Jazzy Tyzik, RPO swing with the best

by John Pitcher, Staff Music Critic, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY

Jazz vocalist Dee Daniels joined the RPO to sing a selection of Basie and Ellington songs, and she had little trouble stealing the show. In the great vocal tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Daniels does much more than simply sing precisely and on pitch -- which she always did.

Instead, she used the extraordinary range and velvety texture of her voice like an instrument, wrapping its smoky texture around each word of a lyric to give the song added meaning, nuance and expression.

That came through in her performances of Ellington's "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good."