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November 24, 2009

JOHNNY MERCER TRIBUTE AT RRAZZ ROOM - GREAT!









Lee Hartgrave Reviews
Nov. 24, 2009


TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS
STARRING LINDA PURL AND LEE LEESACK


They come in from the back of the Rrazz Room – stunning the audience with Mercer’s “My Favorite Hour.” It was like I was listening to a 50,000-Watt Radio Station in the 50’s. What a great Duet. Mercer’s words and music touched (and still does) countless people with his sensitivity, playfulness and warmth.

Purl simply shines and shimmers. Can anyone really look that sincere? I think so – there were no phony notes up on that stage. Her “Skylark” was pure icing on the cake. The cake of course would be to Johnny Mercer who was born on this month. Mercer was and will remain one of the greatest musical geniuses in the world.

Leesack kept us spellbound with the amusing and funzie song “The Watcha-Ma-Call-it” and another hilarious song “Pineapple Pete” -- where Leesack introduced us to “The Fluke”. It’s a strange instrument that you strum. It was awesome. I loved it – and so did the audience.

During the evening – the duo kept us enchanted with over 30 songs. Some were done as a medley. If you want to mellow out over the greatest music in the world – well then you better trot down to the Rrazz Room to see Purl and Leesack.

And like one of Mercer’s songs sez: “Goody, Goody” – which by the way has always been one of my all-time favorites.

Where? THE RRAZZ ROOM AT THE NIKKO HOTEL IN THE MAIN LOBBY.

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