Svetlana and The Delancey Trio, Golden Gates, Philadelphia, 4/4/2018; Svetlana Sounded Superb in Her Philadelphia Debut

For their Philadelphia debut, Svetlana and The Delancey Trio played a beautiful set at Golden Gates on the evening of Wednesday, April 4th. The ten song set consisted of jazz and swing standards, which were often extended by solos from the excellent band.

Instead of The Delancey Five, Svetlana's road band consisted of two musicians from NYC, Willerm Delisfort on piano and Henry Conerway III on drums, and one from Philadelphia, Nimrod Speaks on upright bass.

The show opened with the band playing "Dolphin Dance," an instrumental composition by Herbie Hancock. After introductions, Svetlana sang a delightful "Just Squeeze Me" written by Duke Ellington.

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Setlist: Click linked titles to watch
01 Dolphin Dance
02 Just Squeeze Me
03 Everybody Loves My Baby (Waller)
04 If I Give My Heart To You (Jacobs, Crane, Brewster)
05 Lady Be Good (Gershwin & Gershwin)
06 You Are Like A Song [in Russian] (Rosner)
07 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (McHugh and Fields)
08 Whatever Lola Wants (Adler and Ross)
09 Centerpiece (Edison and Hendricks)
10 Honeysuckle Rose (Waller)

Two of the songs from the set, "Lady Be Good" and "You Are Like A Song," can be found on Svetlana and The Delancey Five's debut CD, Night at the Speakeasy. It was great to hear the material not on the album, most of which was familiar from singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn, etc. I knew "Centerpiece" from the Joni Mitchell medley version. The only thing that the set was lacking was Svetlana originals. The two original compositions that she included on her record were fantastic, as were the two new tunes that she premiered last year at her birthday show at Joe's Pub. I'm hoping that she includes "Baby I'm Back" and "Is It You" on her second album, now in the works.

Svetlana and The Delancey Five are well known in NYC where they have played all over town including a long running residency Monday nights at The Back Room (102 Norfolk Street), right off of Delancey. The Back Room is a speakeasy whose operation dates back to Prohibition days.

I'm excited to see them take their show on the road so that the rest of the world can come to know the joy. It was especially nice to see them northeast of Philadelphia at a venue that is known for its special events.

As much as I enjoyed The Delancey Trio, and they were excellent, I just love to hear Svetlana sing. Any time. Any place.

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