"the stately and nearly-heartbreakingly-beautiful Ms. Gang" After the combo sets a musical tone for the evening with a very impressive rendition of “I Remember You,” Gang assumes her rightful place at the microphone and bewitches the crowd with “Cheek to Cheek,” and the dazzling lilt possessed by her vocal pipes is never anything less than utterly enchanting. She proves equally impressive with two Gershwin numbers performed back to back, namely “They Can’t Take That Away” and “Embraceable You,” and when she tears into Arlen and Mercer’s classic “That Old Black Magic,” she clearly establishes herself as one of the finds of the season. There are moments where she’s oddly reminiscent of Sylvia Tosun, a cabaret chanteuse of similar physicality who scored a triumph at Eighty Eight’s in the mid-1990s, but Gang seems to have more than that, namely an indescribable charisma. She only serves to top herself further with “Sway” by Pablo Bertran Ruiz and a scat-lad
"It's Beauty and the Beat at the Plaza Hotel's Rose Room. The Kat Gang Quartet has settled in with its jazz magic every Wednesday evening in the space that once housed the legendary Persian Room. While Gang takes the traditional Gershwin and Porter melodies on a serpentine jazz route, she never loses touch with the lyrics, and the traditional tunes take on a fresh shine. She gives Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" a staccato phrasing, letting the tune fade away with a repetitive "cheek to cheek to cheek to cheek…" She is right there, with keen insight, in every selection. Kat Gang is not delivering hard-driving jazz although the interpretations are complex and embellished, jumping from vulnerability to the muscular swing of "All of Me" (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons). Mentioning that her favorite version of that 1931 tune was by Sarah Vaughan, she takes off, sparkling with joy, rhythm and her own fluid scat.
"This is a real gem! If you love the jazz standards and long for that romantic old New York feel, The Oak Room is definitely your place. Kat Gang has a real gift for interpretation and has a style all her own. Blessed with beauty and a lush, sultry voice, her range is impressively wide - she can sing both light scatty improvisations, and long deep tones. I have never heard "Someone to Watch Over Me" done with such precise longing. She is new on the scene and I predict that it she will not be a secret for long!! Extra points for her amazing red dress."