Benny Green is not a lot of things; he is not slow, he is not boring and he certainly not an inexperienced amateur.
Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a moniker that flirts with onomatopoeia; his name really does evoke his sound. An Austin, Texas solo performer born of troubadour campfires and often supported by a lone guitar, he's mastered the one-man band gittup, pounding out beats while he strums in an open G tuned especially for his bluesy style.
Jazz at the Bistro regularly welcomes some of the biggest names in jazz to its intimate, listening-room stage, but on Wednesday the crowds filed into the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz to a new level and intensity.
Poet, singer and actor Saul Williams showcased his gift for mixing art, music and politics in a show that was part rock but all hip-hop and heart.
Our town's newest cabaret headliner, Gina Otto, made an auspicious debut at the Gaslight Cabaret Festival Thursday with "The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me." Although not without its issues, the show was well received by a sold-out house that clearly included a lot of Ms. Otto's fans from the local country club circuit, where she performs regularly.
An air of familiarity filled the Ferring Jazz Bistro as the stage was graced with the melodic styles of a late 1930s jazz lounge. Piloted by Freddy Cole, veteran performer and member of one of jazz's most famous families, the quintet performed a selection of melodic, vocally lead songs of lost and lingering love.