The band includes John O'Leary on piano, Alejandro Arenas on bass and Mark Feinman on drums. Each had significant solo space to stretch the music in unexpected directions.
"We like to unearth the hidden treasures," she told the audience. After a poignant rendition of "Polkadots and Moonbeams," she noted that "They don't write lyrics like this anymore." How true.
As she celebrates those lyrics, James stretches syllables and floats across the band's rhythmic cushion with ease. The trio band never dropped a beat. James shared two interesting medleys: joining "Warm December and "I've Got My Love to
Keep Me Warm," and later closing the performance with La Lucha's arrangement pairing "Lullaby of the Leaves" and "Lullaby of Birdland."
|John O'Leary, Whitney James, Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman