Sunday, May 19, 2013

Alabama Music Office goes to 55 Bar in New York City

Alabama Music Office goes to 55 Bar in New York City 

Alabama Music goes to the early jazz perfromance at 55 Bar a jazz club in New York City located at 55 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. (Since 1919) The band was called Jazz Country and featured Amy Cervini. This video captures Amy singing a song about John Lennon.
A funky dive bar from prohibition days, the 55's heart is jazz and its soul is the blues. Incredible musicians rock the house nightly with some of the most innovative playing in NY (if not the world)! Watch musical legends checking out the newcomers and veteran barflies chatting up first timers. A cool staff with no attitude (well, almost), a low cover and a wicked juke box make this a true village hangout.
Don't fence her in: Amy Cervini is a jazz-honed singer who has the big ears and free spirit to reach far and wide for great material, whether it's from Cole Porter or Leonard Cohen, Nellie McKay or Willie Nelson. In January 2012, the Toronto-bred, New York-based vocalist releases her third solo album and first for Anzic Records: Digging Me, Digging You, an homage to the vintage jazz pixie Blossom Dearie. This follows the albums Love Fool (2009) and Famous Blue (2007), which established Cervini as one of the more individual talents on the North American scene for her intrepid sense of song and pure-toned, ever-swinging vocalism. The New York Times has enthused over her as "a thoughtful and broad-minded jazz singer," while the All Music Guide recommends her recordings for the "honest, self-assured and honey-dripping presence clearly heard."
Cervini has performed in clubs and concert halls from Toronto to Tel Aviv and in New York City venues ranging from the Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe's Pub, 55 Bar and the Knitting Factory to the Jazz Standard, Birdland, the Blue Note and Carnegie Hall. She works regularly with her "North Americana" group Jazz Country, as well as the vocal ensemble Monday Off. Her performances have been praised far and wide. The Boston Phoenix said "her singing drew distinctions between rhythm and phrasing -- that is, she can swing, but she also knows where a lyric should fall in the melody and how to turn a syllable." And the Ottawa Citizen declared that "the ex-pat Canadian sings terrific, gimmick-free jazz [with a] poise, intelligence and an unforced honesty that makes every song ring like it was her own." For her part, Cervini says, "I just want to make listeners feel something when I sing. I know that's why I go to a show, because I want to feel, to be moved."

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