Sep 10 - Sep 11, 2013
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes singer/songwriter Nellie McKay, touring in support of her latest release, Home Sweet Mobile Home, for two nights, performing solo (piano, ukulele, vocals). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30, doors open at 5:30pm.
“McKay is just as eclectic musically as she is lyrically, with forays into reggae ("Caribbean Time") and New Orleans jazz ("Dispossessed") along with asides to dinner theater and merengue. “ - Stephen M. Deusner, Pitchfork
Home Sweet Mobile Home is Nellie McKay's latest and first album of all-original material since 2007's Obligatory Villagers, and features the musical wanderlust, lyrical playfulness and unique point of view that has characterized her music since her breakthrough debut Get Away From Me. Songs from the new project were recently debuted at her NYC engagement at Feinstein's, and The New York Post noted that "songs like ‘Bodega’ and ‘Caribbean Time’… feature a blend of whimsical humor and social commentary that blended in beautifully alongside the Doris Day standards from the Blueberry Pie album.”
Nellie McKay is hard to categorize. She’s done Brecht on Broadway, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank’s sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music.
Her music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook—part cabaret, part sparkly pop. But beneath the charming melodic surface is a wit that cuts, and a sharply tuned social conscience.
Nellie McKay produced her double debut album Get Away From Me with Beatles' engineer Geoff Emerick, which was greeted with critical raves and placement on many Top Ten lists, followed by Pretty Little Head, Obligatory Villagers, Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day, (Which The New York Times called "among the killer overhauls of American standards”), and her latest, Home Sweet Mobile Home.
Hailed by the New Yorker as “funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented,” Nellie has recently enjoyed an extended run in the off-Broadway hit Old Hats (winner of the Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and Drama Desk award for Outstanding Revue), and has written two acclaimed musical biographies, "I Want to Live!" the story of Barbara Graham, third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin, and "Silent Spring: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature" an exploration of environmental pioneer, Rachel Carson.
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
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