L.A. based singer Anne Kerry Ford's show ,"Blue Skies" at Judy's Chelsea was classy and engaging last weekend. With special guest Maude Maggart and brilliant musical director John Boswell, she offered a carefully crafted biographical show on the life of Irving Berlin. It made for a delightful hour, with highlights that included a swinging "Let Yourself Go" in medley with "Shakin' the Blues Away". Her soprano was effective and she knows this territory well. She was very effective singing mid-range, as on a trilogy of "Say it Isn't So/ Remember?/What'll I Do?" Maude Maggart has been slowly making a name for herself on the L.A./N.Y. circuit. A protege of Andrea Marcovicci, she has a warm alto that captivated the audience, whether on duets with Ford, on solos like "All Alone", or on a tour-de-force dance medley. Ford generously shared the spotlight with Maggart. As always, John Boswell's arrangements couldn't be better.

John Hoglund New York Backstage 1/10/03