There are those artists who work in cabaret and concert because the harsh world (and the imbalance of opportunities) of musical theater has not had the courtesy to make room for them at the table. This lack of hospitality is sad for these people because every artist deserves a chance to create, everyone deserves a chance to sing. These musical comedians turned cabaret singers take charge of their own destiny, creating club numbers, concerts and cabaret shows that their friends and family come to, and sometimes they are lucky enough and industrious enough to build a audience of fans who have no associations whatsoever with their personal lives. They manage to carve out an artistic existence based on training and hard work, and they are artistically satisfied.
Then there are those who are born who will end up on stage because there is no other way for them, art oozes from every fiber of their being, there is no possible alternative. for them because the world and the people in the world not have it otherwise. When they sweat, they sweat art, when they cry tears are art, when they move their little finger, it is artistically moved, when they cut off their little finger, they bleed art. It is their path, it is their destiny.
Sasha Dobson is such a person.
Sasha Dobson sweats, cries, moves, bleeds, breathes, blinks, wakes up, walks and sleeps. Sasha Dobson is a traveling work of art, which must be admired, revered and marveled at. Every ounce of Sasha Dobson’s artistic nature and energy took to the stage at the Birdland Theater on Sunday night and into a room full of people who revere what is original and she who is fabulous happily took part in the Holy. Last Supper. Sasha Dobson had come to celebrate.
More than a celebration of the release of her new album GIRL TALK, the October 25 concert in Birdland’s basement was a celebration of live music, of a family of musicians coming together for a family of fans – so many musicians. who, in fact, not all of them came on stage, so many fans that in fact many were just standing at the back of the theater, near the bar, staring past the cameras streaming the concert online. Obviously, Ms. Dobson has an audience, and it’s frankly a shock and surprise that she was playing at the Birdland Theater and not the Birdland Jazz Club upstairs, a venue that accommodates a lot more guests. Still, it was better that way because it created a much more intimate experience for everyone, and it’s a vibe that matches Sasha Dobson’s aesthetic to the extreme. It is clear that Mrs Dobson wishes to reach out and touch people and draw them close to her, so closely as she did her guest artist, Nora Jones, after the friends performed their duet from the album’s title song.
It would be wonderful to say that the Jones-Dobson duo was the highlight of the night, but there’s definitely no way to single out a moment or performance on the program as a highlight. Singing his original compositions from the CD and his individualized interpretations of famous and beloved songs like “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, Dobson delivered a rare evening of theater in which every moment could be hailed as spectacular. Work alongside Six supremely talented musicians, Sasha has embraced every poetic phrase and melodic line, doing justice to composers and lyricists, but also to the dedicated artists who support her. Noticing at one point that she and bassist Neal Miner don’t need to speak, they can read each other across the room, Ms Dobson simply confirmed what was growing public suspicion. : it is in his blood, as is the case with every jazz musician who maintains multiple dialogues simultaneously with the musicians, the composers, the instruments and the energy in the air. Few, however, could hold a candle to Sasha Dobson when it comes to style and individuality.
Resplendent in her new beehive hairstyle and vintage buttercream cocktail dress, Ms. Dobson was as honest and real to the crowd as she would throw a party with fifty of her closest friends. Caring little for the occasional brush with slight profanity, Sasha showed off her unique musical vocabulary and the special sound she cultivated with her voice, cadence and phrasing, while constantly moving her body in a fluid and groovy way in full swing. embrace. of the art of her cohorts, art for which she could not, did not want, should not conceal her appreciation. As important as the music she made, singing all ten songs from the GIRL TALK album, is the character on display. Through her interactions with the group, the audience, even the virtual audience, you can tell that she is a good person, a nice person, a fun person that you would like to get to know and that you would like to hook up with in real life. And no matter how brilliant an artist is, it always makes their art, respecting that art and supporting that art through your own industry, so much the better.
It was one of those best nights at a nightclub.
Sasha Dobson’s Birdland show was unique, but there are many great shows available on the Birdland website. HERE.
HERE is Sasha Dobson’s website.
Buy Girl Talk album HERE.
Sasha Dobson’s group at Birdland was:
Sasha Dobson – Voice
Peter Bernstein – Guitar
Neal Miner – Bass
Kenny Wollesen – Drums
Steven bernstein – Trumpet
Ian Hendrickson Smith – Saxophone
Smith Dobson – Vibes and saxophone
Mauro Refosco – Percussion
special guest: Norah jones on “Talking about girls”
Sasha dobson scores five out of five microphones for performing their entire show without using a lyric sheet, tablet or music stand.
Photos of Stephen Mosher