Guns N' Roses At The Cafe Carlyle?

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Shocking moment:

Talented Canadian singer Gregory Charles sang "Sweet Child o' Mine" at the hotsy-totsy Cafe Carlyle last night.

By request!

It was like hearing the Sex Pistols at a coronation.

Charles and his trio do a really fun show that starts with them banging out some jazzy standards ("Take the A Train," "Minnie the Moocher") followed by him reaching into a box filled with song titles the audience has written down and simply doing them, unprepared.

It's a night where you're the programmer, and it's really uncanny because Charles doesn't even tell his trio what song he's picked.

He just selects a key, gives them a feel ("Let's John Denver this next song"), and starts, and they follow by instinct.

Last night, the result led to a hot "Stand by Your Man," a fiery "Stairway to Heaven," a lovely "The Nearness of You," and everything else from Lionel Richie to, yep, Guns N' Roses and even Coldplay.

He was a little shaky on "Unforgettable," but he still got through it, so he didn't have to do a private concert for the person who requested it, which Charles says he does whenever he's stumped.

You heard me. If you come up with a song he can't do at all, you get four top musicians jamming in your apartment.

I sat there wishing he'd picked my request -- "Reflections" by the Supremes.

If stymied, he would have had to come to my house and do my next request:

Polish the furniture.

Kidding!

"Love Child."


PS: The band: Jean-Bertrand Carbou on bass, Samuel Joly on drums, and Jean-Benoit Lasante on guitar.


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16 comments
VonD
VonD

Love the writeup, and he's cute. Got to catch this trio soon.

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

I'll bet he can't do "I'm Livin' in Shame" like you do!

Vidi
Vidi

Well, he did "Stand by Your Man".

Kabernet
Kabernet

If I could afford the Carlyle, I'd be there.

Mrwhompers
Mrwhompers

Great writeup! You really are everywhere.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

 I'm talking cheap country girl who hits it "big" [rich boy] and still ain't happy in her finery...(got giving away the song yet, and it was a "hit" country charts speaking).

Ty
Ty

Wasn't Fancy by Bobbie Gentry?

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

 The song was from the late '70's...me, too young to drink legally,then, but the Pizza Hut didn't mind...I'm tall.

Tam Juan
Tam Juan

Fancy by Reba McEntire  ?

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