Marsha Bartenetti gave her fans a memorable evening of classics from the American Songbook, sung with fresh interpretation and backed with top-notch musicians. Her expressive voice and impressive repertoire are destined to make you fall in love again.”
Marcella Leonetti-Tyler Executive Director, Program Advancement, California State University, Northridge
From the moment she steps onto the stage, Marsha captivates the audience, has it in the palm of her hand and never
lets go. She is a consistent, constant joy throughout her performance. How fortunate we are that she has revived her singing career after a long absence from the music scene.”
Betty Hoover – Producer Jazz at the “A” Frame
If you are going to surround yourself by some of the best jazz musicians around, you better have the chops to keep up with them. Fortunately, Marsha Bartenetti was up to the task. She offered up a variety of songs and styles. Each song featured rich solos from one or more of her brilliant Gentlemen of Jazz.
Leading off with a bright “Love Is Here to Stay,” she followed with “Someone to Watch Over Me,” in which the emotional longing in the song was touchingly conveyed vocally and in the sound of Rickey Woodard’s sax. The wide range of her voice was on display with “How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky).”
Bartenetti used her own phrasing in a couple of songs saluting Billie Holiday. She had the added benefit of having Kenny Dennis on drums, who had played with Holiday (and also had been married to Nancy Wilson). Bartenetti moved into a pop vein for several numbers, including Ken Hirsch and Ron Miller’s “I’ve Never Been to Me,” which had the added treat of having Hirsch on piano for the song.
Her closer, “But Beautiful,” was indeed beautifully enhanced by Musical Director John Proulx’s mellow introduction and the amazing Rickey Woodard’s soulful sax.
Les Traub , Cabaret Scenes , November 14, 2013