The hottest thing out of Malaysia since the dread pirate Sandokan, singer-songwriter-ukulelist Zee Avi was an early adopter of YouTube as a means to spread the good word of her music. In the past 10 years her star has risen to the point where it shines a light on her uniquely heartfelt songs about people falling in and out of love with one another. She was working on an album of children’s music at last report — which is fitting because you’ll come away from tonight with new ears for hearing. Dana Williams — occasionally compared to Ella Fitzgerald but in reality much closer to Billie Holiday in terms of register — mixes jazz, folk and poetry to create a wonder that’s all her own. Also tonight: the countrified soul of Sutter Zachman.
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