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Dizzy's Club "Coca-Cola"
Swings into Spring, in the After Hours, Featuring
Charenée Wade with Oscar Perez and His Quartet
April 2, 2009
by Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower

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Charenée Wade on Vocals
Oscar Perez on Piano
Matthew Rybicki on Bass
Marion Felder on Drums
Special Guest:
Roland Barber on Trombone

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press

Oscar Perez, Marion Felder, Charenée Wade, Matthew Rybicki
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

t's obvious from the program above that this Thursday night "After Hours" set was arranged for melodious musicality and upbeat mood enhancing. Marion Felder, who had just played drums for two sets of "Wonderful World of Armstrong", remained onstage for this late night set. I was reminded of the dancers at City Ballet, who appear and re-appear in ballet after ballet, throughout the evening. Obviously this man has stamina, and he never slowed his energized momentum. Also, Roland Barber, on trombone, and Matt Rybicki, on bass, had just paraded with their instruments in "When the Saints Go Marching In" in the previous set. However, the featured performers here were Oscar Perez on piano and Charenée Wade on vocals. Many surprises ensued.

Ms. Wade opened with "Love Walked In", adding charming scat and a mature presence, beyond her years. This was a youthful and enthused band, and they improvised with confidence and charisma. "You're Nearer" was soulful and sensual, with Marion Felder's muted drums, mixed with Matt Rybicki's soft bass. Oscar Perez added a soothing piano riff that evoked a lovely, midnight sound. Ms. Wade sang with melancholy effects. Perez' solos were highly textured, and his thoughtful nuances added depth to the listening experience. Felder, as well, in generous drum solos, added riveting sparkle and zest.

The next three songs - "Day by Day", "I Have a Feeling I've Been Here Before", and "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" – included rapid lyrics, rhythmic scat, mixed tempos and tones, and:Perez' vibrant piano chords. Rybicki took a long bass solo, supported by Felder's brushed drums, before Ms. Wade and Roland Barber entertained the crowd and the band with vocal-trombone conversations that had the trombone echoing Ms. Wade's staccato scat and bluesy lyrics. What struck me here was the way good musicians know how to take time, and the pauses for reflection and repetition enhanced the entire set with freshness and serendipity. Check the Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.

Charenée Wade, Oscar Perez, Matthew Rybicki, Marion Felder
Guest: Roland Barber
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

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