PHOTOS FROM THE SANDY JORDAN AND FRIENDS SHOWS AT THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL. A PHOTO
OF SANDY AND THE LARRY LUGER TRIO WITH JOHNNY ANELLO PRESIDENT OF CEXTON RECORDS
SANDY JORDAN WITH LARRY LUGER BOB ARKIN AND ANGELO FERRARA AT HER SHOW
AT THE RED BAR AT O'NEALS
SANDY WITH THE KEITH INGHAM TRIO AT IGUANA
NEW APPLE PRESENTS SANDY JORDAN'S SHOWS IN AND AROUND THE TRI STATE AREA
NEW APPLE INTRODUCES
A NIGHT OF MOTOWN
SHAYLA AND THE SHAYLETTES
AND DJ STAR FROM STUDIO 54
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."