- Published on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:24
- Written by Ron Forman
I first saw Jack Jones at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel when both of us were significantly younger. At that time Jones was a young popular recording star with a very clean voice. In the decades since Jack has evolved from a very pleasant pop singer to a fine jazz artist. He is now considered a Singer’s Singer. The sound of his voice has changed but the power is still there. Jack Jones is currently appearing until Saturday evening June 30 at Feinstein’s at Loew’s Regency.
The new show is titled Love Ballad, and features many of the songs that Mr. Jones has performed and recorded previously, but sung very differently this time around. Mr. Jones reprises the performance of People, which he performed at the Kennedy Center Tribute to Composer Jule Styne. He does a very jazzy Alright, OK , You Win which shows off the fact that he still has all of his chops. His performance of Matt Dennis’sAngel Eyes, with a marvelous saxophone solo by Houston Person, compares well with Sinatra’s classic version.
There is the perfunctory performance of the Theme From Loveboat, but done in a very different voice and tempo. Jones has starred in stage productions of Man of La Mancha, and although he introduced the medley of songs from the show, as perhaps being a bit corny, it was a quite moving piece of cabaret magic, The closing number Here’s to Life seems very appropriate to the still marvelous looking 74 year old Jack Jones.