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 Massé 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 & Massé) 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
JALALA SET LIST
Spring, Spring, Spring
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Jeepers Creepers (Janis)
Have You Got Any Castles? (Laurel)
Riding on the Moon (Lauren)
Moon River/Moon Country
Ac-cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
Move Over Sunshine
Bach’s The Minuet (Laurel, a cappella)
My Ship (Janis)
It’s Sand Man
JaLaLa: Janis,Lauren and Laurel