Most Monday nights, you can find the engaging young singer Svetlana Shmulyian and her Delancey Five at the Back Room Speakeasy (yes, you have to know the password to get in and the drinks are served in coffee cups) on 102 Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. Here’s the Back Room’s Facebook page. Here’s Svetlana’s page, and the Delancey Five page.
On Monday, April 1, Svetlana was joined by her eminent friends Dalton Ridenhour, piano; Adrian Cunningham, reeds; Rob Garcia, drums; Brandi Disterheft, string bass; guest Tom Dempsey, guitar. The music that resulted was impromptu, energized, and heartfelt.
You know that being in the red means financial distress; seeing red indicates rage. Neither of those two phrases applies here, for Svetlana and friends create gracious swing — for the dancers, for the listeners, for us. Worth a visit! (And for my suburban brethren, there’s on-street free parking after 7.)
Here’s the first set of the night.
Berlin’s THE BEST THING FOR YOU (WOULD BE ME) by Adrian and Co:
Svetlana joins in for the 1930 paean to similitude, EXACTLY LIKE YOU:
Here’s HONEYSUCKLE ROSE:
Adrian and Svetlana warble I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE:
Mr. Cunningham on the tenor for JUST YOU, JUST ME:
A tender THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU with a glorious introduction by Dalton (as if it were a blues conceived at Minton’s in 1941):
Optimistically and energetically, BLUE SKIES:
For those who would like to hear Svetlana and friends in the hush of a recording studio, nothing could be simpler: click here. Although it is no longer cold outside, warm music never goes out of style.
May your happiness increase.