San Francisco Examiner: "A Day on the Farm, a Night in Palo Alto" by Christopher Hall - "...we strolled over to Cafe Fino for a nightcap and to listen to Nancy Gilliland, a smoky-voiced chanteuse...
Sunset Magazine: "100 Years of Rectitude" by Peter Fish - "If you're in the mood tor a setting more sultry than you thought you'd find in Palo Alto, one of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday evening is listening to chanteuse Nancy Gilliland work her wiles on Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart at Maddalena's Cafe Fino (544 Emerson, 650-326-6082)."
San Jose Mercury News - Peninsula Living: "Palo Alto After Dark" by Tom Scanlon - "Gilliland fills this Art Deco bar with music from the past, accompanying herself on piano as she belts out hits from Hollywood and Broadway."
San Jose Mercury News - Peninsula Living: "Carrying on the Torch" by Tom Scanlon - "Gilliland is a torch singer in an era of disposable lighters, a martini with an olive in the age of light beer. She relates more to Garbo than to Oprah, to Ella more than Madonna. Give her Rodgers and Hart. And Cole Porter. And Duke Ellington. And George Gershwin.. the songs she sings go way, way back, to when movie stars dressed in tuxes and gowns."
Peninsula Times Tribune: "Making Musical Memories" by Michelle Nolan - "Nancy Gilliland has been called the best-kept secret on the Peninsula. Actually, she's the best-kept secret of the decade. The question is, which decade? What makes her act even more effective is that she doesn't try to pretend she's singing during the '40s. She can belt out all the old standards (and some you don't hear often), but along with each song, she provides a fitting little history lesson about the period or the composer, citing facts even those who were around then might have forgotten or never knew."
Palo Alto Weekly: "Sophisticated Lady" by Susan Kallop - "...she's a modern chanteuse who is happiest when she's singing sad, heartfelt love songs from the '20s, '30s and '40s.. but it's the voice ---the breathy, sultry voice---that hearkens back to an era of speakeasies and a world war, a time when people wanted to know that other folks had problems too."
Together: "Quick Getaways for Two" by Susan Melucci - "...listen to Nancy Gilliland crooning those sexy old torch songs that make you feel like a pair of star-crossed lovers in Casablanca."
Peninsula Times Tribune: "Torch Songs and Stories at Fino" by Tom Scanlon - "A walking catalog of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Porter, etc., she makes you smile with witty lyrics like "beans could get no keener reception in a beanery", then melts you with "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry."
San Francisco Focus Magazine: 'The Best and the Brightest" - by Bob Doerschuk, "Best Forties-Style Piano Bar: Maddalena's Cafe Fino (544 Emerson) in Palo Alto. An intimate art deco hideaway with cozy tables, sturdy mahogany bar, and an ancient jingling cash register beneath a spectacularly kitschy ceiling mural. Pianist/singer Nancy Gilliland sports sleek vintage gowns and stirs a nostalgic brew of Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Jimmy Van Heusen."
Thanks to all the great musicians I've performed with in recent years:
Pianists - Bill Susman, David Austin, Neil Adler, Tommy Liles, Bob Doerschuk, Merrill Hoover, Larry Vukovich
Organists - Dennis James, Larry Vanucci
Bassists - Seward McCain, Nat Johnson, Mickey McPhillips, Ken Plourde, Perry Thoorsell, Jim Nichols, John Nichols, Bob Boehm, Dan Zarcone, Rob Fisher, Dave Lario, Bruce Yates
Guitarists - Jim Nichols, Bruce Yates, Jeff Buenz
Reed Players - Noel Jewkes, Charlie McCarthy, Ken Crowell
Drummers - Bill O'Connor, Curt Moore, Peppe Merolla, Scott Morris, Harold Jones, Jason Lewis, Kent Bryson, Hank Uribe