Best Lounge Act - 2006
Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum
As cool and smooth as the perfect martini, Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum has provided sophisticated musical entertainment for several generations of St. Louisans, starting in Gaslight Square and continuing into the present day. A fine tenor saxophonist as well as a pianist and singer, Whalum somehow manages to be both suave and down-home, charming audiences even as he educates them in the finer points of jazz and the Great American Songbook. Recently signed to the internationally distributed Rendezvous Music label, Whalum is getting a well-deserved late-career chance to reach a wider audience. We can only hope his future success won't preclude frequent appearances in the cozy confines of local spots like Brandt's Red Carpet Lounge, where Whalum has held forth most Thursdays for the past several years.