Carole J. Bufford: Birdland Jazz Party

| September 9, 2015

Carole J. Bufford

Birdland Jazz Party

Birdland, NYC, September 6, 2015

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Carole-J-Bufford-Body-and-Soul-Gaslight-Theater-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212What a great way to end a summer! A relaxed and confident Carole J. Bufford delighted a packed Labor Day weekend crowd at Birdland with a fun-filled edition of the Birdland Jazz Party. Backed by the the swinging Birdland Jazz Quartet, she and her guests provided the crowd with 80 minutes of great entertainment. Bufford, best known for her torch singing, showed the she can also really swing, and also has a soft and gentle side. Musical Director Ian Herman’s arrangements and solo turns on piano were exemplary.

Bufford opened with “Teach Me Tonight” followed by “You Came Along Way from St. Louis,” featuring the first of many thrilling solos by saxophonist Alejandro Aviles. Paying tribute to Patsy Cline, Bufford went country with “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You).”  Bufford’s way of saying happy anniversary to a couple in the audience was to perform a a beautifully soft “The Man I Love.” Starting painfully slow, “All By Myself” built to a strong conclusion. Guest group Marquee Five brought their harmony to two numbers: “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Bei Meir Bist du Schoen” amazingly done in the manner of a Negro spiritual. Lianne Marie Dobbs was a very special guest, marvelously performing “Who’s Sorry Now?” and a very intense “The Folks Who Live on the Hill.” She then joined Bufford for a bombastically funny duet with the 1930s number “One Hour Mama.” Bufford then echoed Ruth Etting’s original, very slow version of “All of Me.” Saving the best for last, backed by Ray Marchica on drums, she closed with Clarence Williamss’ “You’ve Got the Right Key, but the Wrong Keyhole” that brought the house down.

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