Nelson Pressley on Karen Akers

BEGIN THIS BEGUINE: During the Terrace Theater cabaret show, Akers deftly worked her way through the songbook's plays on words, and then some.The Washington Post reviews Karen Akers’s stand at the Kennedy Center: “The Akers style, well-branded by now, is cool as champagne on ice. The lyrics were crystalline and the melodies smooth and straightforward; Akers’s smoky alto often seemed to ally itself with Jon Nazdin’s steady bass, while pianist and musical director Don Rebic provided energy and color. It was a suave arrangement all around.”

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