Our service this Sunday at Dixon Place–11:30 am on March 26th–has as its theme SKIN. And, when thinking of musical numbers, it seemed necessary to have I’ve Got You Under Your Skin by the great Cole Porter, in the mix. I reached out to a wonderful cabaret performer, Barbara Fasano, who has agreed to come sing it for us. Barbara’s a chanteuse with style and chops and I’m thrilled she’s going to be with us.
Here’s her bio:
Barbara Fasano, whose fourth CD, “BUSY BEING FREE” (2016 MAC Award ~ Major Recording of the Year) was released to critical acclaim (“My favorite new vocal album” — Will Friedwald, WSJ) has been hailed as one of the nation’s most stunning and soulful singers. This June Fasano will appear at the Saratoga Jazz Festival with her trio from the album. Frank Scheck of The New York Post raves, “Fasano is a gorgeous, soulful singer who has an actor’s intensity in whatever she sings.” Whether singing a song by Joni Mitchell or Harold Arlen or Cole Porter, Fasano takes her audience on a spellbinding, emotional musical journey. Her performances and recordings have won her three New York Bistro awards, six MAC awards and a New York Nightlife award. Fasano is a regular performer at New York’s most prestigious clubs. Together with her frequent musical partner, Eric Comstock, she was among the last singers to headline at the Algonquin’s legendary Oak Room supper club, with their show “HELLUVA TOWN: A New York Soundtrack”, which enjoyed an acclaimed and sold-out run and continues to tour the country. The New York Times’ Stephen Holden called it “exhilarating”, singling out Fasano as a “lyrically sensitive interpreter” and comparing her to one of her idols, Lena Horne. “Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure.” Their show, “Shoulder Season” won unanimous raves, & together they were awarded the 2016 MAC Award for Major Duo Artists, as well as receiving a Broadway World nomination for Duo Show of the Year. Their most recent concert is “DOWNTON ABBEY ROAD: The Best of Britain”, a celebration of “American” standards that were penned across the pond, which opened at Birdland Jazz Club in New York, completed a run at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, and in June will headline the Provincetown Cabaret Festival.