Everything is music with
Her first-ever performance in
Hathaway's voice is a major instrument. Her tonal quality, especially at the lower end where it's wonderfully warm, is magnificent and she has the suppleness of phrasing that can take her from pop-soul into highly evolved jazz improvisations as naturally as breathing.
Watching her work both band and audience is a master class. She's a persuasive communicator and entertaining with it, telling her musicians - keyboards, guitar, bass and drums - to bring the volume down "so that we can hear these shy people sing". They didn't stay shy long and the chorus of Lean on Me (her own, not