johnleiser

Frieda Payne @ Iridium

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Disco Queen meets Ella at Iridium sounds a little forced and it was. Freida can sing and did a creditable job on lots of Ella tunes along with biographical anecdotes; who wrote the song, who was in the band who Ella was with and like that. You have to love any one that sings “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” and includes the verse! Freida was happy with how she looked and shared how hard it was to to squeeze into her dress; I thought she looked good, but that was too much info, need to know line was crossed. Her trio was wonderful with the right style for each of the composers or band leaders; The Count,The Duke, Jelly Roll etc. She put together a stylish and entertaining show that the crowd loved. I could have done without the “Band Of Gold” encore, but the boomers loved it, so be it.

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