“Nightlife”, Duke Ellington once said, “is cut out of a very luxurious, royal blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” Vocalist Nancy Harms presents a stunning hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies. All songs specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality.
The show: “Ellington At Night”.
In this show, Nancy lends her luxuriant touch to the interpretation of a number of Ellington anthems and rarities, specially selected by Nancy and arranged for this concert by brilliant pianist/composer (and frequent Harms collaborator) Jeremy Siskind, who accompanies Nancy with his trio. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Rocks In My Bed”, and “Strange Feeling” are just a few of the songs to be presented by Nancy and company on this very special night.
“Ellington At Night” — Created by Nancy Harms and Arne Fogel with musical direction by Jeremy Siskind.
WHAT THE CRITICS HAD TO SAY about the NYC SHOW at the Metropolitan Room:
-NEW YORK TIMES: “…impressionistic dreaminess …her renditions were stream-of-consciousness reflections by a singer reining in emotions until they exploded from within. …A tough, demanding swinger emerged in up-tempo numbers like “Long, Strong, and Consecutive” and “Just Squeeze Me,” …The final impression left by Ms. Harms was of a complicated enigmatic woman of mystery forging her own path.” (full review)
-BROADWAY WORLD: “Harms skillfully lures us into the wistful dreamscape of a haunted lover leaning ever-forward, eyes fixed on her audience to convey the very essence of the lyric. …Harms manages to move her audience from a deeper shade of indigo to the brighter rays of sunshine with Ellington’s “I Like the Sunrise,” where through her musical artistry (and her excellent jazz trio) one actually experiences the warm morning bliss of another new day. It is a rare moment to behold.” (full review)
– JAMES GAVIN (author of ”Is That All There Is? – The strange life of Peggy Lee” and “Intimate Nights – The golden age of New York cabaret.”): “Both jazz- and cabaretland could learn a lot from the elegant, understated, but beautifully expressive tribute to Duke Ellington that Nancy Harms gave on Wednesday (at the Metropolitan Room, NYC)…. this show, and Nancy’s featherweight, postcoital sound, made even Ellington warhorses sound new to my ears..”
-NEW YORK CABARET TODAY: “I would possibly call her the Meryl Streep of jazz singing.” (full review)
A CD based on the show “Ellington At Night” and featuring Jeremy Siskind, Danton Boller, and Willie Jones III was released early 2016. Here’s a taste:
And the CD received this great 4-STAR review in DOWNBEAT!: