John Morris Russell, the BPO’s new principal pops conductor, turned out a Holiday Pops so good that, a month later, people are still aglow from it. And Dee Daniels, the jazz singer he is bringing with him to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, is so good that people who heard her when she was here before still remember her, too.
That was – yikes! – in 2002. But that is what an impression this jazz diva made. On that occasion, she sparked up a tribute to Duke Ellington. Let me look up what I wrote: “Dee Daniels’ voice brings to mind all the most delirious adjectives: Honeyed. Sweet. Low, rich, smooth and slow as molasses.” Speaking of slow as molasses, that concert was in January, too.
My only regret, at that long-ago concert, was that Daniels was featured in only a half-dozen numbers. With luck she will spend more time at the mic this time around. Daniels joins Russell in a concert called “Great Ladies of Swing.” She will be paying tribute to such forerunners of hers as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Peggy Lee.
The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $34.50-$86.50. Call 885-5000.
– Mary Kunz Goldman