Jua has a voice made for singing love songs. His "pre-Valentine's" show memories last night at Sharp Nine will last at least until Valentine's Day, & beyond. Here's a guy who could be satisfied doing smooth neo-soul but who went back to school to learn to use all his vocal talents. Last night he used them mainly with the standards that he liked, mixed with a couple of funkier tunes. The highlight was his slow version of the old chesnut "I'm Confessin' ", which is usually played at a bouncy pace; he made us listen to the lyrics. The chesnut became a gourmet snack...
Peter Burke has liked jazz since he was in high school. Having lived & worked in exotic places with & without local jazz scenes, he has also led a Guide To Local Jazz class in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke.