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September 23, 2019

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By Will Friedwald 
 

Natalie Douglas Celebrates Nancy Wilson
Birdland 
315 W 44th Street, (212) 581-3080
Monday September 23

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A highly accomplished veteran of the New York club scene, you might say that Natalie Douglas is, if not exactly uncategorizable, a rare artist who ingeniously touches on lots of different categories at once, combining the soul of a gospel singer and the musicianship of a jazz singer with the warm, chatty intimacy of a great cabareteuse. She can sing sweetly and softly and she can belt with the kind of power that you makes you respect her authority. Yet Ms. Douglas's greatest gift is for narrative and storytelling, and creating a direct personal connection with every audience lucky enough to be in front of her. Lo, these many years, she’s made a specialty of songbook “tribute” shows (almost always the fourth Monday of every month at Birdland) to iconic artists who have meant a lot to her - ranging from Sammy Davis to Dolly Parton to Judy Garland - most famously a two-part salute to Nina Simone that resulted in an excellent album, To Nina … Live at Birdland. Tonight’s tribute to the late Nancy Wilson should be an especially appropriate and poignant one.
 

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Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.


New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)


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