Mary Bogue

Twist@Hollywood Renaissance Hotel
Hollywood, CA
Listening to Mary Bogue sing, the only reaction is “wow!”  Whether caressing the lyrics to classic ballads like “Don’t Go to Strangers” (Arthur Kent/Dave Mann/Redd Evans) or “Because of You,” wailing on the bluesy “I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water” (Senator Jones/Eddie Rasberry) or Leonard Feather/Lionel Hampton’s “Evil Gal Blues,” or singing that she likes her men like her coffee, “Hot, Strong and Black” (Karen Hernandez)—in an amusing duet with the legendary Les McCann—Bogue delivers the goods.

She sang with power, heart and impeccable grace—particularly in a tribute to her late husband, Rob, in a sultry “Blue Champagne” (Grady Watts/Frank Ryerson/Jimmy Eaton)—and she brought the house down with “Sugar on the Floor” and a brilliant arrangement by Steve Rawlins of Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” singing a jazz line while the musicians toyed with the melody, all to superb effect.

Bogue was constantly in the moment, swinging and swaying and feeling the music along with a stage full of great musicians—Hernandez and Rawlins alternating on piano, Jim DeJulio and Leslie Baker alternating on bass, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Randy Woodard on saxophone and Frank Wilson on drums.

Elliot Zwiebach
Cabaret Scenes
March 25, 2012