Sheila Landis sings her own hipster lyrics to jazz classics like Kenny Burrell’s “Midnight” Blue” accompanied by the dynamic Phil Hale Trio and special guest multi-genre guitar-slinger Rick Matle
In homage to, and in the spirit of, those brave and bold scat singers and hipster lyric writers like Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, I
Sheila first explored “BopStop Collection” back in 1976 with her own lyrics set to the Oliver Nelson classic “Stolen Moments.” Over the decades she has penned several more, including “Cliff Bell’s” set to the framework of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” Other jazz tunes that she has written lyrics include “Windows” by Chick Corea, “Speedball” by Lee Morgan, “Road Song” by Wes Montgomery, “Work Song” by Cannonball Adderley, “Midnight Blue” by Kenny Burrell and others.
A spontaneous performance (by audience request) of “My Funny Valentine” at the Rochester Hills Public Library with the Phil Hale Trio set off the fireworks collaboration. This great trio (Phil on keys, John Barron on bass and Djallo on drums) is the perfect vehicle to take the BopStop vision all the way. Of course, no Sheila Landis performance is complete without the soulful addition of guitarist Rick Matle.