Angela Leone

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Angela Leone

Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, March 10, 2018

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Angela Leone

Angela Leone warmed a few hearts over to her by the end of her CD release presentation. With a melodic ease and simple poise, she was able to work through a set of the big band era’s best. Her show focused predominantly on the jazziness of singers like Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer split with solos by competent tenor saxophonist Peter Branin (a last-minute substitute).

Leone’s relaxed voice was kept low, even, and smooth as she performed classic, melodramatic era pieces such as “Almost Like Being in Love” (Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe) and “I’ve Got the World on a String” (Ted Koehler/Harold Arlen).

She didn’t have a lot of showmanship, but she had consistency and a wonderful rapport with music director and pianist, Bill Zeffiro.

Without Zeffiro keeping Leone on task she would have forgotten some of her later, better songs and lost her comedic element. On a few songs she skipped ahead or forgot the start, but Zeffiro’s smile at the keys and a few words helped.
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His quick wit seemed to be an expected addition from the audience who adored his playful banter.
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Joining the trio of Zeffiro, Branin, and Leone were bass player Jon Burr and drummer Chip Fabrisi. Burr played a pair of especially nice bass solos which complemented the amount of saxophone.


Chris Struck

Chris Struck's debut novel, Kennig and Gold, is due to be officially published in June 2019. He's written reviews for Cabaret Scenes since August of 2017. For more information about the writer, see