Blair N. Cummings wrote:Renee is great!
But don`t miss Hiromi.
I once had reservations for a performance by Carmen McRae -the only singer I ever really loved -at the (then-new) Blue Note. Something that I can`t recall caused me to miss the gig and she died not long after. Here`s a great show of the kind I missed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhVgJaOr5c8 Only Tony Bennet comes close to being the better interpreter of lyrics. (I just wish she had not included the crummy "Evergreen" at the end).
I don`t think Hiromi is on her death-bed but see her if you can.
I won't know if I can get up to Manchester for the Hiromi concert until much nearer the time and I'm trusting that it won't sellout. That particular Carmen McRae gig is available on a DVD I've been meaning to get and it's coupled with a Manhattan Transfer show from the same venue. She's a favourite of mine too but perhaps I prefer her 50s and 60s recordings to her later work. One exception is the album of Monk tunes she cut in the late 80s and which included this jazz standard: