Backstage.com | Trish, Hans, and Phil
September 14, 2007
By David Finkle
The voices of Seattle visitors Trish, Hans, and Phil are a perfect blend. When the three harmonize, the sounds they make are enough to soothe the savage breast in just about anyone. So why at the Metropolitan Room a week or so ago did the trio open with a Vegas lounge version of "The Way You Look Tonight" (Dorothy Fields-Jerome Kern)? Maybe they wanted to establish Trish Hatley as the lead singer. She does have a clarion voice made to nail standards.
In quick time, though, they may have lulled their audience — those, that is, who didn't already know who they are — into thinking nothing special was about to happen. But before you could say "watch out," they segued into a three-part arrangement of "Tuxedo Junction" (music by Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson, and Julian Dash; lyric by Buddy Feyne), and the air was suddenly charged with promise. That promise was fulfilled with the Beatles songs to which the triumvirate gave unexpectedly fresh settings. The first they rejiggered was "Got to Get You Into My Life" (John Lennon-Paul McCartney), which turned into only an appetizer for their later "Eleanor Rigby" (also Lennon-McCartney). For that one Hans Brehmer, the group's adventurous arranger, did plenty of chord ruminating in the bass clef.
The way the three look is a significant part of their appeal. Trish is tall, striking, her long hair definitely alluring. Goateed Hans has an amusing lean face — also a quick wit, which he showed off on words added to Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To." Phil Demaree, whose roundish face ends with a lantern jaw, has a twinkle in his eye and does a fair amount of poker-facing. He doesn't say much. Twice he seconded remarks the other two made by commenting, "You're right." He was cute on the faster melody of Irving Berlin's counterpointed "You're Just in Love."
Presented by and at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd Street, New York, NY
Aug. 24 and 25.
"…they are bright, swinging and entertaining"
Jazz After Hours on NPR
"The Thursday night Four Freshman Fan Jam was memorable for my first in-person listen to Trish Hatley. I knew from her CD she was a terrific vocalist, but seeing her perform is to see a talent to be reckoned with! In addition to being a great singer, Trish has personality to spare. Of course, it also doesn't hurt that she's gorgeous as well. Harold Betters and his group, along with Yaz, and later, Vince, Curtis and Bob sitting in (Four Freshman), made it a truly fun evening."
—Phil Stout, Music Consultant
Music Choice, JazzRadio Berlin
"All of us as Simpson Motors want to thank you for bringing your fabulous band to Montana. You were all so warm and entertaining that we really felt like we got to know you and your special sound. All the venues want you back.
Everything you did was polished and professional. We loved your original arrangements, rich musical harmonies, lively performance, Hans' inventive keyboard style, Phil's funky and playful bass lines and Trish's big and beautiful voice. Ken's drumming was just right. Most of all we enjoyed the way you support each other and include the audience in all the fun."
Simpson Motors Jazz Concerts, Kalispell, Montana
"I had the pleasure of including Trish, Hans, and Phil in my lineup for the 2005 Jazz Under the Stars concert series at Pacific Lutheran University. They came highly recommended from their previous performances at venues such as Bake's Place. They were perfect for the JUTS crowd. Their smooth jazz sound and beautifully blended group vocals were a delight. Trish really knew how to communicate with an audience and had our folks in the palm of her hand for two hours. Bravo to TH&P."
—Dr. David Joyner, Director of Jazz Studies
Pacific Lutheran University
"In the Mood, A Tribute to the Golden Age of Radio, what a success! Everywhere we go in the community, people have commented about the show and what a great time was had by all."
—Barbara Landrock, President, Sedro-Woolley Schools Foundation
—Cindy Omdal-Brune, On with the Show Chair
—Michael C. Casey, Superintendent of Schools