Dell and Brown celebrate renowned songstress LaMott

Margaretville — The Open Eye Theater presents as one of their special events, Patricia Dell and Kent Brown in cabaret, “Listen to My Heart: Remembering Nancy La­Mott” with special guest artist, Mel Bellar. The performance is Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Open Eye Theater is located at 960 Main Street. Reservations are needed so please call 586-1660. General admission is $18 and seniors, $15. Please no credit cards.

For those of you who do not know her, Nancy LaMott was probably the greatest singer of American popular standards of her generation. Unfortunately in 1995, she passed away at the early age of 43. She would have been 60 years old this past December.

After moving to New York from San Francisco, she became New York cabaret’s best kept secret. But all that was about to change. In 1989 she met composer/conductor David Friedman, who felt she should be making records, and offered to produce them himself. Through her records, Nancy’s popularity spread to a wider circle and she began breaking attendance records at some the most prestigious clubs in New York including the Chestnut Room at Tavern on the Green and the world famous Oak Room at the Al­gonquin. A close-knit team developed around her, which included her pianist/arranger Chris Marlowe who had been working with her for years, co-creating the arrangements and the sound that would become the hallmark of her recordings and live performances, Director Scott Barnes, and some of New York’s fin­est musicians and designers.

David Friedman promised her the whole world would hear her sing. Since Nancy’s tragic and untimely death, her six albums have soared in popularity and her story has touched thousands of people across the nation.

Patricia and Kent are honored to remember Nancy.