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Krisanthi Pappas: Reviews

"When she comes out of the gate swinging on her opening party invitation, "Lullaby of Broadway," it's almost like she is pulling up in a New York taxicab, and telling you to jump in for a ride along the Great White Way as it intersects with Memory Lane in this feel-good, frolicsome, no-fuss cascade of goodies, with 21 tracks in all."

"Pappas’s voice is bright, colorful, sweet and she can swing with the best of them. Her new album, Broadway Favorites... and All That Jazz!, is a versatile mix of mostly show tunes set to a strong jazz beat that proves to be an exciting disc!..."

Cabaret Scenes NY review

 

Boston area singer/songwriter Krisanthi Pappas and her four-piece band put on a spectacular show at the Bull Run Friday night, channeling the bright lights of Broadway in a two-hour concert with all the right stuff.
Pappas was an obvious hit, enticing the audience with every tune.  Highlighting the playbill, an array of toe-tappers from Broadway musicals spanning several generations created an electric performance that popped and crackled and lit up the room like fireworks decorating the sky on a sultry summer evening.

Boston area singer/songwriter Krisanthi Pappas and her four-piece band put on a spectacular show at the Bull Run Friday night, channeling the bright lights of Broadway in a two-hour concert with all the right stuff.  Pappas was an obvious hit, enticing the audience with every tune.  Highlighting the playbill, an array of toe-tappers from Broadway musicals spanning several generations created an electric performance that popped and crackled and lit up the room like fireworks decorating the sky on a sultry summer evening.

 

M.E. Jones - Shirley Oracle

"Pappas is at her best ever... Exhibiting a smokier, more sultry tone here, she is appealing enough to become a national household name."  On Harriet Goldberg's CD, My Time To Fly

 

"Vital to any outstanding celebration of Broadway material is a sense of freshness, and Krisanthi Pappas captures just that with her vocal prowess and winning sincerity all through this concert album of 19 favorites. On her own compositions, she shows genuine wit singing 'The Big Apple Lingo' and an almost palpable emotional resilience essaying her tender ballad 'Holding On To You.' " - Frank-John Hadley, longtime Downbeat critic

"Vital to any outstanding celebration of Broadway material is a sense of freshness, and Krisanthi Pappas captures just that with her vocal prowess and winning sincerity all through this concert album of 19 favorites. On her own compositions, she shows genuine wit singing 'The Big Apple Lingo' and an almost palpable emotional resilience essaying her tender ballad 'Holding On To You.'"

Frank-John Hadley, longtime Downbeat critic

The Ides of March brought a celebration to town — the Provincetown Cabaret Festival got underway at various venues. Featuring Krisanthi Pappas, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch, Dane Vannatter and John Thomas, to name just a few of the celebs, the town turned out for several laughs and some fine entertainment.

"The band quietly took their seats, the lights dimmed ...and out popped Pappas.  Literally.  The attractive curly, long-haired brunette with the short green, metallic dress, immediately dazzled with a jumping, swinging version of "Anything Goes." It's a great feeling when...........

“Accompanying an acoustic jazz trio on most of the cuts, Pappas has a soft, dusky voice not unlike Norah Jones’ or Diana Krall’s. There’s a little scat singing on “Winter Wonderland” but in general the performance is one of subtle restraint and beauty.”

“The album title “You and Me by the Christmas Tree” suggests this Boston-based jazz singer is peddling romantic yuletide slush. Not so. That charming original song the album is named after and secular holiday favorites like "Let it Snow!" benefit from a lovely voice imbued with a freshness of spirit. Not always a wholesome Santa's helper, she flaunts a sensual side making over "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" as a blues. Pappas only disappoints when she hushes up so her efficient sidemen can solo.”

Regarding "The Voice" - "What a lovely song.  Thanks for sharing it - I'll be sure to spread the word!"

Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs - www.ClaireCook.com

"Thank you again for sending me "The Voice."  I was crazy in love with it instantly.  This song should come with a warning:  Listen alone. Will make you cry.  I love, love, love your voice, what you write, what you sing.  Your voice is beautiful so full of emotion.  I cannot wait to see you perform in person."

Beverly Beckham, Boston Globe columnist

"Krisanthi Pappas is a welcome addition to Boston's jazz scene.  Her rich, dark tone lends warmth to whatever she sings.  It is a pleasure to hear her!"

