Art Soiree Living Room Concert Show Review

Tim Gavagan's review of Coniece Washington Vocalist Entertainer Oct. 15th show at the Ritz-Carlton

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October 17 at 2:40pm · Centreville, VA ·
Vocalist Coniece Washington presented an insightful and entertaining show at the Ritz Carlton hotel on October 15, 2015. She was accompanied by music director and pianist William Knowles and bassist Jeron White. The show was the latest edition of the Art Soiree Living Room Live Series that are presented on Thursday nights in Georgetown, Washington DC.

Ms. Washington opened her 2 set show with the perennial favorite “Close Your Eyes.” She also mentioned not only was it Frank Sinatra’s centennial birth year it was also Billy Strayhorn’s as well and promised to include some of his songs in her show. She launched into Duke Ellington’s theme song “Take The A Train” in a seamless transition. I always think interesting and intelligent patter helps the singer connect with the audience. Coniece added that the controversy goes on about how much Billy Strayhorn is in compositions attributed to Duke Ellington. She punctuated her comment with another Strayhorn classic, “Prelude to a Kiss.”

Always generous and supportive of the local singing community, Coniece invited other singers up to the stage. She started with Candice Bostwick singing “All Of Me”, Rob Patrick singing “ The Summer Wind” and Ghada Rihani singing “Besame Mucho” in Spanish. I love that song. All great singers wowing the audience. Coniece showed off her scatting chops with the classic “How High The Moon.” Great rendition Coniece.

Ms. Washington began her show exit slowly and I’m glad she did it that way. She sang, “It Don’t Mean A Thing”, “Don’t Explain”, “What a Difference a Day Makes” and the Billie Holiday signature song, “God Bless The Child.” All among my favorites. Did you know that the B side to the 1946 release of Billie Holiday’s “Don’t Explain” was “What Is This Thing Called Love?”

The Living Room Live Series is a permanent fixture on the Washington DC music scene. It supports the local music community and helps keep live music alive. It’s one of the most comfortable music rooms in the District where out of town hotel guests can mix and mingle with local urban hipsters. Hey, there’s dancing too. There was one guy who couldn’t sit down.

If you’re in Washington DC on a Thursday night check out the Living Room Live Series at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Georgetown. It will not disappoint.

Tim Gavagan
Washington DC USA

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