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SPENCER DAY – “BROADWAY BY DAY” @ Feinstein’s at Vitello’s
December 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
One event on December 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Spencer Day — the #1 Billboard jazz/pop singer and songwriter seen everywhere from Lincoln Center to the Hollywood Bowl — will make his debut at Feinstein’s at Vitellos with this engagement previewing his upcoming new album, Broadway by Day. The recording is a collection of reimagined theater songs with surprising and inventive genre-blurring arrangements, from jazz to Latin, for songs not typically heard in a jazz context. Day reinvents favorites from South Pacific, Evita, Company and beyond, stripping them of their formality to bring out the melodies and lyrics in a startling new way. Highlights of the show include a swinging up-tempo version of “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady, a sly, rhythmic take on “One” from A Chorus Line, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar with an Ennio Morricone bolero twist, “If I Loved You” from Carousel as a bossa nova, and a Satie classical-inspired piano and voice take on “Ol’ Man River” from Show Boat.
Spencer is one of the most acclaimed young artists creating witty and sophisticated pop songs in the tradition of the classic American writers. His first video collaboration with the viral sensation Postmodern Jukebox – a new take on the Panic! at the Disco hit “High Hopes” – was posted this spring and is approaching one million views on YouTube. Day has wandered amid the expansive and diverse landscape of American music, developing an artistic sensibility that borrows from numerous sources: jazz, musical theater, cabaret, soul, folk, traditional and contemporary pop. He uses intuition and improvisation as his primary tools to craft a sound that is familiar, yet fresh and innovative at the same time. Day’s album Vagabond peaked at #11 on the Billboard Album Chart and stayed on the chart for 47 weeks. The lead single, “Til You Come To Me,” peaked at #3. His recent album, Daybreak, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.
The Washington Post praised his “cool jazz sensibilities” and “cleverly crafted tales,” with Time Out New York calling him “a compelling, quirky singer-songwriter.” According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “his melodies are infectious, his arrangements are dazzling and, most of all, his delivery is heartfelt and, often, heartbreaking. He is not only a superb pianist, but a brilliant arranger, who consistently celebrates the partnership between his voice and the piano.”