Pianist and vocalist Peter Cincotti opens the evenin with a persuasive, smooth interpretation of Sway,and Ain't Misbehavin' before turning the stage over to Karrin Allyson, as she performs a velvety version of Moanin'.
Monica Mancini steps up with a strong, crystal clear rendition of Charade, continuing into A Day In The Life Of A Fool, accompanied by Dave Samuels on vibraphone and Tom Scott on sax, along with the rest of her quartet.
Diane Schuur performs her classic Deedle's Blues, as only Schurr can sing it, skipping into stealthy scat, just before her mesmerizing performance of Stay Away From Bill.
In a funky, classic turn, Curtis Stigers croons Swinin' Down at 10th And Main, taking the listener through the blues in his next tune, How Could A Man Take Such A Fall.
Better Than Anything, gets Nnenna Freelon started on her swank journey and turns into a scathing version of Billie Holiday's The Lady Sings The Blues,before ending her performance with Out Of This World.
Capping the evening's entertainment, Patti Austin belts out You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini), Home Blues and How High The Moon.
A stellar camera crew filmed the concert, capturing the energetic talents, the faces of pleasure and the audience' sense of awe as these powerful artists poured their hearts into a one of a kind performance, backed by the WDR Big Band.
The line-up is like the all-star Who's Who of Jazz.
Concord is offering this exciting entertainment on a two CD set or as a DVD--capturing all the rapture these artists provide during this performance.