Dan Levinson – Clarinet /Saxophone
Rob Adkins – Bass
Kevin Dorn – Drums
Piano – tba
“A critic’s favorite” – so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. He goes on to say, “Molly swings the melody – as well as the words – without affectation of any kind. She brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability to the music that refuses to admit that sixty or seventy years of distractions have ever happened. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical.”
“Ryan radiates an irresistible sunny clarity and way with lyrics reminiscent of ’50s superstar Doris Day. As appealing as Day’s qualities were, she was really no swinger. Ryan consistently demonstrates that she definitely swings with a wide range of material. And while she’s doing that she also evokes echoes of the smooth, unaffected vocalizing of such Big Band Era greats as Helen Forrest and Humes. Oh, yes, and also there’s a tad of piquant delicacy reminiscent of the late, fondly remembered Blossom Dearie.” – Andrew Vélez of The New York City Jazz Record
As featured in this December’s issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Molly Ryan is one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed at such prestigious venues as Café Carlyle, Joe’s Pub, Rainbow Room, and world-famous jazz clubs Birdland and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Molly recently released her third solo album “Let’s Fly Away,” featuring piano legend Dick Hyman.
On Monday, December 14, Molly will share the truth about what she actually whispered in Santa’s ear – in songs and stories. She and her band will be thumpin’ and jumpin’ with red hot, barrelhouse selections in the spirit of the holiday season, as well as introducing new material that Molly has written especially for this event. Bring your dancing shoes and forget everything Mama taught you – the former “Miss Sweet and Innocent” is gonna tell it like it is! www.mollyryan.com