PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Broadway Big Band's Caissie Levy, Ariana DeBose, Hannah Elless, Alysha Umphress Pick Female Standards

By Michael Gioia
18 Sep 2013

Alysha Umphress: "Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair" (as performed by Dinah Washington). Dinah Washington is my absolute favorite voice. She had such a pained, rough tone to her voice but it is still so gorgeous. It sounds like she's not gonna make it to the higher notes, and then she goes even higher, and it's so exciting. Plus, besides interpreting the classic standards, she sang some down dirty nasty songs as well. This song "Send me to the 'lectric chair" I just love. Perfect Dinah.