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Gloria Lynne and Her Quintet at Dizzy's Club "Coca-Cola"'s "Swing into Spring" Festival

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Sing into Spring Festival
Gloria Lynne and Her Quartet
Gloria Lynne on Vocals
(Gloria Lynne Recordings)
John DiMartino on Piano
Greg Skaff on Guitar
Leon Dorsey on Bass
Vincent Ector on Drums
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 21, 2007

Gloria Lynne, a striking figure with an equally striking voice, who recorded Rhythm and Blues hits in the 1950’s and 60’s, appeared with her quartet at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola tonight, and the second set brought encores and applause for this dynamic ensemble. With John DiMartino on piano, Greg Skaff on guitar, Leon Dorsey on bass, and Vincent Ector on drums, the band opened the set with abstract, edgy, and energetic sound. Ms. Lynne appeared in black and white sequins and beads, long, dark curly hair, and thick silver jewelry. Her vocals lit up the Club in This Must Be Love.

Throughout the set, Ms. Lynne referred to her days at the Village Gate, as she revived those recordings with new inspiration and interpretation, plus the current band’s arrangements. Blue Afternoon and Down Here on the Ground were sung with full band strength, vibrancy, and passion, before Greg Skaff opened a beautiful duo, as Ms. Lynne and Mr. Skaff mellowed the moment. Joey Joey was next, with John DiMartino on vivacious piano, as the ensemble infused swing and sass, while Ms. Lynne belted the lyrics and luscious scat.

Mr. DiMartino was on a roll, and the next song was led from his pulsating keyboard. Blues ensued, with prominent guitar solos and Vincent Ector’s drum drama, a rich backdrop for Ms. Lynne’s soulfulness and genuine warmth toward her fans (commenting, “…I will dream about all of you tonight”). The rhythm rocked and rolled, with Mr. DiMartino adding contrasting piano themes in Out of This World. The next number, Everything Must Change, exuded vocal sensuality and power, with soulful refrains. The next ballad brought DiMartino’s first long solo, following Skaff’s eloquent guitar riff. I Wish You Love and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered found Ms. Lynne leaning close to her fans, in breathless charm. Ms. Lynne’s brother, on added tambourine, joined the band for the closing number, Somewhere in the Night, all rhythm and blues. Dynamic solos followed on Leon Dorsey’s bass and Vincent Ector’s drums, and the audience’s applause was also dynamic.

Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists in their Sing into Spring Festival.

John DiMartino and Gloria Lynne at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
Photo courtesy of Ayano Hisa/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Gloria Lynne Quintet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
Photo courtesy of Ayano Hisa/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Gloria Lynne
Photo courtesy of John Meixner

Kimberly Hester, Guest, and Roberta
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

John DiMartino, Roberta, Greg Skaff
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at