May 3, 2000
"Queen of Boogie" Hadda Brooks will perform in the House of Blues' upstairs Foundation Room every Thursday night this month. She'll do two sets a night, 9 and 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $10. Information: (323) 848-5132.
January 3, 1997
R&B-pop singer Hadda Brooks will perform at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Thursday. The 80-year-old entertainer will accompany herself on piano and will be backed by "Senator" Eugene Wright on bass. Shows are at 9 and 11 p.m. Information: (310) 358-1880.
March 5, 1999 |
Back in the late '40s, when Hadda Brooks played her vampy cocktail blues at such plush L.A. nightclubs as Perino's, audiences shut up and listened. On Wednesday, the young crowd at Lucky Seven proved somewhat less disciplined, as chatter never quite ceased during the opening night of the singer-pianist's monthlong weekly residency. But the noise never fazed the elegant, 82-year-old Boyle Heights native.
April 23, 1987 |
Staid old Perino's, a virtual shrine to laid-back tradition, took a giant step toward a change of image Tuesday night when singer/pianist Hadda Brooks opened in the restaurant's casually styled Oak Room Bar. A staple of Los Angeles nightlife in the '40s and '50s, Brooks was the star of one of the Southland's first television variety shows (in 1951), produced a number of boogie woogie hit recordings, and made film appearances with Humphrey Bogart and Lana Turner.
August 1, 1994
Singer-pianist Hadda Brooks inaugurates a live music policy at the new St. Moritz Restaurant-at-the-Club, performing every Friday and Saturday in August starting at 9 p.m. The entertainer will appear in the upcoming film "The Crossing Guard," starring Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, and has two new CD releases: "That's My Desire," featuring Brooks' recordings from the '40s and '50s, and a new album, "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere."
August 10, 1996 |
Often, as Hadda Brooks--the woman who practically invented the torch song--slumped over the keys at the Viper Room on Thursday and tickled the ivories with dazzling expertise, her voice hushed in a sultry whisper and eyes clenched in the rapture, many in the audience had to wonder: If this tiny, 79-year-old woman can still manage to fill a room with her sex appeal at this age, just imagine what she must have been like when she performed for Humphrey Bogart.