arts 05.6.13

Nightsongs: An Evening with Janis Siegel
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THE MORNING LINE "I don't know how to bake a pie
Or skywrite a letter in the summer sky
And I sure don't know how to keep a guy
But I Know the Way to Brooklyn"
(Music: Eddie Arkin
Lyrics: Lorraine Feather)

Possibly there's something Janis Siegel can't sing and make your night or break your heart or knock it out of any park you care to name. But doubtful. Babe Ruth's "called shot" is still debated while Siegel inarguably calls the shot with every style—starting with jazz—and every song she swings at. See over there? Get ready to travel.

Born in Brooklyn, the nine-time, Grammy-winning singer is a founding member of Manhattan Transfer and has had an accomplished solo career for two decades. Jazz, the Brill Building, folk, Broadway (and, for all we know, psychobilly), they're all called shots.

Siegel has a new album due soon called Nightsongs featuring jazz, Cuban, and Brazilian music that will sound even better when the sun's gone down.

As part of the new WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below, she's performing songs from the CD as well as old favorites, tomorrow night, 7 and 9pm. Great musicians on stage with her, too: pianist John DiMartino, saxophonist Joel Frahm, guitarist Paul Meyers, percussionist Ben Wittman, and bassist Boris Kozlov. Cover charge is $25-35, food and beverage is a $15 minimum.

Downtown (from 2011)

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