Sue Matsuki | But Beautiful: A Tribute to Julie Wilson, feat. Holt McCallany
May 19, 2023
Join us for Sue Matsuki‘s tribute to her mentor and friend of 18 years, the Broadway, TV, movie, and cabaret icon, Julie Wilson. Personally chosen by Julie to be the first recipient of the Julie Wilson Award bestowed by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, Sue will share beautiful, real stories about her close relationship with the Grand Dame of Cabaret while singing a program of Julie’s signature tunes. Songs will include “I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Miss Otis Regrets,” a Billie Holiday tune or two (Julie’s favorite singer), and, of course, “But Beautiful.” Please join us for what will be a very special evening for this very special woman, a mother and mentor to so many in cabaret. Featuring Julie Wilson’s son, Holt McCallany (“Mindhunter”)!
This show, and Sue, were picked as one of the top “75 Pop & Jazz Albums, Shows and Festivals coming this Fall” by The New York Times!
“Each song is based on a chosen point of view, devoid of extraneous frills or gestures. There are times when I absolutely love what I do. This is one of them.” – Sue Matsuki, Backstage
Featuring musical director/arranger Gregory Toroian on piano, Skip Ward on bass, and David Silliman on drums. Directed by Lina Koutrakos.
Photo Credit: Eric Stephen Jacobs
Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.
Matsuki has chops to compare with the “pure jazz” ladies and yet she reaches her audience with her warmth and understanding, both musically and lyrically, of the songs she chooses. If you have not already picked up on this popular singer, she’s a must see!
Jan Wallman, Nightlife Exchange
First, there’s the voice. Three decades of singing and her voice remains astonishingly unblemished. Whether singing with an idealistic, girlish innocence, showing her soulful side, swinging like nobody’s business or giving it to the audience in an unrestrained blues style, her delivery is always flawless. Second, there’s her sheer joy in performing… AND, she’s really funny! Third is her expert choice of songs, combined with her affinity for the perfect song set up.
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When was the last time a jazz singer delivered one-liners worthy of a stand-up club? When was the last time a performer captured your heart with simple sincerity? But, it was her vibrant voice and impeccable musicianship that defined the evening.
The set list is a magnificent one and Matsuki had ample opportunities to display why she has had such longevity in the business. Sharing the stage with one of the greatest three-piece combos likely to be seen on a nightclub stage, Sue was in her element.