Friday, July 1, 2011

Bobbi Humphrey Concert Review

Concert Review
Bobbi Humphrey
BAM R&B Festival
Metro Tech, Brooklyn
June 30, 2011

Flute legend Bobbi Humphrey sure knows how to throw a party.
The warm, funny, gracious, and personable hostess made the outdoor noontime audience feel like they were in her backyard. Mixing reminiscences, shout-outs, plugs, and just plain great music, the hour and a half or so flew by.
But not before we were privileged to hear some virtuoso playing.
Ms. Humphrey makes her instrument “talk” as they used to say. It was almost hypnotic.
Bobbi even sang a few uptempo, crowd-pleasing numbers that got folk dancing. An African woman walked to the stage and threw down some cash in tribute to her.
Hey, deservedly so.
Bringing up New Orlean’s keyboard wizard Davell Crawford only added to the festivities, and my jaded 78 year old Mom who has seen everyone from Bird to Art Tatum to Billie Holliday on down, gave this gig her ringing endorsement.
“I loved it” she beamed.
What more can be said? Just a wonderful afternoon.

 --Evan Ginzburg
Evan Ginzburg celebrates 20 years of radio July 12 at Gizzi’s CafĂ© 16 W 8th St. NYC 7-11 PM with a No Cover concert featuring 6 of his favorite virtuoso acts- all genres of music- and a 10 PM jam session.

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