Shayla Edmonds Jazz, Blues and
Mo' Metropolitan Room New York, NY
"Shayla Edmonds is clearly a jazz singer, but to describe her that way is to ignore her
broader appeal. Her show kept this dyed-in-the-wool cabaret critic happy, as it obviously did for a mixed audience of jazz,
cabaret, and even Motown fans, who got a few numbers to relish.
With four instrumentalists
and two backup singers accompanying her, Edmonds virtually danced along with her vocals, her mobility on stage an attractive
plus to her singing. If the vocal arrangements themselves – of songs varying from Ellington to Cole Porter – broke
no new ground, they were captivating and well done, including an uptempo “Blue Skies,” “Fever,” and
a strongly delivered “Proud Mary.”
Musical Director Lucy Galliher on piano, bassist Hideshi, drummer
Glenn Soriano and Ron Service on sax and flute did the instrumental honors, with one-named backup singers Kimberly and Leslie.
As good a collection as they were, and they had ample opportunity to show their mettle, they understood it was Edmonds' show,
supporting her agreeably without ever overshadowing her.
A composition of Edmonds'
own, “Blue-Eyed Blues,” commemorated an audition at which she lost the part because “they needed a blue-eyed
blonde.” For laughs, and she got them, at her encore she reappeared adorned in a blonde wig. Edmonds came across as
unfailingly warm, personable, upbeat and joyous."
singer,of the group). Shayla began her music career by co-writing a song for Betty Wright (of Clean-Up Woman), and
went on to sing with Lionel Hampton, sang background for Fred Schneider (of the B-52s) and was the Lead singer of The
Cover Girls doing 60s cover songs. I also opened in Paris at the Olympia Stadium for Sydney Youngblood and toured with the
Marvelettes, doing both lead and background vocals before going solo and making her own CD..
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