MetroStage is presenting The All Night Strut!, a celebration of the music and dance from the '30s
and '40s, through March 27, featuring DC and New York's finest musicians and singers. (DC Jazz members Greg Holloway on drums
and singer Yvette Spears are both currently on stage at MetroStage).
The reviewers say it best:
"With a tight three piece band and
charismatic singers who work the scales from blue note to scat, The All Night Strut! is two hours of simple unrelieved
joy. Director Thomas W. Jones II has assembled a very talented group of performers, including music director and pianist William
Knowles, who sing and play their hearts out on many of the finest jazz, blues and bebop compositions on the last century.
The All Night Strut!
takes us on a musical journey through the Depression, World War II and the post war boom. Singer-actors William Hubbard (
a 2003 Helen Hayes Award winner for musical direction), Darryl Jovan, Yvette Spears and Lori Anne Williams work their way
through early jazz, swing, big band and bebop, never missing a beat or a dance step along the way.
It's hard no to jump up
and jive, swing or shout with the performers of The All Night Strut!."
- Deryl Davis,
Washington Theater Review, www.washingtontheater.com
"If you yearn to take a sentimental journey back to the 1930s and 40s in an intimate and interesting setting, Alexandria's
130-seat MetroStage has the show for you."
- Gwen Gibson, The Washington Examiner
"The MetroStage's "joint is jumping"
with its The All Night Strut! currently setting the stage ablaze with jazzy versions of old standards with superior
jazz sounds coming from the combo of William Knowles (piano), Gregory Holloway (drums), and Yusef Chisholm (bass).
"Yvette Spears has the
finest range heard since Sarah Vaughn and her lower range is totally deliciously "smoky". "
- Bob Anthony