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Exceptional piano marks Jenie Thai’s Lethbridge debut

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Jenie Thai playing keyboard at the Tongue N Groove. photo by Richard AmeryOver at the Tongue N Groove, Edmonton keyboardist/ vocalist Jenie Thai played to an intimate and enraptured audience, July 2.

She beamed ear-to-ear and danced in place behind her keyboard, playing boogie woogie and jazz tinged blues on her keyboard, which she had set to a beautiful organ/ electric piano sound. She delivered soulful vocals and scatted a little in between lines.

 She played a variety of originals as well as old blues tunes and even covered Serena Ryder’s “Melancholy blues,” almost nailing Ryder’s inimitable warble.

 She observed she had never played to such a quiet and attentive crowd before. I enjoyed her quirky lyrics and sense of humour, not to mention watching her dance, I was impressed with her vocal range, but more-so by her keyboard playing skills.

 She ended “with a song I wrote a couple days ago,” called “Michigan,” which was another soulful blues number.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:18 )  
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