The Gangster Hour

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A pastiche of whodunnit mixed with big band taken to its funk and jazz extremes.

“In the best numbers, Juilliard-trained Vlahos covers well-known, though not often-heard tunes, giving them a dark edge. Most memorable are Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher” and John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”

A Maurice Ravel sound poem, “A Piece in the Form of an Habanera,” is pure emotionality that makes for aural delight.

Other highlights include two Vlahos/Kevin Peters compositions, “Sentimental” and “Want My Baby Back,” both of which have tongue in cheek, rise impressively in intensity and use her five-piece band and five dancers well. Not only the ears but the eyes get a treat.” Variety, Christopher Meeks

“Although best known as a Kurt Weill interpreter, her whimsical tribute to our love of film noir, The Gangster Hour, was hailed by Variety as a “Cotton Club meets the Maltese Falcon…but what really sells is Vlahos and her incredible voice…”

Daily Variety