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Sharon Clark Quartet
"Take Two: From Porter To Hendrix and Beyond"

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Sharon Clark Quartet "Take Two: From Porter To Hendrix and Beyond"

Jan 20, 2019

Sharón Clark Quartet
“Take Two: From Porter To Hendrix and Beyond”
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
Wednesday, January 23

The term “mash-up” has become quite the buzz word in contemporary music, but the all-time champion of the art of mashing upwards is Sharón Clark, not least because she’s an even better singer than she is a masher-upper. Miss Clark’s specialties is mixing the genres and generations, offering a seamless mix of jazz and soul even while balancing the traditional standards of the Great American Songbook with more contemporary material in a way that’s thoughtful and incisive. For instance, the current show at Dizzy’s promises to counterbalance two musical questions of great profundity (literally), Irving Berlin’s “How Deep is the Ocean?” with the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love?” And “The Lamp is Low,” inspired by Maurice Ravel, plays off “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley (from Exodus). (I wonder if she knows “After the Lights Go Down Low” by Al Hibbler?) As a singer, she’s most frequently compared to Sarah Vaughan, and her most recent album is Intimate Ella: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, but make no mistake, she has a soul and highly musical style all her own.

vocalist Sharon Clark, pianist Chris Grasso (musical director), bassist Zack Pride, drummer Lenny Robinson.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)