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Ice on the Hudson features vocalists René Marie, Janis Siegel, Darius de Haas and Karen Oberlin and an all-star ensemble interpreting diverse songs about the emotional complexities of adult life in today’s world. There’s a special chemistry that’s found only in the rarest of songwriting partnerships, forever linking the names of composer and lyricist in the minds of listeners. The names Renee Rosnes and David Hajdu are already well known to music lovers: Rosnes as one of her generation’s most acclaimed jazz composers and pianists, Hajdu as an award-winning author and critic. With Ice on the Hudson, their first…
The seven-piece, all-women super-group performed songs from the Beatles to Wayne Shorter -- but it was their duo take on the Stevie Wonder classic, which itself has jazz ties thanks to original harpist Dorothy Ashby, that proved irresistible. Cécile McLorin Salvant, accompanied by Renee Rosnes, performed the song simply and beautifully, creating a perfect pairing with the inimitable Fort Adams park vista.