Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sweet Georgia Brown at Arthur's Tavern

Confined to a cramped performance space between a wall and three bars, Greg Lewis begins playing his Hammond B3 organ, Stew Cutler hits some funk chords on his guitar, the rhythm section falls into place and it does not take long for Sweet Georgia Brown to start kicking in on smokey blues and r&b tunes. Singing since childhood, Georgia has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Fathead Newman, KoKo Taylor and Stanley Turrentine. She can be crude, she can be witty, but it is her husky, soulful singing that grabbed my attention at Arthur's Tavern in the West Village.