The 31 Club, which Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau praised for its elegance, is now playing host to a jazz combo on Friday nights. Starting at 9:30 p.m., singer Joyce Carolyn performs with the Abdul-Rahman Qadir Trio. Qadir, on drums, is joined by Dale Toliver on guitar and Barry Boyd on bass.
Joyce Carolyn is known especially for her portrayals of other singers, particularly Billie Holiday. Reviewer Ben Siegel admired her performance four years ago in “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill” at the Paul Robeson Theatre: “Where many resort to impersonation, Carolyn gives her interpretation of that raspy, caged voice.”
Two years before that, she sang a tribute to Nina Simone, and The News’ Colin Dabkowski noted some shining moments. She also has sung for The News’ Jazz at the Albright-Knox concert series. Yet another News reviewer, Joseph Popiolkowski, <URL destination="http://www.buffalonews.com/article/20080728/GUSTO/307289964">called her a “showstopper.”
</URL>The 31 Club gig came about thanks to Andy Vitello, who owned Buffalo’s legendary Blue Note jazz club back in the day. There is a late-night menu and free parking. The 31 Club is at 31 N. Johnson Park. For info, call 332-3131.