We 3

We 3

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Phoenix, AZ, April 24, 2019

Reviewed by Lynn Timmons Edwards for Cabaret Scenes

Nicole Pecse
Suzanne Langsford
Renee Grant Patrick

Nicole Pecse is an accomplished concert pianist who has toured the world since childhood but calls Arizona home. She “speaks piano” and this evening she paid tribute to Oscar Peterson. She opened with Peterson’s “8 Bar Boogie Blues,” followed by “Tenderly” (Walter Gross/Jack Lawrence), playing it as Peterson did, cycling through three keys and playing Ray Brown’s bass solo with her left hand. She finished her tribute with “Night Train” (Jimmy Forrest/Oscar Washington/Lewis P. Simpkins).

Next, Suzanne Langsford paid tribute to jazz violinist Johnny Frigo.

She showed off her own virtuosity with “Bow Jest” (Paul Alan Levi) and Frigo’s own “Osaka Saki” and “Detour Ahead” (written with Herb Ellis and Lou Carter).

Finally came Renee Grant Patrick, with her vocal tribute to Nancy Wilson. She opened with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (Bob Crewe/Bob Gaudio) and one of my favorites, “Guess Who I Saw Today” (Murray Grand/Elisse Boyd). The trio then came into their own with “How Glad I Am” (Larry Harrison/Jimmy Williams) and a masterful piece of music storytelling, “When Did You Leave Heaven?

” (Richard Whiting/Walter Bullock).

The climax of the evening came in the song from which this trio takes its name, “We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)” (Nelson Cogane/Sammy Mysels/Dick Robertson), which featured Patrick on vocals, along with pizzicato solos from Pesce and Langsford. The fourth star was the video clips and biographical narration, which brought Peterson, Frigo, and Wilson to life.

Lynn Timmons Edwards

Lynn writes and performs themed cabaret shows based on the songs of the Great American Songbook throughout Arizona. She has had three short plays produced in the Theatre Artists Studio Festival of Summer Shorts and is working on a full length play, "Fairy," based on the life of Mary Russell Ferrell Colton, a founder of the Museum of Northern Arizona. In addition to writing and singing, Lynn plays bridge and tennis and enjoys traveling with her husband and artistic companion, Bob. Born in Ohio, Lynn is a graduate of Denison University (BA), Arizona State University (MPA) and has lived in Arizona since 1977.