Joanna Kulig: Remember the name

OK, The Eddy, looking forward to the new Chazelle. For now it's serious Joanna Kulig listening time. A torch song Anna Maria Jopek, get up to speed before the Paris jazz club set drama starts in May. Photo of Joanna Kulig (Netflix): with André …

Published: 26 Apr 2020. Updated: 32 days.

OK, The Eddy, looking forward to the new Chazelle. For now it's serious Joanna Kulig listening time. A torch song Anna Maria Jopek, get up to speed before the Paris jazz club set drama starts in May.

Photo of Joanna Kulig (Netflix): with André Holland. Kulig plays singer Maja, bit of a soak, in love with Elliot (Holland) in the jazz club drama.

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Jon Regen, The Crazy Coqs, London

From 2016. Opening with ‘Stop Time’ on the final night of his Piccadilly club residency Jon Regen managed to “crack this code like a scientist,” to draw on the lyrics from the title track of his latest album. A persuasive Billy Joel and Randy …

Published: 26 Apr 2020. Updated: 32 days.

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From 2016. Opening with ‘Stop Time’ on the final night of his Piccadilly club residency Jon Regen managed to “crack this code like a scientist,” to draw on the lyrics from the title track of his latest album.

A persuasive Billy Joel and Randy Newman-inspired singer, as a jazz pianist he made his name accompanying Jimmy Scott and played this club gig ostensibly as a duo, the American at the piano facing bass guitarist PJ Phillips, a rocker whose stellar credits include gigging with Rod Stewart.

Concentrating on Stop Time material in the first set, Lydia Baylis, joining the duo, blended well in the harmonies of stuck-in-the-middle song ‘Borderline.’

In a switch of emphasis later in the second set there was more of a Doc Pomus and Elton John-inspired direction, a version of Rodgers and Hart standard ‘My Funny Valentine’ sung meltingly by another guest, Judith Owen, altering the mood – Regen returning tantalisingly to his jazz roots. Stephen Graham

Jon Regen above at the piano, PJ Phillips and Judith Owen