Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band packed the house last night at The Iridium for another high-energy, super-charged Las Vegas-style performance. In addition to Genecco's big, swingin' vocals, the generous host welcomed friends and guest stars to join in on the fun. Producer/performer Scott Barbarino took the stage and enlisted Genecco to sing back-up vocals for him on the Dean Martin favorite "Memories Are Made Of This" then flew solo on Genecco's signature tune "Ain't That A Kick In The Head."
Also in the line-up was local MAC Award-winning jazz singer Shaynee Rainbolt (next at Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar on January 15, 2011 www.shayneerainbolt.com) who sang a tasty "Take Five" and the Latin-flavored "Esta Tarde Vi Llover" in the first set and two cuts off her sophomore CD "At Home" in the second set. Broadway (Sunset Boulevard, Cats) star Rosemary Loar (www.rosemaryloar.com) sat in and wailed with the band in both sets as well. Guitar virtuoso Sean Harkness celebrated his birthday in style with a couple of gorgeous solo guitar numbers in each set. (www.seanharkness.com)
Genecco ended her first set by kicking out drummer Joe Abba and taking over at the drum set while she sang and played a rocking version of Ray Charles' "Unchain My Heart" and she ended the second set, to a standing ovation, with an audience demanded encore of "The Man I Love" with Genecco at the Steinway and leading her 8-piece band at a breakneck tempo. The critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning (MAC, Bistro, Out Music) Terese Genecco and her little big band have been appearing at The Iridium on the last Tuesday of every month since March 2009 in an open-ended run. They are produced by ScoBar Entertainment and www.TereseGenecco.com.
Photo Credit: Steven Sorokoff