Sonya Perkins ~ An Afternoon of Swinging Jazz
“Sonya’s unique brand of emotional and swinging storytelling is a joy that needs to be experienced.” - Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist
Sonya returns to the Metropolitan Room for an Afternoon of Swinging Jazz bringing something new along with her unique interpretations of favorite jazz standards. Bob Albanese, musical director/piano, Tom Hubbard, bass, Dwayne ‘Cook’ Broadnax, drums and John Bailey, trumpet.
At her last performance here, "There was great joy in all her selections and she delivered refreshingly unique interpretations of familiar lyrics…which left this audience wanting more and more…Her great comic bit was her autobiographical song about her transition from psychotherapist to jazz vocalist. These special lyrics, written by Sonya and set to the classic, "I Will Survive" had the crowd roaring." -Joe Regan, Jr., Jazz Jounalist
“Sonya’s voice, the music, the lyrics are One. Perkins holds the audience in the palm of her hands!” - Marlon Saunders, singer, composer, arranger
“…Sonya, a veteran jazz vocalist takes… Great American Songbook chestnuts… and molds them in her own image. She digs deep into each song, rethinks the lyrics and melodies in the context of today's world, and…with the impeccable assistance of her fine accompanists, including her pianist/arranger Bob Albanese - bends and shapes them into wholly new listening experiences."
-Jeff Tamarkin, Jazz Journalist
"Sonya has a fine sense of time and phrasing that makes her readings of these standards worth revisiting to hear her versions."
-Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
"Just when you were ready to write these songs off as ones you didn't need to hear again, along comes Sonya Perkins to freshen up the songbook classics ….JAZZ VOCAL FANS HAVE A WINNER HERE." -Chris Spector, Midwest Record.
"Sonya's voice is trumpet bright"…"she hit's it just right…" "easy on the ears." George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
“Sonya Perkins is a great artist and she never fails to amaze me with her selections and unique interpretations of the Great American Songbook.”
-Joe Regan Jr., Jazz/Cabaret Journalist