Two for the Road with Gini & Dr. Joe
The night Gini was born in Miami, the peacocks in an adjoining garden keened and sang to the moon. Baby Gini joined in the chorus and has been singing ever since. Back in the early 80's on a stoop in Gramercy Park Gini sang a chorus of Stormy Weather and soon was working with the wonderful classical pianist Frank Daykin at The Duplex on Grove Street, at Don't Tell Mama's on Restaurant Row and at Rose's Turn in NYC. Gini and Frank also performed at private parties and at Apollo's Lyre at BargeMusic in Brooklyn. In the late 90's, working with the fabulous David Lahm at Judy's Cabaret on 44th Street, Gini moved from Broadway tunes and old ballads into the world of swing and stride music and the songs sung by Edith Piaf. Recently, Gini has been performing at the Sunday Cabaret Brunch at Regent's and at Caterina's on 53rd Street and at the Lamb's Club's Friday Night Lo-Jinx. Stu Hamstra of Cabaret Hotline has called Gini 'the poor man's Barbara Cook' in an early review. Gini brings a warmth and depth of feeling to the American Songbook that speaks to the hearts of her listeners. And most French visitors are surprised that she is not herself a native speaker.