I’ve worked with, and love to listen to The Rolling Stones. Who can’t recall the female voice on Gimme Shelter, the banshee wail (“Rape, murder!!”) of Lisa Fisher (who replaced Merry Clayton and is now herself replaced by Sasha Allen)?
So, I went down to Jazz Standard to listen to Fisher’s solo act with her band Grand Baton. I sat at the bar at the back of the room, not very far from the stage, slightly raised and eye to eye with ‘the great LIsa’, and was rocked. She sang Wild Horses at a tempo one half that of the famous Stones version of the song, accompanied by only three instrumentalists: exotic, hair-raising, gooseflesh-inducing stuff.
Fisher’s friends and family were there; it’s an intimate club that I go back to for that reason: Jazz Standard attracts that kind of demanding, commanding musician. Between me and the stage are tables where diners sit, eat and catch the spray of sweat thrown off by the performers; they are that close.
I like to sit at the bar because I can walk in without reserving ahead, but the club is also known for its quality kitchen, which serves Blue Smoke, the upstairs barbeque restaurant.
The cover charge varies, and shows routinely sell out, so consider calling ahead.
Take the 6 train to 28th Street or the W/R trains to 28th Street.