Friday, January 14, 2011

Betty LaVette with Opening Act Jon Cleary in Seattle February 3-6

Greatness will be coming to Seattle February 3rd through the 6th. The soulful blues voice of Betty LaVette will grace the room at Jazz Alley along with the opening act of funk, blues, soul pianist Jon Cleary.

Bettye LaVette is one of the greatest soul singers in American music history, possessed of an incredibly expressive voice that one moment will exude a formidable level of strength and intensity and the next will appear vulnerable, reflective, reeking of heartbreak.

Interpretations: The British Rock SongbookBettye’s recent album Interpretations (2010), produced by Bettye, Rob Mathes and Michael Stevens, is a 12-song journey through compositions by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Traffic and Pink Floyd, among others, before concluding right where the very idea for the new album started: Bettye's visceral show-stopping rendition of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" from the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors, which is included as an extended bonus track.

There is a quality about Bettye LaVette’s style, delivery and entire persona that can perhaps only best be described as “Soulful Determination”: a worldliness that comes from bitter-sweet experience and which in turn produces bitter-sweet irony. But, despite it all, it is a delivery that is the subtle range that Soul music covers, and Bettye LaVette, with her remarkable vocal range and stamina, is one of its finest accomplished exponents.

Mo Hippa LiveNew Orleans’ Jon Cleary is a triple threat - with a salty sweet voice combining soulful vocals, masterful piano skills, and a knack for composing infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. He balances a career performing on solo piano, with noted funk band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and his new power trio Piano, Bass & Drums, alongside a career as a notorious hired gun with the likes of Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield. Cleary is featured on vocals and keyboards on the recently released, Piety Street by John Scofield & The Piety Street Band. Cleary has toured with Bonnie Raitt since 1999, and has appeared on the albums Silver Lining and Souls Alike. Cleary has produced five recordings to date including his latest, a live recording from Sydney, Australia called “Mo Hippa”, which features a mix of the styles that inform the New Orleans’ sound -- from island rhythms, to soul-drenched funk jams.

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