Dizzy get busy at the Red Stag
|Dizzy's Mark K. Johnson|
And so Dizzy are pretty resolutely unhip in the modern world, and maybe not even hip in the 1940s sense of the word. They traffic in standards and jazz-lite takes on current songs, with the clearest straight line connecting to the slick pop of Randy Newman or maybe Harry Connick, Jr. In short, not a band that Nikki Miller would probably be into. They are, not entirely surprisingly, a band that will cop to being influenced by John Mayer--and who are actually playing Mayer's song "Gravity" while I'm writing this sentence. But honestly, I think I might prefer their version to Mayer's. After all, Mark Johnson's voice has more natural grain and gravel to it than Mayer's, and a Thursday evening at the Red Stag seems like a much better fit for the modest pleasures of a deft lyrical trope about one of the universe's fundamental forces than, say, the Target Center.
Besides, there's just something about a singer with a music stand.