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Re: “The Joynt


We saw Miss McDougald a few weeks ago at The Joint after not hearing her in about a year. She did not disappoint. She's easily my favorite jazz singer in Chicago. I think what stays with me the most is her effulgence. The players looked like they were having fun, that makes it fun to watch. I think her voice is beautiful, sure, but it's also different than a lot of singers. In a good way! She doesn't try to copy someone else's thing. Her fast songs were exceptionally good but then again her bluesy ballads were very moving especially 'The Nearness of You'. No argument here, she's definitely stunning but that isn't her strongest hand. She's stacked with talent.

Posted by Hugh Ellis on 11/14/2008 at 8:08 PM

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