Clint Holmes: Jazz of Sammy Davis from the Copa to Broadway

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Clint Holmes

Jazz of Sammy Davis from the Copa to Broadway

Birdland Theater, NYC, April 3, 2019

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Clint Holmes

I first saw Clint Holmes when he was the featured attraction at Harrah’s Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago. At that time, I said he was the closest thing to Sammy Davis, Jr.

that I had ever seen. At age 72, Holmes has retained the energy, dynamism, and vocal power that made him a Las Vegas legend and is the perfect performer to pay tribute to Davis.

His kinetic movement and interesting facial expressions were a part of each number that he performed.

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He was backed by a swinging trio lead by music director Christian Tambarr on piano, bongo drums, and vibraphone.

Holmes opened with a swinging medley of “Pure Imagination” and “Hey There.” A story about Davis opening with the Will Mastin Trio for Janice Paige at Ciro’s and after one night becoming the star attraction led into “That Old Black Magic.” He began his very dramatic performance of “I Gotta Be Me” soft and slow, building to a thrilling finish. The unique arrangement for “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” had Holmes imitating the sound of musical instruments and even whistling. Tambarr’s backing on bongo drums made “Cool” especially exciting. Holmes’ vocal on “The Nearness of You” (with Tambarr’s wonderful vibraphone solo) was the singer’s homage to Davis’ album with guitarist Laurindo Almeida. Holmes displayed his ability to scat with a very jazzy “Chicago.

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” A moving story about Davis being separated from his wife May Britt during his stay on Broadway in Golden Boy was followed by a super dramatic “What Kind of Fool Am I” (Stop the World—I Want to Ge Off ). Ben Vereen joined Holmes for “Birth of the Blues,” with both imitating Louis Armstrong hilariously.

Holmes’ closing number mirrored Davis’ signature performance of “Mr. Bojangles.” The encore was a crowd pleasing “Once in a Lifetime.”

Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.