Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website

Flash Banner

Logo Maker
JavaScript Menu
 
 
 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, February 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 06
Bettye LaVette preaches the blues at Jazz Alley
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Bettye LaVette preaches the blues at Jazz Alley

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Bettye LaVette
February 3
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley


It wasn't Sunday morning and we weren't sitting in pews, but church was definitely in service when Bettye LaVette came to town last week. The Grammy-nominated soul queen packed them in at the Jazz Alley on the first of four consecutive evenings, most at full capacity.

LaVette opened her show with 'The Word,' off last year's release Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook. Dressed in black slacks and a shiny matching blouse, she moved her hips in a circle and sunk her deep, smoky vocals into that song and the following number, 'I Still Want to Be Your Baby (Take Me As I Am)' from 2007's The Scene of the Crime. So intense was LaVette's singing, her face puckered like someone biting into a ripe lemon.

Before moving onto 'Choices,' a George Jones cover, the Michigan native thanked the crowd and all her Seattle fans for supporting her career when others didn't. On the topic of her most recent Grammy nomination, she said that whether she won or lost, it was 'an honor to be recognized, period.'

The blues diva continued with a bleeding rendition of Dolly Parton's 'Little Sparrow,' in which her facial expressions and hand movements helped tell the story behind the song about a broken-hearted woman, but then perked things up with a lively run-through of 'Joy.'

LaVette's newest CD, Interpretations, puts an R&B spin on rock classics made popular by British male artists. 'While they were the songs of your youth, they were the nemesis of mine,' she stated in reference to rock 'n' roll's takeover of music during the '60s and '70s. With that, she delivered poignant versions of back-to-back Beatles songs, 'Isn't It a Pity' written by George Harrison and 'It Don't Come Easy' penned by Ringo Starr. The latter featured great slide guitar work from Brett Lucas.

She introduced 'Your Time to Cry' as a track from her first album in 1972, Souvenirs, and a hit single recorded by Joe Simon - she added, 'but I sing it better' (and she did). And she wasn't through yet, taking Elton John and Bernie Taupin's 'Talking Old Soldiers' down a cloudy, gripping path and then wailing on The Who's 'Love Reign O'er Me,' which LaVette performed at the Kennedy Center Honors two years ago. She also snuck in 'A Woman Like Me,' the title track from her 2003 album, towards the end.

LaVette closed it out on a high note, an a cappella rendition of Sinead O'Connor's 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got' and earned her second standing ovation of the night.

It was a religious experience hearing and watching Bettye LaVette perform at the Jazz Alley, as if I'd been baptized along with my table of friends. When it comes to the blues, this lady has the power to convert those on the fence and revitalize the faithful.

BEARatones warm hearts with My Fuzzy Valentine
------------------------------
Heart Breaks Open - London invites local Queer film to film festival
------------------------------
PNB offers radiant Cinderella revival as Valentine's gift
------------------------------
Seattle prepares to Rock of Ages
------------------------------

------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SIFF Cinema presents Noir City
SGN speaks with Film Noir Foundation founder Eddie Mueller

------------------------------
The Church shimmer in historic performance
------------------------------
The SGN predicts the 53rd Grammy Awards
------------------------------

------------------------------
Lady Gaga - Born This Way (Audio)
------------------------------
Bettye LaVette sparkles at Jazz Alley
------------------------------
Gorgeous Eagle a sumptuous unfocused mess
------------------------------
Håfström's Rite goes terribly wrong
------------------------------
Oscar-nominated short films now playing at U-District's Varsity Theatre
------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
Showtunes celebrates Irving Berlin
------------------------------
My Funny Valentine - The 40 silliest love songs ever
------------------------------
Billie

Wildrick: Seattle's blonde bombshell

------------------------------
Wonderful Day a wonderful play
------------------------------
Sublime Bruckner overshadows all else
------------------------------
Seattle Symphony players turn up the heat
------------------------------
Grupo Corpo an evening of easy ecstasy
------------------------------
Bettye LaVette preaches the blues at Jazz Alley
------------------------------
Sleuth a clever and insightful production
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2011

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News