With her sleek bob haircut, a flower placed just so, vintage dresses, and customized ukulele, Janet Klein is a musical archaeologist hiding in a Gibson girl's body. In case you missed her last gig, she’s now appearing in Hollywood once a month with a band of first-class musicians. With her rich contralto voice, she performs spirited and naughty tunes from 1910 -1930 in an authentic style that captures the light luminous music of a bygone era.
Klein blends hot jazz and corny vaudeville in this undeniably entertaining concert that will leave you charmed and smiling! When she plays the ukulele, she makes it clear that this oft-ridiculed cousin of the guitar is actually a delightful and underutilized musical instrument.
Film historian Jerry Beck opens the show with a number of vintage 16mm short films showing 1929 Vaudeville Performers Dorothy Maughan and Walter Fehl; a 1934 sing-a-long to the bouncing ball with Les Reis and Artie Dunn, and a rare 1939 Vincent Lopez & His Orchestra clip with youthful songstress Betty Hutton. Klein is enthusiastically accompanied by Chris Dawson (piano), Corey Gemme (Cornet & T-Bone), Marquis Howell (Bass & DJ), Dan Levinson (Sax & Clarinet) and John Reynolds (Guitar & Banjo). Special guests are Dutch Newman’s Rhythm Boys that include Cary Farnsworth and Douglas Roegiers with Bob Mitchell on piano.
At The Steve Allen Theatre in CFI building, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. (2 blocks west of Vermont). Info: 323-666-4268 or TIX at 800-595-4849 or www.trepanyhouse.org. First Thursday every month at 8 pm. Lots of free parking.
Also covered in the April issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY