Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Lena Horne, 1917-2010
Was Lena Horne the most physically attractive American entertainer of all time? I think so. The classic beauty died Sunday. The accuracy of my assessment of her music is certainly debatable, but I think of Horne not as a jazz vocalist but as a pre-rock singer of popular music. See her sing a lovely version of "Someday My Prince Will Come" from 1967. The American Jazz Museum would like you to know that they own 1944 footage of Horne singing with Teddy Wilson. You can visit them in Kansas City or watch the clip here.
I've already listened to today's new releases by The Dead Weather and Jim Lauderdale, but the 2010 album I'm currently obsessing over is by Jonas Kaufmann.
Lindsay Shannon, restaurateur and radio personality, is now blogging.
I had mixed feelings about Pat Metheny's concert Friday. Here's my original review. I sort of prefer the Nonesuch rewrite.
Kansas City Click: Rodrigo y Gabriela play their guitars at the Uptown Theater on Tuesday.
Present magazine has a nice feature on Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club at Davey's Uptown.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)