Saint Nicolas of Swing and the King of Keyboard Perform at Arts Garage

Is that a sharp or a flat? The musicians pre-concert


Fresh from their engagement at New York City’s famed Birdland, Rhode Island’s Nicolas King and Newport’s Mike Renzi performed for a sold out crowd At Delray Beach’s Arts Garage.  Every Rhode Island music lover in Florida seemed to make it to the vast space, and were enchanted with a program of The American Songbook, Hollywood and Broadway tunes, done by the young master.


And, of course, there was music icon Connie Francis at a ringside table, along with Dick Robinson of Legends Radio fame, who keeps the glorious music alive and on air


Abetted by bassist Paul Shewchuk, the Sultan of Strings, and Julie Jacobs, the Doll of the Drums, the quartet simply had the audience under its spell from the opening “Suddenly”, with many modulations, and “That Face”, which was magic, and performed by young Mr. King with physicality, energy and emotion.


The stage at the Arts Garage, filled with music


With a sweet introduction by Mr Renzi ,“I Remember You” brought  a tear to the eye, and was followed by a ¾ time medley in a jazz waltz.  Mr. King, also the Baron of Ballads, remarked on the immediate chemistry between him and the pianist, and then dedicated “What Kind of Fool am I?” to Sammy Davis, Jr. , then honored composer Michel LeGrand with “You Must Believe in Spring”.


Paul Shewchuk & Julie Jacobs

“The Lady is Looking Good to Me” was sung to the Statue of Liberty, and Mr. King reminisced about being in a show with Carol Burnett at New York’s Longacre Theater, how she taught him to eat escargots at Birdland, and the passing of her daughter. He ended the evening with Burnett’s famous closing song, “I’m So glad we Had this Time Together”.



Nicolas King entreats the audience




We thought Mr. King couldn’t get much better after last year's performance. We were wrong.


Singer Connie Francis with "Legend" Dick Robinson

Seen were Angela Bacari, Mr. King’s grandmother and coach, Muriel and Roger Buck, Frank Prete and Barbara Peters of Newport, Marilyn Woloohojian, and of course the great Connie Francis!





Angela Bacari & Marilyn Woloohojian


Bassist Paul Shewchuk with Barry Savage


Connie Francis, Frank Prete & Dick Robinson


Muriel & Roger Buck


The crowd strolling at intermission


 The jazz picnic at the Arts Garage


Mr. Renzi played, Mr. King sang "I Remember You"


Bassist Paul Shewchuk congratulated post-concert by Newport Seen's Linda Phillips



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