LIVE: Rene Marie @ A Place for Jazz, 9/18/15

September 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

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Photographs by Rudy Lu

In support of her new album, I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt, Rene Marie entertained the audience with her unimitable vocals and sense of style to open the fall season of the A Place for Jazz concert series at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome.

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Accompanied solely by pianist John Chin, she sang mostly standards – ranging from the soul classic “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” favorite “Surrey With the Fringe On Top” – peppered with a few originals to an appreciative audience.

UPCOMING: A Place for Jazz’s concert series continues at 7:30pm on Friday (October 2) with a performance by pianist and Albany native Theo Hill and his quartet. Tickets are $15; $7 students; children under age 12 are free if accompanied by an adult.

SECOND OPINIONS
Excerpt from David Singer’s review at The Daily Gazette: “She [Rene Marie] opened with ‘When You’re Smiling,’ alone, before Chin stepped on the stage. She set the tone here, singing with impeccable clarity, treating the room just right with her soft but full voice, and her ability to travel a few scales without compromising control. Chin’s solos — which he took on most tunes — were equally clear, articulate and contained. He pronounced each idea and moved on with light punctuation, allowing us to follow with little effort. He played with a bouncy Joplin feel, but would smooth it out occasionally just as easily. During Cole Porter’s ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy,’ from her most recent record, I Wanna Be Evil, which pays tribute to Eartha Kitt, Chin’s tempo stayed on the back end of the meter, as did Marie’s, his disciplined patience never sped forward, even during his subtle solo climaxes.”

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