Gregg Marx

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Gregg Marx

Tom Rolla’s Gardenia, West Hollywood, CA, August 31, 2018

Reviewed by Elliot Zwiebach for Cabaret Scenes

Gregg Marx

Gregg Marx is a classy singer of classic songs. 

He performs selections from the Great American Songbook as if they had been written specifically for him. He sings them gently, with each emotion clearly articulated and each lyric clearly enunciated. The notes come out totally unforced—intensely or intimately as the song requires—and always with honesty, passion, and the pure pleasure of singing them.

In the first of what is intended to be a monthly series, Marx set out to turn the Gardenia into a supper club from a past era—with medium lighting across the room to focus the audience and the singer on each other—and no theme other than enduring melodies.

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Plus, special cocktails enhanced the supper-club ambience.

For his first outing, the songs ranged from a gentle, easy-going “Come Fly with Me” (Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen) to a soft, introspective “Why Try to Change Me Now?” (Cy Coleman/Joseph Allan McCarthy), a swinging “Let’s Fall in Love” (Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler) and a warm, delightful “Love Me or Leave Me” (Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn).

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Marx also delivered a purring version of “Comes Love” (Sam H. Stept/Lew Brown/Charles Tobias), a sly take on “I Only Want Some” (Jerry Leiber/Mike

Stoller ),  an intensely tender “How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)?” (Irving Berlin), and a fun, full-throated “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (Fats Waller/Harry Brooks/Andy Razaf).

At one point he invited Patty Weaver, who played his wife on Days of Our Lives, up to the piano to engage in some patter—which Marx explained was inspired by the transitions in movies from dialogue to song—before singing a lovely, expressive “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (George and Ira Gershwin).

Marx received terrific support from the effervescent piano of music director Andy Howe and exquisite bass from Nedra Wheeler.

Enhancing the mood was a superb saxophone from guest performer Julie Sax, who stepped out of the audience to accompany the singer on several numbers.

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Elliot Zwiebach

Elliot Zwiebach loves the music of The Great American Songbook and classic Broadway, with a special affinity for Rodgers and Hammerstein. He's been a professional writer for 45 years and a cabaret reviewer for five. Based in Los Angeles, Zwiebach has been exposed to some of the most talented performers in cabaret—the famous and the not-so-famous—and enjoys it all. Reviewing cabaret has even pushed him into doing some singing of his own — a very fun and liberating experience that gives him a connection with the performers he reviews.