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Friday, 27 June 2014 17:28

A ‘Fresh’ Look For Bo

SARATOGA SPRINGS – ‘Fresh,’ a classic jazz standards trio with a repertoire that is spiced up with sultry blues and soulful vocals, will be returning for their second appearance at the Crown Grill (390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs) next Wednesday, July 2. 

 

Their first gig, on Wednesday, June 4, wowed those in attendance to such an extent that the owners have established them in a first Wednesday residency slot.

 

 “Colin and I are huge music fans and we love Jazz. When we heard the renditions that Bo Goliber and Fresh did of songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and other classic Jazz greats; we knew they were a perfect fit for The Crown Grill. Their vibe perfectly matches the ambience of The Crown. We are thrilled to have them on the first Wednesday of each month as well as for special events,” says Christel MacLean, co-owner of The Crown Grill.

 

The band is composed of Tommy Miller on Guitar, Joe Lattanzio on piano and “one-person horn section” – I kid you not – and is fronted by the vocal power and elegance of one Bo Goliber. 

“I am happy to gush over these guys,” Bo says of her band mates. “They are veterans of so many big bands and, having played together for over 20 years, they read each other’s minds musically.”

 

The professionalism of Tommy and Joe recognizes that while they are going to get plenty of chances to be in the spotlight in the course of the evening, it is the singer in these combos that is called lead singer for a reason. 

 

And, in Bo, they’ve got a triple threat. 

 

- First, as a devoted supermom and wife, who also found time to gather this year’s “Spirit Award” for her efforts as part of her recent 10-week LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society campaign.

 

- Second, she works full-time as a “Heavy Hitter” (they are too cool for school with the titles there – so this is one I gave her) in Community Relations and Philanthropy for Fingerpaint Marketing, across Broadway from the Crown Grill. So, if you see someone flying out of Fingerpaint’s office at 6:57 p.m., crossing Broadway while warming up her voice doing scales, you’ll have a good idea who that is. 

 

Third, she has the musical background: singing at church weddings, classical voice training since her pre-teen years, as well as bands throughout college. “Those periods where I wasn’t singing, I truly missed it. It becomes part of your soul.” Bo said. 

 

“I love this band, and the idea that none of us really want to play more than maybe twice a month,” Bo says. “I don’t have the time and the guys want to enjoy their well-deserved free time.”

 

With a wide playlist to choose from, the band will be, well, ‘Fresh’ each time you see them. But there are some staples: expect to hear Summertime, A Change is Gonna Come and Fever (where Joe gets to do his human horn section thing).

 

So Bo knows a lot. But what Bo knows best is gratitude. She’s a confident woman at the top of her game on several levels, but thankful for her family, teammates and friends. “It’s great to be able to share and receive feedback.” She said. 

 

Which it’s why she’s so easy to root for. In this section of the paper, you get chances to tout the reader to something that is going to be a ‘thing’ – a place to be – and give it a wider showcase. 

 

They are all-too-rare - but this is one of them. 

 

Recommended without reservation. Though I do recommend you MAKE a reservation (see below). 

 

Here’s an idea: take that cute guy or gal jazz-lover who you are no doubt about to meet this weekend at SPAC and score some points because you now know Bo! I think I’ll leave it there.

 

The Crown Grill’s phone number is (518) 583- 1105. For more information about ‘Fresh’ visit facebook.com/freshbandcapitalregion

 

‘Fresh’

Wednesdays, July 2 

and August 6

7-10 p.m.

The Crown Grill at Circus Cafe  

390 Broadway - Saratoga Springs 

crowngrillsaratoga.com

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