By Geoffrey Maingart
Hollywood,CA(Hollywood Today)1/22/13/—For those of us who miss the days of the great crooners and balladeers, there is still a great singer out there to remind us of the days of Sinatra, Bennett, Davis, Martin and so many other greats. The remarkable Izzy Chait gave a performance with his band at the Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd in Gower Gulch on Saturday, the 19th. Looking like an older hippy from the 60’s, he entertained and sang some of the great hits from the early century until the end of the era.
Accompanied by a great group of musicians that included Bill Keis, keyboards, Randy Landas, bass, Tom Walsh, drums, Jim Honeyman, sax & flute and the wonderful Scarlet Rivera on violin, the evening was a delight. Somehow at first sight one is unprepared for the amazing vocal prowess of this artist. He seems to be the guy you will find at the local delicatessen discussing some deal. When you finally have a chance to speak with Izzy you hear of a man who gave up a singing career for many years, became and still is a businessman and years later revived a singing career too long lost.
He is relaxed and laid back and the master of many styles, from blues and jazz to pop and rock. He did two shows this night that included marvelous renditions of: “Nights in White Satin,” Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” ‘Fly Me To The Moon,” “Nature Boy” and “Georgia.” We also had a chance to hear many of the tunes from his new album, “Winds of Change.” Whether he is singing Bob Dylan or a country hit, Izzy has a voice that is always heartfelt.
After moving here from Germany at the age of 3 and growing up in LA he remembers watching Your Hit Parade on television and being attracted to 1950s standards, pop, rhythm & blues and doo wop. After becoming interested in Asian antiques he opened a successful antique business and did not sing in public for 25 years. While on a cruise, the ship band asked him to join them and his singing career was reborn. His debut album “Once Upon a Time” was released in 2001. Now at 65 years old he hopes to record as many albums as possible. He is often performing in smaller venues and that offers the audience a delightful intimate setting for this extraordinary singer.
In his biography on his website, www.izzychait.com he states, “My viewpoint on music is that it never has to be exactly the same twice. There are all kinds of songs that are available out there that can be done in styles that I am comfortable with without detracting from the originals. I’ve even been singing a Prince song, ‘Kiss,’ in a jazz style. I want people to understand the nature of the great American songbook, and realize that it can include both non American tunes and songs that were written much more recently; it all depends how it is performed.”
He has recently worked with the Ray Charles Touring Band and with the Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder tour Band in Nashville. He states, “I find that when people hear a song and really understand the significance of the lyrics, it creates an effect and a change in their life, and the change is un-killable. It is my goal to make that happen often.”
The musicians working with him at this performance were fabulous. Scarlet Rivera is a fine violinist who toured with Dylan for years and adds a unique sound to the group. Check out Izzy’s videos at www.youtube.com/user/izzychaitmusic. The Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill is a perfect venue for both singers and comedy. The food is excellent and they have a comedy evening there every Monday.
You can see and hear Izzy Chait on Feb 26th at Vibrato in Beverly Glen.