 

Cheryl Bentyne of The Manhattan Transfer

“You really have a Norah Jones thing going on, or maybe she has a Krisanthi thing?  I greatly enjoyed My Back Yard, personal and very musical.  Write more!”

 

Stephen Flaherty, Tony Award winning Broadway composer of Ragtime, Seussical the Musical, Once On This Island

“Krisanthi Pappas’ original title track You and Me By the Christmas Tree is a breathy ballad with Pappas providing her own piano accompaniment. It’s the kind of tune a snuggling couple might listen to. Her song“Christmas Party” has an early rock ebullience that also suits the subject. Pappas’ vocal tone shifts with the tempo. On the slower numbers she sounds like a female Chet Baker, albeit in tune. Her voice firms up, and gets darker as the tempo shifts upward. She delivers affecting versions of these standards with solid backing.”

Cadence Magazine

“Boston’s Krisanthi Pappas clearly has the glow of Christmas in her sensual voice on “You and Me by the Christmas Tree”, featuring lightly jazzy versions of standard Christmas fare plus the original title cut. This is my choice for guests-have-gone, children-are-asleep, fire-is-just-embers music. It’s for you and your honey — if you’re in love this disc will get lots of spins.”

Dr. Christmas, Gerry Grzyb - WRST-FM Radio & Appleton Post Crescent, Oshkosh WI

"The arrangements are sophisticated and yet understated, with just enough room for interplay between Pappas and her band. This is a singer’s record, and Pappas carries it off quite well.  I was pleased to add one of her songs to my own Christmas mix CD. I love to surprise the folks on my list with a sleeper and that’s what we have here." 

“If there were a jazz category called “Fun”, that is where ‘My Back Yard’ belongs.  Pappas’ effort solidly ensconces her among the upper reaches of hierarchy of current jazz singers and screams out for greater recognition.”

 

"Not only is Krisanthi Pappas one of our most talented and finest interpreters of the Great America Songbook on the current scene, but her lovely and heartfelt original composition "You and Me by the Christmas Tree" proves that she can also write a beautiful song with the best of them!  I hope in the future we have a chance to hear more of Krisanthi's originals as well as all the wonderful standards she has given us thru the years."

 

Ron Della Chiesa, WPLM, Boston

"Krisanthi Pappas writes elegant lyrics which seem so simple and accessible. That’s an art in itself, to make it all seem so easy. Her vocals, too, just pour out like liquid sunshine. It’s a mystery why a country star like Bonnie Raitt hasn’t scooped up “My Back Yard.”

 

Beverly Creasey - Theater Mirror, Boston

“This delightful lady took us on a most entertaining tour of her life through her songs and most interesting stories. Ms. Pappas did all the musical arrangements for the show (she has talents to spare)... Great vocals, great show - I hope it returns so more New Yorkers can catch it.”

 

Stu Hamstra - Cabaret Hotline New York

"What a performer! This was not a concert with an aloof singer leading a band through a perfunctory set.  Krisanthi regaled the audience with tales of growing up in a Greek household as well as stories about the Broadway musicals in which many of the songs originated. She performed with verve and left everything on the stage - Krisanthi and her band gave us their all.  It was a smash success!”

Fr. Gregory Christakos - Hellenic Arts Society, Worcester, MA

“Among this bunch, however, two songwriters rise like cream to the top, whose work could and should be topping the charts.  Krisanthi Pappas’ flawless folk ballad, “My Back Yard” speaks to the inner child in all of us, ... later creates a hush over the room with her poignantly sung “My Backyard” that elicited sighs first from the audience, then a rousing ovation. " 

 

John Amodeo - Edge Boston

“My Back Yard is a celebration of childhood with a particularly strong original title track.”

 

Bob Blumenthal - The Boston Globe

“Pappas has always possessed considerable musical talent, and a warm, supple voice that can accommodate a surprising range of musical styles.  She exhibited a striking and appealing stage charisma that resonated with inner confidence.  Using her trademark eclectic repertoire and polished musical skills, Pappas created a very presonal and highly entertaining show that offered a close look at the many sides of this varied performer.”

 

John Amodeo - Bay Windows

“Krisanthi Pappas, who’s starring in ‘Celebratin’ Swing’ could easily be a one-woman show and a one-woman band too.  Pappas is a jazz and pop vocalist, a songwriter and a skilled dancer and instrumentalist.  She opens the show like gangbusters... With such  strong collaborators and such a talented star, this show is a super treat!”

 

Ellen Brams - The Patriot Ledger
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