Great Review of Lucky-So-And-So!

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Great Review of Lucky-So-And-So!

Melinda Whitaker Victoria- CD LaunchThank you to ADRIAN CHAMBERLAIN for the wonderful write up in the Times Colonist

On Saturday night, the Saanichton vocalist performs pop and jazz tunes at Hermann’s Jazz Club, a launch for her new album, Lucky So-And-So! The band is led by the recording’s producer, Phil Dwyer.

Whitaker has had a long career that includes six-nights-a-week stints at Gary Taylor’s Show Lounge in Vancouver and sharing the stage with Bryan Adams and Jose Feliciano.

And she has fond memories of those early days with Simard. “We were called the Renettes,” Whitaker said.

“He was a real sweetheart. He was very talented and very young. We did that show when he was, like, 15. … He had a chaperone on that show, because some of the dancers tried to put the make on him.”

It was Whitaker who approached Dwyer – a Juno-winning musician based in Qualicum Beach – to produce Lucky So-And-So!

He not only agreed to oversee the project, Dwyer wrote arrangements as well as playing piano and soprano, alto and tenor saxophones.

Victoria trombonist Ian McDougall also plays trombone on the disc, recorded in Nanaimo last April.

What makes Lucky So-And-So! is Whitaker’s rich, burnished contralto. She brings bona fide warmth and emotional depth to familiar songs such as the title track, as well as My Foolish Heart, The Song is You and Stevie Wonder’s Creepin’.

Her heartfelt interpretation of You’ve Changed, a favourite with generations of pop and jazz singers, is especially compelling.

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Melinda Whitaker

When: Saturday December 8th, 8 p.m.

Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club

Admission: $25

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