Jazz vocalist Lori Carsillo sounds like she’s smiling when she sings. She has a gorgeous voice, like velvet, with a shivery vibrato. On her new album, Sugar & Smoke, she covers songs that were done four or five decades ago by the likes of Julie London, Tony Bennett, Abbey Lincoln, and Mel Tormé. “They all sort of fall in that sort of 1960s feel. That’s kind of where my head was at. I mean, I love that era, the cocktail ’60s era of jazz. It was such a great time, at least from a music standpoint — and for the clothing, of course.” The Santa Fe Music Collective presents Carsillo in concert on Friday, April 11, at the Museum Hill Café. Joining her are Bert Dalton on piano, Jon Gagan on bass, John Trentacosta on drums, and Arlen Asher on reeds.
As a youngster, Carsillo studied classical music and opera, learned to love jazz standards, and had some exposure to musical theater. “Old Devil Moon,” one of the songs on the new album, is a tribute to her mother, who once sang it in a production of Finian’s Rainbow, according to the liner notes by jazz commentator and author Scott Yanow.