Pamela Hart and the Kris Kimura Quintet Perform at The Belmont

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Editorial by William Jackson

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On Tuesday, April 21st, The Belmont opened its arms and welcomed the dynamic Pamela Hart, Austin’s First Lady of Jazz, who accompanied by The Kris Kimura Quintet, was a vocal tour de force performing classics originally done by such greats as Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson.  Pamela sang every song as if they were specifically crafted for her, complete with today’s modernisms.  We were able to take in the grand performance from a table marked Reserved, in the center of the outdoor venue.  The view, the weather and most importantly the sounds were, Perfect!  Enjoying all this with wonderful family and friends added to the already amazing ambience. 

The Belmont Classic American Restaurant & Bar made its appearance in Austin several years ago and has consistently contributed to the dining and entertainment experiences in a Grand Way.  Guests are treated to a venue complete with a unique and stylish décor, similar to that in the swanky, exclusive Las Vegas clubs in the early 60s.  The cuisine is diverse and delicious and is sure to appease the palate of just about any diner; Executive Chef Benjamin Nathan has made sure of this.  From the Seafood Crepes, which is a delightful signature dish to the Grilled Portobello & Brie Panini, the focus is on serving the freshest food, made to order.  Since I’m trying to focus on a more healthy diet, I selected the Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad which was absolutely delicious.  Yes, this is a simple dish; however, with the appropriate twist of adding Chicken complemented with Avocado and a low fat dressing, it sent my taste buds in overdrive.  The service was as attentive as possible for the huge amount of guests.  Our server Christine listened well and was quick to respond.  Brava to Stephanie Ard, the Assistant General Manager who made sure my favorite Pear Vodka was on the drink menu!  

Now, getting back to the music, if for some reason you’ve been under a rock and haven’t heard the voice of Pamela Hart, you haven’t truly experienced one of the finest and most versatile artists in Austin, dare I say Texas!  Ms. Hart seems to thrive when she performs Jazz.  She IS Jazz Music.  She has the innate gift to recognize a good lyric and song and the power these have to transform.  In my opinion, Pamela can sing a telephone book and make it sound like a favorite song.  It’s because she feels and completely understands what she sings.  If she doesn’t feel it, she doesn’t sing it.  It’s just that simple.  What completely chilled my spine was Pamela’s rendition of the great Nancy Wilson classic, (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am.  I was mesmerized.  Positively paralyzed.  Pamela owned this performance.  The Kris Kimura Quintet was the perfect complement.  Their musical prowess and ability to follow Pamela as floated on a musical carpet; up and down and round and round, made this musical evening an experience not soon to be forgotten. 

Compliments to The Belmont for making it “easy” for Pamela Hart to effortlessly perform.  The stage is very comfortable and the technical assistance is savvy, knowledgeable and hard working.   This makes it so easy for Pamela to deliver and guests will leave understanding why she’s Austin’s First Lady of Jazz.

Visit Pamela Hart’s official website at www.PamelaHart.com.  Management for Pamela Hart, Mr. Kevin Hart of Hartbeat Productions, Inc. 

William Jackson, Publicist for Pamela Hart. 

Come hear Pamela Hart at The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth Street, Austin, Texas, 78701, 512-457-0300 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12th and Tuesday, May 26th.  www.thebelmontaustin.com.

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