Tierney Sutton

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Tierney Sutton

Café Carlyle, NYC, March 19, 2019

Reviewed by Peter Haas for Cabaret Scenes

Tierney Sutton

It was a winning combination: the elegant and intimate Café Carlyle as the setting: a program of two dozen timeless songs featuring lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman; a duo of versatile musicians on the bandstand; and the lovely, literate, and lilting song styling of jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton. It was Sutton’s Café Carlyle debut—an all-Bergman-lyric program with music by a top roster of pop and Hollywood composers.

Accompanied by Mitch Forman on piano and Trey Henry on bass and singing as if each guest in the room were a personal friend, Sutton opened with the Bergman/Dave Grusin “Ev’ry Now and Then,” then moved swiftly into the Michel Legrand/Bergman repertoire. Included were “The Windmills of Your Mind” (the Bergmans’  first song together, Sutton noted); “On My Way to You”; and a smooth medley that included “Summer Me, Winter Me,” “The Summer Knows,” “Little Boy Lost,” and “What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?

” On the composer side, Lou Spence was represented by “That Face,” Marvin Hamlisch with “The Way We Were,” Paul Williams by “Make Me Rainbows” and “Moonlight,” and Grusin by “It Might Be You,” from the movie, Tootsie, which was highlighted in the program with a piano solo by Forman.

A Latin interlude featured, a medley of songs the Bergmans wrote with, among others, the Brazilian singer and songwriter, Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Caminhos Cruzados” and “Not So Long Ago”) and Dorival Caymmi (“Like a Lover”).

The warm applause greeting Sutton’s every song offers the hope that she’ll return to the Carlyle before too long.

Peter Haas

Writer, editor, lyricist and banjo plunker, Peter Haas has been contributing features and performance reviews for Cabaret Scenes since the magazine’s infancy. As a young folk-singer, he co-starred on Channel 13’s first children’s series, Once Upon a Day; wrote scripts, lyrics and performed on Pickwick Records’ children’s albums, and co-starred on the folk album, All Day Singing. In a corporate career, Peter managed editorial functions for CBS Records and McGraw-Hill, and today writes for a stable of business magazines. An ASCAP Award-winning lyricist, his work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room and other fine saloons.

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  1. Les Traub

    Lew Spence actually co-wrote the lyrics to “That Face,” although that credit is often overlooked. The line “That face, that face, that wonderful face” is Lew’s and the original song idea was his. Also, the first song the Bergmans wrote together was “Nice ‘n’ Easy.” She was still Marilyn Keith at the time.

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