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. ★★★★☆
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.