Bending the Standard With Dave Damiani, Haley Reinhart, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

I have a confession to make. Though I thoroughly enjoy a broad spectrum of music, I’ve never really discovered a true appreciation of jazz/swing/lounge music. Over the years, I’ve been exposed to it a bit more. After all – I did marry an Italian, and he loves the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc. I’ve become accustomed to hearing it in the background as he sings along, but I admittedly never gave it much of a chance. 

My own interest in the genre started to peek through a bit when I discovered Postmodern Jukebox. Perhaps it was their method of taking tunes I was already pleasantly familiar with and transforming them into new presentations that allowed my mind to open a bit? Either way, that slight opening was kicked wide open when I experienced “Bending the Standard” with Haley Reinhart, Dave Damiani, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. backed by the No Vacancy Orchestra at The Plaza Live!

It was a new style of live performance for me, and one that my more “educated” husband confirmed paid a respectable tribute to the founders of the genre. It was classy and entrancing – peppered with a dash of comedic banter – alluring, polished, engaging, intimate, and simply marvelous. This show was one that genuinely changed my outlook on a brand of entertainment that I’ve neglected for far too long.