To hear Halie Loren sing is to glimpse the divine, and it is easy to see why this jazz vocalist is getting noticed here and abroad. Her seventh and most recent album, Simply Love, hit #1 on Japan’s Billboard Jazz Chart thanks to its combination of gorgeous original tracks, fresh takes on classic songs, and Loren’s lush, sultry singing. Whether her vocals are wrapping their arms around you in a loving embrace, as they do on the subdued title track, or getting playful on the classic “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” there is so much to love about Loren’s talent. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. Through Wed. 7:30 p.m. $22.50. All ages. BRIAN PALMER
Halie Loren plays Jazz Alley tonight.
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