A Perfect Mixture of Worldly Jazz & Everything Else

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Apr 23, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM CDT
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A Perfect Mixture of Worldly Jazz & Everything Else

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Looking for something a little different this weekend?  How about Pink Martini?

Pink Martini is not a drink, but a band.  A big band.  Twelve members big.

There is no clear-cut way to describe the music you'll hear, other than by saying it's a multi-faceted mixture of worldly jazz with forays into the latin rumba, merengue, tango ... actually, there isn't much that isn't in here and it's a pretty sexy cocktail.

Pink Martini begin 16 years ago when Harvard-educated, would-be politician Thomas Lauderdale set aside his own political aspirations to create a better soundtrack to political fundraisers (that's a new one) after being underwhelmed at what he had heard while attending various events.

Lauderdale rang up former classmate China Forbes, and asked her to front he band.  Forbes, something to see even before she begins to sing, accepted, and the two began writing songs -- and finding fast international success.

"Both China Forbes and I come from mulitcultural families," said Lauderdale. "All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world, so inevitably our repertoire is wildly diverse.  At one moment, you feel lik you're in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you're in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli.  It's a bit like an urban musical travelogue."

In short, the music is fun, unprententious and intoxicating and Forbes' velvety voice melts smoothly into the mixture in a variety of languages.

The big-band of Pink Martini plays the Bass Hall in Fort Worth Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Get ticket information here. http://www.basshall.com/eventsnew.jsp

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