Critics’ Choice

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Critics’ Choice: Best Jazz Singer

Molly Hammer doesn’t just own a song — she owns the room where she sings. With a sparkling brashness, Hammer infuses a full range of jazz standards with her distinct style. Hammer’s singing — whether treating you to playful sultriness on “Frim Fram Sauce,” inspired longing on “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You” or the rapid-fire lyrics of “Joy Spring” — has matured into a sound that pulls evenly from jazz history and her own musical-theatre background, which, of course, helps drive her dynamic stage presence. Don’t miss this original KC jazz delight Friday nights in Green Lady Lounge’s downstairs Orion Room.