By: Paulanne Simmons
March 15, 2019: In Jonathan L. Segal’s, Disharmonic Misadventure Trio, which returned to The Triad on March 13, Segal sings, tells stories and (corny) jokes, and plays the piano. It is the last that is most impressive. Watching Segal’s hands fly over the piano while his feet thump the beat is like witnessing a mighty river rolling over the land.
Segal gives classical favorites (Beethoven’s Fur Elise and Bach’s Minuet in G Major) an impressive, jazzy twist.
He plays a medley of Broadway “orphan songs” from Oliver, Annie, Newsies and Les Misérables (noting that this musical adheres to the law that “French orphans have a British accent”).
He executes fairly traditional, dynamite versions of Harry Belafonte’s calypso hit, “Mama Look A Boo Boo,” the Allman Brothers “Jessica,” and, dedicated to Sally Ride, “Mustang Sally,” covered by both The Young Rascals and Wilson Pickett.
He plays a number of original composition, the most beautiful of which is most probably the one he wrote for his daughter.
And he does a truly hilarious sketch of a Russian singer auditioning for Hamilton. The singer raps in Russian and English with a Russian accent.
Segal has had a diverse career. He’s written music for television, accompanied the likes of Chuck Berry and Dizzy Gillespie, directed a middle school chorus and authored a “far-out jazz mystery” novel, The Disharmonic Misadventures of David Stein.
The two other members of the trio are Gary Bristol on bass and Walter Usiatynski on drums. Together they make one hell of a joyful noise!
Disharmonic Misadventures Trio ****
The Triad Theatre
158 W 72nd St