Friday, Sep 07, 2012 10:00 PM EDT
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA
Of the famous Ashford & Simpson, singer, songwriter team.
"Valerie Simpson wrote some of the greatest love songs of a generation with her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. But when he died of throat cancer in August at the age of 70, Simpson was cast adrift.
After spending more than four decades together, during which time they turned out Motown classics like "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (as well as a series of their own hits as the duo Ashford and Simpson), she didn't know if she would ever get back onstage."
Aidin Vaziri, Chronicle Pop Music Critic