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A Mellow Evening with Wesla Whitifield and Mike Greensill
Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill put everyone into a mellow mood on June 13th at Society Cabaret in the Hotel Rex. For 80 minutes. She enchants and mesmerizes, not only the music but also with her phrasing of each and every songs. There is no pretentiousness about her when she chats to her husband Mike.
Backing Ms. Whitfield is her husband Mike Greensill, a great jazz pianist in his own right. He opened the show with a melody that included the Arthur Schwartz song “Shine on my Shoes” from “The Bandwagon”. Wesla opened the show with Ned Washington/Victor Young “My Foolish Heart” immediately following up the upbeat “Gypsy In My Soul”. She displayed a great clarity of pitch and phraseology in these songs. She also sang a beautifully arranged “Melancholy Baby” that was very reflective. A lighter mood was Anne Caldwell/Vincent Youman’s “I Know That You Know”.
The artist included other Broadway songs such as Frank Loesser “I Believe in You” from “How to Succeed”, Comden/Green/Styne “Make Some Happy” from “Bells are Ringing” and the Gershwin’s “Nice Work”. There were gorgeous arrangements of the Ray Noble’ classic “The Touch of Your Lips” and Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini “Days of Wine and Roses”.
Mike Greensill did a splendid arrangement of the theme song from “Bad and the Beautiful” and with pitch perfect voice sung Carolyn Leigh/Cy Coleman’s “When in Rome”. For an encore Wesla sang a poignant arrangement of “Lucky to Be Me” from Bernstein’s’ “On the Town”.