Remembering history is often helps ward off future mistakes. A few great examples we should always remember are: never listen to Decca Records on who to sign, avoid Marilyn Manson as your pastor, and don’t use MC Hammer as a financial advisor.
But what if we did want to repeat some history? There are plenty of moments in time we wish we could replay.
Luckily, some artists are paying tribute to their inspirations. Local linchpin Tina Schlieske explored the world of classic jazz this week, putting on two sold-out shows at the Dakota Jazz Club covering Sinatra, Simone, and everyone in between.
There was no better venue than the Dakota for such a show. Yes, it has a few modern touches, but the vibe is right. It feels like you’re walking into a 1960’s venue. Tina pulled out all the stops to play the part, including her music, outfit, and intoxication level.
Remember Sinatra once said, “I feel sorry for people that don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that is the best they’re going to feel all day.” From that, she jumped into the classic “Come Fly With Me,” hitting a clean and tone octave spread, making any cochlea nerves fire uncontrollably while the crowd quietly sang along.
In between each song, she shared a personal story about how each song affected her, explaining why she chose the setlist she did. Rattling off cover after cover and “nailing it” in her own unique style, it was time to pay tribute to a local legend. You guessed it: the Andrews Sisters. Oh yeah, wait, nevermind, I mean Prince.
She began by sharing a personal story about him (let’s just say a Prince album taught her a little about sexuality). Instead of covering a song about colored rain or crying doves, she chose “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore.” She ended her set with another Sinatra hit, “That’s Life.”
After a brief encore break, she rounded out the show with her take on “It’s a Man’s World.” Using the beats and melody as the blueprint, she sang her own lyrics about how it’s a woman world. She cleverly touched on current events, such as NASA’s failure to build a proper space suit, and other failures men have had. Her sassy feminist remix reminded us that we have a long way to go, even though we’ve had some good musical moments along the way.
- Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra Cover)
- Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (Billie Holiday Cover)
- The Best is Yet to Come (Clifford T. Ward Cover)
- Love Me or Leave Me (Ruth Etting Cover)
- You Go To My Head (Billie Holiday Cover)
- Witchcraft (Frank Sinatra Cover)
- Ive Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra Cover)
- Chauffeur (Frank Sinatra Cover)
- One for My Baby (Frank Sinatra Cover)
- My Baby Just Cares for Me (Nina Simone Cover)
- The Good Life (Tony Bennett Cover)
- Them There Eyes (Billie Holiday Cover)
- Hallelujah I Love Her So (Ray Charles Cover)
- How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore (Prince Cover)
- That’s Life (Frank Sinatra Cover)
16. It’s a Man’s World