Joey Arias: Night Blooming Jazz Men

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Photograph: Heath McBride
Joey Arias
A demigod of the demimonde, Arias has entertained and scandalized the club world for decades. But there is more to him than his severe fetish-drag getups, extravagant charisma and gleefully filthy patter; he is also a vocalist of formidable skill, with an eerily incongruous penchant for the broken-horn stylings of Billie Holiday. Backing him are Ben Allison, a jazz bassist who draws fruitful inspiration from the rock and pop realms, and guitarist Brandon Seabrook.
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