By Elizabeth Musgrave, GottaGo.us
January 8 & 9, 2011
Swanky, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is fashionably elegant. Swanky, as defined by Indianapolis, is The Cabaret at The Columbia Club.
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The international-headlining Tierney Sutton Band starts the new year validating the club’s signature style. Sutton and company have created Tierney-style scat jazz together for 15 years and eight CDs including the latest Desire.
Many groups focus completely on the lead singer while leaving the others…somewhere in the back.
Sutton, a practicing Baha’i for 25 years, believes in equality and respect for all members. Giving the other members of the band time in the light allows Christian Jacobs (piano), Kevin Axt (bass), and Ray Brinker (drummer), to enhance the performance, flourishing in the admiration of the audience as well.
Sutton shares songs from previous works including 2002′s Something Cool with Route 66, Wouldn’t it be Loverly, I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face, and 2005′s I’m With the Band with I Get a Kick and S’Wonderful. The group also draws from current release Desire with My Heart Belongs to Daddy and Skylark.
Often the studio version of an artist is almost unrecognizable as the same artist you witnessed live. Not so with The Tierney Sutton Band. Listening to Desire, it is simple to imagine you are once again enjoying the intimate setting of The Cabaret at The Columbia.
Bottom Line: With a feather-light touch, Tierney and her trio begin quietly and… somewhat sensually. As the music and vocals slip across your skin like ribbons of silk, you initially resist the temptation to close your eyes, revisiting the loveliest of memories. Eventually, you forgo all pretense and simply succumb to the ethereal experience.
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"One of Indianapolis' most fashionable downtown nightspots..."Tom Alvarez, Examiner.com