12/30: Bob Fraser and Ki Allen at Nighttown



There’s nothing but acoustic guitar and voice on Fraser and Allen’s Calling Card, but that doesn’t mean they need a bigger band to fill out the spaces. Allen’s voice has a deep tone that falls somewhere between Sarah Vaughn’s and Cassandra Wilson’s. Cleveland Orchestra veteran Fraser plays subtly, with full chords and a few arpeggios — and clearly influenced by Charlie Byrd. Their album is a journey through a vast repertoire of jazz, moving through Brazilian treatments of the standards “I Concentrate on You” and “The Best Is Yet to Come” to more personal renditions of “Over the Rainbow.” Plus, there are assorted originals. Guitarist Gaetano Letizia’s trio (which includes bassist Wilbur Krebs and drummer Steve Renko) joins Fraser and Allen for their 7 p.m. performance at Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216.795.0550). Tickets: $10. — Ernest Barteldes

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.