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Ann Vriend sings beautifully soulful jazz

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After an extended set break, I caught Ann Vriend adding a touch of pop tinged soulful jazz to the Slice, March 15.

She took centre stage as Rooster Davis returned the favour playing keyboards in her band (as she was adding percussion and extra vocals with his band a few months ago at the Slice).

Ann Vriend playing jazz and pop music. Photo by Richard AmeryShe and Rooster Davis traded keyboard and organ licks  during her set of sultry sexy jazz music for approximately 30 people.

She played a soulful set of original soul tinged blues and jazz music, much of it from her new CD “For People in The Meantime.” She sang with an appealing yelp that was adorable and sultry at the same time.

She played songs from throughput her career including a duet she wrote with Matt Epp and a song she wrote in memory of songwriter Jeff Buckley called “Wish You Were Here.”

 “Stay A Little Longer,” which she opened her set with was an immediately appealing highlight.
She let Rooster loose on one of his trademark renditions of boogie woogie music which featured his fingers flying over the keyboards on a traditional New Orleans piece.
Another highlight was “The Reason I’m so Blue is I’m Invisible.”
 Her band also featured Dustin Roy on bass, who usually plays with country star Brett Kissell, but got the chance to show some solid jazz chops.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:12 )  
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