We had an unexpected holiday surprise on December 24th when The Wall Street Journal's Will Friedwald included Terese in his regular column "The Jazz Scene" among his other show recommendations for the holiday leading up to New Year's Eve in New York City! She's in some mighty fine company (see the list of major artists mentioned below.) Mr. Friedwald wrote the definitive biography of Frank Sinatra - so we think he may have some insight into the world Terese has been inhabiting these past few years! Here's what he had to say:
"There were no 'mice' in the Ratpack—it was strictly an all-boy's club. But if Frank, Dean and Sammy ever returned from the Great Casino in the Sky, the first youngish female singer that I'd recommend to join their clan is this high-voltage entertainer. Ms. Genecco is deeply rooted in the early 1960s, the colorful last gasp of the era of swingin' lovers, and, as such, draws equally from Louis Prima and Sammy Davis on one hand and Ray Charles and Elvis on the other. On the last Tuesday of each month, she and her three horns and five rhythm put on an unstoppable juggernaut of a set at the Iridium, with one hard-hitting swinger after another, pausing only for what she describes as a mandatory 'two-ballad minimum.' The calendar may say Dec. 28, but Ms. Genecco makes every show seem like New Year's Eve."
Other artists recommended in Will's column were Paquito D'Rivera & Tango Jazz Celebration @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Cedar Walton Quartet @ Village Vanguard, Steve Turre Quintet @ Smoke, and the great Freddy Cole @ Birdland. Mighty fine company, indeed. It's a great week in NYC! Happy Holidays, everyone!
Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band are extended into 2011 at The Iridium NYC on the Last Tuesday of Every Month (1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 4/26 etc.) And don't forget about the big year-end celebration on 12/28/10 at Iridium!