Some kind of poetic conjunction will occur when jazz singer Diane Hubka performs a recital at Pasadena Presbyterian Church Saturday. Though she works as the church's accountant, what makes the pairing compelling is her lovely sound set in a sanctuary known for its majestic high-ceilinged acoustics.
Hubka has a medium-dynamic alto voice with an unmistakable sparkle. Her tone is bell-like in its clarity and her diction is impeccable. Listeners can understand her no matter how brisk the tempo of the music.
As a result, Hubka acts as something of an X-ray machine for songs. Dimitri Tiompkin and Ned Washington's “Wild is the Wind,” on her current album, “Diane Hubka Goes to the Movies” (18th & Vine Records), is a case in point. It contains the line: “Give me more than one caress, satisfy my hungriness....” From any other singer, the grammatical fudging to achieve a rhyme might not be so glaring. Still, she has the ability to put her stamp on any song she essays.