Kenny MacDonald – Vocals
Jon Hall – Piano
Pete Lowit – Double Bass
Mike Sharkey – Drums
Despite the sad announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II only a few minutes before opening, a good number of people turned up for what turned out to be a very warm and friendly evening, featuring mainly the vocal talents of Kenny MacDonald. Kenny quickly established a rapport with the audience and they stayed with him throughout the evening as he covered a whole range of moods and tempos. These included swinging versions of “Foggy Day”, “You Make Me Feel So Young”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and the ballads “Georgia”, “Who Can I Turn To?”, “Just The Way You Are” and “When I Fall In Love”. He was backed by a driving and sensitive trio who obviously relished this dip into Sinatra territory. They also played some instrumentals, featuring several of Michel Petrucciani’s strikingly original compositions, plus Herbie Hancock’s evocative “Dolphin Dance” and Chick Corea’s haunting jazz waltz “Windows“.
This month Moray Jazz Club will present two more nights of vocal jazz and, judging by tonight’s response, this could become a regular feature.