"Robin Bessier has a voice that sparkles, clear and lucid... Her God Bless the Child radiates far more hope than any other version I've ever heard, so rather than dunk my donut morosely in steaming coffee as this damned planet slips into political/economic madness, I feel like getting up, jumping past the door, and grabbing the world by the throat. Who the hell says I have to sit and wait for things? I'll dance to my own muse, dammit! That's the feeling Bessier's music imbues."
FAME Review, Mark Turner
"Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias: Two Songbirds and the American Songbook," by Brian Aresenault
"The so-called American Songbook doesn't get old. It gets better. Because artists of the day keep reinterpreting and expanding it. The branches of the tree grow gracefully and the songbirds perch higher...Bessier's warm enticing voice, a delight. And daring. She does both "God Bless the Child" and "Prelude to a Kiss." We're talking Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington here folks, so the standard is very high. Add to that the technical difficulties wherein a singer can just get lost. But not Bessier. After a promising career start she had to deal with some life stuff that perhaps held back recognition of her great gifts and limited her time for music. But now she's back and she sings about it on "Right Here, Right Now." That's right. Here and now and very, very good."
Tickets for sale now for upcoming concert:
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 - 8:00
"The Jewish-Jazz Connection and the Great American Songbook: A Musical Review"
Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road
A musical review exploring the contributions of Jewish composers from the swinging jazz that brought America to its feet in dance halls across the U.S. in the 1930 and 40s, to the Brazilian Bossa Nova craze that swept the nation in the 1950s and 60s. Benny Goodman, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Lithuania, led the first racially integrated band, and concert to Carnegie Hall in 1938. George Gershwin’s songbook is a study in itself, making up a huge body of work within the Great American Songbook. Stan Getz (originally born Stanley Gayetzky) was a child prodigy and helped to shepherd Brazilian jazz into the U.S. Robin Bessier’s Jazz Trio explores this rich tapestry in a concert that will both entertain and educate.