Celebrating the album release of ‘THIS TIME’ from Lindsay Mendez (vocals) & Marco Paguia (piano). Joining them will be Chris Tordini (bass) and Tommy Crane (drums). Time Out NY Critics’ Pick description: “The charming and super-voiced Lindsay Mendez (the star of last year’s Dogfight and a a standout in Broadway’s Godspell) joins pianist Marco Paguia, to perform jazzed-up versions of pop tunes in an evening of musical revisionism.”
About the Album:
Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia met in 2010 working on a Broadway show. A gig at Joe’s Pub in NYC came their way. Lindsay and Marco had been discussing collaborating and the timing and opportunity seemed perfect. With only a week to put together a show, they searched for common musical influences. “Ella, Sarah, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone… these were the singers that I always wanted to emulate,” Lindsay remembers. At first, they gravitated to a more traditional jazz vocal approach. “We worked our way through standards,” Marco recalls, “swinging and going for a more straight-ahead thing. At that time, we had been mutually checking out the Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson record Ella and Oscar, and thought this to be a good inspiration and jumping off point for us.”
As they worked through the set they incorporated more pop songs. “We had a couple of Beatles songs on our wish list, along with a few standards that I always love to sing,” says Lindsay. With his trio, Marco had a arrangement of “Money” from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. “The arrangement wasn’t intended to be sung, but Lindsay jumped right in with great ease and enthusiasm,” he says. “It’s not a simple song to sing, especially with the kind of energy, interplay, and freedom I wanted the band to have. But Lindsay nailed the odd meter thing, and sang it effortlessly and soulfully, like the arrangement was always meant to be sung.” From that moment they knew that there was something in this collaboration that needed further exploring.
“As much as we tried to emulate the greats, it felt self-conscious and unoriginal to do so,” says Lindsay. “What we found most satisfying as artists was singing and playing material that felt like us.” As they started gigging more around the city, their repertoire consisted mostly of pop songs, while still keeping true to the spirit of improvisation associated with a jazz rhythm section. “Being able to bring songs from so many different kinds of artists and genres is so freeing,” Marco says. “It was important to us to have material that could connect with a broader audience, young and old. And I wanted to be in a musical environment where we could reimagine songs in a unique way.”
Now, 3 years later, their catalogue spans over many different styles and artists. At times the music will swing, rock, be soulful or folky, with the occasional torch song thrown in. Their debut album covers music from Regina Spektor, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, John Legend, Alicia Keys, The Cars, Alexi Murdoch, Raul Midón, Martin Sexton, Fiona Apple, Buddy Miles, and Feist. In February 2013 they went into Sear Sound in NYC with bassist Pete Donovan, drummer Tommy Crane, and co-producer Dean Sharenow, and recorded THIS TIME.
Based in NYC, they have since performed at some of the city’s great music venues such as Joe’s Pub, Birdland, and most recently at Lincoln Center as part of the 2013 American Songbook Series.
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Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia ‘This Time’ CD release show
LINDSAY MENDEZ is a singer and actor, seen and heard both on and off the Broadway stage. This summer, Lindsay will assume the starring role of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theater. She starred as Rose Fenny in the Second Stage Theater production of Dogfight, recently receiving an Outer Critics Circle nomination as well as a Drama League nomination. Recent Broadway appearances include in the revival of Godspell at Circle in the Square, and Everyday Rapture, starring Sherie Rene Scott. Lindsay’s concert credits span across the U.S., including performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Kennedy Center, The Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, The Orange County Performing Arts Center, and (Le) Poisson Rouge. Lindsay was featured on New York City Christmas, a benefit album for Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP).
MARCO PAGUIA is an accomplished pianist & music director highly sought after for his versatile music making. Marco’s experience as a composer includes the short films Resolve, Remember, How to Act Around Cops (New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals). A recognized pianist as well, Marco was a finalist for the American Pianists’ Association Cole Porter Fellowship, and has released a trio album called Small Hours. Highlights of his theater music directing career include the Broadway production Everyday Rapture and music supervisor of the Tony-award winning Peter and the Starcatcher.