LIVE: JaLaLa @ The Egg, 6/5/10
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The name JaLaLa is a clever use of the first two letters of the first names of the three internationally acclaimed songbirds fronting the fabulous trio.

Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse and Lauren Kinhan are certainly no strangers to the jazz community. Their considerable vocal talents have long been an integral part of such world-renowned ensembles as Manhattan Transfer (Siegel & Masse) and the New York Voices (Kinhan).

Last Saturday night, vocal sparks ignited the pyrotechnic vocal-fun at The Egg in Albany when these three distinct voices joined forces to sing, swing and scat their way through an uninterrupted set of originals, American jazz, Broadway standards and the classic Johnny Mercer songbook. (JaLaLa’s debut album is a tribute titled, “That Old Mercer Magic!”)

Backing the three chanteuses was a crack rhythm section featuring bassist Steve LaSpina, drummer Deric Dickens and long-time Manhattan Transfer music director/pianist Yaron Gershovsky.

There was no question that these three acclaimed ladies-of-song loved and respected each other. They gelled vocally from beginning to end. And they seemed to amaze each other almost as much as they amazed the audience, who couldn’t get enough of them individually or collectively.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Crazy People
Spring, Spring, Spring
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Jeepers Creepers (Janis)
Have You Got Any Castles? (Laurel)
Riding on the Moon (Lauren)
Honeymoon Suite
Moon River/Moon Country
Ac-cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
Move Over Sunshine
Killer Queen
Bach’s The Minuet (Laurel, a cappella)
My Ship (Janis)
It’s Sand Man

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JALALA AT BIRDLAND! JALALA = Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse and Lauren Kinhan…three gals who know from vocal groups. Janis has been with the Manhattan Transfer since the beginning. Laurel was part of the original Transfer. Lauren is one of the New York Voices. Happily, they have joined forces for this fabulous vocal klatch called JaLaLa. They sold-out Birdland on Monday night, showing off with their signature harmonies and gorgeous solo vocals, but a dazzling highlight came during the encore. The trio had planned a re-interpretation of the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross masterpiece, “It’s Sand, Man,” but Janis had spied the song’s creater and King of Vocalese, Mr. Jon Hendricks, sneak into the club to catch the act. They invited him onstage (left) to add some extra-special hip to the scene, making it one of the more historic moments we’ve witnessed! Thanks, Ja, La, and La for an amazing night!

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