WELSH DIVA IRIS WILLIAMS RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES CABARET SCENE IN HER ENCORE PERFORMANCE AT CATALINA JAZZ CLUB ON FEBRUARY 28.
@ Catalina Jazz Club – 6725 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA
International song stylist Iris Williams returns to the Los Angeles cabaret scene in a one night only solo performance at Catalina’s located on Hollywood’s storied Sunset Boulevard on February 28 at 8:30pm . During Ms. Williams’ set, themed ”Let the Music Begin,” she interprets standards by the likes of Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Nat King Cole, Carole King, Ashford & Simpson and Edith Piaf. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com
Candace Leeds of Cabaret Scenes has declared, “The stately Welsh singer, Iris Williams, made her Birdland debut …, performing to an enthusiastic sold-out house. With her low-key charm, elegant presence, and lovely, deep-throated contralto voice, she truly inhabited each of her songs. She had the audience in the palm of her hand throughout the show.”
Reviewing a performance at The Metropolitan Club, Joe Regan, Jr said, “Iris Williams has lost not a bit of her voice which was championed by Stephen Holden (“…one of the most striking voices in all of cabaret.”) and Rex Reed (“You owe it to yourself to see this great lady: Impeccable taste and elegant phrasing.”) The vivacious and elegant chanteuse always performs with a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Rob Lester dubbed her voice ‘warm brandy’ and called her “The Halley’s Comet of cabaret.”
Ms. Williams’ rich, warm contralto impelled her far beyond the borders of her beloved homeland, Wales. A scholarship student at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, her classical training helped Iris to thrive when her honest and touching rendition of the pop classic “He Was Beautiful” went gold and then platinum, launching the already-accomplished singing actress on an international career.
Now based in New York, the much-loved songstress still performs frequently in Wales. Awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II for her musical accomplishments and her work with charity, Iris has performed at The Algonquin’s Oak Room, for President Gerald Ford and the British Royal Family, and with Tom Jones, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney and many others. She recently completed filming a British TV special.
Catch Iris Williams at Catalina Jazz Club – 6725 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA on February 28, 2017 at 8:30pm. For reservations call 323 466 2210 or log on to http://www.catalinajazzclub.com