The stage was set for Patti Austin to become a star when her godmother, Dinah Washington, invited her to perform onstage at the Apollo Theater at the tender age of four.
Not too much later, she became one of the most sought-after session backup singers in the world, and then stepped into the spotlight herself, where she charted hit duets with James Ingram, including the Oscar-nominated “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” and the Grammy-nominated “Baby Come To Me." This talented singer-songwriter then pivoted towards jazz and took home a Grammy for 2008’s Avant Gershwin album, one of her close to 20 solo releases.
Even after 60 years in the business, Austin hasn’t slowed down, hosting a radio show on SiriusXM, touring and recording new albums, including 2016’s End of a Rainbow.
All four principal singers were excellent and incredibly powerful. I liked the first half of the show better than the second half. Mr. Cole's performance was an excellent, added attraction; his time and deliverance were right on.