Playing Milan later but for Peter Cincotti beginning again last night in London it was the first time anywhere outside the US since the Pandemic and at legendary Soho basement spot the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Dean Street where the singer and pianist returned to after nearly 20 years and took to the stage for a solo performance. We caught the 11pm set. It's the build-up to 88 Keys and Me. The native New Yorker is at home on stage born to play. Cincotti's song for New York 'Heart of the City' was effective and better still was the beautiful homage to his dear father who passed away when Cincotti started gigging aged 13 and to be unveiled on 88 Keys and Me. 'Sway' from 2003's Peter Cincotti was silky and Cincotti kept Paul Williams classic 'Rainbow Connection' from the same album sensibly to the very last, the ultimate sentimental number which actually worked very well. From his back catalogue the East of Angel Town material functioned best of all with the tender 'Goodbye Philadelphia' boisterously heart on sleeve, 'December Boys' full of cadential delights and 'Witch's Brew' a crowd pleaser. Check the audio for exclusive word directly from Peter of what to expect on 88 Keys and Me.
Peter Cincotti in the Pizza Express Jazz Club photos: marlbank