Dec
2
2018

CHARENEE WADE

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Foundry 616, November 16 9/10 It’s the difference between engaging the audience and casting a spell. Not many can do it, but jazz singer Charenee Wade can. Betty Carter was a supreme exemplar, and while Wade’s spell is not yet as profound as Carter’s, she has Carter-like raw materials in her singing, musicianship, sensibilities, conviction. […]

Dec
1
2018

THE WHARF REVUE

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Roslyn Packer Theatre, November 15 8/10 That ideological curiosity, Gerard Henderson, used the inimitable John Clarke’s Tory lampooning as further proof of the ABC’s heinous pinko bias. He apparently failed to understand that satirizing people who want a more open and generous world isn’t nearly as funny as poking fun at those who would make […]

Nov
29
2018

KIRA KIRA/JACHLO

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Foundry 616, November 14 7.5/10 Unlike on Kira Kira’s album, Bright Force, it was not the maelstroms of energy that were so transfixing here, but the softer passages. Twice during the hour-long suite – in which composed elements provided pathways and signposts for very open improvising – the dynamics and energy dropped away to little […]

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