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Luba Mason - 5' 10"

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Luba Mason - 5' 10"

Jul 7, 2019

“Luba Mason - 5’ 10”
The Green Room 42
570 Tenth Ave
4th Floor inside YOTEL
Wednesday, July 10

The singer has copyrighted the term "Mixtura," making it a musical category that's legally all her own, but she needn't have bothered – it seems unlikely that some other vocalist will come along and try to do what she does, ie, to mix up songs and stylistic elements from the worlds of jazz, Broadway, pop, Latin and international music. (Sometimes she goes even further afield, as in "Don't Shoot The Hooey To Me, Louie," a 1970s show music approximation of 1940s jive, and she was a standout in the recent Girl from the North Country, which effectively transformed the Bob Dylan catalog into musical theater). Her new latest show is titled “Luba Mason - 5’ 10”,” and it is certain to feature the omnivorous musical qualities we have come to expect from her. We would expect the wife of the legendary Panamanian musical icon Ruben Blades to be well-versed in Pan-American music, yet her most moving number is "Motherland (Materinska Moja Rec)," which honors her Slovakian heritage.

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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)