Blast from the past: Basia to play Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco 

It’s a weird name to see on the marquee at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco: Basia.

But indeed it is former Matt Bianco member and once-picked-to-click jazz/AC solo artist Basia, actually appearing there on Oct. 1. As in "Whatever happened to…?"

But she’s apparently been quite busy, especially in her native Poland, where she recently tracked a new concert document, “From Newport To London: Greatest Hits Live…And More.” It was co-produced by the lady herself, with longtime collaborator Danny White, her old partner in Matt Bianco.

It features signature jazzy standards like “Promises,” “Time And Tide,” and “Cruising For Bruising,” plus new studio recordings like “Wandering,” a duet with Polish singer Mietek Szczesniak.

Basia's own last name is a real tongue twiter – Trzetrzelewska – which probably accounts for why she dropped it for her 1987, post-Bianco bow, “Time And Tide,” an album that went platinum in the States.

A few records later, she disappeared, then finally returned in 2009 – after a 15-year absence – with the coyly-titled "It’s That Girl Again.” 

And she’s apparently back to stay this time; her Bimbo’s date is part of an extensive Stateside tour that just might jog a few memories out there. For more: www.basiasongs.com.

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