Baby Dee.

I find myself all consumed by Baby Dee. Performance artist, songwriter, classically trained harpist, circus sideshow veteran, and transgender street legend Baby Dee was born in 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. She spent ten years as music director and organist for a Catholic church in the Bronx before joining the circus as the bilateral hermaphrodite at Coney Island. She also became a fixture in lower Manhattan as a street act on a high-rise tricycle with a concert harp. I have been lucky enough to see her perform on two separate occasions at TONIC, the Lower East Side’s now defunct intimate music venue on Norfolk Street. A nostalgic and deeply warm collision of harp and piano based chamber music inside a poetic world of love loss and deep yearning. With a voice unlike any other, an impossible combination of the medieval ghost of Judy Garland, trapped inside the body of  Tom Waits playing a Steinway, trapped inside an aviary of songbirds……..perfect.

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