LIVE: Suede @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 1/5/19
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
The uncategorizable Suede has been one of the most popular acts at the Eighth Step over the years. She has been a regular performer, appearing at the coffeehouse since the early ’90s when The Step was located at the corner of Washington Park in Albany. Her most recent appearance last month at the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady demonstrated why she is so popular.
Playing guitar, trumpet as well as singing, her repertoire ranged from Broadway show tunes to blues to standards. She moved across musical genres with ease, seamlessly working her way through a performance featuring songs as diverse as Etta James’ “Teach Me Tonight” and “At Last,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Shirley Horn’s “Here’s to Life” and, as an encore, her signature version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Built for Comfort,” complete with a blast of scat sining. Her animated performance style – aided and quite ably abetted by the accompaniment of pianist Fred Boyle and bassist Rich Hill – provided an enjoyable evening of fun, music and laughter.
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