Thank you, Robert Conroy, Michael Harren, Claire Jeffreys, Garland Jeffreys and Savannah Jeffreys for a rich melodic cruise through your telling and song. Thank you, Jon Calvert for capturing the event on film.
The Jeffreys Family night was a long time in the making and Robert and Michael's set was a perfect compliment to the evening's mood. Robert's gorgeous song, "Gloria Grahame," about the ghosts in film reminded me of the images in Garland's "35 Millimeter Dreams." Michael's piano playing was outstanding. Claire's story was wonderful, true and from the heart. Savannah's talent, voice and confidence reminds me of a young Carole King mixed in with Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse. Her songs lyrics reflect an old soul.
Garland Jeffreys more than any other artist captures best the thematic spirit of "City Stories: Stoops to Nuts" storytelling. You cannot top a New York City lyric like -- "I used to live down on Ludlow Street, 1964, then I was so innocent, but now I know the score." Garland explores and takes apart neighborhoods, stoops, characters, nuts in each of his poignant compositions. Two of his selections last night, "New York Skyline," and "Coney Island Winter" are touchstones that make your New York heart leap. His new record, "The King of In Between," one of his best. Garland is alive!
Thank you, Steve Northeast, for your generous hosting, professional service and technical expertise. Everybody sounded terrific. Paul, thank you for keeping the customers satisfied. Robin, Angelo and Josh, thank you, for your warm support.
|photo by Jon Calvert|
|photo by Gordon Balkcom|