Vocalist Betty Ann Bryanton opened a new location for jazz in Westboro on March 21, the first in a regular Monday night series at the Nestle Toll House Café.
She and guitarist Alf Warnock played some of their favourite jazz standards, starting with “A” is for “All of Me” and “B” is for “By Bye Blackbird” but then skipping throughout the alphabet, as they entertained listeners munching Snickerdoodles and English toffee cookies.
Highlights included the lovely Latin lament “Perfidia”, the French sophistication of “Gigi”, the joy of “Rainbow Connection” from the Muppet Show – and, of course, the apropos Peggy Lee number, “Black Coffee”. She and Warnock sang a warm and emotional duet together on “Pennies from Heaven”, a song she noted Warnock repiqued her interest in singing when she heard his rendition.
Bryanton will be performing at the café, at 111 Richmond Road just west of Island Park Drive, every Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. with various accompanying musicians. On March 28, you can hear her perform with guitarist Nathan Corr, who is making a brief reappearance in Ottawa after moving to Toronto last year.
All photos ©Brett Delmage, 2016