One of Denver’s top performers, Lannie Garrett performs regularly in her own intimate nightclub - Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, which she opened in 2006 with her partner, writer/producer, Jefferson Arca. The plush club is in the basement of Denver’s historic D&F Clocktower building, right on the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street. Her club is billed as offering live entertainment, a sensual decor, appetizers, desserts, cocktails, champagnes and wine.
The Cabaret also showcases an eclectic mix of comedy, soul, blues, burlesque, and vaudeville, including - Naughty Pierre's Burlesque & Comedy Extravaganza; Demented Divas, a Las Vegas Style Comedy Drag Show; Gypsy Jazz, Soul/R&B, Burlesque, and other local and national entertainment.
Lannie Garrett's Big 10-piece Band Show, Any Swing Goes featured nostalgic songs from the big band Swing and Jump Era with a variety of torch songs, swing, Latin, ballads, standards and blues. She pleased her audience with songs made famous by jazz greats, such as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong.
Among the classic tunes Lannie sang during
the two one hour sets was Blues in the Night, a song from a 1941 film
called Hot Nocturne, with Words and Music by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen.
She also wowed the crowd with classics like Mambo Italiano, Almost Like
Being In Love and Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - a song with with
Lyrics by Bob Russel and Music by Duke Ellington. It goes like this:
"Missed the Saturday dance. Heard they crowded the floor. Couldn't bear it without you. Don't get around much anymore.”
Her rendition of a Ray Charles’ favorite, Hit The Road Jack roused the audience, as she put the words to music:
"Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more. What you say?
Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more.
Woah, Woman, oh woman, don't treat me so mean
You're the meanest old woman that I've ever seen
I guess if you said so
I'd have to pack my things and go That's right."
Peggy Lee’s, You Give Me Fever,
Oh Babe, Let The Good Times Roll and a variety of other all-time
favorites kept the crowd delighted.
In addition to her Swingin' Big Band, Lannie also performs other specialty musical shows at her club and other venues. They range from her romantic Gypsy Jazz Show, Under Paris Skies, now available as a CD - which presents acoustic Swing in the style of Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club of France to her country-western spoof, The Patsy DeCline Show, which always brings down the house with laughter. A show that is popular at party events is Lannie’s Disco/Funk/Motown Party Band, The Platforms and Polyester Disco/Funk Revue. Her Screen Gems production includes movie hits from Goldfinger to Moon River, and memorable songs from Fred Astaire and Judy Garland movies, Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction and other classics. Her show called, 'S Wonderful, is a tribute to George Gershwin. She perrforms as a torchy singer ala 1940's, in her jazz and jump show, A Slick Chick on the Mellow Side. Many of her production songs are available on CD’s.
Not only is Lannie’s voice terrific, Lannie’s show is always professionally presented with top musicians - some brought in from Las Vegas nightclubs and other venues, a pro sound system, perfect lighting and eye-catching costumes. Lannie puts sparkle into a Saturday night. Lannie does it right!