by Faith Frenz
Singers need words and music. But arrangements are the secret to a good song and what distinguishes the singer. A good example is Sinatra and Nelson Riddle.
Catalina –the Doyen of jazz for LA — has always welcomed and supported the jazz community to help showcase their aspirations and satisfy the Los Angeles audience who flocks to her beautiful venue on Sunset Blvd. It is a welcome home to performers eager to discover a new audience.
Singer/songwriter Sylvia Brooks will mount an event there to celebrate the release of her new CD. The Arrangement, with a unique twist. She has embraced the talents of five different composer/arrangers on one album and each will appear to perform with her.
Ms Brooks will present songs from her third CD album The Arrangement at the prestigious Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 7th. While identifying herself as a jazz singer, her operatic roots color the musical interpretations with her subtle vibrato and long held notes.
She comes from a deeply professional musical background (her father a first call pianist/arranger, her mother an opera singer who founded the Los Angeles Opera Company). The album The Arrangement draws from the diverse community of talented composer//arrangers: Otmaro Ruiz, Kim Richmond, Jeff Colella, Christian Jacob and Quinn Johnson. All but Kim Richmond will perform with Ms Brooks at the Catalina Release Party.
The program selections are mostly from the Great American Songbook with a nod to the Beatles with “Eleanor Rigby” and three originals with lyrics by Brooks in collaboration with different arrangers including one with award winning composer Patrick Williams, “Maybe I’m a Fool.”