Jeanne Gies: Travelin’ Home

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Jeanne Gies

Travelin’ Home

The Cabaret at Germano’s, Baltimore, MD, November 30, 2018

Reviewed by Michael Miyazaki for Cabaret Scenes

Jeanne Gies
Photo: Joseph Boggess

Much like the necklace she wore over her black blouse, Jeanne Gies’s show at Germano’s was a string of varied, glittering baubles. Highlights included an intense reading of Joan Baez’s “Diamond and Rust,” a sassy “Taking a Chance on Love,” a passionate “Fire and Rain,” and a restrained reading of the Julie London hit “The Meaning of the Blues.

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” Two of the most effective songs were her original compositions—“Samuel,” a loving tribute to a nephew, and “Happy New Year” a bluesy song that deserves to become a holiday tradition.

Nominally, the show had a theme about going home. Gies observed that many songs about going home have a certain melancholy, such as Steve Winwood’s “I Can’t Find My Way Home.” However, she also noted that home is “finding where we resonate best,” leading into Randy Newman’s “Feels Like Home.”

Gies was backed by a superb ensemble that had Michael Raitzyck on guitar, Michael Rorby on trombone, and Blake Meister on bass. Despite her frequent allusions to lack of rehearsal, the musicians played with cohesion and freshness and were totally in tune with Gies’ needs as a vocalist. Legendary jazz pianist Larry Willis appeared as a special guest, performing stunning instrumental solos and accompanying Gies. His encore of “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

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” and his accompaniment on “The Nearness of You,” which started with a set of dissonant figures that led into Gies’ caressing of that lyric, were particular thrills of the evening.

Michael Miyazaki

Michael Miyazaki is a Washington DC/Baltimore area-based performer, director, and writer. He has performed at various venues in the DC area, and his most recent show is Thanks for the Memories: The Musical Legacy of Bob Hope. He has appeared with numerous local theater troupes including Scena Theatre, the Source Theatre, and Fraudulent Productions. He has attended the Perry-Mansfield Cabaret Workshop (working with master teachers Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Barry Kleinbort, Christopher Denny, Shelly Markham, and David Gaines), and has also studied under Sally Mayes, Tex Arnold, Lina Koutrakos, Rick Jensen, Amanda McBroom, and Alex Rybeck. He is the creator of the blog The Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC & Beyond (currently on hiatus) and is a member of the DC Cabaret Network and the Arts Club of Washington.