Saturday, March 04, 2017

The folks at SF Performances present jazz musician Billy Childs' tribute to the incredible talent of Laura Nyro tomorrow, Saturday, March 4th at the Herbst Theatre. There's an earlier than usual curtain time of 7:30 pm and I won't be late.
Curious and anxious with expectations of greatness to hear Nyro's songs interpreted and reimagined, performed live with an appreciative audience.
The soundtrack of my teenage years in New Jersey was heavy on her albums. As I got older, I listened to "New York Tendaberry" and "Eli and the 13th Confession" on CDs, and nowadays on YouTube.
I've focused on vids of her live shows this week and she when she hits certain notes, my skin gets goosebumps of glee.
An excerpt from SF Performance's promotion materials:
"Jazz pianist and Guggenheim Fellow Billy Childs was 11 years old when his older sister introduced him to the work of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro (1947–1997), and her blend of Broadway-inspired melodies, jazz improvisation and socially conscious lyrics has stayed with him throughout his acclaimed career.
"Childs recreates his 2015 Grammy-winning tribute, Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, with new generation artists rediscovering Nyro’s songs made famous by Barbra Streisand, The 5th Dimension, Patti LaBelle, and Blood, Sweat & Tears."

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