Turning it on, and turning it up.
That’s what Canadian jazz great Holly Cole did at the Orpheum Theatre
on a hot summer evening at the end of June. In the waning days of the
Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Cole was booked as one of the
highlights of the festival and she certainly lived up to the billing.
A generous warm-up by
Denzal Sinclair, a homegrown Capilano College alumnus left the stage
ringing in preparation for Cole. Playing to the full house, Sinclair
gave a flawless performance leaving the crowd waiting for more.
The fans, waiting for
more, got just that--and more. Holly Cole not only took the stage; she
kept it for the whole rest of the evening. Cole was, as is said in
traditional jazz circles, “cool ‘cuz cool is always good to start with,”
but after a few slightly austere (at least for her) offerings, she had
her four-piece boys in the band turn up the heat.
That’s when the Orpheum’s
cooling system just couldn’t keep up to Cole’s sizzling performance,
but that’s cool too. Drawing on material recorded in her thirty
some-odd years in the business, she reshaped standards, turning them up
to cooking levels.
Holly Cole absolutely
filled the evening past overflowing, transfixing the crowd with her
energy and mastery of her jazz and her world. For
those who missed her, you can always hope that maybe she’ll come back