|Kim Nalley and Houston Person. Photo: Pat Johnson|
KIM NALLEY – A MUSICAL WORK OF GENIUS
Pennies From Heaven, Them Their Eyes and My Man are just a few of the songs that are associated with Jazz Singer Billy Holiday. However, Nalley doesn’t imitate. But she does leave a Ghostly presence of famous and sometimes troubled singers.
YOU MAY REMEMBER SOME OF THESE SONGS!
“Mon Homme” the popular song known in the U.S. as “My Man” was originally composed by Jacques Charles, Channing Pollack, Albert Wilemetz and Maurice Yvain. The song was popularized in the English-speaking world in the 1920’s with the 1921 recording by Ziegfeld Follies singer Fanny Brice. The song was a huge hit for Brice and the record eventually earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for Brice. I don’t know if Nalley will sing “My Man” or some of the others that I mentioned. But I would be thrilled if she did sing some of them. But hey, whatever she sings – I will become lost in another world.
Nalley gives us great snapshots of Jazz. It was an exciting time then, when the popular hits were “God Bless the Child”, “Tain’t No Bodies Business”, and “Them Their Eyes”. Whether or not Nalley sings any of those songs, we will find out this evening at the Rrazz Room. No matter what she sings – it will be deeply moving and powerful.
Nally’s easygoing style on the stage is infectious. You can’t help but like her, and appreciate her varied talents. Even when she sings songs that Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald made popular way back then – Nalley makes them her own now. Its just amazing – Same Song – yet so different! All in All – Kim Nalley as always, gives an Electrifying evening from the moment that she starts to sing! Talk about a compelling, heart breaking and amusing evening – then we are talking serious singing here. Don’t even think of missing it at The Rrazz Room at the Nikko Hotel in the main beautiful lobby. And remember – she is on stage live – so it’s like watching, breathtaking talent in 3-D!
Here’s an EXTRA BONUS – HOUSTON PERSON WILL SHARE THE STAGE WITH KIM NALLEY.
--That’s bound to be non-stop joy for the New Year. The fun starts tonight Dec. 27 thru Jan. 1st. I’ll be looking for you tonight.
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