At the beloved Ballroom at the Bowery presents some of the most admired musicians from both the past and the present. For instance, last Saturday night the impressive 72-year old Tom Jones was on hand with a four-piece band backing him up, and he proved our admiration is well-deserved.
Jones is a mighty presence on stage. He is tall, with a wonderfully deep, resonant voice that fills the room with energy. Jones also likes to show off a bit. He also loves to engage the audience with chitchat between songs, with much humor and warmth. At one point he remembered when he first arrived in New York, “48 years ago. I thought, ‘How can that be? I’m only 35!” From the audience’s response, that comment struck a chord.
Tom Jones’ 96-minute performance was a wonderful venture into the musician’s world of swampy blues, rock, soul and country. Unbelievably, it was Jones’ first appearance at the Bowery Ballroom, and it was a show to remember.