Category: Review

“…Only days before a glowingly reviewed production at the Appel Room at Lincoln Center with long time colleagues Catherine Russell and Carolyn Leonhart, LaTanya took time-out to present a most engaging concert for the American Popular Song Society on April 9. The eagerly anticipated performance represented the latest iteration of her lovingly crafted series To Sarah, With Love, performed with pianist Andy Milne, whom LaTanya has recently wed. Andy is a well-known composer and jazz pianist who studied under Oscar Peterson, a fellow Canadian.
The program set consisted of a sterling collection of Sarah Vaughn’s best known recordings, including “Misty,” LaTanya’s phrasing long, rich, and luxurious, “Willow Weep for Me,” “Poor Butterfly,” inspired by Pucinni’s Madama Butterfly, and containing a musical quote from the opera in the song’s verse, and “Broken Hearted Melody,” her biggest hit, a tune she referred to as “corny,” while in fact loathing it. The Gershwins’ “Fascinating Rhythm” was rendered in an easygoing Brazilian bossa nova style, and the definitive torch song “Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)” performed with all the sexiness which has not gone unnoticed by reviewers, not to mention LaTanya’s adoring audiences.
Among other songs in the afternoon’s repertoire were “Honeysuckle Rose,” a Fats Waller classic, Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” and “For All We Know,” a perennial tearjerker recorded by everyone from Baez to Streisand. Overall, LaTanya’s choices were inspired, reflecting not only some of the greatest songs in the canon of American popular music, but those which were among Sarah Vaughn’s best work, and perfect vehicles for the marvelous interpretive skills of LaTanya Hall. Throughout the concert, there were several magnificent interludes played by Andy Milne.”- Jerry Osterberg May 2016
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