Rock ‘n’ roll was alive and well in Paris last Friday evening, as Italian singer and pianist Matthew Lee belted out old standards to a wildly appreciative audience at the Jazz Club of the Hotel Méridien Etoile.
Backed by five superb musicians, Lee sang such classics as Johnny B Goode, Good Golly Miss Molly, Blue Suede Shoes, What’d I Say, I Got a Woman… the beat just kept on rocking!
Lee surely must have been cut from the same cloth as early rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, because, like Lewis, his hands flew over the piano keyboard at blinding speed. He even played the upper notes with his right foot, just like Lewis!
A popular singer in Italy, Lee speaks and sings in flawless English and has an easy-going, personable style. For the moment, all of his performances are in Italy and France; if he makes it to the United States, I am sure that he will win over large audiences there.
Matthew Lee, thank you for bringing the music forward. You have admirably claimed your place in the rock ‘n’ roll firmament.
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