Donna Singer and Doug Richards, along with Billy Alfred (keyboard) and Mike Cervone (drums), put on a stellar performance on their promotional tour of their latest album, Take The Day Off. Mixing originals with time-tested favorites such as Bye-Bye Blackbird, the group showed an impressive range of talent from singing to songwriting.
The show ran from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Shrine Music World Venue on 7th Ave in Harlem (between 133 and 134 Streets). Donna Singer, aptly named, sang her heart out while Billy worked his magic on the keys and Doug and Mike kept up a jazzy groove. The performers are clearly professionals with a lot of experience and love for what they do. Their stage presence and musical consistency made the show a pleasant experience that jazz lovers shouldn’t miss.
The venue has charm and atmosphere, and a very tasty menu selection (albeit at Manhattan prices). It caters to more of a dinner crowd than a listening crowd, but some of the diners, including two female students from Germany, were captivated by the show and approached Donna afterward to compliment her on the band’s performance. With momentum like this behind them, Donna & Doug look set to have a successful run.
Donna’s husband, Roy Singer, has written some of the songs on the album including the title track. Roy was once in a band called Molimo many years ago with none other than Ace Frehley, just before Ace joined KISS.
Here are some reviews of Take The Day Off.