Sass Jordan CD Release Party, Live at Hugh's Room

By Chris and Kathy Hahn

On a busy summer night in the midst of Toronto International Film Festival movie madness, there was no  better place to be for more than 200 fans than Hugh’s Room on Saturday, September 12 – packed into the CD release party for Canada’s rock icon, Sass Jordan celebrating her latest offering “FROM DUSK TIL’ DAWN.”

Choosing an intimate venue for her highly anticipated eighth recording (featuring the debut single, “Why Did You”) a dedicated crowd was entitled to a rare showing from Sass, former Canadian Idol judge and an award-winning singer, performer, composer and platinum-plus recording artist. The up-close and personal setting provided a welcomed alternative to the glitter of big concert stages and TV lights.

The venue was packed to capacity. Lucky fans eagerly awaiting Sass to start her set were treated to a solid performance by singer/songwriter Oliver Pigott. He brought the house down when he opened his set with the 1955 Cindy Walker/Eddy Arnold classic, “You Don’t Know Me”. His powerful vocals and heartwarming original songs backed by musical agility and prowess on a solo acoustic guitar kept the crowd riveted throughout his performance. Sass entered the stage to an intricate full band clapping a hand jive including drums and a slew of rhythmic instruments before beginning to belt the vocally dynamic and catchy tune. She began the concert with “What I Need” from “FROM DUSK TIL’ DAWN”. Very early into the song it was clear that the night was indeed going to be something truly special.

From her opening piece, Sass won the crowd, clearly at home doing what she loves best. This consummate performer, her stage presence is undeniable as she kept the audience on the edge of their seats while she performed a set list that covered both new songs and old standards. Former smash hits such as “Hard Road Easy” and “Make You a Believer” effortlesslydrew the crowd to it’s feet with wild applause from the sold- out audience and intertwined seamlessly with songs from the new record.

During “I Want to Believe” from her debut solo record “RACINE”, Sass put a new spin on an old song, having each band member sing a solo verse while Sass sang the chorus. The results were truly unique as her band all showcased impressive vocal range and ability.

At one point during the night Sass and her band where joined by Derek Sharp (Sass’s music director and producer) and together as a chorus preformed  “ What You Gonna Do”  from Sass’s 2006 release, ”GET WHAT YOU GIVE”. The audience loved the perfect five part harmony, memorized by the pure vocal ability and organic powerful melodic sound emitting from the stage.

All night long, Sass and her band including Michael Borkosky (Guitars) Chris Caddell (Guitars), Emm Gryner (backup vocals) Charlie Cooley (drummer) rocked the house with amazingly consistent, authentic, brilliant four-part harmonies. Sass is in full power and control, sounding better now then ever before and proving irrefutably she is at the top of her game, as the stakes just keep getting higher.

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