Joan Jaffe: Little Girl Blue

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Joan Jaffe

Little Girl Blue

Pangea, NYC, August 1, 2019

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

Joan Jaffe

The delightful veteran of theater, television, and cabaret, Joan Jaffe, is back with a brand-new show. Intended to be a tribute to “the finest ladies in jazz,” the loosely tied together program feels more like a vaudeville show, with equal time given to her guest performers.

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Always entertaining, the evening took some surprising and slightly disjointed turns.

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Kicking the show off with “You Make Me Feel So Young,” Jaffe seemingly declared that age was simply irrelevant. She followed this with a haunting “Midnight Sun” that showed tremendous specificity in her treatment of the lyric. Then came the newest song of the evening, a delightful, salty “Scratch It” (Christopher Morse), very much in the tradition of the kind of number that Pearl Bailey used to toss off with ease, which was a definite high point.

Soon, the songstress was joined on stage by comic actor Charles Baran. After some fun banter and a birthday salute to Baran’s husband, they shifted into vaudeville style for “A Couple of Swells,” delivered with joy. Then the diva yielded the stage to her partner for a clever, politically-tinged monologue and a longing for yesterday with a drolly delivered “Those Were the Good Old Days.

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After a brief return to the stage to deliver an extremely warm version of “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe,” she once more yielded the show, this time to her fine music director/pianist Kuni Mikami, a former member of the Lionel Hampton band. Earlier in the evening, he had provided a lush, romantic interlude during “Midnight Sun.

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” Now, he dazzled as a jazz virtuoso with a lengthy exploration of “The Entertainer.”

And then a major shift occurred as Jaffee offered up a series of very dark melodies including “Spring Will Really Hang You Up the Most,” “Angel Eyes,” and “Little Girl Blue.” It must be said that the singer found different emotional approaches to each number, ranging from anger to sadness to acceptance, but after the frivolous earlier segment, this seemed a bit of heavy going. Enjoyable as this segment was, a better balance of material would certainly have helped to tie this evening together.

Bart Greenberg

Bart Greenberg first discovered cabaret a few weeks after arriving in New York City by seeing Julie Wilson and William Roy performing Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter outdoors at Rockefeller Center. It was instant love for both Ms. Wilson and the art form. Some years later, he was given the opportunity to create his own series of cabaret shows while working at Tower Records. "Any Wednesday" was born, a weekly half-hour performance by a singer promoting a new CD release. Ann Hampton Callaway launched the series. When Tower shut down, Bart was lucky to move the program across the street to Barnes & Noble, where it thrived under the generous support of the company. The series received both The MAC Board of Directors Award and The Bistro Award. Some of the performers who took part in "Any Wednesday" include Barbara Fasano and Eric Comstock, Tony Desare, Andrea Marcovicci, Carole Bufford, the Karens, Akers, Mason and Oberlin, and Julie Wilson. Privately, Greenberg is happily married to writer/photographer Mark Wallis, who as a performance artist in his native England gathered a major following as "I Am Cereal Killer."