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John Lloyd Young, Cafe Carlyle Historic Manhattan Jazz Club
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John Lloyd Young, Cafe Carlyle Historic Manhattan Jazz Club

John Lloyd Young Performs at Café Carlyle, a Historic Manhattan Jazz Club in NYC at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel.

35 E 76th Street, (212) 744-1600

Through Saturday, February 25

John Lloyd Young may not be the only artist who won a Tony award for singing rock and roll on Broadway (in the original cast of “Jersey Boys”) but he continues to combine the two idioms with a gracefulness and ingenuity that is rare. With his high, powerful voice, he extends the legacy of such iconic lead singers as Frankie Lyman, “Little Anthony” Gourdine and yes, Frankie Valli, with a show that focuses on rock and soul classics of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Along the way as well as the occasional new, original song written in that tradition (like his own “Slow Dawn Coming”), and inspired arrangements, such as a doo-wop-style treatment of “Star Dust” replete with 16th note triplets. For his fifth run at the Carlyle, he shows how to stick to the spirit of all these without songs merely “covering” them, like a wedding band, but injecting his own spirit and personality, even without departing dramatically from the original recordings. Mr. Young inhabits these songs with considerable energy and passion, and so much feeling that he built up to an emotional meltdown during the last number, a mash-up of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “My Shot” (from “Hamilton”), that was so convincing we were all left wondering whether it was real or not.

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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 reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight 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, October 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)