Lynn Bush

Winchester Cultural Center, Jan. 21

Seattle torch singer Lynn Bush arrived at Winchester for a program called This Is New, after the Kurt Weill tune in her set. Backed by local jazzers Jeff Davis (bass), Santo Savino (drums), Phil Wigfall (sax and flute) and Frank Leone (pianist and Las Vegas Jazz Society prez), Lynn performed a whopping 16-song set that ran the gamut from Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” to Henry Mancini’s “Dreamsville” to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “It Might As Well Be Spring.” The real delight, though, was Bush’s Julie London-at-world’s-end take on composer and fellow Seattlite June Tonkin’s “What a Way to Go,” a gorgeous tune about love’s obliterating potential. Band members traded off solos with dexterity and taste, while Bush slipped comfortably into each tune’s persona. I realize Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday each recorded definitive versions of “Detour Ahead,” but I’ll take Bush’s veteran-of-love’s-bumpy-highways version any day. The Jazz Society deserves a gold medal for putting on a show of such high quality. ★★★★☆

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