Said my goodbyes to Feinstein's which is closing permanently at the end of December. There are lots of stars still booked to play the room before then including Tommy Tune, Sue Raney, Peter Gallagher and Christine Ebersole, but I wanted to lend my support to the wonderful Lindsay Mendez making her first (and last) appearance with her jazz combo led by musical director Marco Paguia.
They performed an absorbing programme of material largely new to me including "Ordinary People" by
John Legend, "Us" by Regina Spektor, "Money" by Pink Floyd, "All My Days" by
Alexi Murdoch, "A Case of You" by Joni Mitchell and "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles.
Here's a video of one of my faves of the evening, recorded at Joe's Pub last June.
Lindsay radiates love and relaxation on stage. her song choices are constantly fascinating and, apart from her theatre work, I suspect she'll have a very long career as a jazz singer.
Lindsay was nervous that no-one would show up tonight because NYC is still recovering from the aftermath of the hurricane but in fact it was a star studded audience including Kelli O'Hara, Sherie Rene Scott, Roger Rees, Rick Elice, Ryan Scott Oliver and Dick Scanlon. Lindsay and the band donated the proceeds of the evening to the Red Cross, a wonderfully generous gesture.