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Stacey Kent

by Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 9, 2003
New York, NY

About the Author:

Stacey Kent

At
The Oak Room
In the Famed
Algonquin Hotel
59 West 44th Street, NY, NY (btw. 5th and 6th Aves.)
www.algonquinhotel.com

Featuring
Stacey Kent - Vocals: Jim Tomlinson - Sax
Matthew Fries - Piano: Pat O'Leary - Bass
Colin Oxley - Guitar

www.staceykent.com, staceykent1@aol.com

See Zlokower Review and Photos of Stacey Kent, January 13, 2003

By Roberta Zlokower
September 9, 2003

This was another magical night at the famed Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel. I dined on melon and herbal tea, a nice change from the usual glass of wine, and the waiters and maitre'd' were extremely professional and expeditious. Stacey sang the following songs with her upbeat humor and continuous admiration for husband, Jim Tomlinson, the straight man, saxophonist. Her first song, about heartstrings and love, had an ethereal bass and guitar riff between the talented duo, Mathew Fries and Colin Oxley. Say It Isn't So was sung in a soft whisper, with Stacey looking adoringly at husband and saxophonist, Jim Tomlinson. Stacey is developing an exquisitely melodic voice, a canary at times and a sassy blues singer at others. This piece brought out the romantic nature of the Musical Quartet. Jim's saxophone solo was ever so extended, with bass and piano as backup. The Oak Room provided warm, yellow lighting that set these five performers into a hazy glow.

The Tender Trap created a Swing Dance rhythm, with a Jazzy piano solo and strong bass, as Stacey swung her body with the tempo of the band. The next piece, People Will Say We're in Love, from Oklahoma, performed to a unique Bossa Nova beat, mainly defined by Pat O'Leary's engaging bass, was the first of two Rogers and Hammerstein melodies, turned inside out by this resourceful and dynamic group. Shall We Dance, from King and I, was next presented as a Polka, and Stacey said, "We're Massacring Rogers and Hammerstein!"

The Boy Next Door, which reminded me of Sinatra's torch style in The Girl Next Door, used the intonations of the guitar very effectively. After the presentation of bouquets of flowers to this svelte and sexy singer, Stacey and her band rewarded the Oak Room fans with Oh, Shooby Dooby, a Jazzy Swing piece, with scat singing from the musicians, as they buoyantly and brilliantly warmed the crowd. This again was a danceable song, vibrant and vivacious. The encore was I've Got a Crush On You, which was just right for a luminous, romantic setting, such as the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room.

Upcoming events at the Oak Room are Jazz Singer-Pianist, Jamie Cullum, September 30-October 18, 2003, and a Cavalcade of Cabaret. See the Oak Room's Website (www.algonquinhotel.com) for details. This is a must-experience venue.


Pat O'Leary, at Leisure, with Mathew Fries and Colin Oxley
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Stacey Kent and a Fan
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Stacey Signs a CD
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Jim Tomlinson, Husband and Saxophonist, Sells CD's
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Oak Room Guests from CA
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Roberta and Stacey
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Stacey's Four Musicians
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Jim Tomlinson says, "Goodnight"
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Stacey and Jim
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Stacey and Her Mother
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Stacey's Mother, Jim, Stacey
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Algonquin Plaque
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Algonquin Plaque
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