Mary May and her band made a typical “Scottish summer weather” road-trip down from Aberdeen to host a jazz evening and perform a very informal two set session at Whigham’s Wine Bar/Restaurant in Hope Street, Edinburgh to a pretty full house. Whigham’s is more than just a wine bar/restaurant and provides a much needed regular performance space for blues and jazz musicians and singers at regular weekly performance slots.
This session saw Mary performing a range of classics from the golden age of jazz to more recent times. From the opening song “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”, standards like “That Old Black Magic” and more contemporary classics like “Moondance “ by Van Morrison”, this was a well chosen set that highlighted Mary’s vocals and her band at their best.
I have to admit liking Mary May best when she is singing these styles of songs as her voice can be very much in that Julie London or Billie Holiday vocal range at times. On the subject of Billie Holiday, I have to drop a quick mention here for the two “Billie is Blue” sessions that Mary May will be performing during the Edinburgh Fringe at The Jazz Bar in Chambers Street
Dates for these performances are
'Billie is Blue' Sunday 7th August, 8.30pm
'Billie is Blue' Thursday 25 August, 8.30pm
All songs for this performance were freshly arranged by her long time collaborator and double bassist, Ray Leonard. Joining them were Alan King on piano, Colin Black on guitar and Kevin Dorrian on drums.
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Our review of the album "This is What You Are" by Mary May can be read on the link below.
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