Gretchen Parlato, David Devoe, Julie Hardy: New Singers Showcase at the 55 Bar
Julie Hardy is a well regarded jazz vocalist. Performing with the same rhythm section as David Devoe (Randy Ingram, Matt Clohesy, Jon Wikan), Hardy delivered seven tunes that displayed her talents in a jazz setting. The most familiar tunes were the Lennon-McCartney "And I Love Him" with the gender transposed, Ralph Rainger's jazz standard "If I Should Lose You" which proved an effective duet with bassist Matt Clohesy, Carole King's "So Far Away" and a finale of the Cole Porter "It's Alright With Me" which featured an arrangement by the singer and an extended scatting/vocalese performance. An original tune, "No Turning Back" was performed as vocalese and was dedicated to Brazilian singer Luciana Souza. "Iris," the lyrics set to Wayne Shorter's composition from the Miles Davis ESP album and "Flowers" featuring the words of British poet Wendy Cope, offered unusual vocal choices.
In all, the evening represented an opportunity to celebrate the arrival of these young jazz vocalists, all of them are products of college-level jazz studies. Their enthusiasm and diligence in carrying forward this tradition gives a promising picture which gives good indication that the singer and song continue to flourish in the New York Metropolitan Area.