by Kathryn Boughton, Litchfield County Times – July 25, 2008
Falls Village – Jazz singer Joyce Lyons of Kent will make her debut Saturday at Music Mountain in Falls Village in a 6:30p.m. concert.
The Maryland native, who was educated at Colorado Women’s College and who has performed professionally for more than three decades, will be accompanied by her New York Jazz All-Stars — Don Rebic on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass and Dave Silliman on drums– and will draw material from a wide range of sources.
“I’m a big Cole Porter fan,” she said, “I will draw things from my CD, pull things from here, there and everywhere. I will even do one of my bass player’s songs – a little ditty about Robert Frost. It’s fun–a great number.”
Ms. Lyons, who has performed off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center and even at a private party for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, said she is looking forward to singing in the acoustically superior Music Mountain auditorium. “It’s a great space,” she said.
Music has been a driving force in her life since early childhood. “I’ve been a performer forever,” she said. “I didn’t see anything else for my life. I’m an entertainer. I’ve even done some stand-up comedy. I love the spontaneity of things. I give my band an outline and I never know what will happen.”
“The greatest thing about performing is the joy,” she continued. “I have a quote at home that says something like, “People will forget what you say, they will forget what you do, but they will never forget how you make them feel. My job is to elicit some kind of emotion.”
To that end, she said, she places her focus on the lyrics. “You’re telling a story,: she said, “and it’s up to you to make it special , to make it different. It is the connection to the material that makes it different, that makes people believe they have never heard it before. If people walk out saying they had a great time, then it’s done.”
Ms. Lyons has lived in Kent for eight years, traveling to New York City each day to work. “People will say, ‘Where have you been?’ and I say, “On a train,” she said with a rueful laugh. She has been performing at such local spots like the Bok Gallery at TriArts in Sharon, the Fife ‘n Drum in Ken, the White Hart Inn in Salisbury and Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Lenox, MA.