The restaurant known as At Marty's, on Pico Boulevard, where unusual local experiments have been taking place lately, has come up with a winner in the person of Dewey Erney.
You wouldn't think it to look at him. With his formal tuxedo, black tie and his 40-plus appearance, you might easily mistake him for the maitre d'. Yet as soon as he eased unannounced into "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," it was evident that here was a singer with all the right qualifications.
Erney was accompanied throughout simply by a guitar. But simple is hardly the word for Ron Eschete, whose backing and frequent solos were as much a central component of the performance as Erney's spirited, confident interpretations of pop standards.
If you love Mel Torme or Tony Bennett, at the very least you will like Dewey Erney. Not that any deliberate resemblance can be spotted other than a shared respect for fine lyrics and great melodies.