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                       Sutton-Hendelman—A Great Duo
When two consummate artists mesh beau tifully it is a joy to behold. That was certainly the case with PAJA’s August 13th presentation of Tierney Sutton and Tamir Hendelman’s “Once Upon A Summertime” concert at the Community School of Music & Art’s Tateuchi Hall. Tierney, a fabulous musical story teller offered standards like Summer Winds, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to, and Cole Porter’s Too Darn Hot, as well as a selection of Alan Bergman tunes. But I can’t help loving the way she has with slow ballads—what we used to call “torch songs”—soul-stirrers like Something Cool, Lazy Afternoon, Estate. She really knocks those out of the park.
While this was Tierney Sutton’s first gig for PAJA, we’ve seen Tamir Hendelman twice before—once with his own trio and before that with the Jeff Hamilton Trio. Elegant, deft, inventive—all those adjectives apply to Tamir’s work. The man is simply a great jazz pianist.
And Sutton-Hendelman is a great team. This is the kind of jazz concert that PAJA can take great pride in presenting. Have I overused the word “great”? / Ed Fox

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