BY PATTE PURCELL
Keisha D worked the Purple Room and its standing room only crowd. She had the entire crowd singing along with her on her Cab Calloway, “Minnie the Moocher” and brought the crowd to their feet for a standing ovation at the end of the night.
This talented singer (a CV Music Awards nominee for Best Jazz vocalist) has a voice that surprises and delights with exceptional range and versatility. She amazes me.
She is taking over a short run at Purple Room while Sharon Sills is on hiatus. The biggest news is that she will be teaming up with one of the most iconic musical legends of the desert, Ronnie King, for a “One Night Only” in a soon to be announced date at the Purple Room.
For those that don’t know, in addition to being a Platinum producer of big names including Maria Carey, Tupac and Snoop, Ronnie is a virtuoso on the piano. His improvisational jazz is mesmerizing.
I had a short discussion about this show with Ronnie last week and he talked in terms of doing a “Post Modern Jukebox” show of contemporary songs in a jazzy style. Keisha is delighted to be doing something that she’s wanted to do for quite a while.
I first saw Ronnie King perform on piano at French 75 in Laguna back in 2010. He is an incredible jazz pianist.
They performed a couple of numbers together at the Art of Jazz in June and I can’t wait to see them perform together for an entire evening.
For those that don’t know, Keisha D won the Mc Callum’s “Open Call” and instantly received bookings for private parties and gigs.
She performs on Friday nights at Hoo Duo Lounge and during season had her own late night speakeasy with her band at Dish. In addition to lots of private parties in Palm Springs she performs in plays and even a couple of drag shows. She said she loves the whole process of dressing to the nines for her performances. She’s known for her great clothes and shoes and of course her incredible bejeweled manicures. But the most amazing part of her performance is her voice. The first time I heard her sing at one of our “Celebrity Jazz Jams” I was stunned. She is one of the best female singers I have ever had the pleasure to hear.
I will be promoting this event to my guest list and can’t wait to buy the first 2 tickets. Details to follow.
To find out more about Keisha D visit her Facebook page and check out her shows. You will be impressed.