Gillespie avoided the tired tunes syndrome entirely, digging into excellent material that stretched from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Billy Strayhorn and Antonio Carlos Jobim (the bossa nova "Corcovado" (known in English as "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars"). She also tackled the Ella Fitzgerald classic "Lady Be Good," adding a verse of her own scatting behind Ella's classic scat segment, and later scatted the concert to a close when she dug into "I Got Rhythm."
She also shared us with a charming and poignant version of the Joe Raposo tune "(It's Not Easy) Bein' Green," first recorded by Kermit the Frog of The Muppets in 1970 and soon covered by a wide range of artists, including Ray Charles, Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra. Gillespie's rendition was an opportunity to savor the lyrics of this uplifting tune that is a journey from depression to optimism and power.
|Valerie Gillespie, Dave Rudolph, Jeff Phillips|