by her audiences.  She is joined by two of her favorite playing partners, Bradley Austin Bobo on Bass and Larry Washington on Drums.  Please enjoy the wonderful Yve Evans!







Friday, February 1, 2019

CD Review: Magela Herrera "Explicaciones"


Vocalist, Composer and Flute Virtuoso Magela Herrera has just released her first solo CD, "Explicaciones".  Magela is Cuban born and has a unique background that includes Latin Jazz, Euro Jazz and classic Afro-Cuban traditions.  She credits the time she lived in Norway for her "Aha" moment when she discovered her musical personality.  "I honestly wanted to make an album earlier in my career, but I was too shy, and I could never complete a tune.  At the time, I was limiting myself to Cuban music and hadn't really explored other styles. I consider my time in Norway to be my "Aha" moment.  All my professors there were more into inspiring and pushing students to find our own sound, whatever genre it happened to be.  They didn't force us to follow rules.  On "Explicaciones" applying that freedom to classic Cuban tunes really helped me hone in on my sound as an artist". Another major influence occurred when Magela moved to Miami.  For the past two years she has immersed herself in the city's vibrant Jazz, R & B, Funk and Electronica scenes.

The music on this CD represents the influences and changes in Magela's musical life. Each song tells of her experiences.  The title track, "Explicaciones" written by Magela begins with a simple Percussion-Flute dance and then moves into a beautiful lead vocal, sung in her native Spanish.  Magela did the Arranging for the CD.  I have attached a "Youtube" of Magela Herrera singing the title song from the CD below.  It will give you a musical taste of Magela's many musical talents.  This CD is being released on January 21, 2019 and it's sure to be major candidate for the list of the best Latin CDs for 2019!  I highly recommend it!

PLAYERS:
Magela Herrera- Voice, Flute, Compositions and Arrangements
Tal Cohen-Piano
Nestor Del Prado-Bass
Dion Keith Kerr-Bass
Hilario Bell-Drums
David Chiverton-Drums
Greg Diamond-Guitar
Jean Maze-Trumpet
Philbert Armenteros Bata-Drums

PLAYLIST:
1. "Two Sidewalks"
2. "Que Te Pedi"
3." Principios"
4. "Explicaciones"
5. "Ahora"
6. "B├ęsame Mucho"
7. "Danson Para Papa"
8. "My One and Only Love"





  

Trish Hatley And Mark Kahny Create A Special Happy Hour At The Purple Room In Palm Springs CA

The Southern California area is blessed to be the home of some of the most talented singers in the country.  And at the top of the lis...